1. CAROUSEL – London Coliseum
WHY? English tenor and heart-throb Alfie Boe and the glorious Welsh soprano Katherine Jenkins will star in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s much loved musical Carousel.
Considered ‘one of the best musicals of the 20th century’ Time Magazine, Carousel features the classic songs If I Loved You, June Is Bustin’ Out All Over and You’ll Never Walk Alone. The show has a timeless and universal theme: the devotion of two people who love each other even when one of them is a bum!
DATES: 7 April 2017 – 13 May 2017
2. TRAVESTIES – 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 the delicious Freddie Fox, Clare Foster and Forbes Masson.
CLOSES: 29 April 2017
3. ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD – Old Vic Theatre
WHY? Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe continues to put distance between his career defining role with another stellar stage performance. Showcasing his acting and comic talents Radcliffe is the main draw in the 50th anniversary production of Tom Stoppard’s iconic play.
CLOSES: 6 May 2017
4. 42nd STREET – Theatre Royal Drury Lane
WHY? The Olivier and Tony Award winning musical comedy arrives in London with an all-singing, high-kicking cast of over 50 ready to explode on to the West End’s biggest stage. It’s your typical big-budget, spectacular high-end musical that’ll have your toes tapping and wishing you were up there hoofing.
OPENS: 4 April 2017
5. HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING – Wilton’s Music Hall
WHY? Wilton’s Music Hall are pulling out all the stops in this highly anticipated revival of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical comedy. The super talented Marc Pickering (Les Misérables, Calendar Girls) leads the cast alongside Hannah Grover as the love interest. The hit musical includes those famous songs I Believe In You, Brotherhood of Man and Happy To Keep His Dinner Warm.
CLOSES: 22 April 2017
6. WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? – Harold Pinter Theatre
WHY? Olivier Award winning actors Imelda Staunton and Conleth Hill star in Edward Albee’s iconic play. The show also stars hot young things Luke Treadaway and Imogen Poots who almost steal the show.
CLOSES: 27 May 2017
7. ANGELS IN AMERICA – National Theatre
WHY? Tony Kushner’s multi-award winning two-part drama is revived at the National with an all-star cast including Andrew Garfield, Denise Gough, Nathan Lane, James McArdle and Russell Tovey. Set at the height of the AIDS crisis in mid-1980s America, Angels in America is a complex analysis of the times. Tickets for the run have sold out, however you can enter the Delta Airlines Ballot or head to the cinema for the NT Live broadcast on 20 July.
8. THE GOAT, OR WHO IS SYLVIA? – Theatre Royal Haymarket
WHY? Two great actors, Damian Lewis and Sophie Okonedo, star in another one of Edward Albee’s stellar plays. A dark funny drama about marital discord, and the consequences when Lewis’ character admits to having an affair. It’s full of Albee’s usual wit and dark humour.
FROM: 24 MARCH 2017
9. POSH – PleasanceTheatre
WHY? Laura Wade’s fictionalised version of the infamous Bullingdon Club is revived with an all-female cast. Portraying an elite Oxford group whose actions over the course of the play show them to be violent, sexist and self-entitled, it would be funnier if the people it was portraying hadn’t been running the country for the last 6 years.
10. THE PHILANTHROPIST – Trafalgar Studio One
WHY? Much loved Actor/Director Simon Callow is taking on Christopher Hampton’s celebrated comedy The Philanthropist starring Matt Berry (The IT Crowd, TOAST), Simon Bird (The Inbetweeners), former supermodel Lily Cole, Charlotte Ritchie (Call The Midwife, Fresh Meat) and Tom Rosenthal (Friday Night Dinner). It’s bound to be laugh-out-loud funny.