With a brand new year around the corner, it’s the perfect time to start planning ahead and deciding what you’d like to look forward to. With dozens of fantastic theatres in the city, London will be home to some exciting new theatrical productions in 2020. From feel-good musicals that will leave you humming with positivity, to inspiring and thought-provoking dramas from some of the world’s top talent, there is plenty in store in the West End in the year ahead.
Whether you’re a serious theatre buff or simply love the chance to see some great action on stage, it’s the ideal moment to fill up your calendar for the coming year. Read on to find out more about some of the best theatre shows to look forward to, and book in a great value stay with one of the Special Offers London Hotels.
Endgame at The Old Vic
With a stellar cast, including Alan Cumming, Daniel Radcliffe and Jane Horrocks, Endgame is a great opportunity to see some of the UK’s best contemporary talents bringing Samuel Beckett’s macabre comedy to life. Featuring the double act of two aged parents dwelling in bins, the bleak double-act casts a wry but funny view at life’s cruelty while still looking for hope. The play opens at the iconic Old Vic Theatre on January 27, and with a strong cast, you can expect tickets to fly out quickly.
Before the main performance, you’ll also be treated to a second serving of Beckett, as the play will be doubled up with a rarer short piece from the acclaimed playwright, Rough for Theatre II, which features two men discussing the fate of another silent man in the room.
Beckett can get a little intense, so if you need some light relief afterwards, book in for a relaxing dinner at the Restaurants West End London, where you can unwind at ease.
The Prince of Egypt at the Dominion Theatre
Coming to London in February 2020, The Prince of Egypt promises to be a captivating new musical, based on the hit animated film. It’ll feature some familiar songs as well as plenty of new ones that’ll you’ll be left humming after the show, as you journey through ancient Egypt, following the well-known destiny of the two brothers raised together. Expect dramatic backdrops and mesmerising visuals as you’re transported back in time.
The musical is perfect for a family visit and guarantees a great, feel-good experience, full of hope and celebration of the human spirit. If you’re catching the show together, treat everyone to some Afternoon Tea London Deals beforehand or after a matinee, to make the day even more special and memorable.
Pretty Woman at the Piccadilly Theatre
Based on the unforgettable movie of the same name, Pretty Woman: The Musical is making its London transfer after a brilliant performance in Broadway. Opening in the city in February, it’s been eagerly anticipated, and is the perfect show to visit for a fun night out with friends. With music penned by the Canadian rock star, Bryan Adams, and a fantastic cast, it’s the perfect mix of romantic fantasy and musical joy.
Just a five-minute walk away from the theatre, the Piccadilly Hotel London is the ideal place to stay, ensuring you can have a luxurious night’s rest after the performance.
Leopoldstadt at Wyndham’s Theatre
Coming to the renowned Wyndham’s Theatre from 25 January, this new play from one of the country’s most revered contemporary playwrights, Tom Stoppard, promises a captivating and moving show.
Leopoldstadt centres on Vienna at the start of the 20th century, and is a heart-wrenching show about family and love, set amongst the backdrop of the city’s old Jewish quarter, as hundreds of thousands of Jews fled from the pogroms in the East to seek refuge.
A much talked about play, it’s worth getting tickets ahead of time as this is sure to sell out quickly. Look out for great value packages at the Piccadilly Hotel London for the perfect theatre break in the city.
The Upstart Crow at the Gielgud Theatre
Serving up a comedy treat on the West End, The Upstart Crow sees Ben Elton’s much-loved sitcom brought to the big stage. The hilarious play stars David Mitchell as he dons a bald wig and belly to play William Shakespeare, who is juggling a rough point in his career with challenges in his personal life.
The TV version was met with huge critical acclaim, so you can be confident of a great performance with the live version. With some of the country’s best comedic talent at the helm, it’ll be hard to keep a straight face.
The Doctor at the Duke of York’s Theatre
Robert Icke’s The Doctor was a triumphant show when it was first performed at the Almeida Theatre, and in 2020, it will be transferring to a bigger audience, at the illustrious Duke of York’s.
The striking and memorable show is an adaptation of Arthur Schnitzler’s Professor Bernhardi, originally a sharp portrait of anti-Semitism in Viennese society at the turn of the 20th century. Icke’s play opens up broader contemporary themes, incorporating discussions of race, gender and class into the mix, as well as putting medical ethics into the spotlight.
Opening in April 2020, it’s worth getting ahead with tickets after the play’s sell-out performance this year.
Life of Pi at Wyndham’s Theatre
Coming to London in June 2020, Life of Pi brings the memorable and captivating novel and film of the same name to the stage. The production features charming life-size puppets, and follows the incredible journey of a boy and a tiger, caught together after a shipwreck.
The award-winning novel already captured millions of hearts around the world, and earlier shows in Sheffield this year were met with huge acclaim. Promising an intimate, surreal and immersive experience for theatre-goers, Life of Pi is sure to be one of the must-see performances in London this coming year.