Best London Musicals in 2018

 
 
 
 
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Adrienne Warren makes her West End stage debut as Tina

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Tina
Chess
All Or Nothing - The Mod Musical
Bat Out Of Hell - The Musical
The Rink
The King & I
The King & I
 

 

For those who love a good sing-a-long, these are for you. From long-awaited revivals like Chicago and The Rink to brand new spectaculars Tina, Strictly Ballroom and Bring It On, these are the best London musicals in 2018, as chosen by LondonTown.

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All Or Nothing - The Mod Musical

The story of one of the most acclaimed mod groups.

Arts Theatre, 6-7 Great Newport Street, London, WC2H 7JB

Tube: Leicester Square Station , Covent Garden Station, Charing Cross Station

 

Dates: 06th February - 12th May 2018

 

Based on the story of Small Faces, one of the most acclaimed mod groups, All or Nothing - The Mod Musical comes to the Arts Theatre in 2018. Written and directed by award-winning actress Carol Harrison, it follows the rise and demise of the band, from the forming of the band to the making it big time and the joys of fame wearing off and the gradual journey to jealousy and betrayal. Harrison stars as Kay Marriott alongside Chris Simmons as the older Steve Marriott.

 
 
 

Strictly Ballroom The Musical

Will Young takes the lead role in this West End transfer.

Piccadilly Theatre, 16 Denman Street, London, W1D 7DY

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 16th March to 20th October 2018

 

Pop Idol winner Will Young plays the brand new role of band leader, Wally Strand, in the West End transfer of Strictly Ballroom The Musical. Championship ballroom dancer Scott Hastings (played by Jonny Labey who makes his West End debut) defies all the rules and follows his heart with new partner Fran (Zizi Strallen) in the feelgood stage musical. It's based on the hit film by Baz Luhrmann, creator of Moulin Rouge, Romeo And Juliet and The Great Gatsby, and directed and choreographed by Olivier Award-winner Drew McOnie whose dazzling choreography for In the Heights earned him the 2016 Olivier Award.

 
 
 

Tina

This stage spectacular charts the legendary artist's music career.

Aldwych Theatre, Aldwych, London, WC2B 4DF

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Temple Station, Holborn Station

 

Dates: 21st March 2018 to 16th February 2019

 

Phyllida Lloyd, director of Mamma Mia!, helms a life-affirming musical based on the life of legendary artist Tina Turner, written by Katori Hall with Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins. Featuring the iconic songs that propelled Turner to fame, the stage spectacular charts her rise from humble beginnings in Nutbush, Tennessee, to the top of the global music charts. Adrienne Warren makes her West End debut in the title role opposite Kobna Holdbrook-Smith as Ike Turner.

 
 
 

Chicago

The hit musical returns to the West End for the first time since 2012.

Phoenix Theatre, Charing Cross Road, Soho, London, WC2H 0JP

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station , Leicester Square Station, Covent Garden Station

 

Dates: 26th March to 6th October 2018

 

Last staged in the West End back in 2012 - when it concluded a 15-year run - hit musical Chicago returns to London for the first time in five and half years. After a UK and international tour, it will transfer to the Phoenix Theatre in March. Written by John Kander and Fred Ebb, the long running show tells the saga of a chorus girl who gets away with murder thanks to her sleazy lawyer, Billy Flynn. The original show was a flop in the 1970s as audiences found the subject matter too bleak. However, recent Broadway and London revivals of Chicago have been huge successes, spawning the film version which swept the boards at the Oscars. It's an all singing and dancing affair with some show-stopping set pieces. This musical has been a real hit with audiences and features some memorable show tunes, but above all, it's the costumes and slick style that make it such an unforgettable experience. Dozens of fishnet-clad chorus girls, regular celebrity appearances in the lead roles and a chic, pared-down set create a sense of timeless cool.

 
 
 

Bat Out Of Hell - The Musical

After wowing audiences in 2017, Jim Steinman's musical returns.

Dominion Theatre, 268-269 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 7AQ

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station

 

Dates: 2nd April to 27th October 2018

 

It wowed audiences and won the Radio 2 Audience Award for Best Musical at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards and now Jim Steinman's Bat Out Of Hell - The Musical is back, appearing at the Dominion Theatre from 2nd April 2018. Jay Scheib directs the high-octane rock'n'roll musical based on Meat Loaf's 1977 album, about a rebellious youth called Strat, who falls in love with the daughter of the despotic leader of a post-cataclysmic city. The songbook includes tracks from Bat Out Of Hell, one of the best-selling albums of all time which sold over 50 million copies worldwide. Well known songs include the massive hit I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That), You Took The Words Right Out of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night) and the anthemic title track. "Impressive staging, clever production and a back catalogue of hits ensure the Meat Loaf musical is a smash hit" said the Manchester Evening News.

 
 
 
 

Chess

The famous eighties musical returns for its first West End revival since the original production.

London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO), St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4ES

Tube: Charing Cross Station , Leicester Square Station, Covent Garden Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 26th April - 02nd June 2018

 

Laurence Connor directs the first West End revival since the original 1986 production, which starred Elaine Paige, of Chess. The famous eighties musical written by ABBA songwriters Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, with Tim Rice, tells a story of love and political intrigue, set against the background of the Cold War in the late 1970s/early 1980s. his new West End production, presented at the London Coliseum features English National Opera's award-winning orchestra and chorus. It's directed by Laurence Connor, whose recent credits include School of Rock and Miss Saigon, Les Miserables and Jesus Christ Superstar. Choreography is by Stephen Mear.

 
 
 

The Rink

The award-winning musical is given its first London revival in nearly 30 years.

Southwark Playhouse, 77-85 Newington Causeway, London, SE1 6BD

Tube: Elephant & Castle Station , Borough Station

 

Dates: 25th May - 23rd June 2018

 

Award-winning musical The Rink - originally premiered on Broadway in 1984 with Chita Rivera and Liza Minelli - is given its first London revival in nearly 30 years in 2018, being staged at the Southwark Playhouse for a strictly limited season. It tells the story of Anna, an Italian housewife who runs a roller-skating rink on the Eastern coast of American. As she's about to sell the rink to developers, her estranged daughter, Angel, returns after a long period away in the hope to save the rink and make amends with her mother. The show features a score by Tony and Olivier and Award-winning John Kander and Fred Ebb.

 
 
 

The King & I

The Tony Award-winning production of the romantic musical set in 1860s Bangkok comes to the West End.

London Palladium, 8 Argyll Street, London, W1F 7TF

Tube: Oxford Circus Station

 

Dates: 21st June to 29th September 2018

 

Kelli O'Hara reprises her Tony Award-winning performance when Bartlett Sher's multi-award winning production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I transfers to the London Palladium in June 2018. She stars opposite Ken Watanabe in the London transfer of Lincoln Center Theater's acclaimed production of the romantic musical set in 1860s Bangkok. The story, made into a 1956 film, is based on Margaret Landon's novel Anna And The King Of Siam with music by Richard Rodgers and a book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Fresh from his critical smash hit production of Oslo, director Bartlett Sher reunites the original creative team, directing a cast of over 50 performers.

 
 
 

Bring It On: The Musical

Expect sass, somersaults and singing in the stage revival of the noughties film.

Southwark Playhouse, 77-85 Newington Causeway, London, SE1 6BD

Tube: Elephant & Castle Station , Borough Station

 

Dates: 2nd August to 1st September 2018

 

Step into the world of an American high school this August with Bring It On The Musical, a stage adaptation of the popular noughties film. Staged at the Southwark Playhouse, it combines the talent of Tony Award-winner Jeff Whitty, Tony Award-winning composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning composer Tom Kitt and Broadway lyricist Amanda Green to bring the story of friendship, jealousy, betrayal and forgiveness to life. Expect plenty of sass, somersaults and singing.

 
 
 

Little Shop of Horrors

The big musical numbers takes over the Open Air Theatre.

Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park, Inner Circle, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4NR

Tube: Regent's Park Station

 

Dates: 3rd August to 15th September 2018

 

Flower shop assistant, Seymour, discovers a mysterious new plant with questionable taste and a big appetite. Little Shop of Horrors brings the greenery to life as Maria Aberg (Dr Faustus, RSC, Fantastic Mr Fox) makes her Open Air Theatre directorial debut. A big musical number, the show features classic songs by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken including 'Suddenly, Seymour', 'Skid Row (Downtown)', and 'Dentist!' Find out whether our hapless hero will make the most of his newfound fame and win the attention of kind, sweet Audrey or will the mean green monster gobble them up?

 
 
 
 
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