From Pulitzer Prize-winning plays to sing-along Broadway shows, London’s latest theatre productions are well worth making a space in your diary for. Whether you’ve a penchant for a musical or prefer a high-brow, more cultured affair, the West End showcases some of the biggest names and directors in the industry – and these are the tickets to book before they’re gone.
As Emma Rice wraps up her time as Artistic Director, Shakespeare’s Globe launches a bold new play based on the story of legendary warrior queen Boudica. Gina McKee, who you might recognise from Notting Hill, takes the starring role in the production running until 1st October – so be sure to catch it soon!
There’s been a lot of anticipation surrounding this musical tribute to Cilla Black, who died last year. Focusing on her meteoric rise from club cloakroom girl during Liverpool’s Merseybeat era to singing star and national treasure, Cilla’s great tunes make it sure to be a winner.
Five Guys Named Moe
Be transported back to the 1940s New Orleans jazz scene by this Olivier Award-winning West End and Broadway hit, directed by The Wire’s Clarke Peters.
Oscar-nominated Imelda Staunton leads the cast in a revival of musical master Stephen’s Sondheim’s show at London’s Olivier Theatre. You can also catch it at selected cinemas on 16th November, when it will be broadcast by National Theatre Live.
Glengarry Glen Ross
1980s Hollywood favourite Christian Slater appears alongside Love Actually’s Kris Marshall in a Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning play about four Chicago real estate agents who’ll do anything to clinch a sale, including breaking the law.
Heisenberg The Uncertainty Principle
The team behind West End hit The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time present the UK premiere of a play that’s taken Broadway by storm. Inspired by the principles of quantum physics, Anne-Marie Duff’s chance encounter with an older man changes everything.
Kanye the First
This funny and original play by up-and-coming writer Sam Steiner probes celebrity culture and social media as it imagines Kanye reincarnated as a young, middle class British woman.
Robert Lindsay pairs up with Claire Skinner of Outnumbered fame at Hampstead Theatre for a play based on the life of double Oscar-winning cinematographer Jack Cardiff.
In 1993, in front of the world’s press, the leaders of Israel and Palestine shook hands on the White House lawn. Oslo, winner of Best Play at the 2017 Tony Awards, tells the story of how the quiet heroics of two maverick Norwegian diplomats paved the way for one of the most iconic moments of the last 50 years.
Julia Stevenson gives a faultless performance as a fiercely independent pilot and wing walker who begins to lose her sense of reality after suffering a stroke. Wings hasn’t been staged in London for 30 years, so be sure to catch this powerful Broadway hit while you can.