Ian McKellen On Stage
Unstoppable stage and screen legend Sir Ian McKellen has spent the best part of 2019 touring an autobiographical stage show – formerly called ‘Tolkien, Shakespeare, others …and you!’, now subtitled that – to 80 venues across the nation, each of which meant something special to him. Naturally even the slew of London dates sold out pretty much immediately: but now he’s bringing it back to to the capital for a proper West End run, with all money going to theatre charities. The show – directed by Sean Mathias – is effectively McKellen’s greatest hits, in which he talks about his life, answers questions and performed bits of his most famous roles, notably Gandalf and the Bard.
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Our favourite musicals
Big the Musical
This all-singing adaptation of the beloved 1988 Tom Hanks body-swap comedy long predates the recent glut of musical adaptations of ‘80s flicks – ‘Big the Musical‘ (officially styled ‘BIG the Musical’) actually premiered on Broadway in 1996. The long-delayed British production finally had a try out at Theatre Royal Plymouth in 2016, and now books in for a very limited run at one of the West End’s very biggest theatres. Jay McGuiness stars as Josh Baskin, the 12-year-old who becomes trapped in an adult’s body – to heartwarming effect – after an encounter with a mysterious fortune teller machine. Tickets on sale April 2
Our favourite plays
The Night of the Iguana
It’s been 19 years since Clive Owen acted on the West End stage and almost as long since London saw a major revival of Tennessee Williams’s brooding classic ‘The Night of the Iguana’. Now big Brit star Owen will take on the role of Rev T Lawrence Shannon, a disgraced priest now plying his trade as a second rate Mexican tour guide. James Macdonald’s production has an excellent further cast, headed up by Lia Williams, Anna Gunn and Julian Glover.
The Girl on the Train
Following an extensive UK tour, this stage adaptation of Paula Hawkins’s mega-selling novel pulls into the West End for a short run. Samantha Womack stars as Rachel Watson, a depressed alcoholic who fixates on a ‘perfect couple’ she sees through the train window every day. But when the woman in the couple disappears, Rachel suddenly finds herself a witness and a suspect. Anthony Banks directs an adaptation by Rachel Wagstaff and Duncan Abel.
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Dear Evan Hansen
It feels like 2019 is the year every single hit Broadway musical of the last three years descends upon London. Following hot on the heels of ‘Waitress’, ‘9 to 5’ and ‘Come from Away’, here’s tearjerking Tony-winner ‘Dear Evan Hansen’. Written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, with a book by Steven Levenson, the musical concerns the eponymous troubled teen, who writes himself a series of letters to help him cope with a profoundly difficult time in his life, following the tragic death of a school friend.
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