Love London Love Culture’s Theatre Picks: January 2023

Another year is fast approaching and here is our guide of some of the theatre shows to look for opening in January 2023….

George Takei’s Allegiance, Charing Cross Theatre: this January will see George Takei making his London stage debut as Tara Overfield Wilkinson presents the London premiere of the musical which is inspired by the actor’s real life story.

Lehman Trilogy, Gillian Lynne Theatre: the National Theatre’s hit production returns to London, following a successful Broadway run. Directed by Sam Mendes, the play follows the Lehman brothers and the rise and fall of their company. Beginning performances on the 24th January, the cast will include: Michael Balogun (Death of England: Delroy, Macbeth, National Theatre) in the role of Emanuel Lehman with Hadley Fraser (The Antipodes, National Theatre; Coriolanus, Donmar Warehouse) playing the role of Mayer Lehman and Nigel Lindsay (The Pillowman, A Small Family Business, National Theatre) playing the role of Henry Lehman.

Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Harold Pinter Theatre: Jenna Coleman and Aidan Turner are set to star in Josie Rourke’s upcoming production of Sam Reiner’s play, which is having its Wet End premiere from the 18th January, before embarking on a brief tour. Billed as a romantic comedy, the play asks questions about what we say and how we say it.

Dirty Dancing, Dominion Theatre: the 21st January will see the return of this musical to the West End. Based on the popular 1980’s film, expect all the classic songs as well as the classic story of Baby and Johnny unfolding in front of your very eyes.

The Unfriend, Criterion Theatre: if you need in some laughs to get through the winter blues, then you will want to book a ticket to this new comedy, which transfers to the West End following a run at the Chichester Festival Theatre. Written by Steven Moffat and directed by Mark Gaitiss, the West End run is set to star all the original cast from the Chichester run including: Reece Shearsmith (Inside No.9), Amanda Abbington (Sherlock) and Frances Barber (Silk) with Michael Simkins, Marcus Onilude, Gabriel Howell and Maddie Holliday.

Titus Andronicus, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse: playing from the 19th January, this will be the first time that Shakespeare’s play will be performed in its Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. A tale of revenge and bloodshed, this is ideal for those looking for a bit more action (and blood!).

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