In recent months London’s West End has seen some huge shows hit the stage and gain rave reviews from critics and audiences alike. Thankfully for us, this trend is set to continue with some fabulous productions and world-class actors just waiting to show us what they can do. After the massive opening successes of A Chorus Line, The Bodyguard and (my favourite) Viva Forever!, the upcoming shows have a lot to live up to. Here’s our top 5 new London theatre shows that are set to take Theatreland by storm in early 2013.
Burn the Floor
Burn the Floor takes to the stage at the Shaftesbury Theatre on March 6th 2013, and will no doubt be one of the hottest shows you’ll see this year. This is a must see for fans of Strictly Come Dancing, as the hit BBC shows’ stars of the dance floor, Robin Windsor and Kristina Rihanoff will perform together in this dazzling show of Latin passion and ballroom glamour. And with a fantastic group of live singers, the atmosphere is guaranteed to be electric.
Following massive success on Broadway, Once the Musical comes to London at The Phoenix Theatre on March 16th 2013. Based on the Oscar winning film of the same name, Once follows the story of true love aided by the power of music. This is a real heart-felt production that is sure to bring on the laughter and the tears, so don’t forget your tissues!
Peter and Alice
As well as an incredibly thrilling storyline, the inclusion of acting legend, Dame Judy Dench ensures that Peter and Alice will be one of the biggest productions to hit London this year. From 9th March 2013 you can see this enchanting tale at The Noel Coward Theatre – A combination of the classic tales of Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan, brought into the 21st Century in a highly anticipated creation. Undoubted success awaits this show so make sure you see it if you can.
For something a little different this year, make sure you check out Untold Stories at The Duchess Theatre. From March 22nd you can see a play like no other, as this show is actually separated into two parts giving you two autobiographical productions in one sitting. Based on the life of playwright Alan Bennett, the play flows from moving scores to humorous memoirs. Definitely a great night out if you’re looking for something you can really think about.
The Winslow Boy
A brand new adaptation of Terrance Rattigan’s The Winslow Boy opens at The Old Vic Theatre on March 8th 2013. Based on a true story, this emotive and passionate tale of a father’s struggle with his ill-behaved son is one of Sir Rattigan’s most well-known plays. If you’re a fan of his work or simply a fan of great theatre, this has to be on your list of ‘shows to see in 2013’.
Are you seeing any London theatre shows this year?