6 West End plays that we’re excited to see in London
There are long-running plays in the West End that have stood the test of time, such as The Mousetrap and The Woman in Black. However, there are lots of plays that are soon coming to the West End set to excite audience members of any age. Led by star-studded casts and directed by some of the best in the business, there’s guaranteed to be a play that will suit anyone. Take your pick from this list and feel inspired to go and see some live entertainment.
As well as these plays, there’s always Shakespeare shows to see in London. Find out what Shakespearean classics are currently in the West End.
Plays we can’t wait to see in the West End
The Pulitzer-Prize winning plays transfers from the Donmar Warehouse to the Gielgud Theatre for just 50 performances. Written by Lynn Nottage after interviewing residents of Reading, Pennsylvania in 2011, the play examines what it means to be living in one of the poorest cities in America when faced with crippling job prospects and deindustrialisation. Martha Plimpton reprises her performance as Tracey in this West End transfer.
Tom Burke will play John Rosmer in the upcoming production of Rosmersholm. In one of Henrik Ibsen’s finest works, the story follows Rosmer as he is haunted by the spirit of his wife who committed a year prior to the play’s setting. When he and his housekeeper Rebecca West are perturbed by the spirit’s presence, the pair grow closer to each other leading to growing anxiety for Rosmer. Burke will be joined by Hayley Atwell in this production, with Ibsen’s text adapted by Duncan Macmillan and directed by Ian Rickson.
Written and directed by David Mamet, the world premiere of Bitter Wheat will be performed at the Garrick Theatre. Starring John Malkovich as Barney Fein, a disgraced Hollywood producer falling from his influential position, it is set to be a thought-provoking and engaging discussion, with inspiration for the creation of Bitter Wheat stemming from recent allegations surrounding Harvey Weinstein.
Noel Coward’s comedic play will be revived at the Old Vic, starring Andrew Scott as Garry Essendine, a comic actor whose developing mid-life crisis begins to set in on every part of his life. Directed by Matthew Warchus, this provocative comedy follows Essendine as he navigates his marriage, his career amongst his day-to-day life in a hilarious story that’s regarded as Noel Coward’s ‘autobiographical play’. Playing at the Old Vic for just eight weeks, you won’t want to miss your chance to see Present Laughter revived in London this year.
The Starry Messenger
First performed at an Off-Broadway theatre in 2009, The Starry Messenger will premiere in the West End at the Wyndham’s Theatre this summer playing for just 13 weeks. Written by Manchester By The Sea‘s Kenneth Lonergan, The Starry Messenger is a heartfelt play concerning careers, relationships and what to do when life is seemingly falling around you. Starring Matthew Broderick and Elizabeth McGovern, the show answers questions about life, no matter how big or small and is sure to make audiences contemplate their inner thoughts.
The Night of the Iguana
Last staged in the West End at the Lyric Theatre in 2005, The Night of the Iguana will return to London in 2019 with Clive Owen making a return to Theatreland for the first time in 18 years. Following a reverend turned tour guide in 1940s Mexico, the play confronts topics of war, religion and ethics as a group of different-minded individuals have to come together in order to get through a torrential rainstorm. Directed by James Macdonald and featuring design from Oliver-Award winning Rae Smith, The Night of the Iguana will run at the Noel Coward Theatre for just 12 weeks.
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