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.
An American In Paris
Previews from 04.03.2017
Award-winning musical An American In Paris transports West End audiences to a French capital beautifully adorned with artistic possibility, sweeping romance, and timeless George and Ira Gershwin music and lyrics.
A stunning reimagining of the Oscar-winning film, the musical was acclaimed upon its widely lauded Broadway run, telling the story of Jerry Mulligan, an American GI striving for success as a painter at the cessation of the war.
In a city whose streets are overflowing with joyous hope and sheer potential, a chance encounter with beautiful young dancer Lise leads Jerry on a journey of friendship, love and a sensuous romance of art.
Thrillingly staged by a company of over 50 actors, dancers and musicians, including original cast members Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope, and with direction and choreography by Olivier and Tony Award-winner Christopher Wheeldon, astounding dancing, jaw-dropping spectacle and triumphant songs all combine in a breathtakingly beautiful production.
Previews from 20.03.2017
42nd Street is the song and dance, American dream fable of Broadway.
Young Peggy Sawyer is fresh off the bus from small-town America and just another face in the chorus line on Broadway’s newest show. But when the leading lady gets injured, Peggy might just have the shot at stardom she’s always dreamed of...
This highly anticipated new production of 42nd Street arrives in London with an all-singing, high-kicking cast of over 50 ready to explode on to the West End’s biggest stage, Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Featuring the iconic songs We’re In The Money, Lullaby Of Broadway, Shuffle Off To Buffalo, Dames, I Only Have Eyes For You and 42nd Street.
Mark Bramble, co-author of the book for the original Broadway and West End productions of 42nd Street and director of the 2001 Tony Award® winning revival of 42nd Street, returns to direct the new West End production.
Previews from 28.01.2017
Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s musical The Girls receives its West End premiere at the Phoenix Theatre, based on the Firth's hit 2003 film Calendar Girls.
Based on a true story, a Women’s Institute group seek an innovative way to fundraise for a local hospital in memory of one of their husbands, becoming ordinary ladies who achieve the extraordinary in the process.
When the group come up with the idea of posing for a tasteful nude calendar, becoming the Yorkshire Calendar Girls, the story becomes a media sensation, and the group are thrust into the limelight – along with their friendships and strained personal lives.
Based on the true story, the film and then award-winning play have both received critical acclaim, with the latter at The Grand Theatre in Leeds and The Lowry Theatre, Salford, and the musical adaptation is now set to take the West End by storm.