London Fashion Week may have had catwalk-strutting models taking over the capital in February, but we were more excited about a certain Tony Award-winning musical planning to saunter into Theatreland in its very own pair of highly-acclaimed heels. If you hadn’t already guessed, we’re talking about Jerry Mitchell’s production of Kinky Boots, which will receive its UK premiere at the Adelphi Theatre in September.
Another Broadway musical heading our way – in an altogether different pair of boots – is Elf. The much-loved tale about a human raised by elves, which was made famous in the festive comedy film starring Will Ferrell, will be brought to life on the Dominion Theatre’s stage from October with Ben Forster and Girls Aloud’s Kimberley Walsh leading the cast as Buddy and his love interest Jovie.
Elsewhere, casting news dominated February’s theatre announcements, with performers revealed for High Society, The Audience and the Young Vic’s new season. Olivier Award winner Rory Kinnear will lead the latter, starring in Franz Kafka’s The Trial in June. The Audience will welcome a line-up of Prime Ministers that includes David Calder, Mark Dexter and Michael Gould in the roles of Winston Churchill, David Cameron and John Major when it returns to the Apollo Theatre in April. Also in April, Kate Fleetwood will star in High Society alongside Jamie Parker and Annabel Scholey at the Old Vic.
There’s a lot to look forward to in terms of new arrivals, we think you’ll agree, but London’s long-running favourites have plenty to offer too, with Thriller Live, The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time and War Horse all announcing extensions to their West End runs.