A new year means a wave of new theatre coming into the West End! Although I do love the classics, it’s always nice to see some fresh blood in London theatre. These are the six shows I cannot wait to see in 2019.
Mary Poppins @ Prince Edward Theatre
After the cinematic release of Mary Poppins Returns, it’s absolutely perfect timing that Disney have decided to bring back their stage production of Mary Poppins, based on the original film. Starring Zizi Strallen (who was fantastic in Strictly Ballroom last year!) as Mary herself alongside Charlie Stemp as Bert, this is sure to be a hit for all the family when it arrives back in the West End autumn 2019.
Peter Gynt @ National Theatre
I was absolutely floored by James McArdle’s performance as Louis in Angels in America at the National back in 2017 and, after a stint in the show on Broadway, he is returning to the NT to headline David Hare’s Peter Gynt. This play will be a modern adaptation of Ibsen’s Peer Gynt, which followed the downfall across the lifespan of the anti-hero protagonist. I read the original play towards the end of last year and I’m intrigued to see how this will be adapted, considering the list of characters included trolls and fairies.
Death of a Salesman @ Young Vic
The Young Vic have been absolutely killing it with their brilliant programming over the last year and now under Kwame Kwei-Armah’s artistic direction, it is set to be the same in 2019. Arthur Miller’s famous play Death of a Salesman will be directed by the incredible Marianne Elliott OBE and will star Wendel Pierce and Sharon D. Clarke as Willy and Linda Loman alongside Arinzé Kene as their son Biff. If this production is set to be like the recent revivals Marianne has helmed such as Angels in America and Company, we are certainly in for a treat.
Emilia @ Vaudeville Theatre
Maybe it’s a bit of a cop out putting this on the list given the short run at The Globe last year made it into my top 10…. But I can’t help it. Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s play is one of the best new plays I’ve seen in recent years, I can’t wait to revisit it again (and again, let’s face it).
Dear Evan Hansen @ Noel Coward Theatre
I saw the show on Broadway in 2017 and I am beyond excited that Dear Evan Hansen is arriving in the West End towards the end of 2019. This show had me laughing one minute and crying the next. Pasek and Paul’s musical is truly a work of art and I can’t wait for more audiences to see it.
All About Eve @ Noel Coward Theatre
I don’t think my friend Sam and I are going to survive watching both of our faves Gillian Anderson and Lily James in the same play together. I actually have no idea what to expect with this play as I’ve never seen the film! But both of these actresses are fantastic and Ivo Van Hove is known for creating brilliant theatre. So I shall find out in February what I think of it when I see it then!
What shows are you looking forward to in 2019? Let me know!
Until next time,