Whether you are heading to the capital for a romantic getaway, spending quality time with the family or planning the perfect London day out, the West End is always full of surprises. Expect everything from big musicals heading east from Broadway to star-studded dramas, as well as welcoming back some family favourites that everyone knows the words to.
We agree, it’s can be a difficult choice to make but if you’re planning a culture-filled year, here are some of the best new West End shows in 2019 that you won’t want to miss.
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Fresh from Broadway, the nice-as-pie production of Waitress has been making history as the first show with an all-female creative team. Unhappily married and stuck in a job that has no future, Jenna finds escapism by baking wonderful pies that soon become the talk of the town. When an opportunity for a fresh start arises, Jenna needs to find the courage to seize the moment but will it be the perfect recipe to happiness?
Adelphi Theatre, On Now
Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5 Musical
Dolly Parton’s hilarious new West End production is all about taking girl power to the next level in a story of friendship, gossip and revenge. Doralee, Violet and Judy work for the highly sexist and self-important Franklin Hart Jr who is pushing them all to their limits. The girls soon team up to teach Mr Hart Jr a lesson in the hope of improving the company and running the office their way. Starring Louise Redknapp who will joining the cast from late March.
The Savoy Theatre, Until 31 August 2019
Everyone’s favourite Nanny is flying back to stage later this year for the return of the beloved Mary Poppins. Join Mary, Jane and Michael on a magical adventure as they feed the birds, fly kites and learn a thing or two along the way. All your favourite songs are matched with wisdom and magic in a practically perfect production that is fun for all the family.
Prince Edward Theatre, From 23 October 2019
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Come From Away
Discover the remarkable true story of the 7,000 passengers who were stranded in Canada in the week following the 9/11 attacks on America. A small community in Newfoundland welcomed the world when 38 planes were ordered to land in the small town of Gander. Their stories are a celebration of hope, humanity and unity in this joyous and uplifting new musical.
Phoenix Theatre, Booking until September 2019
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat
Things are heating up this summer for the return of the vibrant and energetic family musical from master musical duo Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. Soon after being sold into slavery, Joseph finds himself in trouble when he refuses the advances from the wife of Egyptian noble Potiphar and is put in prison. Whilst in jail, Joseph discovers his ability to interpret dreams and takes on the task of resolving famine as Pharaoh’s right-hand man.
London Palladium, 26 June to 8 September 2019
On Your Feet
Another musical delight heading straight from Broadway is the smash-hit musical On Your Feet. Celebrating the love story of international superstars Emilio and Gloria Estefan, be taken on an exciting journey through their Cuban roots to the streets of Miami with a score that will be sure to have you toe-tapping.
London Coliseum, 14 June to 31 August 2019
The Starry Messenger
Award-winning Matthew Broderick is joined by Downton Abbey’s Elizabeth McGovern in this bittersweet comic drama. New Yorker Mark doesn’t believe in serendipity and as an astronomer he feels a closer connection to the inﬁnite starry sky than to his job or his wife until a chance encounter and a catastrophic event leave Mark to re-evaluate his life.
Wyndham’s Theatre, 16 May to 10 August 2019