1. ART at the Old Vic Theatre
WHY? One of the most acclaimed plays of recent times, Yasmina Reza’s multi-award winning study of friendship, prejudice and tolerance returns to the London stage in the twentieth anniversary production starring Tim Key, Paul Ritter and Rufus Sewell.
CLOSES: 18 February 2017
2. SAINT JOAN at the Donmar Warehouse
WHY? Bernard Shaw’s classic plays reimagined by Josie Rourke; combining the 15th century with post financial crash modern day. However the real reason to see this play is Gemma Arterton – whose stock as a serious stage actress continues to rise.
CLOSES: 18 February 2017
3. THIS HOUSE at the Garrick Theatre
WHY? James Graham’s thrilling political drama captures the daily machinations of 1970’s British politics, and raises questions about our current parliamentary system. Ferociously witty and permeated by a deep sense of the tragi-comic nature of all political systems – ★★★★★
CLOSES: 25 February 2017
4. BURIED CHILD at Trafalgar Studios
WHY? Golden Globe winner and five time Oscar nominee Ed Harris (West World, The Truman Show) makes his West End debut in Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Buried Child. A slightly uneven production but Harris devotees won’t be disappointed.
CLOSES: 4 March 2017
5. TWELFTH NIGHT at the National Theatre
WHY? Tamsin Greig stars in a joyous new production of Shakespeare’s comedy, directed by Simon Godwin.
FROM: 15 February 2017
6. TRAVESTIES at the Apollo Theatre
WHY? There may be times when you don’t know what’s going on, but Tom Hollander is pure comedy gold in Tom Stoppard’s dazzling comedy of art, love and revolution. Patrick Marber’s finely tuned production transfers from the Menier Chocolate Factory for a limited 12 week run. Also stars Freddie Fox, Clare Foster and Forbes Masson.
FROM: 3 February 2017
7. NEWSIES in cinema’s
WHY? Following its Broadway premiere and US tour, it was hoped Disney would transfer Newsies to the UK, however with Disney caught up with Frozen, and probably Beauty and the Beast if the new film is a hit, fans will have to do with the cinema release.
Newsies is a high-energy production inspired by the real-life paper boy strike at the turn of the century in new York city. Newsies features a Tony® Award-winning score with music by eight-time Academy Award® winner Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin) and lyrics by Jack Feldman, Tony Award-winning choreography by Christopher Gattelli, and book by four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein (Kinky Boots)..
1 night only: 19 February 2017
8. THE WILD PARTY at The Other Palace
WHY? Olivier Award winner Drew McOnie directs the first major London revival of Michael John LaChiusa’s The Wild Party. McOnie is one to watch following the Director/Choreographer’s involvement in Jesus Christ Superstar, Strictly Ballroom, Jekyl & Hyde and Bugsy Malone. The production also stars Frances Ruffelle, John Owen-Jones and Victoria Hamilton-Barritt.
From: 11 February 2017