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February Preview: 40 New Shows To Fall In Love With This Month

February may be the shortest month of the year but there is definitely no shortage when it comes to new and exciting shows opening this month. The West End, theatres all over the UK and even a bit of Broadway have many reasons to celebrate this Valentine’s month. Here’s 40 of the most exciting shows:

 

THIS IS A LOVE STORY (Birmingham Hippodrome)



1st – 2nd February

 

A brand new pop musical telling the 200,000 year love story between Earth and Humanity, be the first to see it in this workshop performance.

 

 

METAMORPHOSIS (Lyric Hammersmith)

 



1st February – 2nd March

 

Combining the fluidity and lyricism of Lemn Sissay’s adaptation and Frantic Assembly’s uncompromising physicality, this is an unmissable retelling of Franz Kafka’s shocking tale of cruelty and kindness

 

Tickets from www.lyric.co.uk

 

CANDACE BUSHNELL: TRUE TALES OF SEX, SUCCESS AND SEX AND THE CITY (UK Tour)

 



2nd – 15th February

 

The real life Carrie Brasdhaw shares her remarkable philosophy through stories of fashion, literature. . . and, of course, sex.  

 

Dates and tickets from candacebushnelltour.co.uk

 

THE BOY AT THE BACK OF THE CLASS (Rose Theatre, Kingston)

3rd – 22nd February, touring until June



The world premiere stage adaptation of the multi award-winning and best-selling children’s book - After learning that he has fled his own war-torn country, Ahmet’s classmates have ‘The Greatest Idea in the World’ – a magnificent plan to reunite Ahmet with his family. An unexpected and often hilarious adventure follows, all topped off with a terrific twist.

 


EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE (Peacock Theatre)

 



5th February – 16th March

 

Currently on a UK tour, the hit musical returns to the West End for the first time since it wrapped up its initial run with a cast including Ivano Turco, Giovanna Fletcher and John Partridge.

 

Tickets from www.sadlerswells.com 

 

SELF-RAISING (Soho Theatre/UK Tour)

 



6th – 17th February/20th February – 24th March

 

Having spent a lifetime championing stories by Deaf and disabled artists, Jenny Sealey now takes to the road to tell her own story. Unravelling the past and facing the future, Self-Raising is a blisteringly honest, laugh-out-loud one-woman show about growing up deaf in a family with secrets. 

 

London tickets from  https://sohotheatre.com/ 

 

AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE (Duke of York’s Theatre)

 



6th February – 6th April

 

Thomas Ostermeier’s production of Henrik Ibsen’s thought-provoking play about truth in a society driven by power and money will star Matt Smith

 

 

THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY (Theatre Royal Haymarket)

 



6th February – 11th May

 

Stage and screen star Sarah Snook appears in this groundbreaking adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s only novel with an interplay of video and theatre bringing to life 26 characters, all played by Snook.

 

 

BEFORE/AFTER (Southwark Playhouse Borough)

 



7th February – 2nd March

 

Grace Mouat and Jacob Fowler star in the UK stage premiere of this new British musical which follows a live-stream in 2020. With sweeping romantic music, prepare to be taken on a hugely emotional journey in the life of a very unusual couple.

 

 

DEAR OCTOPUS (National Theatre)



7th February – 27th March


This captivating revival of Dodie Smith’s plat is a moving dissection of family and what it means to grow up and return home.

 

 

WHEN YOU PASS OVER MY TOMB (Arcola Theatre)

 



7th February – 2nd March

 

Male desire, friendship and eroticism intertwine in this darkly comic metatheatrical new play about consent and legacy by Latin America’s most prominent living playwright that asks, can we learn how better to die? Can we learn how better to live?

 

Tickets from www.arcolatheatre.com 


STANDING AT THE SKY’S EDGE (Gillian Lynne Theatre)



8th February – 3rd August

 

The Olivier Award-winning musical gets a West End transfer after sold out runs in Sheffield and London’s National Theatre. With music by Richard Hawley, this love letter to Sheffield and the city’s iconic Park Hill Estate. See for yourself why everybody has fallen in love with this beautiful show.

 

 

DOUBLE FEATURE (Hampstead Theatre)

 



8th February – 16th March

 

This world premiere from Golden Globe and Tony award-winning writer John Logan explores the glamour and grit of the movie world, questioning where the power in Hollywood truly sits – with the star on the screen or in the director’s chair.

 


KING LEAR (Almeida Theatre)

 



8th February – 30th March

 

Yael Farber’s production of Shakespeare’s poignant, morally ambiguous and subversive epic has a cast including Danny Sapani, and Fra Fee.

 

Tickets from www.almeida.co.uk

 

DEATHTRAP (The Mill at Sonning)

 


8th February – 20th March

 

Ira Levin’s thrilling and deadly game of cat and mouse is full of unexpected plot twists, whip-smart dialogue, and tons of suspense that will leave you guessing until the very end.

 

 

SPYMONKEY’S THE FROGS (Kiln Theatre)



8th February – 2nd March

 

Shot through with Spymonkey’s uniquely surreal comedy, this is a delirious trip through Greek theatre, a monster-filled Underworld and classic vaudeville double acts.

 

Tickets from www.kilntheatre.com 

 

THE GAP (Hope Mill Theatre)

 



9th February – 9th March

 

Fresh from her turn as the Queen in Diana, Denise Welch stars alongside Matthew Kelly in this new play by Jim Cartwright charting the audacious adventures of two friends who reunite after 50 years.

 

 

HADESTOWN (Lyric Theatre)



From 10th February

 

Anais Mitchell’s musical returns to London to begin a West End run which could prove as successful as its unstoppable Broadway production. Starring Donal Finn, Grace Hodgett-Young, Zachary James and Melanie La Barrie, this is one musical worth waiting for.

 

 

THE ADDAMS FAMILY LIVE IN CONCERT (London Palladium)

12th – 13th February 



The musical comedy performs in the West End for the first time in these very special concerts starring Ramin Karimloo as Gomez, Michelle Visage as Morticia and Lesley Joseph as Grandma.

 

Tickets from www.lwtheatres.com

 

CLUELESS THE MUSICAL (Churchill Theatre Bromley)



12th – 24th February

 

A new musical based on the classic 90s movie gets its UK premiere in an exclusive two-week developmental run featuring music by KT Tunstall and lyrics by Glenn Slater.

 

 

THE MERCHANT OF VENICE 1936 (Criterion Theatre)

 


15th February – 23rd March

 

Following a hugely successful and critically acclaimed UK turn, this production starring Tracy-Ann Oberman in her groundbreaking portrayal of Shylock transfers to the West End.

 

 

HIR (Park Theatre)

 


15th February – 16th March

 

Felicity Huffman makes her UK stage debut in Taylor Mac’s disarmingly funny and strikingly original comedy.

 

Tickets from www.parktheatre.co.uk 

 

MINORITY REPORT (Nottingham Playhouse, Birmingham Rep & Lyric Hammersmith)



16th February – 18th May

 

The world premiere stage adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s classic has been adapted by David Haig and directed by Max Webster. It opens at Nottingham Playhouse before moving to Birmingham Rep and Lyric Hammersmith.

 

 

CABLE STREET (Southwark Playhouse Borough)

 



16th February – 16th March

 

A topical and electrifying reimagining of one of London’s most momentous days – celebrating a community who came together with a call for action, as The Battle of Cable Street was fought and won. With racial tensions running high, people marched and took to the streets of London…. A timeless story, as powerful today as it was in 1936.

 


SHIFTERS (Bush Theatre)

 


16th February – 30th March

 

A fierce new romance for anyone desperate for a different kind of love story, starring Tosin Cole and Heather Agyepong.

 

Tickets from www.bushtheatre.co.uk 

 

OUT OF SEASON (Hampstead Theatre)



16th February – 23rd March

 

The world premiere of Neil D’Souza’s razor sharp comedy picks  over the gulf between past aspirations and present realities - how we can come to terms with the past and find a way to face the future

 


THE BIG LIFE (Theatre Royal Stratford East)



16th February – 30th March

 

The revival of hit windrush Ska musical opens 20 years after it premiered at the same venue. Tameka Epson reprises her role as Mrs Aphrodite from the original production alongside Gabrielle Brooks, Rachel John, Karl Queensborough and Ashley Samuels.

 

 

BHANGRA NATION (Birmingham Rep)

 


17th February – 16th March

 

When Mary and Preeti’s Bhangra team qualifies for the USA nationals, they set off on opposing quests to dance to their own beat. Drawing from competitive Bhangra and mixing it with other Indian and Western dance forms, this is a brash, intoxicating and joyous musical comedy for today. 

 


MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDRETTE (UK Tour)

 


17th February – 23rd March

 

Nikolai Foster’s 2019 production returns to Curve Leicester to kick off a short UK tour. Set in London during the Thatcher years, it tells the story of a young British Pakistani who transforms his uncles run-down laundrette into a thriving business.

 

Tickets from www.curveonline.co.uk 

 

JAB (Finborough Theatre)

 


20th February – 16th March

 

Inspired by true events, this new black comedy explores power, gender, domestic violence, conspiracy theories, ignorance and the limits of love.

 

 

NACHTLAND (Young Vic Theatre)

 



20th February – 20th April

 

The UK premiere of Marius von Mayenburg’s jagged new satire is directed by Patrick Marber with a cast including Jane Horrocks.

 

Tickets from www.youngvic.org

 

COWBOYS AND LESBIANS (Park Theatre)

 


21st February – 9th March

 

The Edinburgh Fringe smash hit transfers to London in this heart-warming modern-day love story, starring two sarcastic British teenagers, takes Hollywood’s typical first love clichés and flips them on their head.

 

Tickets from www.parktheatre.co.uk 

 

BONNIE & CLYDE (UK & Ireland Tour)



22nd February – 26th October

 

After two seasons in the West End, the hit musical hits the road to capture audiences hearts all over the UK. With a cast including Catherine Tyldesley, Daisy Wood-David, Danny Hatchard, Alex James-Hatton, Katie Tonkinson and Sam Ferriday, catch them if you can.

 

Full dates and tickets at http://bonnieandclydemusical.com/ 

 

AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN (UK Tour)



From 23rd February

 

Based on the award-winning 80s movie, this timeless story of love, courage and redemption stars Luke Baker and Georgia Lennon

 

Full dates and tickets from www.officerandagentlemanthemusical.com

 

NYE (National Theatre)



24th February – 11th May

 

Michael Sheen stars in Tim Price’s new play which opens in London before transferring to the Wales Millennium Centre.

 

 

GYPSY THE MUSICAL IN CONCERT (Manchester Opera House)



25th February

 

For one night only, Jodie Prenger is Mama Rose in this concert production of the classic musical from Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim.

 

 

MY SON’S A QUEER (BUT WHAT CAN YOU DO?) (Lyceum Theatre, Broadway)



27th February – 16th June

 

Rob Madge’s acclaimed show crosses the pond for a season on Broadway. While Broadway shows don’t usually get mentions in monthly previews, when there’s something as special and homegrown as this, it feels like a perfect opportunity to encourage everybody who is able to to see this beautiful show.

 

 

FOR BLACK BOYS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE WHEN THE HUE GETS TOO HEAVY (Garrick Theatre)



29th February – 4th May

 

In response to audience demand, the critically acclaimed play returns to the West End. Written and directed by Ryan Calais Cameron, it has been developed over the last decade with young Black men and mental health groups.

 

 

STARTER FOR TEN (Bristol Old Vic)



29th February – 30th March

 

This new musical is a bright, big-hearted coming-of-age comedy about love, belonging and the all-important difference between knowledge and wisdom. It features a soundtrack inspired by the riotous student scene of the 80s and has a cast including Mel Giedroyc.

 

 

CLUEDO 2 – THE NEXT CHAPTER (UK & Ireland Tour)



29th February – 27th July

 

Helen Flanagan makes her stage debut alongside Jason Durr in the world premiere of this sequel to the original play which will keep the audience guessing as the bodies pile up.

 

Full dates and tickets from www.cluedostageplay.com 

 

2024 is really stepping up now with some incredible shows in the West End, all over the UK and across the pond.

What are you most excited to see? Let me know in the comments or on all my socials - @ATDazzles on all of them, and look out for reviews of many of them on the website over the next month.


To have your show included in the March 2024 preview or any other monthly post, send me an email with details of your show and I’ll include as many as possible.


See you in the theatre!


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