A few dates for your calendar…

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2011 sees a massive amount of new shows hitting the West End and the UK and what they all have in common is fantastic stories and amazing casts. So you better clear your diary and start to pencil in some of 2011’s most important dates.

The Children’s Hour at the Comedy Theatre opened on the 22nd of January and is sure to be a huge hit.  Starring Keira Knightley and Elisabeth Moss The Children’s Hour is set in a 1930’s boarding school and despite being banned in several cities it made its UK premiere in 1936 and is now once again taking to the stage.

February sees two new shows opening, first on the 7th of February After Winning BBC’s Over The Rainbow last year Danielle Hope will make her eagerly awaited debut as Dorothy in The Wizard Of Oz at the London Palladium. Millions tuned in to see her win the show and I am sure millions more will make the trip to see her in person.

Hot on the heels of Danielle Hope is the Million Dollar Quartet at the Noel Coward Theatre. Starting its run on the 8th of February this new musical brings together four music legends in Elvis Presley, Jonny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins and takes you back to the unforgettable night in 1956 when they played the greatest Jam session ever.

Blithe Spirit opens at the Apollo Theatre  on the 2nd of March and features an amazing cast. Alison Steadman, Ruthie Henshall and Hermione Norris will all take the stage in this fantastic Noel Coward play. Given a new lease of life by a brilliant cast will make Blithe Spirit a top show to see in 2011.

Shrek The Musical is the one I am most excited about seeing. Opening at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on the 6th of May I have a feeling that Shrek is going to easily steal the title of best show of 2011. An amazing cast including Nigel Lindsay, Richard Blackwood, Amanda Holden, and Nigel Harman, fantastic songs and a massive green Ogre what more could you want from a hit West End show?

The 16th of May marks the return of David Tennant and Catherine Tate as they appear together in a new production of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. They will star together at the Wyndhams Theatre in this timeless comedy and will have people from all over waiting to see the two together again.

Richard Fleesham and Cassie Levy will take to the stage in Ghost The Musical at the Piccadilly Theatre on the 22nd of June. This stage adaptation of Hollywood’s most romantic and heartbreaking love story has already had people talking in anticipation of its opening night. The buzz around the opening of Ghost is already kicking in which will make this show one to see.

Finally, for the first time in DC Comic history you can see one of the worlds most popular Superheros as you have never seen him before. Batman Live at the O2 opens on the 24th of August and will also visit Glasgow, Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield during the tour. This original story will be brought to life with thrilling stunts, acrobatics acts and illusions and will be a must see for any comic book lover.

So far 2011 looks like a good year for theatre and this is only the beginning. What are you looking forward to seeing this year?

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