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7 must-see shows that have transferred to the West End

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7 must-see shows that have transferred to the West End

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. Playing in the West End for limited runs, these shows deserve a place on any theatre lover’s list, so read on to find out which shows will open in the West End after successful runs at other venues.

Transferred shows to run in the West End

Girl From the North Country

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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.

Equus

Equus

Inspired by a true story, Equus explores the complex relationships between devotion, myth and sexuality. When teenager Alan Strang’s pathological fascination leads him to blind six horses in a Hampshire stable, psychiatrist Dr. Martin Dysart is tasked with uncovering the motive behind the boy’s violent act. Questioning sanity and motivations in a world driven by consumerism, see a bold new production of the critically-acclaimed classic.

The Lehman Trilogy

The Lehman Trilogy

Dramatising the collapse of one of the largest financial firms, The Lehman Trilogy explores the ups and downs of the Lehman Brothers bank. When Henry Lehman emigrates from Bavaria to America, he is determined to change his life. Joined by his brothers, they form a financial corporation that grows to become the fourth largest in America. However, the banking world develops and the company finds itself in deep trouble, eventually filing for bankruptcy. A stellar cast including Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles play three generations of Lehmans in a show that is transferring from the National Theatre to the Piccadilly Theatre.

Coming to the West End in 2019, find out more about The Lehman Trilogy before it opens.

War Horse

War Horse
Photo credit: 2015 New London Theatre production

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.

The Son

The Son

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.

Amelie

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.