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Our favourite musicals
Pretty Woman: The Musical
Every hit romcom is destined to become a musical, and while the whole it’s-about-a-prostitute-who-falls-for-her-client, er, thing possibly stopped 1990 enormo-smash ‘Pretty Woman’ being adapted earlier, the inevitable has now happened. Bryan Adams (yes, that Bryan Adams) and Jim Vallance’s take on Julia Roberts’s breakthrough hit received mixed reviews when it premiered on Broadway last year, but it lasted for a respectable enough year. That’s something the UK debut for Jerry Mitchell’s production hopes to repeat: it’s booked into the Piccadilly Theatre for a slightly unusual ‘strictly limited’ engagement of, uh, 46 weeks. There’s no word on casting at the moment, but it’s emphatically billing itself as a fun night out. Book tickets here.
Our favourite plays
Hot on the heels of the return of his Bob Dyan musical ‘Girl from the North Country’, the great Irish playwright Conor McPherson returns with a new stage adaptation of Chekhov's classic. Whether McPherson applies his full magical realist personality to ‘Uncle Vanya’ or maintains a light touch, this production is a fairly mouthwatering prospect, with Ian Rickson directing Toby Jones as the eponymous loveable sadsack and Richard Armitage as his friend, local doctor Astrov. The tone of the play tends to vary immensely from production to production – but we’re guessing from the blub here that this is going to be a pretty dark take. Rae Smith designs. Tickets go on sale Monday September 30.
More great theatre tickets
Cyrano de Bergerac
This was semi-announced aeons ago, but it’s now confirmed: James McAvoy will team up with super-director Jamie Lloyd for the fourth time on stage to star as the eponymous big-nosed polymath hero of Edmond Rostand’s 1897 play, in a new translation by Martin Crimp. ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’ also marks the start of a brand new Jamie Lloyd Company season, its first proper one since the Trafalgar Transformed days. Nothing else has been announced yet but the season will run at the Playhouse until August 2020, which would suggest two further productions. In a major initiative, 15,000 free tickets will be given away across the entire season to secondary state schools and community organisations who otherwise would not have access to the theatre. There will also be 15,000 tickets for £15 for key workers, under 30s, and those receiving job seeker’s allowance or other government benefits. These will be for specific performances, in the case of ‘Cyrano’: Dec 2 (evening), Dec 12 (matinee), Dec 16 (evening) and Jan 6 (matinee). They will go on sale Nov 4 via a special link on the ATG Tickets website. Other tickets go on general sale September 17 at 8.30am.
‘Ab Fab’ star Jennifer Saunders plays a ludicrous clairvoyant in this new production of Noël Coward's vintage comedy, which is coming to the West End after premiering at Theatre Royal Bath. ‘Blithe Spirits’ is a tale of the supernatural hijinks that ensue when a man accidentally summons up his dead ex-wife, and finds she's determined to put paid to his new marriage. Richard Eyre directs.