What’s On in November 2018
New Shows Opening
‘Game of Thrones’ star Kit Harington and Jerusalem actor Johnny Flynn star in Sam Shepard’s blistering play True West on its return to London. Directed by Matthew Dunster, the Pulitzer Prize-nominated play returns to London at the Vaudeville Theatre.
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This Olivier Award-winning musical is hugely original, highly eclectic and uniquely American. Caroline, or Change, is the story of Caroline, a black maid, who works for a Jewish family in Louisiana during the 1960s. The show paints a picture of America at a time of momentous social upheaval – melancholic, humorous, lyrical, and compassionate, Caroline, Or Change is an unmissable piece of theatre.
The Almeida Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of Summer and Smoke, one of Tennessee Williams’ lesser-performed masterpieces, is set to transfer to the West End at the Duke of York’s Theatre, with tickets now on sale. Rebecca Frecknall’s hauntingly atmospheric production sees an unlikely romance blossom between a minister’s daughter and an unruly young doctor, with an electric central performance by Patsy Ferran, who received plaudits from the critics during the original run.
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The Lion King
Set in the magnificent Serengeti plains, heavy with the haunting sounds of Africa, Disney’s multi award-winning musical redefines the meaning of live experience. To miss out on Disney’s The Lion King is to miss out on a West End experience of a lifetime, one that has captivated London audiences at the Lyceum Theatre since 1999.
The alternate story behind ‘The Wizard of Oz’ originally cast its spell over audiences on Broadway in 2003 and has since won over 100 international awards. Wicked continues its incredible success at the Apollo Victoria Theatre and has gained a huge fan base, with over 9 million people in London alone experiencing this enchanting tale.
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The Phantom of the Opera
Featuring a lush score from the legendary composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and produced by theatrical juggernaut Cameron Mackintosh, this romantic show is the epitome of the musical theatre genre. Combining spectacular scenery and jaw-dropping special effects with some of the most mesmerising music in theatrical history, The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre will captivate you with its beauty and majesty.
Kinky Boots has everything you could look for in an evening’s entertainment – effortlessly catchy tunes, spectacular dance sequences and an emotional punch to boot. Exploring themes of father/son relationships and the acceptance of those who are different through celebrating individuality, this Olivier Award winning show will raise your spirits and have you dancing in the aisles of the Adelphi Theatre.
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The Book Of Mormon
The Book of Mormon is the outrageous brainchild of South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, along with Robert Lopez of Avenue Q. As a result, the show frequently crosses the line with its sharp satire and on-the-nose humour with outrageous religious and social commentary.
“Brimful of hope, humour and humanity,” (Metro) Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson’s debut full-length play tells the stories of loss, fear, community and hope in The Jungle refugee camp just across the Channel in Calais. Coming to the Playhouse Theatre following its five-star Off West End run, the venue has been transformed for The Jungle to mimic the intimate in-the-round seating of Miriam Buether’s critically-acclaimed Young Vic design.
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Motown The Musical
Comprising of over 50 Motown tracks from Gordy’s back-catalogue, including “My Girl”, “Dancing In The Street”, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “I Heard It Through The Grapevine”, Motown is a celebration of an unmatched era in music. Transferring from Broadway where it was nominated for four Tony Awards, Motown the Musical comes to the Shaftesbury Theatre as a celebration of one of the most influential figures in music history.
The Play That Goes Wrong
Described as ‘Faulty Towers’ meets The Mousetrap, The Play That Goes Wrong is guaranteed to have you rolling in the aisles. From humble beginnings at the Old Red Lion in Islington, the Mischief Theatre Company who have both written and performed The Play That Goes Wrong join the ranks of the West End delivering this innovative farce with utter precision, expert comic timing and ruthless energy.
Set on a Greek island,MAMMA MIA! at the Novello Theatre cleverly and humorously interweaves the timeless songs of ABBA with a story of love, friendship and identity, emphasising the natural narrative of Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus’ classic songs. The resulting show is the sunniest and most exhilarating evening you can have at the theatre!
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To find a full range of shows available then see our full London Theatre listings.