As 2016 draws to a close and with Christmas just a few days away, I’ve been thinking about the shows I’ve seen this year (over five hundred between my team I) and looking at what we have to look forward to in 2017.
Here’s a look at what’s on where in 2017 …
Currently at the Vaudeville Theatre is Dead Funny (until 4 February) and then The Boys In The Band transfers from the PARK Theatre for a short run from 7-18 February. Amanda Holden, Angela Griffin, Tracy-Ann Oberman and Tamzin Outhwaite star in Stepping Out from 1 March – 17 June.
Gary Barlow’s musical The Girls, telling the story of the Calendar Girls to music, opens at the Phoenix Theatre on 30 Jan and is currently booking until 22 April 2017.
Down at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, a double bill of Love’s Labours Lost and Much Ado About Nothing has recently started and will play until 18 March 2017. After that, Damian Lewis returns to the West End in The Goat, Or who is Sylvia? 24 March – 24 June.
The political play This House is currently playing at the Garrick Theatre until 25 February and then Griff Rhys Jones will star in the French comedy The Miser 1 March – 3 June.
Silent comedian Tape Face, who rose to fame by making it to the finals of America’s Got Talent, comes to the Garrick from 6 June – 22 July before David Walliams’s children’s show Gangsta Granny (currently on a UK Tour) plays 26 July – 3 September 2017.
ART has just opened at the Old Vic Theatre and will play there until 18 February. The rest of the year at the Old Vic looks like this: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (starring Daniel Radcliffe) 25 Feb – 29 April, WOYZECK 6 May – 24 June, Girl From The North Country (featuring the classic songs of Bob Dylan) 12 July – 7 October and then Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax returns 15 Oct – 5 Nov.
Down at the Apollo Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue, the Mischief Theatre Company production of Peter Pan Goes Wrong is currently playing. The show will be screened on BBC1 on New Years Eve and will end its run on stage on 29 January 2017. Transferring from the Menier Chocolate Factory, Tom Stoppard’s production of Travesties starring Freddie Fox, will then open on 3 February and plays until 29 April 2017.
The Wind In The Willows musical by composers Stiles and Drewe will play at the London Palladium 14 June – 9 September following a short 2016 UK Tour.
At the Harold Pinter Theatre, Mark Rylance’s comedy play Nice Fish continues until 11 February. Turn up at the box office dressed as a Fisherman or a Fish and you can apparently see the show for free! I plan to put this theory to the test in the new year and see how I get on (so if you see a fish walking through the West End, do say hello). Very excitingly after that, Imelda Staunton returns to the West End stage in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, which is booking from 22 February – 27 May 2017.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory closes its gates at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on 6 January after three and a half years in the West End. The show will premiere on Broadway in 2017 featuring new songs, including more material from the original film. Those dancing feet of 42nd Street will then open at Drury Lane on 20 March and is currently booking until 22 July 2017.
Hamilton is of course set to open at the newly renovated Victoria Palace Theatre in November 2017. The theatre closed in April 2016 after Billy Elliot danced its last ballet, for work to be done to the theatre. Hamilton will reopen the theatre after a year and a half of closure. Tickets for the highly anticipated Broadway musical go on sale in January 2017.
Rumoured shows that might be making their way in to the West End in 2017 include Waitress, Groundhog Day, Chicago, Bonnie and Clyde, Pippin and Finding Neverland. Dates and venues are yet to be announced but it will mean that several current West End productions may have to step aside to make room for these new shows.
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