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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

Summer season in the West End is always chocked full of incredible shows. With the school holidays soon upon us, family trips to Theatreland are a must – and there’s plenty of shows on offer over the next few months to delight kids both big and small. You can explore more West End delights for the whole family in our Minimaster guide.

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

  • Based on Louis de Bernières’ critically acclaimed novel, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin arrives at the Harold Pinter Theatre for a strictly limited nine-week season from 4 July.
  • Peter Shaffer’s award-winning play Equus transfers to the West End for a strictly limited season at Trafalgar Studios.
  • Direct from Broadway, hit magic show The Illusionists comes to the Shaftsbury Theatre set to dazzle and amaze.
  • The acclaimed Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production of Jesus Christ Superstar transfers to the Barbican Centre for a limited run.
  • Clive Owen returns to the West End for the first time in 18 years to star in a new production of Tennessee Williams’ The Night of the Iguana.
  • Don’t miss the National Theatre’s production of Peter Pan when it arrives at the Troubadour White City theatre this month.
  • It’s not the school holidays for everyone… Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches is now accepting new students as The Worst Witch arrives at the Vaudeville Theatre for a summer season.
  • The critically acclaimed musical adventure Where Is Peter Rabbit? returns to the West End for a limited summer season of performances at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 20 July.
  • Following two sell-out runs at the National Theatre and a world tour, Inua Ellams’ acclaimed Barber Shop Chronicles comes to the Roundhouse this summer – check out the trailer below.

Ending this month

As the seasons change outside, so does the line-up of shows on offer in the West End. It’s your last chance to catch the following shows this month:

News and Gossip

There’s plenty of exciting news happening in theatreland currently which is sure to delight West End fans.

Hot from Broadway is the news that Pretty Woman the Musical will transfer to London in 2020. The musical is based on the 1990 romantic comedy film starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere and directed by Garry Marshall. Pretty Woman the Musical tells the story of Vivian Ward, an LA streetwalker who is hired by multi-millionaire businessman Edward Lewis to be his escort.

The show features music and lyrics by Bryan Adams, was adapted for the stage by the original film’s director, alongside J. F. Lawton and is directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots). It has been playing to packed audiences at New York’s Nederlander Theatre since 2018.

The Broadway cast features Brit star Samantha Barks – who rose to fame as a runner-up on the BBC musical reality series I’d Do Anything and played Eponine in the film adaptation of Les Misérables –and Andy Karl, who was last seen in the West End in Tim Minchin’s musical version of Groundhog Day. No announcements have yet been made for the UK cast – so be sure to check back soon for more info how to get tickets.

In other news, stars of Netflix hit show The Crown, Matt Smith and Claire Foy, will reunite on stage at The Old Vic for a limited run if Duncan Macmillan’s play Lungs this October.

With the ice caps melting, overpopulation and political unrest, the world seems to be on the brink of collapse. But one couple are thinking of having a baby. Lungs is a smart and funny drama that follows a couple through the surprising lifecycle of their relationship, as they grapple with questions of family and change, hope, betrayal, happenstance, and the terrible pain that you can only cause the people you love.

Directed by Matthew Warchus, Claire Foy and Matt Smith will make their Old Vic debuts.

Lastly, creator of Glee, Pose and American Horror Story, Ryan Murphy has confirmed that he’ll be bringing a film version of hit Broadway musical The Prom to Netflix next year as part of a huge new deal.

The film will star Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, James Corden and Andrew Rannells in principle roles and follows a group of narcissistic Broadway stars who try to change their public image after their show flops, by championing a new cause. They find one in Emma, a high school senior who isn’t allowed to take her girlfriend to The Prom.

On Broadway, The Prom will close on 11 August. The film is due next year.

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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