The complete guide to West End shows opening in 2020
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With a variety of productions and world premieres opening in 2020 as well as the biggest musicals in town including Hamilton, Wicked and The Book of Mormon, the West End is the place to be. Showcasing the world’s top performers across London’s theatres, don’t miss out on your chance to visit one of the newest shows in the West End set to open in 2020.
West End shows to open in 2020
The Prince of Egypt at the Dominion Theatre
Journey to ancient Egypt via the Dominion Theatre as The Prince of Egypt receives its British premiere this year. A star cast including Luke Brady, Liam Tamne, Alexia Khadime and Christine Allado will lead the show, as a young man ponders over what it means to live ‘through Heaven’s eyes’. Find out more about the musical and book The Prince of Egypt tickets.
Pretty Woman at the Piccadilly Theatre
Pretty Woman: The Musical receives its West End premiere at the Piccadilly Theatre in 2020. Based on the 1990 movie of the same name, fall in love with Vivian Ward and Edward Lewis once more, with the iconic costumes, scenes and all your favourite moments recreated on stage, set to a soundtrack by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance. To miss out would be a big mistake… big… huge.
City of Angels at the Garrick Theatre
After wowing audiences at the Donmar Warehouse, Josie Rourke’s inventive revival of City of Angels transfers to the Garrick Theatre in 2020. A star cast including Rosalie Craig, Hadley Fraser, Rebecca Trehearn and Vanessa Williams as well as Girls Aloud singer Nicola Roberts will whisk audiences away to 1940s America in this jazzy musical love letter celebrating the Golden Age of Hollywood.
To Kill A Mockingbird at the Gielgud Theatre
Rhys Ifans stars as Atticus Finch in the hotly-anticipated Broadway transfer of To Kill A Mockingbird. In a fresh adaptation by Aaron Sorkin, Harper Lee’s literary classic follows a small-town lawyer who is tasked with defending a black man in court, told through his daughter’s point of view. It’s a gripping, emotional drama that’s been hailed as one of the greatest stories of all time, so don’t miss your chance to see it in London.
Sammy – The Sammy Davis Jr. Musical at the Lyric Hammersmith
Olivier Award-winning actor Giles Terera stars as Sammy Davis Jr. in a brand new musical dedicated to the American entertainer. Written by Leslie Bricusse and directed by Clarke Peters, it’s set to detail the life, career and legacy of this Rat Pack star. Sammy begins performances from July 2020.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at Alexandra Palace
Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof returns to London from 30th September 2020. Asking what it takes to survive, see the Pollitt family reunite under tough circumstances in a Pulitzer Prize-winning play for the ages.
The Drifters Girl at the Garrick Theatre
Don’t miss the world premiere of The Drifters Girl, coming to the Garrick Theatre from September 2020. Following the life of Faye Treadwell, Beverley Knight stars as the African-American music manager who worked with 1950s vocal group, The Drifters.
Good at the Playhouse Theatre
David Tennant returns to the West End in CP Taylor’s Good from October 2020. He’ll play John Halder, a German literary professor whose swept up in the politics of 1930s Germany, facing moral decisions that impact the rest of his life.
Cinderella at the Gillian Lynne Theatre
Carrie Hope Fletcher will star as the title character in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s newest musical, coming to the West End from October 2020. There’s a book by Killing Eve’s Emerald Fennell so it’s set to be a hit show in London.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane at the Duke of York’s Theatre
Following a sell-out run at the National Theatre, witness an imaginative science-fiction play audiences of all ages will love, as The Ocean at the End of the Lane transfers to the West End. It’s based on Neil Gaiman’s award-winning book, where characters travel back in time in order to save themselves.
Bring it On at Queen Elizabeth Hall
Amber Davies and Louis Smith backflip their way into the theatre as the cheerleaders of Truman High and Jackson High perform in Bring it On. It’s based on the cheerleading film of the same name, with rival squads battling it out to take the crown.
Shows closed in 2020
- Coming Clean at Trafalgar Studios
- Frank Skinner at the Garrick Theatre
- Musik at Leicester Square Theatre
- The Wedding Singer at Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre
- Opera Undone at Trafalgar Studios
- Endgame at the Old Vic
- Kunene and the King at the Ambassadors Theatre
- Blithe Spirit at the Duke of York’s Theatre
- One Jewish Boy at Trafalgar Studio Two
- Upstart Crow at the Gielgud Theatre
- Uncle Vanya at the Harold Pinter Theatre
- The Seagull at the Playhouse Theatre
- On Blueberry Hill at Trafalgar Studios
- Leopoldstadt at Wyndham’s Theatre
- Be More Chill at The Other Palace
Still not decided which West End show to see in 2020? Why not check out our monthly round-ups of West End openings so that you can see the newest shows around.