17 new productions opening in London this summer
As well as outdoor events and concerts taking place across the capital, the West End and surrounding areas will be home to a variety of new productions. If you’re looking to see a Pulitzer Prize-winning play on stage, a revival of a much-loved musical or a world premiere, then you’ll want to head to these shows, all opening in London theatres this summer.
Productions opening in London throughout the summer
After critically-acclaimed performances at the Donmar Warehouse at the end of 2018, Lynn Nottage’s Sweat will receive its West End premiere at the Gielgud in June 2019. Based on interviews conducted by Nottage in Reading, Pennsylvania, Sweat examines the impact of deindustralisation on working-class communities in the United States and what it means to survive. Playing for just 50 performances, kickstart your summer of theatre off in style with tickets to Sweat.
The Light in the Piazza
- Dove Cameron and Renee Fleming will make their West End debuts in The Light in the Piazza at the Royal Festival Hall. As a mother and daughter travel to Florence for a 1950s summer vacation, it’s clear they won’t be spending their time alone. As the daughter falls in love with a local, it’s love at first sight for her, but family secrets come to light. Combining an operatic score and a lush set, be whisked away at The Light in the Piazza.
John Malkovich plays a Hollywood mogul in the world premiere of David Mamet’s Bitter Wheat, opening at the Garrick Theatre. Based on recent controversies in Hollywood, Malkovich will star as Barney Fein, once a leading Hollywood producer who falls from grace and finds his career in tatters. A damning look into the entertainment industry, Bitter Wheat is guaranteed to be a hot ticket this summer.
The West End isn’t complete without a Noel Coward comedy and stars on stage. Playing at the Old Vic, Andrew Scott will star in Present Laughter as Garry Essendine, a comic whose late preparations for an African trip see others vying for his attention. With a cast including Sophie Thompson and Indira Varma, this summer’s Old Vic offering is guaranteed to provide plenty of laughs in the theatre. Read our guide to the life and career of Noel Coward with us.
On Your Feet
Songs by Gloria Estefan are set to lift the roof off the London Coliseum at On Your Feet. Telling the life of the Estefans from their early performing days to global superstardom, the musical features a jukebox soundtrack of their biggest hits including ‘Conga’. Listen to the music of Gloria Estefan and get your salsa heels at the ready for the carnival atmosphere to hit the West End in style.
Star Trek actor Marina Sirtis stars in the world premiere of Dark Sublime, a heartwarming play about science-fiction and belonging. When a fan knocks on the door of a television icon, the pair immediately hit it off. Exploring each other’s world, they realise that giving a relationship time and space is the most important thing. Featuring voice acting by Mark Gatiss, Dark Sublime is set to be the scientific smash-hit of the summer!
Meera Syal stars in Noises Off at the Lyric Hammersmith, over 35 years since it was first premiered at the off-West End venue. A play-within-a-play, join the characters as every movement is inspired by stage directions in a script. Expect a farcical, comedic performance detailing what it means to be an actor in a professional production, coping with any situation that arises to make sure that the show does go on! There’s no business like showbusiness…
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole
After regional performances in Leicester and a subsequent Menier transfer, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole will bookmark its place in the West End this summer. Inspired by Sue Townsend’s books, join Adrian at 13 and ¾, coping with his feelings at school by writing in a diary. With original music and an original book by Jake Brunger and Pippa Cleary, it’s a British musical to see this summer that will leave you reminiscing over school days gone by.
the end of history…
David Morrissey and Lesley Sharp star in the end of history… at the Royal Court this summer. Written by Jack Thorne, the play follows Sal and David, a middle-aged couple whose three children are reunited around the dinner table for the first weekend in months. Having taught their kids to follow left-wing ideals in their adulthood, will their teachings have come to fruition? With Thorne reuniting with John Tiffany for the production, you’ll want to book tickets to see the end of history… and not leave this show in the past.
The English National Opera and Theatre Royal Stratford East join forces to perform Noye’s Fluude, a rarely performed Benjamin Britten era. Telling the story of Noah’s Ark, follow Mr and Mrs Noah for forty nights as their commitment to God is tested. Living on a boat of wood with all animal species, Noye’s Fluude is a story of courage, redemption and starting afresh.
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin
Not going away this summer? Why not take a trip to Greece and see Louis de Bernières 1997 novel Captain Corelli’s Mandolin presented on stage. When a captain is sent to a remote Greek island to serve his army, follow him as his military service is tested by the course of true love, especially when she’s from the enemy side. They say that all is true in love and war, but you’ll have to see Captain Corelli’s Mandolin to find out if falling in love really is a smooth process.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Jason Donovan and Sheridan Smith will star in the West End revival of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Palladium. Telling the story of Joseph sold into slavery and later freed by his brothers, the musical features iconic showtunes by Andrew Lloyd-Webber and Tim Rice including ‘Close Every Door’ and the chart-topping ‘Any Dream Will Do’. Don’t get caught under the coat of many colours this summer and ‘Go, Go, Go’ to the West End now!
After critically-acclaimed performances at Theatre Royal Stratford East, Equus will be performed at Trafalgar Studios. When 17-year-old Alan Strang sees a psychologist as a result of his religious fascination with horses, it’s not just a love for equines that’s uncovered. Last performed in the West End with Daniel Radcliffe in the lead role, Ethan Kai stars as Strang in a gripping revival.
The Night of the Iguana
Clive Owen, Lia Williams, Anna Gunn and Julian Glover will star in The Night of the Iguana, a lesser-known Tennessee Williams play. When Reverend T. Lawrence Shannon finds himself at a Mexican hotel after being ousted from the clergy, he joins a group of holidaymakers from all walks of life as they try to live alongside one another. Find out more about The Night of the Iguana with us.
The Worst Witch
Flying into the West End on broomsticks, The Worst Witch will cast a spell over audiences this summer. Finding herself in a school for witches, the accident-prone Mildred Hubble and her fellow pupils are about to land themselves on their biggest adventure. With Ethel Hallow and Miss Hardbroom set to stop the fun, will Mildred be able to cause mayhem?
The Girl on the Train
Adapted from Paula Hawkins’ 2015 novel of the same name, The Girl on the Train will pull into the Duke of York’s this summer as part of the show’s national tour. Starring Samantha Womack as Rachel Watson, enjoy a thrilling play that tells of a missing persons investigation where escaping reality is just a train ride away. Find out more about The Girl on the Train with us.
Rounding off the 2019 Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre season, hear “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina” sung in Evita, returning to the West End. Dramatising the life of Argentine political leader Eva Perón, learn of her battle between her superficial image and her reality in a powerful revival, directed by Jamie Lloyd. One of Lloyd Webber and Rice’s most-known musicals, end your summer of theatre and embrace the great outdoors at Evita.