New theatre shows for 2018
1st January 2018
There’s lots of exciting new shows opening on tour across the UK and on London’s West End this year. Here’s a quick look at some of the brilliant theatrical experiences the first part of 2018 has to offer:
The Importance of Being Earnest - UK Tour
The Original Theatre Company are bringing Oscar Wilde’s riotous comedy back to the stage for a three month tour between February and April 2018. The Importance of Being Earnest follows the capers of Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncreiff as they both try to impress their sweethearts. A classic tale of romance, mistaken identity, cucumber sandwiches and deeply impressive handbags, this production will certainly be one to catch!
An Officer and a Gentleman, The Musical – UK Tour
Jamie Wilson Productions are launching the UK premiere of their brand new musical An Officer and a Gentleman at the Curve Theatre, Leicester in April, before heading off on tour across the UK. Based on the 1982 Oscar winning film, the show tells the story of Zach Mayo, a US Navy Pilot in training, who falls for local girl Paula Pokrifki. It features 80s hits such as ‘Alone’ and ‘Girls Just Want To Have Fun’ and ‘Material Girl’ – the perfect recipe for a great night at the theatre!
Every Brilliant Thing – UK and European Tour
Paines Plough are taking Duncan Macmillan’s acclaimed show back on the road again, and boy are we pleased about it! A funny, gorgeous, heart-warming look at depression and the people we love, this new tour starts in Bedford on May 2nd and continues through to the 20th July, travelling across the UK, the Republic of Ireland, Paris and Jersey. Make sure you don’t miss this wonderful one man show!
Titanic the Musical – UK Tour
Most recently seen at London’s Charing Cross Theatre, this critically acclaimed musical starts its run at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, before transferring to Belfast, where the ship was constructed, and then sets off on tour around the UK. Based on passengers who travelled on the Titanic this rousing musical focuses on their dreams and aspirations. This award winning show is one to put in the diary!
Evita – UK Tour
Bill Kenwright is producing Evita’s 2018 tour which begins in March and runs through to June. The Tim Rice, Andrew Lloyd Webber musical tells the extraordinary story of Eva Peron. This iconic and time-tested musical features famous numbers ‘Don’t Cry For Me Argentina’ and ‘Another Suitcase In Another Hall’. Definitely a show not to miss!
Girl from the North Country – Noel Coward Theatre, London
Transferring from the Old Vic, this new Conor McPherson play opens at the Noel Coward Theatre in on 11th January. Set in Minnesota during the Great Depression and featuring songs from Bob Dylan this electrifying show received critical acclaim in its first run in 2017. Make sure you book now!
The Birthday Party – Harold Pinter Theatre, London
Starring Zoe Wannamaker, Stephen Mangan, Toby Jones and Pearl Mackie, The Birthday Party focuses on pianist Stanley Webber and the two strangers that arrive looking for him on his birthday. One of Pinter’s most performed plays, this run opens on 18th January until 14th April. Don’t miss this all-star cast!
Mary Stuart- Duke Of York’s Theatre, London
Robert Icke’s adaptation of Schiller’s Mary Stuart, featuring Juliet Stevenson and Lia Williams, transfers from the Almedia Theatre to the Duke of York’s in January, before setting off on a UK tour. The critically acclaimed political tragedy explores some of British history’s most important days. Elizabeth I is on the throne and Mary Stuart awaits execution. A coin toss at the start of each show determines which actress plays which role. Make sure you don’t miss this thrilling piece of theatre!
Iolanthe – London Coliseum
Gilbert and Sullivan’s funny, satirical fantasy opens at the London Coliseum in February. Cal McCrystal’s production is full of chaotic physical comedy and features the outstanding Samantha Price leading the English National Opera show. Certainly one for the diary!
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