Between the Queen’s Jubilee and the Olympic Games, 2012 was a memorable year for London, and the West End was no exception. From classic Shakespearean drama to adaptations of iconic films, Broadway shows making their West End debuts, or a pair of ruby slippers becoming the hottest ticket in town, theatregoers were truly spoilt for choice!
But the best is yet to come and 2013 is shaping up to bring even bigger and better things. To get over those winter blues, here’s a guide to West End shows that are worth braving the cold for!
Vaudeville Theatre / playing now through 26 January
Comedy meets drama as a star-studded cast featuring Ken Stott, Anna Friel, Downton Abbey’s Laura Carmichael and Samuel West struggles to keep their emotions at bay. Directed by the acclaimed Lindsay Posner, Anton Chekhov’s classic masterpiece pays tribute to the trials and tribulations of the human condition, leaving the audience to keep track of who’s in love with who. Book your UNCLE VANYA tickets today!
Olivier Theatre / playing now through 10 February
The Emmy, Tony and Golden Globe award-winning John Lithgow stars as police magistrate Aeneas Posket. Co-starring at the National Theatre is Nancy Carroll and Joshua McGuire, whose lies catch up with them and land them in hot water with their husband and stepfather – the very same magistrate! Book your tickets for THE MAGISTRATE today!
GOODNIGHT MISTER TOM
Phoenix Theatre / playing now thru 26 January
This children’s classic will melt any ice-cold heart this winter. The meek William Beech is evacuated from London to the English countryside during WWII. He is placed with the reclusive, irascible Mister Tom (the Olivier Award-winning Oliver Ford Davies), with whom he builds a remarkable and moving friendship.
PRIVATES ON PARADE
Noël Coward Theatre/ playing now thru 02 March
As the cross-dressing Captain Dennis, Simon Russell Beale has become the toast of London’s theatre critics garnering four and five star reviews. Set against the murderous backdrop of the Malaysian campaign at the end of WWII, Peter Nichols’ award-winning comedy is the first of the highly anticipated, star-studded season planned by former Donmar Warehouse Artistic Director Michael Grandage.
THE JUDAS KISS
The Duke of York’s Theatre / from 09 January until 06 April
Starring Rupert Everett as Oscar Wilde, THE JUDAS KISS makes its West End transfer following a sell-out run at the Hampstead Theatre. It is 1895 and Wilde has just published The Importance of Being Earnest to triumphant success. However the wheels are already in motion that will lead to his imprisonment, downfall and vilification, as Wilde is forced to choose between his lover and his freedom.
Vaudeville Theatre / from 1 February until 1 June
The life of an orphan named Pip is changed forever following his encounter with the escaped convict Magwitch. It’s been 150 years since the publication of this Charles Dickens classic, but this is the first time it’s ever been presented as a full-length play. This production transfers to the West End following a critically acclaimed UK tour. Celebrate this theatrical milestone and book your GREAT EXPECTATIONS tickets today!
Adelphi Theatre / playing now through 27 April 2013
Based on the blockbuster film starring Kevin Costner and the late great Whitney Houston, THE BODYGUARD has taken the West End by storm. Lloyd Owen plays the Secret Service agent turned bodyguard who’s hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron (the stunning Heather Headley) from a crazed stalker. The musical boasts a variety Whitney’s greatest hits from throughout her career including “So Emotional”, “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” and “One Moment in Time.” Book your tickets today!
KISS ME, KATE
Old Vic Theatre / playing now through 02 March 2013
The legendary Cole Porter’s Broadway classic comes to London’s Old Vic. A formerly married couple star opposite each other in a musical staging of Shakespeare’s The Taming Of The Shrew. As their sparring threatens the production, the only thing keeping the show together is a couple of gun-wielding gangsters. Let the slapstick musical comedy ensue! Book your tickets today!
Piccadilly Theatre / playing now through 01 June 2013
One of the most talked about musicals of the year, one girl must choose between family and friendship or fame and fortune. This musical from the award-winning Jennifer Saunders and Judy Craymer (Mamma Mia!) features music by the one and only Spice Girls. Bursting with sass, wit and girl power, spice up your life and book your VIVA FOREVER! tickets today!
Playhouse Theatre / playing now through 13 April 2013
The tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table told as only Monty Python could – complete with showgirls, witch burnings, killer rabbits and the French. Having won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 2005, Eric Idle’s SPAMALOT features such hilarious songs as “Knights of the Round Table”, “Find Your Grail” and the classic “Always Look On the Bright Side of Life”. Book your tickets today!
WE WILL ROCK YOU
Dominion Theatre / playing now through 26 October 2013
300 years in the future, kids watch the same films, wear the same clothes and listen to the same music. But a band of bohemian rebels who still believe in the power of rock are leading the resistance. Based on the songs of Queen, WWRY features such hits as “Radio Ga Ga”, “I Want to Break Free”, “Another One Bites the Dust”, and “Bohemian Rhapsody”. Rock out and book your WE WILL ROCK YOU tickets today!
Victoria & Albert Museum / now through 27 January 2013
Your last chance to see this unprecedented coming together of cinema’s greatest costumes from over a century of film-making! Including Judy Garland’s blue and white gingham dress from The Wizard of Oz, Audrey Hepburn’s classic little black dress from Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Harrison Ford’s complete Indiana Jones getup, and Johnny Depp’s seafaring garb from Pirates of the Caribbean, Hollywood Costume is a must for any movie lover. Book your HOLLYWOOD COSTUME tickets today!