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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 all getting a bit festive in the West End, with all the lights going up both inside and outside the theatres.

It’s also the season for big West End announcements, like the news that Whoopi Goldberg will be getting back in the habit as Deloris Van Cartier for Sister Act’s limited summer run in 2020. Musical lovers will also be queuing up for Jamie Lloyd’s Evita and the world premiere of The Drifters Girl starring Beverley Knight, both opening in 2020.

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

• What if there was more after the end of the world’s most famous love story? & Juliet is ripping up the last act of Romeo and Juliet and adding all your favourite pop songs to a brand new story.

• James McAvoy is Cyrano De Bergerac: master duellist, gifted poet and talented musician whose huge nose is the source of all his self-doubt when it comes to matters of love.

Amélie the Musical comes to The Other Palace after wowing Broadway audiences. Fans of the five-time Oscar-nominated film are in for a treat.

• They blew us away with their 50s and 60s retrospectives, now it’s time to Rip It Up The 70s with Louis Smith, Rachel Stevens, Lee Ryan and Melody Thornton.

• Joe Simpson’s memoir, Touching The Void, is to be adapted for the stage to tell a whole new audience about his struggle for survival in the Peruvian Andes.

• The RSC’s season at the Barbican continues with Taming of the Shrew and Measure for Measure opening this month – retelling Shakespeare’s tales of gender politics for a modern audience.

• Making the West End as festive as possible is Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, bringing its magic to the Dominion Theatre.

Last Chance

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

• The end of The Son not only marks the run finishing but also the end of Florian Zeller’s trio of connected but stand-alone plays.

• A play for the Snapchat era, The Girl Who Fell will be coming to an end at the end of the month.

War Horse’s London return was all too short! You still have until the 23 November to catch the loving adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s wartime novel.

• Claire Skinner and Toby Stephen’s will be wrapping up Day In the Death of Joe Egg this month so make sure you don’t miss this groundbreaking play.

News and Gossip

Brian Conley has been wowing 9 to 5 The Musical audiences for months with his amazing performance as Franklin Hart Jr, the sleazy, sexist boss our heroines take down. Now it’s time for David Hasselhoff to take up the role from 2 December.

The Curtains tour, starring Jason Manford as Detective Cioffi, will culminate in a London premiere at Wyndham’s Theatre.

Hannah Tointon is following the footsteps of her sister Kara, who played Daphne in The Man In The White Suit, into the West End as she takes over as Jenna in Waitress from Lucie Jones. Read more about it here.

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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