10. LES MISERABLES – Queens Theatre
WHY? One of the West End’s longest and all-time favourite shows. Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption – a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit.
9. KRISTEN CHENOWETH – London Palladium
WHY? Emmy and Tony award winning singer and actress Kristin Chenoweth plays a very special one off show on 20 October 2017 at the London Palladium, with an unforgettable evening of her favourite songs.
Possibly best known for originating Glinda in Wicked, her performance is considered the ‘gold standard’ for the role. A trained opera singer, Kristen Chenoweth brings boundless talent and charisma to any concert performance. A successful recording artist and actress An Intimate Evening With Kristin Chenoweth is a rare chance for London audiences to get up close and personal with one of Broadways divas!
DATE: 20 October 2017
8. Apologia – Trafalgar Studios
WHY? It’s not often Tony and Emmy Award winner Stockard Channing treads the boards in London, so if you want to catch a glimpse of ‘Rizzo’ from Grease now is the time!
Stockard Channing stars alongside Freema Agyeman (Doctor Who), Olivier Award winner Desmond Barrit, Laura Carmichael (Downton Abbey) and Joseph Millson (The Last Kingdom) in a new production of Alexi Kaye Campbell’s darkly funny play about family and its secrets.
7. Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle – Wyndham’s Theatre
WHY? Anne-Marie Duff and Kenneth Cranham star in award winning director Marianne Elliott’s (War Horse, Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) latest production. Elliot teams up with Simon Stephens for the UK premiere of this surprising and life-affirming new play.
Begins performances: 3 October 2017
6. THE EXORCIST – Phoenix Theatre
WHY? Forty-five years after William Peter Blatty’s best-selling novel terrified an entire generation, The Exorcist is unleashed onto the West End stage for the very first time in a uniquely theatrical and chilling experience. Peter Bowles (To The Manor Born), Adam Garcia (Wicked, Coyote Ugly) and Jenny Seagrove star in this terrifying thriller.
Begins performances 20 October 2017, if you dare, get tickets for Halloween!
5. VENUS IN FUR – Theatre Royal Haymarket
WHY? Game Of Thrones’ Natalie Dormer and The Borgia’s David Oakes star in the West End premiere of David Ives’ critically acclaimed Broadway smash hit. An alluring actress and a determined young director become entangled in a seductive dance to the end.
4. Oslo – Harold Pinter Theatre
WHY? Discover the thrilling true story of people who risked everything for peace.
Oslo tells the true story of how one young Norwegian couple played by Toby Stephens (Black Sails, BBC’s Jane Eyre, Private Lives) and Lydia Leonard (Tony nominated for her role in Wolf Hall) – planned and orchestrated top-secret, high-level meetings which culminated in the signing of the historic 1993 Oslo Accords. This 5-star gripping new play by J T Rogers, directed by Bartlett Sher, was awarded ‘Best Play’ at the 2017 Tony Awards ® and was winner of every ‘Best Play’ award on Broadway this season.
3. Ink – Duke of York’s Theatre
WHY? The West End transfer of James Graham’s Almeida hit play about the birth of the Sun newspaper – one of Britain’s most influential red-top papers. Bertie Carvel (The Hairy Ape, Matilda The Musical) plays a young Rupert Murdoch eager to disrupt the sanctified traditions of Fleet Street, alongside Richard Coyle (Macbeth,Park Avenue Armory) as Larry Lamb – The Sun’s revolutionary first editor. This 5-star production is a highlight of the season.
2. Labour of Love – Noel Coward Theatre
WHY? James Graham’s latest West End play teams Martin Freeman (Sherlock, Fargo, The Office) and Tamsin Greig (Episodes, Green Wing) in this hit political comedy about the Labour party. Tamsin Greig’s performance has been described as career defining for her ability to milk her comic aspect from her ‘old guard’ of the party role against Freeman’s Blairite MP. Bonus points for seeing a Graham double bill Ink & Labour of Love on the same day!
1. Young Frankenstein – Garrick Theatre
WHY? Legendary filmmaker and comedian Mel Brooks brings his classic monster musical comedy to life on stage starring Hadley Fraser, Ross Noble, Lesley Joseph, Dianne Pilkington and Summer Strallen. With five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman (The Producers), directing and choreographing expect spectacular song and dance numbers, thrown in with Brooks’ comedy it’s a guaranteed great night out.