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Theatre Guide: Top Ten Shows for 2024

The West End will see the return of some old favourites. together with some brand new shows in 2024. Here's a round-up of our top 10 must-see shows.

Stranger Things: The First Shadow. Photo: Manuel Harlan
1. Stranger Things: The First Shadow

This sci-fi Netflix phenomenon is being brought to life at the Phoenix Theatre, except this time, we’re going way back to the beginning, with a young Jim Hopper having car trouble, and Joyce Maldonado ready to get out of this small town.

Where: Phoenix Theatre, Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0JP.

When: Runs until 24th August 2024.

Tickets: From £20.

Tel: 033 3009 6690.

Station: Tottenham Court Road.

2. Cruel Intentions: The ‘90s Musical

With a nostalgic soundtrack and an unexpected romance, this musical adaptation of the '90s cult classic film depicts the story of two manipulative step-siblings, Sebastian and Kathryn, who partake in a cruel bet of seducing and destroying the life of an innocent girl, Annette, and anyone who stands in their way.

Where: Other Palace, Palace Street, SW1E 5JA.

When: From 11th January 2024.

Tickets: From £31.

Tel: 020 7592 0302.

Station: Victoria / St. James Park.

Edward Scissorhands. Photo: Johan Persson
3. Edward Scissorhands

Tim Burton’s bittersweet story is now on stage and ready for fans - old and new - to fall in love again. With music by Danny Elfman, Edward Scissorhands is a cult classic about a unique boy and how he turns a quiet, basic town upside down with his special gift and kindness.

Where: Sadler Wells Theatre, Rosebery Ave, EC1R 4TN.

When: 9th to 20th January 2024.

Tickets: From £38.

Tel: 020 78638000.

Station: Angel.

4. Standing at the Sky’s Edge

A modern love letter to Sheffield and its community,Standing at Sky’s Edge is an eye-opening production about the Park Hill housing estate, and three generations of its inhabitants that cross each other’s paths and leave their own marks on the estate over six decades.

Where: Gillian Lynne Theatre, Drury Lane, WC2B 5PW.

When: From 8th February 2024.

Tickets: From £20.

Tel: 020 3925 2998.

Station: Holborn / Tottenham Court Road.

Sister Act The Musical. Photo: Manuel Harlan
5. Sister Act The Musical

Olivier Award-winner Beverley Knight returns as lounge singer Delorian Cartier in this classic show about soul and sisterhood. After witnessing her boyfriend murdering an employee, Delorian is forced to hide as a nun under the witness protection program, but can she handle her new rigid life under Mother Superior?

Where: Dominion Theatre, Tottenham Court Road, W1T 7AQ.

When: From 15th March 2024.

Tickets: From £25.

Tel: 020 7927 0900.

Station: Tottenham Court Road.

6. Starlight Express

In Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 1984 musical, a child’s toy trains come to life and compete in an exciting race to see who the fastest engine is; Rusty the steam train aims for the gold in order to win the heart of Pearl, the beloved first-class observation car.

Where: Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre, Fulton Road, HA9 0SP.

When: From 8th June 2024.

Tickets: From £29.50.

Tel: 033 3009 6690.

Station: Wembley Park.

7. Mean Girls

Based on Tina Fey’s (“30 Rock”) iconic 2004 film, the Mean Girls musical brings North Shore High and The Plastics to West End. Home-schooled Cady Heron is ready for her first day at a proper high school, but soon realises that teenage girls can be way more savage than Africa’s wildlife, and devises a plan to take the popular “Plastics”clique down.

Where: Savoy Theatre, Savoy Court, WC2R 0ET.

When: From 6th June 2024.

Tickets: From £22.80.

Tel: 0844 871 3000.

Station: Charing Cross /Temple / Covent Garden.

8. Hadestown

This Tony and Grammy-award winning musical by Anaïs Mitchell tells a refreshing take on the Greek myth of the talented musician, Orpheus, and a young, independent woman, Eurydice, who fall madly in love. When Eurydice sells her soul to work in the underworld for King Hades and his wife, Persephone, Orpheus, is determined to get her back.

Where: Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Ave, W1D 7ES.

When: From 10th February 2024.

Tickets: From £20.

Tel: 033 3009 6690.

Station: Piccadilly Circus.

MJ The Musical. Photo: Matthew Murphy
9. MJ the musical

Inspired by the life of the King of Pop, MJ the Musical follows the life of Michael Jackson during the making of his 1992 Dangerous World Tour, and is sure to have you moonwalking and belting all his classic hits including Billie Jean, Beat It, Thriller and Smooth Criminal.

Where: Prince Edward Theatre, Old Compton Street, W1D 4HS.

When: From 6th March 2024.

Tickets: From £20.

Tel: 0344 482 5151.

Station: Tottenham Court Road / Leicester Square.

10. The King and I

Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I epitomises the golden age of musicals and is the winner of multiple awards. Prepare to be transported into a world of rich traditions, complex relationships, and political intrigue. With its touching themes of love and understanding, The King and I is a masterpiece that has stood the test of time. It is confirmed that The King and I will be making a West End transfer. Book your tickets now!

Where: Dominion Theatre, Tottenham Court Road, W1T 7AQ.

When: Until 2nd March 2024.

Tickets: From £22.50.

Tel: 020 7927 0900.

Station: Tottenham Court Road.

And for Something Totally Different...

Priscilla The Party
Priscilla The Party! Photo: Alan West
Priscilla The Party!

Based on the Oscar-winning movie, Priscilla The Party! tells the same heart-warming, uplifting story of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus, searching for love and friendship, and end up finding more than they could have ever dreamed of. This sensory experience is poised to transport participants to the boundless Australian outback, a world of glitz, glamour and endless entertainment.

Where: Outernet, Charing Cross Rd, WC2H 8LH.

When: From 25th March 2024 to 30th September 2024.

Tickets: From £60.

Station: Tottenham Court Road.


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