28/08/2012 London Theatre – what’s on

28/08/2012 London Theatre - what's on London Theatre Breaks28/08/2012 London Theatre - what's on London Theatre Breaks


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So as we all start looking forward to the autumn, when the atheletes start letting us back into London, here is a full listing of what is coming and going and staying! But be careful: the autumn is a time of change, some of these you will have to rush to catch (like Blood Brothers and Chicago) others, like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory you will have to wait to see!

A Chorus of Disapproval Harold Pinter Theatre, Rob Brydon and Nigel Harman star in Alan Ayckbourn’s classic comedy directed by Trevor Nunn.

Billy Elliot Victoria Palace Theatre, You will be blown away by one of Britain’s most successful films adapted superbly for stage. Billy Elliot is the story of a young boy from the North East of England who is determined to dance at the Royal Ballet School, ,London – despite all the odds stacked against him. With award winning music by Elton John.

Blood Brothers Phoenix Theatre, Told with gentleness, darkness and joy, Willy Russell’s truly great Theatre Break musical Blood Brothers tells the story of twin brothers, separated at birth, who go on to lead very different lives before their paths cross once more.

Cabaret Savoy Theatre, Rufus Norris’ Olivier Award-winning production Cabaret will be revived at the Savoy theatre, London this Autumn. And million selling recording artist, Will Young, will make his West End debut starring as Emcee.

Chariots of Fire Gielgud Theatre, For Country, For Honour, Forever. Transferring directly from the Hamsptead Theatre in time for the 2012 Olympic build-up, is this stunning stage version of Chariots of Fire

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory London Palladium, All time family favourite Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is brought to life on stage at the London Palladium in June 2013. Directed by multi Award winner Sam Menzies and with choreography by Olivier Award winning Peter Darling (Matilda) this is going to be the family event of the year!

Chicago Garrick Theatre, Slick, sexy and very funny. Roxie has murdered her lover and is delivered into the hands of Mama Morton. But will her sleazy lawyer get her acquitted? More twists than the flamenco! The bright lights of a Chicago will go out this autumn – BOOK NOW!

Ghost – The Musical Piccadilly Theatre, The dazzling new musical, based on the phenomenal Oscar winning Paramount Pictures film written by Bruce Joel Rubin and starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg, closes soon at the Piccadilly Theatre.

Horrible Histories – Barmy Britain Garrick Theatre, Horrible Histories Theatre Breaks in London… Have you ever wondered why the Romans never won MasterChef? Would you lose your heart or head to horrible Henry? Will Parliament escape gunpowder Guy? Enrol yourself at Georgian Crime School, dare to dance the Tyburn jig and find out what a baby farmer did!

Ice Age Live! Wembley Arena, Treat the whole family to an Ice Age Theatre Break in London at half term. See all the film’s favourite characters live on stage in this new epic production. Ice Age Live – A Mammoth Adventure. It combines animation, puppetry, acrobatic ice skating and ariel arts all together in a stunning piece of family entertainment.

International Horse Show, London Olympia Olympia Grand Hall, Celebrating 40 years in 2012 the International Horse Show at Olympia has a packed programme of equestrian competition, thrilling displays and non-stop Christmas entertainment.

Jersey Boys Prince Edward Theatre, The Story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons is playing at the Prince Edward Theatre, London. Discover the rags-to-rock-to riches tale of four boys working their way from the streets of New Jersey to the heights on international pop-stardom.

Jesus Christ Superstar – O2 and Wembley Stadium Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice are back with this rock opera  in a spectacular Arena production starring Mel C and Tim Minchin… oh and Chris Moyles too!

Julius Caesar Noel Coward Theatre, Transferring from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, this exciting new production of Julius Caesar is given a modern twist by director Gregory Doran.

Jumpy Duke of York’s Theatre, See one of the UK’s favourite actress’ Tamsin Greig star in Jumpy – a laugh out loud comedy opening at the Duke of York’s theatre this summer!

Les Miserables Queen’s Theatre, Whether you’re revisiting an old favourite or enjoying this great story afresh, Les Miserables is a truly epic Theatre Break spectacle. A powerful story gently told, of one man and the effect he has on a host of vivid characters as 19th century France plunges toward revolution.

Let It Be Prince of Wales Theatre, Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the world’s most successful rock’n’roll band, with a Let It Be Theatre Break. This is sure to be a spectacular theatrical concert jam-packed with over twenty of The Beatles greatest hits!

Loserville Garrick Theatre, A new musical by James Bourn, ex of Busted about a geek who invents email and discovers girls!

Mamma Mia Prince of Wales Theatre, The Mamma Mia! Theatre Breaks musical, based around the songs of 80s super group Abba, about a lass who’s getting married on a Greek Island and her search for her real dad – Super Duper!. Mamma Mia! Moves to the Novello Theatre in September 2012

Matilda The Musical Cambridge Theatre, Winner of a record 7 Olivier Awards, the RSC’s production of MATILDA THE MUSICAL has set it’s feet firmly in London’s West End.

One Man, Two Guvnors Theatre Royal Haymarket, Following sell-out seasons at the National Theatre and Adelphi Theatre, smash-hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors opens at Theatre Royal Haymarket on 2 March with a brand new cast led by Owain Arthur as Francis Henshall.

Our Boys Duchess Theatre, Harry Potter’s Neville Longbottom actor Matthew Lewis stars in poignant play Our Boys opening at the Duchess theatre, London in September 2012.

The Phantom of the Opera Her Majesty’s Theatre, Book a Phantom of the Opera Theatre Break and become a part of the story of the haunted Paris Opera stage . When an unknown singer is tutored to become the leading lady by a mysterious masked man, there are bound to be fireworks and even murder.

Richard III Apollo Theatre, Critically acclaimed & award winning actor Mark Rylance in the title role of one of England’s most notorious Kings – Richard III at the Apollo Theatre this Autumn will be an event not to be missed.

Rock of Ages Shaftesbury Theatre, Join the biggest West End party and dance in the aisles. It’s all about a small town girl who meets an aspiring rocker on LA’s Sunset Strip in 1987. It’s no surprise they fall in love to the greatest songs of the 80s. A nostalgic Theatre Break for all those aging rockers and young lovers everywhere!

Shrek the Musical Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Shrek the Musical in London is based on the story and characters from the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film Shrek , the first chapter in the much loved series of irreverent fairy tales.

Singin’ in the Rain Palace Theatre, Singin’ in the Rain features all the sparkle, glamour and spectacle of a golden age. A musical designed like no other to have you singin’ and dancing whatever the weather.

Soul Sister Savoy Theatre, For all Tina Turner fans Soul Sister Theatre Breaks are just the tonic this summer with a strictly limited run at the Savoy theatre from 20th August 2012.

Spamalot Harold Pinter Theatre, The award winning Spamalot Theatre Break is returning to the west End after a highly successful UK tour. It will play for a limited season at the Harold Pinter Theatre.

Stomp Ambassadors Theatre, fresh from the Olympics the British theatrical sensation Stomp makes music from the mundane in this unique, award winning show which has thrilled theatre breaks audiences all over the world.

Sweeney Todd Adelphi Theatre,  see two of todays West End superstars – Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton – in this ‘wickedly funny’ (Guardian) production of Stephen Sondheim’s ‘magnificent masterpiece’ (Evening Standard) but hurry – it closes soon.

The 39 Steps Criterion Theatre, After a sensational sell-out run at the Tricycle Theatre, John Buchan’s gripping whodunnit, with four actors playing a minimum of 139 roles, is an astonishing theatrical tour de force.

The Bodyguard Adelphi Theatre, 20 years on from the hugely successful film starring the late great Whitney Houston: re-kindle your love affair with the most successful film soundtrack of all time!

The Book of Mormon – creators of South Park turn their lamp on organised religion in this musical about two mormons who try to take God to a small Ugandan village.

The Lion King Lyceum Theatre, Disney’s magnificent stage adaptation of The Lion King features inspired puppetry and technical wizardry, brought to life by a cast of over 40 actors, singers and dancers. A spectacular visual feast transports audiences to a dazzling world that explodes with glorious colours, stunning effects and enchanting music.

The Lion, Witch & the Wardrobe 360 Theatre, Open the wardrobe door and enter the spectacular the magical land of Narnia with Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy as they journey through the snowy forests in search of Aslan.

The Mousetrap St Martin’s Theatre, ***CELEBRATING 60 YEARS IN THE WEST END*** Probably the most famous Theatre Break of all the West End plays, and its famous secret is still surprisingly well kept. Who did it? See this amazing play in its Diamond Jubilee year.

The Mystery of Charles Dickens Playhouse, Simon Callow is Charles Dickens in this marvelous portrait of London’s greatest story-teller!

Wizard of Oz London Palladium, “We’re off to see…” Follow the yellow brick road over the rainbow and into The London Palladium for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new production of The Wizard of Oz.

The Woman In Black Fortune Theatre, Unanimously acclaimed by the critics, Stephen Mallatratt’s adaptation of Susan Hill’s best selling novel combines the power and intensity of live theatre with a cinematic quality inspired by the world of film noir. It is a formula that provides audiences with an evening of unremitting drama as they are transported into a terrifying and ghostly world.

Thriller – Live Lyric Theatre, Thriller – Live is a spectacular, high octane show celebrating the career of the world’s undisputed King of Pop – Michael Jackson, and the Jackson 5. Fully backed by Sony BMG Music Entertainment UK, Thriller – Live marks the first Jackson’s dedicated live theatrical experience ever!

Timon of Athens National Theatre, Simon Russell Beale takes the title role of Timon of Athens in Shakespeare’s strange fable of conspicuous consumption, debt and ruin, written in collaboration with Thomas Middleton.

Top Hat Aldwych Theatre, It’s time to ‘put on your top hat and brush off your tails’ as 77 years after Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers lit up Hollywood’s silver screen with one of the greatest dance musicals of all time, RKO Pictures’

Twelfth Night Apollo Theatre, A unique opportunity to see an all male cast of Twelfth Night led by award winning actor Mark Rylance as Olivia and the return to the West End stage of Stephen Fry as pompous man servant Malvolio.

Viva Forever Piccadilly Theatre, Spice up your life with exhilarating and irresistibly funny Viva Forever! – a tale of love, loyalty and romance. An original story of our times, inspired by the songs of the Spice Girls Viva Forever!

Volcano – Jenny Seagrove stars in Noel Coward’s undiscovered gem.

War Horse New London Theatre, Following two sold-out seasons at the National Theatre, you can book a War Horse Theatre Break at the New London Theatre. WW1 is the backdrop for this gripping and emotionally charged prooduction based on the original novel by Michael Morpurgo.

War of the Worlds – The New Generation Wembley Arena, One of the most successful Arena stage shows of recent times, Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds, returns to the UK with a new star and another technological leap forward. Internationally acclaimed actor Liam Neeson will be seen in 3D holography as the story’s narrator and leads a new cast including Jason Donovan, Kerry Ellis & Marti Pellow

We Will Rock You Dominion Theatre, features 31 of Queen’s greatest songs. Set on Earth in the future, all music instruments are banned. But there is growing resistance from the rebel Bohemians! An underground movement of music lovers is looking for a leader to take them out of the subway and into the real world of rock ‘n’ roll: enter Galileo.

Wicked Apollo Victoria Theatre, There has never been a better time to experience Wicked “the hit musical with brains, heart and courage” (The Sunday Telegraph) as it flies into its sixth spellbinding year at the Apollo Victoria Theatre.

All the best




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