Here are a few of LLLC’s top picks for shows opening this month…

The Dame, Park Theatre: Peter Duncan stars in Katie Duncan’s play which had a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe. It sees seasoned Pantomime Dame Ronald Roy Humphrey in a nostalgic mood as the final curtain comes down – but it also sees him forced to confront matters he would rather forget….

Approaching Empty, Kiln Theatre: playing from the 9th January, Ishy Din’s drama examines the struggles faced by a post-industrial generation of British men. Set in in the North of England, in the aftermath of Margaret Thatcher’s death, Pooja Ghai’s production stars Karan Gill and Nicholas Khan.

Songs For Nobodies, Ambassadors Theatre: why not catch Bernadette Robinson’s performance in this 90 minute show, during which the audience is treated to her voice transforming from the smoky blues of Billie Holiday to the thrilling soprano of Maria Callas, via Garland, Cline and Piaf. 

Twelfth Night, Southwark Playhouse: for those in the mood for some Shakespeare why not pay a visit to the Southwark Playhouse to catch Anna Girvan’s music festival inspired production?

The Daughter-in-Law, Arcola Theatre: following a successful run at the Arcola Theatre last year, Jack Gamble’s production returns for a limited season only. D.H. Lawrence’s play explores the conflict that exists in  Gascoyne family and each person’s desire for power and control within the family unit.

Notre Dame de Paris, London Coliseum: last seen in London twenty years ago, this French musical production returns for a limited run of seven performances only. The production is directed by Gilles Maheu and is set to star Angelo Del Vecchio, Hiba Tawaji and Daniel Lavoie.

Violet, Charing Cross Theatre: based on the short story The Ugliest Pilgrim by Doris Betts, this award winning musical features music by Jeanine Tesori (Tony Award winner for Best Original Score with Lisa Kron for the musical Fun Home, and Tony nominated scores for Caroline, Or ChangeShrek The Musical and Thoroughly Modern Millie) and book and lyrics by Brian Crawley. It follows Violet, a young woman reflecting on her childhood as she takes a journey of self-discovery, shaped by those she encounters along the way.

Home, I’m Darling, Duke of York’s Theatre: following a successful run at the National Theatre, Laura Wade’s new play transfers to the Duke of York’s Theatre for a limited season. This transfer sees Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd, Humans) reprising her acclaimed role as Judy.

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