London's Biggest Theatre Shows of 2017

Our Pick of The City's Best Productions

There's a string of high-profile productions taking to the London stage in 2017 including celeb-studded plays, a hotly anticipated Broadway transfer and an epic rock’n’roll musical. We lift the curtain on the city's biggest blockbusters and reveal our pick of the best shows on offer this year.

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    Wind in the Willows
    ••• Neil McDermott as Chief Weasel in the stage production of Wind in the Willows. Marc Brenner/Jamie Hendry Productions

    This musical adaptation of Kenneth Grahame's quintessentially British novel has been written by the creator of Downton Abbey, Julian Fellowes and follows Ratty, Badger, Mole and Toad (played by comedian Rufus Hound) on a series of theatrical adventures. Packed with colorful characters and catchy songs, this West End production is a feel-good romp for all the family. 

    Where? London Palladium. The nearest tube station is Oxford Circus

    When? June 17 to September 9

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    Hamilton The Musical
    ••• The Cast of Hamilton The Musical at the Richard Rodgers Theater in New York City. Theo Wargo/WireImage/Getty Images

    One of the year's hotly anticipated theatrical events will be the opening of hit Broadway rap musical, Hamilton. Writer Lin-Manuel Miranda is said to star in a number of the shows, which picked up TONY and Grammy awards in the U.S. The show tells the story of Alexander Hamilton, one of America's founding fathers and will re-open the Victoria Palace theatre from October. 

    Where? Victoria Palace Theatre. The nearest tube station is Victoria.

    When? Previews begin on November 21. The production officially opens December 7 and is initially booking until June 30 2018. 

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    Bat Out of Hell the Musical
    ••• Andrew Polec performs as Strat at the launch of Bat Out of Hell The Musical. Dave J Hogan/Getty Images

    Written by Grammy Award-winning producer, Jim Steinman (the man behind Meatloaf's best-selling Bat Out of Hell album), this epic show is a rock'n'roll theatrical fantasy. The high-octane production features hit songs including "I'd Do Anything for Love" and "Dead Ringer" and explores teenage love and youthful rebellion in a post-apocalyptic Manhattan.

    Where? The London Coliseum. The nearest tube station is Leicester Square.

    When? June 5 to July 22.

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    Bob Dylan is fiercely protective over his music but he's given permission for it to be used in this play by Irish playwright, Conor McPherson. The production weaves classic Dylan songs into a story about a guesthouse run by a lost family in Depression-era Minnesota. 

    Where? The Old Vic. The nearest tube station is Waterloo.

    When? July 10 to October 7

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    The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? at The Theatre Royal Haymarket

    Damian Lewis Headshot
    ••• Damian Lewis stars in The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?. The Corner Shop PR

    Homeland star Damian Lewis takes to the stage in this darkly comic masterpiece written by one of America's most influential playwrights, Edward Albee. The story tells the tale of a successful married man whose family life crumbles when he falls in love with a goat. The play questions moral judgments and social taboos. 

    Where? Theatre Royal Haymarket. The nearest tube station is Piccadilly Circus. 

    When? March 24 to June 24

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    This Pulitzer Prize-winning double bill by Tony Kushner is the National Theatre's big summer event. Starring the Social Network's Andrew Garfield, this powerful play is set in the mid-1980s against a backdrop of the AIDS crisis and Ronald Reagan's conservative administration and sees New Yorkers struggle to get to grips with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell. 

    Where? The Lyttelton Theatre at the National Theatre. The nearest tube station is Waterloo.

    When? April 11 to August 19. The play is in two parts. Each part is 3 hours and 30 minutes long (with one interval in each part). 

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    Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead at The Old Vic

    Daniel Radcliffe Headshot
    ••• Daniel Radcliffe stars in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. The Old Vic

    This classic play first premiered at the Old Vic in 1967 and made British playwright Tom Stoppard famous overnight. Fast forward 50 years and Daniel Radcliffe stars as Rosencrantz in this special anniversary production. The play looks at Shakespeare's Hamlet from the point of view of two minor characters: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern and follows their misadventures as they stumble in and out of the main plot.

    Where? The Old Vic. The nearest tube station is Waterloo.

    When? February 25 to April 29