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Shows Opening in the West End this Month

20 June 2016 by Emily Moulder
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If you’re spending July in the city, instead of cooling off by the beach or pool, check out what’s playing in London this month.


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Royal Court (Jerwood Theatre Downstairs), 2nd July – 6th August

A film director on an obsessive quest to capture the perfect light. Renowned for his pioneering, ground-breaking and imaginative new work, writer and director Anthony Neilson returns to the Royal Court with a new play that will be created in the rehearsal room.


Noël Coward Theatre, 8th July – 27th August

Featuring the world’s greatest illusionists live on stage in a daring, jaw-dropping display of magical artistry Impossible will electrify and amaze theatre-goers of all ages. Guest starring the winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2016, Lance Corporal Richard Jones, the line-up also includes Explosive Street Magician Magical Bones, Daredevil and Escapologist Jonathan Goodwin, Cutting-edge Conjurer Sabine van Diemen, Grand Illusionist Josephine Lee, Boundary Breaking Magician Ben Hart, and Mind-blowing Mind-reader Chris Cox.

American Idiot

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Arts Theatre, 8th July – 25th September

Green Day’s explosive, award-winning Broadway musical American Idiot, returns to The Arts theatre after a smash-hit run last year. Winner of two Tony Awards® and the 2010 Grammy Award winner for Best Musical Show Album, American Idiot is the story of three boyhood friends, each searching for meaning in a post 9/11 world. The show features the music of Green Day with the lyrics of its lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong and book by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer.

Virtuoso guitarist and double-platinum selling artist Newton Faulkner will play the leading role of Johnny with X Factor finalist Amelia Lily reprising her acclaimed role as Whatsername. They will be joined by fellow returning cast members including Alexis Gerred (Tunny), Lucas Rush (St Jimmy) and Steve Rushton (Will).

Jesus Christ Superstar

Regents Park Open Air Theatre, 15th July – 27th August

Celebrating 45 years since Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s seminal musical first hit the stage, Jesus Christ Superstar returns to London in a powerful new production directed by Timothy Sheader.

Singer-songwriter Declan Bennett, once a member of Brit Award nominated band Point Break, and more recently the lead in the musical Once, will take the role of Jesus.

The Bodyguard

Dominion Theatre, 15th July – 7th January

Don’t miss The Bodyguard, starring Beverley Knight as Rachel Marron, returning to the West End. Based on the smash‑hit film, this breathtakingly romantic thriller features a whole host of irresistible classics, including One Moment in Time, I Wanna Dance with Somebody and, of course, the legendary I Will Always Love You.

Exposure the Musical – Life Through a Lens

St James Theatre, 16th July – 27th August

Young photographer Jimmy Tucker faces the biggest and most exciting challenge of his life when a stranger commissions him to find and shoot the seven deadly sins alive and kicking in modern London.

But in a break-neck race through the night, a series of extraordinary encounters involving girlfriends, family history and the intoxicating cult of celebrity begin to reveal that there’s a whole lot more at stake than just money.


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