Must-See London & West End Theatre shows in 2017: Best seats, hot tickets & top ticketing tips!

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Mad about Lin-Manuel Miranda? Crazy for Follies? Can’t wait for Angels in America? 2017 is set to be a blockbuster year for West End Theatre. So what are the Must-See shows, when do they start and how can you get the very best seats? Here,with ticketing tips, are our unmissable shows for the year ahead:

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS
Dominion Theatre from 4 March

An American in Paris sweeps into London from 4 March
An American in Paris sweeps into London from 4 March


If you loved Crazy for You, you’ll adore An American in Paris. The show opened in Paris and then took Broadway by storm and now the multi-award-winning production is heading across the pond to thrill London audiences.

What’s it about?
American GI Jerry Mulligan is desperately trying to make his way as a painter in Paris when he meets beautiful young dancer Lise. This chance encounter opens up a whole new world to Jerry, one in which art, sensuality, friendship and love combine against the troubled backdrop of post-war France.

Why should I see it?
The show features Broadway stars Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope as Jerry Mulligan and Lise Dassin, and the dancing is outstanding. It’s a flawless marriage of music, dance and romance, featuring more than fifty musicians, actors and dancers as well as many of George and Ira Gershwin’s most popular songs, including ‘I Got Rhythm’ and ‘They Can’t Take That Away From Me’.

How can I get tickets?
Tickets for An American in Paris are on sale now
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Top Tip: The Dominion has some of the best leg-room in the West End. Even rear stalls seats are good and because the theatre is wide, you won’t feel far away. Reduced price previews begin on Saturday 4 March.

Running time 2h30 including one interval

ANGELS IN AMERICA
Lyttelton Theatre from 11 April

Angels in America
Angels in America at the National Theatre from 11 April

This new staging of Tony Kushner’s multi-award winning two-part play is directed by Olivier and Tony award winning director Marianne Elliott (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and War Horse).

What’s it about?
America in the mid-1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell. It’s performed in two parts, and you really do need to see both parts.

Why should I see it?
It will make you laugh, cry and break your heart. The play’s author, Tony Kushner said: ‘I’m delighted that the production features a cast so fantastic I wouldn’t dare dream it up…” Andrew Garfield (The Social Network) plays Prior Walter along with a cast including Denise Gough (People, Places and Things), Nathan Lane (The Producers) and Russell Tovey (Being Human).

How can I get tickets?
Book through the National Theatre website. Angels in America Part One and Part Two will also be operating an Angels ballot where you’ll be in with a chance of accessing up to two tickets for each part, from a special allocation of £20 tickets per performance. Further details will be announced in the new year. Sign up for news on Angels in America and be amongst the first to hear more about the ballot.

On the day of the performance, twenty £15/£18 Day Tickets will be available in person at 9.30am from the ground floor box office. Max 2 per customer. Day Tickets on two-play days cost £30/£33 and are only available as a combined ticket to attend both Part One and Part Two.

Running time is estimated at approximately 3h30m for each part

CAROUSEL
London Coliseum from 7 April

Alfie Boe & Katherine Jenkins
Alfie Boe & Katherine Jenkins star in Carousel for 5 weeks only.


Rodgers & Hammerstein’s iconic musical Carousel comes to the London Coliseum in a semi-staged production, starring Katherine Jenkins and Alfie Boe.

What’s it about?
Fifteen years after getting caught up in an armed robbery and taking his own life, the charming carousel barker Billy Bigelow gets a chance to return to earth and make amends. Discovering that his daughter Louise has grown into a lonely, troubled teenager, haunted by her father’s legacy, Billy vows to restore pride to his family.

Why should I see it?
Carousel was voted by Time as the greatest musical of the 20th Century. It contains some of the finest songs ever written by Rodgers & Hammerstein, including If I Loved You and You’ll Never Walk Alone. This semi-staged production stars Alfie Boe and Katherine Jenkins* and if you don’t cry at least once you’re probably made of tin.
*Katherine Jenkins will not appear on Tuesday 18 April. 

How can I get tickets?
Tickets for Carousel are on sale now
 

Running time tbc

DON JUAN IN SOHO
Wyndham’s Theatre from 17 March

Don Juan in Soho
David Tennant stars in Don Juan in Soho from 17 March


David Tennant makes a welcome and hotly anticipated return to the West End in Patrick Marber’s funny, sexy and shocking Don Juan in Soho.

What’s it about?
Based on Molière’s classic Don Juan, playwright Patrick Marber (Closer) moves the action to London’s Soho where the insatiable Don Juan mercilessly pursues women in open defiance of the consequences. But fate will not be denied.

Why should I see it?
Disturbingly dark, cruelly hilarious and unapologetically dirty, Don Juan in Soho garnered rave reviews when it opened at the Donmar Warehouse a decade ago with Rhys Ifans in the title role. Now, with the acclaimed David Tennant (Doctor Who, Broadchurch) taking over as the incurable cad, Marber’s devilish play continues to appall and amuse, taking aim at the idiosyncrasies and idiocies of the modern age and exploring the darker recesses of the human heart. 

How can I get tickets?
Tickets for Don Juan in Soho are on sale now.

Running time tbc

DREAMGIRLS
Savoy Theatre – opened December 2016

Dreamgirls opened to stunning reviews
Dreamgirls opened to stunning reviews at the Savoy Theatre


With a book and lyrics by Tom Eyen and music by Henry Krieger, Dreamgirls won six Tony Awards when it opened on Broadway over three decades ago.

What’s it about?
Set in America in the 1960s, Dreamgirls tells the story of a trio of young women singers called The Dreams. The musical follows the group’s stormy journey from their hometown of Chicago up the greasy pole of success and celebrity.

Why should I see it?

Even in preview, Glee powerhouse Amber Riley* has been blowing audiences away and – almost unknown for London – has even enjoyed standing ovations mid-way through the show. Dreamgirls features R&B classics such as ‘And I Am Telling You…’, ‘One Night Only’ and ‘Dreamgirls’.

*Amber Riley is not scheduled to perform on Wednesday evenings

How can I get tickets?
Tickets for Dreamgirls are on sale now
. If you don’t mind gambling, a limited number of front row day seats are available in a lottery accessed via the TodayTix App. Download the App from http://www.todaytix.co.uk, unlock the Rush Ticketing feature by sharing on Facebook or Twitter, and you can enter the daily draw to be allowed to buy tickets.

Running time tbc

FOLLIES
Oliver Theatre from late 2017 – date tbc

Follies
Follies is scheduled for the National Theatre in late 2017


The National has announced a revival of Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman’s musical, Follies, starring Imelda Staunton (Sally Durant Plummer), which will be directed by Dominic Cooke, also starring Janie Dee (Phyllis Stone) and Philip Quast (Benjamin Stone) in the Olivier Theatre.

What’s it about?
In a crumbling Broadway Theatre scheduled for demolition, two couples, Buddy and Sally and Benjamin and Phyllis attend a reunion. Sally and Phyllis were showgirls but both couples now have deeply unhappy marriages. During the show, some of the former showgirls perform their old numbers, sometimes accompanied by the ghosts of their former selves. 

Why should I see it?
Philip Quast, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton are already lined up to star in Sondheim’s love song to Theatre. Songs include Broadway Baby, In Buddy’s Eyes and I’m Still Here. Losing My Mind will tear your heart out. Bring tissues and a heart surgeon. 

How can I get tickets?
Keep an eye on the National Theatre website. If you’re a regular theatregoer, it’s worth considering one of the NT’s memberships – you’ll then get the chance to priority book. If you miss out, the NT also offers Day Seats and the Friday Rush.

Running time tbc

HAMILTON
Victoria Palace Theatre from late 2017 – date 
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Hamilton
Hamilton opens in London in late 2017 – tickets will be like gold-dust

In 2016 Hamilton was nominated for a record-breaking 16 Tony awards, winning 11. Hamilton has broken all sorts of records on Broadway, not least for the amount of money it can demand for tickets.

What’s it about?
The real events surrounding America’s political foundation as well as Alexander Hamilton’s intriguing love life. The show is a history lesson in American Independence, but a hell of a lot more fun than history EVER was at school and packs an emotional punch that’s off the Richter scale.

Why should I see it?
Audience reaction in America has been nothing short of ecstatic. The show’s writer, Lin-Manuel Miranda is expected to appear in the show in London, although it’s fairly certain that won’t be from the start but even so, the show is far bigger than any of its stars. 

How can I get tickets?
If you haven’t already pre-registered for tickets, you’ll have to try your luck when the show goes on public sale on 30 January. You can immediately expect to see tickets on sale on secondary ticketing sites for crazy prices, but buyer beware! Only book through official channels like Hamilton The Musical. Because of demand from the USA, tickets will be like gold-dust. If you pre-registered, you can buy from January 16.

It’s expected that the basic top ticket will be £85, with premium seats going for between £150-200. The US production runs a cheaper ticket scheme for students and released a daily lottery of $10 (£7) tickets – we don’t know if that will happen in the West End. On Broadway, tickets have been known to change hands for in excess of $1,000.

Running time estimated at 2h45m

THE GOAT, OR WHO IS SYLVIA?
Theatre Royal Haymarket from 24 March.

The Goat
The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? – causing offence from 24 March


Damian Lewis and Sophie Okonedo return to the West End to star in the darkly comic masterpiece, Edward Albee’s The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia?

What’s it about?
Martin is at the pinnacle of life: he has a loving wife and son, a hugely successful career as an architect, and the commission of a lifetime, but when he embarks upon an affair that breaks all taboos, familial relationships implode.

Why should I see it?
Former Royal Court Artistic Director Ian Rickson directs – if it’s anywhere even close to the 2004 production which starred a young Eddie Redmayne, it’s likely to be one of the most disturbing and electric events of the theatrical year. Be warned, the show is extremely adult and you can expect the audience to leave looking horrified.

How can I get tickets?
Tickets for The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia are on sale now
. A limited number of Day Seats will be available at £15 from 10am in person at the theatre on the day of the show. Maximum two per person. These seats will be very close and you may not see the full depth of the stage.

Running time estimate at 90 minutes, no interval

WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?
Harold Pinter Theatre from 22 February

Who's Afraid
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf from 22 February


James Macdonald directs a new production of multi Tony and Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Edward Albee’s landmark play Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? It seems Albee is very much the flavour of 2017.

What’s it about?
In the early hours of the morning on the campus of an American college, Martha, much to her husband George’s displeasure, has invited the new professor Nick and his wife Honey to their home for some after-party drinks. As the alcohol flows and dawn approaches, the young couple are drawn into George and Martha’s toxic games until the evening reaches its climax in a moment of devastating truth-telling.

Why should I see it?
Devastating, achingly sad and Starring Olivier and Bafta award-winning actress Imelda Staunton, Olivier award-winner Conleth Hill (Game Of Thrones, Stones In His Pockets, The Producers) and Olivier award-winner Luke Treadaway, who won an Olivier Award for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

How can I get tickets?
Tickets for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? are on sale now
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Running time tbc

WOYZECK
The Old Vic from 12 May

John Boyega stars in Woyzeck from
John Boyega stars in Woyzeck from 12 May


The multi-award winning Jack Thorne breathes new life into Woyzeck, one of the most influential plays ever written, creating for our time what Büchner intended for his: an unforgettable howl of rage. Starring John Boyega (Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens).

What’s it about?
It’s 1980s Berlin. The Cold War rages and the world sits at a crossroads between Capitalism and Communism. On the border between East and West, a young soldier (John Boyega) and the love of his life are desperately trying to build a better future for their child. But the cost of escaping poverty is high, and its tragic consequences unfold in this searing tale of the people society leaves behind.

Why should I see it?
It’s a rare chance to see John Boyega on stage – and if you’re a Star Wars fan that makes it an absolute must. Be prepared for violence and possible nudity, which sound perfectly marvellous…just don’t bring the kids! 

How can I get tickets?
Tickets for Woyzek are on sale now
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Running time tbc

TAPE FACE
Garrick Theatre from 6 June

Tape Face
Tape Face – at the Garrick Theatre from 6 June

For 7 weeks only, catch this spectacular modern reimagining of silent comedy at the Garrick Theatre, from the artist formerly known as The Boy with Tape on His Face – finalist of America’s Got Talent 2016.

What’s it about?
The show is a spectacular modern reimagining of silent comedy. Tape Face’s humour is simple, charming and clever and his physical comedy transcends all culture and language barriers.

Why should I see it?
Visually stunning, heart-stopping, and hilarious – you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and when it’s over you’ll be completely lost for words.

Running time tbc

And finally….if you haven’t yet seen Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts 1 & 2, then we’d strongly advise registering for updates. Each time tickets have been released they have sold out within hours.

Check out all the exciting shows the West End has to offer and get the very best seats From The Box Office! Have a great 2017 and happy theatregoing!