2019 is just around the corner, and while many shows may be saying goodbye to the twinkling lights on London’s glitzy West End, there’s no shortage of fantastic new shows to take their place. Lucky for you, we’ve rounded up the most unmissable shows that will be opening in the early stages of next year…
All About Eve
First up is psychological thriller ‘All About Eve’. Directed by Ivo van Hove and starring acting powerhouses Lily James (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Disney’s Cinderella) and Gillian Anderson (The X-Files, Hannibal), this ‘razor-sharp’ adaptation lifts the curtain on a world of jealousy and ambition. Previews begin on February 7th, book now from just £17.25.
The final play in the critically-acclaimed Pinter at the Pinter season, Betrayal, will be directed by Jamie Lloyd and star Golden Globe and Olivier award-winner Tom Hiddleston (The Night Manager, Thor). Described as “the greatest, and the most moving, of all Pinter’s plays”, this adaptation will start a strictly limited 12-week engagement from March 5th. Book from just £18.
Home, I’m Darling
The National Theatre had phenomenal success this year, and this is just one of the multiple productions that got a West End transfer. Beginning on January 26th, Laura Wade’s ‘piercingly funny’ (Time Out) new play stars Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd, Humans) asks how happily married are the happily married? Book tickets now from £21.60.
The Twilight Zone
Adapted by Anne Washburn (Mr Burns) and directed by Olivier Award-winner Richard Jones, this “piercingly smart” (Time Out) production of the acclaimed CBS Television series lands at the Ambassador’s Theatre, fresh from a rapturously received, sell-out run at the Almeida Theatre. Opening in March, you can book tickets now from just £23.40.
The Lehman Trilogy
While The Lehman Trilogy, another of the sold-out National Theatre productions that got a West End transfer, doesn’t open until May 2019, we’re sure it will be well worth the wait! Directed by James Bond frontman Sam Mendes (Skyfall), Stefano Massini’s vast and poetic play stars Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles playing the Lehman Brothers, their sons and their grandsons. Don’t miss out, book now from £21.60.
Come From Away
Awarded the Tony® Award for Best Direction of a Musical, Christopher Ashley’s production guides audiences through a colourful and spirited cast of characters, brought to life by Tony® and Grammy® nominated writing team Irene Sankoff and David Hein. Discover the remarkable true story of a small town that welcomed the world. Previews begin on January 30th, and you can book tickets now from £23.40.
Katharine McPhee (American Idol, Waitress on Broadway, Smash) joins the WAITRESS London cast to play Jenna, a waitress and expert pie-maker who dreams of a way out of her small town and rocky marriage. Pouring her heart into her pies, she crafts desserts that mirror her topsy-turvy life. Brought to life by a ground-breaking, all-female creative team, book tickets for this Tony Award®-nominated hit, opening in February from just £23.40.
Rip It Up
The ultimate strictly spin-off boy band will be bringing the swinging 60’s smashing into 2019 in an explosion of song, dance, acrobatics, and amazing visuals! They are joined by an incredible cast of dancers, singers, and musicians, celebrating the iconic sounds, sights, and events of the decade which transformed the world. Book now to see this unmissable show, and you can even get additional meet and greet tickets to meet the cast here.
Only Fools And Horses
The record-breaking and top-rated television series Only Fools and Horses undoubtedly holds a special place in the hearts of the British public. Now Jim Sullivan has teamed up with comedy giant Paul Whitehouse to adapt the iconic series into a brand-new, home-grown British Musical spectacular. Lovely Jubbly! Opening in February, book now from £24.
Dolly Parton Presents: 9 to 5
Starring Louise Redknapp, Amber Davies, Natalie McQueen and Brian Conley, the smash-hit musical features a book by the iconic movie’s original screenwriter Patricia Resnick and an Oscar, Grammy and Tony award-nominated score by the Queen of Country herself, Dolly Parton. Landing at the Savoy Theatre on Jan 28th, book tickets now from £24.
Last night, saw my last musical of 2018. Now wondering, what will my shows of 2019 be? Only know what shows I hope to see- but don’t know if I will get to see them. Tours will be how I will see shows for next year- that is what happens when you live in Charlotte, NC.