A tender, tragi-comic, and irresistible story that could have been written for the Covid era, starring Martin Shaw and Jenny Seagrove. 3 December 2020 to 7 February 2021 Theatre Royal Haymarket, London Book tickets from £25.20
Sasha Regan’s award-winning All-male Company are set to lift everyone’s spirits with a pre-Christmas treat in their new West End pirate’s cove. Two nights only on 12 & 13 December 2020 Palace Theatre, London Book tickets from £28.75
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Let that lonely (self isolation) feeling wash away, raise the barricades and get ready to defy gravity, as today marks #WorldTheatreDay! While this year’s festivities can’t involve a trip to see a glittering West End show, there are still plenty of ways that you can celebrate your love of theatre…
Netflix and… sing?
One of the many gifts that the internet has given us is the ability to access and stream a myriad of films, tv programmes, music, podcasts – and now theatre too! Below we’ve rounded up the incredible selection of musicals, movie adaptations and plays currently available on a range of streaming platforms. Get bingeing!
West Side Story (1961) The classic musical of star-crossed lovers in New York City.
Les Misérables (2012) Hugh Jackman… need we say more? The Oscar-winning adaptation is also available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.
Fiddler on the Roof (1971) This 3-hour epic is the perfect way to pass #WorldTheatreDay.
The Last Five Years (2014) Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan (swoon) star in the film adaptation of Jason Robert Brown’s hit musical.
Dreamgirls(2006) The film that propelled Jennifer Hudson to superstardom, get ready to beltI Am Telling You at the top of your lungs.
Grease John Travolta in his prime and shaking his hips – what more could you need? And yes, there’s a sing along version too!
Apple Music and Spotify users rejoice – with more soundtracks than ever before instantly available to stream and download, you can enjoy your favourite musical theatre tunes from the comfort of your home. Our top recommendations include…
SIX Take six of the most infamous women in human history, write a girl-power fuelled smash-hit musical, cast ridiculously talented queens, record an album, and what do you end up with? The SIX: The Musical soundtrack. These are the perfect power ballads to get us through the drolls of self isolation!
Hamilton With catchy music and impressive lyrics from talent power-house and all-round beacon of positivity, Lin-Manuel Miranda (if you don’t follow him on social media, we highly recommend), it’s no wonder that the Hamilton soundtrack is one of the most streamed worldwide. It could also be a great way to teach the kids some history as part of their home schooling!
Company (2018) It wouldn’t be #WorldTheatreDay without Sondheim or Patti LuPone! Following a five-star West End run in 2018, the critically acclaimed gender-switched adaptation of Company transferred to Broadway in 2019, and has wowed audiences on both sides of the pond. If you didn’t get a chance to see the show yourself, listening to the soundtrack will give you a taste of the talent behind this new version of Sondheim’s classic.
The power of social media
The National Theatre recently announced that they will be uploading one of their past productions to their YouTube channel every Thursday at 7PM, and they they’ll also available on-demand for a full week afterwards. The first production to go live will be One Man, Two Guvnors, starring James Corden in the role that saw him win a Tony award. This will be live from 2nd April, with full details on further productions available here.
Sadler’s Wells have also announced a programme of full-length dance performances and workshops online, to keep you entertained and connected through dance, wherever you are in the world while their live stages are dark. The programme launches today (Friday 27 March), with an exclusive online screening of Deluxe by BalletBoyz at 7.30PM. It will be available to watch on the Sadler’s Wells Facebook page as the first in their weekly series of Sadler’s Wells Facebook Premieres.
Game of Thrones fans that missed out on Maisie Williams’ stage debut are in luck – Hampstead Theatre have announced that they will be broadcasting their production of Lauren Gunderson’s play ‘I and You’, which tells the story of two students studying Walt Whitman on Instagram. Watch from March 23-29 on Hampstead Theatre’s IGTV @hampstead-theatre.
However you are celebrating #WorldTheatreDay, we hope you are staying safe and well!
As far as weeks go, it has definitely been an exciting one in the whirlwind world of theatre. From new show openings to WhatsOnStage award-winners and Olivier nominations, we’ve rounded up the top shows that you need to be seeing…
Award-winning film director Mira Nair brings her exuberant and sumptuous film Monsoon Wedding to life, in a new musical adaptation, set to light up the stage this summer. With priority tickets on sale now from just £16.50, prepare for a perfect storm of drama, love, hope, laughs, and a whole lot of rain!
Raking in six WhatsOnStage awards and earning an incredible nineOlivier nominations all in one week – & Juliet is the must-see musical this award season! Featuring a myriad of smash-hits from iconic songwriter Max Martin, it seems there is no stopping this feel-good sensation. Don’t miss out on tickets from just £24.60.
In light of their two WhatsOnStage award wins last weekend, and seven Olivier nominations earlier this week, it’s safe to say that the West End transfer of Dear Evan Hansen is carrying on the award-winning success of the Broadway show. Featuring a score from the songwriters of The Greatest Showman and La La Land, if you haven’t yet experienced the ‘theatrical lightning’ (New York Times) that is Dear Evan Hansen, you can book tickets now from £30.
Olivier Award-winner Juliet Stevenson delivers “one of the performances of the year” (Evening Standard) in the West End transfer of Robert Icke’s sold-out, five-star, now Olivier Award nominated Almeida Theatre production. Book tickets from just £18 to see the performance that has earned Juliet Stevenson another Best Actress Olivier nomination.
One of Hollywood’s most beloved romantic stories of all time opened on the West End this week and boy did the audience love it! Labelled a ‘blockbuster musical’ (Evening Standard) and raking in a whole host of four and five-star reviews, we don’t doubt that missing out on this smash-hit would be a big mistake. Big. Huge. Get tickets now from just £18.
With Michael Ball set to reprise his Olivier Award-winning role as Edna Turnblad, alongside Have I Got News For You star, Paul Merton, Hairspray is on track to be the show to see this summer. Check out the incredible performance from Marisha Wallace below (we’re so here for Michael Ball’s reactions) and book your tickets for this must-see return of Hairspray, opening in April!
Hailed as a musical triumph and recipient of over 85 international awards, including 16 for Best Musical, Matilda is the perfect treat for children of all ages this half term. If you haven’t already seen this delightful production, based on the much-loved book by Roald Dahl, book tickets now!
Opening to rave reviews this week, Leopoldstadt is a passionate drama of love, family and endurance. It is Stoppard’s most humane and heart-breaking play. With tickets from just £24, don’t miss out on this triumphant and possibly final play from Tom Stoppard.
Jodie Prenger (Oliver!, One Man, Two Guvnors) leads the cast of A Taste of Honey in this gritty depiction of working-class life in post-war Britain. Don’t miss out on Shelagh Delaney’s ground-breaking British classic with over 50% off final tickets.
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It’s finally over and we survived what felt like the longest January in history. There’s only one way to celebrate this pay day – with a theatre treat to look forward to! We’ve rounded up this week’s hottest shows for you to choose from, including our favourite picks for the perfect Date Night or Mate’s Night this Valentine’s Day.
Jessica Chastain makes her West End debut as Nora in Frank McGuinness’ ‘triumphant and thrilling’ (The New Yorker) adaptation of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, in a radical new production by director Jamie Lloyd. Following Cyrano de Bergerac and The Seagull, the third and final show in The Jamie Lloyd Company’s Playhouse Season is a story of one woman’s fight for her own life.
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. Book new tickets from just £18.
& Juliet is the irreverent and fun-loving new West End musical that asks: what if Juliet’s famous ending was really just her beginning? What if she…wrote her own story? Grab your girlfriends and get booking, because Valentine’s isn’t only for couples!
Hairspray the Musical is back and starring the West End’s hottest couple! Don’t miss Michael Ball reprising his Olivier Award-winning role as Edna Turnblad alongside star of Have I Got News For You, Paul Merton, as husband Wilbur, as well as the previously announced Marisha Wallace and Lizzie Bea. The huge-hearted, smash-hit musical arrives at the magnificent London Coliseum from 23 April for a strictly limited 18-week season.
“…both Sher […] and Kani give it their all. Kani in particular paints powerfully a picture of a man whose essential goodness and dignity hides a constant anger at all that has happened to him. He is wonderful to watch.” (WhatsOnStage)
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Day 8913 in the month of January and it still feels like February is a lifetime away. Luckily for you, we’ve rounded up a host of fantastic shows that will be a great ailment to banish those pesky January blues without breaking the bank.
Shelagh Delaney’s ground-breaking British classic A Taste of Honey returns to the West End for the first time in 60 years. Jodie Prenger leads the cast as Helen in an exciting staging, featuring original compositions performed live by an on stage three-piece band and sung by the cast. Save over 50% on selected tickets for a sweet, cheap, theatre night treat to warm your cold January nights. Offer ends 29th Feb 2020.
This production of Agatha Christie’s thrilling classic immerses the audience in a unique courtroom setting, complete with drama and intensity to keep you enthralled. With tickets from just £13.80, don’t miss out on this gripping story of justice, passion, and betrayal.
The Mousetrap has become the longest running show of any kind in the world by keeping audiences on the edge of their seat in this masterful whodunit by the “Queen of Mystery”. Tickets start from just £19.52 – book now and pay no booking fees on selected tickets! Offer ends 31st Jan 2020.
The Ideal Home Show sponsored by NatWest will offer everything you need to make your house a home to be proud of. Whether you have a big home project, or just want to add those finishing touches, you’ll discover fresh ideas at the UK’s biggest home event. Tickets are just £9.50 – don’t miss out!
It’s the return of one of the most classic combinations known to man – dinner and a show. Buy selected theatre tickets and warm your winter night with a delicious 2 or 3 course meal at your choice of some of London’s most popular restaurants, our treat! Browse our fantastic selection of shows and restaurants to create your ideal evening out.
Cirque du Soleil returns to London’s Royal Albert Hall with the European Premiere of LUZIA, a waking dream of Mexico. The thrilling feats displayed by the stunningly talented cast, which have garnered a number of four-star reviews, will have you wondering how such acts are humanly possible! Playing until 1st March only, don’t miss out on the “effortless, heart-stopping skill” (The Guardian) displayed – book your tickets now.
Following a sold out 2019 national tour, comedy legend Frank Skinner’s critically acclaimed stand-up show Showbiz kicked off a strictly limited five week run in the West End this week. With critics calling the comic’s performance a “a masterclass in owning the room” (The Arts Desk), and tickets priced at just £31.80, this is the perfect show to beat the January Blues.
Magic Goes Wrong is the latest in Mischief Theatre’s already impressive line-up (which includes The Play That Goes Wrong and The Comedy About A Bank Robbery) and, given the four and five-star reviews that this latest instalment has racked up, it’s safe to say that they’ve knocked it out of the park again! Now booking until June, with further tickets going on sale very soon, book now from just £25 to see the show that will have you “laughing into next week” (The Sun, ★★★★★)
The critically acclaimed, double Olivier Award-winning Old Vic production of Girl From The North Country, which reimagines the music of Bob Dylan as roof-raising ensemble pieces and soul-stirring solos, returned to London in December for a strictly limited run. With just 3 weeks of performances left, and no booking fees on selected tickets, don’t miss out on the “show that transports the soul.” (The Times)
Come From Away are welcoming 10 new cast members to the Rock from 10 February! Winner of 4 Olivier Awards, and playing to nightly standing ovations, this joyous musical shares the incredible real-life story of the 7,000 air passengers from all over the world that became grounded in Canada during the wake of 9/11. Book tickets from just £18.75 and prepare to become an honorary Islander for life!
Following the incredible cast performance on ITV’s Dancing on Ice, and opening at the Dominion Theatre in just under a month, The Prince of Egypt is set to be the West End’s latest musical triumph! Based on the classic animated film, journey through the wonders of Ancient Egypt as two young men, raised together as brothers find themselves suddenly divided by a secret past. Get tickets from just £24.40.
ABBA: Super Troupers The Exhibition is the brand new can’t-miss, 14,000 square foot immersive experience that invites you inside the iconic band’s personal and creative journey as it ‘skilfully weaves the story of their meteoric rise’ (The Mirror) to global superstardom. For a limited time only, save over 30% on tickets to this ‘informative and fun’ (The Telegraph) exhibition. Offer ends 31st Jan 2020.
Opening to five-star reviews, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s multi award-winning musical returned to its original West End home and audiences are loving it! Don’t miss out on the smash-hit phenomenon – book tickets from just £17.25.
With just two weeks to go until Tom Stoppard’s latest masterpiece arrives in London, Leopoldstadt, directed by Patrick Marber, is pegged to be a passionate drama of love, family and endurance. It is Stoppard’s most humane and heart-breaking play. Book tickets now from £25.
Set on an exotic Greek island and featuring a host of ABBA classics, what could be better? Mamma Mia! is the classic musical that has been seen by millions of people worldwide – see it for yourself with a host of tickets available for just £30.
With plenty of tickets from just £25, there’s no reason to miss out on John Kani’s highly acclaimed play, marking the 25th anniversary of the end of apartheid with a strictly limited London run, following its premiere in Stratford-upon-Avon and a sold-out run in Cape Town. Book now!
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Christmas is just a few days away and if you’re struggling with all of the shopping this year, From The Box Office is here to make things easier. Read on for a simple guide of the top shows that we think would make perfect Christmas gifts for all the family!
Feel good and festive
Nativity! The Musical This Christmas join the legendary Sharon Osbourne, father and daughter Danny and Dani Dyer, TV and radio presenter Rylan Clark-Neal and West End star Simon Lipkin as he reprises his role as ‘Mr Poppy’ in the hit show. Not only is this the perfect family Christmas treat, it’s also your last chance to catch the smash-hit show, as 2019 will be its final year on the London stage! Book final tickets with no fees from £29.
Irving Berlin’s White Christmas Gather your loved ones and celebrate the magic of Christmas with the spectacular new production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. The perfect heartwarming family musical is currently turning London’s Dominion Theatre merry and bright for a strictly limited season. Book final tickets and save over 65% (offer ends 4th Jan 2020).
Only Fools and Horses Mais ouis, mais ouis, Only Fools and Horses has undoubtedly become 2019’s smash-hit new show! The record-breaking and top-rated television series Only Fools and Horses undoubtedly holds a special place in the hearts of the British public and if you haven’t yet had a chance to experience the musical extravaganza that reunites good ‘ol Del Boy, Rodney and the rest of the gang, Christmas is the perfect time to get your hands on tickets! Book from just £17.25.
Mamma Mia! The Party Mamma Mia! and party in the same sentence? We don’t need to hear any more than that! Now booking through to February 2020 due to phenomenal demand, this is the ultimate ABBA night out and perfect for anybody this festive period. Boasting a wonderful three course meal, an immersive show and an ABBA disco to keep you boogying into the night, you can’t go wrong! Book more than two tickets and get yourself a free bottle of fizz (offer ends 31st Dec 2019).
For drama lovers
To Kill A Mockingbird “All rise for the miracle that is ‘Mockingbird’. Unmissable and unforgettable. An American classic” (Rolling Stone)
Since it began performances on Broadway, To Kill A Mockingbird, Aaron Sorkin’s new play based on Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, has not played to an empty seat; becoming the most successful American play in Broadway history. Starring BAFTA Award nominee Rhys Ifans as the infamous Atticus Finch, don’t miss when this lands on London’s West End in 2020. Book tickets now from £30 for the perfect gift for the plays lovers in your life.
Cyrano De Bergerac James McAvoy returns to the West End in an inventive new adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s masterwork by Martin Crimp, with direction by Jamie Lloyd. Fresh from their triumphant Broadway transfer of Betrayal, The Jamie Lloyd Company’s latest production blazes into the Playhouse Theatre with linguistic ingenuity that has earned a host of five star reviews. Get tickets to experience ‘the most breathtakingly exciting show in London right now’ (Evening Standard) from just £18.75.
On Blueberry Hill Following critically-acclaimed and sell-out runs in New York and Dublin, Sebastian Barry’s universally celebrated play, On Blueberry Hill, comes to London’s West End for 8 weeks only in March 2020. Directed by Fishamble’s Jim Culleton, this new play is bursting with humanity as it explores forgiveness, survival, and ultimately, love. With tickets from just £18, don’t miss out on this strictly limited run of Barry’s “beautiful”, “mesmerising”, “mysterious” (The New Yorker) play.
The Doctor Gaining five star reviews from The Guardian, The Telegraph, Financial Times, The Sunday Times and WhatsOnStage, Olivier Award winner Juliet Stevenson delivers “one of the performances of the year” (Evening Standard) in the West End transfer of Robert Icke’s sold-out, five-star Almeida Theatre production. Treat yourself and fellow theatre lovers to “one of the peaks of the theatrical year” (Guardian) with tickets from just £18.
Theatre Gift Card There is a much simpler option, of course – if you can’t pick the perfect show from our incredible selection, let your nearest and dearest decide for themselves with a theatre gift card from From The Box Office. From award-winning West End shows to mind-blowing and fascinating exhibitions, a gift card offers the chance for your loved ones to experience something new and exciting. Get yours here for a simple and thoughtful Christmas gift.
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2020 is set to be another fantastic year for London’s theatre scene, with a whole host of exciting new shows preparing to take the West End by storm. In this handy guide, we’ve rounded up the top shows that we’re most excited for…
Join Luke Brady, Liam Tamne, Christine Allado and Alexia Khadime on a journey through the wonders of Ancient Egypt in this new musical. Based on the acclaimed DreamWorks Animation film, The Prince of Egypt is staged by an international, multi-award-winning creative team and features the Academy Award®-winning song ‘When You Believe’, which was a global hit for Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey. Tickets are available now from as little as £23.40.
One of Hollywood’s most beloved romantic stories of all time is now coming to the West End! Pretty Woman: The Musical features direction and choreography by two-time Tony Award® winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde, Hairspray), and an original score by Grammy® winner Bryan Adams. Opening on 13th February, this is the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day, with tickets from just £18.
BE MORE CHILL is the new musical sensation that’s about to invade your brain… in the best way. An unprecedented international phenomenon, this original and hilarious show exploded onto the musical theatre scene and electrified audiences during its runs off- and on Broadway. With tickets from just £23.40, there’s no need to miss out on the fun!
Josie Rourke’s “ingenious, stupendous revival” (The Telegraph) premiered in 2014, when it was hailed as “a blissful evening” (The Stage) that’s “smart, seductive and very funny” (Evening Standard). Starring Rosalie Craig (Company), with a swinging score and a brilliantly witty book, CITY OF ANGELS is a musical love letter to the glamorous world of old Hollywood and film noir. Tickets are on sale now from £20.
Critically acclaimed director Ian Rickson returns to Chekhov for the first time since his landmark production of The Seagull in 2007, reuniting with BAFTA and Olivier Award-winner Toby Jones. Olivier Award-winner Conor McPherson’s stunning new adaptation is a portrayal of life at the turn of the 20th century, full of tumultuous frustration, dark humour and hidden passions. Get tickets from just £15 with no booking fees on selected tickets (offer ends 5th January 2020).
Written by South African actor, activist and playwright John Kani (Black Panther, The Island, Sizwe Banzi is Dead), Kunene and the King sees fellow South African Antony Sher (King Lear, Death of a Salesman) perform alongside John Kani in two exceptionally moving performances. With live music and vocals by Lungiswa Plaatjies completing the company, don’t miss out on tickets from £25 with no fees on selected tickets until 15th Feb 2020.
Vienna in 1900 was the most vibrant city in Europe, humming with artistic and intellectual excitement and a genius for enjoying life. A tenth of the population were Jews. It was not to last. Leopoldstadt is a passionate drama of love, family and endurance. With tickets from just £22.50, don’t miss Stoppard’s most humane and heart-breaking play.
Starring David Mitchell, once more donning the bald wig and bardish coddling pouch in his iconic characterisation of Will Shakespeare, and Gemma Whelan as the sweet and fragrant Kate, Ben Elton’s much adored Upstart Crow is set to delight London’s West End from February 2020. Get tickets now from just £22.50.
Following critically-acclaimed and sell-out runs in New York and Dublin, Olivier-Award winning Fishamble and Sebastian Barry’s universally celebrated play, On Blueberry Hill, comes to London’s West End for 8 weeks only from March 2020. Don’t miss out on tickets from just £15, with no fees on selected tickets until 5th Jan 2020.
Escape to an imaginary Mexico – a sumptuous world suspended between dreams and reality. Smoothly passing from an old movie set to the ocean to a smoky dance hall or an arid desert, LUZIA cleverly brings to the stage multiple places, faces and sounds of Mexico taken from both tradition and modernity. Book by 26th December and save over 45%.
Following sell out performances across Europe and the UK, NoFit State Circus’ LEXICON comes to London for a strictly limited season at the Roundhouse, promising audiences a spirited and mischievous start to the New Year. NoFit State showcase an array of breathtaking contemporary circus skills and you won’t want to miss it – book by 5th Jan 2020 and save over 45% on selected tickets.
March 8th marks 2019’s International Women’s Day and we are certainly feeling the empowerment here at From The Box Office. This year we’ve teamed up with Tina – The Tina Turner Musical and Wicked to talk to the cast members and production teams about the importance of the day itself and the progress of women in theatre. Check out our exclusive quickfire interviews below!
The cast and production team of TINA talk about women’s roles in theatre
It’s officially the hottest February on record and nothing gets us feeling happy quite like a warm, sunny day. What could raise the spirits more than this sunshine… how about a Winter Warmer sale? Take a browse of our current top picks but don’t delay – sale ends on 4th March!
Direct from its sold-out run at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Tony and Olivier award-winning director Trevor Nunn’s ‘exuberant revival’ (Daily Telegraph) of the classic Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof transfers to the West End for a strictly limited run. Book selected tickets now with no fees!
Aladdin – from £25
From award-winning Disney movie to smash hit musical comedy, Aladdin is an exuberant West End spectacular, featuring all the unforgettable songs from the much-loved Disney film, as well as some brand new musical numbers for you to fall in love with. With the show closing in a matter of months, book now and pay no fees on selected tickets!
Company – from £13.50
Experience Company, the legendary Broadway musical, as never before… Winner of two Evening Standard Awards 2018, director Marianne Elliott’s new production of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s musical features a woman in the lead role of Bobby for the first time. Closing on March 30th, book now and pay no fees on final tickets.
Alex Kingston (ER, Doctor Who) stars in the award-winning and bitingly funny new comedy Admissions. Kingston plays Sherri, who is the Head of Admissions at a private school, fighting to diversify the student intake and she wants you to know about it. Book now to get a free upgrade on selected tickets.
Emilia – from £24
400 years ago Emilia Bassano wanted her voice to be heard. It wasn’t. Could she have been the “Dark Lady” of Shakespeare’s sonnets? What of her own poems? Why was her story erased from history? Celebrate women’s voices through the story of this trailblazing, forgotten woman. Book now and save up to 45% on selected tickets!
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – from £18
A Hundred Words for Snow is about being an explorer in a melting world. It’s a coming of age story. With polar bears. Following a critically acclaimed run at VAULT Festival and a UK Tour, Tatty Hennessy’s ‘warm, witty and wonderful’ (The Stage) production transfers to Trafalgar Studios for a limited run. Book now and pay no fees on selected tickets!
The Price – from £12.50
‘David Suchet steals the show in Miller’s masterpiece…a blissfully comic creation. The Price now emerges in Jonathan Church’s superbly acted production as one of Miller’s best plays’
It’s the roaring twenties – an era of bootleg liquor, red hot jazz and hedonistic pleasures. The Great Gatsby himself has invited you to one of his infamous parties and that’s not an invite you want to turn down. Book now and save up to 51% on tickets to the hottest party in town!
After its thrilling 2018 run, the classical ballet and street dance mash up that is Beats on Pointe is back. As two opposing dance worlds clash, 16 dancers go toe-to-toe in this fun-fuelled fusion of ballet and hip hop. Book now and save up to 42% on tickets to see this dance extravaganza!
Decorations are down, the excitement of Christmas and New Year is over and it feels like it should at least be April by now… January is a drag! Thank goodness we’ve got a West End filled to the brim with fantastic shows to get us through the cold, long nights and get us feeling pumped again…
For Musical Lovers Tap your toes, click your fingers, clap your hands and rejoice in the feel-good comfort of London’s finest musicals. From Olivier award-winners to brand new productions, there’s a musical for every taste.
Experience Company, the legendary Broadway musical, as never before. Winner of two Evening Standard Awards 2018, this riotous reimagining of Stephen Sondheim’s classic features all of the classic Broadway hits, with a new twist. Don’t miss out on the hilarious adaptation, book tickets now!
DIVORCED. BEHEADED. LIVE IN CONCERT! From Tudor queens to pop princesses, the six wives of Henry VIII finally take the mic to tell their tale, remixing five hundred years of her-storical and hilarious heartbreak. Book tickets now from just £21.60.
Showstopper! The Musical
★★★★★ ‘If this is what improv can do, you wonder why anyone bothers writing anything down’ -The Times
Do you want to be the first, and last, to see a brand-new musical? The Showstoppers transform audience suggestions into all-singing, all-dancing productions with hilarious results. Come watch an entirely different show every single night! Book tickets now from just £18.
For a unique theatre experience…
The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby at the Gatsby Drugstore is now booking through the end of the year due to overwhelming demand!Step into a heart-racing immersive adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald’s seminal jazz-age novel which puts you in the heart of the action. Slip on your dancing shoes and watch the story unfold around you. Book tickets for this unique theatrical performance here.
Plays If you prefer to have your heart strings pulled or your tummy aching with laughter, we’ve still got you covered with the best plays to see this January!
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
The smash-hit National Theatre production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time has returned to London for a strictly limited season, following an acclaimed UK and International tour. Winner of 7 Olivier Awards and 5 Tony Awards® including ‘Best Play’, this is a perfect heart-warming tale to help you shake off the cold of January. Even better, you can book tickets now with no fees!
The Wider Earth
Join a 22-year-old Charles Darwin on HMS Beagle’s daring voyage to the far side of the world, and discover the gripping story behind one of the most important discoveries in history. A perfect theatre trip for families this January, book tickets now from £23.50.
The Royal Shakespeare Company’s ‘joyous’ (Guardian) production of this legendary comic novel is told by a company of 20 actors accompanied by a band of live musicians. Featuring riotous performances by Rufus Hound and David Threlfall, don’t miss out on this hilarious adaptation. Book now and save up to 56% on selected tickets.
The Comedy About A Bank Robbery
From the comedy masterminds behind five-star hits The Play That Goes Wrong (Olivier Award for Best New Comedy) and Peter Pan Goes Wrong, The Comedy About A Bank Robbery is fast-paced and riotously hilarious, masterfully uniting screw-ball comedy with real theatrical invention, and is guaranteed to have you rolling in the aisles. Book now from just £11.80.
As if the bright lights and dazzling shows of the West End aren’t enough to get us running to London’s illustrious theatres, the chance of seeing our favourite celebrities certainly gives us all the more reason to snap up tickets. Take a scroll through the list below to see the stars we’re most excited to see in 2019…
Pinter At The Pinter After what has so far been a star-studded, critically acclaimed season, there’s still plenty of excitement and celebrity appearances in store in Pinter At The Pinter. Don’t miss out on the likes of Martin Freeman, Danny Dyer, Gary Kemp and Rupert Graves in the final shows of the season, book tickets now.
Betrayal The final of the Pinter season plays is set to star Hollywood charmer and Golden Globe winner Tom Hiddleston. The Night Manager and Avengers star will be playing the lead role in Harold Pinter’s Betrayal for a strictly limited 12 week season from March 8th, book tickets here now.
Waitress 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. Opening in February, book tickets now.
COMPANY Starring Rosalie Craig, Patti Lupone & Mel Giedroyc, experience Company, the legendary Broadway musical, as never before. Winner of two Evening Standard Awards 2018, don’t miss out on the limited run at the Gielgud Theatre. Book tickets now from £13.50 – ends March 30th.
Man of La Mancha The award winning musical Man of La Mancha returns to London, starring Kelsey Grammer and Danielle de Niese. Featuring the iconic song ‘Dream the Impossible Dream’, Man of La Mancha is inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’s masterpiece. Tickets start from just £18, book now.
True West Kit Harington (Game of Thrones, Doctor Faustus) and Johnny Flynn (Beast, Genius) star as warring brothers Austin and Lee in the West End Premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winner Sam Shepard’s ferociously funny, modern classic, True West. Book now and save up to 45% on tickets – ends 23rd February!
Dolly Parton Presents: 9 to 5 9 to 5 is about to get down to business – with a strictly limited season at the West End’s Savoy Theatre. Starring Louise Redknapp, Amber Davies, Natalie McQueen and Brian Conley, the smash-hit musical features a book by the iconic movie’s original screenwriter. Book tickets now from £24.
Home, I’m Darling Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd, Humans) reprises her acclaimed role as Judy, in Laura Wade’s fizzing comedy about one woman’s quest to be the perfect 1950’s housewife. How happily married are the happily married? You can find out from January 26th, book tickets now.
The Lehman Trilogy Critically-acclaimed director Sam Mendes (Skyfall, King Lear) returned to the National Theatre to direct Ben Power’s English version of Stefano Massini’s vast and poetic play, which was a hit across Europe, with Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles playing the Lehman Brothers, their sons and their grandsons. The West End transfer opens in May and you can book tickets now from just £21.60.
Christmas is undoubtedly a magical time of year for families. From classic pantomimes to stunning West End musicals, there’s no shortage of entertainment to be found in London’s theatres. Amongst our favourites this year are Horrible Christmas and Awful Auntie – in spite of their titles, they are wildly fun!
Awful Auntie From the award-winning West End producers of Gangsta Granny comes the world premiere of David Walliams’ amazing tale of frights, fights and friendship, featuring a very large owl, a very small ghost and a very awful Auntie!
When Stella sets off to visit London with her parents, Lord and Lady Saxby, she has no idea that her life is in danger! Waking up three months later, only her Aunt Alberta can tell her what has happened – but not everything Alberta tells her turns out to be true, and Stella quickly discovers she’s in for the fight of her life against her very own Awful Auntie!
★★★★★ “A triumphant adaption of David Walliams’ much loved book!” What’s Good To Do
★★★★ “A real gem! Exciting, thrilling, heart-warming and memorable – another huge dramatic hit!” What’s On Live
If you don’t want to miss out on the riotous adventure that is Awful Auntie before it leaves the stage on January 6th, grab your tickets here now!
Horrible Christmas Horrible Histories proudly presents the terrific tale of Christmas in a special production of Horrible Christmas.
When Christmas comes under threat from a jolly man dressed in red, it’s up to one young boy to save the day! From Victorian villains to Medieval monks, Puritan parties to Tudor treats, get set for a hair-raising adventure through the history of Christmas. Featuring famous faces, such as Charles Dickens, Oliver Cromwell, King Henry VIII, St Nicholas and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, witness these historical icons as they join forces to save the festive season!
It’s a celebration of Christmas in the most wonderful, wildly funny and moving way you’ll ever see! With performances running until December 30th, don’t miss out – book tickets now.
Get ready to celebrate #Hiddlestoners, Tom Hiddleston is set to return to the London stage following his acclaimed performance in Hamlet, directed by Kenneth Branagh, and his Evening Standard Award-winning performance in Coriolanus at the Donmar Warehouse in 2014.
Forty years to the day of the first ever performance of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal on 15 November 1978, The Jamie Lloyd Company announced that Golden Globe, Olivier and Evening Standard Award winner Tom Hiddleston will play Robert in Jamie Lloyd’s new production at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 5 March 2019 for a strictly limited season ending on 1 June. Further casting to be announced.
“Betrayal is a masterpiece. Jamie Lloyd’s Pinter at the Pinterseason is terrific and I am so pleased that he’s asked me to be part of it.” – Tom Hiddleston
With poetic precision, rich humour and an extraordinary emotional force, Betrayal charts a compelling seven-year romance, thrillingly captured in reverse chronological order. The complexities of the human heart are explored in this, “the greatest, and the most moving, of all Pinter’s plays” (The Daily Telegraph). Betrayal was first produced by the National Theatre in 1978. The original cast featured Pinter at the Pinter company members Penelope Wilton and Michael Gambon.
Pinter at the Pinter is the unprecedented season of Harold Pinter’s work, marking ten years since the Nobel Prize winner’s death. The season celebrates the most important playwright of the 20th century in the theatre that bears his name. Tickets for the final show of the critically-acclaimed season will go on sale on 30th November. You can book tickets now for the rest of the season, which stars Lee Evans, Martin Freeman, Danny Dyer and Gary Kemp, to name just a few.
Christmas is officially on its way! With the festive spirit filling the air, we’ve put together a handy list of all our favourite Christmas Shows for this year. From family friendly shows to classic ballet, read our top picks below!
For families If there’s one thing that Christmas is for, it’s spending time with your nearest and dearest. What better way to get together and enjoy the Christmas holidays than with a day out and a show in London? We recommend…
Circus 1903 Featuring sensational puppetry and daring feats, this is a show that will have the whole family in awe. Opening on December 19th, Circus 1903 is a sure-fire way to feel the magic this Christmas.
The much-loved adaptation of Julia Donaldson’s children’s book returns to the West End stage this Christmas and is the perfect show for young children. With a running time of just 55 minutes, and plenty of hilarious action to keep them entertained, kids will love this award-winning production. Book tickets now and save up to 48% – tickets start at just £15!
Rumpelstiltskin A treat for older children (8+ is advised), this classic fairy tale is re-imagined with twists, turns and supreme silliness. Opening on 13th December, this five-star, ‘outrageous rocking musical’ (Sunday Mail) stars Australian singer and cabaret star Paul Capsis. Book now and save up to 44%.
Nativity! The Musical Full of your favourite hits from the much-loved films, Nativity! returns to the Hammersmith Eventim Apollo this Christmas, with Danny Dyer, Jo Brand and Dani Dyer in tow! With tickets selling fast, don’t miss out on this star-studded smash-hit.
A Christmas Carol with Simon Callow Following three previous sell-out seasons, this heart-warming and critically acclaimed production of Charles’ Dickens classic tale returns to the Arts Theatre from 8th December for a strictly limited season. A must-see Christmas story for all generations, if you don’t want to miss out, book your tickets now.
Ballet There are few things more magical than taking a trip to see ballet in London at Christmas. Our top ballet productions this year are…
The Nutcracker Tchaikovsky’s classic Christmas tale never fails to warm the heart. Opening at the London Coliseum on December 12th, this production from English National Ballet is as traditional and as enchanting as it gets at Christmas! Book now from just £16.80.
The Snowman From The Peacock Theatre comes a show that is ‘guaranteed to melt the heart of even the most cynical scrooge’ (The Guardian). Based on the book and film of the same name, The Snowman is returning to the London stage for a record-breaking 21st year. Children under 2 go free and you can book tickets from just £18.
Girls (or boys!) night out Celebrate Christmas with your friends with a riotous night out on the town. We’ve got a fabulous selection of shows to keep you more than entertained this Winter…
Briefs: Close Encounters Grab your red lipstick and prepare for a fierce night of drag, burlesque, circus and everything else you could possibly want with the Briefs boys! Beat the Christmas chills with this super-hot and thrilling show, with tickets starting from £15.
The Silent Disco Show
Grab your dancing shoes, grab your glowsticks and prepare yourself for a sensory party experience unlike any other. Donning your very own special glowing headphones, this unique club night experience is guaranteed to have you feeling the party spirit this Christmas. Book now from £18.60.
Burlesque Carol Concert Carol singing with one hell of a twist, House of Burlesque invites you to raise your voices and your glasses to all of your favourite Christmas songs as they put on a show that’s sure to raise your pulse. With tickets from just £15.60, you can’t go wrong with this one!
He’s the man behind the show that is currently taking the West End by storm: From The Box Office chatted with Misty writer and star Arinzé Kene about the success of the show, diversity in the West End and what we can expect from him next… Read his answers below.
Misty opened on the West End to rave reviews and standing ovations after every performance. Did you imagine when you were first trying to write the play that this would be the outcome? No, not at all – that doesn’t really cross my mind when I’m working. I try not to let that come into the creative process; I try and keep the creative process as pure as possible and focus on the art. That sometimes means having certain people in the room at certain phases [of creation], some at early stages, some at later stages. We have created a piece that was very honest. I think that having a piece that is as pure as [Misty] is, as untamed as it is, that was the dream, and the success is really just a bonus of that.
What have you most enjoyed about working on Misty?
Firstly, the way that we’ve managed to continue to improve the show, even now that it’s on. Mostly I’ve enjoyed the creative process, though – from the very beginning it’s been an artist’s dream. We began in a bubble, but we’ve been able to go with our instincts which has been really liberating. I’d also say that the getting here and getting to play to this audience every night. The play is structured, but there are elements within it that can change every night, depending on how I feel every night, and I love playing the audience back and forth. I also love the comedy, that’s definitely in the top 3 bits that I love. When I’m on stage I love playing the comedy because it’s so much fun.
What would you say was the most challenging aspect of the play’s creation?
It was a combination [of things] actually, because the play is quite unique in its structure, and so I had to battle some insecurities that I had about writing this piece. I’d also never made anything like it before, so it’s not tried and tested and that was intimidating. In many ways, though, the actual subject matter was the most challenging part; I’m putting my life on stage, and I’ve been quite a private person. I’d never put myself on stage before, and to do that, to put [my life] on stage was quite intimidating but it’s also been really rewarding.
You’ve spoken candidly about the gentrification that you’ve seen taking place as you’ve grown up in London, do you hope that this play can raise awareness of this to a wider audience?
Yeah (sic) definitely. I hope that as an artist I can shed some light on it and open a discussion about it. I think one of the jobs of the artist is to bring something that’s in the dark, into the light, and so that’s what I’ve done. I don’t think the play is answering any questions, I think it’s organising ideas and looking at what’s happening. Gentrification has happened the world over and will continue to, but it leaves a lot of people feeling displaced and, in a way, homeless. It erases people, and it erases their culture. There’s many ways of looking at it, though, and we do that in the play, and we laugh about it too. Half the time [of the play], we’re laughing at a serious matter. You know, one of my favourite books ‘Not Without Laughter’ [by Langston Hughes] deals with some serious issues, but does so in a way that inspires people to see the best of a situation. That’s what I wanted to do [with Misty]: say “let’s look at this” and explore ways to cope with it, but not without laughter.
When you were writing the play, did you consider your audience? Did you hope that you would attract a new audience to theatre?
Yeah, it was considered. The theatre wasn’t somewhere that I’d always felt welcome growing up in London, and I thought Misty was an opportunity to open [theatre] to other audiences. I didn’t exactly step out to do that, I think it’s just the kind of work that I create. I don’t write or create art for any one person, it’s inclusive. I look out every night and see so much diversity in the audiences and that’s what I want. That’s my London. We always knew Misty had the capacity to do that. All the extra marketing and press that we did was just to make sure that those audiences knew that they were included.
You’ve got an upcoming show at The Old Vic, can we expect more Misty-like shows after that?
Well you can expect some more work from me. It might be Misty-esque just because it’s going to be my play, but I don’t know. I’m really focused on telling the stories that I want to tell. I’m constantly trying to find new stories that I want to tell and that I think people need to hear. I love seeing stories and telling stories with people that are misrepresented or under represented. I think more diversity is definitely needed [in the West End].
Do you hope that Misty will be the beginning of a more culturally and racially diverse West End?
It could be. I hope it will be. I think it will help to open doors. I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for people before me and [the West End] is getting better. We’ve got Kwame [Kwei-Armah] over at the Young Vic, for example, and others on their way up. I hope [Misty] opens more doors for creators and for people looking to make less mainstream work. The nature of the play in itself isn’t what usually would makes it into the West End, so I hope it changes what people think will make a successful West End show.
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★★★★ ‘Arinzé Kene is blazingly charismatic’ (Evening Standard)
★★★★ ‘Inspiringly individualistic’ (Daily Telegraph)
★★★★ ‘This firecracker of a show arrives with a bang in the West End’ (Metro)
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In case you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard, Only Fools & Horses, the much-loved television show, will be making its way to London’s West End in 2019, reimagined as a musical. With so much excitement surrounding this announcement, we’ve decided to take a trip down memory lane, and have rounded up our top 10 all time favourite moments from the classic BBC show.
10. Pranking Grandad Bless Grandad and his dimwittedness! In this classic scene, Del Boy gets a bit of karma and a taste of his own medicine while scaring his dear old Grandad.
9. Blow up dolls As if it wasn’t hilarious enough that Del Boy had managed to accidentally get his hands on a faulty stock of naughty dolls, they then also turn out to be deadly!
8. Baby names Oh, Trigger. Perhaps one of the most simpleminded characters ever written, you can’t help but love him and his lack of sense! In one of his many classic moments, here we see him discussing Del Boy’s baby names with ‘Dave’.
7. Dave Another classic Trigger moment takes the number 7 spot. Only Trigger, after finally being told Rodney’s real name, could still miss the mark and continue to call him Dave!
6. The Poker Game In what could be classed as one of the most intense poker games we’ve ever witnessed, Del Boy gets one up on Boycie. Let’s be honest, it was about time that somebody put Boycie in his place!
5. We’re finally millionaires Taking the number 5 spot is the moment that finally saw Del Boy and Rodney’s dreams of being millionaires come true. Of course, they celebrated in true Trotter style!
4. The Canary Only the Trotters could find a dead canary and make the situation worse! At number four is the riotously hilarious moment that saw Del Boy forking out £50 to replace a bird he hadn’t even killed.
3. Batman & Robin Perhaps one of the most notorious moments in British TV history, Del Boy and Rodney took to the streets as the caped crusader and his winged partner – with all the hilarious consequences that you’d expect from the Trotters.
2. The Wrong Chandelier Just missing out on the top stop (it was a pretty tough decision) is the moment that saw Del Boy and Rodney smash a near priceless chandelier – as only they could!
1. Del falls through the bar Of course, irrefutably taking the top spot, is the infamous moment in which Del Boy redefines ‘playing it cool’, by falling through the open bar behind him. In a move that rivals even Trigger’s stupidity, even Del Boy can’t style out the embarrassment of this moment!
What do you think of our top ten classic #OFAH moments? Sound off in the comments below! Make sure you don’t miss out on tickets to see the new musical when it lands in the West End; book tickets here.
While the idea of sitting through 7 hours of theatre may seem daunting, it’s important to note that each part of The Inheritance is a self-contained play, i.e., you can technically see one without seeing the other. If you are determined to only see one of the plays, I highly recommend that it is Part 1, however, I recommend more strongly that you see both.
Following a highly successful run at The Young Vic theatre, Matthew Lopez’s two-part, seven-and-a-half-hour play The Inheritance transferred to the Noël Coward Theatre in London’s glittering West End – and rightly so. This is a play that should have a permanent feature in London’s theatre landscape; in every city’s theatre landscape, in fact. This is a play that will make you laugh, move you to tears and teach you about the harrowing events that the LGBTQ+ community has survived, as well as the issues still facing the community today. I would go as far as to say that this is not merely a play; it is far more profound, far more transcendent. It is, in short, the epitome of what theatre should be.
Matthew Lopez’s writing is nothing short of genius. From hilarious quips and quick wit to poignant monologues and graphic accounts of sexual experiences, there is no line without purpose, no word wasted, and not a single fault to be found in this script. The production, masterfully directed by Stephen Daldry, is staged with practically no set and very few props, yet every scene is bursting with such vivid descriptions that it comes to life right in front of you, without the need for assistance from physical objects or sets. What Lopez does with flawless precision, though, is create humans: his are not just characters in a play, they are men who are complex and conflicted, and who yearn for a place in this world, just as any other person does. From the inherently kind-hearted Eric Glass (played by Kyle Soller) to the deeply damaged Toby Darling, child of privilege (played by Andrew Burnap), you’ll become whole-heartedly invested in every character and the stories they have to share.
Each cast member deserves recognition for their incredible performances. Even the characters with the shortest stage time are wholly entrancing, which only serves as a demonstration of the incomparable talent of this cast. However, it would be impossible for me to not mention Samuel H. Levine, who plays both the well-off actor, Adam, and the young rent boy, Leo, who’s story was one of the most captivating features of the play. Also deserving a special mention is Paul Hilton, who doubles as E.M. Forster (Morgan), upon whose work this play comes to fruition, and as Walter, perhaps the most remarkable of the characters. Both actors are, quite frankly, too remarkable for words.
I could write endlessly about these plays, trying, and probably failing, to explain in any comprehensible way just how thought-provoking, triumphant, moving and profound they are. In truth, I cannot recommend them enough and I cannot praise them enough – nor could anybody else for that matter. All I can really say is: when you see them, you’ll understand.
Don’t miss out on The Inheritanceat the Noël Coward Theatre until January 19th 2019!