Theatre shows in London – January 2014

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Theatre shows running in London during the month of January

Trafalgar Studios
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The Only Way Is Downton - Trafalgar Studios

Luke Kempner's one-man comedy of impressions comes to London with some exclusive new material. When celebrities start to appear at the Abbey, cultures clash and eras collide in this hilarious parody of some of our most popular TV shows. Can they help the cast of Downton save the estate from financial ruin... again?
Wyndham’s Theatre
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The Weir - Wyndhams Theatre

The local men are settling down for their daily pint in Brendan's isolated Irish pub. But the arrival of a new woman spurs them to impress her with their stories. But one story is more chilling and more real than any of the men could have foreseen...
Trafalgar Studios
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Ibsens Ghosts, at the Trafalgar Studios

The critically-acclaimed production of Henrik Ibsen's "Ghosts" is coming to the Trafalgar Studios. Following the death of her cruel but seemingly charming husband, Helene tries to escape the ghosts of her past by telling her son the truth about him. But Oswald reveals that he has already inherited hislegacy...
Arts Theatre
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Only Our Own, at the Arts Theatre

"Only Our Own" follows a dispossessed Anglo-Irish family as they struggle to survive whilst a new class takes over their heritage. Reflecting an a social system that turns everyone into a victim, the play explores the dilemma of living with a traumatic past, and the need to adjust to a changing world.
SSE Arena Wembley
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Peter Pan - The Never Ending Story

"Peter Pan The Never Ending Story" is a hi-tech fantasy adventure that you'll never forget! Watch Peter Pan fly high above the stage and marvel at the spectacular scenery, all brought to life by state-of-the-art digital imaging, and help Peter, Wendy and Tinkerbell cross swords with Captain Hook and his Pirates.
Vaudeville Theatre
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Potted Panto - seven pantomimes in one

Enjoy a whistle-stop tour of seven pantomimes, with CBBC presenters Dan and Jeff. Roam the streets of Dick Whittington's London and search for Cinder's slipper -- but don't forget to rub Aladdin's lamp and wake Sleeping Beauty from her slumber before the giant climbs down the beanstalk to squash the seven dwarves!
Old Vic
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Fortunes Fool

Turgenev's savagely funny play, "Fortune's Fool", follows a pair of newlyweds as they arrive at their country estate to be welcomed by a penniless gentleman-in-residence. But then their wealthy and mischievous neighbour calls by for a celebratory lunch, and, fuelled by champagne, the proceedings lead to a shocking revelation with far-reaching consequences.
Richmond Theatre
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Henry (The Fonz) Winkler - in Peter Pan

This year's Christmas panto at Richmond Theatre will be "Peter Pan", starring Henry Winkler as Captain Hook (aka The Fonz from 'Happy Days'). Help Peter and Wendy take on the villainous pirate in a captivating fairytale world. With stunning sets, glittering costumes and plenty of audience participation, this swashbuckling show is set to be the highlight of your year.
New Wimbledon Theatre
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Aladdin… with Jo Brand and Matthew Kelly

Set off on a spectacular journey to the mystical East, where you'll enter the cave of wonders and discover the magic lamp. With some stunning sets, glittering costumes, dazzling dancing and wonderful songs, get ready for a magical carpet ride into a fun, fairytale world! Make tickets to Aladdin one of your three wishes for Christmas.
Donmar Warehouse
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William Shakespeares Coriolanus

When an old enemy threatens Rome, the city calls for Coriolanus. But famine also stalks the city, and on returning from the field Coriolanus must confront the voice of an angry people.
Hampstead Theatre
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Drawing The Line

"Drawing The Line" is set in London, in 1947. Judge Cyril Radcliffe is sent to India by the Prime Minister with limited information, and no local knowledge. His mission is to draw a new border which will divide the Indian sub-continent into two new sovereign states... and he's only got six weeks to complete the task.
Arts Theatre
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Suessical - The Musical

Let the Cat in the Hat take you on a journey into the fantastical world of Dr Seuss. Horton the Elephant has been left alone to guard an abandoned egg, but then he discovers a small world floating by on a speck of dust. This small world is home to the Whos, and he must find a way to save them from a world of naysayers and dangers.
Arts Theatre
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Dickens Abridged, at the Arts Theatre

"Dickens Abridged" is a high-speed comic journey through Charles Dickens' Greatest Hits. A talented cast of five Dickens devotees will bring hundreds of Dickens' best loved characters to life.
Vaudeville Theatre
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The Duck House… about the MPs expenses scandal

"The Duck House" is an outrageous new comedy set in a world of dodgy receipts, deceit, and Parliamentary panic, which satirises the MPs expenses scandal in 2009. A General Election is just one year away, and Robert Houston will do anything to save his seat -- including change sides.
Peacock Theatre
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Raymond Briggs The Snowman

Raymond Briggs' much-loved children's book "The Snowman" has become as much a part of Christmas as carol singing and figgy pudding. When a young boy's snowman comes to life on Christmas Eve, the two fly through the sky meeting everything from dancing penguins and reindeer, to Jack Frost and Father Christmas.
Trafalgar Studios
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Julie Madly Deeply - about Julie Andrews

"Julie Madly Deeply" is a charming and cheeky cabaret which celebrates the legend that is Dame Julie Andrews. Songs from her great musicals, including "Mary Poppins", "The Sound of Music" and "My Fair Lady", are intertwined with stories from Andrews' own life, from her early beginnings as a child star to the challenge of losing her voice late in life.
Menier Chocolate Factory
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Leonard Bernsteins Candide

The Menier Chocolate Factory will be putting on a production of Leonard Bernstein's "Candide". Candide's journey of discovery is anything but dull. This whirlwind adventure is a joyous musical romp trough anguish, happiness, loss and love, as she seeks to prove that "life is happiness indeed".
Noël Coward Theatre
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Shakespeares Henry V, with Jude Law

Hollywood actor Jude Law will be starring in the Noel Coward Theatre's production of Shakespeare's patriotic history play "Henry V". Set immediately before and after the events of the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, Shakespeare's masterful plot tells the story of Henry's campaign to reclaim his English possessions in Northern France.
Hackney Empire
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Puss in Boots, at the Hackney Empire

This year's Christmas panto at the Hackney Empire is "Puss In Boots". When Puss arrives in the merry kingdom of Hackneyonia he sets about gaining wealth and power for his master. Expect the usual show-stopping songs, dazzling dance routines, and bags of audience participation as our loveable hero defeats the Ogre so that Jack can marry the princess.
Lyric Hammersmith
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Christmas Panto: Jack and the Beanstalk

Grab a couple of kids and lug them down to the Lyric Theatre for a bone fide Christmas panto. Join Jack and his mad mother's pack of magic beans, as he sows them in the earth and watches them rise up higher and higher into the sky. But what will he find hiding in the clouds?
Lyric Hammersmith
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Raymond Briggs Father Christmas

Raymond Briggs' delightful animated story "Father Christmas" is returning to the stage. When he awakes from his lovely dream of summer sun, there it is on the calendar, December 24th -- the start of his busiest day of the year!
Greenwich Theatre
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Puss in Boots, at Greenwich Theatre

Greenwich Theatre is putting on another pantomime treat. This year they will be telling the tale of "Puss In Boots". It tells the story of three miller's sons, who are left some goods when the miller dies. Jack and Puss decide to leave home to seek their fortune, and after many adventures Puss defeats the Ogre so that Jack can marry the princess.
Lyric Theatre
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Catch The Gruffalo, at the Lyric Theatre

Join Mouse on an adventurous journey through the deep dark wood in this magical, musical adaptation of the award winning picture book "The Gruffalo". Mouse can scare hungry animals away with tall stories of the terrifying Gruffalo, but what happens when he comes face to face with monster himself?
Lyttelton Theatre
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From Morning To Midnight

When a trusted bank clerk falls for an exotically perfumed woman from Florence, he shoves a fortune in his pocket and runs to her hotel, where she rejects him. But now there's no turning back. He ditches his family and scours the city's senseless entertainments in an increasingly disillusioned search for a reason for live.
Vaudeville Theatre
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Eric and Little Ern… about Morecambe and Wise

The country's favourite comedy act has been brought back to life with warm memories of a bygone era. "Eric and Little Ern" recreates some of the finest moments of their comedy career, merging cherished moments from the "Morecambe and Wise" archives with some brand new material by the performers.
Gielgud Theatre
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Alfred Hitchcocks Strangers On A Train

Alfred Hitchcock's fiendishly entertaining "Strangers On A Train" tells the tale of two men having a seemingly innocent conversation about the perfect murder. What if they 'swap' murders, and carry out each other's crime? But for one of the men the chat turns into a nightmare, when the other one carries out the plot...
Duke of York’s Theatre
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Jeeves & Wooster - Duke of Yorks Theatre

When a delightful trip to the countryside takes a turn for the worse, Bertie is called on to play matchmaker -- reconciling the drippy daughter Madeline Bassett with Gussie Fink-Nottle. If Bertie can't pull off the wedding of the season he'll be forced to marry the ghastly girl for himself!
Harold Pinter Theatre
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Mojo - with Brendan Coyle and Rupert Grint

"Mojo" is a fast-paced comedy set in the fledgling rock 'n' roll scene of 1950s Soho. Would-be rock star Silver Johnny is playing at his manager's club -- the Atlantic -- by can he protect his young protégé from the advances of a creepy local gangster?
Shaftesbury Theatre
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Tim Rices new musical - From Here To Eternity

Tim Rice's new musical "From Here To Eternity" is a tale of illicit love and army life in Pearl Harbour, 1941. When a troubled young Private falls for a kind-hearted escort girl, and his platoon sergeant embarks upon a dangerous affair with an officer's wife, the lives of both men are set on a course they cannot control.
Garrick Theatre
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Horrible Histories - Barmy Britain (Part II)

"Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain (Part II)" will introduce you to Queen Boudicca and the Scottish rebel William Wallace. Can evil Elizabeth entertain England? Will Charles I keep his head? And will you be able to excape the clutches of Burke and Hare?
Lyttelton Theatre
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The Light Princess, with music by Tori Amos

"The Light Princess" is both a dark fairytale and a coming-of-age story about grief, rebellion and the power of love. A prince and a princess in different kingdoms have both lost their mothers. The prince becomes so heavy-hearted that he can never smile, and declares war on the opposing realm. The princess escapes, only to encounter him on a piece of contested land.
Theatre Royal Haymarket
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Smash-hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors

After getting sacked from his skiffle band Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe. But Roscoe is actually his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother -- who was murdered by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers. But then Francis takes a job with Stubbers (as Roscoe) who still pines to be reunited... with Rachel.
Wyndham’s Theatre
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Barking in Essex - Lee Evans, Sheila Hancock, Keeley Hawes

As freedom finally comes for Algie Packer after spending seven years inside, he's looking forward to spending his carefully hidden millions. But there's something that his dodgy and dysfunctional family forgot to tell him... is it time to go on the run again?
Piccadilly Theatre
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Dirty Dancing, at the Piccadilly Theatre

"Dirty Dancing" tells the tale of Baby and Johnny -- two fiery young spirits who come together in the most exciting summer of their lives. It includes all of your favourite tunes from the movie, including 'Hungry Eyes', 'I've Had the Time of My Life' and 'She's Like the Wind'.
Savoy Theatre
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The Fab Four are back - with Let It Be

"Let It Be" is hitting the West End in a spectacular theatrical concert featuring over twenty of The Beatles' greatest hits! Witness The Beatles' meteoric rise from the Cavern Club, through Beatlemania, and on to their later masterpieces like "Hey Jude" and "Let It Be". Live performances will take you back to the swinging sixties when all you needed was love, and a little help from your friends!
Playhouse Theatre
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Monty Pythons Spamalot

Monty Python fans should get their coconuts out and trot down to the Playhouse Theatre for "Spamalot" -- the stage version of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail". It tells the story of King Arthur and his Knights of the (very) Round Table, who have searched the length and breadth of the land in their quest for the Holy Grail, with hilarious songs like "He's Not Dead Yet", "Find Your Grail" and "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life".
Prince Edward Theatre
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Jersey Boys - Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

"Jersey Boys" tells the tale of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons -- the rags to riches tale of four boys escaping the rough streets of New Jersey and making it big as an international pop sensation -- selling 100 million records and earning a place in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
 
 
 
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