Book for the Best — The Most Anticipated UK Events of 2016
2016 is sure to be a great year for the stage in London, some classics will be experiencing their final curtain call whilst others soon to open are bound to impress audiences. Theatre breaks are available at Door2Tour.com from as little as £119.
Venue: Duke of York’s Theatre, St Martin’s Lane, London
Any Kit Harrington fans in the house? The play is being praised for its innovative take on the legendary Doctor Faustus story which is being presented to us by The Jamie Lloyd Company and stars ‘Game of Thrones” star Kit Harrington. The play also marks the long awaited return of Harrington to the London stage which is all set for release in April of 2016. We all know the story, Doctor Faustus makes a pact with the devil and sells his soul in return for fame, fortune and power. The blackly comic new scenes, an excellent cast and dynamic stage illusions, makes Doctor Faustus one of those show events you definitely wouldn’t want to miss in 2016.
In the Heights
Venue: King’s Cross Theatre, On the corner of King’s Boulevard and Good’s Way King’s Cross
Dubbed as the Broadway show that’s so electrifying it can power the London power grid, In the Heights is one of the most vibrant and interesting musicals produced in a long time. The Tony award winning show is infectious to say the least and makes it easy for the audience to get lost in the Latin rhythms, alongside hip hop, pop and R&B performances that makes it seem you’re sitting in theatre in Manhattan and not in London’s King’s Cross. Easily one of the best and definitely one of the most sassiest of theatre shows in 2016, and one that definitely warrants a visit at least once.
Goodnight Mister Tom
Venue: Duke of York’s Theatre, St Martin’s Lane, London
Goodnight Mister Tom is an Oliver award winning Chichester Festival production which has got many fans excited, and for good reason. The play is set during the formative days of World War 2, and follows a young boy who is evacuated to an English countryside and forms a lasting bond with an older man Mr Tom. The heart warming relationship and the challenges from which the young William Beech escapes really makes this one of the must-see show events of 2016.
Venue: Savoy Theatre, Strand, London
Funny Girl stars the multi award winning Sheridan Smith. This musical classic tells the story of one Fanny Brice played by Smith, whose vocal talent helps her rise all the way to a mega star of Broadway. This bold new production features some of the most iconic songs in both film and theatre such as “Don’t rain on my parade” and “People”. Directed by Michael Mayer and featuring the music of Jule Styne and Bo Merrill, Funny Girl has all the ingredients of a great theatre that’s scheduled for April 2016.
Venue: Adelphi Theatre, London
Kinky Boots is a another Tony award winning musical which stars Grammy and Tony award winning singer Cyndi Lauper. The hilarious and heartwarming musical takes the audience on a journey at discovering true friendships and the belief that we all have the power to chance the world for the better. Inspired by real life events, Kinky Boots is more of a joyous celebration of life and all the kinkiness that comes along with it. The show is scheduled for February, March and June, so get online and find out the details now.
Venue: Apollo Victoria, 17 Wilton Road, London
“Wicked!” that’s the only way one can describe this play that’s been casting its spell on audiences since its release almost a decade ago. Based on the popular novel by Gregory Maguire, Wicked tells the story of two girls and their adventures in the land of Oz. The play is packed with amazing special effects and visuals, making it one of the best theatre performances who will get to see in a long time. You’ll also get to see some great performances from the stars of the show as they perform show stopping songs by the multi award winning Stephen Schwartz.
Venue: Piccadilly Theatre, 16 Denman Street, London
Jersey Boys has been a smash hit worldwide, and tells the rise to stardom of one of the most successful bands in pop history. Winner of the Olivier award in 2009 and countless other accolades, Jersey Boys never fails to impress the crowd no matter what the venue. Jersey Boys features the inimitable sound of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, making it a must-see show for 2016.
Venue: Trafalgar Studios, 14 Whitehall, London
If you’re looking for a wonderfully penned and enthralling performance then Raz is simply a rhythmic and visual treat. Directed by Anthony Banks who was the Associate Director at the National Theatre, Raz is a strange story of Shane, a low paid employee who lives life large during the weekend, which is one hell of a roller coaster ride. It’s a demanding show that’s skillfully executed, making it one of the crowd favorites of 2016 that’s all set to hit theatres this March.
The Spanish Riding School of Vienna
Venues: The SSE, Wembley Arena, London and Genting Arena, Birmingham.
The Spanish Riding School is over 450 years old and specialises in the art of Haute Ecole or classical horsemanship. The art involves the study of the movements of a horse, which is then used to train them systematically. The result, a dramatic and stunning display of balance and harmony which is awe inspiring to say the least. Up to seventy horses perform at the show, which is known for its incredibly high standards, making it the watermark of excellence in horsemanship. To celebrate their 450th anniversary, the Spanish Riding School of Vienna is scheduled to perform six times in November 2016. Even the Queen is a fan of the Spanish Riding School of Vienna, so there you go!
So, these were the spine tingling show events that are en-route to you in 2016, which is sure to make the year a really exciting one for theatre goers.