April 2020: What’s on in the West End?
Look forward to world premieres and long-awaited revivals across London’s theatres in April 2020, including the return of Hairspray starring Michael Ball and Juliet Stevenson in The Doctor, transferring from the Almeida to the Duke of York’s Theatre.
West End shows in April 2020
After award-winning performances at Edinburgh Festival Fringe and at London’s Bush Theatre, Richard Gadd’s Baby Reindeer transfers to the Ambassadors Theatre from 2nd April 2020. Based on real events, Gadd shares a chilling tale of obsession, delusion and control, as the simple act of giving a cup of tea to a stranger would change his life forever.
The Secret Garden
West End stars including Ramin Karimloo, Lucie Jones and Jac Yarrow will star in two concert performances of The Secret Garden at the London Palladium on 4th April 2020. Inspired by Frances Hodgson Burnett’s 1911 book about a young orphan sent to live with her uncle in Yorkshire, see the musical garden bloom and blossom all around her in this sparkling, Tony Award-winning musical. Find out more about The Secret Garden here.
Shook at Trafalgar Studios
Out of 1,406 entries into the Papatango New Writing Prize, see Shook at Trafalgar Studios from 8th April 2020. Following three teenagers who are locked up in a young offenders’ institution, it’s up to Grace to turn them into parents, but will they be able to escape the system?
Antigone – The Burial at Thebes
Roy Alexander Weise directs Seamus Heaney’s translation of Antigone, Sophocles’ Greek drama with a first performance traced back to over two thousand years ago. As Antigone learns of her dead brothers who fought on both sides of a battle, she’s left with the arduous task of deciding who deserves a proper burial – how will she decide? Playing at the Lyric Hammersmith from 18th April 2020, don’t miss this epic piece of Greek drama in London.
Welcome to Iran
Join Ava, a young British-Asian woman in London as she finds her identity in Welcome to Iran. Nadia Fall’s contemporary, socio-political play receives its world premiere at Theatre Royal Stratford East from 18th April 2020, and it’s inspired by Fall’s upbringing and experiences in Iran, with the character of Ava exploring the volatile Middle Eastern country.
A Museum in Baghdad
What does it take to create a nation? How can you preserve the identities of past communities for generations to come? First performed in Stratford-upon-Avon, Hannah Khalil’s play questions the impact of stereotypes and assumptions, comparing the lives of British archaeologist Gertrude Bell in 1926 as she founds a museum in Baghdad and Ghalia Hussein who reopens the Iraqi museum 80 years after. A Museum in Baghdad is at the Kiln Theatre from 22nd April 2020.
After critically-acclaimed performances at the Almeida Theatre, Juliet Stevenson reprises her performance as Professor Ruth Woolf in The Doctor, with performances from 20th April 2020 at the Duke of York’s Theatre. Based on Arthur Schnitzler’s Professor Bernhardi, the emotionally-charged medical drama follows Woolf as she controls the treatment of a young female patient, denying her the option of having the last rites delivered. Examining issues of identities and perceptions in morally divisive behaviour, you’ll be intoxicated by the powerful performances in The Doctor.
The multi-Olivier Award-winning musical is back. Michael Ball reprises his performance as Edna Turnblad in Hairspray, coming to the London Coliseum from 23rd April 2020. It’s the sensational swinging sixties musical that follows plucky teenager Tracy Turnblad as she dances her way into the hearts of Baltimore locals. Making waves with her progressive political views and her loving heart, will Tracy take the crown and change Baltimore forever? Find out more about the rise of Hairspray in the West End and see this glittering musical as it joyfully returns to London.