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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.beau­ti­fulin­lon­ 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 beck­hamthe­mu­si­ 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.bil­lyel­liot­the­mu­si­ Vic­to­ria Palace, Vic­to­ria St, SW1E 5EA. T: 0844-248 5000. F7. Sta­tion: Vic­to­ria.

Blood Broth­ers

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.­gtick­ 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.

Bugsy Malone

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. 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.char­lie­andthe­choco­late­fac­ Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Cather­ine St, WC2B 5JF. T: 0844- 858 8877. D8. Sta­tion: Covent Gar­den.

Com­mit­ments, The

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.thecom­mit­mentslon­ 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.char­ingcrossthe­ 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.­gtick­ Duke of York's Theatre, 104 St Martin's Lane, WC2N 4BG. T: 0844- 871 7627. E7. Sta­tion: Le­ices­ter Square.

The Fa­ther

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 mack­in­ 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.fault­y­tow­ Torquay Suite Theatre, Char­ing Cross Ho­tel, The Strand, WC2N 5HX. T: 0845-1544 145. E8. Sta­tion: Char­ing Cross.

Fu­ture Con­di­tional

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.old­victhe­ 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.shake­spear­es­ Shake­speare's Globe, 21 New Globe Walk, SE1 9DT. T: 020-7401 9919. C8. Sta­tion: Black­fri­ars.

Jane Eyre

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.­tion­althe­ Lyt­tel­ton Theatre, Na­tional Theatre, South Bank, SE1 9PX. T: 0207452 3000. E8. Sta­tion: Waterloo.

Jersey Boys

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.jer­sey­boys­lon­ Pic­cadilly Theatre, 16 Den­man St, W1D 7DY. T: 0844- 871 7630. Sta­tion: Pic­cadilly Cir­cus.

Kinky Boots

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 bootsmu­si­ Adel­phi, The Strand, WC2R 0NS. T: 0844-579 0094. E8. Sta­tion: Char­ing Cross.

Les Misérables

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. 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.letit­be­ 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. 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 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. airthe­ Open Air Theatre, Re­gent’s Park, NWI 4NU T: 0844- 826 4242. A4. Sta­tion: Baker Street.

Mamma Mia!

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. 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.matil­dath­e­mu­si­ 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.mem­phis­the­mu­si­ Shaftes­bury Theatre, 210 Shaftes­bury Av­enue, WC2H 8DP. T: 020-7379 5399. D8. Sta­tion: Tot­ten­ham Court Road.

Miss Saigon

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. 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.

Nell Gwynn

From 19 Sep: New play about the cel­e­brated 17th-cen­tury ac­tor, star­ring Gugu Mbatha-Raw ( Belle). Tick­ets £5 (stand­ing)-£43. www.shake­spear­es­ 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.thep­han­to­mofthe­ Her Majesty’s Theatre, 57 Hay­mar­ket, SW1Y 4QL. T: 0844- 412 2707. E7. Sta­tion: Pic­cadilly Cir­cus.

Pho­to­graph 51

From 5 Sep: Ni­cole Kid­man ( Padding­ton) re­turns to the Lon­don stage (p. 42). Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 3pm. Tick­ets £10-£105. www.del­font­mack­in­ 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.­al­lyuse­fulthe­ 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.stom­plon­ The Am­bas­sadors, West St, WC2H 9ND. T: 0844811 2334. D7. Sta­tion: Le­ices­ter Square.

Sunny Af­ter­noon

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.­gtick­ 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.seet­ick­ Palace Theatre, 109 Shaftes­bury Av­enue, W1D 5AY. T: 0844- 412 4656. Sta­tion: Le­ices­ter Square.

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