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Unmissable theatre shows in 2023

Find out what all the fuss is about at the world’s longest-running show, or take in something brand new, here’s the top shows set to take centre stage in 2023.

Les Misérables at London’s Sondheim Theatre

Miss Saigon

When: 8 July – 12 August 2023

Having originally premiered in the West End in 1989, Miss Saigon arrives for a limited summer run at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre. Set in the latter days of the Vietnam War, it’s a multi-award-winning musical from French lyricist Alain Boublil and musical theatre composer Claude-Michel Schönberg – the pair who also brought Les Misérables to the theatre scene.

The Lehman Trilogy When: 24 January – 20 May 2023 Winner of the 2022 Tony Award for Best Play, The Lehman Trilogy makes a return to London following stints in Los Angeles and New York. The play by Stefano Massini tells the story of three Bavarian brothers dreaming of an American life and financial success. Directed by Academy Award, Golden Globe and Tony Award winner Sam Mendes, the cast of three take on this tale of adventure, family and disaster at London’s Gillian Lynne Theatre. Guys and Dolls When: 3 March – 2 September 2023 It’s a musical classic – big city gamblers, glamourous show girls and complex love stories. Visitors can discover the immersive experience that’s like no other at London’s Bridge Theatre, in the shadow of Tower Bridge, and be transported to the Depression-era streets of Manhattan. With songs Luck Be a Lady, Sit Down, and You’re Rockin’ the Boat, experience the party and extravagance of 1930s New York City. Oklahoma! When: 16 February – 2 September 2023 Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Tony Award-winning revival, Oklahoma! prances its way into the West End for 2023. Based on the 1931 play by Lynn Riggs, the musical production comes to London’s Wyndham’s Theatre re-imagined and re-orchestrated, ready to transport visitors to the early 1900s. Cabaret When: Running until December 2023 Be transported to 1930s Berlin at London’s The Kit Kat Club at the Playhouse Theatre for an electrifying tale of survival, love and war during political instability in Germany. This record-breaking seven-Olivier Award performance sees Callum Scott Howells and Madeline Brewer take on the roles of Emcee and Sally Bowles. Bonnie and Clyde When: 4 March – 21 May For a limited time at the West End’s Garrick Theatre comes the tale of two-small town kids and their thrilling adventure of love and fearlessness. After its spell in the West End, Bonnie and Clyde will complete a UK tour. Mousetrap When: Runs daily, Monday - Saturday Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap is an unmissable theatrical classic. First springing up on stage in Nottingham in 1952, and celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2022, visitors can see the iconic murder mystery at London’s St Martin’s Theatre. As word gets around that there’s been a murder in London, seven strangers must decipher which one of them is the killer – but will there be another victim? Les Misérables When: Tickets available to book until October 2023 A musical favourite, Les Misérables tells the story of Jean Valjean, a convict pursuing a new life during the French Revolution. Renowned as the West End’s longest running musical, catch Cameron Mackintosh’s commended show at London’s Sondheim Theatre. Re-born and re-dreamed for the 21st century, listen out for the acclaimed songs, I Dreamed a Dream and On my Own. Britain’s touring shows Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of) When: Running until 20 May 2023 Be immersed in the re-imagined adaption of Jane Austen’s iconic story of love, men, reputation and wealth, Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of). Brought to the stage by writer Isobel McArthur, the all-female play will tour Britain throughout 2023, having scooped an Olivier Award for Best Comedy in 2022. My Fair Lady When: Running until 1 April 2023 Following success during its residency at the West End’s London Coliseum, My Fair Lady hits the road on a UK Tour. Following the life of Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower seller, witness a story of love and transformation. Starting centre stage in Dublin, the musical will travel to Edinburgh’s Playhouse Theatre, as well as to cities including Bristol, Birmingham and Manchester. Jersey Boys When: Running until 23 April 2023 The boys are singing their way round the UK and Ireland for a musical tour filled with rock n’ roll, fame, friendship and betrayal. Follow the lives of the Jersey Boys, four blue-collar boys who find fame and success as Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, a 60s swinging band. Winner of four Tony Awards, an Olivier Award for Best New Musical and a Grammy Award, visitors can see this acclaimed true-life musical in Bristol, Edinburgh and Cardiff, among other locations.

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