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7 Exciting New Shows in London in 2024-2025

2024 has proven itself an incredible time for theatre in the capital, and a huge number of fantastic shows are gearing up to open over the next 12 months. As we head into summer, you can book now for lots of exciting London theatre shows in July and beyond that people will hyping for months to come! Expect the return of some of the biggest hits of yesteryear and new writing that will transport you all around the world from the comfort of your seat. There’s never been a better time to visit London and immerse yourself in a new play or musical.

Below, we have listed our pick of the most hyped, must-see plays and best musicals in London over the coming year. Get excited, but most importantly get booking so you don’t miss out on the shows everyone will be talking about!

1. My Neighbour Totoro: Studio Ghibli magically realised on stage

My Neighbour Totoro London
My Neighbour Totoro London
Find your spirit with tickets to the "awe-inspiring" (Time Out) West End transfer of Studio Ghibli's beloved film on stage. This six-time Olivier Award winner is a breathtaking triumph from the Royal Shakespeare Company and Joe Hisaishi that has already enjoyed two sold-out seasons at the Barbican Theatre. Now, it is one of 2025's biggest theatre events for anyone who wants to escape into a world of whimsy, sisterhood and childhood imagination.
from £29.80
Opens March 2025

2. Hello, Dolly: Make a match with Imelda Staunton!

Hello, Dolly! London
Hello, Dolly! London
Theatrical heavyweight Imelda Staunton is back in the West End in a dazzling revival of Hello, Dolly!. This classic story about a socialite turned meddling matchmaker is exuberant fun and a real showpiece for its main actress. Staunton is a powerhouse in everything she does, but we think Dolly Levi might be the most perfect match for her yet! This production is at the Palladium for a limited time, so book early to avoid missing out.
from £20.00
Save up to £19.50
Opens July 2024

3. Dr Strangelove: Steve Coogan takes on Kubrick

Dr. Strangelove London
Dr. Strangelove London
Alan Partridge and The Reckoning star Steve Coogan stars in the West End premiere of this huge new play, based on Stanley Kubrick's classic Cold War satire. Adapted by Armando Iannucci (The Thick of It), expect biting comedy, shocks and an incredible performance from Coogan as a rogue US general who presses the nuclear button.
from £31.00
Opens October 2024

4. Next to Normal: a Broadway phenomenon finally hits London

Next to Normal London
Next to Normal London
There are some Broadway musicals that West End audiences wait years for, and Next to Normal is well worth that wait! After a UK premiere at the Donmar Warehouse, this "brave and breathtaking" (The New York Times) musical now transfers to Wyndham's Theatre for a strictly limited season. The story of a US mother and wife who lives with bipolar disorder and regrets from her past has fantastic rock-inspired songs, and it will stay with you long after you've watched it.
from £23.80
Opens June 2024

5. Oliver!: a thrilling new revival of the crowd-pleaser musical

Oliver! London
Oliver! London
It has sparked a love of musical theatre for generations thanks to catchy songs, a touching story and the Oscar-winning film adaptation, and now you can enjoy the magic of Lionel Bart's iconic show live on stage. Producer Cameron Mackintosh and award-winning director/choreographer Matthew Bourne lead this exciting, reconceived version of Oliver!, which is back in the West End for the first time in over a decade.
Opens December 2024

6. Inside No 9: brand new thrills from Pemberton and Shearsmith!

Inside No 9 Stage/Fright London
Inside No 9 Stage/Fright London
Prepare for the uncanny, the uneasy and the downright bizarre as Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith bring their BAFTA-winning TV show to the West End! The series may be ending, but this is a fantastic chance to enjoy a whole new story live on stage - with Pemberton and Shearsmith appearing in it as well as writing the (as yet unrevealed) story. The buzz around Stage/Fright is huge already, so set an alert for tickets now.
Opens January 2025

7. The Devil Wears Prada: a new musical with songs from Elton John

The Devil Wears Prada London
The Devil Wears Prada London
Get ready to see Miranda Priestly in the flesh as The Devil Wears Prada musical struts into London! This hot new show with songs from Elton John debuts in the West End, so you can enjoy it before it hits Broadway. The film is a modern classic, so gird your loins… it’s about to be even more fun and fabulous on stage. Tickets are on sale now, so get booking and have your best outfit ready for opening night.
from £29.80
Opens October 2024

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London Theatre Rumours

At SeatPlan we keep our ear to the ground to bring you the latest news of upcoming shows in London. We have gathered together all the industry whisperings on new West End musicals and plays coming in 2024 and beyond, so set an Alert for your most anticipated shows, and we will let you know when they’re confirmed.

Broadway musical Jagged Little Pill, inspired by Alanis Morissette’s iconic album, was rumoured to open in London in late 2022, but this has been pushed back.

Other rumoured new London musicals that are transferring from Broadway include Tootsie and Beetlejuice.

For families, the Royal Shakespeare Company’s adaptation of David Walliams’ book The Boy in the Dress is reportedly looking for a West End home, and Emma Thompson is developing Nanny McPhee the Musical.

Birmingham Rep’s UK premiere of Shakespeare spoof Something Rotten! was unfortunately postponed, but good news: a staged concert performance, starring Jason Manford, is planned at Theatre Royal Drury Lane, and we wouldn't be surprised to see a full West End season announced soon.

Derren Brown’s mind-bending version of H.G. Wells’ sci-fi story The Invisible Man was rumoured to be opening in 2022, but has been delayed.

Exciting film adaptations include It’s a Wonderful Life with music by Paul McCartney and book by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot). Ealing Comedy favourite Kind Hearts and Coronets has also been picked up for a stage adaptation, by Stephen Fry.

Other huge rumours include the show heading into Drury Lane once Frozen has closed - gossip ranges from Sweeney Todd to Hercules - and the West End premiere of Off-Broadway hit Titanique, a parody of Titanic mixed with Celine Dion.
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