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Best West End Shows in London - August 2017

Our carefully curated selection of the Best West End Shows in London for the month of August 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 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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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 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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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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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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'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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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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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

: Closes 7th October 2017

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 2nd October 2017

It is a truth universally acknowledged that any actor worth their salt will eventually tackle the Dane. One of the world's most recognisable plays, Hamlet allows the player the chance to explore the true depths of their performance. Welcome then to Andrew Scott, whose incredible performance as the troubled prince at the Almeida has afforded him a West End transfer, and a fantastic opportunity to bring this masterpiece to a wider audience. More info

: Closes 9th September 2017

Audra McDonlad finally brings her stunning Tony-winning performance of Bille Holiday to London in this look back on the First Lady of Jazz's life story. The musical is set inside a smokey Philly nightclub in the 1959, where Ms. Holiday puts on one of her last ever performances. More info

: Closes 17th September 2017

Tennessee Williams' feverish classic arrives at the Apollo Theater with Sienna Miller and Jack O'Connell leading the cast. The first Young Vic production to debut on the West End, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is helmed by acclaimed director Benedict Andrews (A Streetcar Named Desire). More info

: 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

: Closes 22nd August 2017

It is a truth universally acknowledged that most iconic concept albums worth their salt will eventually be adapted into a rock and roll musical experience to be enjoyed by euphoric audiences. Surprising then, that it took so long for Jim Steinman and Meatloaf's influential rock opera to make it to the stage, but fear not, for it will be exploding onto the West End in Summer 2017. With 20 classic bops, including 'Paradise by the Dashboard Light', 'Heaven Can Wait' and more, you won't have to wait to long dust off your leather jackets and rockabilly denim and prepare to rock, hard! More info

: Closes 25th November 2017

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, this is a perfect theatrical experience for summer! 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 10th September 2017

Romola Garai and Emma Cunliffe star in this West End transfer of Helen Edmundson's enthralling play charting the decline of a once tight friendship between Queen Anne and Sarah Churchill after political differences and envy tear them asunder, turning the once best pals into estranged foes, each out to have the last word. 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

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

: Closes 7th October 2017

Connor McPherson's newest work must be something very pretty impressive to gain permission from famously protective folk icon Bob Dylan to use his songs on stage, so it's no secret that this world premiere play with songs (not a musical!) is a much-anticipated part of the Old Vic's 2017 season. More info

: Closes 19th August 2017

After a successful run at Manchester's Hope Mill Theatre, this intriguing love story will transfer to London this summer, introducing audiences to a different wartime narrative as we follow the story of farm-reared Midwesterner Stu after he is drafted into the Army in 1943. Alongside the other new recruits, he has the regular fears of service and its ramifications but also finds himself losing his heart to a fellow Private, the affable American-as-apple-pie Mitch. 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