A Broadway comedy and two British created musicals arrive in the West End this week – one from last summer’s season at Bath’s Theatre Royal, the other after a long stage life of touring regionally and internationally for the last eight years. Will any of them make it to next week’s Top 10 list?
This week’s main openings
- Hand to God – Quick transfer for a Broadway comedy that only closed in New York last month comes to the West End to open at the Vaudeville on Monday 15 February with an all-new British cast that includes Janie Dee, Neil Pearson, Jemima Rooper and Harry Melling (pictured above) – and a highly abusive glove puppet.
- Mrs Henderson Presents -Transfer from Bath Theatre Royal of a new musical version of the 2005 British film set backstage and frontstage at the Windmill Theatre, which offered audiences live, nude (but completely immobile) women. Opening at the Noel Coward Theatre on Tuesday 16 February with a cast that includes Emma Williams (pictured above)) as one of the showgirls, plus Tracie Bennett in the title role, originally played by Judi Dench in the film. My review of the original production at Bath last summer for The Stage is here.
- The War of the Worlds – Stage version of Jeff Wayne‘s pop album of the same name that has played regular arena tours around the U.K. and the world for eight years comes to the Dominion, opening on Wednesday 17 February with a cast led by singer-songwriters Jimmy Nail, Daniel Bedingfield, Heidi Range and David Essex.