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Best West End Shows in London - October 2017

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

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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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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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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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'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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: 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

: Closes 18th November 2017

Rejoice for Stockard Channing who returns to the West End to star in this richly entertaining play from Alexi Kaye Campbell, directed by Jamie Lloyd. Tony-winner Channing takes centre stage as Kristin, renowned art historian and former radical demonstrator, a left-wing product of 60s idealism who never knowingly missed a protest or a picket line. But where Kristin is proud of her part in history, her sons are not quite, wishing that their revolutionary mother had spent a little bit less time suffering for humanity and more time on the suffering humans around her. 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 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 5th December 2017

Natalie Dormer and David Oakes engage in a sexually-charged game of wits in the West End premiere of David Ives take on Venus in Furs. Taken from the 1870 novel by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, the work that inspired the word masochism, Ives sets his play in the present day when a director looking for a leading lady gets far more than he bargained for from a last minute audition with an enigmatic and mysterious actress, who seems to have astonishing awareness of her character. 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 2nd December 2017

Sherlock star Martin Freeman teams up with Happy Valley's Sarah Lancashire for this brand new comedy about the Labour Party and its changing fortunes from Kinnock to Corbyn. Freeman is MP David Lyons, a Blairite moderniser with electability and soundbites on his mind, whilst Lancashire is Jean Whittaker, his constituency agent who tries to keep his cares on his community, a Northern town worlds away from the posturing and pomp of Westminster. 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

: 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 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

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

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

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