In 2024, the stage will come alive with diverse stories, from timeless classics to innovative new works. Lifting the curtain on a selection of must-see theatre shows, this article provides a sneak peek into the theatrical wonders that await you.
Having impressed on Broadway, Mean Girls will grace the West End for the first time – so fetch!
With its blend of sharp wit, catchy tunes and a dose of teenage drama, this fresh adaptation of the iconic classic by Tina Fey continues to follow the story of Cady Heron, an intelligent yet socially inexperienced teenager who moves from Africa to the challenging world of American high school life – only to become, herself, a plastic.
As Regina George would say: ‘This is like a really huge deal’. So, don your pink Wednesday outfit and join the plastics at the Savoy Theatre starting in June 2024. Immerse yourself in the wild world of North Shore High School.
Just For One Day
Just for One Day is based on the 1985 Live Aid benefit concert organised by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise funds for famine relief in Ethiopia.
This jukebox musical, written by John O’Farrell and directed by Luke Sheppard, will feature songs performed at the Live Aid concerts, such as David Bowie’s track ‘Heroes’, which inspired the musical’s title.
Rock ‘n’ Roll made history in the 80s by bringing 1.5 billion people together to ‘feed the world’, and it’s still changing the world, with 10% of ticket sales being donated to The Band Aid Charitable Trust.
The Live Aid musical will perform at The Old Vic Theatre between 26th January 2024 and 30th March 2024.
The Devil Wears Prada
The Devil Wears Prada has ‘dressed their way up’ to the West End, appearing at the Dominion Theatre from October 2024. Acting as an ode to fashion, it dazzles in high-fashion costumes, perfectly styling the characters’ personalities while glamorising the fashion industry.
This musical, ‘millions of girls would kill for’ to see, offers memorable songs composed and written by style and music icon Sir Elton John, and Shaina Taub. Collaborating closely with playwright Paul Rudnick, this production captivates the fashion world, ambition and Miranda Priestly’s daily drama portrayed in the novel and movie adaptation. ‘That’s all.’
The Lion King
Immerse yourself in the vibrant world of the Pride Lands and enjoy singing along to familiar, beloved songs from the movie while fully engrossed in the sublime spectacle of the African Savanna culture.
Breathing life into the stage is the vibrant spirit of the costumes inspired by the Massai dress. These theatrical costumes are a dynamic force that skilfully evokes the majesty of lions and the grace of giraffes while also conjuring up endearing and comical much-loved Timon and Pumbaa. This infusion of cultural inspiration elevates the production into a mesmerising tapestry that blends the beauty of African traditions with the enchantment of theatrical artistry.
The Lion King on stage is a visual delight cherished by audiences of all generations, continuing its run at the Lyceum Theatre until February 2024.
Les Misérables has blessed our stages since 1980. This musical adaptation brings to life Victor Hugo’s 1862 novel, telling the story of Jean Valjean, an ex-convict pursued relentlessly for decades by the determined policeman Javert.
Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, these creative sets and the rich array of period-appropriate costumes serve as a powerful visual, enhancing the storytelling to immerse you in the world of social divide, passion, resilience and redemption while highlighting the main characters’ sacrifices for change.
This enduring theatrical masterpiece will continue its captivating run at the Sondheim Theatre until September 2024.