The ATG office is buzzing with excitement at the announcement that Harry Potter is coming to the West End next summer! Not only is this the first official Harry Potter story to be seen on stage, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I and II is an entirely new story and forms book eight in the Harry Potter series. To make things even more unique, the show will be presented in two parts, intended to be seen consecutively over matinee and evening or over two evenings. Based on a new book by J.K Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, this new play by Jack Thorne is sure to be the biggest show of 2016.
The unforgettable theatrical phenomenon returns to London following an acclaimed international tour. The five-star smash hit production of Orwells dystopian masterpiece 1984 is back in London from 14th June. The 'definitive book of the 20th century' (The Guardian) is re-examined in a radical new staging exploring surveillance, identity and why Orwell's vision of the future is as relevant now as ever. Now seen by over a quarter of a million people, one of theatres most powerful event returns to London for a limited season. Dont miss out.
Thirty-five years after the ground-breaking original Broadway production, this UK and West End premiere of the sensational and iconic Tony Award®-winning musical Dreamgirls comes to the Savoy Theatre.
Inspired by R&B music acts in 1960s America, Dreamgirls transports you to a revolutionary time in American music history. Dreamgirls charts the tumultuous journey of a young female singing trio, from Chicago, Illinois called The Dreams, as they learn the hard lesson that show business is as tough as it is fabulous and features the classic songs And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going, I Am Changing, Listen and One Night Only.
Praised for their innovative and anarchic reinvention of the classics The Jamie Lloyd Company propels Christopher Marlowe's legendary Doctor Faustus into the here and now in an explosive and magical production starring Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) in his long-awaited return to the London stage.
Written and performed by BAFTA, Golden Globe and Academy Award nominated Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) and starring the likes of Kunal Nayyar (The Big Bang Theory), Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones), Katie Brayben (Beautiful, My Mother Said I Never Should, King Charles III, American Psycho) and Annapurna Sriram (Billions), The Spoils moves to it's new home in the West End. Nobody likes Ben. Ben doesnt even like Ben. He bullies everyone in his life, including his roommate Kalyan, an earnest Nepalese immigrant. When Ben discovers that his school crush is marrying a straight-laced banker, he sets out to destroy their relationship and win her back.
Following a critically-acclaimed, sell-out run at Theatre503 in 2015, Jon Brittain's Rotterdam returns to London this summer. A bittersweet comedy about gender, sexuality and being a long way from home from co-creator of Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho, and writer of What Would Spock Do? and The Sexual Awakening of Peter Mayo. Delving into important questions, and not short of laughs, this is a play not to miss.
The Adelphi Theatre welcomes Kinky
Boots and its Midlands-based footwear factory strut to the stage this 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.
Whats more theatrical than theatre about theatre? Ken Stott and Reece Shearsmith come together as lead actor Sir and Norman the dresser in this eagerly awaited revival of 'a wonderfully affectionate and intelligent play about the theatre' (The Guardian). Sir, the last in a dying breed of great English Shakespearean actors, is unwilling to take to the stage to deliver his renowned portrayal of King Lear. It falls to his faithful dresser Norman to rouse another great performance from him, to keep both the show and its star from falling apart. Make sure not to miss what is renowned as Ronald Harwoods greatest play.
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. Buy directly from the theatre for your Wicked tickets.
The stage adaptation of Disney's 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.
Here's 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 that's 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 Don't Cry and Oh What A Night.
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.
Are you seeing any of these productions this year? Are there any on your theatre bucket-list for 2016?
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