The complete guide to West End shows opening in 2019
With West End premieres, as well as world premieres and National Theatre transfers, 2019 will showcase the world’s best-known performers on stages across Theatreland. Don’t miss out on your chance to visit the West End to see a show opening this year.
West End shows to open in 2019
A Very Expensive Poison at the Old Vic
Lucy Prebble’s stage adaptation of A Very Expensive Poison will receive its world premiere at the Old Vic from August 2019. Inspired by recent events concerning Russian spies and poisonous attacks, the play offers a detailed outlook in the shadowy world of international espionage from Moscow to Mayfair. A Very Expensive Poison is at the Old Vic from 18th August to 28th September.
The Son at the Duke of York’s Theatre
After a critically-acclaimed run at the Kiln Theatre earlier this year, The Son will transfer to the Duke of York’s Theatre in August 2019. Laurie Kynaston and Amanda Abbington will reprise their roles for the production. The show will play from 24th August to 2nd November.
Heartbeat of Home at the Piccadilly Theatre
The epic dance production which has entertained audiences around the world returns to the West End, playing at the Piccadilly Theatre. Music and dance styles from different cultures and backgrounds are fused together in a show where you’ll want to get on your feet! The show will play from 4th September to 13th October.
Big the Musical at the Dominion Theatre
Jay McGuiness returns to the West End to lead the cast of Big at the Dominion Theatre. Based on the 1980s body-swapping movie, McGuiness will play Josh Baskin, a 12-year-old who wishes to be big, later waking up with an adult’s body. Big will play from 6th September to 2nd November.
The Life I Lead at the Wyndham’s Theatre
Miles Jupp brings the spirit of Mr. Banks to the West End in a one-week engagement of The Life I Lead. See the classic English gentleman and the lovable fool come to life this September. The Life I Lead will play from 16th to 21st September.
Groan Ups at the Vaudeville Theatre
The West End will echo with laughter as the Mischief Theatre takes residency in the Vaudeville Theatre until August 2020. Groan Ups is the first of three new plays the company is bringing to the West End; all about teenagers, growing up and what happens in the first few years of adulthood. Starring original Mischief Theatre members, it’s a show you won’t want to miss. Groan Ups will commence from 20th September to 1st December.
A Day in the Death of Joe Egg at Trafalgar Studios
Toby Jones and Claire Skinner will star in A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, as Peter Nicholl’s semi-autobiographical play returns to London. Following two parents who care for their 10-year old living with cerebral palsy in 1960s Britain, see how the family live on a daily basis and use humour in order to cope. A Day in the Death of Joe Egg is on from 20th September to 30th November.
The Man in the White Suit at the Wyndham’s Theatre
Exploding into the West End later this year, the world premiere of The Man in the White Suit will bring science-fiction, mystery and intrigue to the Wyndham’s Theatre from 26th September 2019. When a research chemist starts to wear a dazzling white suit with radioactive qualities, will his luminous outfit stand out from the crowd, or will his clothes and ideas begin to fray at the seams? The Man in the White Suit will play from 26th September to 11th January 2020.
Noises Off at the Garrick Theatre
Noises Off transfers to the Garrick Theatre in September 2019, after critically-acclaimed performances at the Lyric Hammersmith. Starring Meera Syal, join a company of actors at different points of a show’s run, as this play-within-a-play peeks behind the curtain to what it’s like to be on stage. Noises Off is at the Garrick from 27th September to 4th January.
Ghost Stories at the Ambassadors Theatre
Following record-breaking shows around the world, Ghost Stories returns to petrify all those who dare enter. Experience Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson’s worldwide cult phenomenon in a spine-tingling production that’s more terrifying than ever. Ghost Stories will open on 3rd October.
Lungs at the Old Vic
Matt Smith and Claire Foy reunite to star in Lungs at the Old Vic, a gritty play that considers what it means to give birth in today’s political and environmental climate. Lungs is at the Old Vic from 14th October to 9th November.
War Horse at the Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre
The first show to be staged at the brand new theatre in North London will be the National Theatre production of War Horse. See Albert on his travels through England and France in order to be reunited with his horse Joey, who was sold to cavalry to assist the war effort. The lifesize puppets come back to the London stage in this jawdropping production that has been seen by 8 million people worldwide. War Horse will play from 18th October to 23rd November.
Mary Poppins at the Prince Edward Theatre
Sure to be one of the West End’s hottest tickets for 2019, Mary Poppins flies into the Prince Edward Theatre once more. Zizi Strallen and Charlie Stemp lead the cast as Mary and Bert in an exciting play guaranteed to capture the imaginations of minds young and old. Mary Poppins will play from 23rd October 2019. Learn more about Mary Poppins’ journey to the stage here.
Death of a Salesman at the Piccadilly Theatre
Sharon D. Clarke and Wendell Pierce reprise their performances in Death of a Salesman, transferring from the Young Vic. Seen through the eyes of an African-American family, learn what happens to Willy Loman when his concept of the American Dream is broken into shatters. Death of a Salesman will play from 24th October to 5th January 2020.
Dear Evan Hansen at the Noel Coward Theatre
DEAR EVAN HANSEN arrives in London at the Noël Coward Theatre later this year. A profound, new musical about life and the way we live it, DEAR EVAN HANSEN has an original score by the Academy Award-winning songwriters of The Greatest Showman and La La Land, Benj Pasek & Justin Paul. DEAR EVAN HANSEN will play in the West End from 29th October.
& Juliet at the Shaftesbury Theatre
Miriam Teak-Lee, Oliver Tompsett and Cassidy Janson star in & Juliet, placing the young Capulet woman in the centre of her own story. While finding herself in Paris with the Nurse, the musical’s soundtrack includes hits by Britney Spears, Ellie Goulding and The Weeknd. & Juliet will play from 2nd November.
Touching The Void at the Duke of York’s Theatre
Based on the real-life adventures of Joe Simpson and Simon Yates, Touching The Void will receive its West End premiere later this year. Trapped in the Andes, will the pair be able to make it back to base camp? Touching The Void will play from 9th November.
White Christmas at the Dominion Theatre
Danny Mac and Dan Burton will star in the feel-good seasonal production at the Dominion Theatre. Featuring toe-tapping choreography to dazzle any audience member as well as a festive soundtrack including “White Christmas”, you’ll want to book your tickets as soon as possible. White Christmas will play from 16th November to 4th January 2020.
Girl From the North Country at the Gielgud Theatre
After a world premiere at the Old Vic and a subsequent transfer to the Noel Coward, the double Olivier-Award winning production returns to the West End in December. Playing at the Gielgud Theatre, be immersed in the greatest hits by Bob Dylan as a story of Dust Bowl America unfolds. A brand new cast will take to the stage to perform Girl from the North Country, including Katie Brayben and Rachel John. Find out more about Girl from the North Country here. Girl from the North Country will play from 10th December.
West End shows that have opened in 2019
Come From Away at the Phoenix Theatre
Inspired by true stories of those stranded in Gander in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, Come From Away will make you re-evaluate your preconceptions of the terrorist attacks in New York. With 12 people playing over 80 characters between them, you’ll be immersed into a small Canadian town that, out of the kindness of their hearts, welcomed in thousands to their Newfoundland community and how they became known as “Come From Aways”. Come From Away began on 30th January.
Come From Away tickets are available now.
Waitress at the Adelphi Theatre
Lucie Jones, Ashley Roberts and Blake Harrison currently star in the West End premiere of Waitress, featuring an original score by Sara Bareilles. When Jenna, a small-town waitress falls down on her luck, she begins to think that there’s no way out. Seeing that there’s a local pie competition with a large cash prize, she decides to enter in the hopes of starting a new life for her and her unborn child. Waitress began on 8th February.
Waitress tickets are available now.
Only Fools and Horses The Musical at Theatre Royal Haymarket
Parking the Reliant Regal into the West End, see the lovable Del Boy, Rodney and Grandad on stage in this Trotter-filled musical in 2019! Bringing Peckham to Theatreland, you’ll see the entire Only Fools and Horses gang come together in an all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza with plenty of flat-cap action. Sure to be full of Cockney charm, don’t miss your chance to see this world premiere adaptation of a BBC classic. Only Fools and Horses: The Musical played its first performance on 9th February.
Only Fools and Horses: The Musical tickets are available now.
Fiddler on the Roof at the Playhouse Theatre
Transferring from the Menier Chocolate Factory, the Playhouse Theatre will become the intimate venue for Fiddler on the Roof. Starring Andy Nyman and Judy Kuhn, see the story of Tevye, Golde and their five daughters in this electrifying production about keeping hold of your beliefs, even if they’re tested. Fiddler on the Roof will play at the Playhouse Theatre from 21st March, with a final performance on 2nd November.
Fiddler on the Roof tickets are available now.
The Lehman Trilogy at the Piccadilly Theatre
Transferring from the National Theatre to the West End in 2019, The Lehman Trilogy charts the financial rollercoaster of the Lehman Brothers and their banking corporation. From being established as a small company, the corporation grew to become the fourth largest in the United States. But, as the company grew too big, it became unmanageable and ultimately fell, leading to one of the greatest worldwide recessions and the largest bankruptcy filing in American history. A finance story has undergone the theatrical treatment to be told in the West End, starring Simon Russell Beale, Ben Miles and Adam Godley. The Lehman Trilogy will be on from 11th May to 31st August.
Bitter Wheat at the Garrick Theatre
The world premiere of Bitter Wheat will be performed at the Garrick Theatre, starring John Malkovich as Barney Fein, a disgraced Hollywood mogul who falls from a leading position in the entertainment industry to being shamed. Bitter Wheat will play from 7th June to 21st September.
On Your Feet at the London Coliseum
On Your Feet will be the Gloria Estefan spectacular to hit Theatreland in 2019. Find out about the Latino superstar at this production packed with her greatest hits including “Conga” and “Get On Your Feet”. Creating a Latin/pop crossover sound that inspired future generations of performers, this West End premiere is sure to be packed with infectious sounds, inventive choreography and lots of fun. On Your Feet will play from 14th June to 31st August.
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole at the Ambassador’s Theatre
Based on the children’s book by Sue Townsend, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole transfers to the West End, after a world premiere in Leicester and a run at the Menier Chocolate Factory. Follow the 13 and 3/4 year old teenager as he navigates school life with a diary, blending fictional life and real-life politics. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole is at the Ambassador’s Theatre from 17th June.
Present Laughter at the Old Vic
Andrew Scott will star as Garry Essendine in Present Laughter later this year. The play follows Garry, a middle aged comic actor whose preparing for a trip to Africa, with plenty of people vying for his affection. Present Laughter will play from 17th June to 10th August.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at London Palladium
Returning to the West End, the coat of many colours will light up Theatreland, as the story of Joseph and his brothers is told in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat to large audiences this upcoming summer. With Jason Donovan as the Pharaoh and Sheridan Smith as the Narrator and it’s likely we’ll all be saying “Go Go Go Joseph” when it plays in the West End. Catch one of the most iconic musicals, playing at the London Palladium from 27th June to 8th September.
Jesus Christ Superstar at the Barbican
The Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production of Jesus Christ Superstar transfers to the Barbican for just 60 performances in what is set to be an exhilarating musical for 2019. Dramatising the last few days of Jesus’ life, audience members will learn about the antagonistic relationship between Jesus and Judas, as well as Mary Magdalene’s involvement in the days leading up to the crucifixion. With a soundtrack including “I Don’t Know How to Love Him”, don’t miss your chance to experience a religious awakening at Jesus Christ Superstar. The show will play from 4th July to 28th August.
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin at the Harold Pinter Theatre
As part of the production’s nationwide tour, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin will tell the epic World War Two story in the West End. Based on Louis de Bernières novel, join a Captain sent to a Greek island, as he falls in love with Pelagia, a doctor’s daugther. The show will play from 4th July to 31st August.
The Night of the Iguana at the Noel Coward Theatre
Clive Owen, Lia Williams, Anna Gunn and Julian Glover star in the latest revival of The Night of the Iguana, last seen in the West End in 2005. Set in 1940s Mexico, the story follows Reverend T. Lawrence Shannon who has newly become a tour guide, leading a group of eccentric holidaymakers around the central American country. The show will play from 6th July to 28th September.
Equus at Trafalgar Studio One
Inspired by a true story, Equus explore the psychological relationship between Alan Strang and his religious fascination with horses. After performances at Theatre Royal Stratford East earlier this year, the production will transfer to Trafalgar Studio One. The show will play from 6th July to 7th September.
Shows that have been open
Pinter 7 at the Harold Pinter Theatre
Danny Dyer and Martin Freeman starred in Pinter 7 made up of two parts. Pinter 7 closed on 23rd February.
The American Clock at the Old Vic
The American Clock told the story of the Baum family as they came to terms with their new financial situation and make the most of current events. The American Clock closed on 30th March.
Home, I’m Darling at the Duke of York’s Theatre
Home, I’m Darling transferred from the National Theatre to the West End, starring Katherine Parkinson as Judy. Home, I’m Darling closed on 13th April.
The Price at Wyndham’s Theatre
Transferring from Theatre Royal Bath to the West End, David Suchet and Brendan Coyle starred in The Price.The Price closed on 27th April.
All About Eve at the Noël Coward Theatre
With Gillian Anderson and Lily James leading the cast, it’s no surprise that All About Eve has gained a considerable amount of media buzz around it already as a smash hit for 2019. All About Eve closed on 11th May.
Admissions at Trafalgar Studios
Transferring from Broadway to the West End in 2019, Admissions tackled private and public opinions of race and educational privileges. Admissions closed on 25th May.
Emilia at the Vaudeville Theatre
After playing at the Globe Theatre in 2018, the story of 17th-century female writer Emilia Bassano was told in the West End at Emilia. Emilia closed at the Vaudeville Theatre on 1st June.
The Twilight Zone at the Ambassadors Theatre
Compressing five seasons of a television show into a stage play is no mean feat, however Anne Washburn’s of the CBS show The Twilight Zone manages exactly that. The Twilight Zone closed on 1st June.
Rip It Up at the Garrick Theatre
Made up of four previous Strictly Come Dancing contestants, these ex-boyband members and Olympic gymnast take to the West End in this musical extravaganza all about the swinging sixties. Rip it Up closed on 2nd June.
All My Sons at the Old Vic
Sally Field and Bill Pullman will play Kate and Joe Keller in All My Sons, an Arthur Miller play that looks at the cost of the American Dream after the war. All My Sons closed on 8th June.
Betrayal at the Harold Pinter Theatre
Tom Hiddleston, Zawe Ashton and Charlie Cox starred in Betrayal, which closed on 8th June.
Man of La Mancha at the London Coliseum
Kelsey Grammer and Danielle de Niese starred in Man of La Mancha, playing in the West End throughout 2019. Man of La Mancha closed on 8th June.
Education, Education, Education at Trafalgar Studio One
Set in 1997, audiences went back to school with Education, Education, Education, a comedic play filled with popular culture references from the decade which closed on 29th June.
Three Sisters at the Vaudeville Theatre
Three Sisters was performed by the Maly Drama Theatre of St. Petersburg for 10 performances, closing on 29th June.
Sweat at the Gielgud Theatre
Transferring to the Gielgud Theatre after a critically-acclaimed run at the Donmar, Martha Plimpton reprised her performance in Sweat, which closed on 20th July.
Rosmersholm at the Duke of York’s Theatre
Tom Burke and Hayley Atwell led the cast of Rosmersholm, which closed on 20th July.
Toast at The Other Palace
Based on the award-winning autobiography by Nigel Slater, Toast presented Slater’s life on stage, told through the tastes and smells that mix his childhood stories together, which closed on 3rd August.
The Starry Messenger at the Wyndham’s Theatre
Starring Matthew Broderick and Elizabeth McGovern, The Starry Messenger saw a lonely astronomer begin an extra-marital affair with a younger woman, which closed on 10th August.
the end of history… at the Royal Court
Jack Thorne’s newest play received its world premiere at the Royal Court, which closed on 10th August.
The Girl on the Train at the Duke of York’s Theatre
Adapted from Paula Hawkins’ 2015 novel of the same name, The Girl on the Train played for four weeks at the Duke of York’s Theatre, which closed on 17th August.