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Top Five New West End Musicals in London

As the days turn cold, why not warm your cockles with these high energy new musicals

As the days turn cold and the autumn leaves start to fall, why not warm your cockles with these high energy new West End musicals?

Big the Musical
You saw the movie as a kid, now see the musical as an adult! After making a wish to become ‘big’, 12-year-old Josh miraculously grows up overnight. He finds himself in a brave new world of employment, adult girlfriends and gigantic toy pianos. The show boasts an orchestra of fifty musicians and a stellar cast including Strictly champion Jay McGuiness, Coronation Street’s Wendi Peters, and Olivier award-winning actor Matthew Kelly. 

6 September – 2 November 2019 

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Dear Evan Hansen
With a whopping six Tony’s and a Grammy to its name, Dear Evan Hansen is finally landing in London. This Broadway transfer follows Evan, an introverted teenage boy who finds it difficult to make friends. But when a tragedy descends upon one of his classmates, Evan comes out of his shell for the first time to delight those around him. The show is penned by the writers of La La Land and The Greatest Showman so you are guaranteed a night of heart-warming entertainment.  

29 October 2019 - 4 April 2020

Based on the iconic 1980 film, this production celebrates the 30th anniversary of the pirouetting phenomenon that is Fame. The show follows ambitious students of New York’s High School For The Performing Arts as they strive for love, glory and success. This classic show has impressively had seven West End runs since 1995. Go tap your toes to the Oscar-winning title song, and clap your hands for the tremendously talented, triple-threat performers in this high-kicking revival.  

11 September – 19 October 2019 
Mary Poppins
Are you looking for a show that is supercalifragilisticexpialidocious? Then look no further! Mary Poppins is flying back through the chimney tops to London this autumn after having delighted more than 12 million people worldwide. Based on the original Disney film and the book by P.L Travers, this musical has won multiple awards, including two Oliviers. The world’s most famous nanny arrives on Cherry Tree Lane to charm the Banks family children. With an enchanting score that includes A Spoonful of Sugar, Let's Go Fly a Kite and Feed The Birds this is a feel-good family show with sumptuous choreography and magical special effects. 

23 October 2019 – 29 March 2020

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& Juliet
Let’s hear her side of the story… Shakespeare’s famous ending to Romeo & Juliet is only the beginning to this new jukebox musical, which tells Juliet’s story through the pop hits of the last three decades. Romeo lies dead and poisoned. Juliet awakes from her drug-induced sleep, picks up the infamous dagger, and decides to go to Paris instead! With her Nurse and friends in tow, Juliet sets off on an escapade of self-discovery and hilarity, bopping to the tunes of Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, Ariana Grande and Celine Dion.

2 November 2019 – 28 March 2020