January 2020: What’s on in the West End?
Enjoy a new year of theatre in the West End with these shows opening in January 2020. From Toby Jones and Richard Armitage starring in Uncle Vanya at the Harold Pinter Theatre to theatre legends in Kunene and the King, there’s something for everyone.
West End shows in January 2020
Magic Goes Wrong at the Vaudeville Theatre
Mischief Theatre collaborate with Penn & Teller for their magical spectacular as part of their Vaudeville residency. See the original Mischief Theatre Company become mystical magicians as they conjure up tricks to impress audiences at a charity gala and raise as much money as possible. But, nothing is that straightforward in a Mischief Theatre show – can they pull it out of the top hat? Magic Goes Wrong opens at the Vaudeville on 8th January 2020.
Coming Clean at Trafalgar Studio 2
Did you miss out on seeing Coming Clean in 2019? Kevin Elyot’s story of modern-day love and sexual relationships returns to Trafalgar Studios throughout January 2020. The play follows Tony and Greg, a married couple whose monogamy is called into question when another man named Robert walks into their lives. Will they stay together?
Frank Skinner at the Garrick Theatre
Having appeared on some of Britain’s beloved television shows as well as a comedy career stretching over 30 years, don’t miss Frank Skinner in his West End residency in January 2020. Playing the Garrick Theatre for just five weeks, his latest show titled Showbiz is filled with anecdotes and stories to keep you laughing all night long. Frank Skinner is at the Garrick Theatre from 13th January 2020.
The Sunset Limited at the Boulevard Theatre
Gary Beadle and Jasper Britton star in the London premiere of The Sunset Limited from 16th January 2020. Cormac McCarthy’s gripping two-man drama follows a pair who meet each other at a subway platform, with conversation turning to answering the big questions that face society. Their answers will be the difference between life and death, but can they reconcile their ideas?
Uncle Vanya at the Harold Pinter Theatre
In a new production of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya by Conor McPherson, Ian Rickson directs Toby Jones and Richard Armitage in the West End revival. Jones plays Uncle Vanya, joined by Aimee Lou Wood as Sonya, as they spend a summer together on an estate. With the days passing by, life begins to change once Sonya’s father returns with a new wife as individuals no longer hide their feelings. Sure to be a stand-out play in January 2020, experience the masterpiece in a stunning, new light that’s filled with humour and hidden passions. Uncle Vanya is at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 14th January 2020.
Kunene and the King at the Ambassadors Theatre
Acting legends Antony Sher and John Kani star in the West End transfer of Kunene and the King, a political drama that sees two men come together with a mutual adoration for William Shakespeare. Even though they’re living in South Africa during the apartheid era, their differing backgrounds aren’t a cause for concern in this socio-political drama. Kunene and the King is at the Ambassadors Theatre from 24th January 2020.
Leopoldstadt at the Wyndham’s Theatre
In what will be Tom Stoppard’s most personal play to date, don’t miss the world premiere of Leopoldstadt at the Wyndham’s Theatre, opening on 12th February 2020. Inspired by his family’s rich history, the play will centre around a Jewish family in 20th century Vienna as they flee to Leopoldstadt, a Jewish tenement in the Austrian capital. The latest play by the award-winning Tom Stoppard, you won’t want to miss this.
Endgame at the Old Vic
Daniel Radcliffe and Alan Cumming star in a revival of Samuel Beckett’s Endgame at the Old Vic, as part of Matthew Warchus’ fifth season. Cumming will play Hamm, an old tyrant who is trapped along with his servant Clov. Interrupted by Hamm’s parents, Hamm and Clov stick to their mundane routine – but will their relationship become too close for comfort? Endgame will be presented with Beckett’s Rough for Theatre II. Endgame is at the Old Vic from 27th January 2020.
The Wedding Singer at Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre
Don’t miss Strictly Come Dancing star Kevin Clifton on stage in The Wedding Singer at Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre. Based on the film starring Adam Sandler, join a wedding singer whose dreams of being happily married are dashed when he’s stood up at the altar – but can he fall in love again? Don’t miss your chance to join the party of the year!