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Shows that will be worth seeing in 2018

People often ask me for show recommendations. So, I’ve put together a list of a couple of shows that I reckon will be worth seeing in 2018. (You’re welcome)

The Here and This and Now

Glenn Waldron’s new darkly comic play – first seen at Theatre Royal Plymouth – is a murky look at company away-days and the pharmaceuticals business. Oh and antibiotic resistance. Plenty of food for thought in these medicated times.

10 Jan to 10 Feb, Southwark Playhouse. http://southwarkplayhouse.co.uk/show/the-here-and-this-and-now/



The detail of the writing and the emotional truth within this modern classic will knock anyone for six. Bryony Lavery’s remarkable play explores every parent’s worst nightmare; the disappearance of a child. Suranne Jones makes a welcome return to the stage and will be directed by Jonathan Munby. Amazing.

Feb 9-May 5, Theatre Royal Haymarket. frozentheplay.com


The world premiere of Dennis Kelly’s monologue stars Cary Mulligan and tells the story of a woman who meets her future husband in a queue, apparently. The play tracks the progress and ultimate breakdown of their relationship. Lyndsey Turner is the director and Es Devlin the designer. The show recently extended by a week due to overwhelming popularity – blag, borrow or steal a ticket.

February 8 – March 17, Royal Court. royalcourttheatre.com


Girl From The North Country

Girl From The North Country

Following its sell out run at The Old Vic, Girl from the North Country has transferred to the West End for a 12 week run and many of the multi-talented cast return with several new additions. Conor McPherson weaves magic with Bob Dylan songs and reinvents them blissfully. Don’t miss this one, folks.

Runs until 24 Mar, Noël Coward Theatre. www.delfontmackintosh.co.uk/tickets/girl-from-the-north-country/

Strictly Ballroom

West Yorkshire Playhouse’s production, directed by Drew McOnie is based on the 1992 Baz Luhrmann film, with music and lyrics from Luhrmann and Catherine Martin and a book from Luhrmann and Craig Pearce. Exciting, eh?

Mar 16 – Saturday Jul 21, Piccadilly Theatre. https://www.piccadillytheatre.org/strictly-ballroom-the-musical/


Strictly Ballroom The Musical


Barney Norris’s new play opens at London’s Bridge Theatre, the new 900-seat venue founded by Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr. Norris has described Nightfall as being “about grief and the way that grief drowns life”. Should be good.

28 April to 26 May, the Bridge Theatre. bridgetheatre.co.uk


Fingers on buzzers, James Graham is back in town. Quiz is about Major Charles Ingram, the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? contestant accused of cheating by getting his mates in the audience to endorse his answers by a code of coughs. I saw Daniel Evans’ acute production at Chichester and look forward to seeing it reworked. Top notch stuff.

10 April to 16 June, Noël Coward Theatre. https://www.delfontmackintosh.co.uk/tickets/quiz/


The Rink

The Rink

This classy Kander and Ebb Musical tells the tale of an Italian housewife Anna, who runs a roller skating rink. Rather interestingly, this is the first production to be staged in London in 20 years. Anyway, The Rink will be directed by Adam Lenson, with choreography from Fabian Aloise, which is exciting.

29 May to 29 Jun, Southwark Playhouse. southwarkplayhouse.co.uk/show/the-rink/

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