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Three huge theatre shows to see this year

The world of theatre is awash with incredible shows this year – all over the globe. There are around 20 musicals currently scheduled for the 2017-2018 season on Broadway alone.

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Here we take a look at three of the biggest shows happening this year and tell you why you need to see them. And while taking pictures in the theatre is a massive faux pas – please, don’t take a WhatsApp call mid-show – there’s plenty of time to still show off about your cultural experiences to all your friends across social media.


You’d have to have been living under a rock to not know about Hamilton; winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama last year and 11 Tony Awards, it has taken Broadway by storm. The London production opens this November and is set to be 2017’s hottest West End ticket, and you can still catch the magic on Broadway. The show tells the story of America’s founding father Alexander Hamilton but subverts the historical setting by using music from genres as diverse and modern as rap, hip hip and RnB.

Why you should see it

Hamilton promises to be unlike any show the West End has seen before, especially considering the stateside reaction. It’s also reopening the stunning Victoria Palace theatre following a multi-million pound refurbishment, so there’ll be plenty of glitz and glamour pre-show to make your Instagram feed sparkle – whether you see it at home or abroad.

An American in Paris

Fresh from Broadway – and bringing its leading cast with it – An American in Paris is based on the 1951 Academy Award-winning film of the same name. Boasting a truly international feel, it’s also already seen a celebrated production in Paris, is now touring the US and is coming to London later this year, so plenty of international opportunities to catch this one.

Why you should see it

With sumptuous sets, gorgeous dancing and beautiful music by George and Ira Gershwin, this show oozes old school glamour and Golden Age Hollywood appeal. With original Broadway stars Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope coming over to grace London’s stages too, it’s the perfect show to hang out at the stage door (both at home and away) and get a selfie with the stars – your Facebook friends will be seething with jealousy when that pic gets posted.

Miss Saigon

After an incredible 25th anniversary revival in the West End in 2014, the epic Miss Saigon is gearing up a return to Broadway. The show – a reworking of Puccini’s classic opera Madame Butterly – tells the story of a young Asian woman who falls in love with an American GI during the Vietnam War. It includes incredible songs such as The Heat is On in Saigon, Sun and Moon and I’d Give My Life for You.

Why you should see it

If you missed the stunning West End production, now’s your chance to hit Broadway and see original stars including Eva Noblezada, Jon Jon Briones and Alistair Brammer in action. Taking over the aptly named Broadway Theatre, it’s the perfect chance to witness a classic musical – and show off that you’re in NYC, soaking up some serious cultural experiences.

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