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West End Shows this Christmas

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Matilda The Musical

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Matilda The Musical
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
The Book of Mormon
Memphis The Musical
Memphis The Musical
Cats: The Musical
Cats: The Musical
Sunny Afternoon
The Scottsboro Boys
City Of Angels
White Christmas
Aled Jones in White Christmas
 

 

With both Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice launching musicals in London this Christmas - plus two wonderful Roald Dahl adaptations and one noteworthy US import - it looks as though a trip to the West End will be topping many Christmas lists.

 
 

White Christmas

Musical based on the film in which Bing Crosby sang the famous title song.

White Christmas White Christmas Aled Jones, who made his name as the voice of The Snowman, makes his West End debut in White Christmas, the musical written by Irving Berlin, based on the film which featured Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney. Aled stars alongside Tom Chambers playing ex-army friends, Bob Wallace and Phil Davis, who put on a show to save their former General's Vermont ski lodge from ruin. The pair lead a 30-strong cast who are backed by a 17-piece orchestra belting out some well known songs including 'Let Yourself Go', 'Sisters', and the title song, 'White Christmas'. A show that's perfectly timed for its winter slot.
2014-11-082015-01-03 Where:
Dominion Theatre, 268-269 Tottenham Court Road, London London, W1T 7AQ
Category: Theatre

Dominion Theatre, 268-269 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 7AQ

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station

 

Dates: 8th November 2014 to 3rd January 2015

 

Aled Jones, who made his name as the voice of The Snowman, makes his West End debut in White Christmas, the musical written by Irving Berlin, based on the film which featured Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney. Aled stars alongside Tom Chambers playing ex-army friends, Bob Wallace and Phil Davis, who put on a show to save their former General's Vermont ski lodge from ruin. The pair lead a 30-strong cast who are backed by a 17-piece orchestra belting out some well known songs including 'Let Yourself Go', 'Sisters', and the title song, 'White Christmas'. A show that's perfectly timed for its winter slot.

 
 
 

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Sam Mendes' interpretation of Roald Dahl's classic children's book makes a sweet treat.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Nominated for a staggering seven Oliviers in this year's Olivier Awards including Best New Musical, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory tells the heart-warming tale of Charlie Bucket and his fortunate discovery of a life-changing golden ticket. First we meet his poverty stricken but happy family, his four grandparents huddled together for warmth in one double bed and his parents struggling to feed the family. The tale takes a dramatic turn when Charlie pulls back the wrapper of his favourite chocolate bar to reveal the coveted ticket. This much loved Roald Dahl story was recently revived in a Tim Burton movie starring Johnny Depp, and now makes the bold move from screen to stage in a critically acclaimed production directed by Sam Mendes, with original music from Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. From May 2013 Theatre Royal Drury Lane will be filled with "dazzling light displays and projections" (The Telegraph), a surreal mix of giant lollipops and human blueberries. But "by far the greatest fun is to be had from the Oompa Loompas," says The Telegraph. "They alone are worth the price of admission." Tickets for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory are on sale now. After the successful transition of Dahl's Matilda The Musical to the West End, this equally joyous and bizarre Dahl tale has become another hit for the British author behind classic children's books including The BFG and James and the Giant Peach.
2013-05-222015-05-30 Where:
Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine Street, London London, WC2B 5JF
Category: Theatre

Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5JF

Tube: Covent Garden Station, Holborn Station, Temple Station

 

Dates: 22nd May 2013 to 30th May 2015

 

Who could forget the heart-warming tale of forlorn little Charlie Bucket and his poverty stricken family whose life is changed when he pulls back the wrapper of his favourite chocolate bar to reveal a life-changing golden ticket? The much loved Roald Dahl story, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, now made into a magical stage show in a new production directed by Sam Mendes, has proven to have all the right ingredients for a Christmas treat since opening in May 2013 at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. With original music from Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, the show is filled with "dazzling light displays and projections" (The Telegraph), a surreal mix of giant lollipops and human blueberries. But "by far the greatest fun is to be had from the Oompa Loompas... They alone are worth the price of admission," says The Telegraph. Click here to get your Christmas tickets for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. After the successful transition Dahl's Matilda The Musical made to the West End stage, this equally joyous and bizarre tale has been a welcome addition to London's West End.

 
 
 

Matilda The Musical

Multi-award-winning musical masterpiece from the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Matilda The Musical Matilda The Musical Matilda The Musical The Royal Shakespeare Company's musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's celebrated children's book Matilda is a big hit at the Cambridge Theatre in London's West End. Directed by Matthew Warchus and adapted by seasoned playwright Dennis Kelly and the award-winning Australian musical comedian Tim Minchin, Matilda has been described by WhatsOnStage as "a piece which is by turns riotously funny and gut-wrenchingly poignant". The eagerly anticipated production - which tells the story of a special little girl with an extraordinary imagination - stars Lauren Ward as Miss Honey, Bertie Carvel as Miss Trunchball, Joise Walker as Mrs Wormwood and Paul Kaye as Mr Wormwood. Book tickets now to see Matilda The Musical at the Cambridge Theatre London. The show lives up to expectations and thrills and delights both adults and children alike, and is winning plaudits as this winter's must-see theatrical event. The Telegraph theatre critic Charles Spencer gave Matilda five stars, claiming it was "the best British musical since Billy Elliot that will surely be the toast of the West End. I predict that this show will be unstoppable."

2011-10-182015-05-24 Where:
Cambridge Theatre, Earlham Street, Seven Dials, London London, W1D 7DY
Category: Theatre

Cambridge Theatre, Earlham Street, Seven Dials, Soho, London, W1D 7DY

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station, Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 18th October 2011 to 24th May 2015 - Various Times

 

The Royal Shakespeare Company's musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's celebrated children's book Matilda at the Cambridge Theatre in London's West End is a wonderful show to take in this Christmas. Directed by Matthew Warchus and adapted by seasoned playwright Dennis Kelly and the award-winning Australian musical comedian Tim Minchin, Matilda has been described by WhatsOnStage as "a piece which is by turns riotously funny and gut-wrenchingly poignant". The eagerly anticipated production - which tells the story of a special little girl with an extraordinary imagination - stars Lauren Ward as Miss Honey, Bertie Carvel as Miss Trunchball, Joise Walker as Mrs Wormwood and Paul Kaye as Mr Wormwood. Book tickets now to see Matilda The Musical at the Cambridge Theatre London. The show lives up to expectations and thrills and delights both adults and children alike, and is winning plaudits as this winter's must-see theatrical event. The Telegraph theatre critic Charles Spencer gave Matilda five stars, claiming it was "the best British musical since Billy Elliot that will surely be the toast of the West End. I predict that this show will be unstoppable."

 
 
 

Memphis The Musical

Beverley Knight is Felicia Farrell in the musical, already a smash hit on Broadway.

Memphis The Musical Memphis The Musical Beverley Knight and Killian Donnelly star in Joe DiPietro and David Bryan's Memphis the Musical set in the underground nightclubs of 1950s Memphis. Already a smash hit on Broadway and following a triumphant 55-city North American tour, the multi award-winning musical comes to London's Shaftesbury Theatre in autumn 2014. Set in Tennessee, a young white disc jockey loves the black music he hears in the bars and clubs on Beale Street, and endeavours to forge a new white audience on his radio show. He also falls in love with a black singer played by multi-award-winning recording artist Beverley Knight who has already enjoyed huge success with The Bodyguard. Previews from 9th October before the London premiere on 23rd October 2014.
2014-10-092015-03-28 Where:
Shaftesbury Theatre, 210 Shaftesbury Avenue, London London, WC2H 8DP
Category: Theatre

Shaftesbury Theatre, 210 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8DP

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station, Covent Garden Station, Holborn Station

 

Dates: 9th October 2014 to 28th March 2015

 

Beverley Knight and Killian Donnelly star in Joe DiPietro and David Bryan's Memphis the Musical set in the underground nightclubs of 1950s Memphis. Already a smash hit on Broadway and following a triumphant 55-city North American tour, the multi award-winning musical comes to London's Shaftesbury Theatre in autumn 2014. Set in Tennessee, a young white disc jockey loves the black music he hears in the bars and clubs on Beale Street, and endeavours to forge a new white audience on his radio show. He also falls in love with a black singer played by multi-award-winning recording artist Beverley Knight who has already enjoyed huge success with The Bodyguard. Previews from 9th October before the London premiere on 23rd October 2014.

 
 
 

Cats: The Musical

Nicole Scherzinger makes her West End debut in the starring role of Grizabella.

Cats: The Musical Cats: The Musical Cats, Andrew Lloyd Webber's long-running musical based on TS Eliot's 'Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats' returns to London's West End for 12 weeks from the beginning of December 2014. One of the longest-running shows in West End - it played for 21 record-breaking years - Cats is a wonderful show about the Jellicle cats who meet on one special night of the year at the Jellicle Ball. Long term Associate Director of Cats Chrissie Cartwright recreates Trevor Nunn's original direction featuring Gillian Lynne's choreography and some wonderful and well loved songs including Memory which became a Top 10 hit in the UK in 1981 for Elaine Paige who originally played the role of one-time glamour cat Grizabella in the first West End production.
2014-12-062015-02-28 Where:
London Palladium, 8 Argyll Street, London London, W1F 7TF
Category: Theatre

London Palladium, 8 Argyll Street, London, W1F 7TF

Tube: Oxford Circus Station

 

Dates: 6th December 2014 to 28th February 2015

 

Cats, Andrew Lloyd Webber's long-running musical based on TS Eliot's 'Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats' returns to London's West End for 12 weeks from the beginning of December 2014. One of the longest-running shows in West End - it played for 21 record-breaking years - Cats is a wonderful show about the Jellicle cats who meet on one special night of the year at the Jellicle Ball. Long term Associate Director of Cats Chrissie Cartwright recreates Trevor Nunn's original direction featuring Gillian Lynne's choreography and some wonderful and well loved songs including Memory which became a Top 10 hit in the UK in 1981 for Elaine Paige who originally played the role of one-time glamour cat Grizabella in the first West End production.

 
 
 

The Book of Mormon

The smash hit US import would make a wonderful Christmas outing - just not for those easily offended.

The Book of Mormon The Book of Mormon Creators of Southpark (Trey Parker and Matt Stone) have turned their satirical eyes to the cheery world of musicals. With a helping hand from the composer (Robert Lopez) of Avenue Q, this ballsy comedy has collected an obscene amount of Tony Awards and lands in London at the Prince of Wales Theatre in 2013. The plot follows two fresh faced young Mormon Missionaries who find themselves posted to Uganda, humour ensues as they follow their faith through some fairly trying situations. With quick witted references to the musical genre, and its own set of well crafted tunes, The Book of Mormon looks set to breathe fresh air into the West End theatre scene. Tickets for The Book of Mormon are on sale now and selling out fast. The unique brand of ballsy humour was a big hit across the pond but some themes verge on the downright rude and this show is certainly not for the easily offended. 2013-02-252015-01-10 Where:
Prince of Wales Theatre, Coventry Street, London London, W1D 6AS
Category: Theatre

Prince of Wales Theatre, Coventry Street, Soho, London, W1D 6AS

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station, Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 25th February 2013 to 10th January 2015

 

Creators of Southpark (Trey Parker and Matt Stone) have turned their satirical eyes to the cheery world of musicals. With a helping hand from the composer (Robert Lopez) of Avenue Q, this ballsy comedy has collected an obscene amount of Tony Awards and lands in London at the Prince of Wales Theatre in 2013. The plot follows two fresh faced young Mormon Missionaries who find themselves posted to Uganda, humour ensues as they follow their faith through some fairly trying situations. With quick witted references to the musical genre, and its own set of well crafted tunes, The Book of Mormon is a breath of fresh air on the West End theatre scene. Tickets for The Book of Mormon are on sale now and selling out fast but don't forget, 21 top-price tickets for each performance are sold through an on-the-day lottery at the theatre for just 20 each. The unique brand of ballsy humour was a big hit across the pond but some themes verge on the downright rude and this show is certainly not for the easily offended.

 
 
 

Sunny Afternoon

Classic Kinks songs keep this musical upbeat, a ray of sunshine in the cold winter months.

Sunny Afternoon Sunny Afternoon Using music and lyrics by The Kinks' lead singer and songwriter Ray Davies, and a script by award-winning playwright Joe Penhall, Sunny Afternoon tells the extraordinary story of the musician, the band and its rise to stardom. The exciting young cast includes John Dagleish as Ray Davies who had a hand in choosing the actor to play himself, George Maguire who plays Ray's brother Dave Davies, Ned Derrington as Pete Quaife and Adam Sopp who takes on the role of the band's drummer Mick Avory. Set against the backdrop of social change in Britain - from the conservative 50s to the riotous 60s - this production explores the euphoric highs and agonising lows of one of Britain's most iconic bands whose influence is still felt today. The show transfers to the Harold Pinter Theatre in London's West End following a critically acclaimed run at Hampstead Theatre earlier in the year - "a triumph for Ray Davies and Joe Penhall", wrote Susannah Clapp in The Guardian, "an irresistibly enjoyable and touching night out", said Charles Spencer in The Telegraph.
2014-10-042015-05-23 Where:
Harold Pinter Theatre, 6 Panton Street, London London, SW1Y 4DN
Category: Theatre

Harold Pinter Theatre, 6 Panton Street, London, SW1Y 4DN

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station, Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 4th October 2014 to 23rd May 2015

 

Using music and lyrics by The Kinks' lead singer and songwriter Ray Davies, and a script by award-winning playwright Joe Penhall, Sunny Afternoon tells the extraordinary story of the musician, the band and its rise to stardom. The exciting young cast includes John Dagleish as Ray Davies who had a hand in choosing the actor to play himself, George Maguire who plays Ray's brother Dave Davies, Ned Derrington as Pete Quaife and Adam Sopp who takes on the role of the band's drummer Mick Avory. Set against the backdrop of social change in Britain - from the conservative 50s to the riotous 60s - this production explores the euphoric highs and agonising lows of one of Britain's most iconic bands whose influence is still felt today. The show transfers to the Harold Pinter Theatre in London's West End following a critically acclaimed run at Hampstead Theatre earlier in the year - "a triumph for Ray Davies and Joe Penhall", wrote Susannah Clapp in The Guardian, "an irresistibly enjoyable and touching night out", said Charles Spencer in The Telegraph.

 
 
 

The Scottsboro Boys

Intelligent musical about a notorious case of racial injustice in 1930's America.

The Scottsboro Boys The Scottsboro Boys It's 1931, nine young black men aged between 12 and 19 are travelling on a train through Scottsboro, looking for a new life. Following a sold out run at the Young Vic last autumn, The Scottsboro Boys transfers to the Garrick Theatre in London's West End for a strictly limited run. Based on a true story, John Kander and Fred Ebb's provocative musical drama reveals what happened when nine young black men were falsely accused of rape by two white women. At the end of the journey, their lives have been changed forever. Already played to sold out houses in Philadelphia, San Diego and San Francisco, The Scottsboro Boys received 12 Tony nominations. "One of the most stunning pieces of theatre I have ever seen" says Baz Bamigboye in the Daily Mail reviewing the original Broadway production directed by Susan Stroman who now brings the production to London's West End this autumn.
2014-10-042015-02-21 Where:
Garrick Theatre, 2 Charing Cross Road, London London, WC2H 0HH
Category: Theatre

Garrick Theatre, 2 Charing Cross Road, South Bank, London, WC2H 0HH

Tube: Leicester Square Station, Charing Cross Station, Covent Garden Station, Piccadilly Circus Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 4th October 2014 to 21st February 2015

 

It's 1931, nine young black men aged between 12 and 19 are travelling on a train through Scottsboro, looking for a new life. Following a sold out run at the Young Vic last autumn, The Scottsboro Boys transfers to the Garrick Theatre in London's West End for a strictly limited run. Based on a true story, John Kander and Fred Ebb's provocative musical drama reveals what happened when nine young black men were falsely accused of rape by two white women. At the end of the journey, their lives have been changed forever. Already played to sold out houses in Philadelphia, San Diego and San Francisco, The Scottsboro Boys received 12 Tony nominations. "One of the most stunning pieces of theatre I have ever seen" says Baz Bamigboye in the Daily Mail reviewing the original Broadway production directed by Susan Stroman who now brings the production to London's West End this autumn.

 
 
 

City Of Angels

Musical comedy set in the glamorous world of the film studios of Broadway in the 1940s.

City Of Angels City Of Angels A New York novelist is given the opportunity to adapt his detective character of his books into a big-screen hero in Cy Coleman and David Zippel's musical, City Of Angels, revived by the Donmar's Josie Rourke as the theatre's 2014 Christmas production. The musical comedy is set in the glamorous world of the film studios of Broadway in the 1940s and chronicles the misadventures of Stine, a young novelist, attempting a screenplay for movie producer/director, Buddy Fidler. The Light Princess actress Rosalie Craig stars opposite fiancee Hadley Fraser who returns to the Donmar following his performance in Rourke's production of Coriolanus earlier this year. Craig is making her Donmar debut as Stine's wife Gabby alongside Les Miserables' Samantha Barks who plays Mallory Kingsley, the missing step-daughter of striking socialite, Alaura Kingsley, who turns up in her birthday suit in Stone's bed.
2014-12-052015-02-07 Where:
The Donmar Warehouse, 41 Earlham Street, Seven Dials, London London, WC2H 9LD
Category: Theatre

The Donmar Warehouse, 41 Earlham Street, Seven Dials, London, WC2H 9LD

Tube: Covent Garden Station, Leicester Square Station, Tottenham Court Road Station

 

Dates: 5th December 2014 to 7th February 2015

 

A New York novelist is given the opportunity to adapt his detective character of his books into a big-screen hero in Cy Coleman and David Zippel's musical, City Of Angels, revived by the Donmar's Josie Rourke as the theatre's 2014 Christmas production. The musical comedy is set in the glamorous world of the film studios of Broadway in the 1940s and chronicles the misadventures of Stine, a young novelist, attempting a screenplay for movie producer/director, Buddy Fidler. The Light Princess actress Rosalie Craig stars opposite fiancee Hadley Fraser who returns to the Donmar following his performance in Rourke's production of Coriolanus earlier this year. Craig is making her Donmar debut as Stine's wife Gabby alongside Les Miserables' Samantha Barks who plays Mallory Kingsley, the missing step-daughter of striking socialite, Alaura Kingsley, who turns up in her birthday suit in Stone's bed.

 
 
 
 
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