10 Exciting New Shows in London in 2023
Get excited! 2023 is going to be an incredible year of theatre packed with new musicals and revivals of classics, stars on stage and some very exciting new writing. If you want to plan the next 12 months of theatre before tickets sell out, check our guide to the top ten new shows you need to book sooner rather than later.
1. Ain’t Too Proud: sharp moves and sweet melodies in London
Motown fans, get ready for Broadway hit Ain’t Too Proud, which will soon be filling the Prince Edward Theatre with the snappy sounds of The Temptations. The Tony Award-winning jukebox musical charts the life and times of the rock ‘n’ roll icons to the tune of their greatest hits including “My Girl” and “Papa Was a Rolling Stone”.
2. Aspects of Love: Michael Ball stars in the Lloyd Webber romance
West End favourite Michael Ball returns to a show that made him famous - and earned him a Number Two hit in the charts with “Love Changes Everything”. This 21st century reimagining of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical about complex romantic entanglements sees Ball take on the role of Uncle George, 30 years after he played young lover Alex.
3. The Great British Bake Off Musical: a sweet musical showstopper
You read that correctly: The Great British Bake Off has inspired a brand new musical. Friendship flourishes amongst the mixing bowls as eight contestants fight to avoid soggy bottoms and become Star Baker in this sweet and funny show. It won over Cheltenham audiences during its world premiere, and we expect it to be a showstopper in London too.
4. A Little Life: James Norton stars in the Pulitzer-shortlisted novel on stage
It's a book that has inspired love, discomfort and debate, and now Hanya Yanagihara's epic story comes to the West End, directed by the visionary Ivo van Hove. This complex tale of friendship and trauma has already generated buzz in Europe and New York, and in London James Norton and Omari Douglas are just two of the starry names attached.
5. Oklahoma!: a bold revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s musical
Enjoy Oklahoma! as you've never seen it before in Daniel Fish's ground-breaking production, which boldly pulls the story into the 21st century. Audiences were clamouring for tickets during its season at the Young Vic in 2022 and on Broadway. The hype is real for its West End transfer and you won't want to miss out.
6. Orlando: Emma Corrin leads a joyous adaptation of Woolf’s novel
Fresh from playing Princess Diana in The Crown, Emma Corrin stars as Virginia Woolf's boundary-crossing protagonist in this highly-anticipated new stage adaptation of the classic novel. Directed by Michael Grandage (My Policeman; Frozen the Musical), expect a celebratory, time-travelling adventure at the Garrick Theatre.
7. Guys & Dolls: party in Havana at this immersive musical
Gamble in New York and party in Havana at the Bridge Theatre’s immersive new revival of the Broadway classic. Nicholas Hytner’s production is staged in the round with standing tickets available, so you can lose yourself in the crowd or enjoy the romance between gambler Skye Masterson and evangelist Sarah Brown from your seats.
8. Patriots: the complex world of Russian oligarchs
The Crown creator Peter Morgan’s excellent, gripping play about Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky’s rise and fall from favour in post-Soviet Russia thrilled audiences during its premiere at the Almeida Theatre. It transfers to the West End in May 2023, with star Tom Hollander returning as Berezovsky.
9. The Unfriend: Steven Moffat proves that manners can be murder!
What would you do if a pushy, Trump-loving, possibly dangerous holiday “friend” invited themselves to stay at your house? Sherlock’s Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss have teamed up for this hilarious satire about remaining polite at all costs, starring Frances Barber, Amanda Abbington and Reece Shearsmith.
10. The Lehman Trilogy: the rise and fall of a financial dynasty
The story of a banking firm may not seem scintillating on paper, but this is a thrilling piece of theatre. Following the family through three generations, The Lehman Trilogy opens with a young Jewish man arriving in New York and closes with a company and economy in ruins. Already a hit for the National Theatre, it returns to the West End after a successful Broadway run.