10. An Evening with Jason Robert Brown
London Palladium, 11 April
With credits including The Bridges of Madison County, Parade, Songs for a New World and The Last Five Years, Jason Robert Brown is one of the most revered musical theatre composers in modern times. For this exciting one-off event, the three-time Tony Award-winner will be joined by the 60-piece BBC Concert Orchestra.
9. Aliens Love Underpants
Underbelly Festival, Southbank Centre, 9 April to 3 June
After his work on the acclaimed stage adaptation of Don't Let the Pigeon Drive, Adam Bampton-Smith of Big Wooden Horse brings Claire Freedman and Ben Cort's international bestselling children's novel to the stage. Expect madcap action, original music and underpants, of course.
London Coliseum, 1 May to 2 June
This new production of Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus and Tim Rice's musical marks the first time the show has run in the West End since 1986. Directed by Laurence Connor (School of Rock, Miss Saigon) the cast includes Michael Ball and Alexandra Burke.
7. 42nd Street
Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, currently booking to 20 October
The announcement that Lulu would be replacing Sheena Easton had you all tapping away again for tickets to see the revival of this glitzy musical. Focussed on the lives of performers as they struggle to make their names on Broadway, it has a show-stealing performance from Clare Halse that's worth anyone's hard-earned dollar.
6. The Band
Theatre Royal Haymarket, 1 December to 12 January
In one of the most anticipated West End announcements of the year, Take That got up on the roof of the Theatre Royal Haymarket and confirmed their musical would indeed play a West End run. The Band will run there over Christmas as part of the show's UK tour.
Apollo Victoria, currently booking to 25 May 2019
Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman's musical continues to be a firm favourite as it dances through its 12th year in the West End. The show currently stars Alice Fearn as Elphaba and Sophie Evans as Glinda.
4. The Grinning Man
Trafalgar Studios, until 5 May
After multiple extensions, this new musical based on a Victor Hugo novel comes to an end on 5 May. In our review, Daisy Bowie-Sell described the piece as "a remarkable, entrancing achievement and a treat for anyone who likes their storytelling with plenty of dark magic thrown in."
3. Killer Joe
Trafalgar Studios, 18 May to 18 August
Once the aforementioned Grinning Man vacates the Whitehall-based theatre, Orlando Bloom will move in. He's starring as a policeman who doubles up as a killer-for-hire in Tracy Letts' dark comedy, directed by Simon Evans. Evans returns to work with producer Emily Dobbs after the pair's hugely successful collaboration on The Dazzle and Bug at Found111.
Noël Coward Theatre, 10 April to 16 June
James Graham's new play about the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? coughing-major scandal, transfers to the West End following a critically acclaimed run at Chichester Festival Theatre. In her five-star review of the show's original run, Sarah Crompton praised Graham's 'wonderful' writing and the 'excellent' cast.
1. Carrie Hope Fletcher in Concert
To coincide with the launch of her debut album (which debuted in the UK official top 40), Les Miserables and Addams Family star Fletcher performed a series of concerts at the beautiful Cadogan Hall. Unfortunately they've been and gone and so you can no longer buy tickets, however all is not lost, you can download her album here or book to see her in The Magic of Animation here.
- Carrie Hope Fletcher
- Aliens Love Underpants
- 42nd Street
- The Grinning Man
- The Band
- Killer Joe
- An Evening with Jason Robert Brown
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