Over at Super Break HQ, we’re far too excited about all of the incredible new shows that are making their way to the West End and beyond this year. From heartfelt dramas to empowering musicals, take a peek at some of the most-anticipated titles that are set to grace theatreland in 2018…
TINA – The Tina Turner Musical
Tap your feet to Tina Turner’s greatest hits with this amazing new musical celebrating the life and times of the legendary pop rock singer. Touching on Turner’s own experiences throughout her career regarding age, gender and race, this awe-inspiring production is sure to lift the spirits. Highlights include ‘Proud Mary’, ‘River Deep, Mountain High’ and, of course ‘Simply The Best’.
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
The infectious, feel-good show originally found success while playing at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre, and is now making its way to London for the duration of 2018. Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is based on a true documentary, and follows a sixteen-year old boy as he navigates his way around issues regarding bullying, identity and friendship. Sure to be a modern-classic, don’t miss out on seeing it while it’s in the capital.
‘He had it coming! He had it coming! He only had himself to blame…’ Yep, Chicago is back in London after a few years away from the city’s limelight. The popular show tells the scandalous tale of Roxie Hart, who finds herself in a woman’s prison after being sentenced for her husband’s murder. With a sizzling soundtrack and impressive set and costume design, you’re sure to enjoy the high-octane drama of the show. Don’t miss out on Academy Award-winner Cuba Gooding Jnr playing the charming Billy Flynn, for 14 weeks only, too.
The King and I
Starring the original Broadway main cast members Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe, The King and I transports audiences back to 1860s Bangkok, where an unconventional and tempestuous relationship is brewing between Anna and the King of Siam. While Anna is attempting to teach the King’s many wives and children, the King has other ideas as he attempts to charm her. Theatre lovers will recognise classic hits such as ‘Getting To Know You’ and ‘Shall We Dance?’ in this beautiful new adaptation.
Strictly Ballroom The Musical
Acclaimed director Baz Luhrmann (The Great Gatsby, Moulin Rouge!) brings his smash-hit 1992 film to the West End for the first time in March 2018. Directed and choreographed by Olivier Award winner Drew McOnie, Strictly Ballroom features all the hit songs from the film including ‘Love Is In The Air’, ‘Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps’ and ‘Time After Time’ alongside brand new songs created specially for the show. What’s more, the show also stars award-winning singer and Strictly Come Dancing contestant Will Young.
Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical
Meatloaf tunes and a tale of forbidden love? Sounds like a great night out to us! Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical is set in a post-apocalyptic future, where leader of The Lost Gang Strat is desperately trying to save the fiery Raven from her tyrannical father and the constraints of her city, Obsidian.
Hairspray – Dublin
‘You Can’t Stop The Beat’, as Hairspray lands in Dublin for a limited time only this summer. Travel back in time to 1960s-era Baltimore, where Tracy Turnblad is determined to follow her dancing dreams despite a wealth of setbacks and pressures from society. The show is an uplifting slice of musical theatre that is sure to impress, so make sure it’s on your agenda when you visit the Irish capital city this July.
War Horse – Cardiff
This emotive tale of war, loyalty and friendship enjoyed an incredible 8 years in London’s West End, and is now making its way to Cardiff in July. War Horse has played in 11 countries around the world to over 7 million people, and it’s easy to see why. With its dramatic storytelling and innovative use of puppetry, the show keeps you emotionally invested right from the very start. What’s more, War Horse – Cardiff makes for the perfect addition to an exciting break in the Welsh capital this summer.
For more theatre inspiration, take a look at our full range of theatre breaks.