10 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
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.
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.
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.
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 Bridges of Madison County
The two-time Tony Award-winning musical The Bridges of Madison County will receive its London premiere at the Menier Chocolate Factory this summer, starring Jenna Russell and Edward Baker-Duly. Based on the novel by Robert James Waller and Clint Eastwood movie sharing the same name, enjoy the beautiful, original music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown, as an Italian immigrant falls in love with a National Geographic photographer.
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.