New shows opening in the West End

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14 June 2016 | Lifestyle

This summer, several exciting new shows are set to open at venues in the West End.

With so much talent preparing to take centre stage, we’ve put together our top picks for the most anticipated shows to make sure you catch the action from the best seats in the house.

Aladdin

Where? 
Prince Edward Theatre, Old Compton St, W1D 4HS

Nearest Tube
Leicester Square (approx. 300m) or Tottenham Court Road (approx. 400m)

Who stars in it? 
Taking the title role of Aladdin is Dean John-Wilson, a former Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist famed for his musical theatre abilities.

The enchanting Princess Jasmine will be played by singer Jade Ewen as she makes her West End debut, while Trevor Dion Nicholas brings the jubilant genie to life fresh from understudying the role on Broadway.

What’s the story? 
Set in the exotic Middle Eastern town of Agrabah, street urchin Aladdin is caught stealing food when he is offered a pardon by the evil Jafar.

Sent to retrieve a magical lamp from the enchanted Cave of Wonders, Aladdin releases a wish-granting genie and transforms into his alter-ego Prince Ali.

With a whole new world in front of him and having fallen in love with Princess Jasmine, Aladdin attempts to save her from her father’s line of arranged suiters, set the genie free and stop Jafar from taking the throne.

But will he succeed?

When does it open? 
Aladdin has just opened - tickets can be booked here up to February 2017.

Dr Faustus

Where? 
Duke of Yorks Theatre, St Martin's Lane, WC2N 4BG

Nearest Tube
Leicester Square

Who stars in it? 
This all-star cast is headed up by Game of Thrones star, Kit Harrington, who plays the lead Dr Faustus.

Joining him in the roles of Mephistopheles and Good Angel are stars of stage and screen, Jenna Russell and Tom Edden.

What’s the story? 
Dr Faustus makes a pact with the devil, selling his soul for the unrestricted power of black magic, but at what cost?

This celebrated 400-year old play has been reimagined with brilliant stage illusions and dark comedy throughout for an unforgettable performance.

When does it open? 
It's open now - but hurry, the final performance is on Saturday 25th June. Tickets can be booked here.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Where? 
The Palace Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 5AY

Nearest Tube
Leicester Square (150 metres away)

Who stars in it? 
With a number of accolades under their belts for a variety of stage, film and television appearances, Jamie Parker, Noma Dumezweni and Paul Thornley embody J.K. Rowling’s beloved Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley.

What’s the story? 
Sequel to the popular Harry Potter franchise, The Cursed Child is set 19 years after the defeat of the world’s darkest wizard, Lord Voldemort.

While Harry’s youngest son Albus struggles with the weight of his own name, Harry himself grapples with his troubled past, unravelling in yet more dangerous adventure.  

When does it open?
Officially opening its doors in July, preview performances take place throughout June. Tickets can be booked here.

The best of the rest

British singer-songwriter Pixie Lott stars as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's from June 30th at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

Groundhog Day is a new musical which tells the story of a cynical Pittsburgh TV weatherman who is sent to cover an annual Groundhog Day event and finds himself caught in a time loop - you might remember the 1993 film, starring Bill Murray. 

Featuring music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, the show will run from 10 weeks from July 15th to Septmber 17th at The Old Vic - book here.

After a previous successful run in the West End, George Orwell's dystopian masterpiece 1984 returns to the Playhouse Theatre for 12 weeks from 14th June - book here.


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