Ten London theatre shows opening in 2014


Today is World Theatre Day and 2014 has started with a bang with some great new shows hitting the London stages. The UK has a host of new musicals, returning classics and film adaptations to choose from; the year ahead is looking very promising for theatre lovers.

Before we break down what’s new for 2014, go and have a look at our new personalised London theatre guide. If you’re stuck for what show to see, we think this handy tool can help inspire you.

On to the shows…

I Can’t Sing! The X Factor MusicalI Can't Sing! Judges

What is it?
A new musical comedy at the London Palladium written by Harry Hill and Steve Brown. I Can’t Sing! The X Factor Musical goes behind the scenes to spoof the famous TV show and features characters based on the programme, such as Cheryl Cole, Louis Walsh and Simon Cowell. It stars Nigel Harman as Mr Cowell.

See this if you want: laughs, a good old sing song

Opens: Now

Dirty Rotten ScoundrelsDirty Rotten Scoundrels

What is it?
The acclaimed director and choreographer of Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde and Hairspray, Jerry Mitchell, brings this multi-million pound musical production of the classic comedy film to the stage. Two swindlers attempt to con a millionaire heiress, but they soon discover there is only room for one of them. Starring musical legend, Robert Lindsey, and Downton Abbey star, Samantha Bond.

See this if you want: laughs, a good old sing song, a lavish production

Opens: Now

Blithe SpiritBlithe Spirit

What is it?
Back in London after 40 years – this new production of Noël Coward’s acclaimed comedy stars the fabulous Dame Angela Lansbury as Madame Arcati. Madame Acati is a medium who is invited to an author’s home to perform a séance. To everyone’s surprise this charade actually leads to her summoning the ghost of the author’s dead wife.

See this if you want: laughs, mischief, a play

Opens: Now

Fatal AttractionFatal Attraction

What is it?
The original screenwriter of the Hollywood film that starred Michael Douglas and Glenn Close, has re-interpreted this classic thriller for the stage. This story of a chance meeting and casual encounter that turns bad is both compelling and terrifying in equal measures.

See this if you want: classic thriller, strong drama, a play

Opens: Now

The Silver TassieThe Silver Tassie

What is it?
This powerful anti-war story set during the First World War tells the tale of Harry Heegen who leaves Dublin to fight in the trenches. Penned by the Irish playwright Seán O’Casey, it first appeared in London’s West End in 1929 and was seen as a popular, if controversial, production at the time.

See this if you want: wartime drama, a good cry, a play

Opens: April

Miss SaigonMiss Saigon

What is it?
Back for its 25th Anniversary, this classic production has played in over 300 cities around the world in 15 different languages. Miss Saigon is an epic love story of a bar girl in Saigon who has been orphaned by war and the love that grows between her and an American GI during the fall of the city during the Vietnamese War .

See this if you want: wartime drama, romance, musical

Opens: May

Bakersfield MistBakersfield Mist

What is it?
The Duchess Theatre plays host to a new comic drama starring Kathleen Turner who returns to the stage after her acclaimed performance in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Inspired by true events, Bakersfield Mist is the story of Maude, an unemployed bartender, who buys a painting at a thrift store for a few dollars. After nearly trashing it she discovers that it could be an original Jackson Pollock worth millions.

See this if you want: laughs, drama, a play

Opens: May

The Pajama GameThe Pajama Game

What is it?
Rated five stars by the Guardian, Richard Eyre’s production of the Broadway classic is in the West End for a limited season from 2nd May. This feel-good musical comedy features many hit songs and is the story of love between a new superintendent and a feisty union rep at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory in 1950s America.

See this if you want: laughs, romance, a sing-along

Opens: May


What is it?
Oscar-wining director Stephen Daldry (The Hours, Billy Elliot, The Reader) leads an extremely talented cast, including Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan, for this Laurence Olivier Award winning play. Schoolteacher Kyra and charismatic restaurateur Tom spend a cold London evening trying to rekindle their once passionate relationship following the recent death of Tom’s wife.

See this if you want: star performers, romance, drama, a play

Opens: June


What is it?
A smash-hit on Broadway and winner of the Tony® Award for Best Musical, this tale of the underground nightclubs of 1950s Memphis focuses on a beautiful club singer and a man’s vision to bring her voice to the airwaves of the nation. Starring Beverley Knight and featuring songs by a GRAMMY® winner, it’s going to light up Shaftesbury Theatre’s stage from 9th October.

See this if you want: blockbuster songs

Opens: October



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  1. I can’t even begin to say how excited I am about pretty much all of these shows – they all look so great. I am so in love with going to the theatre – It would be my dream to get paid to go and see shows haha! I will certainly be paying lots of west end shows London tickets this year…again!

  2. I am super thrilled to be going to London this year and finally seeing a show! It has been a dream of mine since I was a teenager and it will finally come true. Now just to pick what to see :) Eve

    • Kirsten Beacock
      Kirsten Beacock on

      Hey Eve, let us know when you are coming over and we can let you know the best things to see, with the best deals. You are going to love seeing a show!

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