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Unmissable London Theatre in 2017

 



2017 is full of treats for all London theatre goers! With everything from Rock and Roll, classic Musical Theatre, brand new shows, bold reimaginings of timeless stories and revivals of shows loved by audiences worldwide, there's undoubtedly something for everyone. Here's our comprehensive guide to London Theatre Tickets, and here's what's not to be missed this year: 


New in 2017

 



   


  

Glengarry Glen Ross


Christian Slater, Robert Glenister, Kris Marshall, Stanley Townsend and Don Warrington star in David Mamet’s acclaimed masterpiece Glengarry Glen Ross, which returns to the West End this Autumn for its first major revival in over a decade. This ground-breaking modern classic has won every major dramatic award on Broadway and in the West End, including the 1983 Olivier Award for Best Play and the 1984 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and was later adapted by Mamet for the 1992 film starring Jack Lemmon and Al Pacino. At a time of fierce debate about the American Dream and what it represents, Glengarry Glen Ross is a lacerating satire for modern society.  

Lies. Greed. Corruption. It’s business as usual.


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Strictly Ballroom The Musical is the uplifting story that inspired the world to dance. Based on Baz Luhrmann’s multi award-winning movie Strictly Ballroom, the first instalment from the acclaimed Red Curtain Trilogy, the musical production is a kaleidoscope of colour and fun.

When maverick championship ballroom dancer Scott defies all the rules of competition to follow his heart, he teams up with left-footed partner Fran to win the Pan Pacifics his way. Featuring the film’s classic break-into-song numbers such as Love is in the AirPerhaps Perhaps Perhaps and Time After Time alongside electrifying new songs from a host of internationally acclaimed artists.

Drew McOnie (whose dazzling choreography for In The Heights earned him the 2016 Olivier Award) will direct and choreograph the production. Strictly Ballroom is based on the original Australian musical created by Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin, with a book by Baz Luhrmann and Craig Pearce.


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Stanley Webber (Toby Jones) is the only lodger at Meg (Zoë Wanamaker) and Petey Boles’ sleepy seaside boarding house. The unsettling arrival of enigmatic strangers Goldberg (Stephen Mangan) and McCann disrupts the humdrum lives of the inhabitants and their friend Lulu, and mundanity soon becomes menace when a seemingly innocent birthday party turns into a disturbing nightmare. Truth and alliances hastily shift in Pinter's brilliantly mysterious dark-comic masterpiece about the absurd terrors of the everyday.

Following critically-acclaimed productions of Betrayal, and Old Times, Ian Rickson returns to direct a new production of Harold Pinter’s landmark play, The Birthday Party. With a cast featuring a trio of Olivier Award winners, Golden Globe Award-nominated Toby Jones (The Play What I Wrote, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, Sherlock), Tony Award-nominated Stephen Mangan (The Norman Conquests, Jeeves and Wooster, Episodes) and Tony Award-nominated Zoë Wanamaker CBE (Harlequinade, Passion Play, My Family) star in this comedy of menace.


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Oslo


Just announced - Toby Stephens to play the role of social-scientist Terje Rød-Larsen, with Lydia Leonard as his wife, diplomat Mona Juul and Peter Polycarpou as Ahmed Qurie, the former Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority in Oslo. 


The 2017 Tony Award® winner transfers direct from a critically acclaimed sold-out run on Broadway for a strictly limited season.


Oslo tells the true story of two maverick Norwegian diplomats who coordinated the top-secret talks and inspired seemingly impossible friendships between Israeli, Palestinian, Norwegian and American people. Their quiet heroics led to the ground-breaking Oslo Peace Accords.


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Ink


Fleet Street. 1969. The Sun rises. A young and rebellious Rupert Murdoch asks the impossible and launches The Sun’s first editor’s quest: to give the people what they want. No matter the cost.


Following a sell-out season at the Almeida, Ink, written by James Graham (This House) and directed by Rupert Goold (King Charles III), transfers to the Duke of York’s Theatre for a strictly limited season. With a cast featuring Bertie Carvel (Doctor Foster, Matilda) and Richard Coyle (The Associate, The Lover), this ruthless, red-topped new play leads with the birth of this country’s most influential newspaper.


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The Ferryman


Jez Butterworth’s epic new play The Ferryman transfers to the West End. Directed by Sam Mendes, the cast includes multi award-winning actor Paddy Considine, Laura Donnelly and Genevieve O’Reilly.


Northern Ireland, 1981. The Carney farmhouse is a hive of activity with preparations for the annual harvest. A day of hard work on the land and a traditional night of feasting and celebrations lie ahead. But this year they will be interrupted by a visitor.


‘Jez Butterworth and Sam Mendes deliver a tale of passion and violence’
Guardian


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An American In Paris


The dazzling Broadway hit is on its way to London! The Tony Award-winning spectacle and its original stars Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope will be dancing their way to the Dominion Theatre. Featuring timeless classics from the Gershwin Brothers such as I Got RhythmS Wonderful and They Can't Take That Away From Me, this stunning reimagining of the Oscar-winning film, which starred Gene Kelly, is definitely a must-see!

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Cat On A Hot Tin Roof


The truth hurts.


On a steamy night in Mississippi, a Southern family gather at their cotton plantation to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday. The scorching heat is almost as oppressive as the lies they tell.  Brick and Maggie dance round the secrets and sexual tensions that threaten to destroy their marriage. With the future of the family at stake, which version of the truth is real – and which will win out?


Sienna Miller stars as Maggie alongside Jack O’Connell as Brick and Colm Meaney as Big Daddy. A return to the stage for director Benedict Andrews following his smash hit production of A Streetcar Named Desire. Tennessee Williams’ searing, poetic story of a family’s fight for survival is a modern masterpiece.


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West End Favourites

 





  

Wicked


Recently acclaimed as 'one of the West End’s true modern classics' (Metro) and a three-time winner of the WhatsOnStage Award for ‘Best West End Show’ and the two-time winner of the Olivier Audience Award, Wicked continues to entertain audiences of all ages after more than a decade of spellbinding performances at the Apollo Victoria Theatre.


Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two young women who first meet as sorcery students at Shiz University; the blonde and very popular Glinda and a misunderstood green girl named Elphaba. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destines as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.


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Disney's The Lion King


Set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains and to the evocative rhythms of Africa, Disney’s multi-award winning musical will redefine your expectations of the theatre.


Brilliantly reimagined by acclaimed director Julie Taymor, Disney’s beloved film has been transformed into a spectacular theatrical experience that explodes with glorious colours, stunning effects and enchanting music.


At its heart is the powerful and moving story of Simba – the epic adventure of his journey from wide-eyed cub to his destined role as the King of the Pridelands. 


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The Woman In Black


Join over 7m theatregoers who have experienced 'The most brilliantly effective spine-chiller you will ever encounter' (Daily Telegraph)


Susan Hill’s acclaimed ghost story comes dramatically alive in Stephen Mallatratt’s ingenious stage adaptation. Now celebrating over 28 terrifying years in the West End, Robin Herford’s gripping production is a brilliantly successful study in atmosphere, illusion and controlled horror.








  

Dreamgirls


Thirty-five years after the ground-breaking original Broadway production, the UK and West End premiere of the iconic Tony Award-winning musical Dreamgirls has opened at to the Savoy Theatre to rave reviews. Starring the sensational Amber RileyDreamgirls features the classic songs And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going, I Am Changing, Listen and One Night Only. Described by the Evening Standard as 'lavish', 'dazzling' and 'richly emotional', don't miss out on this dream of a show.


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Annie


The world’s favourite family musical Annie opened to rave reviews at London’s Piccadilly Theatre.


Comedy superstar Miranda Hart** is 'a triumph' (Daily Telegraph) as the tyrannical Miss Hannigan in this 'glorious revival'’(Times).


Set in 1930s New York during The Great Depression, brave young Annie is forced to live a life of misery at Miss Hannigan’s orphanage. Her luck soon changes when she's chosen to spend a fairytale Christmas with famous billionaire, Oliver Warbucks. Meanwhile, spiteful Miss Hannigan has other ideas and hatches a plan to spoil Annie’s search for her true family…


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Kinky Boots


Inspired by a true story, Kinky Boots will transport you from the factory floor to the glamours catwalks of Milan. Winner of every major Best Musical award, this production is guaranteed to be a fabulous night out! Featuring music by icon Cyndi Lauper, this musical celebrates friendships new and old, and the belief that you can change the world if you put your mind to it.


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Bill Kenwright’s ‘superb’ (Sunday Telegraph) production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita is set to captivate the West End again for a strictly limited season.


This ‘monumental show’ (Sunday Express) tells the story of an ordinary woman’s meteoric rise to power at a time of extraordinary political unrest. It follows Eva Peron’s, wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Peron, journey from humble beginnings through to extraordinary wealth, power and iconic status, which ultimately lead her to be heralded as the ‘spiritual leader of the nation’ by the Argentine people.


Starring one of musical theatre’s most exciting young leading ladies Emma Hatton, who direct from playing Elphaba in Wicked has been wowing audiences and critics across the country with her portrayal of Eva. She is joined by leading Italian performer Gian Marco Schiaretti as Che in his West End debut.


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The Book of Mormon


The Book of Mormon is the winner of four 2014 Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical and Best Actor In A Musical. 


The Broadway phenomenon from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, with Robert Lopez (Frozen, Avenue Q), won nine 2011 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Book and Best Original Score. 



The Book of Mormon follows a pair of mismatched Mormon boys sent on a mission to a place that's about as far from Salt Lake City as you can get


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