What’s happening this March in theatre

Everything happening on the West End this month that you need to know about

March ushers in exciting new theatre our way, whilst also saying goodbye to quite a few fantastic plays. Read on to discover which award-winning shows you’ll want to catch before it’s too late…

New West End openings

There’s some serious star power heading to the West End this March. Eugene O’Neill’s Pulitzer Prize-winning classic Long Day’s Journey Into Night returns to our stages, with Succession’s Brian Cox and Sharp Objects’ Patricia Clarkson leading the cast.

We’re also welcoming some theatre royalty: four-time Tony winner Billy Crudup will be starring as Harry Clarke in the eponymous new thriller from David Cale, whilst over at the Gielgud Theatre, Sheridan Smith returns to the West End in the world premiere of Rufus Wainwright’s brand new musical, Opening Night.

If you haven’t caught Tyrell Williams’ acclaimed play Red Pitch yet, this brand-new run at @sohoplace is the perfect opportunity. This coming-of-age tale about football and friendship won all five major Best Debut Play awards, and is a classic in the making.

Another one you’ve got a second chance to see is Sister Act, back on the West End by popular demand, starring Beverly Knight and Ruth Jones. Catch the Sisters of Saint Katherine’s Parish from 31 March at the Dominion Theatre.

The cast of Sister Act

And if you enjoy the mishaps and mayhem of The Play That Goes Wrong, its creators are bringing a riotous new show to the West End this month. Mind Mangler: Member Of The Tragic Circle sees a less than magical magician doing his utmost to keep his mind-bending show on track.

The Mind Mangler hypnotises a man

Tickets on sale now

If you enjoyed the wicked nostalgia of Heathers The Musical, then this one will be right up your street: tickets are now on sale for Cruel Intentions: The 90s Musical at The Other Palace. Who doesn’t want to watch horrible, privileged teenagers mess with each other’s minds inbetween 90s hits?

The cast of Cruel Intentions

And for a bit of throwback comedy, Fawlty Towers – The Play arrives at the Apollo Theatre in May. Adapted by John Cleese himself, and directed by Caroline Jay Ranger, this reimagining of one of Britain’s most beloved sitcoms is set to be a big event.

The poster for Fawlty Towers the Play

Last chance shows

Amidst all the excitement of new openings, we like to take a minute to remember those who have to leave us. Cirque du Soleil’s Alegría will be a sad loss when it heads off on 3 March – make sure to get in and see it before then.

It’s also your last chance to catch Lee Mack in Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss’ The Unfriend, which closes 9 March. The Motive and The Cue directed by the acclaimed Sam Mendes leaves our stages on 23 March, as does The Merchant of Venice 1936 with Tracy-Ann Oberman.

The cast of Everybody's Talking About Jamie

Also leaving on 23 March is Everybody’s Talking About Jamie – this uplifting, affirming show has already been called unmissable by just about every source there is, so all we’ll say is that your window to get in on the conversation is closing.

And finally, you have until the end of the month to catch Just For One Day at The Old Vic, and experience the magic and music of Live Aid.

Other West End theatre news

Hadestown opens to rave reviews

Broadway sensation Hadestown has finally opened at the Lyric Theatre and the praise is pouring in. “Singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell’s captivating folk opera, inspired by the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, is a reminder of what musical theatre can achieve when it sets its sights beyond the lowest common denominator,” wrote The Times in their five-star review.

Hadestown - one of the 10 West End shows not to miss in 2024

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