Monday, 1 February 2016

Theatrical guide to February 2016

Keep an eye on...

Carrie Hope Fletcher
This month marks the end of an era as Carrie Hope Fletcher plays her final performance as Eponine in Les Miserables at the Queen's Theatre on Saturday 13th February, a role she has been playing since June 2013. However, the star has teased that she has "something exceedingly exciting to move on to" so watch this space for updates! It has been remarkable to see Hope Fletcher grow over the past few years, I caught Les Miserables recently and was blown away by her sincere, heartfelt portrayal of Eponine. An exciting theatrical career looks set to lie ahead for Hope Fletcher, we can't wait to find out what she's up to next!

Matthew Perry
A big month lies ahead for Friends legend Matthew Perry; not only is he returning to the West End, but he is starring in his debut play The End of Longing! Described as a "fast paced and bittersweet comic new play", The End of Longing is helmed by Lindsay Posner who previously directed Perry in the West End production of Sexual Perversity In Chicago. Also starring Christina Cole, Jennifer Mudge and Lloyd Owen, The End of Longing begins performances at the Playhouse Theatre on 2nd February.

Shows that should be on your radar...

Mrs Henderson Presents
Noel Coward Theatre
Previews from 9th Feb
Press Night: 16th Feb

The Maids
Trafalgar Studios
Previews from 20th Feb
Press Night: 29th Feb
UK Tour
Opens 12th Feb at the New Theatre in Oxford
Road Show
Union Theatre
Previews from 3rd Feb
Press Night: 10th Feb
Billy Elliot
UK Tour
Opens 24th Feb at the at the Theatre Royal in Plymouth
Hand To God
Vaudeville Theatre
Previews from 5th Feb
Press Night: 15th Feb

Dates for your diary...

1st Feb
New cast join The Book of Mormon
Ben Forster takes over as The Phantom of the Opera
Tickets for new Kinky Boots & Wicked booking periods go on sale

3rd Feb
Grease LIVE broadcast on ITV2 at 8pm

4th Feb
Nell Gwynn begins performances at the Apollo Theatre

8th Feb
Bad Jews returns to the West End
The War of The Worlds begins performances at the Dominion Theatre

10th Feb
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang UK tour begins at the Mayflower Theatre

11th Feb
Motown begins previews at the Shaftesbury Theatre

12th Feb
End of the Rainbow begins UK tour at the Mercury Theatre

13th Feb
Carrie Hope Fletcher & Rob Houchen leave Les Mis
The Homecoming closes at Trafalgar Studios

14th Feb 
Close To You closes at the Criterion Theatre

15th Feb
Patrice Tipoki, Craig Mather & Danielle Hope join Les Mis

18th Feb
Jodie Jacobs plays solo concert

21st Feb
WhatsOnStageAwards at the Prince of Wales Theatre

24th Feb
The Father returns to the West End

25th Feb
West End Frame's 4th birthday!

27th Feb
Miss Saigon closes

29th Feb
2016 Olivier Awards nominations announced

Andrew Tomlins (Editor)

Photo Credit 1: Darren Bell
Photo Credit 3&4: Dewytners 
Photo Credit 4: Matt Crockett

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