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Best West End Shows in London - April 2017

Our carefully curated selection of the Best West End Shows in London for the month of April 2017

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: Closes 30th September 2017

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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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 27th May 2017

After stunning with her powerhouse performance as Momma Rose in 2015's revival of Gypsy, Imelda Staunton returns to the West End in 2017 in the late Edward Albee's masterpiece alongside Game of Thrones' Conleth Hall. The pair will take on the central roles of Martha and George, a married couple for whom psychological games and emotional terrorism defines their fractious domesticity. More info

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: Closes 3rd June 2017

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is still wowing the crowds since moving to its new home at the Gielgud Theatre in June 2014. This critically acclaimed play is based on the award-winning book by Mark Haddon about a 15-year-old maths genius with Asperger's Syndrome, and the amazing journey he sets out on in order to solve the mysterious death of his neighbour's dog. More info

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: Closes 10th September 2017

Following a 21-date national tour around the UK and huge popularity at Trafalgar Studios last year, Mischief Theatre's Olivier-winning comedy lands in the Duchess Theatre due to huge demand. After benefiting from a large and sudden inheritance, the inept and accident prone Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society attempt to put on a 1920s murder mystery play in the West End. But as the hopeless amateurs discover to their horror, everything that could go pear-shaped, does, with hilarious consequences.... 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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: Closes 2nd September 2017

Fresh from becoming the fastest selling show in the Chichester Festival Theatre's history, this brand new adaptation of the classic musical is heading to London this Winter. Featuring an entirely re-written book from Julian Fellowes and music from Stiles and Drewe, this charming production won raves for its dazzling choreography, exuberant score and thoroughly engaging leading man (newcomer Charlie Stemp). So prepare to follow the fortunes of Arthur Kipps once more and don't worry, he's still got his banjo! More info

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: Closes 24th June 2017

Dashing Homeland and Wolf Hall star Damian Lewis returns to the West End alongside Sophie Okonado in Spring 2017 in this strange play as Martin, a happily married architect who finds his life turned upside down when he takes an unlikely lover. Replete with the late Edward Albee's wit and satirical eye, this darkly comedic work asks us to reflect on our own moral judgments in the face of a rather unexpected social taboo. More info

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: Closes 29th April 2017

Tom Stoppard's existentialist play returns to the Old Vic in 2017, starring Daniel Radcliffe and Joshua McGuire. Set against the background of Hamlet, two minor characters from the Bard's original play provide the focus. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern find themselves in an impossible situation as art and real life combine with explosive consequences. 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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Gary Barlow and Tim Firth bring their new musical 'The Girls' to London, after successfully premiering it in Leeds in 2015. Based on the true story of Yorkshire's favourite group of gung-ho WI ladies who's idea for a nude calendar to raise money for a local hospital became worldwide news. Lighthearted, uproarious and poignant, the show boasts brand new songs from lifelong friends Barlow and Firth that score the latest iteration of this wonderful tale! More info

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: Closes 10th June 2017

Much loved Doctor Who and Broadchurch star David Tennant makes his stage return in 2017 as the titular Don Juan in Patrick Marber's deliciously dark update of Moliere's infamous 1665 play. Uprooted to modern day Soho, the nearly nocturnal 'D.J' makes his rake's progress through the debauched streets with his valet Stevie keeping a record of his master's outrageous conquests. Unrepentant and demonic in sating his sexual appetite, our anti-hero finds himself stuck in a prison of his own making, when the previously ignored consequences of his dark detours finally catch up with him 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 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

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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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This smash-hit Tony Award-winning musical has transferred across the Pond to the West End for a much-awaited run! This musical biopic follows the career of Carole King, and endorsed by the beloved Grammy winner herself, Beautiful is the West End's most earth moving, feel-good musical and winner of two 2015 Olivier Awards! More info

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: Closes 13th May 2017

Tony winner and consummate Jean Valjean Alfie Boe returns to the West End alongside classical cross-over artist Katherine Jenkins for 41 performances only of a brand new staging of Roger's and Hammerstein's musical of second chances. Famous for originating football anthem 'You'll Never Walk Alone' amongst a host of other beloved tunes from the iconic writing and composing duo, this hotly anticipated revival is directed by Lonny Price, (the man responsible for 2016's Sunset Boulevard), and features the ENO's 40 piece orchestra and chorus. More info

: Closes 29th April 2017

Following its critically acclaimed run at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Tom Hollander will once again reprise his role as unreliable narrator Henry Carr in Stoppard's deliciously dark comedy Travesties when it transfers to the West End this February. This clever meditation on art, war, and politics is retold through the eyes of a decidedly unremarkable British consular clerk stationed in 1917 Zurich, as he meets a host of iconic figures that makes him question his sanity, and his place in the fast-changing world amidst the background of the Great War. More info

: Closes 22nd July 2017

Simon Callow directs a starry host of characters in this revival of Christopher Hampton's bourgeoise comedy response to Moliere's Misanthrope. First shown at the Royal Court in 1970, this witty play centres on the hapless Phillip, an academic with a compulsive need to please everyone he comes into contact with. In a change from previous productions, that would usually cast older actors in the roles in the misplaced belief that younger people couldn't possibly handle sharp comedy, Callow's cast is led by The Inbetweeners Simon Bird, Fresh Meat's Charlotte Richie and includes a West End debut from real life philanthropist and model Lily Cole. 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

Andrew Garfield stars as Prior Walter alongside Nathan Lane and Olivier Winner Denise Gough in the National Theatre's revival of Tony Kushner's sprawling saga of the AIDs epidemic in 1980's New York City. As Prior's illness develops he begins to have heavenly visions where angels seek him out as a prophet. Meanwhile, his ex -over Louis struggles with his guilt over leaving him at his most vulnerable, whilst carrying on a relationship with Joe, a closeted Mormon Republican who's own inner turmoil has made his wife Harper mad. 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

: Closes 20th May 2017

Sought out director Ivo Van Hove returns to London with this brand new adaptation of Visconti's 1943 film masterpiece, after scooping a slew of Tony nominations for his recent, searing productions of The View From The Bridge and The Crucible. Starring Jude Law as charismatic vagrant Gino, who falls deeply and passionately for bored, married Giovanna and begins an affair that spirals into horrifying, chilling circumstances. 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