2015 West End

Beautiful small image2014 was a bumper year for the West End as it saw the arrival of I Can’t Sing, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Memphis, Made in Dagenham and the return of Cats! 2015 looks set to follow suit, with plenty in the pipeline to excite theatregoers.

Beginning previews in December 2014, but officially opening on the 12th of January 2015, David Yazbeck and Jeffrey Lane bring the Tony Award nominated production of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown to the Playhouse Theatre. The Spanish set musical will star Tamsin Grieg and West End favourite, Willemijn Verkaik.

Also opening early in 2015 is Broadway transfer, Beautiful, a musical based on the life of Carole King. Beautiful proved a smash hit success in New York, scooping 2 Tony Awards in 2014. Beautiful will run at the Aldwych Theatre with its press night on 25th of February.

Chichester Festival Theatre transfer, Gypsy, will open at the Savoy Theatre starring original Chichester cast member and acting sensation, Imelda Staunton. The show received rave reviews for its run in the South of England and will Gypsy Imelda Official Theatreopen for previews in the West End from 28th March.

The Apollo Theatre is set for some serious theatrical action in 2015 with Donmar Warehouse transfer of My Night With Reg, followed by a West End revival of The Audience, starring Kristin Scott Thomas as The Queen.

2015 is a strong year for transfers and revivals, with the Royal Court’s The Nether arriving at the Duke of York’s Theatre and the Donmar Warehouse’s A View From The Bridge making a West End transfer to the Wyndham’s Theatre in February. Lord of The Dance: Dangerous Games will find a new home at the Dominion and Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s To Kill a Mockingbird arrives at the Barbican.

The hotly anticipated musical Bend It Like Beckham arrives at the Phoenix following the departure of Once, opening for previews on the 11th June 2015. The show, based on the film of the same name, has been in the pipeline for years and will finally arrive with the same creative team behind the film involved with the show.

3  HAMLET2015 has two big, celebrity led, plays in its pipeline so far with Benedict Cumberbatch set to star as Hamlet at the Barbican in a production directed by Lyndsey Turner. The show will run from August – late October 2015.

Damien Lewis will star in David Mamet production, American Buffalo, at the Wyndham’s, opening in June.

The West End still waits in anticipation for news of Back To The Future, which was originally scheduled for a 2015 opening but has been delayed following Jamie Lloyd’s departure from the creative team.

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