December 2019: What’s on in the West End?
The final month of the year brings an array of exciting West End openings, guaranteed to get you in the Christmas spirit. Whether it’s seeing Goldilocks and the Three Bears at the London Palladium or laughing all night long at Magic Goes Wrong, look forward to an uplifting West End show in December 2019.
New shows opening in December 2019
A Taste of Honey at Trafalgar Studios
Jodie Prenger stars in the National Theatre’s revival of A Taste of Honey, returning to the West End for the first time in 60 years. This gritty, ground-breaking play depicts post-war working-class life in the north of England and is an exhilarating portrayal of the female spirit in a deprived and restless world, as family life is seemingly pulled apart at the strings.
Amelie at The Other Palace
Be swept away to France in the West End premiere of Amelie, starring Audrey Brisson. As a young woman shares her kind, open heart to strangers around her, the streets of Paris light up with happiness. But, will Amelie be able to stay happy once she falls in love? Imaginative dreams come to life and connections form in unexpected places in this folk musical, opening on 4th December.
Goldilocks and the Three Bears at the London Palladium
Oh yes it is! Don’t miss a star cast including Paul O’Grady, Julian Clary and Nigel Havers in Goldilocks and the Three Bears from 7th December. Set in a big top, enjoy the fun of the fair as Dame Betty Barnum and Goldilocks’ save their circus from an evil rival. Specialty circus acts from around the world will perform in this energetic, entertaining show where anything can happen! See if you’ll be able to spot these pantomime traditions in Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
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 from 10th December. With a soundtrack showcasing Bob Dylan’s greatest hits, Girl from the North Country will transport you to twentieth-century America, as a community look to save themselves from crisis with passionate and beautiful stories. Katie Brayben and Rachel John will star in the revival of Girl from the North Country. Find out more about Girl from the North Country here.
Curtains at the Wyndham’s Theatre
Jason Manford stars in the West End premiere of Curtains, playing for just 5 weeks at the Wyndham’s! When a murder has taken place during the opening night of a production, the cast and crew are all suspects. It’s up to one detective to solve the case – Frank Cioffi. Will he able to sniff out the crime?
Sleepless: A Musical Romance at the Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre
Before its official opening in March 2020, Sleepless: A Musical Romance will play three preview performances on 13th and 14th December 2019. Kimberley Walsh and Michael D. Xavier star in the Sleepless in Seattle inspired musical, following a cross-country relationship where falling in love is more than just a news story. Perhaps only a last-minute dash to the top of the Empire State Building can prove that somewhere there’s someone for everyone…
Magic Goes Wrong at the Vaudeville Theatre
Penn & Teller lend their magical talents to Mischief Theatre’s newest show Magic Goes Wrong from 14th December. Not much is known about the show, however the cast will play magicians attempting to raise as much money as possible at a charity event. Based on the shows performed by Mischief Theatre, you won’t want to miss this!
Les Miserables at the Sondheim Theatre
Flying the French flag in the West End once more, Les Miserables returns to the West End following theatre refurbishment. Staged in the newly-renamed Sondheim Theatre, experience the epic tale of Jean Valjean as he breaks free from his past in a revolutionary France that’s fighting for equality and freedom. Although it’s a brand new production, the musical still features the iconic songs including ‘Bring Him Home’, ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ and ‘Stars’, so you’ll want to book Les Miserables tickets now.
As well as new shows opening in December 2019, there are plenty of Christmas productions in London that are sure to leave you feeling festive! Take a look through our seasonal selection box and book your tickets now.
What’s on in December 2019 – Best Selling Shows
The Lion King
December 2019 doesn’t have to be a month wrapped up outside. Why not travel to the magnificent Serengeti plains with tickets to The Lion King. Roaring in the West End for two decades, experience Simba’s journey from lion cub to King of the Pride Lands in this epic musical where you’re surrounded by the circle of life. It’s a family-friendly show guaranteed to make audiences smile and sing along, so you’ll want to book your tickets for The Lion King in December 2019 now, as it’s going to sell out quickly!
The alternate story behind The Wizard of Oz originally cast its spell over audiences on Broadway in 2003. Now in its 13th year in London, Elphaba and Glinda’s stories continue to charm audiences at the Apollo Victoria Theatre. Meeting at Shiz University, the pair become unlikely friends, but how they will behave when they find themselves at a crossroad? With mechanical monkeys and spellbinding songs including ‘Defying Gravity’, make sure you book your tickets for Wicked in December 2019 now.