Will it be a Happy New Year for your theatregoing? It’s crucial to get things off to a good start! Here is Love London Love Culture’s guide to some of the best shows opening in January 2017 that you might want to see… Click on links to BUY tickets in the Mates Ticket Shop.
1. The Kite Runner, Wyndham’s Theatre: the show is currently in previews but officially opens next week (10th January). Based on Khaled Hosseini’s international best-selling novel, it has been transformed for the stage with an adaption by Matthew Spangler and is directed by Giles Croft.
2. BU21, Trafalgar Studios: after a successful run at Theatre503, the production transfers to the West End that will inspire and break audience’s hearts. It follows the lives of six Londoners in the aftermath of a terrorist attack. From 4th January.
3. Abigail, The Bunker: this world premiere production which through a fragmented timeline, looks at the desperate measures that we will go to try and keep control in our world. From the 10th January.
3. The Albatross 3rd & Main, Park Theatre: opening Park 90’s new season from the 10th January, this comedy written and directed by Simon David Eden looks at the flip side to the American Dream.
4. Promises, Promises, Southwark Playhouse: including memorable Burt Bacharach and Hal David songs such as ‘I Say a Little Prayer’ and ‘I’ll Never Fall in Love Again’, Promises, Promises is a musical based on the Billy Wilder film The Apartment.
5. The Doppel Gang, Tristan Bates Theatre: this new comedy from Dominic Hodges explores the wit of the Marx Brothers, filled with British humour as a group of entertainers try and save the theatre in which they work from closure.
6. Death Takes a Holiday, Charing Cross Theatre: Thom Southerland directs this new production based on the 1928 Italian play of the same name. The cast includes Maxwell Caulfield, Zoe Doano and Chris Peluso.
7. Dirty Great Love Story, Arts Theatre: arriving in London from the 18th January and starring Felix Scott and Ayesha Antoine, Dirty Great Love Story asks whether it is possible that a one night stand is ever just a one night stand?
8. The Girls, Phoenix Theatre: opening for previews at the end of this month, Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s new musical based on the true story of the Yorkshire Calendar Girls and the hit 2003 film also by Tim Firth.
9. The Glass Menagerie, Duke of York’s Theatre: also opening for previews this month is John Tiffany’s production of Tennessee Williams’ classic, starring Cherry Jones reprising her Tony Award-nominated Broadway role as Amanda Wingfield, with fellow Edinburgh International Festival cast members Michael Esper and Kate O’Flynn, while Brian J. Smith reprises his Tony Award-nominated Broadway role as the Gentleman Caller.