Love London Love Culture’s Theatre Picks: February 2023

Here’s a guide to some of the shows you are able to catch in London in February.

Medea, @Sohoplace: beginning performances at the new theatre from the 11th February, Sophie Okonedo stars in the title role in this new adaptation of Euripides’s play directed by Dominic Cooke. The story is filled with grief, rage and revenge and is certain to keep audiences on the edge of their seats.

The Lehman Trilogy, Gillian Lynne Theatre: now in previews, this production officially opens in the West End in February having previously had a successful runs at the Piccadilly Theatre and the National Theatre as well as Broadway. The play follows the rise and fall of the company Lehman Brothers, with a cast of three playing a variety of characters.  

Oklahoma! , Wyndham’s Theatre: this critically acclaimed production moves to the West End following its run at the Young Vic Theatre. The musical is set to star 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) – all of whom are reprising their roles from the previous run.

Smoke, Southwark Playhouse: Meaghan Martin (Never Not Once, Park Theatre; Camp Rock10 Things I Hate About You) and Oli Higginson (Netflix’s BridgertonThe Last Five Years, Southwark Playhouse & West End; LAVA, Soho Theatre) star in this modern adaptation of August Strindberg’s ground-breaking play, Miss Julie. It plays at the theatre from the 1st to the 25th February.

Sylvia, Old Vic Theatre: in previews from the 27th January, this new musical will officially open on the 3rd February. Directed and choreographed by Kate Prince, the musical brings to life the story of the Pankhurst family. It is set to star Sharon Rose (HamiltonJingle Jangle) as Sylvia Pankhurst and Beverley Knight as Emmeline Pankhurst.

Phaedra, National Theatre: Simon Stone’s production of Seneca’s famous tragedy arrives at the National Theatre from the 1st February. The cast will include: Janet McTeer (Ozark) who  takes the title role, with Assaad Bouab (Call My Agent) making his UK stage debut.

Trouble in Butetow, Donmar Warehouse: the world premiere of award-winning playwright Diana Nneka Atuona’s (Liberian Girl) new play will take place at the Donmar Warehouse from the 10th February. The production’s cast is led by Sarah Parish and Samuel Adewunmi and is directed by Tinuke Craig (Jitney, Old Vic).

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