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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

September is a great month to discover the West End with the first of a draft of new shows for the new theatrical season arriving into the capital.

It’s also your last chance to catch some of the best in kids’ entertainment as summer wraps and limited runs of family-friendly theatre shows bid a fond farewell. But while these special productions are ending, there’s always fun to be had for the whole family in the West End, so even if the kids are back in the classroom it doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. Check out our Minimaster Guide for West End delights for the kids and our West End Guide for this month’s top theatre picks and news.

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

  • From the producers of the iconic dance show, Riverdance, the incredible Heartbeat of Home returns to the West End this month
  • Big the Musical sees Strictly Come Dancing winner Jay McGuiness lead a cast that also includes Kimberley Walsh, Matthew Kelly and Wendi Peters in this musical version of the class Tom Hanks film. Book now to pay no booking fees
  • Revered actor Sir Ian McKellen is Live on Stage from this month in a brand-new solo production that seems him discuss everything from Tolkien to Shakespeare.
  • The Mischief Theatre Company – behind hit shows like The Play That Goes Wrong and The Comedy About A Bank Robbery, both still showing in the West End – are back with a brand new show about going to school called Groan Ups.
  • Michael Frayn’s iconic backstage comedy Noises Off transfers to the West End following a sell-out season at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre.
  • The latest in immersive theatrical experiences brings award-winning movie The Wolf of Wall Street, based on Jordan Belfort’s infamous memoirs, stunningly to life.

And don’t miss these shows as they depart London this month:

  • This joyous new musical adaptation of Sue Townsend‘s best-selling book The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ The Musical closes at the end of the month. Read what our Minimasters made of the show here
  • The critically acclaimed production Peter Shaffer’s award-winning play, Equus concludes its strictly limited West End season next week.
  • The Worst Witch follows accident-prone Mildred Hubble on her biggest and most important adventure yet… and you can save up to 58% in our exclusive offer.
  • It’s your last chance to catch Clive Owen – back in the West End for the first time in 18 years – in this new production of the Tennessee Williams classic, The Night of the Iguana.

News and Gossip

Marianne Elliott’s Olivier Award-winning production of Stephen Sondheim’s musical comedy Company will transfer to Broadway next season with Patti LuPone. The much-celebrated gender-swapped production will see Broadway star Katrina Lenk as Bobbie. Read our 2018 interview with Marianne Elliott on making it in theatre here.

It has also been reported that Broadway star Ben Platt – who won a Tony Award for his role in Dear Evan Hansen in 2018, the London production of which opens later this year – is set to lead the cast in a film version of Stephen Sondheim’s Merry We Roll Along, directed by epic filmmaker Richard Linklater.

However, it’s likely the film will take a long time to make it to the big screen, with Linklater planning to shoot the film over the same timespan covered by the musical: 20 years.

On Your Feet! – the hit show featuring the songs of Emilio and Gloria Estefan – will return to the West End in 2020 for a brand-new run. The production is about to embark on an international tour, but the plan is then to return to the show to the capital.

Celebrated actor Martin Shaw will star in a new tour of Patrick Hamilton’s 1938 thriller Gaslight, set to be directed by Olivier Award nominee Lucy Bailey. Shaw, who has previously appeared in shows on stage including 12 Angry Men and on screen in hit series Inspector George Gently and The Professionals.

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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