Curtains up! The new West End shows for 2014
By Michael Manton, Thursday, January 16, 2014
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, starring Robert Lindsay and Rufus Hound
From the anticipated return of a West End blockbuster to Harry Hill's X-Factor inspired musical comedy, we take a look at some of the theatrical treats in store for the West End this year...
This year's big theatrical event is the return of Miss Saigon
. One of the most popular shows in West End history, this epic retelling of Madame Butterfly is set in the final days of the Vietnam War.
Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Alain Boublil and Claude Michel Schönberg’s epic musical has already broken box office records for first day ticket sales and is sure to be a smash hit when it opens at the Prince Edward Theatre on May 3.
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The Pajama Game
Following a critically acclaimed run at the Chichester Festival Theatre, Richard Eyre's sensational production of The Pajama Game
will be coming to the West End for a limited season.
Set in 1950s America, this classic Broadway musical is a romantic comedy set against the backdrop of an industrial dispute at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory. Will love, eventually, conquer all? We'll find out in May at the Shaftesbury Theatre.
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I Can't Sing
A musical based on The X-Factor from the deranged pen of Harry Hill? It probably won't be to everyone's tastes, but this comedy musical certainly seems like the most unusual show to open this year.
Following one talent show hopeful on her journey through the star-making competition, the musical promises to lovingly poke fun at the TV phenomenon using 19 songs, a host of unusual contestants and a talking dog... of course. I Can't Sing
opens at the London Palladium in February.
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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
The current fashion for converting films into West End plays and musicals continues apace this year and this one looks to be a corker. Based on the classic comedy film starring Sir Michael Caine and Steve Martin, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
transports us to the French Riviera, as two seasoned swindlers attempt to hoodwink a millionaire heiress.
The show stars three-time Olivier and Tony Award winner Robert Lindsay and comedian Rufus hound, fresh from his success with One Man, Two Guvnors. Enjoy a sophisticated and suave night out, with a little mischief on the side, from this March.
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The Full Monty
Featuring songs from the film by Donna Summer, Hot Chocolate and Tom Jones, this stage-version of the smash-hit 1997 film is sure to be equally popular. Simon Beaufoy, the Oscar winning screenwriter, has gone back to Sheffield where it all started to rediscover the men, the women, the heartache and the hilarity of a city on the dole.
Now that they're back, live on stage, the question we're all asking is... is it really going to be The Full Monty
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Sex, deception, revenge and boiled rabbit... all the ingredients required for a thrilling night out at the theatre. This whip-taut tale of obsession and revenge tracks the consequences of an extramarital affair that quickly becomes a living nightmare for successful New York lawyer Dan Gallagher.
is being dramatically re-interpreted for the stage by original screenwriter James Dearden and directed by national treasure, Sir Trevor Nunn. It opens at the Theatre Royal Haymarket for a limited run from March 25.
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