Stephen Daldry’s multi award-winning production of JB Priestley’s An Inspector Calls makes its much-anticipated return to the West End this winter. This will mark the 70th anniversary of the first UK staging of the play and the 25th anniversary of its first appearance at the National Theatre. JB Priestley’s brilliantly constructed masterpiece powerfully dramatises the dangers of casual capitalism’s cruelty, complacency and hypocrisy.
Scrooge and the Seven Dwarves – Theatre503, 22 November 2016 – 7 January 2017 Press night: Monday 28th November 2016
The pantomime Scrooge and the Seven Dwarves is brought to you from award-winning Sleeping Trees who return to Theatre503 following the sold-out success of Cinderella and the Beanstalk last year.
Sleeping Trees recreate every character you’d expect to meet in a pantomime, as well as some you might not – from Scrooge, Snow White, the Wizard of Oz, Mary Poppins, the seven dwarves, Harry Potter and, of course, Father Christmas. The show is a huge Christmas mash up!
Pride and Prejudice – Jermyn Street Theatre, 30 November – 21 December 2016
Press Night: Thursday 1st December 2016
Hot on the heels of a highly successful 2016 tour, this richly praised and enchanting retelling of the nation’s favourite novel comes to London in the run-up to Christmas. Over 200 years after it was first published, Joannah Tincey’s adaptation brings Pride and Prejudice to life with just two actors.
Licensed to Ill – Southwark Playhouse, 30 November – 24 December 2016
Press night: Friday 2nd December 2016
Thirty years since the Beastie Boys first made headlines with their album of the same name, Licensed to Ill will return to London following a sell-out run at Camden People’s Theatre in 2015 and a highly successful UK tour. Originally released in November 1986, the album Licensed To Ill put these unlikely stars on the map and introduced rap music to a far wider audience than ever before. Now the story of the Beastie Boys, hip-hop’s most notorious pranksters, is revealed in this big-hearted, brash new production.
Benighted – Old Red Lion Theatre, 6 December 2016 – 1 January 2017
Press night: Thursday 8th December 2016
Originally published as a novel in 1927, Benighted was the first real introduction to the world of a then unknown J.B. Priestley. Now the world premiere of its stage production, adapted by Duncan Gates, will be staged at the Old Red Lion this Christmas.
Muted – The Bunker, 7 December 2016 – 7 January 2017
Press night: Friday 9th December 2016
Interval Productions present new musical Muted, described by Stephen Fry as ‘stunning’ and Mark Shenton as ‘the British equivalent to Rent’. Written by Sarah Henley, with music and lyrics by Tim Prottey-Jones (Once, Phoenix Theatre; Kinky Boots, Adelphi Theatre; finalist on ITV’s Superstar) and Tori Allen-Martin, Muted is a story of grief, guilt, self-discovery, forgiveness and the thing we can’t do without – love.
Muted is the first musical to be played at The Bunker – London’s newest underground theatre.
Why the Whales Came – Ovalhouse, 22 – 31 December 2016
Press afternoon: Thursday 22nd December, 2pm
Children Gracie and Daniel have been forbidden to go near the mysterious and seemingly dangerous Birdman. But messages and clues intrigue them and, after being lost at sea in the fog and stranded on his tiny island, they begin to unravel the Birdman’s secrets, the villagers’ fears and superstitions and learn why the whales came to the island. With Wizard Presents, multi-award winning performer and storyteller Danyah Miller vividly brings to life this enchanting tale by Michael Morpurgo.