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.
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.
Adam Kay at the Garrick Theatre
Sharing entries from his award-winning book ‘This Is Going To Hurt’ detailing his career as a junior doctor, Adam Kay returns to the West End for one week only. During an evening of stand-up and music, you’ll be feeling as if you’ve been thrust onto the NHS frontline yourself! Adam Kay is at the Garrick Theatre from 6th to 11th January 2020.
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.
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.
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 as artistic director. 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.
What’s on in January 2020 – Best Selling Shows
The Book of Mormon
From the moment The Book of Mormon said “Hello!” at the Prince of Wales Theatre in 2013, it’s been one of the must-see shows in the West End ever since! Following two elders who are paired up on their mission to Uganda, see how they’ll spread the word of the Latter Day Saints to a community that’s worlds away from their day-to-day lives. Created by Matt Stone and Trey Parker, as well as Avenue Q writer Robert Lopez, it’s a laugh-out-loud musical that’s perfect for anyone looking for a pick me up in January 2020.
Turning the Apollo Victoria Theatre a shade of green since 2006, uncover the truth behind Oz’s famous witches at Wicked, a 21st-century must-see musical. Telling the story of how Elphaba and Glinda became unlikely friends at Shiz University, follow them as they’re led to a crossroads by the Wizard of Oz himself. With songs including ‘One Short Day’, ‘No Good Deed’ and ‘As Long As You’re Mine’, get ready to be ‘Dancing Through Life’ with Wicked tickets in January 2020!