7 of the best new London theatre shows

DAWN EMERY, SEPT 2017

London is known for its thriving theatre scene. If you’re looking for something new to watch this autumn/winter, here are our seven top recommendations:

HAMILTON

The most hotly anticipated musical of recent years, Hamilton makes its West End debut at the Victoria Palace Theatre in November, following the production’s phenomenal success in New York. The Grade II-listed theatre is re-opening after a multi-million pound refurbishment. While Hamilton tickets are like gold dust, there will be a lottery nearer the time and bookings are being taken until June 2018. 


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THE EXORCIST
This terrifying theatre production, which makes its West End debut in October, will keep you on the edge of your seats. Based on William Peter Blatty’s novel and inspired by true events, the play tells of 12-year-old Regan, who is possessed by demons. Tickets are on sale now and it runs until 10 March 2018. 


VENUS IN FUR
Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer takes to the stage for the West End premiere of David Ives’ hit broadway play Venus in Fur. Natalie plays Vanda Jordan, a brash, pushy actress who auditions for director Thomas Novachek (played by The Borgias’ actor David Oakes). The dark comedy runs from 6 October to 9 December at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket. 


WITNESS OF THE PROSECUTION

A new production of Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution will take place at London’s historic County Hall on the South Bank. The audience will feel like anxious jury members in the impressive court room setting. The plot is centred on the trial of Leonard Vole (Jack McMullen) who is accused of murdering a widow for her money. Also starring Catherine Steadman, best known for her role as Mabel Fox in Downton Abbey. From 6 October 2017 to 11 March 2018. 


YOUNG MARX

The first new commercial theatre to open in London in 80 years, the Bridge Theatre, situated at the foot of Tower Bridge, opens in October 2017. Its debut production is Young Marx, a comedy starring Rory Kinnear (whose film credits include Skyfall, Spectre and The Imitation Game). Tickets are competitively priced for London – with £15 tickets offered to those aged under 26. 


A CHRISTMAS CAROL
So Windsor Castle is just outside London, but it’s not often that you get to enjoy a theatre production in the State Apartments. A Christmas Carol, based on Charles Dickens’ tale, is an immersive production suitable for ages seven and up. Ebenezer Scrooge will greet the audience at the castle gates before taking them to Waterloo Chamber to watch the festive tale. You’ll then follow Scrooge to St George’s Hall, which boasts a breathtaking Christmas tree.

DICK WHITTINGDON

It doesn’t get more British than a pantomime, especially when it’s held at the famous London Palladium. West End stars Charlie Stemp (Dick Whittington) and Elaine Page (Queen Rat) join a host of famous faces including comedian Julian Clary and Paul Zerdin, winner of America’s Got Talent. The panto runs from 9 December 2017 to 14 January 2018. 


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