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The Shows We Can’t Wait to See On Stage This Year

While this past year saw some major moments take place on the London stage—Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s sellout of Fleabag, Wendell Pierce commanded attention as a modern day Willy Loman, and the Broadway smash hit Come From Away had its West End debut—the year ahead will treat theatregoers with some equally dazzling stagings and performances.

Above: VB with her family at the London staging of Mary Poppins

Hollywood stars Emilia Clarke, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Whoopi Goldberg migrate across the pond honing their craft in iconic roles, while stalwarts of the West End, Imelda Staunton and Rhys Ifans, make their mark in some of the most talked about shows of the year. Below, we break down some of 2020’s eagerly anticipated performances.

1.

Sister Act

The iconic motion picture returns to the London stage after a ten-year hiatus and with the film’s inimitable star, Whoopi Goldberg. On stage for just 39 performances, make sure to snag tickets to see Goldberg joined by Jennifer Saunders (as Mother Superior) for a truly divine experience. Opens July 29, 2020; for tickets, visit: https://www.eventimapollo.com/events/detail/sister-act-the-musical.

2.

The Seagull

Based off Antov Chekhov’s play of the same name, this latest staging sees Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke take on the lead role of Nina in Anya Reiss’s modern retelling. Opens March 11, 2020; for tickets, visit: https://www.theplayhousetheatre.co.uk/the-seagull.

3.

To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee’s classic received numerous accolades and nominations when it was staged on Broadway by Aaron Sorkin and Bartlett Sherr and with lead actor Jeff Daniels. Therefore, it’s only natural that a West End migration (this time at the Gielgud Theatre) feature some local talent. Rhys Ifans stars as Atticus Finch in this limited run that’s sure to be a hot ticket. Opens May 21, 2020; for tickets, visit: https://www.delfontmackintosh.co.uk/tickets/to-kill-a-mockingbird/.

4.

Sunday in the Park with George

This limited run (it’s on through August 29th) features Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford who reprise their roles from the New York production. The Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine musical chronicles the months leading up to the completion of Seurat’s (Gyllenhaal) most iconic work, Un dimanche après-midi à l'Île de la Grande Jatte. Opens June 11, 2020; for tickets, visit: https://www.atgtickets.com/shows/sunday-in-the-park-with-george/savoy-theatre/.

5.

Hello, Dolly!

Although Barbra Streisand (with Tommy Tune and Walter Matthau) made the 1969 film an instant classic, Bette Midler revived the role (and won a Tony Award) when it returned to Broadway in 2017. Now moving to London, four-time Olivier Award winner Imelda Staunton returns to the stage starting this summer. Opens August 11, 2020; for tickets, visit: https://lwtheatres.co.uk/whats-on/hello-dolly/.