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HAPPY NEW YEAR!


The holidays are over and there’s a new wind sweeping through the West End.

January and February are the time of change. We’re saying goodbye to some fantastic shows and welcoming new friends in our midst.

Let us introduce the new kids on the block;

Dolly Parton presents: 9 To 5 (28.01.19)
Based on the 1980 hit movie. Consolidated Industries is managed by the extremely sexist and self-important Franklin Hart Jr. Violet, a long-time employee, she’s always on top of things, Doralee is Mr Hart’s secretary, he makes advances to her which she constantly rebuffs. Judy has just started working at Consolidated but is struggling as she has no work experience. The women come together to teach Mr Hart a lesson and improve the company for everyone. They leave him hanging at home and decide to run the office their way!

Come from Away (from 31.01.19)

tells this magic tale of friendship, humanity, laughter and hope.

On September 11, 2001, 38 planes had to make unexpected landings in the small town of Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador. Come from Away tells the story of what happened when the residents of this small community struggle to accommodate nearly 7,000 ‘plane-people’ as they and the world are reeling in the days following the attacks.

Only Fools and Horses (from 11.02.19)

From Peckham to the West End! Only Fools and Horses centred around Del Boy Trotter, an ambitious market trader from Peckham who was constantly cooking up schemes to make it rich. Jim Sullivan created this musical to honour the brainchild of his late father John Sullivan, starring comedian Paul Whitehouse as Granddad. He is joined by Tom Bennett as Del Boy and Ryan Hutton as Rodney. The show is to be directed by Caroline Jay Ranger.


SIX ( from 16.01.19)

The Queens are back in town. Divorced, Beheaded, Live in Concert

Welcome to the show, to the histo-remix… from Tudor queens to pop princesses, the six wives of Henry Vlll finally take the mic to tell their tale, remixing five hundred years of her-storical heartbreak into a celebration of sisterly sass-itude.

Following last year’s sell out pop-concert musical, SIX returns triumphantly again to the Arts Theatre powered by an all-female band. Strictly limited run.

Violet (14.01.19)

Violet’s face is disfigured since childhood and it has shaped her and her day to day life in more than one way. So she decides to take matters into her own hands. She takes all her savings and sets out to a cross country journey from North Carolina to Oklahoma where she hopes to find a cure. The people she meets on her trip are moulding her in ways she’d never expected. What will she find at the end of her road? Based on Doris Betts’ short story ‘The Ugliest Pilgrim’. Strictly Limited season.

Waitress (from 11.02.19)

London’s been waiting for their slice of heaven and here it is Waitress the Musical has arrived in the West End. Jenna doesn’t have much. She doesn’t mind her job as a waitress at the local diner but it isn’t going anywhere. Her husband Earl is abusive, their marriage at the end. To escape it all, she bakes but soon her pies aren’t the only thing the town’s talking about. Jenna needs a way out and a pie baking contest might be exactly that but things don’t go exactly as planned.

Music and lyrics by the fabulous Sara Bareilles and a book by Jessie Nelson based on the film of the same name by Adrienne Shelly. The musical made history as the first show with an all-female creative team.

All about Eve (from 02.02.19)

This is a chance of a life time to see Gillian Anderson perform in the West End. Based on the short story ‘The Wisdom of Eve’ by Mary Orr. Anne Baxter a willing, helpful young fan insinuates herself into the life of Margo Channing. Channing, a prominent yet ageing Broadway star, gets her life and career threatened by Baxter as well as all her personal relationships. Starring Gillian Anderson, Sheila Reid, Lily James and Monica Dolan. Strictly limited run.


Home, I’m Darling (from 26.01.19)

Katherine Parkinson proves again that she has a hand for picking the right parts. Don’t miss her in this fantastic new play.

Everything looks perfect; the dress, the appliances, the décor, the apron, the wife. And the husband. But how far do appearances go? While a bit of fantasy does keep your marriage alive it will only last so long when things start to get real. Starring Katherine Parkinson and Richard Harrington. Strictly limited run.

Songs for Nobodies (from 09.01.19)

This one woman show is unlike anything you’ve seen before.

For 90 minutes, accompanied only by live musicians, Bernadette Robinson single-handedly tells the tales of five everyday women whose lives are changed when they briefly encounter fame and the legendary singers who had such an impact on them. Bringing to life powerhouse voices across vastly different genres of music, Bernadette Robinson has a versatility that is truly astonishing. Watch as she brings Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, Billie Holiday and Maria Callas to life as you listen.

Bernadette Robinson’s talent is nearly unbelievable so don’t miss your chance to see it for yourself.

Pinter at the Pinter: Seven (31.01.19)

The Pinter at The Pinter season finishes with a bang. Two unmissable comedies that explore the political machinations of the powerful and the powerless.
When a mysterious figure enters their elegant country home, the lives of Flora and Edward are changed forever.
Gus and Ben, two hit-men, await their next job in a derelict building – but what is the cost of their quest for meaning?
A Slight Ache and The Dumb Waiter, both written in the late 1950s. Book now to see Martin Freeman and Danny Dyer at this fantastic finale of The Pinter at the Pinter season.

We hope your curiosity has been tickled and that you’ll check out our offers and options for tickets as soon as you finished reading. Go on, we wait while you have to decide now which one to see.

Happy January.


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New Shows in the West End


November is busy this year. The list of shows opening are quite a sight over the next two months. So buckle up, sit back and let us show you what’s in store for the last two months of 2018.

November is being ruled by plays. The good stagy kind. We all dreamt of saving the world some day, or at least that piece of greenery around the trees next to the tube. So we’re calling all of you proud eccentric life lovers out there; come and check out how it’s done with the RSC’s new production of Don Quixote. Let us all head off on a rumbustious quest, on a hilarious journey across medieval Spain, defending the helpless and vanquishing the wicked. Chivalry has never been funnier. Join our two heroes on their quest while hopelessly unprepared and increasingly losing their grip on reality, with each calamitous adventure the two hapless heroes experience, the romantic ideal of QuixoteÍ›s books seems further away than ever. Based on the book by Miguel Servantes, this brilliant stage adaptation will tickle your peach and have you see windmills in a completely different light. Prices start from as little as £12.50. So grab your lance and sword, we’ll see you there.

The Pinter season keeps going and with it’s third and fourth part is introducing great names to the stage. Penelope Wilson will you the cast of THREE for a limited time of performances and she is joined by tour de force ladies Temsin Greig and Meera Syal while Lee Evans is coming out of retirement specifically to play some of his favourite monologues by Harold Pinter.

Phyllis Logan (Downton Abby) is coming back to the West End in a spellbinding thriller. Switzerland is all what you need for a chilling night out this autumn and winter. 1995, the Swiss Alps. Patricia Highsmith, the queen of the thriller, now ageing and ailing, hides away in her study, surrounded by her collection of books and antique weaponry. She’s finding solace in her seclusion, her cats and cigarettes. Vitriolic, bigoted and alcoholic, her eccentricities are the stuff of legend. A polished young man turns up, sent by her New York publisher to persuade the great writer to pen one final instalment of her best-selling series featuring the master manipulator, Tom Ripley. But as day breaks over the mountains, it becomes clear that the charming stranger is set on a far more sinister mission. Filled with razor-sharp dialogue, this chilling and sometimes hilarious two-hander unfolds into a gripping psychological thriller.

Caroline, or Change is the long anticipated musical the West End has been waiting for. Written by Tony Kushner, author of legendary play Angels in America, and with an exceptional, soaring score from Tony Award-winning Jeanine Tesori, Caroline, Or Change stars Sharon D. Clarke in an astonishing ‘virtuoso performance. To watch her seems a privilege’ (The Times).

Louisiana, 1963. Revolution is in the air, though not so much for Caroline, the poorly paid maid toiling endlessly in the sweltering basement of the Gellman household. It’s a fantastical, magical place amidst the piles of laundry and singing washing machines, especially for eight-year-old Noah Gellman who sneaks downstairs to see her whenever he can. Yet a simple gesture to leave more money in Caroline’s pocket is about to test who and how far the winds of change can ever really reach… opening for a strictly limited season at the Playhouse Theatre late November 2018.

Tennessee Williams’ rarely staged classic Summer And Smoke transfers to the West End due to popular demand. The production played a widely lauded run at the Almeida Theatre earlier in 2018, and now makes the move to the West End’s Duke of York’s Theatre. The full original cast reprise their roles. Set in small-town Mississippi, Summer And Smoke is an absorbing classic about love, loneliness and self-destruction, in which Alma, seemingly under the wings of an angel, meets John – and their worlds are turned upside down. Evoking the simmering passions of a sweltering summer, the duo soon find themselves trapped between fear, obligation – and their own sheer desire.

Guess who’s back in the West End? Kit Harington is back this winter, playing at the Vaudeville Theatre. He and Johnny Flynn 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. Austin is working on a movie script that he has sold to producer Saul Kimmer when Lee stumbles back in to his life. Never content to watch from the sidelines he pitches his own idea to Kimmer, an action which has far reaching consequences… Set in the searing heat of the Californian desert this critically acclaimed drama pits brother against brother as a family tears itself apart, exposing the cracks in the American Dream.

A hearty ‘Welcome Home’ to The Curious incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. The phenomenal play is back in the West End for a limited run at the Piccadilly Theatre, following an acclaimed UK and International tour. The play is based on Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel under the same title. Christopher, fifteen years old, stands beside Mrs Shears’ dead dog. It has been speared with a garden fork, it is seven minutes after midnight and Christopher is under suspicion. He records each fact in the book he is writing to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington. He has an extraordinary brain, exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and he distrusts strangers. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.

We have an autumn/ winter full of plays and we couldn’t be happier.

This is only the beginning.

Happy November, see you next month.


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Sneaky Peaks and Teary Farewells – October 2018


There’s a fresh new wind blowing through the West End. Time to take a look into the future. 2019, what’s in store for the musical theatre lover? Let’s kick off 2019 with some new shows. Starting with Come From Away. In case you missed it, or have been living under a rock, Come From Away was the first to announce it’s opening in the west End late January next year and they will be kicking of a great season 2019/20. On September 11 2001, when 38 planes have to land, due to security reasons, in a remote community, the small town of Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador, the residents suddenly find themselves in a mass of people and even bigger struggle to accommodate those nearly 7,000 ‘plane-people’ as they and the world are reeling in the days following the attacks.

October is the month. We have had the utmost luck at the end of September to witness the official launch of Waitress – The Musical in the West End. Heading into the velvety soft hues of sultry red at Ronnie Scott’s in Soho, we were swept away by a life performance of singer/ songwriter extraordinare Sara Bareilles.

Waitress is the highly anticipated and long awaited Broadway hit we have been waiting for.

Jenna doesn’t have much, she doesn’t mind her job as a waitress at the local diner but it isn’t going anywhere. Her husband Earl is abusive, their marriage at the end. To escape it all she bakes, but soon her pies aren’t the only thing the town’s talking about. Shortly after discovering she is pregnant, the very last thing she wants to be, Jenna begins an affair with her new OBGYN, Dr Pomatter, who is also married. Jenna needs a way out and a pie baking contest might be exactly that but things don’t go exactly as planned.The musical made history as the first show with an all-female creative team.

We simply cannot wait until it opens it’s door early February next year, still tickets are already on sale, so book them while they’re hot.

Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5 musical is hitting London next year in late January. The girls around Doralee are moving into the Savoy Theatre. Consolidated Industries is managed by the sexist and self-important Franklin Hart Jr. Violet, a long time employee, she’s always on top of things, Doralee is Mr Hart’s secretary, he makes advances to her which she constantly rebuffs while Judy has just started working at Consolidated but is struggling as she has no work experience. The women come together to teach Mr Hart a lesson and improve the company all around, so naturally they leave him hanging at home and decide to run the office their way! We think a worthy follow up to it’s pre-successor smash hit for over two years; Dreamgirls.

And can we please talk about the reopening of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and Mary Poppins? Ah, we’re already making notes in our diaries, old and new, so we won’t miss a thing.

The Curious Incident is back for a limited 12 week run at the Piccadilly Theatre in late November 2018 after coming abck from a fantastic World Tour.

Another lady’s coming home. Mary Poppins will be back in autumn 2019. After years of being away from the West End, the revival of the popular musical will hit town early October next year in perfect sync with the new movie coming out Mary Poppins 2. It will move back into it’s old home at the Prince Edward theatre.

Last week only it has been confirmed that Dear Evan Hansen will jump over the big pond and will land in the West End November 2019. Well, Waitress had us ecstatic, this one leaves us near catatonic. The season 2019/20 is waiting with many a gem for the theatregoer.

Still, with so many new shows opening it is also a time of heartfelt fare wells and teary goodbyes. The earliest one is strictly Ballroom which closes its doors at the end of this month as well as Eugenius. This gem of a show got sadly cancelled last minute for their West End run as an investor pulled out. Crowdfund or Kickstarter anyone? There is something we could do, is there not?

So hurry if you want to see them both.

Meanwhile the Royal Drury Lane theatre will close for a bit after 42nd Street ends early January 2019. They will undergo a beauty makeover, you can apply for their lottery to give one ore more of the old theatre seats a new home from late November onwards. Others will swap in and out in true West End fashion.

 Let us tell you a few shows you should catch  before it’s too late;

 Eugenius

 Strictly Ballroom

 Foxfinder

 The Importance of Being Earnest

 Heathers The Musical

                                                   42nd Street

                                                   Chicago

                                                   Dreamgirls

                                                   Kinky Boots

                                                   Motown

Just a hint for all play lovers; The Pinter at the Pinter season is progressing nicely. David Suchet and Russell Tovey are filling the house and we will expect nothing less of Tamsin Greig, Meera Syal and Penelope Wilson for the next instalment. A note to all Martin Freeman fans out there; hurry. His Pinter at the Pinter part sells fast, and there are only so many days in a month. Book now to see him in February 2019.

We’ll see you next month and then we will see what the new season 2019/20 has in store for us on the play side of the West End. Gillian Anderson anyone? Oh yes please.

Until then.


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Starting the New Season in the West End


 

 

Summer’s nearly over and we’re jumping right in into the new season.

We’re seeing shows go, casts changing and new exciting plays and musicals opening.

 

Eugenius for example is back at The Other Palace for its now second re-run. For us there is nothing better than fighting crime with your best friends and getting the girl at the end. This high energy, laughing-out-loud, feel-good musical should have been on your list ages ago. It’s the perfect first date show as well as a great night out with friends. This time you can watch it until 07/10/2018. Always Tuesdays-Sundays. Ages 12 and older.

 

It has been 10 years since Harold Pinter passed away, for the Jamie Lloyd Company a perfect reason to celebrate this extraordinary man. Last week opened for a six month period of Pinter at the Pinter. All 21 of his one act plays are going to be staged in a course of six months. This is a star-struck season with a fresh new concept bring Pinter’s dark humour and excellent social criticism to a newer and younger crowd while celebrating him for everything we was famous for. Cast includes: Tamsin Greig, Meera Syal, Martin Freeman, Russell Tovey, David Suchet and at certain performances Penelope Wilson. The company was lucky enough to raid his personal belongings and so they produced a fabulous exhibition throughout the whole theatre of private and unseen pictures of Pinter and his work. From 06/09/2018

 

 

Following its sold-out run at the Bush Theatre, Arinzé Kene’s acclaimed, “big popular hit” (Evening Standard) MISTY transfers to London’s Trafalgar Studios for six weeks only.

 

In a playful, profound and unique take on modern life in London, Arinzé, known for Girl from the North Country, Lion King and EastEnders delivers a powerhouse performance blending theatre and song, on a constantly shifting stage, with live music. Book it now before it’s too late. 08/09-20/10/2018