Celebrities who performed in the West End in 2018
Fancy adding a sprinkle of stardom to your week? Here’s our pick of the West End’s top celebs.
Take a look below at Theatreland’s stars on stage, from British national treasures to Hollywood superstars, London’s West End has it all! Book now to see your favourite celebrities treading the boards for late 2018/ early 2019.
‘Game of Thrones’ actor, Iwan Rheon is set to star in the West End premiere of Dawn King’s Foxfinder which will begin its run at the Ambassadors Theatre in September 2018. Rheon was presented the 2010 Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for his performance as Moritz in the Novello Theatre’s production of Spring Awakening. During his time off stage, Rheon’s screen career has flourished. He was cast as the formidable Ramsay Bolton in the hit show ‘Game of Thrones’ and has since garnered a large fan following. Now, Rheon is set to return to the West End in this exciting new play.
Rheon will star as William Bloor, a Foxfinder, who has been trained from a young age in rooting out ‘the Beast’ that threatens man’s civilization. He investigates a contamination on a farm, with dramatic consequences, ultimately changing the lives of the community forever. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to witness such a thrilling story.
Foxfinder is at the Ambassadors Theatre from 6th September 2018 to 5th January 2019.
Carrie Hope Fletcher
Carrie Hope Fletcher boasts over 640,000 subscribers on her YouTube channel. She won the WhatsOnStage Award for ‘Best Actress in a Musical’ for her stint as Wednesday Addams in the UK Tour of The Addams Family. Her other stage credits include Éponine in Les Misérables, Truly Scrumptious in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Brenda in The Christmasaurus Live and Jane Banks in Mary Poppins. She has also just released her debut album, ‘When the Curtain Falls’, and has had a number of best-selling books.
Fletcher stars as Veronica in this musical based on the cult classic 1988 film. It’s like ‘Mean Girls’ but darker. Heathers the Musical is about four teenage girls, Veronica Sawyer, Heather Chandler, Heather Duke, and Heather McNamara, who are the most ‘popular’ girls in school. The Heathers are hated and feared, and soon Veronica turns against them, encouraged by rebellious new student Jason ‘J.D.’ Dean. Prepare for a bloody, comedic tale of teenage angst set to a memorable score that fans of both the award-winning YouTube star and the much-loved ‘80s classic really don’t want to miss out on.
Even if you haven’t heard of Carrie, we can guarantee that your children will have. This is the perfect back to school gift for anyone over the age of 14.
Duncan James rose to fame as one quarter of the band Blue, which, to date, has had 40 Number One singles worldwide, three Number One UK albums and sales of over 16 million records. More recently, James has starred in ‘Hollyoaks’, for which he earned a Most Popular Newcomer nomination at the 2016 NTAs. He was also a finalist on ‘Dancing On Ice’ in 2007. James’ other theatre appearances include Warner Huntington III in the West End production of Legally Blonde at the Savoy Theatre.
James will now star in Chicago at the Phoenix Theatre alongside ‘The X Factor’ winner Alexandra Burke from 10th September 2018. The longest-running American musical, winner of six Tony Awards and two Olivier Awards, is full of more razzle dazzle than ever before!
Chicago tells the tale of two jazz-era rival vaudevillian murderesses, Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart. Serving time for killing her husband and sister after finding them in bed together, nightclub star Velma enlists the help of prison matron Mama Morton and smooth-talking lawyer Billy Flynn (James). They turn Velma’s imprisonment into a murder-of-the-week media frenzy, preparing the world for her flashy showbiz comeback. However, ambitious chorus girl Roxie isn’t about to let things run smoothly…
Experience in person the sizzling choreography and universally loved red hot score, featuring such classics as “Razzle Dazzle”, “Cell Block Tango” and “All That Jazz”, performed live.
Chicago is at the Phoenix Theatre until 5th January 2019.
Kit Harington is making his West End return this winter after a two-year break following his turn in Jamie Lloyd’s production, Doctor Faustus. Best known for portraying the role of Jon Snow in the hit US TV series ‘Game of Thrones’, his performance in Sam Shepard’s intense play, True West, is sure to impress.
Set against the searing heat of the Californian desert, Harington will play Austin, a successful and well-educated Hollywood scriptwriter. He will star alongside Johnny Flynn, playing Lee, his unstable elder brother. He pushes his sibling to the edge of his psychological limits after reuniting for the first time in almost half a decade. Watch these warring brothers battle it out in this ferociously funny modern classic on its return to London at the Vaudeville Theatre from 23rd November 2018.
True West is at the Vaudeville Theatre from 23rd November 2018 to 16th February 2019.
Often referred to as the Queen of British Soul, Beverley Knight has been one of the UK’s most loved artists over the past two decades, scoring several top 10 albums, including the platinum selling ‘Voice: The Best of Beverley Knight’. She has been awarded an MBE for her services to British Music and Charity, three MOBOs and her staggering live performances have gained her a legion of fans.
Brought to you by The Old Vic, Sadler’s Wells and hip hop dance troupe ZooNation, this Kate Prince Company production, co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW, is a new musical about suffragette Sylvia Pankhurst.
100 years after women were first granted the vote in the UK, Sylvia is set to use dance, soul, funk and hip hop, to bring to life this incredible story about a momentous hour in British history.
Sylvia Pankhurst is the daughter of British suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst (Knight). Sylvia and her sister are also driving forces in the movement, but Sylvia, however, soon decides to leave in order to set up a party that envelopes her socialist views alongside women’s rights. Sylvia encourages her followers to oppose the war effort and hide conscientious objectors. Her party continues moving towards the left and eventually becomes the ‘Communist Party (British Section of the Third International)’. Sylvia later creates the Communist Workers’ Party and tours Europe speaking at left wing meetings.
This is the story of how political views fractured one of Britain’s most well-known radical families.
Sylvia is at the Old Vic from 3rd September 2018 to 22nd September 2018.
Matt Cardle won ‘The X Factor’ in 2010, the year the series enjoyed its highest ever ratings. His debut single ‘When We Collide’ was Christmas number one that year. It sold over 1 million copies and was nominated for a BRIT Award. Since then, Matt has now sold over 2 million albums, had 3 Top 10 albums and played 5 sold-out UK tours.
Cardle made his West End debut in 2015, playing the lead role of Huey Calhoun in Memphis at the Shaftesbury Theatre. Matt won the WhatsOnStage Best West End Debut award for his performance.
Strictly Ballroom is a new musical inspired by the classic Australian film from the award-winning Baz Luhrmann. The release of ‘Strictly Ballroom’ in 1992, ‘Romeo + Juliet’ in 1996, and finally ‘Moulin Rouge!’ in 2001 completed Luhrmann’s critically-acclaimed ‘Red Curtain Trilogy’.
The musical includes hits from the film like “Love Is In The Air”, “Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps” and “Time After Time” and electrifying songs from a host of internationally acclaimed artists. It tells the story of Scott, a championship ballroom dancer who defies the rules and finds himself aggravating ballroom-purists. He goes one step further than just making up dance steps in choosing left-footed Fran as his partner for the Pan Pacific competition. In following his heart he finds his true calling in dance and his true love.
This medley of colour and fun is witty and heartfelt and bound to leave you wanting more.
Strictly Ballroom is at the Piccadilly Theatre until 27th October 2018.
Six-time Olivier Award-winner Ian McKellen reprises the titular role of King Lear in Jonathan Munby’s epic adaptation of the Bard’s haunting tragedy, returning to the Duke of York’s Theatre where he made his West End debut. McKellen’s extensive theatre credits include Waiting For Godot, The Seagull, Richard III, Othello and The Cherry Orchard. McKellen is perhaps most well-known for his film roles in ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘X-Men’.
The depiction of this classic tale about an ageing ruler and his decision to divide his kingdom between his three daughters is fierce, tender and, as it is rumoured to be his last Shakespearian production, a once in a lifetime opportunity to see McKellen perform the playwright’s most emotionally demanding role.
King Lear is at the Duke of York’s Theatre until 3rd November 2018.
Comedian, actor and writer Dawn French will be making her pantomime debut as The Wicked Queen this Christmas at the London Palladium. This is guaranteed to be pantomime at its very best.
French has had an incredible career, beginning as a member of the troupe The Comedy Strip she later found fame within French and Saunders with collaborator Jennifer Saunders. She has continued to delight audiences in roles such as that of the Reverend Geraldine Granger in the long-running and hugely popular television series ‘The Vicar of Dibley’.
This is London’s must-see panto brought to you from the same team behind last year’s Olivier Award-winning production, Dick Whittington. Snow White will be the West End’s most lavish festive production; it’s a show packed with laughter, music, special effects and theatrical magic.
This classic tale is a well-loved favourite and a perfect festive treat for all the family.
Snow White is at the London Palladium from 8th December 2018 to 13th January 2019.
Martin Freeman is a stage and screen favourite. Freeman has starred in ‘The Hobbit’ trilogy, ‘Sherlock’, ‘Love, Actually’, ‘The Office’ and ‘Fargo’. Freeman is a recipient of a BAFTA Award, an Emmy Award and an Empire Award. He was also selected for a Saturn Award, a Golden Globe Award, two Emmy and two BAFTA awards.
The Jamie Lloyd Company is presenting an extraordinary season of Harold Pinter’s one-act plays on the tenth anniversary of the Nobel Prize winner’s death, performed in the theatre that bears his name, in which Freeman is set to star alongside Danny Dyer.
The Pinter at The Pinter season concludes with two unmissable comedies, A Slight Ache and The Dumb Waiter, which explore the political machinations of the powerful and the powerless. In A Slight Ache, a mysterious figure enters Flora and Edward’s elegant country home, changing their lives forever. Absurd tragi-comedy The Dumb Waiter tells the story of Gus and Ben, two hit-men, who await their target in a derelict building. They begin to argue, passionately questioning the reason why their boss wants them to carry out the hit. But, what is the cost of their quest for meaning?
These shows promise an unforgettable theatrical experience starring two of the country’s leading actors, make sure to book today for 2019.
A Slight Ache / The Dumb Waiter is at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 31st January 2019 to 23rd February 2019.
Alexandra Burke stars as Roxie Hart in the West End cast of Chicago at the Phoenix Theatre until 13th October 2018, Duncan James, who stars as Billy Flynn, joins her from 10th September 2018 replacing Martin Kemp. Burke recently starred in the West End production of Chess at the London Coliseum. Her other theatre credits include The Bodyguard at the Dominion Theatre and the UK tour of Sister Act. She is perhaps best-known for winning the 5th series of ‘The X Factor’. Her winner’s single, “Hallelujah”, reached number one in the UK Christmas Chart and went on to be crowned the top-selling single of 2008, selling over 1 million copies in the UK.
Chicago returned to the West End after a 5 year absence, having run in London for 15 years from 1997. It features classic show tunes such as “All That Jazz”, “Mr Cellophane”, “Razzle Dazzle” and “We Both Reached for the Gun”. It was also adapted into a Hollywood film starring Rene Zellweger, Catherine Zeta Jones and Richard Gere which won the academy Award for Best Picture in 2003.
Chicago is at the Phoenix Theatre until 5th January 2019.
Jonathan Pryce is an Olivier Award-winner, having earnt the title of Best Actor for his role in Hamlet in 1980. Alongside his extensive list of stage roles, he is also well-known for his screen roles, most famously as the High Sparrow in ‘Game of Thrones’. This October he’s making his return to the stage in a work by a writer who has been described as “the most exciting playwright of our time” (The Guardian).
The Height of the Storm is a beautifully compelling family drama by internationally acclaimed Florian Zeller. It follows the story of a married couple of 50 years; André, played by Pryce, and Madeleine played by Dame Eileen Atkins. One weekend, their daughters arrive, as well as a bunch of flowers sent by a woman from the past. The reappearance of this mysterious woman is just one of a series of unusual events which cause the devoted couple’s marriage to come under scrutiny. Who is she? Why has she reappeared? Why does André feel like he’s not even there?
Find out the answer to these burning questions this October at the Wyndham’s Theatre.
The Height of the Storm is at the Wyndham’s Theatre from 2nd October 2018 to 1st December 2018.
Celia Imrie is known for her television roles with Victoria Wood, including ‘Acorn Antiques’ and the sitcom ‘dinnerladies’. She won an Olivier Award for Best Supporting Performance in a Musical in 2006 for her role in Acorn Antiques: The Musical. Her film roles include ‘Hilary and Jackie’, ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’, ‘Calendar Girls’ and ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’.
As part of the Jamie Lloyd Company’s Pinter at the Pinter season, Imrie stars in Party Time / Celebration alongside Tracy-Ann Oberman, Abraham Popoola, Gary Kemp, Ron Cook, Phil Davis and John Simm. Party Time is a scathing and bitterly amusing attack on the increasingly powerful and narcissistic super-rich, set against the backdrop of terrifying state oppression. Whereas Celebration is an irresistible comedy about the vulgarity and ostentatious materialism of the nouveau riche, set in a fashionable London restaurant. An evening of social satire that chimes with our times, you don’t want to miss it.
Party Time / Celebration is at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 20th December 2018 to 25th January 2019.