Firstly, no groans about the Christmas news, please. If we didn’t tell you what London’s brilliant theatres have planned for this December, what would you have to get excited about as the nights start drawing in?
West End regular Sharon D Clarke will be appearing in the much talked-about new musical, Ghost, coming to London next year. She’ll be playing the role taken by Whoopi Goldberg in the Oscar-winning film – the psychic who manages to connect the murdered Sam with his girlfriend Molly. Ghost (with music and lyrics by Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart and Grammy Award-winner Glen Ballard) will open in London in June, following a premiere in Manchester.
Fans of smaller-scale opera are in for a treat this autumn, as the King’s Head Theatre has announced plans to re-launch as London’s Little Opera House. Speaking about the theatre’s change of direction, Artistic Director Adam Spreadbury-Maher says, “The King’s Head, as London’s Little Opera House, will be an alternative to ENO and Covent Garden, and will create a new generation of audiences, composers and performers.” The first production will be The Barber Of Seville (Or Salisbury), opening in the first week in October.
Also in October is the UK premiere of a new musical about Colette Collage, the infamous French author of Gigi and Cheri. The new musical comes from the writers behind The Fantasticks and opens at the Barons Court Theatre from 26 October.
Next up, the Young Vic’s forthcoming Christmas show has a very interesting duo behind the music. Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, aka the Pet Shop Boys, will be composing an original score for David Almond’s children’s show My Dad’s A Birdman.
Other Christmas shows announced this week include:
- Hansel and Gretel by the brilliant Kneehigh Theatre Company at the Queen Elizabeth Hall
- Beauty and the Beast at the National, directed by Katie Mitchell, produced by the same team behind The Cat In The Hat, another hit children’s show
Finally, Sweet Charity closes on 6 November, following a six-month West End run at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Read our review of the show, and book tickets online here, but hurry – there’s not long left to see this great musical!