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2016 Preview: Top Returning Shows

Tuesday, 12th Jan 2016

With the new year comes resolutions and changes for most people around the country and this is true for the West End as well, with many of the big hitters of 2015 making way for the future success stories of 2016. But whilst we look forward to the anticipated blockbuster productions like Aladdin and The End Of Longing, there are also plenty of returning shows ready to attract more theatregoers just like they have in previous years. Here’s a pick of some of the highlights:

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

One of the most acclaimed shows of recent years, The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time has seen its ups and downs since it opened in the West End in 2013. It had already been seen at the National Theatre but its West End transfer was anticipated thanks to the success of other South Bank productions like War Horse and One Man, Two Guvnors, so all eyes were on what was going to be the next National Theatre success story.

But it ended up getting the attention for a different reason when a ceiling collapse at the Apollo Theatre caused its early closure. It made national news and started a debate about the state of the West End’s old theatres.

All of that seems like a long time ago of course, with repairs at the Apollo and checks at other venues leading to the all clear. The show now runs at the Gielgud Theatre, where it continues to draw in the crowds.

War Horse

We’re adding another National Theatre show to this list for a very special reason. War Horse has been another huge success story for the South Bank venue both at its original home and at the West End’s New London theatre. But it is due to come to an end in March 2016 so this year is the last chance to pick up theatre tickets and see what has been one of the most acclaimed shows of recent years.

Based on the book by Michael Morpurgo, the story focuses on the struggle of Albert who ventures onto the continent during the First World War, hoping to bring his beloved horse Joey home from the front line.

The Book of Mormon

It wouldn’t be right to put together one of these lists and not include one of the capital’s most famous musicals. The Book Of Mormon has been an award-winning smash hit at the Prince of Wales Theatre and theatregoers show no signs of slowing down to see it.

Written by South Park’s Trey Parker & Matt Stone and Avenue Q’s Robert Lopez, the musical comedy follows Mormon missionaries in Uganda trying to spread the word of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. However, the locals have bigger issues on their minds than religion.

The show continues at the Prince of Wales Theatre and (as of the time of writing) is booking until the spring of 2016.

The Mousetrap

Finally, let’s look at another show that returns in 2016, as it has done every year since it opened in the 1950s. Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap remains the longest running show in the world and celebrates its 64th birthday in October 2016. If you’re yet to see it, why not make the trip in 2016?

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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