Rob Reaks , December 18, 2019
We bring you our twenty Top West End Shows 2020 (and beyond). The Glittering West End boasts long-running masterpieces including The Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserable, firm-favourites Matilda and Mamma Mia, and in 2020 is welcoming new shows including Pretty Woman, The Prince of Egypt and Broadway Blockbuster Frozen. Mary Poppins has flown back into the Prince Edward theatre, and hopefully she’s sticking around for a while (until the wind changes, probably!), and Hello, Dolly! opens at The Adelphi with the fabulous Imelda Staunton in the title role.
In fact, we don’t think the West End has ever been so good; these shows are mind-blowingly good.
At Red7 we’ve been organising London Theatre Breaks for decades; we’ll arrange lovely hotel rooms at the Jury’s Inn Holborn, just round the corner from Theatre Land, and reserve you a table at a local traditional Italian, delicious Steak House or the best Curry house in town. Then, with your pre-booked theatre tickets, all you have to do is sit back and be amazed.
Here’s our list of ‘must see’ shows for 2020, plus a few ‘hot tips’ for what’s on the horizon for London in 2021 and beyond (we hope!)…
Celebrating 34 years in the West End, The Phantom of the Opera is Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Gothic masterpiece. A love story, with one of Lloyd Webber’s best scores, this show has broken all box office records. A triumph in musical theatre, this original production continues to play to full houses at Her Majesty’s Theatre Haymarket.
The original ‘juke-box’ musical, using the ever-popular songbook of ABBA, this show has them singing and dancing in the aisles at The Novello Theatre, Aldwych.
From the composer who brought us Wicked and Godspell, three-time Academy Award-winner Stephen Schwartz. The Prince of Egypt is London’s newest and most hotly anticipated musical. Playing at The Dominion Theatre, this is the story of two young men in Ancient Egypt, raised together as brothers in a kingdom of privilege who find themselves divided by a secret past and facing a destiny that will change history forever.
After a successful run on Broadway, Pretty Woman: The Musical is based on the 1990 Julia Roberts and Richard Gere film and follows a sex-worker and a slick corporate raider in Hollywood. What starts as a business transaction soon develops into a life-changing romance. This romantic comedy has music by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance and opens at the Piccadilly Theatre in early 2020.
It’s not on the West End, but it deserves a mention as it’s going to be superb. Sleepless is based on the movie, Sleepless in Seattle, and is directed by Morgan Young. With a book by Michael Burdette, music by Robert Scott and lyrics by Brendan Cull. Sleepless A Musical Romance will have its world premiere in March 2020 at the Troubadour Theatre Wembley Park.
She’s back to shake up the West End at The Coliseum for a short run, starring Michael Ball as Edna Turnblad in Hairspray the Musical. The original award-winning production of Hairspray the Musical directed by Jack O’Brien and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell. Book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan, music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman. Runs 23 Apr – 29 Aug 2020
With glorious new staging and dazzlingly re-imagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, this breathtaking new production was conceived in 2009 to celebrate the 25th Anniversary and broke box office records throughout the UK followed by productions in North America, France, Canada, Australia, Korea, Japan, Spain, Manila, Singapore, Brazil and Dubai. Now showing at the newly renamed (and refurbished) Sondheim Theatre, Shaftsbury Avenue.
Imelda Staunton leads the cast in this wonderful revival, Hello, Dolly! at the Adelphi Theatre, London for a STRICTLY LIMITED SEASON from August 2020. With music and lyrics by the legendary Jerry Herman (La Cage aux Folles, Mack and Mabel, Mame) and book by Michael Stewart (42nd Street, Mack and Mabel, Barnum), Hello, Dolly! is one of the most iconic musicals of all time.
Prepare to be dazzled by Disney’s hotly anticipated Broadway hit musical, Frozen. Groundbreaking sets, special effects & exquisite costumes feature in this magical experience – plus, of course – one of the best scores in musical history – including chart-busting Let it Go! This must see show opens Autumn 2020 at the newly restored Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.
The Royal Shakespeare Company and Tim Minchin bring you Roald Dahl’s amazing Matilda. Playing at the Cambridge Theatre, Covent Garden, this is the of story of an extraordinary little girl with a vivid imagination. She dares to take a stand and in doing so, changes her own destiny. Winner of over 90 international theatre awards.
Wicked is the ninth longest running West End musical in history. With music by three-time Academy Award-winner Stephen Schwartz, Wicked is an incredible story of a friendship between two young women. Fate change their lives forever and they become ‘Glinda The Good’ and ‘The Wicked Witch of the West’. Playing to packed houses at The Apollo Victoria Theatre.
Come From Away is a new musical which tells the incredible real-life story of the 7,000 air passengers from all over the world who were grounded in Canada during the wake of 9/11, and the small Newfoundland community that invited these ‘come from aways’ into their lives.
Christopher Ashley’s production guides audiences through a colourful and spirited cast of characters, brought to life by Tony® and Grammy® nominated writing team Irene Sankoff and David Hein.
& Juliet is the hilarious and fun-loving new West End musical that asks: what if Juliet’s famous ending was really just her beginning? This is Juliet’s story now. This show will make your roar; packed with Max Martin’s instantly recognisable, chart-topping pop anthems including Baby One More Time, Everybody (Backstreet’s Back), Love Me Like You Do and Can’t Feel My Face. & Juliet is a bright, loud, colourful blast of fun which proves, when it comes to love, there’s always life after Romeo. Playing at the Shaftsbury Theatre.
Spit, Spot! The nation’s favourite Nanny is back in London at the Prince Edward Theatre playing to sell out houses. This Disney / Mackintosh production is based on the P.L.Travers short story books (not a carbon-copy stage version of the Disney film) and with new songs and fabulous sets, this show is great for all ages.
Book by Oscar-winning screenwriter Julian Fellowes, score by Richard M Sherman and Robert B Sherman. With new songs and additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. We loved it last time round, and we’re so pleased it’s back and firmly placed in our Top West End Shows 2020.
Disney’s award-winning musical THE LION KING explodes with glorious colours, stunning effects and enchanting music. It follows the powerful story of Simba as he journeys from wide-eyed cub to his destined role as King of the Pridelands. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba must grow up and take back what is rightfully his.
Now in its 21st year at London’s Lyceum Theatre.
Written by South Park’s Trey Parker and Matt Stone, together with Avenue Q’s Robert Lopez, the show follows two Mormon missionaries from Salt Lake City on their journey preaching their religion to the people of a remote Ugandan village.
Playing at the Price of Wales Theatre. Parental Advisory: Explicit Language (not for the faint-hearted).
Judging by the audience reviews, this deserves a top spot in our Top West End Shows 2020. West End newcomer, Dear Evan Hansen, is a stage musical with music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, and book by Steven Levenson.
A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, and a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: a chance to finally fit in. Now Playing at the Noël Coward Theatre
TOOTSIE, with music and lyrics by DAVID YAZBEK, book by ROBERT HORN. Based on the story by DON McGUIRE and LARRY GELBART
and the COLUMBIA PICTURES motion picture produced by PUNCH PRODUCTIONS. If it does come over, we expect to see it in the Top West End Shows 2020 (or 2021).
A new musical, with music and lyrics by Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick, book by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell. Based upon the Twentieth Century Fox Motion Picture.
Based on Tim Burton’s dark, crazy, colourful film, this new Broadway musical tells the story of Lydia Deetz, a strange and unusual teenager whose whole life changes when she meets a recently deceased couple and a demon with a thing for stripes. With an irreverent book, an astonishing set, and a score that’s out of this Netherworld, BEETLEJUICE is “SCREAMINGLY GOOD FUN!” (Variety).
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We’ve chosen to include these shows because we think they are amazing and we hope you’ll be inspired. Red7 is not affiliated with any of the productions listed. We can organise your London Theatre Breaks, give us a call 01273 872200 – including show tickets, accommodation and restaurant bookings.
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