The complete guide to West End shows opening in 2019
Over the next few months, don’t miss out on the latest openings across the West End. Whether you’re wanting to book your tickets for the hotly-anticipated Broadway premiere of DEAR EVAN HANSEN, the revival of Mary Poppins at the Prince Edward Theatre, or brand new productions including & Juliet and Magic Goes Wrong, don’t miss out on your chance to visit the best of the West End this year.
West End Shows opening in 2019
Shows opening in October
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 play from 4th 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 as part of Matthew Warchus’ fifth season as artistic director, which you can read more about here.
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.
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. Find out more about the West End transfer here before Death of a Salesman opens from 24th October.
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.
Shows opening in November
& 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 White Christmas, 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.
A Christmas Carol at the Old Vic
Paterson Joseph will star as Ebenezer Scrooge in the third consecutive year of A Christmas Carol at the Old Vic. Reimagined for the modern stage, step into Victorian Britain and imagine you’re flicking through the pages of Charles Dickens’ timeless festive classic, championing the power of both forgiveness and redemption. A Christmas Carol will play from 23rd November.
Cyrano de Bergerac at the Playhouse Theatre
James McAvoy will star as the titular role in a brand new adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac. Originally written by Edmond Rostand, Martin Crimp’s adaptation follows Cyrano as he pursues his lover, Roxane. While his literary career may grow from strength to strength, his facial problem is troubled in a narcissistic society.
Shows opening in December
A Taste of Honey at Trafalgar Studios
If you’re looking to see a classic play brought back to the West End, you’ll want to see A Taste of Honey. West End star Jodie Prenger plays Helen, a working class mother in post-war Salford whose unconventional family life is pulled apart at the strings. Returning to the West End for the first time in 60 years, see a part of British theatre history at Trafalgar Studios in 2019.
Goldilocks and the Three Bears at the London Palladium
Pantomime magic returns to the London Palladium this Christmas with Goldilocks and the Three Bears starring a whole host of famous faces including Julian Clary and Paul O’ Grady, combining an extravagant show and the fun of the fair into one! When Dame Betty Barnum and Goldilocks’ big-top is under threat by a rival touring show, will the three bears be able to save the day? Roll up, roll up and don’t miss out!
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 Girl from the North Country 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.
Magic Goes Wrong at the Vaudeville Theatre
Mischief Theatre’s second show as part of their 12 month residency sees the company become magicians at Magic Goes Wrong. Combining theatre and on-stage trickery with the help of collaborators Penn & Teller, the play sees the cast attempt to raise as much money as possible at a charity event. Magic Goes Wrong is at the Vaudeville Theatre from 14th December.
West End shows that have opened in 2019
Come From Away
Inspired by true stories of those stranded in Gander in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, you’ll be immersed into a small Canadian town at Come From Away. The multi-Olivier Award-winning production opened on 30th January and sees the Canadian residents welcoming thousands to their Newfoundland community.
Grab a slice of musical theatre pie at Waitress, currently at the Adelphi Theatre. 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.
Only Fools and Horses The Musical
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. Check out our favourite moments from the television show here!
Fiddler on the Roof
Transferring from the Menier Chocolate Factory, the Playhouse Theatre will become the intimate venue for Fiddler on the Roof. Starring Andy Nyman as Tevye, see how a Jewish community stay together and maintain a pious lifestyle amidst a Russian revolution. If you want to find out more about this unmissable production, read our guide to Fiddler on the Roof here.
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, and is one of many shows transferring to the West End after previous performances.
Falsettos at The Other Palace
First performed on Broadway over 25 years ago, don’t miss out on the UK premiere of Falsettos. Set in 1980s New York after the AIDS crisis, family dynamics are often tested in unexpected circumstances throughout the show, in a heartwarming production with a loving message.
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. Don’t miss out on your chance to see this iconic film come alive on stage at Big.
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.
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.
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.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?
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.
Shows that have been open
- Pinter 7 at the Harold Pinter Theatre
- The American Clock at the Old Vic
- Home, I’m Darling at the Duke of York’s Theatre
- The Price at Wyndham’s Theatre
- All About Eve at the Noël Coward Theatre
- Admissions at Trafalgar Studios
- Emilia at the Vaudeville Theatre
- The Twilight Zone at the Ambassadors Theatre
- Rip It Up at the Garrick Theatre
- All My Sons at the Old Vic
- Betrayal at the Harold Pinter Theatre
- Man of La Mancha at the London Coliseum
- Education, Education, Education at Trafalgar Studio One
- Three Sisters at the Vaudeville Theatre
- Sweat at the Gielgud Theatre
- Rosmersholm at the Duke of York’s Theatre
- Toast at The Other Palace
- The Starry Messenger at the Wyndham’s Theatre
- Present Laughter at the Old Vic
- The Girl on the Train at the Duke of York’s Theatre
- Jesus Christ Superstar at the Barbican
- The Lehman Trilogy at the Piccadilly Theatre
- On Your Feet at the London Coliseum
- Captain Corelli’s Mandolin at the Harold Pinter Theatre
- Equus at Trafalgar Studios
- Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the London Palladium
- Bitter Wheat at the Garrick Theatre
- The Life I Lead at the Wyndham’s Theatre
- The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole at the Ambassadors Theatre
- The Night of the Iguana at the Noel Coward Theatre
- A Very Expensive Poison at the Old Vic
- Heartbeat of Home at the Piccadilly Theatre