Shakespeare's Globe and Sonia Friendman Productions join forces once more to deliver Claire van Kampen's mesmorising new play Farinelli and the King. This hotly anticipated transfer makes its way into the Duke of York's Theatre, fresh from a sold-out run at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at the Globe, in September. Will castrato Farinelli trade his fame and fortune for a life of solitude to save Spain's King Philippe V from depression and insomnia?
Based on the 2002 British film, the eagerly anticipated musical adaptation of Bend It Like Beckham kicks off in the Phoenix Theatre from May. The BAFTA and Golden Globe nominated film is based on one girls struggle of being caught between family traditions and living her dreams. With an original score combining the best sounds of both the East and West, this musical is sure to bring an Indian summer to even the dreariest of British summer days.
This eagerly anticipated Broadway musical, based on the life and career of chart-topping music legend Carole King, finally landed in London this month to rave responses from its preview audiences. Packed with hits written by King, her husband Gerry Goffin and fellow song-writing friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, this feel-good musical will have you singing from your seat and dancing the Locomotion in the aisles.
Fresh from the Chichester Festival Theatre where it received an abundance of rave reviews, Broadways greatest musical Gypsy transfers to the Savoy Theatre in March. This moving Sondheim musical features BAFTA and Olivier Award-winning actress Imelda Staunton as Momma Rose; a legendary Burlesque dancer trekking across America with her two ambitious young daughters.
From UK tour to West End residency, this comedy of bad manners plays at the Duke of Yorks Theatre from April. Noel Cowards hilarious play features the Bliss family an unconventional, risqué bunch on a weekend trip away to Berkshire and stars The Good Lifes Felicity Kendall as Judith.
The Adelphi Theatre says goodbye to one lot of factory workers and hello to another, as Made in Dagenham and the Ford Factory leave the theatre from April and Kinky Boots and its Midlands-based footwear factory strut on in from August. The mega-hit Broadway musical, with music by pop sensation Cyndi Lauper, tells the story of a struggling shoe factory that needs an unlikely friendship to give it a fresh and fabulous new lease of life. Tickets go on sale on Monday 2 March, so make sure youre first in line when they do by signing up to the waitlist.
The legendary musical carried home a whopping nine Whats On Stage awards this month; a reflection of its triumphant success since landing back in London just last year after a 15-year break. Based on Puccinis Madame Butterfly, the show tells a similarly tragic tale of a romance torn apart in the midst of war.
Heres a musical that will set you right back to the era that inspired generations through their groovy music and iconic dancing. Sunny Afternoon follows the highs and lows of hit British band The Kinks and their legendary journey to the top of the charts. A great British musical for a great British band.
If a worldwide smash-hit musical thats recently been adapted for film sounds like your kind of show, then Jersey Boys is definitely for you. This Olivier Award-winning musical follows the remarkable rise to stardom of rock n roll legends Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and features all of their biggest hits including Sherry, Big Girls Dont Cry and Oh What A Night.
The stage adaptation of Disneys The Lion King is as magical now as it was when it first opened in the West End back in 1999. Clad with a magical set, stunning costumes and imaginative puppetry, this breathtaking show will take you on an African journey through the pride lands, as Simba and his friends fight to rightfully reclaim his kingdom.
With awards for Most Popular Show and Best West End Show under its belt (2010 and 2011), this positively emerald musical continues to amaze its audiences night after night. A prequel to hit musical The Wizard of Oz, its story follows the unlikely friendship between the Witches of Oz - long before Dorothy and her ruby red slippers appeared.
It's been in the West End for over 25 years and over 7 million people have lived to tell its tale - one which has been dubbed as one of the most chilling and successful theatre events ever staged. Get your heart pumping and your palms sweaty as you test your scare threshold with this gripping play. Go on, we dare you.
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