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Best West End Shows in London - January 2018

Our carefully curated selection of the Best West End Shows in London for the month of January 2018

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: Closes 6th January 2018

One of 2017's most lauded plays, James Graham's searing portrait of a young Rupert Murdoch and the rise of The Sun newspaper transfers to the West End this autumn. Pulling in a cosmos of all star ratings from critics and audiences alike, Ink is a gripping account of the media mogul and his utter determination to shatter the traditions of Fleet Street and his rivals with a revolutionary approach that has made the paper the influential and notorious bastion it is today. More info

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Former Glee star Amber Riley makes her West End debut in the Tony Award-winning musical Dreamgirls, coming to the Savoy Theatre this November! Riley, best-known for her role as the sweet-natured Mercedes Jones in the Emmy Award-winning high school series will be digging deep to find her inner diva as she takes on the challenging role of Effie White in this musical biopic based on the story of The Supremes. The musical first hit the Broadway stage in 1981 and in 2005 enjoyed an adaptation to the big screen starring Beyonce Knowles, Jennifer Hudson and Anika Noni-Rose. More info

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: Closes 28th April 2018

To be young and restless in Paris is a dream for many of us, but in the late 1940's, it's Jerry Mulligan's life. After escaping the horrors of the war, he moves to the city of romance in the hopes of avoiding the daily grind and making it as a painter. Day dreaming and dancing, with the Gershwin's wonderful score, An American in Paris celebrates the best in life, in true Parisian style! More info

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Over 65 million people have enjoyed this spectacular adaptation of Victor Hugo's masterpiece since it premiered on the West End in 1985. Now let Les Miserables sweep you too through its epic tale of passion and destruction, set against the backdrop of a nation in the grip of a bloody revolution. This international award-winning musical continues to thrill audiences night after night in productions across the world, but none are quite the same as experiencing Les Miserable right where the magic began - on the West End. More info

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'The greatest time of a Mormon kid's life is his mission,' sings Elder Kevin Price, but things are not as the handsome and pious Elder Price predicted, when he's sent to...UGANDA! From Trey Parker and Matt Stone, four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of South Park, comes this rude, crude and utterly hilarious Broadway musical about a pair of mismatched Mormon boys sent on a mission to a place that's about as far from Salt Lake City as you can get. More info

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In an exotic, faraway land, one young pauper's life is about to change with the luck of an ancient lamp - and you're invited to join this magic carpet ride! Based on the hit Disney classic movie Aladdin, this 2014 Tony Award winning musical features best-loved music by Academy and Tony Award-winning composer Alan Menken and is directed by Tony Award-winning Casey Nicholaw, best known for his work on The Book of Mormon. More info

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This vastly successful re-imagining of Disney's 1994 hit adventure film has seen 70 worldwide productions and is now on its first national UK tour. The Lion King conjures up the African savannah in all its grand, majestic beauty, using elaborate costuming, handsprung puppetry, and soaring African melodies to transport audiences from the grey streets of London. More info

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The subversive and downright twisty hit musical follows two unlikely friends and how they become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch of the South. Based on Gregory Maguire's best-selling novel series, this spellbinding musical adventure transports you to a spectacular fantasy world of wizardry, witchcraft, sorcery and spells, long before Dorothy arrived in that pesky flying house. Watch as two extraordinary young women grapple with the choices they face, and find unlikely allies in each other as they learn what it is to truly be....WICKED. More info

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Andrew Lloyd Webber's romantic musical is based on Gaston Leroux's gothic novel of life beneath the stage of the Paris Opera House. A mysterious masked Phantom becomes obsessed with Christine Daae, the ingenue of the chorus line. Overcome, his feelings lead him to stage a daring kidnapping, and begin this enduring supernatural fantasy. More info

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: Closes 6th January 2018

Leapin' lizards! Little Orphan Annie returns to the West End after nearly two decades to bring her sunshine personality to a brand new production starring Call The Midwife favourite Miranda Hart as her nemesis, Miss Hannigan. Heart-warming and dripping with charm and catchy songs, Annie has been an absolute classic since first appearing on stage in 1977, introducing audiences to the wyly red-head and her adventures as she sets out to find her real parents. More info

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After schooling Broadway with his newest hit Andrew Lloyd Webber returns to the West End with School of Rock. Adapted from the Jack Black movie of the same name, School of Rock is set to feature his bumbling lead character Dewey Finn, the substitute teacher with rock stardom on his mind. When his own efforts to take on the world fail, he turns to his new class, who happen to be more than a little handy when it comes to musical instruments! More info

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: Closes 1st April 2018

Not content with dominating the West End with their mega-hit madcap romp The Play That Goes Wrong, Mischief Theatre bring us a brand new show, The Comedy About A Bank Robbery, dispelling any myths that they may be branching out into drama anytime soon! More info

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In 2017, the West End sees one of Broadway's original high-kicking musicals return to London. 42nd Street will sing and dance its way back into the Theatre Royal Drury Lane - arriving over 30 years after it made its West End debut on that very same stage, starring the one and only Sheena Easton! More info

When this exuberant new musical from The Feeling's Dan Gillespie Sells and writer Tom McRae premiered at the Sheffield Crucible earlier in 2017, it became an instant success with both audiences and critics. Based on the story of Jamie Campbell, a gay 16-year-old who stunned his school by heading to prom in heels and frock, Everybody's Talking About Jamie is an infectious, funny and touching exploration of sexuality, ambitions and coming of age when you're destined to stick out from the crowd. More info

: Closes 6th January 2018

Anne-Marie Duff and Kenneth Cranham bring this subtle yet absorbing two-hander to London this winter starring as an oddly matched couple for whom a chance meeting at St. Pancras will change their lives forever. Written by Simon Stephens and directed by Marianne Elliott (the creative force behind The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night-Time) this intimate character study first debuted on Broadway in 2015 to rapturous praise. Playing with Werner Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, Stephens has created a fascinating meditation on the fragility and desperation of the human connection. More info

: Closes 3rd February 2018

David Mamet's searing look at the cost of greed and the lure of riches makes a welcome return to London this autumn in this new production led by Christian Slater and Kris Marshall. Considered a modern American classic, Mamet introduces us to four Chicago real estate agents who, upon learning their jobs are in danger, will settle at nothing to protect them. Robert Glenister, Stanley Townsend, and Don Warrington round out what is sure to be a stunning and provocative revival. More info

: Closes 6th January 2018

Having already sold out its previously announced run at The Royal Court, Jez Butterworth's much anticipated new play will transfer part and parcel to the West End's Gielgud Theatre this summer, led by Paddy Considine in his professional theatre debut. Promising to be as monumental as 2009's Jerusalem, The Ferryman takes us back to 1980's Northern Ireland, into the lives of a rural Derry family on the eve of their harvest supper. When an uninvited visitor arrives with distressing news, they face a stark choice between duty and family, the individual or the whole. More info

: Closes 8th April 2018

Powerhouse duo Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville return to the London stage this winter in Eugene O'Neil's Pulitzer Prize winning magnum opus. The story of a mercurial family in crisis told over the course of one day, the production comes courtesy of the Bristol Old Vic where it opened in 2016 to glowing praise. More info

: Closes 17th February 2018

The irresistible music of Louis Jordan, composer, and saxophonist, is the focus of this revival from Underbelly and Cameron Mackintosh. First seen in 1990, Five Guys Named Moe is an exuberant tribute to the father of R&B, complete with jazzy tunes, a heartwarming story and plenty of funky vibes, don't miss this perfect new theatrical experience! More info

: Closes 14th April 2018

Following critically acclaimed productions of Betrayal and Old Times, the incredible Ian Rickson reunites with Sonia Friedman Productions to the direct this revival of Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party. With a leading cast featuring Olivier Award-winning Toby Jones as Stanley Webber, Stephen Mangan as Goldberg and Zoe Wanamaker CBE as Meg it's sure to be an outstanding production. to be an outstanding production. More info

Winner of SIX Tony Awards, three Oliviers and nominated for seven, Cyndi Lauper's high-heeled musical is finally open on the West End, having seen a barnstorming reception on Broadway. Based on 2005 film starring Chiwetel Ejifor as loveable drag queen Lola, the action takes place in a failing Lancashire shoe factory. When Charlie Price is bequeathed his father's ailing shoe business, he is desperate to turn things around. In comes Lola, who has a very surprising proposal for Charlie and his staff. With music and lyrics by Eighties pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this uplifting tale of friendship, overcoming prejudice and taking risk will leave you breathless with laughter! More info

: Closes 13th March 2018

Step right up and enjoy the story of circus impresario Phineas Taylor Barnum, otherwise known as PT. Barnum, the Greatest Showman on Earth. From humble beginnings to his famed partnership with James Bailey, Barnum traces his career, life, and relationships as he strives to create the world's most spectacular circus. More info

Mel Brooks is set to bring his hugely successful 2007 re-imagining of Young Frankenstein to the West End, following its critically acclaimed run on Broadway, and the following US tour. Currently on the prowl for a permanent home in London, Young Frankenstein will be co-directed by Brooks and Susan Stroman, who also choreographed the adaptation for the stage. With a host of British talent being sought for the cast, watch this space for more details of dates and a theatre for the satirical masterpiece to call home! More info

: Closes 10th March 2018

Are you ready for a good old fashioned fright-fest? Just in time for Halloween (otherwise known as the greatest holiday of the year) Birmingham Rep and No Man's Land director Sean Mathias will scare you out of your seats with this stage adaptation of the venerated 1973 film. Detailing two brave Priest's attempts to bust a pesky demon out of 12-year-old Regan, this supernatural tale promises to be just as viscerally terrifying as its celluloid counterpart. More info

: Closes 10th February 2018

This gothic Victorian thriller finally returns to London this winter in its first major revival that also features the premiere of the newly revised score from Andrew Lloyd Webber and David Zippels. Based on Wilkie Collins' tremendous novel, The Woman in White is a sweeping melodrama full of mystery, madness, and murder. Just what you want from a night at the theatre! More info

: Closes 7th April 2018

Former Artistic Director of the Globe Dominic Dromgoole heads a new year long season in celebration of Oscar Wilde with his new theatre company Classic Spring. Second on the docket is this early Wilde gem, Lady Windermere's Fan. A perfectly pitched send up of high society's obsession with reputation that would come to typify his stage work in later years, enjoy this brand new production as directed by Kathy Burke (yes, that Kathy Burke.) More info

: Closes 10th February 2018

Alan Ayckbourn returns this year with the playwright's most formidable work, The Divide. Told over two parts, we're transported to an England, one hundred years hence, where a catastrophic plague has ravaged the population, leading to a forced segregation between the sexes. In a dystopian landscape Orwell would be proud of, love blooms between a young man and woman, despite the fateful consequences of direct contact. More info

Motown is the big Broadway musical which tells the story of America's greatest record label. With a book by founder Berry Gordy, this dazzling musical is bursting at the seams with iconic tracks from The Supremes, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder and many more. A sensation when it opened on Broadway in 2013, Motown was nominated for four Tonys and spawned a North American tour which is still going to this day! More info

Brace yourselves London, JK Rowling has blessed us with another foray into the Potterverse, announcing that new play 'Harry Potter And The Cursed Child' will apparate into The Palace Theatre sometime next summer. The story will focus on Harry's troubled past coming back to haunt him, while his son Albus struggles under the weight of his father's legacy. More info

: Closes 30th June 2018

It's the musical that has bowled over Broadway, an all out smash-hit epic that traverses the life of one Alexander Hamilton, one of America's Founding Fathers, who took on the might of the British and won! Created by Tony, Grammy and Emmy winner wunderkind Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the Heights) this Pulitzer and Tony-winning musical mixes classic theatre, spoken word and hip-hop into the most acclaimed musical since The Book of Mormon. More info