All the shows opening in London’s West End in 2020
After a theatre shutdown, the West End is finally coming out of hibernation. Gone are the days of being stuck indoors with no live performances. Now, the theatres are opening again, with brand new productions emerging all across the capital with social distancing and safety protocols in place. Whether it’s musicals, plays, or comedies, all of these shows are sure to offer a night of light relief from the real world.
We’ve listed every show that’s opening in London’s West End in 2020. Take your pick and find your way back to the theatre with TodayTix.
There’s no better way to get away from real life than at an immersive production. It’s all based on the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic, where Jay Gatsby tries to seduce his lover, Daisy Buchanan. As you’re whisked around the party, you’ll hear from Jay and Daisy up close, as well as dancing the night away with a Charleston. So, secure your invitation to one of Jay Gatsby’s gatherings, where the alcohol is flowing and the red hot jazz is playing all night long. In 1920s America, there’s no such thing as a 10pm curfew.
Immersive London, reopens from Dec. 3, 2020.
Nicholas Hytner’s adaptation of A Christmas Carol is set to reinvent the Yuletide spirit as we know it. In a three-person show, Simon Russell Beale, Patsy Ferran, and Eben Figueiredo will share every role in this Dickensian delight. We’re not too sure about the logistics of sharing roles, but we can’t wait to see Tiny Tim.
Bridge Theatre, Dec. 3, 2020 – Jan. 16, 2021.
If you’d been writing to a stranger for a decade, would you want to meet them? That’s what happens to Andrew and Melissa, two acquaintances who find each other and begin making a lifetime of memories. After performances at Theatre Royal Windsor, this two-man play transfers to London, telling of two people who trust each other deeply before they’ve even met.
Theatre Royal Haymarket – Dec. 3, 2020 – Feb. 7, 2021.
You can walk into a theatre, or you could sashay in style. That’s what the all-drag queen cast of Death Drop will be doing at the Garrick Theatre this December. Join the murder mystery party as the queens reveal their pasts until the moment we find out who-dunnit! There’s RuPaul’s Drag Race stars in the show too, including Courtney Act and Monét X Change. So, get your glam on at Death Drop.
Garrick Theatre, Dec. 4, 2020 – Jan. 17, 2021.
The queens are well and truly back. If you’ve never seen Six before, then where have you been? History and girlbands come together for a collab for the ages, as the six wives of Henry VIII take over the mic. It may only be 75 minutes long, but Six really does pack a punch and it’ll leave you smiling from ear to ear. Plus, the show’s playing its biggest London location to date, so see Six during its greatest reign yet.
Lyric Theatre, Dec. 5, 2020 – Apr. 18, 2021.
Les Miserables: The All-Star Staged Concert
The Internet broke when news of a Les Mis all-star concert revival was announced. It’s unsurprising really, given that Alfie Boe, Michael Ball, Carrie Hope Fletcher, and Matt Lucas will be reuniting for some “noël” magic in London. Les Mis tickets at the Sondheim Theatre are now like gold dust, but you can still book tickets for the original production which will return to the West End one day more.
Sondheim Theatre, Dec. 5, 2020 – Feb, 28. 2021.
Fear of missing out on pantomime? No need to worry, as Potted Panto is here to save the day. Rolling seven stories into one, enjoy this mad-dash adventure through an entire genre. Will Cinderella make it to the ball? Will Dick Whittington save London? Will Aladdin get his three wishes? It all happens in Potted Panto.
Garrick Theatre, Dec. 5, 2020 – Jan. 10, 2021.
Think you’ve seen it all in the West End? You can’t have when The Showstoppers are around! Conjuring up an entirely-new show with each performance, witness the improvisational phenomenon as they take to the Garrick Theatre. At the start of the show, you’ll be asked for your suggestions — the wackier, the better — then see the mayhem unfold. We can’t promise you what the show will be about, but we can guarantee you’ll have a great time.
Garrick Theatre, from Dec. 7, 2020.
Mischief Theatre have earned a reputation as leaders in British comedy. Now, they’re coming back and bigger than before, as their debut play The Play That Goes Wrong reopens at the Duchess. The take on a “play-within-a-play” sees an amateur dramatic group just before curtain up, but it proves to be a struggle to get there. With walkabout props and cast members, it really does take a lot for the show to go on.
Duchess Theatre, from Dec. 9, 2020.
Charles Dickens’s seasonal tale has become a festive theatrical tradition for years now. The ghosts of Christmas past, present and future will light up the Dominion Theatre this year, especially with Brian Conley at the helm as Scrooge himself. Joined by a cast of over 50, listen to a whole host of soaring melodies, written by Disney guru Alan Menken himself.
Dominion Theatre, Dec. 7, 2020 – Dec. 15, 2020
Not so much a comeback but a West End debut for this comedy duo, as The Pin arrive in London. But, their rip-roaring comedy is guaranteed to make audiences laugh so hard, you’d never hear a pin drop. Their play sees them trying to impress a Hollywood director while in the warm-up spot. Think Noises Off meet proper British farce and that’s what you can expect. Make sure to see The Pin before they hit the big time.
Noel Coward Theatre, Dec. 8, 2020 – Dec. 15, 2020.
Take a trip to the stagiest school in town via Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, the hit British musical. Join Jamie New, a sixteen year old whose journey of self-discovery sees him perform as drag queen “Mimi Me” and eventually wear a dress to his high school prom. He may not have all the love he truly needs, but his friends and family are always there to support him. Soon to hit the silver screen, see the original on stage in 2020.
Apollo Theatre, from Dec. 12, 2020.