The theatres are lit up by the most starry and sparkling treats. Here are a collection of fabulous theatre shows in the Strand, seconds away from the Strand Palace.
The cult favourite, La Soirée segues into the Aldwych Theatre this year. It’s sold out in the past in tents all around the city, but this is the first time this heady combination of cabaret and circus, elegant burlesque and new wave variety takes to the boards in a grand theatre venue. Expect contortionists, comedy, clowns and risqué, ridiculous and funny feats. Afternoon shows are almost as feisty, but perhaps just a little less full on.
Jiminy Cricket and Pinocchio feature in a spectacular new production in which songs and the original heartfelt score will resound over the Southbank this December. When You Wish Upon a Star has never sounded so good, brought to the stage by the director of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Matilda. It’s a spectacular and very seasonal production. What’s more, there’s a Hi-diddle-dee-Tea, an afternoon tea inspired by the Disney film and this superb stage show available after matinees and before evening performances on selected dates.
At the National Theatre, from 1 December to 31 March
Thirty-five years after the groundbreaking original Broadway production, this UK and West End premiere of the sensational Tony Award® and Olivier Award-winning musical is playing to standing ovations every night at the Savoy Theatre, London. Let your soul sing with an extraordinary story and sensational vocals that are sending audiences wild at every single show. This spectacular musical production soars with the classic songs, ‘And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going’, ‘I Am Changing’, ‘Listen’ and ‘One Night Only’.
At the Savoy Theatre, until 2 June 2018
And last, and certainly not to be missed this season, just around the corner from the Strand Palace, the often incandescent, more frequently incomparable Jennifer Saunders of Ab Fab and far beyond fame returns to the West End for the first time in more than two decades. This time she’s starring in the last of a year-long celebration of Oscar Wilde specials at the Vaudeville Theatre – an almost sold-out ticket. There’s still time – just – to book into one of the most English classics of them all. Saunders plays the Duchess of Berwick. Kathy Burke, known for almost the absolute opposite, directs.
At the Vaudeville Theatre from 22 January to 7 April 2018