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Danny Dyer and Martin Freeman in Pinter Seven (Photo: Marc Brenner)

Danny Dyer and Martin Freeman in Pinter Seven (Photo: Marc Brenner)

Last chance to see: 12 shows leaving in February

Eleni Cashell

By Eleni Cashell First Published 4 February 2019, Last Updated 8 February 2019

Isn’t it annoying when you realise that a show you’ve been meaning to see for ages ups and leaves Theatreland before you get a chance?

We feel your pain, and we also hate the thought of you missing out on great theatre. So we’ve collated a list of all the shows leaving in February so you can see them before they exit through the West End’s stage door!

The Jive Aces’ Big Beat Revue

The Jive Aces Big Beat Revue at Aldwych Theatre

Closing: 10 February

With only one performance in its run, you’ve not got a lot of time left to see this toe-tapping one-off show that will have you jiving all the way home! (or at least attempting to!).

One of the world’s busiest swing and jive band, The Jive Aces are coming to the Aldwych Theatre for one night only, and it’s going to be their biggest ever show! They’ll be joined by some very special guests too, including Cassidy Janson (Beautiful – The Carole King Musical), and vintage performers The Satin Dollz.

So step back in time to the 40s and 50s and dance along to some classic rock ‘n’ roll tunes!

 

A Beautiful Noise

Closing: 11 February

Another one-off show, A Beautiful Noise celebrates the career of the iconic Neil Diamond.

Performed by the award-winning singer and impersonator Fisher Stevens, who’s accompanied by his incredible band, prepare to be taken through five decades of massive hits in a single evening.

So warm up your vocals for Sweet Caroline, take some tissues to wipe your tears for Love On The Rocks and hug your best mate during He Ain’t Heavy. Basically, this show is the ultimate musical journey for any Neil Diamond fans!

 

Leave To Remain

Leave To Remain at the Lyric Hammersmith

Closing: 16 February

A brand-new play which features music by Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke, Leave To Remain is all about the trials and tribulations of a young gay couple.

Obi (Tyrone Huntley) and Alex (Billy Cullum) are in love. But when Alex’s visa gets questioned, marriage suddenly becomes a topic of conversation for this once-strong couple. The pair must deal with their families, their pasts and everything in between, but can they survive it?

A mixture of movement, drama and brand new music, the show is all about love in an uncertain future.

 

German Cornejo’s Tango Fire

Tango Fire at Peacock Theatre

Closing: 16 February

Dust off your dancing shoes, because once you’ve seen German Cornejo’s Tango Fire, you’re going to want to dance every minute of every day!

A history lesson that you won’t want to skip, you’ll witness Argentine tango through the years. From its first interpretations to modern and contemporary tango-based twists, this show has it all!

With six couples performing in the show, including former World Tango champions and internationally renowned duo Germán Cornejo and Gisela Galeassi. And they’ll all be accompanied by the resident musical group, Tango Fuego Quartet.

And considering it’s gone on international tours for the last 14 years, you know you’re going to be blown away by the choreography, the passion and the sheer experience of the evening.

 

The Wind In The Willows

The Wind In The Willows at Polka Theatre

Closing: 17 February

Looking for something that’s going to entertain the whole family? Look no further than The Wind In The Willows.

Telling the classic story of Mole, Toad, Ratty and Badger, witness the chaos unfold as Toad’s car obsession causes all manner of disasters!

A wonderfully funny tale brought to life with music and song, The Wind In The Willows is bound to keep even the littlest of theatregoers entertained!

 

La Bohème

La Bohème tickets at London Coliseum

Closing: 22 February

An English National Opera production, don’t miss the return of this much-celebrated production of La Bohème.

Set in 1930s Paris, Mimi knocks on the door of four impoverished friends. But when Rodolfo answers the door to her, it’s love at first sight. But naturally, the course of love never does run smooth (not in Theatreland anyway), and jealousy between the pair soon leads to events around them spiralling out of control.

Puccini‘s moving score will be conducted by Alexander Joel.  La Bohème is sung in English, with a surtitles system projecting lyrics above the stage.

 

Pinter Seven

Martin Freeman and Danny Dyer in Pinter Seven (Photo: Marc Brenner)

Closing: 23 February

If you’re going to end the Pinter at the Pinter one-act plays season, then who better to close it with than the beyond-legendary Danny Dyer?

If you’ve missed any or all of the unique Pinter season, then catch Pinter Seven before it closes towards the end of February. Pinter Seven will contain two, one-act comedies; A Slight Ache and The Dumb Waiter.

When a mysterious figure enters their elegant country home, the lives of Flora (Game Of Thrones’ Gemma Whelan) and Edward (John Heffernan) are changed forever in A Slight Ache.

Then Gus and Ben (Danny and Martin Freeman), two hit-men, await their next job in a derelict building – but what is the cost of their quest for meaning? The Dumb Waiter, a modern classic, explores this.

 

True West

Johnny Flynn and Kit Harington in True West (Photo: Marc Brenner)

Closing: 23 February

Winter may still be coming, but Kit Harington and Johnny Flynn are leaving us when True West closes in a few weeks.

Set in the boiling hot Californian desert, the show is written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Sam Shepard. A critique of the classic American Dream, True West is all about warring brothers who are both trying to pitch a movie script to the same producer.

No strangers to Theatreland, both lead roles have previously made their mark on the West End. True West marks Kit Harington’s return to the West End, after a two-year hiatus following a successful run in Doctor Faustus. While Johnny has previously received an Olivier Award nomination for his role in a production of Jerusalem in 2012.

 

Nine Night

Oliver Alvin-Wilson and Karl Collins in Nine Night (Photo: Helen Murray)

Closing: 23 February

If you missed Nine Night at the National Theatre, then you won’t want to miss it at the Trafalgar Studios as well!

Natasha Gordon’s debut play, Nine Night is an emotional story which focuses on the complex nature of family relationships, and the rituals they can undertake.

Set during a traditional Jamaican Nine Night Wake, the family in the story are celebrating the life of Gloria over nine nights of stories, music, food and lots of friends and family coming over. But how will Gloria’s children and grandchildren cope with such a big event?

This show has received rave reviews from critics and audiences alike since it first opened, so you won’t want to miss it!

 

Songs For Nobodies

Bernadette Robinson in Songs For Nobodies

Closing: 23 February

After seeing a show, it’s always good to feel like you’ve got your monies worth, and you certainly will with Songs For Nobodies.

Giving you five iconic divas for the price of one, actress Bernadette Robinson performs as Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, Billie Holiday, Edith Piaf and Maria Callas, accompanied by a live band.

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Throughout the 90 minutes, you’ll hear several musical genres, from smoky blues to unforgettable soprano notes, you’ll feel like you’re in the room with the real women.  Songs For Nobodies is a celebration of remarkable talents and their legacy, and shouldn’t be missed.

 

My Dad’s Gap Year

The cast of My Dad's Gap Year (Photo: Michael Wharley)

Closing: 23 February

Remember how embarrassing you’ve sometimes found your parents? Well, imagine if they decided to go on your gap year with you…

In a rather misguided decision, Dave decides to take his gay, teenager son William on a gap year to Thailand. He wants William to have fun, explore the world, and, awkwardly, lose his virginity. But when Dave finds a love of his own, the story takes a turn. My Dad’s Gap Year is a wickedly funny, madcap and heartfelt story based on real-life events.

The show stars Michelle Collins (Eastenders, Coronation Street) as Cath, alongside Adam Lannon as Dave, Alex Britt as William, Max Percy as Matias and Victoria Gigante as Mae.

 

The Wider Earth

The Wider Earth at Natural History Museum (Photo: Prudence Upton)

Closing: 24 February

Set inside a theatre like no other, The Wider Earth takes place inside the actual Natural History Museum. Which is rather appropriate really, as the show is all about the story of Charles Darwin.

The show is all about a 22-year old Darwin as he prepares to go on an incredible adventure to the far side of the world. This iconic trip helped Darwin to develop ideas about the world around him that challenged everything he thought he knew.

With a seven-strong cast, over 30 hand-crafted puppets, an original cinematic score and incredibly animations, this is a unique retelling of a vital moment in Darwin’s history.

 

For more information on shows in the West End, including opening and closing nights, head to our theatre tickets page!

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