2017 is shaping up to be yet another great year for theatre in London! Listed below are my top five picks for must see shows of 2017…
The Wild Party
In 2017, St. James’ Theatre will be getting a makeover to become The Other Palace- a musical theatre hub. The venue will host shows in the main house, alongside hosting small intimate concerts. Just last month, for example, Anthony Rapp (original Mark in RENT) performed in the studio. The Other Palace’s first main house production will be the UK premiere of The Wild Party¸ starring original Les Miserables Eponine- Frances Ruffelle.
‘Set against the backdrop of Manhattan’s excess of the 1920s, The Wild Party tells the story of Queenie and Burrs, a Vaudeville showgirl and clown, whose relationship is marked by vicious behaviour and recklessness. In an attempt to salvage their toxic relationship, they decide to throw a party. The guests area boasts a vivid collection of the unruly and the undone. The jazz and gin soaked party rages to a mounting sense of threat as artifice is stripped away. When the midnight debauchery turns to tragedy, the revellers must sober up and face the harsh reality that: no party lasts forever.’
It’s set to be a fantastic production and tickets are available to book now, with prices starting from £10.
An American in Paris
Cruising its way from Broadway and into the Dominion Theatre from this March, is the Tony-Award winning An American in Paris. Choreographed and directed by Christopher Wheeldon, the show is based on the famous film starring Gene Kelly.
‘An American in Paris tells the story of a young American soldier striving to make it as a painter in the aftermath of war. Following a chance encounter with a beautiful young dancer, the ‘City of Light’ becomes the backdrop to a sensuous modern romance of art, friendship, and love.’
Starring Leanne Cope and Robbie Fairchild as the young lovers, the production boasts a wealth of dancing delights from tap and jazz to classical ballet. Tickets can be booked now- so what are you waiting for?
Summer of Love
Shakespeare’s Globe’s summer season is being named the ‘Summer of Love’, and will be the second and last season artistically directed by Emma Rice. Get ready to glitter your cheeks and adorn your hair with flowers for a season of performances which are colourful, creative, and full of love. Shows which will be performed include Rice’s own interpretation of Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing (set in 1910 Mexico), Tristan and Yseult, King Lear, and much much more.
‘Love is at the centre of our human experience. It provides us with the best of times and the worst of times and reminds us that we are alive, connected and part of something greater than ourselves. A little like theatre if all goes well.’ – Emma Rice
Tickets for all productions in the season go on sale Monday 30th January at 10am.
Letters to Windsor House
Queen Mary graduates’ SH!T Theatre take their popular two-hander: Letters to Windsor House, to the Soho Theatre, a comedy show which takes a look at the housing crisis – complete with catchy ditties, loop pedals, dancing post boxes, and confessional letters. I saw the show last year when it was at the Camden People’s Theatre and think I gained abs from laughing so much – it is definitely not one to miss! Tickets start from £10 and can be booked online now.
Of course, the list of 2017 theatre would not be complete without mentioning the 11 Tony-Award-winning production of Hamilton- a pop culture phenomenon which will begin playing at the Victoria Palace Theatre in November. Tickets for this rap musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda are very hard to come by due to its popularity, but if you do not want to throw away your shot at it (ha, ha) then general ticket sales start from Monday 30th January.
Having read this article, is there one (or more) show(s) that sounds appealing to you? If so make sure to book your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment!