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This month in theatre

All the monthly must-hear news, transfers and gossip straight from the West End.

Whether you’re looking for the greatest musicals in the West End or the best plays London theatre has to offer, we’ve got you covered.

With our dedicated London Theatre Guide you can explore over 60 shows currently on sale in the West End, and delve in to thrilling, exclusive content from interviews and reviews, to previews and latest news.

But that’s not all: here at Ticketmaster, we’re incredibly passionate about live theatre – and about ensuring audiences discover something new time and again – so here we round up all the best announcements, gossip, rumours, departures and arrivals the West End has to offer, all in one place!

This is your one-stop shop for West End news and updates, updated throughout the month.

New in the West End

It’s a brand-new decade in the West End and we’re dreaming of all the new plays, musicals and shows that are coming our way in 2020.

It’s going to be a great year for film fans in the world of theatre, with musical adaptations of Prince of Egypt and Pretty Woman: The Musical hitting the West End. We also can’t wait for Sister Act and Sleepless, a new adaptation of Sleepless In Seattle, opening in London in the New Year.

If you’re looking for a new drama in 2020 you won’t want to miss these brand new productions. The Doctor, starring Juliet Stevenson is transferring to the West End after a huge success at the Almeida Theatre and Rhys Ifans is starring as Atticus Finch in the Broadway transfer of To Kill A Mockingbird. And let’s not forget Upstart Crow, opening in February and putting the Shakespeare sitcom where it belongs, on the stage.

This January in theatre is an exciting time with all of these new shows opening this month:

• Toby Jones and Richard Armitage star in Olivier Award-winner Conor McPherson’s adaptation of Uncle Vanya, which will stay at the Harold Pinter Theatre until May.

Leopoldstadt, Tom Stoppard’s new play about Vienna’s Jewish community in the first half of the 20th Century, opens at the end of the month.

• It’s a circus experience like no other! See Lexicon with up to 27% off when it comes to town for just two weeks at London’s Roundhouse this January, delivering stunts and tricks in their own quirky style.

• How has The Wedding Singer not been made into a musical before? Strictly Come Dancing star Kevin Clifton steps into Adam Sandler’s shoes as Robbie Hart in the limited run of this adaptation from the hit film.

Last Chance

Don’t put off going to see these shows! They’ll be gone before you know it.

• We’ve loved having the RSC at the Barbican, but it’s nearly time for the company who brought us As You Like It, Taming of The Shrew and Measure For Measure to pack up and return to Stratford-upon-Avon.

• There’s only one month left to catch Girl From The North Country. The musical, with songs from Bob Dylan, is coming to the end of its eight-week run at The Gielgud Theatre.

• Panto season is not quite over yet! You have until 12 January to catch Julian Clary, Paul O’Grady and Nigel Havers in Goldilocks And The Three Bears.

News and Gossip

Remember when we said casting was open for the new Jamie New in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie? From 6 January, Noah Thomas will take over the role that Layton Williams has performed for over a year in the West End. Not to worry Layton fans, he will be taking the plum part on tour with fellow cast member Shane Richie.

There are even more exciting casting announcements with a new dawn rising. Evelyn Hoskins will be joining the cast of Waitress as Dawn along with Marisha Wallace who will be returning to play fan favourite, Becky. Starring alongside Sara Bareilles and Gavin Creel as Jenna and Doctor Pomatter, there’s never been a London Waitress cast quite like it.

Les Misérables had no end of drama on opening night when, with just a few hours before the curtain, a new Monsieur Thénardier was required. With just two hours to rehearse, make a new costume and style a new wig, Mark Pearce saved the day while making his West End debut. Matt Lucas will reprise the role for the rest of the run after Gerard Carey was forced to withdraw to rest his vocal cords.

Looking for more West End news? Head over to our dedicated West End Guide where you can read more reviews, news and announcements and book tickets to over 60 shows.

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