2018 is set to be a good year for the West End, with lots of well-known faces treading the boards. Here’s our pick of shows to see
Check out our round-up of shows to see in the West End over the next few months, and save on prices with Boundless Tickets…
Who: Meera Syal
Where: Piccadilly Theatre
When: Until 18 February 2018
Including unforgettable songs like 'It’s the Hard Knock Life', 'I Don’t Need Anything But You', and 'Tomorrow', this production of the award-winning musical has received rave reviews, bringing to life little orphan Annie’s search for her parents in 1930s New York. One of the big draws is actor and comedian Meera Syal, who follows Craig Revel Horwood in the role of spiteful Miss Hannigan, who runs the orphanage.
Who: Juliet Stevenson and Lia Williams
Where: Duke of York’s Theatre
When: 13 January–31 March 2018
Following a critically acclaimed, sold-out season last year, here’s another chance to see two actors take on two roles – who plays Elizabeth I and who will play Mary Stuart is decided by a coin toss at the start of each performance. This political tragedy then plays out some of the most crucial days in British history. As the tagline says: ‘Two queens. One in power. One in prison. It’s all in the execution’.
The Birthday Party
Who: Zoë Wanamaker, Toby Jones and Stephen Mangan
Where: Harold Pinter Theatre
When: 9 January–14 April 2018
Celebrating 60 years since its debut, Harold Pinter’s black comedy about the absurd terrors of the everyday returns to the West End with a starry cast. Stanley Webber (Jones) is the only lodger at Meg (Wanamaker) and Petey Boles’ seaside boarding house, until strangers Goldberg (Mangan) and McCann arrive and turn a nice birthday party into a nightmare.
Who: Suranne Jones and Jason Watkins
Where: Theatre Royal Haymarket
When: 9 February–5 May 2018
Not to be confused with the Disney story, this award-winning psychological thriller is about a mother’s worst nightmare. One sunny evening, a young girl walks to visit her grandmother but never arrives. What follows is a story of remorse and redemption, exploring the interwoven lives of three strangers as they try to make sense of the unimaginable. Starring Suranne Jones (Doctor Foster) and Jason Watkins (Line of Duty, Taboo).
Strictly Ballroom The Musical
Who: Will Young
Where: Piccadilly Theatre
When: 16 March–21 July 2018
Missing Strictly Come Dancing? Fill the void with the feel-good story of Strictly Ballroom, the film that inspired the hit show and sparked a ballroom craze on its release in 1992. The adaptation features the iconic songs 'Love is in the Air'; 'Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps' and 'Time After Time'.
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