In this section, you will find information on the Upcoming Shows that are due to open in London. With our ears to the ground and fingers firmly on the pulse of the West End, nothing slips past us as we inform you what the next blockbusting musical might be or what next brilliant play is expected to open soon. Book tickets first and catch the productions before the word of mouth spreads and tickets become gold dust.
There are 101 shows in category Upcoming Shows
Hamlet – The Bard's classic is in the West End again. Have you seen Shakespeare's hugely popular classic tragedy Hamlet on stage yet? Like many of us, you may have read it at school. But there's nothing quite like seeing the action unfold, live and dangerous, before a spellbound audience. The beautiful old language comes to vivid life, sparkling with the Bard's legendary wit and wisdom, and the result is simply unforgettable.
Starring: Andrew Scott
Thanks to a stellar combination of Underbelly Productions, Cameron Mackintosh, Steven Harris and Westminster City Council, all working in collaboration, a glittering new production of Five Guys Named Moe will be playing at a purpose built pop-up in the shape of Marble Arch Theatre in West London in the autumn of 2017.
Mary Shelley's classic will never be the same.
When Frederick Frankenstein, a respected New York brain surgeon and professor, inherits a castle in Transylvania from his deranged grandfather, creator of the famously awful monster, he's not sure what to do. Should he stay safely put in New York or head for Transylvania to carry on his grandfather’s crazy experiments?
The Second World War was coming to an end at long last. And Terrence Rattigan was busy writing a play that he fiddled with throughout the year of 1944 before ultimately renaming it. Now it's a classic, a comedy that never seems to lose its appeal, and it's transferring from a successful run at the Menier Chocolate Factory to the Apollo Theatre.
The Kite Runner plays at Wyndham’s theatre from 21st December 2016, and the anticipation is already mounting. It's the stage adaptation of the first novel by the respected Afghan-American author Khaled Hosseini, an international bestseller, and it's a story that has broken hearts – and mended them again - the world over. If you adore high drama and enjoy a thoughtful, delicate and hugely entertaining play, this one's for you.
The Gielgud theatre is your venue for the latest play by the wonderful Jez Butterworth. That's good enough news in itself... but the James Bond director Sam Mendes is set to direct, which makes the news even more thrilling. The Ferryman was a huge hit at the Royal Court theatre, now it's due to transfer once the excellent The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time takes a final bow in early summer 2017.
Bat Out of Hell – Celebrating Meat Loaf. He's one of the best-selling musicians of all time. He's sold more than 80 million records. He's been in more than fifty films and TV shows, sometimes playing himself and other times playing fictional characters. Now his life and work are being celebrated in a brand new musical playing at the London Coliseum in summer 2017 after a run in Manchester. It's Bat Out of Hell – The Musical, and it's being billed as an absolute must for rock lovers.
You're looking for something tender, witty and wise to entertain you, something wholly modern and contemporary to fire your imagination. No problem – the talented playwright Jon Brittain, creator of the marvellous Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho and more, is delighted to oblige with his latest smash hit Rotterdam.
The Moorish general Otello has been appointed Governor of Cyprus and married the beautiful young Venetian, Desdemona. But their happiness is threatened when Otello's ensign Iago begins to hint that Desdemona has been unfaithful.
In a remote Russian town, Olga, Masha and Irina yearn for the adrenaline rush of life in Moscow ? but their plans go nowhere. Disaster, deception, meaningless self-sacrifice ? in Chekhov's heartbreaking masterpiece, each new twist of fate sees the sisters' control over their destiny slip away. Visionary director Benedict Andrews, lauded in Berlin and Sydney, returns to the Young Vic after his triumphant The Return of Ulysses in 2011. Renowned German designer Johannes Sch?tz makes his Young Vic debut.
Kenneth Grahame’s well-loved 1908 children's book, The Wind in the Willows, is playing soon in London's glittering West End theatre district. It's the gentle, completely magical tale of the loveable, speed-obsessed menace Mr Toad and his friends Mole, Ratty and Badger. And the story has been transformed into a spectacular new stage musical. How thrilling is that!
The revised version of the 1977 hit Stephen Schwartz musical Working will receive its European premiere at the Southwark Playhouse in summer 2017, a brilliant expose of the USA's blue collar workers, the work they do, and how they feel about it.
Journey back in time with English National Ballet to a frost-covered, gas-lit London and join Clara, her Nutcracker and the magician Drosselmeyer in this traditional festive tale for all the family. In a world of Edwardian elegance, The Nutcracker brings to life the eternally popular Tchaikovsky score featuring the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Waltz of the Flowers.
A cast of over 30 dancers and singers, Tanguera tells a story of unrequited love in early 20th century Buenos Aires.
Anthony Dowell's romantic interpretation returns the ballet to its 1895 origins by using the choreography of Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa. Dramatic costumes emphasize the contrast between human and spirit worlds, while glowing lanterns, shimmering fabrics and designs inspired by the work of Carl Fabergé create a magical setting.
If you've already seen it at the Vault Festival, this acclaimed musical is about to take a step into the West End limelight, at a venue that was long kept a close-held secret. If you want to immerse yourself in the excesses of the jazz age, an America where the obscenely rich rubbed shoulders with abject poverty, you're set for one of the musical experiences of a lifetime.
Set in London during the Second World War, Matthew Bourne's interpretation of Prokofiev's haunting score has, at its heart, a true wartime romance.
Don Carlos falls in love with Elizabeth, daughter of Henry II of France. But his father, King Philip II of Spain, intends to marry her himself to se-cure a peace treaty. Can Don Carlos give up his love for the good of the state?
The London Palladium has a long and glittering history as the capital's home of variety shows. But it hasn't hosted a panto for almost three decades. That's about to change thanks to the venue's owners, Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Theatre Company, who are reviving the genre for the festive season 2017.
It's a hit Broadway musical. The original musical score comes courtesy of Take That's hugely talented Gary Barlow. According to Vogue it's an, “ambitious and exciting production, a true must-see!”. And it's arriving in London's theatreland for January 2017. Don't miss it!
Inspired by Dr. Seuss's classic tale, The Lorax tells of a moustachioed and cantankerous critter who's on a mission to protect the earth from the greedy, tree-chopping, Thneed-knitting businessman known only as The Once-ler.
Otter-ly fantastic! Now in its second year at E4 Udderbelly Festival The Comedy Club 4 Kids is back and better than ever.
Have you ever seen Annie on stage? Maybe you've enjoyed the movie, a great experience and a fitting tribute to the theatre version. Either way it's long overdue a reprise, and now it's about to happen. May 2017 sees Annie on stage at the Piccadilly Theatre, with one of Britain's favourite comedians, Miranda Hart, making her West End début as the horrid Miss Hannigan.
Starring: Miranda Hart
The Mariinsky Ballet's acclaimed staging of Tolstoy's epic novel Anna Karenina receives its British premiere. Choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky to Rodion Shchedrin's powerful score, the ballet's extraordinary heroine breaks all moral and social conventions with devastating consequences.
In 1955 Tennessee Williams' red hot play thrilled audiences and scandalised a load of sensitive people. Powerful and vivid, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof explores the innermost workings of the human psyche, and does it so beautifully that it never goes out of date. The world may change, but human behaviour remains the same. The resulting revival is due to set the West End stage on fire.
Fun Home is the runaway winner of five Tony Awards. It's performed entirely 'in the round', which means the stage sits in the centre of the audience with seating all around it, a set up that's famously intimate and emotional, allowing people to see the world through the actors' eyes. It has proved a a monster hit everywhere it has played, and it's a truly beautiful journey to self-acceptance.
Six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald is set to make a glittering West End début playing the remarkable legend of jazz and soul, the singer Billie Holiday. This is your chance to enjoy a surprisingly intimate show packed with the best of Holiday's songs, as well as a host of personal stories exploring the singer's loves and losses.
Starring: Audra McDonald
Hamilton is a Broadway show with a glittering history. It tells the story of Alexander Hamilton, one of the 'Founding Fathers' of the USA as well as the chief staff aide to General George Washington and one of the most vocal promoters of the nation's famous Constitution. The music, lyrics and book are by Lin-Manuel Miranda and the plot is inspired by a 2004 biography written by historian Ron Chernow.
Laurent Pelly brings tenderness, humour and southern sunshine to his production of Donizetti's opera. A 1950s Italian village provides the backdrop to a spirited tale of love's twists and turns.
With magical tunes by Cole Porter and a plot detailing a contemporary take on William Shakespeare’s wonderful play, the Taming of the Shrew, you can expect gangsters, romance, drama, action and comedy. It’s a thrill a minute and it’s back for another west end run, thanks to the marvellous Trevor Nunn.
Starring: Alex Bourne, David Burt, Adam Garcia, Clive Rowe, Hannah Waddingham