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Opening in the West End this festive season

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Opening in the West End this October

 

Close to you

Criterion Theatre

 

Returns from 3rd Oct 2015
Booking Until:  10th Jan 2016

Sun 2.30pm

Weds & Sat 3pm

Sun 6pm

Weds- Sat 7.30pm

CLOSE TO YOU (formerly known as What’s It All About? at the Menier Chocolate Factory) comes complete with Bacharach’s official blessing, with the legend himself declaring, “It’s brilliant. Kyle has done something truly unique with my music. I loved it’!

 

Fall in love with Bacharach all over again in a dynamic, uplifting and magical journey through over 30 classic hits

 

 

 

 

The Hairy Ape

Old Vic Theatre

 

Opens: 17 Oct 2015

Closes: 21 Nov 2015

 

Mon–Sat 7.30pm

Weds & Sat 2.30pm

A classic expressionist masterpiece by Nobel prize-winner Eugene O’Neill, The Hairy Ape tells the story of Yank, a labourer who revels in his status as the strongest stoker on a transatlantic ocean liner. But when Yank is called a ‘filthy beast’ by the overbred daughter of a steel merchant, he experiences an awakening of consciousness that leads him on a journey through the wealthy neighbourhoods and disenfranchised underbelly of New York society. Searching for a way to belong, Yank is forced to confront primal questions about his true place in the world.

 

The Winter’s Tale

Garrick Theatre

 

Opens: 17 Oct 2015

Closes: 16 Jan 2016

 

Mon–Sat 7.30pm

Weds, Thurs & Sat 2.30pm

The Winters Tale - Shakespeare’s timeless tragicomedy of obsession and redemption is reimagined in a new production co-directed by Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh, following their triumphant staging of Macbeth in Manchester and Manhattan.

 

Due to phenomenal demand, most performances of The Winter's Tale are now sold out but we still have tickets available as part of hospitality packages, contact us for more details

 

 

 

 

The Railway Children

Kings Cross Station

 

Opens: 17th Oct 2015

Closes:  3rd Jan 2016

 

Tues - Fri 7.30pm

Sat 2pm & 5.30pm

Thurs & Sun 2.30pm

 

 

This stunning adaptation of E Nesbit’s classic novel The Railway Children pulls into London's King's Cross Station this December.

Set in a new, purpose built 1,000 seat venue, this breathtaking show features a stage built around a real train track, and a beautiful 60-tonne locomotive that steams into the theatre to delight all ages. 

 

 

 

CATS

London Palladium

 

Returns from 23rd Oct 2015
Booking Until:  19 Dec 2015

Mon-Sat  7.30pm

Weds & Sat 2:30pm

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking musical Cats returns to the West End for a strictly limited run at the London Palladium.

 

Inspired by T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the original creative team - Director Trevor Nunn, Associate Director and Choreographer Gillian Lynne, Designer John Napier and Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber - are reunited to bring CATS back home to the West End.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elf! The Musical

Dominion Theatre

 

Previews 24 Oct 15

Booking until 2 Jan 16

 

 

Mon-Sat  7:30pm

Weds & Sat 2:30pm

Based on the beloved 2003 New Line Cinema hit starring Will Ferrell. ELF is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harlequinade

Garrick Theatre

 

Opens: 24 Oct 2015

Closes: 13 Jan 2016

 

Mon–Sat 7.30pm

Weds & Sat 2.30pm

In this rarely seen comic gem, a classical theatre company attempts to produce The Winter's Tale and Romeo and Julietm while the intrigues and dalliances of the company members are accidently revealed with increasingly chaotic and hysterical consequences. Behind the scences world takes centre stage in Terence Rattigan's affectionate celebration of the lunatic art of putting on a play.  Kenneth Branagh will perform and co-direct with Rob Ashford. Starring Zoë Wanamaker and John Dagleish 

 

 

 

 

 

As you like it

Olivier Theatre

 

Opens: 28 Oct 2015

Closes: 5 Mar 2016

 

Mon–Sun 7.30pm

Weds 2pm

Sun 2.30pm

With her father the Duke banished and in exile, Rosalind and her cousin Celia leave their lives in the court behind them and journey into the Forest of Arden.

There, released from convention, Rosalind experiences the liberating rush of transformation. Disguising herself as a boy, she embraces a different way of living and falls spectacularly in love.

Shakespeare’s glorious comedy of love and change comes to the National Theatre for the first time in over 30 years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opening in November

 

 

 

A Christmas Carol

Noel Coward Theatre

 

Opens: 30 Nov 2015

Closes: 30 Jan 2016

 

Mon–Sat 7.30pm

Weds & Sat 3.30pm

With her father the Duke banished and in exile, Rosalind and her cousin Celia leave their lives in the court behind them and journey into the Forest of Arden.

There, released from convention, Rosalind experiences the liberating rush of transformation. Disguising herself as a boy, she embraces a different way of living and falls spectacularly in love.

Shakespeare’s glorious comedy of love and change comes to the National Theatre for the first time in over 30 years.

 

 

 

Henry V

Barbican Theatre

 

Opens: 7 Nov 2015

Closes: 30 Dec 2015

 

Mon – Sat 7.15pm

Weds, Thurs & Sat 1.30pm

 

Henry IV is dead and Hal is King. With England in a state of unrest, he must leave his rebellious youth behind, striving to gain the respect of his nobility and people.

Following productions of Richard II (2013/14) and Henry IV Parts I & II (2014/15), Gregory Doran and the RSC creative team continue their exploration of Shakespeare’s History plays. They return with the conclusion of this epic tale in the 600th anniversary year of the Battle of Agincourt. Having played Prince Hal in Henry IV Parts I & II, Alex Hassell is back as the newly crowned Henry V in the final part of the tetralogy.

 

 

 

Opening in December

 

Funny Girl

Menier Chocolate Factory

 

Opens: 2 Dec 2015

Closes: 5 Mar 2016

 

Starring Sheridan Smith

The Broadway hit, which propelled Barbra Streisand to stardom, returns to the London stage for the first time since 1966, at the Menier Chocolate Factory. The musical tells how Brice rises from the Lower East Side of New York to become a star under producer Florenz Ziegfeld. But while she was cheered onstage as a great comedian, she had a more troubled private life. The musical features songs including People, Don’t Rain on My Parade and I’m the Greatest Star.

 

 

 

Dr Seuss’s The Lorax

Old Vic Theatre

 

Opens: 2 Dec 2015

Closes: 16 Jan 2016

 

Mon–Sat 7pm

Sat 3pm

Inspired by Dr. Seuss’s classic tale, The Lorax tells of a moustachioed and cantankerous critter who’s on a mission to protect the earth from the greedy, tree-chopping, Thneed-knitting businessman known only as The Once-ler. Adapted by David Greig and brought to the stage by acclaimed director Max Webster (James And The Giant PeachTo Kill A MockingbirdTwelfth Night), The Lorax blends theatrical invention, songs and zany humour in a timely and vibrant Christmas show with a message that will speak to audiences of all ages.

 

 

 

Guys and Dolls

Savoy Theatre

 

Previews 10 Dec 15

Booking until 12 Mar 16

 

 

Mon-Sat  7:30pm

Weds & Sat 2:30pm

Nathan Detroit is desperate: he needs money for an illegal dice game, and he needs it fast. Not to mention a 14 year engagement with night-club singer Miss Adelaide whose patience is finally running out. Enter notorious gambler Sky Masterson, a guy who can never turn down a bet, and straight-laced missionary Sarah Brown, a doll with a heart of ice. The wager: Sky has to romance Sarah by taking her to Havana for dinner and in return he’ll provide a dozen ‘sinners’ for Sarah’s mission. Surely this is one bet Nathan absolutely can't lose?

 

 

 

Goodnight Mister Tom

Duke of York’s Theatre

 

Opens: 11 Dec 2015

Closes: 20 Feb 2016

 

Tues–Sat 7.30pm

Tues- Thurs & Sat 2.30pm

The Olivier award-winning Chichester Festival Theatre production of Goodnight Mister Tom returns to London this Christmas. Now a modern classic, Michelle Magorian’s wonderfully uplifting tale is brought gloriously to life in this magical stage adaptation by David Wood. Set during the dangerous build up to the Second World War, Goodnight Mister Tom follows young William Beech, who is evacuated to the idyllic English countryside and forges a remarkable and heart warming friendship with the elderly recluse, Tom Oakley.  All is perfect until William is suddenly summoned by his mother back to London.

 

 

 

 

Henry IV Part One

Barbican Theatre

 

Opens: 12 Dec 2015

Closes: 29 Dec 2015

 

Mon, Weds & Sat 7.15pm

Tues & Thurs 1.30pm

RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran and the creative team that brought you the five star production of Richard II continue their exploration of Shakespeare’s History plays at the Barbican with Henry IV Parts I & II, an epic, comic and thrilling vision of a nation in turmoil. With his crown under threat from enemies both foreign and domestic, Henry IV prepares for war. As his father gets ready to defend his crown, Prince Hal is languishing in the taverns and brothels of London, revelling in the company of his friend, the notorious Sir John Falstaff. With the onset of war, Hal must confront his responsibilities to family and throne.

 

Henry IV Part Two

Barbican Theatre

 

Opens: 14 Dec 2015

Closes: 29 Dec 2015

 

Mon, Weds & Thurs 7.15pm

 

Shakespeare’s pair of plays shows a brilliantly peopled sweep of England at war from the battlefields to the low life of London. Jasper Britton, Alex Hassell and Antony Sher reprise their performances as Henry IV, Hal and the infamous Sir John Falstaff.

Part II: King Henry’s health is failing but he is uncertain Hal is a worthy heir. Sent to recruit troops, Falstaff indulges in lining his own pockets. Now Hal must choose between duty and an old friend. 

 

 

 

The Nutcracker

London Coliseum

 

Opens: 16 Dec 2015

Closes: 9 Jan 2016

 

Mon – Sun 2.30pm

Mon – Sat 7.30pm

 

Journey back in time with the English National Ballet to a frost covered, gaslit London. There you'll meet young Clara, her enchanted Nutcracker doll, and the magician Drosselmeyer in this traditional festive tale for all the family. 

In a world of Edwardian elegance, The Nutcracker brings to life the eternally popular Tchaikovsky score featuring the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Waltz of the Flowers. This classical production is a magical, memorable unmissable Christmas treat.

 

 

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