Love London Love Culture’s Show Picks of the Week: Friday 23rd December 2022

Looking for a last minute gift? Maybe wanting to have something to look forward to kick start your 2023? Here’s a few shows that are proving popular on Love London Love Culture at the moment….

The Great British Bake Off Musical, Noel Coward Theatre: if you know somebody who loves the television programme, this could be right up their street! This new musical, having had a successful run at the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham is now heading to the West End from the 25th February – for a a strictly limited run. Follow the highs and lows of a series of contestants as they come together to win the baking competition. The cast is set to include West End and Broadway star John Owen Jones  reprising his starring role as judge Phil Hollinghurst, Scott Paige  as a presenter and Haydn Gwynne as Pam Lee, the iconically stylish, sharp-tongued judge. To find out more about the show click here.

Sylvia, Old Vic Theatre: another new musical hitting the stage next year, is based on the life of Sylvia Pankhurst – feminist, activist, pacifist, socialist, rebel and lesser known Pankhurst who was also at the centre of the Suffragete movement. Beginning performances at the Old Vic Theatre from the 27th January, the production is set to star Beverley Knight as Emmeline Pankhurst along with Sharon Rose (HamiltonJingle Jangle) as Sylvia Pankhurst. This is the world premiere of the musical, which previously had a work-in-progress run in 2018. Something tells us this is going to prove immensely popular! To find out more click here.

Ain’t Too Proud, Prince Edward Theatre: the West End premiere of this Broadway musical based on the rise of The Temptations is set to open for previews on the 31st March. Featuring all of the group’s biggest hits including My Girl, Just My Imagination and Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone, this production is directed by Des McAnuff, with choreography by  Sergio Trujilio and scenic design by Tony Award nominee Robert Brill.

Oklahoma!, Wyndham’s Theatre: following a hugely successful run at the Young Vic earlier this year, Daniel Fish’s production is heading to Wyndham’s Theatre from the 16th February and sees many of the cast from the original run reprising their roles. This includes Raphael Bushay (Mike), Arthur Darvill (Curly McLain), James Patrick Davis (Will Parker), Stavros Demetraki (Ali Hakim), Greg Hicks (Andrew Carnes), Rebekah Hinds (Gertie Cummings), Anoushka Lucas (Laurey Williams), Marie-Astrid Mence (Lead Dancer), Liza Sadovy (Aunt Eller) and Patrick Vaill (Jud Fry). For those who love Rodgers and Hammerstein, this production reimagines it to offer a refreshing new take on this classic musical. Here’s a reminder of what critics had to say about it when it played at the Young Vic.

Witness For the Prosecution, London County Hall: having celebrated its fifth anniversary in London, there is no denying that this Agatha Christie play is still managing to draw the crowds in to help solve the puzzle at the heart of this court room drama, that will literally keep you guessing throughout. The way in which it has been staged in the atmospheric surroundings of London County Hall increases the tension beautifully and is an ideal show to visit for those who love a mystery and already been to see The Mousetrap. Read our recent review here.

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