Top London West End Plays
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This bona fide theatrical gem, based on the children’s book by Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo, cantered out of the National Theatre, neighed its way to the New London Theatre and shows no signs of trotting off. With eye-popping on-stage puppetry that mimics a living, breathing horse, this tender and moving tale is made all the more believable by its highly-skilled performers.
Following sell-out seasons at the National Theatre and Adelphi Theatre, One Man, Two Guvnors has won major awards in the West End and on Broadway, including the Evening Standard Award for Best Play. Bean has transplanted the action from its period Italian setting to the Brighton of 1963, in a Britain poised on the very brink of shrugging off the dull grey shackles of the Fifties and exploding into the glorious Technicolor of the swinging Sixties proper.
The Woman in Black is London’s second-longest-running play after The Mousetrap, and with good reason. Based on Susan Hill’s 1983 novel and recently filmed with Daniel Radcliffe, it’s a genuinely scary ghost story in the classic Victorian tradition. Stephen Mallatratt’s adaptation of Hill’s novel is notable for having just two actors perform the entire play – not that you would necessarily notice it’s short-handedness in such a thoroughly engaging and fully-realised production.
John Buchan’s classic adventure novel is a cornerstone of British pop culture. Often filmed, as recently as 2008 and most memorably by Alfred Hitchcock in 1935, it’s been a huge influence on James Bond and all the other superspies that followed in its wake. Patrick Barlow’s joyous theatrical telling of the tale uses Hitchcock’s version as a stylistic springboard for a vivid and, frankly, crackers homage to a bygone age of heroic adventure.
The world’s longest running play, The Mousetrap has passed the 60-year mark and shows no signs of stopping. Written by Queen of Crime, Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot creator Agatha Christie, this gripping murder mystery has baffled generations of London audiences since the 1950s. It’s become known as a London institution, but outside of that singular reputation The Mousetrap remains a remarkably solid and enjoyable slice of entertainment in its own right.
Mark Rylance directs James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave in Shakespeare’s timeless comedy Much Ado About Nothing. Redgrave and Earl Jones take on these roles for the first time. The pair recently starred in Alfred Uhry’s Driving Miss Daisy both in the West End and on Broadway.
Winner of seven 2013 Olivier Awards, including Best New Play, Best Actor and Best Director. Following its sell-out run at NT Cottesloe theatre, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is playing at the Apollo Theatre. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is based on Mark Haddon’s award-winning 2003 novel about 15 year old Christopher Boone, who uses facts, forensics and systemised data (a symptom of his autistic-like behaviour) to launch an investigation into finding the killer of his neighbour’s dog.
In 1997, a British film about six out of work Sheffield steelworkers with nothing to lose, took the world by storm. And now they’re back, live on stage, only this time, for them, it really has to be… The Full Monty! Simon Beaufoy, the Oscar winning screenwriter, has gone back to Sheffield where it all started to rediscover the men, the women, the heartache and the hilarity of a city on the dole.
Join Stephen Mangan as the effervescent, aristocratic fool Bertie Wooster and Matthew Macfadyen as his dutiful valet Jeeves in the world premiere of this new stage play, featuring P.G. Wodehouse’s iconic double act. When a perfectly delightful trip to the countryside takes a turn for the worse, Bertie Wooster is unwittingly called on to play matchmaker – reconciling the affections of his host’s drippy daughter Madeline Bassett with his newt-fancying acquaintance Gussie Fink-Nottle.