Looking Ahead to 2023….Love London Love Culture’s Theatre Picks

2022 isn’t quite over – but we thought it was time to look at some of the excellent theatre heading to London next year….

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Bonnie & Clyde, Garrick Theatre: following successful concert performances and full scale production at the Arts Theatre earlier this year, we can’t wait to catch this production of this musical when it heads to the Garrick Theatre for a limited season from the 4th March- 20th May). Having loved it at the Arts Theatre, the fact that it is coming back soon suggests that its popularity won’t abate any time soon! This run will also see the incredible Frances Mayli McCann and Jordan Luke Gage reprising the title roles – not seen it? Then you do need to book your tickets!

Guys & Dolls, Bridge Theatre: this upcoming revival of the musical will be the first musical to be staged at the Bridge Theatre and continuing with its theme – it will also be immersive. With casting yet to be announced, the production is set to be directed by Nicholas Hytner, feature choreography by Arlene Phillips and designs by Bunny Christie. Frank Loesser’s musical features the timeless songs ‘Luck Be a Lady’ and ‘Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat’.

Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Harold Pinter Theatre: Jenna Coleman and Aidan Turner are set to star in Josie Rourke’s production which will head to the Harold Pinter Theatre for a limited run from the 18th January until the 18th March 2023. Sam Steiner’s play will then head to the Manchester Opera House from 21 -25 March 2023 and Theatre Royal Brighton from 28 March – 1 April 2023.

Mrs. Doubtfire, Shaftesbury Theatre: following its UK premiere in Manchester, it was recently announced that the Broadway musical will be heading to the renovated Shaftesbury Theatre from the 12th May. Based on the beloved film starring Robin Williams, the musical is set to star Gabriel Vick (Avenue Q) as Daniel Hillard.

Sylvia, The Old Vic Theatre: Beverley Knight is set to lead the cast in this musical which celebrates the life and story of Sylvia Pankhurst. It is set to run at the Old Vic Theatre from the 27th January until the 1st April 2023 and features a book by Kate Prince and Priya Parmar and direction by Kate Prince.

Ain’t Too Proud, Prince Edward Theatre: opening at the West End theatre in March 2023, this musical explores the journey of the group The Temptations from the the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.It is set to feature many of their greatest hits including My Girl, Just My Imagination, Get Ready and Papa Was a Rolling Stone.

Once On This Island, Regent’s park Open Air Theatre: officially opening the theatre’s 2023 season, this new production of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty’s musical based on the 1985 novel My Love, My Love; or, The Peasant Girl by Rosa Guy. Directed by Ola Ince, it will play from the 10th May until the 10th June.

Winnie the Pooh the Musical, Riverside Studios: Winnie the Pooh, Christopher Robin and their best friends Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo, Rabbit, and Owl (oh… and don’t forget Tigger too!) will be heading to the RiversideStudios from the 17th March until the 21st May ahead of a UK and Ireland tour of the musical. This new story features an original score by Nate Edmondson, featuring some of the Grammy award-winning songs written by the Sherman Brothers for the original animated features, including Winnie the Pooh, The Blustery Day, The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers and Whoop-De-Dooper Bounce, plus A.A. Milne’s The More It Snows (featuring music by Carly Simon) and Sing Ho in a new arrangement.

The Lehman Trilogy, Gillian Lynne Theatre: the critically acclaimed production (which won the 2022 Tony Awards for Best Play, Best Director and Best Set Design, it also picked up Best Lighting Design and Best Actor) returns to London from the 24th January until the 20th May. The play weaves together nearly two centuries of family history to tell the story of Lehman Brothers.

Patriots, Noel Coward Theatre: the acclaimed Almeida production is heading to the West End from the 26th May 2023 for a limited season. This West End transfer is set to see Tom Hollander reprising his role as Boris Berezovsky, the ‘kingmaker’ behind Vladimir Putin, with Will Keen (His Dark Materials) also returning to play Putin and Luke Thallon (Albion) as Abramovich. The play is a story of ambition, loyalty and betrayal.

By Emma Clarendon

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