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 84 shows in category Upcoming Shows
The original scored a huge hit at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. Now this fantastic musical, inspired by the 1951 Academy Award winning movie of the same name, is on its way to the West End after a sell-out run at Broadway's Palace Theatre. It's a Tony winner and tickets are set to sell like hot cakes. What's not to like?
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?
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
What's on next at the Coliseum? The excitement is mounting fast for a very special version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's excellent Carousel, their second musical, which is set to star household name singers Alfie Boe and Catherine Jenkins. Wow!
Starring: Alfie Boe, Katherine Jenkins
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.
On 5th August 2016 theatreland let out an almighty cheer. The rumours were confirmed - a new production of the extravagant 1930s musical 42nd Street is set to begin previews from late March 2017, returning once more to its London home, the magnificent Theatre Royal Drury Lane. And Mark Bramble is directing again, the icing on an already delicious cake. Welcome back!
It's been on the stage for years in one guise or another. Now Stepping Out returns to the West End's legendary Vaudeville Theatre for early spring, following a tour of the provinces, arriving just in time to welcome the good weather. And it stars one of the nation's best-known personalities, Britain's Got Talent judge Amanda Holden, in the leading role of Vera. If you adore nothing better than a top class stage musical, you'll love it.
He's called Don Juan in Spanish. In Italian he's Don Giovanni. Whatever you call him, he's the world's most famous literary libertine, whose legend was first written by the Spanish dramatist Tirso de Molina. His play, called The Trickster of Seville and the Stone Guest, was set in the 1300s and published in Spain in about 1630. Since then the story has been translated, rewritten and re-presented countless times, and it's the reason why the name 'Don Juan' remains such a potent metaphor for womanisers.
Starring: David Tennant
Jamie Parker stars in Tom Stoppard's masterpiece Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, which will be directed by Trevor Nunn.
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Joshua McGuire
The Goat, also known as Who is Sylvia, is by the playwright who brought us Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, also being revived for 2017 with Imelda Staunton at the helm. Ian Rickson, the former artistic director at the Royal Court theatre, is to direct, the proud owner of rave reviews for Jerusalem at the Royal Court and in the West End, and Hamlet at the Young Vic.
A star studded cast takes one of Will Shakespeare’s best-loved plays, Twelfth Night, to the West End stage in a production with a difference. It’s a feast of rich Elizabethan finery, classic comedy and some of the greatest names from the British stage and screen, Mark Rylance and Stephen Fry. A real night to remember!
Starring: Mark Rylance, Stephen Fry
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.
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!
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.
A cast of over 30 dancers and singers, Tanguera tells a story of unrequited love in early 20th century Buenos Aires.
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.
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?
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!
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.
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.
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.
If you've seen the 1988 Tom Hanks film Big, you'll understand why this 1996 musical adaptation of the movie makes so many friends and influences so many people wherever it goes. It's a delightful story, both seriously sophisticated and charmingly naïve, which explores what happens when a frustrated adolescent magically becomes an adult. As it turns out, grown up life involves a whole lot more than mere child's play...
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.
George Balanchine's fabulous evocation of the brilliance and sparkle of emeralds, rubies and diamonds is a ballet gem in its own right. Jewels is indeed a suitably glamorous and glittering way to start the new Royal Ballet Season.
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.