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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

Nothing like panto season in the West End! Julian Clary is back in the London Palladium with a fabulous new retelling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, starring Nigel Havers, Matt Baker and Paul O’Grady.

Earlier last month, everyone who’s anyone attended the opening night for & Juliet, including a few who would find some songs from the musical very familiar. On the pink carpet, Jessie J was among the star-studded guests and she even features on the cast album with a special re-recording of her single One More Try.

This December is also an exciting time in the theatre world with all of these shows opening this month:

• Get the festive season off to the best start with Peter Pan Goes Wrong. With the warning that it’s “not a pantomime”, fans of The Play That Goes Wrong can expect a whole host of new mishaps to befall the Conley Polytechnic Drama Society.

• The long-awaited return of Girl from the North Country is finally here! Everyone who missed it the first time around (or those who are desperate to see it again) will be able to seize their chance to see Bob Dylan’s show when it opens on 10 December for the strictly limited eight-week run.

• Shelagh Delaney’s 1950s kitchen sink play, A Taste of Honey, opens a brand-new production on 5 December at Trafalgar Studios. Jodie Prenger, of Oliver! fame leads the cast as Jo’s mother Helen.

• It has felt like an age the time that the West End has been without Les Misérables. The audience-favourite is re-opening in the renamed Sondheim Theatre, previously The Queen’s Theatre, with all-new staging fit for its new home. Book yourselves a ticket for the perfect early Christmas present.

Last Chance

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

Death of a Salesman is coming to an end early in the new year, so book quickly to catch this adaptation that’s nothing like you studied at school.

• There’s also not long left to see the hilarious farce Noises Off, starring the comedy geniuses Meera Syal, Sarah Hadland and Daniel Rigby. Book now to catch the last few weeks in the Garrick Theatre.

• They scared us out of our wits on Halloween but Ghost Stories is only serving up the frights until the new year. Catch it now and the unsettling story will stay with you forever.

News and Gossip

The Evening Standard Theatre Awards were awash with well-deserved winners last month. Evita, which is transferring to the Barbican after a stellar run at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, took home Best Musical while Sweat took home Best Play. Laurie Kynaston’s performance in The Son earned her an Emerging Talent Award on the night.

As well as earning the Editor’s Award at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards, Ian McKellen has spoken out urging theatre-makers to take more productions on tour to make sure more regional audiences have access to the best theatre.

Everybody’s talking about Everybody’s Talking About Jamie going on tour! The full cast has been announced including comedy great Shobna Gulati, as well as Lara Denning and Amy Ellen Richardson, both of whom you may recognise from The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole.

And last but not least, Sleepless, a musical romance based on Sleepless in Seattle, will launch its world premiere at London’s Troubadour Theatre Wembley Park this month before opening next year. Taking on Meg Ryan’s role of Anne is none other than Girls Aloud’s Kimberly Walsh, with Michael D Xavier playing Sam, who was played by Tom Hanks.

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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