Big new shows to look out for in London’s West End
Now that January is finally out of the way, four major new productions are heading to the West End – read all about them here.
9 to 5 The Musical, 28 January to 31 August
Country music queen Dolly Parton spearheaded this new stage show, based on the 1980 comedy film in which she starred. It features her original score from the movie (which was nominated for an Oscar, a Grammy and a Tony Award) and the script for this musical was written by the film’s screenwriter, Patricia Resnick. It follows the story of three long-suffering women as they plot to kidnap their sexist boss.
Savoy Theatre, Strand, WC2R 0ET
Come From Away, 30 January to 14 September
When American airspace closed during 9/11, what happened to the planes in flight? Well, watch this Tony Award-winning musical to find out: the tight-knit community of Gander, on the Canadian island of Newfoundland, has a population of only 10,000 people and just 550 hotel rooms. It pulled together however, to host 6,579 stranded passengers. The show’s earthy, Celtic folk-rock songs are played on traditional instruments.
Phoenix Theatre, Charing Cross Rd, WC2H 0JP
All About Eve, 2 February to 11 May
This new play has a cast-iron recipe for success: it’s a gripping tale of backstage backstabbing; Gillian Anderson (The X-Files) and Lily James (Cinderella) take on the leading roles; and the play is related to an Oscar-winning Hollywood classic. With two big stars, advance tickets are still likely to sell out. The good news is that day seats are available, which means that a limited number of seats go on sale every day for that evening. So, join the queue at the theatre as early as possible (it opens at 10am) and try your luck for a maximum of two tickets, for £25 each. Also, check @allabouteveplay on social media for a ticket lottery.
Noël Coward Theatre, St Martin's Lane, WC2N 4AU
Betrayal, 5 March to 1 June
The Avengers star Tom Hiddleston is the latest big name to take part in the Harold Pinter Theatre’s Pinter at the Pinter season, which marks the 10th anniversary of the influential playwright’s death. It’s about two couples’ infidelity, told in reverse chronological order.
Harold Pinter Theatre, Panton St, SW1Y 4DN
If you’re curious for more, read our new review of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time