MUSICALS & PERFORMANCES
Beautiful – The Carole King Musical
Musical about the early life and career of the award-winning singer-songwriter Carole King who wrote the soundtrack to a generation. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Thur & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £15-£127.50. www.beautifulinlondon.co.uk. Aldwych Theatre, 49 Aldwych, WC2B 4DF. T: 0844- 453 9025. D8. Station: Covent Garden.
Bend It Like Beckham
Uplifting feel-good musical based on the hit British film about a teenage girl torn between her love of football and her desire to make her family happy. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £15-£ 75. www.benditlike beckhamthemusical.co.uk. Phoenix Theatre, Charing Cross Rd, WC2 OJP. T: 0843-316 1082. D7. Station: Tottenham Court Road.
Billy Elliot the Musical
Set in the time of the miner's strike, a Northern boy's father tries to quash his dream of becoming a ballet dancer. This Olivier Award-winning show has music by Sir Elton John. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Thur & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £19.50-£99.50. www.billyelliotthemusical.com. Victoria Palace, Victoria St, SW1E 5EA. T: 0844-248 5000. F7. Station: Victoria.
8-12 Sep: Marti Pellow of pop group Wet Wet Wet stars in the award-winning musical about twin brothers who reunite. Tue-Sat 7.30pm; Wed-Thur & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £13.15-£41.65. www.atgtickets.com. New Wimbledon Theatre, 93 Broadway, SW19 1QG. T: 0844- 871 7646. Off map. Station: Wimbledon.
Book of Mormon, The
This controversial, hilarious satire is from the writers of TV's South Park. It follows the exploits of two hapless missionaries from the Church of Latter Day Saints sent to a village in Uganda. Winner of four Olivier Awards, including best new musical. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £20-£150. www.bookofmormonlondon. com. Prince of Wales, Coventry St, W1D 6AS. T: 0844- 482 5110. E7. Station: Leicester Square.
To 5 Sep: Everyone's favourite family musical, based on Alan Parker's film, reopens the theatre following a major renovation. Hit songs include My Name is Tallulah and So You Wanna Be A Boxer. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £15-£40. www.lyric.co.uk. Lyric Hammersmith, Lyric Sq, W6 0QL. T: 020- 8741 6850. Off map. Station: Hammersmith.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Musical version of Roald Dahl's children's tale about an ordinary boy, Charlie, and an extraordinary confectioner who he meets after winning an elusive golden ticket. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £17.50-£94. www.charlieandthechocolatefactory.com. Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine St, WC2B 5JF. T: 0844- 858 8877. D8. Station: Covent Garden.
Upbeat musical, based on the hit film and book by Roddy Doyle, tells the story of an Irish music fan who creates a credible soul band from a bunch of enthusiastic amateurs. Featuring more than 20 soul and r 'n' b classics. Tue-Sat 7.30pm; Sat 3pm; Sun 2.30pm & 7pm. Tickets £15-£85. www.thecommitmentslondon.com. Palace Theatre, 109 Shaftesbury Ave, W1D 5AY. T: 0844- 412 4656. Station: Leicester Square.
The exciting story of 60s' pop icon Dusty Springfield, with 3D technology and digital media, live performance, music and dance. MonSat 7.30pm; Thur 2.30pm & Sat 3pm. Tickets £15£49.50. www.charingcrosstheatre.co.uk. Charing Cross, The Arches, Villiers St, WC2N 6NL. T: 08444930 650. E8. Station: Charing Cross/Embankment.
Farinelli and the King
From 14 Sep: Mark Rylance ( Wolf Hall) stars in this new play by Claire van Kampen – with arias – about the famous castrato Farinelli. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Thur & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £10-£95. www.atgtickets.com. Duke of York's Theatre, 104 St Martin's Lane, WC2N 4BG. T: 0844- 871 7627. E7. Station: Leicester Square.
From 30 Sep: Acclaimed stage actor Kenneth Cranham plays an elderly man with dementia in this tense drama. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Thur & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £20-£ 75. www.delfont mackintosh.co.uk. Wyndham's Theatre, Charing Cross Rd, WC2H 0DA. T: 0844- 482 5120. E7. Station: Leicester Square.
Faulty Towers: The Dining Experience
Seventies-style dining and interactive comedy combine in this theatrical experience based on the cult TV comedy. Fri-Sat 7pm; Sat-Sun 1pm; Sun 6pm. Tickets £45-£57. www.faultytowers.net. Torquay Suite Theatre, Charing Cross Hotel, The Strand, WC2N 5HX. T: 0845-1544 145. E8. Station: Charing Cross.
From 1 Sep: Topical new comedy starring Rob Brydon ( The Trip) about the British school system. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £10-£ 70. www.oldvictheatre.com. Old Vic, The Cut, SE1 8NB. T: 0844- 871 7628. E8. Station: Waterloo.
The Heresy of Love
To 5 Sep: Inspired by the life of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, writer of The House of Desires, this plays calls on the devices of Spanish golden age theatre – intrigue, danger, passion, politics, comedy and tragedy – to tell the story of a writer torn between court and church. Tickets £5 (standing)-£43. www.shakespearesglobe.com. Shakespeare's Globe, 21 New Globe Walk, SE1 9DT. T: 020-7401 9919. C8. Station: Blackfriars.
From 8 Sep: New adaptation of Charlotte Brontë's classic novel directed by Sally Cookson in which the spirited heroine faces life's obstacles head-on, surviving poverty, injustice and the discovery of bitter betrayal (p. 46). Tickets £15-£55. www.nationaltheatre.org.uk. Lyttelton Theatre, National Theatre, South Bank, SE1 9PX. T: 0207452 3000. E8. Station: Waterloo.
The hit Olivier Award-winning musical tells the story of the remarkable rise to fame of US pop sensations Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Tue-Sat 7.30pm; Tue & Sat 3pm; Sun 5pm. Tickets £24.50-£92. www.jerseyboyslondon.com. Piccadilly Theatre, 16 Denman St, W1D 7DY. T: 0844- 871 7630. Station: Piccadilly Circus.
Cyndi Lauper’s musical based on the 2005 movie about a London high flyer who inherits his father’s shoe factory in the Midlands. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £15-£95. www.kinky bootsmusical.co.uk. Adelphi, The Strand, WC2R 0NS. T: 0844-579 0094. E8. Station: Charing Cross.
The world’s longest-running musical, adapted from Victor Hugo’s classic novel, is set in postRevolutionary France and tells the story of convict Jean Valjean who escapes a life of slavery but whose past comes to haunt him. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £12.50-£94. www.lesmis.com. Queen’s Theatre, 51 Shaftesbury Ave, W1D 6BA. T: 0844- 482 5160. D8. Station: Leicester Square.
Let It Be
The story of The Beatles’ rise to fame, as told through their songs. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Thur & Sat 3pm. Tickets £15-£100. www.letitbelive.com. Garrick, Charing Cross Rd, WC2 OHH. T: 0844- 412 4662. E7/8. Station: Leicester Square.
Lion King, The
Wonderful adaptation of the popular Disney film with ingenious costumes and inventive puppetry. Tue-Sat 7.30pm; Wed, Sat & Sun 2.30pm. Tickets £22.70-£125. www.thelionking.co.uk. Lyceum Theatre, 21 Wellington St, WC2E 7RQ. T: 0844- 871 3000. E8. Station: Covent Garden.
Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games
To 5 Sep: Choreographer Michael Flatley’s hit Irish dance show returns to London with inventive new staging. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £29.50-£90. www.lordof thedance.com. Dominion, 268-269 Tottenham Court Rd, W1T 7AQ. T: 0845-200 7982. D7. Station: Tottenham Court Road.
Lord of the Flies
3-12 Sep: Critically acclaimed adaptation of William Golding’s famous novel about the dynamics of a group of shipwrecked boys surviving on an island. Tickets £25-£60. MonSat 7.45pm; Wed-Thur & Sat 2:15pm. www.open airtheatre.com. Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park, NWI 4NU T: 0844- 826 4242. A4. Station: Baker Street.
This wonderful, hugely popular tribute to the music of Swedish pop legends ABBA has a feel-good story which is set on a Greek island and centred around a wedding. Mon-Sat 7.45pm; Thur & Sat 3pm. Tickets £15-£97.50. www.mamma-mia.com. Novello, Aldwych, WC2B 4LD. T: 0844-482 5115. D8. Station: Covent Garden.
Matilda the Musical
Roald Dahl’s magical kids’ book is brought to life in this acclaimed RSC production by British writer Dennis Kelly and Australian comic Tim Minchin. It’s about a gifted five-year-old whose sadistic headmistress and ignorant family have failed to realise that she’s actually a genius. Tue 7pm; Wed-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm; Sun 3pm. Tickets £20-£95. www.matildathemusical.com. Cambridge Theatre, 32-34 Earlham St, WC2 9HU. T: 0844- 412 4652. D8. Station: Covent Garden.
Memphis the Musical
UK soul sensation Beverley Knight stars in this Tony Award-winning musical, about a club singer who is hoping to hit the big time in 1950s Memphis. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £20-£90. www.memphisthemusical.com. Shaftesbury Theatre, 210 Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2H 8DP. T: 020-7379 5399. D8. Station: Tottenham Court Road.
The blockbuster musical returns to the West End where it began 26 years ago. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Thur & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £20-£125. www.miss-saigon.com. Prince Edward Theatre, 28 Old Compton St, W1D 4HS. T: 0844- 482 5151. D7. Station: Leicester Square.
Mr Foote’s Other Leg
From 14 Sep: New play about an 18thcentury satirist. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed 2.30pm; Sat 3pm. Tickets £10-£35. www.hampsteadtheatre. com. Hampstead Theatre, Eton Ave, NW3 3EU. T: 020-7722 9301. Off map. Station: Swiss Cottage.
From 19 Sep: New play about the celebrated 17th-century actor, starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw ( Belle). Tickets £5 (standing)-£43. www.shakespearesglobe.com. Shakespeare’s Globe, 21 New Globe Walk, SE1 9DT. T: 020-7401 9919. C8. Station: Blackfriars.
On Blackheath Festival
12-13 Sep: Music (Elbow, Madness and more), magic, family sessions, food and street theatre. Adults from £45; child £25. www.onblackheath. com. Dartmouth Field, Blackheath, SE3 0UA. Off map. Station: Lewisham.
Phantom of the Opera, The
Long-running Gothic drama in which a mysterious masked man haunts the Paris Opera House. MonSat 7.30pm; Thur & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £21-£95. www.thephantomoftheopera.com. Her Majesty’s Theatre, 57 Haymarket, SW1Y 4QL. T: 0844- 412 2707. E7. Station: Piccadilly Circus.
From 5 Sep: Nicole Kidman ( Paddington) returns to the London stage (p. 42). Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 3pm. Tickets £10-£105. www.delfontmackintosh.co.uk. Noël Coward Theatre, St Martin’s Ln, WC2N 4AU T: 0844- 482 5141. D7. Station: Leicester Square.
To 10 Oct: A multi-media exploration of the life of the world’s greatest crooner, including all your favourite hits, along with dancers and a live band. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 3pm. Tickets £14.50-£ 75. www.reallyusefultheatres.co.uk. London Palladium, Argyll St, W1F 7TF. T: 0844- 874 0667. D7. Station: Oxford Circus.
Award-winning fusion of theatre, dance, comedy and rhythmic percussion. Mon & ThurSat Fri 8pm; Thur & Sat-Sun 3pm; Sun 6pm. Tickets £26-£67.50. www.stomplondon.co.uk. The Ambassadors, West St, WC2H 9ND. T: 0844811 2334. D7. Station: Leicester Square.
New musical about the rise to stardom of The Kinks, with music and lyrics by Ray Davies. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £15-£99.50. www.atgtickets.com. Harold Pinter Theatre, Panton St, SW1Y 4DN. T: 0844- 871 7627. E7. Station: Piccadilly Circus.
Three Little Pigs, The
To 6 Sep: Simon Webbe from Blue and Gareth Gates star in this new musical twist on the classic fairytale by hit song-writing duo George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. Times vary. Tickets £15-£29.50. www.seetickets.com. Palace Theatre, 109 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 5AY. T: 0844- 412 4656. Station: Leicester Square.