A new year brings a whole host of new shows to London's West End; familiar names and new faces to the stage are set to dazzle the capital with a truly astounding line-up. With so much to see, it can be difficult to choose which to start with – so we've picked a few of our favourites.
Long Day's Journey Into Night
Following its sold out run as part of Bristol Old Vic's 250th Anniversary season, Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville reprise their roles in Richard Eyre's acclaimed production of Eugene O'Neill's Pulitzer prize-winning masterpiece, Long Day's Journey Into Night.
The Tyrones' summer home, August 1912. Haunted by the past but unable to face the truth of the present, the Tyrones and their two sons test the bonds of a family caught in a cycle of love and resentment. As day turns to night and the family indulge in their vices, the truth unravels leaving behind a quartet of ruined lives.
One of the UK's leading and critically acclaimed actors, Academy, Golden Globe and Tony Award-winner, Jeremy Irons returns to the London stage for the first time in over ten years. He is joined by BAFTA and Olivier Award-winner Lesley Manville, one of Britain's most respected actresses, who is reunited with director Richard Eyre following their critically acclaimed, sold-out production of Ibsen's Ghosts.
Considered one of the most powerful American plays of the 20th century, Long Day's Journey Into Night plays a strictly limited season at Wyndham's Theatre, London from 27th January 2018 for 10 weeks only.
Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein - the new musical comedy based on the Oscar-nominated smash hit movie - opens in the West End this autumn starring Hadley Fraser, Ross Noble, Lesley Joseph and Summer Strallen.
Young Frankenstein, the wickedly inspired re-imagining of the Mary Shelley classic, tells the story of the Grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced ‘Fronk-en-steen’), who inherits a castle in Transylvania leading him to fulfill his grandfather's legacy by bringing a corpse back to life. With help and hindrance from hunchback henchman Igor, buxom assistant Inga and needy fiancée Elizabeth, his experiment yields madcap success and monstrous consequences.
Based on the hilarious 1974 film and co-written with Thomas Meehan, Brooks will once again collaborate with Broadway director and choreographer Susan Stroman for this all-singing all-dancing new production, bringing his and Gene Wilder’s classic movie to life on stage.