The complete guide to West End shows opening in 2020
With a variety of productions and world premieres opening in 2020, the West End is the place to be in 2020. 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
Uncle Vanya at the Harold Pinter Theatre
Toby Jones and Richard Armitage will star in the West End revival of Uncle Vanya at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 14th January 2020. In the heat of summer, Sonya and her uncle Vanya spend their days on a crumbling estate deep in the countryside, visited by their local doctor Astrov. When new people appear, the polite facades crumble and repressed feelings start to emerge with devastating consequences.
Kunene and the King at the Ambassadors Theatre
Antony Sher and John Kani star in Kunene and the King, a RSC production that follows two men from different walks of life as they have a shared interest: William Shakespeare. Set in present-day South Africa, 25 years after the first post-apartheid democratic elections, the pair begin to consider their backgrounds in a socio-political drama.
Endgame at the Old Vic
Alan Cumming and Daniel Radcliffe will star in Endgame, performed as part of Matthew Warchus’ fifth season as artistic director at the Old Vic. Following two individuals who are locked in an argument, their bleakly funny double act cling stubbornly to their routine of casual savagery and mutual dependence. Endgame will be performed in a double bill with Beckett’s Rough for Theatre II, rounding off what is set to be an exciting night of theatre. Endgame is on from 27th January to 28th March 2020.
The Prince of Egypt at the Dominion Theatre
Journey to ancient Egypt as The Prince of Egypt receives its British premiere in 2020. 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’. The Prince of Egypt is on from 5th February to 12th September 2020.
Pretty Woman at the Piccadilly Theatre
Pretty Woman: The Musical will receive 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.
Be More Chill at The Other Palace
The internet phenomenon and latest Broadway sensation Be More Chill transfers to the West End in 2020, as a New Jersey high schooler battles with his identity. Learning of a pill that will control his behaviour, it’s a musical filled with teenage angst but a good heart.
Upstart Crow at the Gielgud Theatre
Ben Elton brings his critically-acclaimed and much adored BBC sitcom to the theatre, with David Mitchell making his West End debut in the stage adaptation of Upstart Crow. Set in Shakespearean England, Shakespeare’s searching for inspiration for his latest play. But Will’s personal life is encountering more dramatic twists and turns than any theatrical story he can conjure.
Blithe Spirit at the Duke of York’s Theatre
Jennifer Saunders reprises her critically-acclaimed performance as Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit, playing for six weeks. Noel Coward’s inventive, witty comedy follows Charles Condomine, a novelist and his second wife at a dinner party they’re hosting. Hired by Charles Condomine, clairvoyant Arcati arrives and conjures the ghost of his former wife, with plenty of spooky goings-on.
The Doctor at the Duke of York’s Theatre
Set in a hospital, Professor Ruth Woolf is treating a young female patient. When a priest is sent by the patient’s parents to deliver their last rites, Woolf denies access and a national scandal about her behaviour ensues. Juliet Stevenson reprises her critically-acclaimed performance in The Doctor from April 2020, transferring from the Almeida Theatre.
Local Hero at the Old Vic
In a musical adaptation of the hit comedy film, Local Hero will receive its world premiere at the Old Vic in June 2020. When an ambitious Texan oil executive arrives in Scotland on a mission to buy a small seaside village, will he able to refine the village? Before the locals get rich, they must decide what their home is worth. Local Hero is at the Old Vic from 18th June to 22nd August 2020.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the London Palladium
The kaleidoscopic coat will dazzle the West End once more, as Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat heads back the London Palladium in summer 2020. Dramatising the story of Joseph in the Book of Genesis, the upbeat musical features a soundtrack including ‘Any Dream Will Do’ and ‘Close Every Door’.
Life of Pi at the Wyndham’s Theatre
Based on the extraordinary, Man Booker Prize Award-winning fictional novel, don’t miss Life of Pi as it heads to the Wyndham’s Theatre. Following a young boy who is left to fend for himself with a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan and a Royal Bengal tiger for company, experience Pi’s heroic journey of endurance and hope in a show with state-of-the-art visuals and breathtaking puppetry.