It’s a new year, and a new start for the latest shows set to open in the West End this month, and we also say goodbye to a few of our favourite productions…
The Judas Kiss
Where: Duke of York’s Theatre, St. Martins Lane, London.
Nearest Tube: Leicester Square.
Starring: Rupert Everett as Oscar Wilde, and Freddie Fox as Lord Alfred Douglas.
What’s it all about?: It’s 1895 and Oscar Wilde’s masterpiece, The Importance of Being Earnest, is playing in the West End after a triumphant premiere, but already the wheels are in motion which will lead to Wilde’s imprisonment, downfall and vilification. Forced to make a choice between his lover, Lord Alfred Douglas, and his freedom, the ever romantic Wilde embarks on a course towards self-destruction.
Previews from 9 January 2013, for 13 weeks only. Tickets from £20.
Where: Wyndham’s Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London.
Nearest Tube: Leicester Square.
Starring: Rowan Atkinson.
What’s it all about?: Set in the 1960s in an English language school for foreigners, this tragicomic play is a humourous but ultimately moving account of several years in the lives of seven teachers. At the heart of the group is St. John Quartermaine (Rowan Atkinson) – kind, pleasant and agreeable, but utterly hopeless as a teacher. An almost permanent feature in the staff room, he’s always available to listen to the problems of his self-obsessed colleagues. But when a new Principal is appointed, Quartermaine’s future looks precarious…
Previews from 23 January 2013, for 12 weeks only. Tickets from £25.
My Big Gay Italian Wedding
Where: Greenwich Theatre, Crooms Hill, London.
Nearest Tube: Greenwich or Cutty Sark.
What’s it all about?: Following its critically acclaimed UK tour, join the congregation as this comic tour-de-force and off-Broadway cult hit arrives in Greenwich for a strictly limited engagement. Andrew and Anthony are getting married – and everyone wants to ‘help’! My Big Gay Italian Wedding spins into a hysterical fiasco as everyone tries to have their way. This music and dance filled extravaganza has been playing to sold-out houses in New York for years and is showing no signs of finishing the reception early. It even features members of The London Gay Men’s Chorus.
Playing from Wednesday 30 January to Sunday 3 February 2013 only. Tickets £15, and £12.50 concessions.
Where: Phoenix Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London.
Nearest Tube: Tottenham Cout Road.
Starring: Strictly Come Dancing professionals Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace. Also starring Russell Grant.
What’s it all about?: Set in a late-night bar in downtown Buenos Aires, Midnight Tango brings to life all the drama, sensuality and elegance of the tango. A journey into the heart of this intoxicating city, as danger and excitement, joy and jealousy, pain and passion combine into a spectacular and explosive evening.
Previews from 30 January 2013, running until 2 March 2013. Tickets from £20.
Transfers and closures
Loserville closes on 5 January 2013 at The Garrick Theatre, London, and makes way for Rock Of Ages, reopening on the 18 January, after its transfer from The Shaftesbury Theatre.
Will Young and Michelle Ryan perform for the last time on 19 January 2013, after the curtain comes down on the sassy and sexy musical Cabaret at The Savoy.
1960s jukebox musical Dreamboats and Petticoats also closes on 19 January 2013, making way for Quartermaine’s Terms at the Wyndhams’s Theatre.
The musical adaptation of children’s book Room On The Broom at The Lyric Theatre closes on 13 January 2013. Whilst Dr. Seuss musical, and So So Gay favourite Seussical, plays for the last time on 6 January 2013 at The Arts Theatre.
Finally, the end of Christmas also signals the end of Scrooge The Musical at the London Palladium on 12 January 2013. Watch out for an exciting new production of A Chorus Line opening there in February, starring John Partridge and Scarlett Strallen.