The top 10 West End transfers you need to see in London
Theatreland is home to some of the longest running productions in the world, but there are also shows which transfer to the West End from regional theatres. Don’t miss out on these West End transfers, soon to play at some of London’s iconic playhouses.
West End transfers you need to see
Life of Pi
After critically-acclaimed performances at Sheffield Crucible, don’t miss the extraordinary stage adaptation of Life of Pi. Experience a young boy’s heroic journey of endurance and hope in a show that’s full of magical moments, state-of-the-art visuals and breathtaking puppetry.
A Taste of Honey
Jodie Prenger stars in the National Theatre touring production of A Taste of Honey, which returns to the West End for the first time in 60 years. Set in post-war Salford, it’s a gritty play that follows an unconventional family where relationships often go astray. Written by Shelagh Delaney when she was just 19, don’t miss your chance to see a twentieth-century play that continues to be groundbreaking.
Following a critically-acclaimed production at the Almeida Theatre, Juliet Stevenson will star in the West End transfer of The Doctor in April 2020. Stevenson plays Professor Ruth Woolf, a doctor who denies a priest entry to deliver the last rites. Gender, race and identity politics are examined in a gripping play asking how humans value one another.
Girl From the North Country
Olivier Award-winning actress Katie Brayben will star in the West End revival of Girl from the North Country to be performed at the Gielgud later this year. Set in 1930s America, join a community on the brink of crisis with a guesthouse giving them shelter. As individuals pass in and out of each other’s lives, their stories awaken with passion, fury and extraordinary beauty. But as nighttime approaches, will they be able to survive? Filled with the haunting beauty of Bob Dylan’s songs, experience the double Olivier Award-winning production returning to London for just 8 weeks.
Death of a Salesman
After five-star reviews at the Young Vic, Death of a Salesman transfers to the Piccadilly Theatre, with the Arthur Miller play now told through the eyes of an African-American family. Wendell Pierce and Sharon D. Clarke reprise their performances in the critically-acclaimed production, first performed at the Young Vic.
The story of Albert and Joey in World War One was first told at the National Theatre in 2007. Swiftly followed by a seven year run at the New London Theatre and worldwide tours, War Horse returns to the capital, this time at the Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre. With puppets by the Handspring Puppet Company, don’t miss out on your chance to see this one-of-a-kind show.
After a critically-acclaimed run at the Kiln Theatre earlier this year, Amanda Abbington and Laurie Kynaston will reprise their performances in The Son. Two years before the play is set, Nicolas is a young, carefree child. But, as audiences meet him, his parents are going through a divorce which is impacting his mental and physical wellbeing. Completing a trilogy of Florian Zeller plays including The Father and The Mother, The Son shows how family dynamics are tested to the limit.
Based on the 2001 film, Amelie the Musical will transfer to The Other Palace following a national tour. As a shy waitress finds herself falling in love, join Amelie and Nino in a whimsical musical, where happiness can be found in every situation.
The Greatest Play in the History of the World…
Julie Hesmondhalgh stars in the West End transfer of a one-woman play The Greatest Play in the History of the World… coming to Trafalgar Studios in November. When a man wakes in the middle of the night to discover the world has stopped, his attention is grabbed by a woman wearing an oversized David Bowie t-shirt. Don’t miss out on your chance to see this award-winning love story in its six-week engagement.
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
After critically-acclaimed performances at Leeds Playhouse in 2017, don’t miss out on the London transfer of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe at the Bridge Theatre. Step through the wardrobe and into the kingdom of Narnia for a mythical, magical adventure into a faraway land.