COME FROM AWAY Leads February's Top 10 New London Shows

By: Feb. 02, 2019

COME FROM AWAY Leads February's Top 10 New London Shows

London is never short of temptations, whether splashy West End shows, epic dramas or bold fringe offerings. From a hit Canadian musical to showbiz satire and a classic sitcom reborn, here are some of this month's most eye-catching openings. Don't forget to check back for BroadwayWorld's reviews, interviews and features!

1. Come From Away, Phoenix Theatre

Irene Sankoff and David Hein's heart-warming musical tells the remarkable true story of a small Newfoundland town welcoming air passengers grounded in the wake of 9/11. Christopher Ashley directs Rachel Tucker, David Shannon, Clive Carter, Nathanael Campbell, Jonathan Andrew Hume, Emma Salvo, Mary Doherty, Harry Morrison, Cat Simmons, Robert Hands, Helen Hobson and Jenna Boyd.

Until 14 September. Book tickets here

2. All About Eve, Noel Coward Theatre

Ivo van Hove presents his take on the iconic 1950 film about a star and her scheming younger rival. Gillian Anderson and Lily James lead the cast, which also features Monica Dolan, Julian Ovenden, Sheila Reid and Stanley Townsend - plus there's music from PJ Harvey. Read our interview with Monica Dolan

Until 11 May. Book tickets here

3. The American Clock, Old Vic

Arthur Miller's play set during the 1929 stock market crash gets a no doubt invigorating revival from Rachel Chavkin, who adds a swinging soundtrack to this examination of idealism and capitalism. The cast includes Clarke Peters, Golda Rosheuvel, Sule Rimi, Clare Burt, Fred Haig, Amber Aga and James Garnon.

4 February-30 March. Book tickets here

COME FROM AWAY Leads February's Top 10 New London Shows 4. 9 to 5 the Musical, Savoy Theatre

Dolly Parton and Patricia Resnick's musical version of the beloved movie blends upbeat slapstick with a (sadly still resonant) portrait of workplace sexism. Jeff Calhoun directs Amber Davies, Natalie McQueen, Brian Conley, Bonnie Langford and Caroline Sheen - the latter stepping in for an injured Louise Redknapp. Read our interview with Natalie McQueen

Until 31 August. Book tickets here

5. Pinter Seven, Harold Pinter Theatre

Jamie Lloyd's Pinter season finishes in style with two Fifties comedies: A Slight Ache, which sees a mysterious figure invade a couple's country home, and one of the best-known shorts, hitman waiting game The Dumb Waiter. Lloyd himself directs a crack cast - Danny Dyer, Martin Freeman, Gemma Whelan and John Heffernan.

Until 23 February. Book tickets here

6. Shipwreck, Almeida Theatre

Innovative American playwright Anne Washburn tackles President Donald Trump and our dangerously divided discourse via a group of friends taking stock in a farmhouse retreat. Rupert Goold directs Tara Fitzgerald, Justine Mitchell, Adam James, Fisayo Akinade, Elliot Cowan, Raquel Cassidy, Khalid Abdall and Risteárd Cooper. Read our interview with Justine Mitchell

11 February-30 March. Book tickets here

7. Tartuffe, National Theatre

John Donnelly supplies a new adaptation of Molière's comic masterpiece about a con artist who infiltrates a wealthy household. Blanche McIntyre directs a cast that features Denis O'Hare, Olivia Williams, Kevin Doyle, Hari Dhillon, Susan Engel, Kitty Archer, Enyi Okoronkwo, Henry Everett, Geoffrey Lumb, Fayez Bakhsh and Penelope McGhie. Read our interview with Olivia Williams

9 February-30 April. Book tickets here

8. The Price, Wyndham's Theatre

Another Arthur Miller play, this a 50th-anniversary revival of his portrait of two estranged brothers reuniting to sell their family furniture - plus the wily veteran antiques dealer who has his own agenda. Jonathan Church's acclaimed Theatre Royal Bath production stars David Suchet, Brendan Coyle, Adrian Lukis and Sara Stewart.

5 February-27 April. Book tickets here

COME FROM AWAY Leads February's Top 10 New London Shows 9. Only Fools and Horses the Musical, Theatre Royal Haymarket

The Trotter family brings Peckham to the West End in this new incarnation, written by Paul Whitehouse and Jim Sullivan (son of creator John), with musical contributions from Chas & Dave. Whitehouse also leads the cast, alongside Tom Bennett, Ryan Hutton, Diane Pilkington and Pippa Duffy, directed by Caroline Jay Ranger.

9 February-10 August. Book tickets here

10. Home, I'm Darling, Duke of York's Theatre

Laura Wade's witty play, which uses Fifties nostalgia to provide searing insight into modern dilemmas, gets a welcome encore following its Theatr Clwyd and National runs. Tamara Harvey directs Katherine Parkinson, Richard Harrington, Susan Brown, Sara Gregory, Siubhan Harrison and Hywel Morgan, and there's another chance to admire Anna Fleishle's retro-tastic design.

Until 13 April. Book tickets here

Want more recommendations? Find previous Top 10 lists here

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