The West End has a vast number of classics on offer including Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera and Wicked. However, there’s also a diverse array of new performances across 40 theatres so we’ve selected some of the new shows coming to the West End.
St Petersburg Ballet Theatre: Her name was Carmen – Ballerina Irina Kolesnikova stars in the world premiere.
Russian prima ballerina, Irina Kolesnikova, enchanted London audiences last year during her sell-out residency at the London Coliseum.
She returns to the Coliseum this year from 25-28 August, taking up the lead role in a new full-length ballet, Her Name Was Carmen.
Set not in C19th Seville, but against the backdrop of today’s refugee crisis, the ballet is a new take on an old classic and is an unprecedented collaboration between the St Petersburg Ballet Theatre and Oxfam.
50 dancers from the St Petersburg Ballet Theatre will join Kolesnikova in this new production as well as the orchestra of the English National Opera, who will play a re-orchestrated version of Bizet’s much-loved score.
One pound from every ticket sold will go towards Oxfam’s efforts to provide shelter and support to refugees in the Western Balkans.
Photo: Irina Kolesnikova as Odette. Credit: Nina Alovert
The Entertainer – Branagh takes the lead in Osborne’s classic play
From 20 August – 12 November, Kenneth Branagh brings his theatre company’s residency at the Garrick Theatre to a close with John Osborne’s The Entertainer.
Set against the backdrop of post-war Britain, Osborneʼs modern classic conjures the seedy glamour of the fading music halls as a metaphor for public life in 1950s England.
Branagh takes up the leading role playing the unheroic, old-time British music hall performer Archie Rice, alongside a talented cast including Sophie McShera and Greta Scacchi.
Image credit: Kenneth Branagh (Archie Rice) – Johan Persson
Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Pixie Lott takes to the stage as Holly Golightly
Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the classic tale of New York, good-time girl Holly Golightly, written by Truman Capote and memorably portrayed by Audrey Hepburn in the iconic 1961 film, is being given a new lease of life on the West End stage.
Opening at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on 29 June, pop star Pixie Lott will take the lead role in a sparkling and sophisticated new adaption for stage from Tony and Olivier Award-winning playwright Richard Greenberg with music and songs from the 1940s.
Image credit: Sean Ebsworth Barnes
Richard III – Ralph Fiennes stars as the Machiavellian King
Following his critically-acclaimed performance at the Old Vic earlier this year in Ibsen’s The Master Builder, Ralph Fiennes takes to the London stage again appearing in the title role in Shakespeare’s historical play, Richard III.
Opening on 7 June and running until 6 August at the Almeida Theatre, Islington, the production is an opportunity to see one of Britain’s finest stage actors play one of Shakespeare’s most challenging roles as the villainous and short-lived King of England, Richard III.
Directed by the Almeida’s artistic director, Rupert Goold, Vanessa Redgrave will star alongside Fiennes in the role of Queen Margaret.
Photography by Miles Aldridge.