A gorge of shows are opening in the West End, Edinburgh and Stratford upon Avon during the next couple of months certain to take the chill off the below freezing temperatures we are experiencing at the moment.
First up on 10th February, the successful Broadway transfer of Beautiful : The Carole King Musical opens at the Aldwych theatre (and Theatre Break Angels are excited to be seeing it on 25th Feb). Depicting the real-life events of multiple award winning songtress Carole King from her first song being published at 17 years old to her marriage and song-writing partnership with Gerry Goffin. You will be amazed at how many hits songs she’s actually written including Will You Love Me Tomorrow, Locomotion and You’ve Got A Friend.
Up in Edinburgh on 24th February Dirty Dancing returns to the Playhouse Theatre for a two week residency. Followed in April by the return of Lord of the Dance : Dangerous Games. Edinburgh’s policy is obviously “if a show sells out the first, second (and even third time) then have it back again!” which is great news for all those theatre goers North of the Border who cannot make it to London to see the West End shows.
Back in London, another show returns for an amazing fourth time – well, it only goes to show you can’t keep two of Britians most prolific song-writers at bay as Let It Be opens at the Garrick theatre on 28th February and will entertain the nation once more with all of the Beatles greatest hits until the end of September.
Another return to the West End is the afore-mentioned Lord of the Dance : Dangerous Games this time alighting the Dominion theatre stage with its electricfying Irish dancing moves choreographed by Michael Flately. The show opens on 13th March and it’s just been announced that Mr Flately, himself, will play the lead role in the first two weeks’ performances of the six month run.
Over in Stratford upon Avon Jacobean tragedy The Jew of Malta and Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman run together in rep at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre set on the banks of the River Avon – the most idyllic of settings for a Theatre Break out of the capital.
And at the end of March, Imelda Staunton will reprise her lead role in Gypsy when it begins its previews at the Savoy theatre on 28th March. Whilst at the Chichester Festival Miss Staunton recieved stunning reviews over her portrayal of real-life burlesque queen Gypsy Rose Lee.