London Theatre News

Urinetown transfers to West End from 29 September 2014

Following an acclaimed sell-out season at the St James Theatre in Victoria, Jamie Lloyd's production of the new musical Urinetown, written by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis, will transfer to the West End's Apollo Theatre in Shaftesbury Avenue from Monday 29 September 2014. Set in a town where the privilege to pee has become a punishable offence - there is no such thing as rent free relief until Bobby Strong appears – with more than a good set of pipes – and starts a revolution! Urinetown will play for a strictly limited four month season up to Saturday 24 January 2014.

Cats the Musical returns from 6 Dec 2014 to 28 Feb 2015

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking musical Cats returns to the West End when it opens at the London Palladium on Thursday 11 December 2014, following public previews from Saturday 6 December. Featuring lyrics based on Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot, this production is being re-directed especially for the London Palladium while Andrew Lloyd Webber is expected to update parts of the musical including making the character of Rum Tum Tugger into a contemporary street cat with the song 'The Rum Tum Tugger' turned into a rap. Cats the Musical will play for a a strictly limited 12 week season up to 28 February 2015.

Marti Pellow in Evita opens 22 September 2014

Marti Pellow stars as 'Che' in a revial of the Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Evita which will re-open the newly refurbished Dominion Theatre on Monday 22 September 2014, following public previews from Tuesday 16 September. The cast also features Madalena Alberto in the title role of 'Eva Peron'. This revival of Evita, which comes into London following a successful regional tour, is directed by Bob Tomson and Bill Kenwright and will play for a strictly limited season of just 55 performances up to 1 November 2014.

Lindsay Lohan in Speed-the-Plow opens 2 October 2014

Lindsay Posner's revival of David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow starring Lindsay Lohan as 'Karen' opens at the Playhouse Theatre on Thursday 2 October 2014, following pubic previews from Wednesday 24 September. When a hugely bankable star agrees to appear in a sure-fire commercial hit, film producers Bobby Gould and Charlie Fox are convinced this is the break of a lifetime. But then Bobby's secretary Karen persuades him to dump the blockbuster in favour of a story which can only be described as box-office poison and then Charlie is forced to resort to desperate measures... Speed-the-Plow plays for a limited season up to Saturday 29 November 2014.

Sunny Afternoon from 4 October 2014

Following a sell-out season at the Hampstead Theatre, the new 'Kinks' musical Sunny Afternoon transfers to the Harold Pinter Theatre on Tuesday 28 October 2014, following public previews from 4 October. Exploring the rise to stardom of Ray Davies and the Kinks, Sunny Afternoon is set against the back-drop of a Britain caught mid-swing between the conservative 50s and riotous 60s, showing both the euphoric highs and agonising lows of one of Britain’s most iconic bands and the irresistible music that influenced generations. Sunny Afternoon will play a limited season up to Saturday 29 November 2014.

Some Girl I Used To Know opens 22 August 2014

Denise Van Outen stars in the one woman musical play Some Girl I Used to Know which opens at the Arts Theatre on Friday 22 August 2014. Featuring a mix tape of songs from the 80s and 90s including Culture Club and Soft Cell, the musical centres around Stephanie - played by Densise Van Outen - who gets a Facebook poke from a blast-from-the-past and all the old memories start flooding back to a time when hair was big and Stephanie and her friends partied hard. But with those old memories come the old temptations.... Some Girl I Used to Know plays a limited three week season up to Saturday 13 September 2014.

Irving Berlin's White Christmas opens 12 November 2014

Morgan Young's stage musical production of Irving Berlin's White Christmas starring Aled Jones and Tom Chambers opens at the Dominion Theatre on Wednesday 12 November 2014, following previews from 8 November. The musical tells the story of two former army buddies Bob Wallace and Phil David who, on arriving at the ski resort in Vermont at Christmas, discover they are the only guests because there is no snow! So to help out they stage their Broadway bound Revue at the resort as well as making a television appeal to their army buddies to show up on Christmas Eve. White Christmas the Musical will have a strictly limited run up to Saturday 3 January 2015.

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown opens 12 Jan

The Broadway musical Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, based on the film by Pedro Almodóvar, opens at the Playhouse Theatre on Monday 12 January 201, following public previews from Saturday 20 December 2014. Set in Madrid, this musical comedy centres around Pepa and her friends as they juggle their everyday lives and extraordinary moments in a surprising, heart-breaking and rebellious way. Especially reconceived and re-imagined for the West End stage this production stars Tamsin Greig and will play for a limited season up to Saturday 9 May 2015.

Dance Til Dawn opens 3 November 2014

Dance partners Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace's brand new show Dance Til Dawn opens at the Aldwych Theatre on Monday 3 November 2014, following public previews from 23 October. Celebrating the Golden Age of Hollywood this sensational new production fuses Big Band hits, dance, romance and comedy as it transport the audience to the seductive age of Los Angeles in the 1940s. This dance production comes into London's West End as part of a major UK tour and follows the success of their 2012 show Midnight Tango which played two seasons in the West End. Dance Til Dawn will play for a limited 10 week season up to Saturday 3 January 2015.

The Snowman returns 26 Nov 2014 to 4 Jan 2015

The stage dance version of Raymond Briggs' well-loved book The Snowman returns to the Peacock Theatre this Christmas for it's record-breaking seventeenth annual season from Wednesday 26 November 2014 to Sunday 4 January 2015. When a boy's snowman comes to life on Christmas Eve, the two friends set off and a night-time quest for adventure. Featuring the haunting 'Walking in the Air', The Snowman provides a captivating mix of dance, stagecraft and music performed by a live band and is the perfect introduction to dance for children aged two and upwards.

The Snow Dragon from 9 Dec 2014 to 4 Jan 2015

Toby Mitchell's children's stage show The Snow Dragon is being presented at the St James Theatre this Christmas from Tuesday 9 December 2014. Billy is a spoilt young goat whose parents give him everything he wants. And what he doesn’t get from them, he steals from his friends. Then, on New Year’s Eve, Billy is looking forward to the annual visit of the legendary Snow Dragon, who will bring him even more goodies during the night, but then Billy bumps into some hungry wolves in the forest. Suitable for children aged from three upwards The Snow Dragon plays special daytime performances up to Sunday 4 January 2015.

Peppa Pig's Big Splash returns 2 Dec to 4 Jan

Following a successful season at the Criterion last Christmas, Pepppa Pig and her friend's return this Christmas with special daytime performances at the Criterion Theatre from Tuesday 2 December 2014 to Sunday 4 January 2015. The nursery roof is leaking and Peppa and her friends need to fix it - quick! As they set up a fete to raise the money for the repairs, they'll need your help to make sure everything goes smoothly. There's also a Champion Puddle Jumping competition judged by Mr Potato where everyone gets wet and Peppa needs to find her Golden Boots! Peppa Pig's Big Splash will play special daytime performances in the morning and afternoons on slected days.

Ye Gam's Jump returns for 5th time from 28 Oct to 15 Nov

The YE GAM Theatre Company present their critically acclaimed show Jump at the Peacock Theatre from Tuesday 28 October to Saturday 15 November 2014.Jump is a high-octane display of the ancient Korean fighting art of Tae-kwon-do, including jaw-dropping flips, dazzling acrobatics, sword fights and wickedly observed kung-fu pastiches, crossed with a sitcom - think Jackie Chan meets Buster Keaton in a hilarious blend of martial arts, acrobatics and perfectly-timed slapstick comedy that has to be seen to be believed - and has proved to be so popular with London audiences that it returns for it's fifth season this year.

June 2014 News