Theatre Roundup: Winter 2022-2023

Explore the best of the season on stage - including picks from the exclusive new 12 Shows Of Christmas offers

The most magical time of the year is only about to get more magical. The West End is preparing for a vibrant and varied winter season, with classic musicals, new shows and festive experiences gearing up to open. Whether you’re looking for a last-minute Christmas present, a cold-weather night out, or something to lift your January blues, there’s plenty here to get excited about.

If you’re on the hunt for extra inspiration this December, make sure you check out Ticketmaster’s exclusive 12 Shows Of Christmas offers, with 12 days of seasonal savings between December 1-12.

Elf The Musical

When: Now until Jan 7

Where: Dominion Theatre

The smash-hit musical based on the beloved film returns to London for a strictly limited 8-week season this Christmas. Buddy mistakenly crawled into Santa’s sack as a baby and was raised as an elf. When he discovers the truth about his heritage, he sets off on a fun-filled adventure to New York in search of his real family. But with a dad that belongs on the Naughty List and Christmas in jeopardy, Buddy has a lot of challenges to overcome. Elf The Musical is already delighting audiences over at the Dominion Theatre, but there’s still time to secure your tickets before Christmas.

Tickets for Elf are included in Ticketmaster’s 12 Shows Of Christmas offer.


When: Now until Feb 25

Where: Garrick Theatre

Golden Globe winner and The Crown star Emma Corrin leads a stellar ensemble cast in this brand-new adaptation of Virginia Woolfe’s novel. Follow Orlando on an epic journey through time and place, as he gains status and loses it, falls in love, witnesses history being made and transforms completely. Woolfe’s visionary tale of the ultimate search for identity is brought to the stage by Neil Bartlett and has already launched at the Garrick Theatre.

Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol

When: Dec 8 – Jan 8

Where: Queen Elizabeth Hall

Get ready to revisit a Christmas classic, told in an entirely new way. Charles Dickens’ story gets a Tennessee twist in this bold and festive new production, featuring original music from Dolly Parton herself. Follow the story of mining company town owner Ebenezer Scrooge as he’s visited by some ominous apparitions whose goal it is to teach him a little Christmas compassion. Dickens and Dolly – could anyone ask for a more festive combination?

Derren Brown: Showman

When: From Dec 9

Where: Apollo Theatre

The master of mind-control, illusions and all things unexplainable is back in London, this time to bring his critically acclaimed production SHOWMAN to the West End. There’s not much we can tell you about this one as the actual contents of the show are a closely guarded secret, but based on reactions to SHOWMAN’s UK and Ireland tour, we can assure you that it’ll be something to rave about.

Tickets for Derren Brown: Showman are included in Ticketmaster’s 12 Shows Of Christmas offer.

Circus 1903

When: Dec 15 – Jan 1

Where: Eventim Apollo

Roll up, roll up! Circus 1903 returns this Christmas with more jaw-dropping acts, death-defying stunts and unbelievable puppetry from the award-winning team behind War Horse. Audiences of all ages will be captivated by this step back in time, with entertainment that you can’t find anywhere else. Let yourself be whisked back to the Golden Age of circus at the Eventim Apollo this December.

Cirque Du Soleil: Kurios

When: From Jan 13

Where: Royal Albert Hall

Start the new year off with a spectacle that defies belief. The ever-extraordinary Cirque Du Soleil will bring new show Kurios: Cabinet Of Curiosities to the Royal Albert Hall this January as part of the historic venue’s 150th birthday celebrations. In an alternate past, a figure known as the Speaker discovers that by learning to trust our imaginations, we can discover untold wonders. Journey with him into his larger-than-life curio cabinet and unlock a hidden world… Packed full of the company’s signature jaw-dropping acrobatics, Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities promises to be a treat unlike anything else you’ve seen.

Tickets for Cirque Du Soleil: Kurios are included in Ticketmaster’s 12 Shows Of Christmas offer.

The Unfriend

When: From Jan 15

Where: Criterion Theatre

Award-winning team Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss are bringing their brand-new riotous dark comedy to the West End. When unsuspecting couple Peter and Debbie befriend a less than woke American widow on their holidays, they expect that the relationship will end with the trip. But when their new friend invites herself to stay, they feel compelled to do some online research. What they find sends them into a tailspin. Deadly danger is flying to London, and she’s headed straight for them…

Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons

When: Jan 18 to Mar 18

Where: The Harold Pinter Theatre

It’s said that on average, we’ll all speak over 123 million words in our lifetime. Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons imagines a world in which there was a cap on that – specifically, 140 words a day and no more. The fantastic Jenna Coleman and Aidan Turner star in this two-hander that explores what it would be like to build a relationship with someone in which every word counts. Catch it at the Harold Pinter Theatre in the new year.

Noises Off

When: Jan 19 – Mar 11

Where: Pheonix Theatre

This classic British comedy is coming back to the West End where it belongs. Follow a touring theatre company attempting to stage their latest production, Nothing On, and watch in horror or amusement (you decide) as the whole thing comes crumbling down around them – repeatedly. Enjoy the constructed chaos at the Pheonix Theatre this January.

Dirty Dancing

When: From Jan 21

Where: Dominion Theatre

We have to say it… Get ready to have the time of your life. Dirty Dancing brings the classic story to the stage for a night of dance, music and romance. When 17-year-old Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman takes a trip to the Catskill Mountains with her family, she’s expecting a summer of nagging from her parents and arguments with her sister. What she finds instead is a whole new outlook on life, thanks to a particularly captivating dance instructor… Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage features all your favourite tracks from the film, both in the form of original masters and stunning live performances.

The Lehman Trilogy

When: From Jan 24

Where: Gillian Lynne Theatre

Brought to the stage by Academy Award, Tony Award and Golden Globe winner Sam Mendes, The Lehman Trilogy tells the story of three brothers, an American dream, and an even more American downfall. Bringing audiences along a journey that begins on a New York dockside and winds its way over the course of 163 years to a high rise on Wall Street, this is a true stage epic. Don’t miss it when it comes to the Gillian Lynne Theatre this January.


When: From Feb 16

Where: Wyndham’s Theatre

Kick the new year off with a blast from the past, now polished, renovated and reimagined for a 21st century audience. Oklahoma! tells a funny, thoughtful tale of community and frontier life. With sold-out runs in New York and at the Young Vic and five-star reviews piling up, Daniel Fish’s dynamic new interpretation of this Rodgers & Hammerstein classic is about to be huge. Make sure you grab your tickets whilst they’re there.

The Great British Bake-Off Musical

When: From Feb 25

Where: Noël Coward Theatre

Transferring from a celebrated run at the Cheltenham Everyman to the West End, The Great British Bake-Off Musical is the ultimate celebration of a cultural phenomenon. Join a scrappy group of wannabe baking stars as they test their skills in the infamous white tent, soundtracked by a fantastic original score. Bring your entire family along to this one – Bake-Off is universal.

Ticketmaster’s exclusive 12 Shows Of Christmas offers run between 1-12 December, with the best daily deals on the West End’s finest shows. Find the offers, along with all theatre tickets, here.