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Big Plays Opening in 2016

Tuesday, 5th Jan 2016

As 2015 heads towards its conclusion theatregoers will remember great times they have spent in the West End with some of its high profile plays and musicals. But as one year ends another begins and so they will be looking on to the big hits coming our way in 2016.

So if you are thinking of picking up theatre tickets and seeing some talented actors tread the board in a stand-out play, here are three big shows for you to consider:

1). The End Of Longing

This one is bound to be one of the most talked-about shows of 2016 as it not only boasts a well known Hollywood star in the lead role, it was also penned by that actor as well. Matthew Perry, best known for playing Chandler Bing in the hit US sitcom Friends, makes his debut as a playwright with The End Of Longing and returns to the West End following his London acting debut in Sexual Perversity In Chicago in 2003. The actor is also well known for films like The Whole Nine Yards and television shows like Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip.

The End Of Longing runs at the Playhouse Theatre in February 2016 and as well as offering audiences the chance to see Perry appear live onstage it also offers the chance to see the work of one of the country’s best directors in Lindsay Posner.

The end of longing


2). Nell Gwynn

One of the patterns you might notice for 2016’s most anticipated plays is that they star some well known names of the screen and just as Matthew Perry fans will be looking forward to The End Of Longing, Gemma Arterton fans will be flocking to see Nell Gwynne at the Apollo Theatre in February. The star of films like Quantum Of Solace and West End musicals like Made in Dagenham plays the real-life mistress of Charles II. The show also looks at her effect on the nation’s theatre scene of the time.


Nell Gwynn


3). Sunset Boulevard

Another 2016 play and another Hollywood star. Glenn Close will play the iconic character of Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard at the London Coliseum. The well known performer will take in the role played by Gloria Swanson on the big screen when the story was told by Billy Wilder for the classic film.

Desmond is a reclusive former star of the silent screen hoping that screenwriter Joe Gillis can pen her big comeback.

It opens at the London Coliseum in April 2016.


Sunset Boulevard


These are just three of the big plays opening in 2016 and by heading to London you might discover even more shows that are just right for you!

Chris Packer
Chris Packer Chris Packer has been writing about the West End for many years and wishes this knowledge would help him win some pub quizzes. When he’s not writing about the newest shows he’s probably watching films or anticipating the latest releases.

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