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Upcoming and rescheduled West End shows

Hira Desai

By Hira Desai First Published 10 July 2020, Last Updated 30 July 2020

We know you’re missing theatre as much as we are and to help make things a little clearer, we’ve put together a list of all the updates we’ve received for upcoming and rescheduled theatre shows.

From reinvented fairytales and movie-turned-musicals to spooky spectaculars and festive faves, there’s something for everyone.

Be sure to check back regularly as we will continue adding to this page when we receive more updates.

 

The Mousetrap

St Martin’s Theatre – Re-opening from 23 October 2020

We’re so very excited that the world longest-running play is reopening this October, ready to satisfy your inner-detective!

In Agatha Christie’s famous whodunnit the characters are gathered in a remote corner of the country when they discover there’s a murderer in their midst.

Having performed in the West End since 1952 and having sold over 10 million tickets, you’d think audiences would’ve sussed out the culprit, but we’re still searching!

If you’re looking for something to get your teeth into while ticking off an iconic West End gem, this beloved and brilliant play is the one! 

 

The Ocean At The End Of The Lane

Duke of York’s Theatre – Re-opening from 31 October 2020

Following a sold-out run at the National Theatre, the acclaimed production of The Ocean At The End Of The Lane is transferring to the West End this October, giving audiences another chance to see this breathtakingly spooky production. 

Adapted from the best-selling Neil Gaiman novel by Joel Horwood and directed by Katy Rudd, the Olivier Award-nominated production follows the story of a man who returns to his childhood home to find himself standing beside a pond where he used to play. He soon finds himself transported back to his 12th birthday when his friend Lettie claimed it wasn’t a pond… but an ocean.

Follow their fight for survival as they come face to face with ancient forces that threaten to destroy everything around them. Entrancing and uplifting, this spectacular production will transport you out of this world! 

 

The Prince Of Egypt

Gary Wilmott in The Prince Of Egypt. Photo by Matt Crockett.

Dominion Theatre – Re-opening from 2 November 2020

Sit back, relax and get ready to be transported to the shifting sands of Egypt as the classic Dreamworks movie is brought to life on stage this November.

Follow the tale of Moses and Ramses, two young men growing up together as brothers in a kingdom of privilege. But when a secret path is unearthed, they are divided – one must rule as Pharaoh, and the other must rise up and free his true people. Both face a destiny that will change their worlds – and history – forever.

An incredible 83,000 people attended the 43 performances (including 20 previews) played prior to the UK Government shutdown of theatres and every show received an ecstatic response and standing ovations. 

Featuring music and lyrics by the renowned Stephen Schwartz (Wicked), this timeless story of identity, dignity, and hope feels more meaningful and relevant than ever before. Grab your tickets below and in the meantime, get practicing those lyrics by streaming the cast recording.

 

A Christmas Carol

London Coliseum – Re-opening from 1 December 2020

It’s never too early to prep for Christmas, and after the year we’ve had, we can’t wait for every second of magic that comes with the fabulous re-telling of Charles Dickens’ heartwarming tale.

This outstanding musical extravaganza ran for ten years at New York’s Madison Square Garden followed by sell-out West End concerts and will now be semi-staged by the English National Opera and the London Musical Theatre Orchestra at the magnificent London Coliseum.

Running from the 1st of December, there really couldn’t be any way better way to get into the true spirit of Christmas. 

 

Nutcracker (English National Ballet)

English National Ballet's Nutcracker (Photo: Laurent Liotardo)

London Coliseum – Re-opening from 10 December 2020

If you’re looking for a special treat for the whole family this Christmas, this traditional festive-favourite is sure to please you all.

With over 100 dancers and musicians and backed by the English National Ballet Philharmonic, the enchanting English National Ballet’s Nutcracker will get you right into the festive spirit.

Follow the story of Clara and her enchanted Nutcracker as they discover a magical world, where she battles with the Mouse King and meets a handsome stranger. As the air grows colder, Clara and her valiant Nutcracker take a hot air balloon ride across London to the glistening Land of Snow where her adventure really begins.

A firm favourite in the London calendar, this legendary production is not one to be missed.

 

Cinderella 

Gillian Lynne Theatre – Re-opening from 19 March 2021

If you’re looking for a little escapism with a twist, this brand new musical promises just that. Starring West End stars Carrie Fletcher and Victoria Hamilton-Barritt, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s exciting new musical completely reinvents one of the world’s most-loved fairytales.

The eagerly awaited production will feature a brand new score by the legendary Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Oscar-nominated David Zippel, with a script from Killing Eve’s Emerald Fennell.

With Andrew Lloyd Webber describing this new iteration of the classic princess as a ‘misfit’, you’d better get ready to meet Cinderella, in a way you’ve never seen her before!

Treat yourself to a little pick-me-up and book your tickets to see this new rags-to-riches tale now.

 

Hairspray The Musical

London Coliseum – Re-opening from 22 April 2021

The multi-award-winning smash-hit Hairspray The Musical will be gracing the West End in Spring next year and we really can’t wait.

Set in Baltimore, 1962, follow the story of Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and big dreams. Can she make it on the local TV dance show, win the heart of teen heartthrob Link Larkin and bring everyone together – whatever their colour, size or hairdo? 

Starring the Olivier Award-winning Michael Ball alongside Paul Merton (BBC’s Have I Got News For You), Marisha Wallace (Waitress, Dreamgirls), and West End newcomer Lizzie Bea, this all-singing all-dancing production will have you up on your feet.

It’s fun-loving, it’s inspiring and it’s going to be bigger and better than ever before! Playing for a limited 19-weeks only, tickets are on sale now!

 

101 Dalmatians

101 dalmatians

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre – Re-opening from 15 May 2021

Based on Dodie Smith’s iconic story and starring the Olivier Award-nominated Kate Fleetwood (King Lear, Life Is A Dream, London Road, High Society) in the iconic role of Cruella de Vil, the brand new production of 101 Dalmations will open next year. 

Directed by the Open Air Theatre‘s Artistic Director, Timothy Sheader, with puppetry created and directed by Toby Olié (Running Wild), the new screen-to-stage adaption follows a couple who decide to house over 100 dogs, and a horrid neighbour (Cruella De Vil), who tries to steal the pets to make a new coat.

This adorable, funny and fresh family-favourite will be the theatre’s first-ever musical theatre commission and we can’t wait to see it!

 

Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Jac Yarrow (Joseph) and the company of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Photographer: Tristram Kenton

London Palladium – Re-opening from 1 July 2021

Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat has firmly cemented its place as one of the world’s most beloved family musicals and we’re so very excited for its return to the London Coliseum next summer.

Having performed in over 80 countries as far afield as Zimbabwe and Peru, it’s hard to imagine that this multi-award-winning show began as a small scale school concert! 

Now, the show has been re-imagined in a spectacular new production that tells the story of Jacob’s favourite son, Joseph, and his eleven brothers. Sold into slavery out of the jealousy of his kin, Joseph finds himself in Egypt, where his reputation burgeons under Potiphar. But when he rejects the advances of Potiphar’s wife, Joseph is thrown into jail, where he discovers a unique ability to interpret dreams. Can he use this to resolve Egypt’s family and reunite with his family once more?

Starring Jac Yarrow as Joseph and Jason Donovan as Pharaoh, this epic bucket-list production is well worth booking in advance.

 

Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain – Part 5

Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain – Part Five will arrive in the West End in July 2020

Apollo Theatre – Re-opening from 29 July 2021

Summer 2021 will be made that little bit better with a visit to see the barmiest British history show in town.

Get ready for your little ones to meet historical figures and learn all the nasty bits of our British history with the help of some crazy characters and rulers!

Will you conquered by King William? Will you sink or swim with King Henry I? Will Thomas Becket get the chop? Go house hunting with King Henry VIII! Are you scared to scale the Tudor scaffold? Join the gorgeous Georgians as they take over England! Break into Buckingham Palace and hide from the Queen! Watch out for the witch of World War Two!

Come along for a crazy ride into the past!

P.S. if you really can’t wait til 2021, Horrible Histories drive-in  tour still has a few dates around the UK, check if they’re coming to a car park near you this summer!

Frozen

Frozen

Theatre Royal Drury Lane – Re-opening from 2 April 2021

Disney’s freezing family favourite is making the leap from the screen to the stage next spring!

With the inimitable Samantha Barks set to play Elsa, and Stephanie McKeon cast to play Anna, we can’t wait to dive into the world of Arendelle on stage.

Expect all your favourite tunes as well as some brand new ones from Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. 

You can make new bookings from 27 July, and if you already had tickets you will be reallocated a new date automatically, which you can then change or refund.

 

2021 shows with dates to be confirmed

We’ve also been told that the following shows will be returning/opening next year. Keep your eyes peeled because as soon as we have dates, we’ll be sure to update this page.

Hello Dolly!

Les Misérables

Mary Poppins

Sunday In The Park With George

The Phantom Of The Opera

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