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2019 promises to be quite a year for the theatre. We look at the top 10 shows that should be on your radar

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Death of a Salesman

The sombre Arthur Miller play telling of depressed travelling salesman, Willy Loman, will be on at the Young Vic from May. As per the original text, the onstage production promises to reduce audiences to tears with Arthur Miller’s sad recollections from his own life in New York. Marianne Elliott’s Young Vic debut will lead an all-black (thus far) cast.

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Only Fools and Horses – The Musical 

The Trotter’s iconic bright yellow three wheeler will be making its way to the stage at Haymarket Theatre Royal in Soho from February, and will no doubt lure all with a love of the original British sitcom. Set in Peckham in the late 80s, this play promises to be a nostalgic look back at the family’s notorious antics, with laugh-a-minute gags and slapstick comedy galore.

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Betrayal

Naturally, A-lister heartthrob, Tom Hiddleston, and his new play are top of our list of high profile West End shows to look out for this year. On stage at the Harold Pinter Theatre in Soho from March through to June, this epic is a drama about a trio of extramarital lovers, Emma and Jerry, who meet in secret before drama unfolds in a confusing yet intriguing reverse chronological order.

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When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other

Two-time Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett is coming to the stage, making her National Theatre debut in When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other. As the name suggests, this production isn’t going to be light viewing, but is a fascinating exploration of sexual domination and the roles of men and women in society.

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Evita

Andrew Lloyd Webber is back at it with an outdoors summer classic at the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park. The fascinating story tells of the beloved Eva Peron, who shot from rags to riches as the First Lady of Argentina. Seen as the champion of the poor, her ambition and glamour made this political figure something of a worldwide celebrity, winning the adoration of Argentinians and people across the world. Listen out for the chart-topping score which will feature the likes of Don’t Cry For Me Argentina.

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The Rocky Horror Show

New Wimbledon Theatre will be out in full force doing the time warp as The Rocky Horror Show comes to south west London, complete with outrageous costumes and a rock ‘n’ roll soundtrack. Starring Stephen Webb as Frank, this classic musical will have a touch of West End pizzazz. Visitors to the Grade II listed theatre can expect to hear all the timeless classics, including Sweet Transvestite, Damn It, Janet, and plenty more.

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Art

Richmond Theatre will be hosting the famous comedic play, Art, which won over audiences back when it opened in 1996. Serge spends an extortionate amount of money on a painting, leaving his friends puzzled by his reckless expense. As the story unfolds, the hotly disputed canvas acts as a mirror to the three friends’ own personal relationships. Art will feature a star cast including Nigel Havers, Denis Lawson and Stephen Tompkinson.

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Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

Based on the celebrated novel by Louis de Bernieres, this play tells of interwar life and occupation on the Greek island of Cephalonia, where star-crossed lovers battle their feelings for each other in an impossibly romantic setting. Marking the 25th anniversary of the publication, this story will be brought to the Rose in Kingston by award-winning playwright Rona Munro and Olivier and Tony Award-nominated director, Melly Still.

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Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage

If you missed Dirty Dancing last year, the much-loved musical is still on tour and can be seen at New Victoria Theatre in Woking this March. Based on the blockbuster film following the holiday romance between Baby and Johnny, the play uses incredible stage setting, talented live musicians and perfectly selected costumes to wonderfully recreate the story for the theatre. The play features no less than 35 hit songs, including The Time Of My Life.

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Carole – The Music of Carole King

From the producers of the West End hit shows chronicling the likes of The Dubliners and the Everly Brothers, this brand new production looks to the career of one of the most successful songstresses in modern history. Bringing together a cast comprising of fine musicians, singers and dancers, Carole King’s story unfolds onstage at the Epsom Playhouse, documenting her fascinating life in early 70’s California. Featuring music from The Beatles, Aretha Franklin, James Taylor, The Monkeys, Dusty Springfield, and more.

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