As an exciting year of London theatre begins, Coutts Concierge has some of the hottest tickets in town.
It’s going to be an amazing year in Theatreland with a huge variety of world-class plays and musicals coming to town, featuring some of the best-known stars of stage and screen. In 2016 members of Coutts Concierge enjoyed some of the best seats at shows including Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Groundhog Day and, most recently, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new musical, School of Rock. For the new shows about to hit the London stage, Coutts Concierge continues to source the best allocations for members. Take a look at the highlights for 2017.
Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe is back on the London stage, after a four-year absence, in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Tom Stoppard’s comedy about two courtiers in Hamlet and their confusion in the wings of Shakespeare’s tragedy. From humble beginnings at the Edinburgh Festival in 1966, the play has gone on to gain popularity on both sides of the Atlantic. Adding to the hilarity, comedian Griff Rhys Jones will be performing in The Miser, a Moliѐre comedy that shows us that money doesn’t always equal happiness. As the title suggests, the central character is keen to protect his wealth and pushes his children to marry into wealthy families so he can keep it to himself.
John Boyega, who is best known for playing Finn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, will show his versatility in Woyzeck, a play about desperation, jealousy, love and murder in a small German town. And veteran actress Imelda Staunton, winner of four Olivier Awards, will appear in two shows in the coming months. First in Edward Albee’s seminal play about marital strife, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, then in Follies, which focuses on two unhappy couples as they face up to their decisions against the backdrop of a cast reunion at a Broadway theatre. Since its premier in New York in 1971 it has been a much-loved Sondheim piece.
Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe is back on the London stage after a four-year absence
Finding Neverland, a musical with music and lyrics by former Take That frontman Gary Barlow, will open in May. It tells the true story of the relationship between JM Barrie and the grieving Llewelyn Davies family, who inspired his best-known work, Peter Pan. The show has already been a hit on Broadway, where it featured Frasier star Kelsey Grammer. Barlow is one of the UK’s most successful song writers and Finding Neverland is the latest stage of a glittering career that has seen him record and write smash hit songs, appear as a judge on the X Factor and now on the BBC show Let It Shine.
Other musicals to watch out for include An American in Paris, which tells the story of a Second World War veteran who moves to Paris to make his name as a painter, falls in love but soon realises his two best friends are interested in the same woman. The Broadway classic 42nd Street, a tale about Peggy Sawyer, a woman who finds herself unexpectedly a Broadway star, is also crossing the Atlantic this year.
Here are the details of the plays and musicals opening this year. Drawing on the Concierge’s long-standing relationship with major box offices, our clients can secure allocations to shows via the automated online ticketing capability via Coutts Concierge Online.
- 22 February - 27 May: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Harold Pinter Theatre
- 25 Februrary - 29 April: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Old Vic
- 1 March - 3 June: The Miser, Garrick Theatre
- 6 May - 24 June: Woyzeck, Old Vic
- Opening 4 March: An American in Paris, Dominion Theatre
- Opening 20 March: 42nd Street, Theatre Royal Drury Lane
- Opening May: Finding Neverland, theatre to be confirmed
- Opening late 2017: Follies, National Theatre
- Opening November: Hamilton, Victoria Palace
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