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London Winter Guide To Theatre 2017/2018

14 December 2017 by Emily Moulder
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This year has been incredible for theatre. We’ve enjoyed brilliant plays and feel-good musicals open like Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle, Everybody’s Talking About JamieVenus In Fur and so many more. This Winter, we’re looking forward to lots of great shows; check out our guide to December, January and February for our top picks of theatre shows opening in London.

December

Photo Credit: The Grinning Man

The Grinning Man – Based on the novel by Victor Hugo (Les Misérables), The Grinning Man is an exciting new musical with a dark edge. A young man with a hideous smile arrives at the fairground, but can he ever be truly accepted?

Dick Whittington – London’s big panto is Dick Whittington with Charlie Stemp , Julian Clary, Elaine Paige and many more join in the fun.

The Barricade Boys – Made up of Les Miserables alumni, enjoy classic pop, swing, rock and ballads with The Barricade Boys.

Hamilton – The show you’ve been waiting for finally arrives in London this month! It’s the story Alexander Hamilton and the founding of America, with music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

The Rat Pack – Singing classic songs you’ll know and love, The Rat Pack (Frank, Sammy and Dean) will take you back to the heyday of Las Vegas with a night of swinging music!

Bananaman – Based on the classic kids cartoon, Bananaman follows the adventures of the superhero and his arch-nemesis General Blight. With a hapless hero and some bumbling villains, Bananaman is riotously funny!

La Bohème – An opera set in Dalston isn’t something you see every day but you can catch this exciting new production of La Bohème this Christmas. Ralph and Mimi’s love is powerful and all too intoxicating for the both of them to handle, can they survive their own relationship?

Guess How Much I Love You – Enjoy a playful story through the seasons with Little and Big Nutbrown in Guess How Much I Love You. Featuring live music, puppets and interactive play, this family friendly show is for children ages 3+.

Nativity – Based on the hit festive film series, Nativity follows Mr. Maddens and his attempt to put on a musical version of the nativity story. Check it out for a feel-good Christmas treat.

Titus Andronicus – A gory revenge, murder as entertainment and a high-sky body count – Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus poses questions about the nature of sexuality, family, class and society.

January

Photo Credit: The Birthday Party

The Birthday Party – Starring Toby Jones, Pearl Mackie, Zoë Wanamaker and more, The Birthday Party is a quintessential Pinter play not to be missed!

Dry Powder – Hayley Atwell (Captain America, Agent Carter) returns to the stage as a ruthless partner in a failing private equity firm in Dry Powder.

Eugenius! – A teenage love story set against a backdrop of comic books and superheroes, Eugenius! boasts a totally originally score. It features a scintillating script that makes you laugh, cry, and punch the air shouting #GoEugenius!

The Brothers Size – From the writer of Moonlight, The Brothers Size blends ritual and reality in this dark drama. After doing time in prison, two African-American brothers reunite through Yoruba mythology and live music.

The Grift – Learn the art of the con in The Grift, an immersive, site-specific experience. Get a masterclass in the ways of the grifter in this exciting new show – dining packages are also available, exclusive to TodayTix!

Giselle – A beautiful peasant girl Giselle discovers the true identity of her lover Albrecht – and that he is promised to another. A show full of love, wonder and loss, Giselle is a stunning Royal Ballet production.

Lady Windermere’s Fan – As part of the Oscar Wilde season, Kathy Burke directs Jennifer Saunders, Samantha Spiro and Kevin Bishop in Lady Windemere’s Fan. One woman’s birthday party becomes tense as she becomes convinced that not only is her husband having an affair, but that the other woman will be attending the party.

Julius Caesar – With its changeable layout, the exciting new production at The Bridge, Julius Caesar will put the audience at the heart of the action. Starring Michelle Fairley (The Road, Game of Thrones) and Ben Whishaw (Paddington, Mary Poppins Returns), Shakespeare’s political thriller comes to life in a brand new way.

Long Day’s Journey Into Night – A family tears itself apart with the most devastating weapon of all – the truth. Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville will star in Eugene O’Neill’s Pulitzer-winning play, Long Day’s Journey Into Night.

Mary Stuart – Juliet Stevenson (Hamlet) and Lia Williams (Oresteia) will take on the roles of Mary Stuart and Elizabeth I, deciding who will be whom at the toss of a coin prior to the performance. With one woman in prison and one in power, Mary Stuart look at the power struggles and manipulations at play in the British monarchy received critical acclaim while at the Almeida.

Ovo – World-renowned acrobatic sensation Cirque du Soleil returns to London! After wowing audiences with 2017’s Aqualuna show, don’t miss Ovo, a production that delves into the dangerous and beautiful life-cycles and ecosystems of insects.

February

Photo Credit: Frozen/Theatre Royal Haymarket

Frozen – Starring Suranne Jones (Doctor Foster) and Jason Watkins (W1A), Frozen follows the search for missing 10-year-old girl Rhona. Suranne plays the girl’s mother and Jason appears as the kidnapper in this tense drama.

Carmen – Don José intends to marry Micaëla, a girl from his home village, but instead falls for the sensual and  independent Carmen. Georges Bizet’s Carmen has romance, violence, and jealousy – all the ingredients for a perfect opera!

All or Nothing – Coming to the Arts Theatre, All or Nothing follows the rise and fall of iconic British band, The Small Faces. Set in 1965, Mod music and style was all the rage and their music was at the centre. Featuring hits like “Whatcha Gonna Do About It”, “Tin Soldier” and “Lazy Sunday”, any fans of the 60s will love this home-grown hit.

Cirque Beserk! – Celebrating the 250th anniversary of the invention of circus, Cirque Beserk! returns to London with a jaw-dropping spectacular. It combines contemporary cirque-style artistry with adrenaline-fuelled stunt action.

Harold and Maude – Based on the movie of the same name, Harold and Maude follows the relationship of a true odd-couple: a compulsive, self-destructive Harold who attends funerals for entertainment, and Maude, a devil-may-care, septuagenarian bohemian.

Pippin – Originally directed by the great Bob Fosse, Pippin recently completed a hugely successful Broadway revival. This new production spreads a darkness over the innocent tale of the exciting life and adventures of young Prince Pippin. Ready yourself for Victorian storytelling and Vaudevillian magic combined.

Angry – The world premiere of Philip Ridley’s Angry is a dark, magical, and comedic collection of stories that vibrate with the lingering unease of our times. Five monologues are performed to make up the piece but the actors will switch roles for each performance.

Summer and Smoke – In the heat of summer – under the wings of an angel – Alma meets John in Summer and Smoke. Trapped between desire and fear in a life of obligation, her world turns upside down in the search for salvation.

There’s so much to see in the next few months and remember, you can book great London theatre tickets up to 30 days in advance with TodayTix!

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