Wednesday, 13, January 2016

Written by
Georgia Alford

London Theatre Guide 2016


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2015 was an exciting time for London Theatre. Shows such as the magical Peter Pan were performed at Regent Park’s Open Air Theatre and Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy’s enigmatic adaptation of ‘Everyman’ left audiences speechless at the National Theatre.

2016 also marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, so along with high profile plays and modern musicals, London’s theatrical fixtures are shaping up to be even more exhilarating. As part of our #SliceOfTheCity campaign, we round up some of the top productions coming to London in 2016.


The Musicals

Groundhog Day
Old Vic, Southwark: June 19th 2016

This 1993 American film comedy, starring Bill Murray, will be revived on stage in 2016. From the lyrical and theatrical geniuses who brought you Matilda!,Tim Minchin and Matthew Warchus have joined forces again. This is the tale of a weatherman who finds himself living the same day over and over again until he gets his life right.

The Hunger Games
Wembley: Dates TBC

One of the biggest multimedia franchises of the 21st century has been turned into a live theatrical experience. A new purpose-built theatre next to Wembley Stadium will play home to The Hunger Games, following characters such as Katniss, Peeta and Gale in their battle against the war-torn world of Panem.

Sunset Boulevard
London Coliseum, Covent Garden: April 1st – May 7th 2016

Lonny Price is bringing Andrew Lloyd Webber’s world famous Sunset Boulevard back to stage after its award-winning musical smash in 1993. Original leading lady Glenn Close is set to play Norma Desmond, a fading silent film star looking to make a comeback to the silver screen.


The Plays

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Palace Theatre, Soho: June 7th 2016 – May 27th 2017


This could possibly be the biggest stage event of 2016. This epic two-part play by J.K.Rowling has officially been announced as the eighth part to the Harry Potter adventure. It follows middle-aged Harry, Ron and Hermione in their life after Hogwarts. Audiences are sure to expect a magical and breath-taking production.

Nell Gwynn
Apollo Shaftesbury, Soho: February 4th – April 30th 2016

After a sell out-performance last year at The Globe, Nell Gwynn is set to make a vivacious return to The Apollo with Gemma Arterton taking the title role. Fearless, outspoken and King Charles’ most favoured mistress, Nell Gwynn’s character makes this hugely successful play superbly funny.

The Maids
Trafalgar Studios, Whitehall: February 20th – February 29th 2016

Set in a luxurious bedroom, Jean Genet’s controversial play is based around two maids who fantasise about killing their employer. It has been described as an intense psychological thriller with each scene depicting a dangerous or sadistic scenario of the employers timely death. Double Emmy Award Winner, Uzo Aduba (Orange is the New Black) and Downtown Abbey’s, Laura Carmichael take centre stage in this provocative yet intriguing performance. 


Tribute to Shakespeare

Romeo and Juliet
Garrick Theatre, Covent Garden: May 12th – August 31st 2016

One of the world’s most romantic tragedies is being brought to the Garrick Theatre in Covent Garden. With an exciting casting of Lily James from Cinderella as Juliet, and Richard Madden from Games of Thrones as Romeo, this classic tale of star-crossed lovers will be a memorable theatrical experience. 


Table Top Shakespeare
The Barbican, Moorgate: 1st – 6th March 2016

Theatre pioneers, Forced Entertainment, bring Shakespeare to the theatre, or should we say table, like you’ve never seen before. Each of his 36 famous plays condensed and presented on a table top, using nothing but ordinary household items. The powerful and dark Macbeth becomes a cheese grater, with Pericles as a light bulb and Kings and Queens as salt and pepper shakers. A truly unique yet accessible performance reflecting on our most famous playwright.

Are you planning a London theatre break in 2016? Tweet us at @DoyleCollection and @HotelBloomsbury and let us know!