As we speed towards the end of the month, here’s Love London Love Culture’s guide to some of the best shows opening in April…
1. Strictly Ballroom, Piccadilly Theatre: Drew McOnie’s production opens for previews on 29 March. Based on the hit film, the cast is led by Jonny Labey (EastEnders) as Scott Hastings and Zizi Strallen (Mary Poppins, Follies, Cats) as Fran, while Will Young stars in a newly created role of Wally Strand.
When maverick championship ballroom dancer Scott defies all the rules of competition to follow his heart, he teams up with left-footed partner Fran to win the Pan Pacifics his way. The musical features the film’s classic break-into-song numbers such as ‘Love is in the Air‘, ‘Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps’ and ‘Time After Time’, alongside electrifying new songs.
2. Tina – The Tina Turner Musical, Aldwych Theatre: Charting the life story of the singer, the musical features many of her biggest hits. The production is directed by Phyllida Lloyd (Mamma Mia!) and stars Adrienne Warren as Tina and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith as Ike Turner. Previews began on 21 March.
3. Teddy, The Vaults: Reuniting Tristan Bernays with director Eleanor Rhode and choreographer Tom Jackson Greaves, following the success of Boudica at The Globe and Frankenstein at The Watermill Theatre, Teddy is a new musical which takes audiences through the dark and damaged world of post-war London to a country that is ready for revolution. Previews from 29 March.
Teddy and Josie are about to hit the streets of London for a good time. Hair quiffed. Red lipstick. Dressed toe to head in the latest threads. So what if it’s pouring down, they’re totally skint, and someone wants them dead? A little trouble never stopped a Ted from having a good time. Desperate times call for rock ‘n’ roll.
4. Pressure, Park Theatre: Playing at the theatre from 28 March, officially opening on 3 April, David Haig’s play based on true events is directed by John Dove.
D-Day, June 1944. The Allied forces led by General Eisenhower are poised to launch. There are 350,000 lives at stake and the decision of whether or not to attack comes down to the most important weather forecast of all time.
5. Chicago, Phoenix Theatre: Now officially Broadway’s longest-running show, Chicago returns to London, starring Cuba Gooding Jr as Billy Flynn and Ruthie Henshall as Mama Morton.