London Theatre News

The Grinning Man opens 18 December 2017

The new musical The Grinning Man, based on the novel by Victor Hugo, opens at London's Trafalgar Studios on Monday 18 December 2017, following public previews from Tuesday 5 December.
A strange new act has arrived at the Stokes Croft fair, a grotesque oasis of entertainment. Soon everyone from the gutter rats to the new Queen has fallen for the handmade freak Grinpayne and his hideously beautiful face. But who is he really? And how did he come to be so marked? Together with an old man, a blind girl and a wolf, he has a story to tell. A tale so tragic and so strange that not even he can guess how it will end.
Based the Victor Hugo 1869 novel The Laughing Man and adapted for the stage by Carl Grose, with lyrics by Carl Grose, Tom Morris, Tim Phillips and Marc Teitler, and music by Tim Phillips and Marc Teitler. This production comes into London's West End following an acclaimed run at the Bristol Old Vic in October 2016.
The cast in London will feature Louis Maskell as 'Grinpayne', the grinning man, and Julian Bleach as 'Barkilphedro', who are both reprising their roles from the Bristol production.
The Grinning Man is scheduled to play a limited two month run in the main space at the Trafalgar Studios up to Saturday 17 February 2018.

An American in Paris to close 6 January 2018

It has been confirmed that the Gershwin dance musical An American in Paris at the Dominion Theatre will close on Saturday 6 January 2018, following a West End run of 11 months.
Based on George and Ira Gershwin's classic Oscar-winning film and reimagined for the stage the musical follows a young American GI who pursues his dream to make it as a painter in Paris in the aftermath of war - but then he has a chance encounter with a beautiful young dancer...
Directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, with a cast of over 50 actors, dancers and musicians, this production transferred from New York's Broadway where the show run for 17 months at the Palace Theatre.
When this producion opened in London in March 2017 Quentin Letts in the Daily Mail praised the "repeatedly inventive staging" while Neil Norman in the Daily Express described how "there isn't a weak spot or a dull moment... gobsmackingly brilliant."
The next production at the Dominion Theatre has not been announced yet.
An American In Paris continues at the Dominion Theatre up to Saturday 6 January 2018.

Stephen Sondheim's Company starring Patti LuPone opens 10 October 2018

It has been announced that Marianne Elliott's 'gender-reversed' revival of Stephen Sondheim's musical Company will open at London's Gieldgud Theatre on Wednesday 10 October 2018, following public previews from Wednesday 26 September.
The legendary Broadway musical as you've never seen it before - with the lead role gender-swapped from 'Bobby' to 'Bobbi'.
It's Bobbi's birthday, and she's got company... Bobbi has always been content living alone. But now, on the eve of her 35th birthday, images of her married friends begin to haunt her. As she looks over her life she begins to wonder whether she's as happy and independent as she thought she was... A wry and witty take on love, sex and relationships in the big city.
The cast features Rosalie Craig as 'Bobbi' and Patti LuPone as 'Joanne', who sings 'The Ladies Who Lunch'.
Company at the Gielgud Theatre is currently scheduled to play uo to Saturday 22 December 2018.

Tina: The Tina Turner Musical opens 17 April 2018

The new stage show Tina: The Tina Turner Musical opens at the Aldwych Theatre on Tuesday 17 April 2018, following public previews from Wednesday 21 March.
Presented in association with Tina Turner, this new musical reveals her untold story from Nutbush in Tennessee through to her transformation into the global Queen of Rock'n'Roll - defying the bounds of age, gender and race.
Tina Turner says: "I am so excited to be bringing my musical to the West End! London is a place that means so much to me and had such a big impact on my music and my life. Returning now to tell my full story, in the city I love, feels like an important chapter and is truly exciting."
This production is directed by Phyllida Lloyd who is best known for bringing the long-running global smash-hit musical Mamma Mia! to the stage.
Tina: The Tina Turner Musical is currently taking bookings at the Aldwych Theatre up to Saturday 16 June 2018.

Zoe Wanamaker in Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party opens 18 January 2018

It has been announced that Ian Rickson's revival of Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party will open at the Harold Pinter Theatre on Thursday 18 January 2018, following public previews from Tuesday 9 January.
Stanley lodges in the seaside boarding house owned by Meg and Petey Boles. One day his peaceful existance is threatened by the arrival of mysterious strangers Goldberg and McCann who organise a birthday party - except Stanley insists it is not his birthday...
The cast for this revival will feature Zoe Wanamaker along with Toby Jones and Stephen Mangan and will be directed by Ian Rickson.
The Birthday Party is scheduled to play a three month season at the Harold Pinter Theatre up to Saturday 14 April 2018.

Baz Luhrmann's Strictly Ballroom opens 11 April 2018

It has been announced that Drew McOnie's stage musical production of Baz Luhrmann's Strictly Ballroom will open at London's Piccadilly Theatre on Wednesday 11 April 2018, following public previews from Friday 16 March.
Based on the Baz Luhrmann's 1992 multi-award-winning film, this stage musical tells the inspiring story of Scott Hastings - a championship ballroom dancer who defies all the rules and follows his heart, not only to find his true calling but also his true love. Featuring all the hit songs from the movie including Love Is In The Air, Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps and Time After Time along with a number of new songs.
This production, which is directed and choreographed by Drew McOnie, comes into London's West End following a successful Christmas season last year at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds.
Baz Luhrmann's Strictly Ballroom is currently booking at the Piccadilly Theatre up to Saturday 14 July 2018.

"Beautiful Funny Impossible" La Soirée returns 1 December 2018

The hit cabaret show La Soirée returns to London for a Christmas and New Year holiday season at the Aldwych Theatre opening on Friday 1 December 2017, following public previews from Friday 24 November.
Returning to London for it's fifth season since it was first staged at the Big Top Tent on London's Southbank in 2010, this show promises to once again amaze audiences with it's heady cocktail of cabaret, new burlesque, circus sideshow and contemporary variety in an inspirational night of live entertainment.
When this production was originally seen in London Brian Logan in The Guardian exclaimed: "Beautiful. Funny. Impossible. La Soiree's triumph is that there's not a single moment when one, two or all three of those terms don't apply" while Charles Spencer in The Daily Telegraph wrote that "frankly, good nights out don't come much better... mixing good humour and glamour with a thrilling frisson of danger, La Soiree offers a wonderfully warm and welcoming refuge from the cold, scary world outside."
This show is recommended for ages 18 and above - but for the first time, as part of the show's run, a special 'family-friendly, fun and daring hour-long show for cabaret fans of all ages from 8 to 80' is being presented under the title La Petite Soirée which take place at 3.00pm on Saturdays and selected days during the Christmas holidays.
La Soirée will play a two month season at the Aldwych Theatre up to Saturday 3 February 2018.

Christian Slater in Glengarry Glen Ross opens 9 November 2018

Sam Yates' major revival of David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross starring Christian Slater opens at the Playhouse Theatre on Thursday 9 November 2018, following public previews from Thursday 26 October.
Lie, Cheat, Steal... All in a day's work. David Mamet's modern classic is set in an office of cut-throat Chicago salesmen. Pitched in competition against each other, they will do anything, legal or otherwise, to sell the most real estate. In this world of high stakes and hard sell, the mantra is simple: close the deal and you've won a Cadillac; blow the lead and you're f***d.
The cast features Christian Slater as 'Ricky Roma' long with Robert Glenister, Kris Marshall, Stanley Townsend and Don Warrington.
Glengarry Glen Ross will play a three month season up to Saturday 3 February 2018.

Five Guys Named Moe extends over Christmas and New Year

Clarke Peters' revival of the musical Five Guys Named Moe - which opens at London's 'pop-up' Marble Arch Theatre on Thursday 14 August 2017 - has announced a three month extension over the Christmas and New Year holiday period, up to 17 February 2018.
Nomax's girl has walked out on him and he's got the blues. As he sits in his apartment drinking with the radio playing, suddenly five 'Moes' - Big Moe, Little Moe, No Moe, Eat Moe and Four-Eyed Moe - all appear from out of the radio to tell him about life and women... all to the soundtrack of forties saxophonist and singer Louis Jordan's music.
This production is performed 'in-the-round' in a specially built theatre which is located next to Marble Arch in central London.
Five Guys Named Moe will play for an extended season up to 17 February 2018.

Suranne Jones and Jason Watkins in Frozen opens 21 February 2018

Jonathan Munby's revival of Bryony Lavery's play Frozen opens at the Haymarket Theatre on Wednesday 21 February 2018, following public preview from Friday 9 February.
One sunny evening, 10-year-old Rhoda goes missing. Her mother, Nancy, retreats into a state of frozen hope. Agnetha, an American academic comes to England to research a thesis Serial Killing - a forgivable act? Then there's Ralph, a loner with a bit of previous who's looking for some distraction... Drawn together by horrific circumstances, these three embark upon a long dark journey which finally curves upward into the light.
The cast for this revival, which is directed by Jonathan Munby, features Suranne Jones and Jason Watkins.
Frozen will play a 12-week season up to Saturday 5 May 2018.

Bat Out Of Hell "to return to London in 2018"

After completing a successful and extended 14 week summer season this year at the London Coliseum, it has been confirmed that Jay Scheib's production of Bat out of Hell will return to London during 2018 - with dates, venue and casting all to be announced.
Based on Meat Loaf's most famous album, the musical follows the eternally young Strat and his wild gang, The Lost, as they roam the streets of post-apocalyptic Obsidian, ruled by the tyrannical Falco. When Strat falls in love with Falco’s daughter, Raven, he sets out to rescue her in a full throttle tale of teenage love, youthful rebellion and living the rock‘n’roll dream.
When this production was seen earlier this year Neil Norman in the Daily Express said it was "rock'n'roll in extremis... the songs hold up and there is a pleasurable kick of familiarity" while Ann Treneman in the Times highlighted that the music "remains epic... it's all revved up, with some place to go. Vroom!"

Apologia: "stinging dialogue and sparky performances"

Jamie Lloyd's production of Alexi Kaye Campbell's play Apologia starring Stockard Channing opened at London's Trafalgar Studios on Thursday 3 August 2017.
Kristin Miller is a firebrand liberal matriarch and eminent art historian. But then a birthday gathering that should be a cause for celebration brings cracks in her family relationships to the surface with the recent publication of her memoir which detail a background of left-wing Sixties politics, and European intellectual bohemia, but fails to mention her children. When her son decides to challenge her version of their lives, the cost of her devotion to art and to her principles starts to emerge.
The cast features Stockard Channing as 'Kristin Miller' along with Freema Agyeman, Desmond Barrit, Laura Carmichael and Joseph Millson.
When this production opened Neil Norman in the Daily Express praised the "stinging dialogue and sparky performances" adding that "director Jamie Lloyd delivers a satisfyingly bumpy ride and it is hard to take your eyes off Stockard Channing." In the London Evening Standard Henry Hitchings noted how the production "has a satisfying vividness. With Stockard Channing at the heart of all its richest moments, it has plenty of bite and some big laughs."
Apologia continues at the Trafalgar Studio 1 up to Saturday 18 November 2017.

William Peter Blatty's Exorcist opens 20 October 2018

John Pielmeier's stage adapation of William Peter Blatty's novel Exorcist opens in London at the Phoenix Theatre on Friday 20 October 2017.
When the medical profession fails to provide answers to young Regan’s strange symptoms, her desperate mother Chris turns to a local priest for help. But before Father Damien can tackle what's before him, he must overcome his own shaken beliefs, as this fight is for more than just one girl's soul...
William Peter Blatty's best-selling novel - based on true events - is perhaps best-known for the 1973 movie adaptation which won two Oscars. This stage adaptation, directed by Sean Mathias, transfers to London's West End following a successful season at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre in November 2016. Casting for the London run is to be announced.
Exorcist will have a five month run up to Saturday 10 March 2018.

Craig Revel Horwood stars as Miss Hannigan in Annie from 18 September 2017

It has been announced that Craig Revel Horwood will take over the role of Miss Hannigan in Nikolai Foster’s revival production of the musical Annie at the Piccadilly Theatre from Monday 18 September 2017.
Although now best known for being a choreographer and a judge on TV' Strictly Come Dancing, Craig Revel Horwood has previously performed in a number of West End show. He also performed the role 'Miss Hannigan' in Nikolai Foster’s original 2015 touring production of Annie.
Craig Revel Horwood is scheduled to play the role up to Sunday 26 November 2017. Please note that he will not be performing on Saturdays, and other selected dates.
Miranda Hart, who originated the role of 'Miss Hannigan' in this West End revival when it opened in June 2017, will play her last performance on Sunday 17 September 2017.
The musical Annie at the Piccadilly Theatre is currently booking up to Sunday 18 February 2018.

Jeremy Irons in Long Day's Journey Into Night opens 6 February 2018

It has been announced that Richard Eyre's revival of Eugene O'Neill's play Long Day's Journey into Night starring Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville - previously seen in March 2016 at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre - will transfer London's Wyndham's Theatre on Tuesday 6 February 2018, following public previews from Saturday 27 January.
"The past is the present, isn't it? It's the future, too." Set in August 1912, Eugene O'Neill's masterpiece unfolds over one long summer's day in the life of the troubled Tyrone family - James and Mary Tyrone and their sons, Jamie and Edmund. An extraordinary psychological epic, centring around the Mother's painful decline into morphine addiction, with all four family members battle their demons, their pasts, and one another in four extraordinary personal struggles as the family disintegrates into physical and spiritual ruin. Hailed as one of the finest plays in the history of American theatre.
Long Day's Journey Into Night will play for a limited three month season up to Saturday 7 April 2018.

Rhys Ifans in A Christmas Carol opens 29 November 2017

Jack Thorne's new stage adapation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol starring Rhys Ifans will open at London's Old Vic Theatre on Wednesday 29 November 2017, following public previews from Saturday 18 November.
On a bitter Christmas Eve night a cold-hearted miser is visited by four ghosts. Transported to worlds past, present and future, Ebenezer Scrooge witnesses what a lifetime of fear and selfishness has led to and sees with fresh eyes the lonely life he has built for himself. Can Ebenezer be saved before it's too late?
Directed by Matthew Warchus, this new production features Rhys Ifans as 'Ebenezer Scrooge' and promises to be an uplifting family show suitable for ages 11 and above.
A Christmas Carol will play for a limited nine week holiday season up to Saturday 20 January 2018.

Derren Brown's 'greatest hits' show Undergound opens 11 September 2017

It has been announced that the illusionist and mentalist Derren Brown will bring his 'greatest hits' stage show Underground to London's Playhouse Theatre for a five week season from Monday 11 September 2017.
Featuring the 'best bits' from Derren Brown's previous West End stage shows from the last 14 years, this live stage show once again promises to be a spell-binding experience of magical genius and epic showmanship. Devised and performed by Derren Brown and directed by Andrew O'Connor and Andy Nyman.
Derren Brown's Undergound will run at the Playhouse Theatre up to Saturday 14 October 2017.

James Graham's "super, soaraway smash" Ink to transfer to West End 19 September 2017

It has been confirmed that, following an acclaimed sold-old season at the Almeida Theatre in North London, Rupert Goold's production of James Graham's new play Ink will transfer to the West End's Duke of York's Theatre on Tuesday 19 September 2017, following public previews from Saturday 9 September.
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. The story behind the birth of Britain's most popular, controversial and influential newspaper.
The cast for the West End transfer will feature Bertie Carvel as 'Rupert Murdoch' and Richard Coyle as 'Larry Lamb', the first editor of the Sun newspaper. When this production was seen at the Almeida Theatre in June 2017, Dominic Cavendish in the Daily Telegraph praised how "James Graham has surely penned a super, soaraway smash" while Michael Billington in the Guardian hailed it as being "a good and gripping piece of theatre... a first-rate play about newspapers."
Ink will play a limited four month season at the Duke of York's Theatre up to Saturday 6 January 2018.

Alan Ayckbourn's 'dystopian future' play The Divide opens 3 February 2018

It has been confirmed that Annabel Bolton's West End Premiere of Alan Ayckbourn's new play The Divide will open at the Old Vic Theatre on Saturday 3 February 2018, following public previews from Tuesday 30 January - and will play for a very strictly limited run of just seven two-part performances. Alan Ayckbourn's play is set a century from now, in the aftermath of a deadly contagion which has decimated the English population and rendered contact between men and women fatal. Under the dictates of an elusive Preacher, an unthinkable solution is enforced. A vision of a dystopian future defined by brutal repression and forbidden love. The cast features Erin Doherty and Jake Davies with Clare Burt, Sian Thomas and Finty Williams. Prior to the West End this production will be presented at Edinburgh's King's Theatre as part of the 2017 Edinburgh International Festival. The Divide will play at London's Old Vic Theatre up to Saturday 10 February 2018.