LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

Inner Cir, London NW1 4NS, UK
Baker Street Regent's Park

The mean green monster musical comes to Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. Maria Aberg’s take on Little Shop of Horrors, which sees flower shop assistant Seymour battle with fame, a mad dentist (Matt Willis from Busted) and killer plant Audrey II (played by drag queen Vicky Vox) as he tries to win over the affections of Audrey, is no shrinking violet

Until 22nd September 2018

ALLELUJAH!

3 Potters Fields Park, London SE1 2SG, United Kingdom
London Bridge London Bridge

Written by Alan Bennett and directed by Nicholas Hytner, Allelujah! follows the residents on the geriatric ward at The Beth as the team try and fight the hospital’s closure and the doctors try and find bed space. It’s full of classic Bennett wit and manages to cover everything from the state of the NHS to immigration, with some lovely singing and dancing thrown in too.

Until 29th September 2018

EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE

Shaftesbury Ave, Soho, London W1D 7EZ, UK
Piccadilly Circus Leicester Square

inspired by a documentary about 16-year-old Jamie Campbell who wanted to become a drag queen and following a sell-out run at the Sheffield Crucible, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is a big hit in the West End. With songs from Dan Gillespie Sells and a showstopping performance from John McCrea, it’s a feel good story of a boy who just wants to go to prom in a dress

Until 6th April 2019

COMPANY

Gielgud Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, UK
Piccadilly Circus

Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical Company, set during lead character Bobbie’s 35th birthday party, is revived by Marianne Elliot and she’s certainly put her own stamp on it, casting a woman (Rosalie Craig) as Bobbie for the first time and the show will also feature a same-sex couple for the first time too. Broadway legend Patti LuPone and Mel Giedroyc are also in the cast so it’s good’un.

26th September - 22nd December 2018

AN ADVENTURE

7 Uxbridge Road, London W12 8LJ, UK
Shepherd's Bush Shepherd's Bush Goldhawk Road

Vinay Patel, who wrote BBC drama Murdered By My Father, draws on the experience of his immigrant grandparents for An Adventure. The story crosses post-partition India, Mau Mau Kenya, seventies London and the present day, and with a run time of three and half hours, it’s an epic.

6th September - 20th October 2018

THE KING AND I

8 Argyll St, Soho, London W1F 7TE, UK
Oxford Circus

Following an acclaimed, Tony Award-winning run on Broadway, the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic has transferred to the Palladium Theatre, with three of the original Lincoln Center Theater lead actors reprising their roles including Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe. Set in 1860s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the King brings to Siam to tutor his many wives and children. The mood is set from the moment you enter the house, with a gorgeous front curtain made from 250 metres of gold leaf, and moving set pieces that dazzle without ever feeling overworked. The show is beautifully acted and sung, with each of the performers bringing depth to characters that can easily fall into the trap of feeling one-dimensional and stereotypical.

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Until 29th September 2018

THE JUNGLE

Northumberland Ave, London WC2N 5DE, UK
Embankment

The Playhouse Theatre has been transformed into the Afghan Cafe in the heart of The Jungle refugee camp in Calais to tell the stories of the camp’s residents, new arrivals and volunteers. The play was written by Joe Robertson and Joe Murphy, who took productions over to the camp with their Good Chance Project, so you can be sure that the stories they’re telling are the real deal. With options to sit “in” the cafe itself or watch from the “cliffs of Dover” (the dress circle), it’s a real immersive experience that’ll leave you thinking about the issues raised long after the curtain comes down.

Until 3rd November 2018

WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION

County Hall, Belvedere Rd, South Bank, London SE1 7GP, UK
Waterloo Waterloo

The Olivier Award-nominated Witness for the Prosecution brings Agatha Christie’s famous tale to life in a whole new way thanks to its staging in the debating chamber of County Hall. The set design is so well executed that you do really feel like you’re sitting in criminal court, which adds a new level of tension to the testimonies of Leonard Vole, accused of murdering a wealthy widow, and the witness trying to send him down.

Until 31st March 2019

OTHELLO

21 New Globe Walk, London SE1 9DT, UK
Blackfriars Blackfriars

A stellar cast including Moonlight’s Andre Holland (playing Othello) and Sir Mark Rylance (as Iago in his long-awaited return to the Globe) take on the Shakespearean classic, directed by Rylance’s wife Claire van Kampen. She’s stripped the staging right back, so it’s just period costumes, minimal props and the actors, so you can really take in the performances.

Until 13th October 2018

THE BOOK OF MORMON

Coventry St, London W1D 6AS, UK
Piccadilly Circus Leicester Square

If you like your musicals to be wildly politically incorrect and funny as hell, The Book of Mormon is the one for you. Created by Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the minds that brought you South Park, the show follows two Mormon missionaries on their journey to convert Ugandan natives to their religion. The lyrics may inappropriate, bordering on offensive, but the songs are bloody catchy and you won’t be able to stop laughing.

HAMILTON

Victoria St, Westminster, London SW1E 5EA, UK
Victoria Victoria

Hip-hop meets history in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s epic musical about the US Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an Caribbean immigrant who fights in the War of Independence and becomes the country’s first Treasury Secretary. Even if you think you don’t care about American history, you’ll find yourself rapping about the 1776 the Declaration of Independence and Aaron Burr for weeks afterwards. Do whatever it takes to get tickets, it’s worth it.

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG

3-5 Catherine Street, London WC2B 5LA, UK
Covent Garden

The award-winning The Play That Goes Wrong, which stated life at fringe venue in London with only four punters in the house, has had a remarkable run in the West End and shows no signs of slowing down. The show is (shockingly) about a drama society putting on a play that goes wrong, collapsing sets and all, and it’s an absolute riot.

Until 27th October 2019

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