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This month in theatre

All the monthly must-hear news, transfers and gossip straight from the West End.

Whether you’re looking for the greatest musicals in the West End or the best plays London theatre has to offer, we’ve got you covered.

With our dedicated London Theatre Guide you can explore over 60 shows currently on sale in the West End, and delve in to thrilling, exclusive content from interviews and reviews, to previews and latest news.

But that’s not all: here at Ticketmaster, we’re incredibly passionate about live theatre – and about ensuring audiences discover something new time and again – so here we round up all the best announcements, gossip, rumours, departures and arrivals the West End has to offer, all in one place!

This is your one-stop shop for West End news and updates, updated throughout the month.


New in the West End

As summer breaks across the West End, there’s plenty to sink your teeth into. With the summer holidays upon us, a host of family-friendly shows will add additional matinees in, so keep your eyes peeled for that.

In addition, as we brace ourselves for an influx of new shows coming this autumn (Mary Poppins, Groan Ups, Dear Evan Hansen), August is your last chance to catch some of the brightest stars currently on in the West End, with a whole raft of shows closing or ending limited runs.

Take a look at all the West End shows you can’t afford to miss this month:

Opening this month

  • As the Queen’s Theatre undergoes a refurb (and a rename to the Sondheim Theatre), Les Misérables moves next door to the Gielgud for a limited run all-star staged concert production of the record-breaking show, starring Michael Ball, Alfie Boe, Matt Lucas and Carrie Hope Fletcher
  • Direct from a sold-out season at Kiln Theatre, and written by the internationally acclaimed Florian Zeller, The Son is directed by the award-winning Michael Longhurst and forms the final part of the critically acclaimed trilogy with The Father and The Mother

Ending this month

  • Based on Louis de Bernières’ critically acclaimed novel, the gorgeous adaptation of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin concludes its run at the Harold Pinter Theatre this month. Read our review here.
  • It’s your last chance to grab a magic carpet ride to A Whole New World this month as we bid farewell to Disney’s hit musical Aladdin on 24 August.
  • Head to the Roundhouse to catch Inua Ellams’ acclaimed Barber Shop Chronicles.
  • The West End run of The Girl on the Train’s tour ends this month, so make sure you catch Samantha Womack in the hit play before it steps out across the UK.
  • Sam Mandes’ hit play The Lehman Trilogy ends its West End run at the Piccadilly Theatre this month.
  • Following two sell-out seasons at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s heavenly musical ends its limited season at the Barbican Centre – grab tickets for Jesus Christ Superstar before it’s too late.
  • Nigel Slater’s Toast is a new play based on his award-winning autobiography and a vivid recreation of suburban life in 1960s England – don’t miss it at The Other Palace before 3 August.
  • Gloria and Emilio Estefan’s smash-hit musical On Your Feet! concludes its strictly limited season at the London Coliseum on 31 August. Read our review here
  • Matthew Broderick and Elizabeth McGovern lead the cast in The Starry Messenger – a thought-provoking new play about humanity. Read our review here
  • Fleabag star Andrew Scott shines in Present Laughter at The Old Vic – but be quick, the show ends on 10 August.
  • Immerse yourself in the 1920s jazz age at The Great Gatbsy before it closes at the end of the month.

News and Gossip

Stephen Schwartz’s The Prince of Egypt will have its world premiere in London next year – and the principal cast has now been announced.

Luke Brady, who is best known for playing Anthony Hope in Jonathan Kent’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, will play Moses. Liam Tamne, who joins the cast as Ramses, recently starred in the South Bank Centre’s The Light in the Piazza and previously appeared on TV show The Voice. Christine Allado plays Tzipporah and was last seen in the West End in Hamilton as Peggy Schuyler and Maria Reynolds. Alexia Khadime, who has starred in West End musicals such as Wicked, The Lion King, Les Misérables and The Book of Mormon, completes the principle cast as Miriam.

Gary Wilmot, Joe Dixon, Debbie Kurup, Adam Pearce, Tanisha Spring and Silas Wyatt-Barke have also been confirmed.

Over at the Savoy Theatre in 9 to 5 the Musical, it has been confirmed that Amber Davies – the Love Island winner who made her West End debut in the musical in the role of Judy earlier this year – will play her final performance on 31 August before she joins the cast of the UK touring production.

Bonnie Langford, Brian Conley, Caroline Sheen and Natalie McQueen will also extend their runs in the musical, however, with Langford, Sheen and McQueen continuing in the show until 11 January 2020 and Conley performing until November.

Amber Davis will be replaced by Chelsea Halfpenny from 2 September.

Meanwhile, Hollywood star James McAvoy will star in a revival of Cyrano de Bergerac, adapted by Martin Crimp and directed by Jamie Lloyd at the Playhouse Theatre – stay tuned for more details.

Looking for more West End news? Head over to our dedicated West End Guide where you can read more reviews, news and announcements and book tickets to over 60 shows.

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