We might be in peak Christmas mode but we can’t help and look ahead to 2023’s new theatre arrivals. There are some brilliant new productions on the horizon too, from an Andrew Lloyd-Webber production to a few more hilarious but slightly random hits, including The SpongeBob Musical and Mrs Doubtfire.
Whether you’re looking for a last-minute Christmas present for your theatre-loving friends or something to look forward to, these are the shows to book for 2023.
Looking for festive shows? These are the 10 magical shows to book now.
The Great British Bake Off
2023 looks to be a year of bizarre musical makeovers and this might just be the strangest we’ve come across. The nation’s favourite TV show is set to be transformed into a brand-new Great British Musical…
Having sold-out last summer with standing ovations, The Great British Bake Off Musical follows a similar premise to the crowd’s favourite TV show. Cheer on each contestant as they battle it out to win star baker under the watchful eye of two familiar-looking judges.
With music from acclaimed duo Jake Brunger and Pippa Cleary, this is the hilarious new comedy we can’t wait to lose ourselves in next year.
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Aspects of Love
Making an epic West End return is Michael Ball who will reunite with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s celebrated musical, Aspects of Love. 34 years after having starred in the original production, Ball will take on a new role, performing as George.
With lyrics by Don Black and Charles Hart, the production is based on the novel by David Garnett. A story of passion, love, life and loss in post-war Frace and Italy, the narrative follows three generations of the Dillingham family over a 17-year period.
Running from 12.05.2023 – 11.11.2023
Ain’t Too Proud
Brought to life from the creators of Jersey Boys comes Ain’t Too Proud, a new musical that transports from Broadway.
The narrative follows the journey of the musical group, The Temptations. Follow their story from the streets of Detroit through to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Expect some huge hitters, from My Girl and Get Ready to Just My Imagination.
Running from 31.03.2023 – 01.10.2023
Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons
The Serpent star Jenna Coleman and Poledark’s Aiden Turner will star alongside each other in the highly anticipated Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons. No, I didn’t just press paste on my keyboard four times by mistake, this is the lengthy title of Sam Steiner’s debut play.
Swaying from convention, this story sees a lawyer and a musician fall in love in a pet cemetery. As if that wasn’t unusual enough, a new law in their country states that every person can speak a maximum of 140 words a day. Follow as the pair become accustomed to the new bill, navigating their lives through silent notions, from sign language to charades, eye contact and even playing the drum to tell the other how they feel.
Running from 18.01.2023 – 18.03.2023
From the creators behind BBC’s Sherlock comes a darkly comedic production starring Reece Shearsmith (Inside No. 9), Amanda Abbington (Sherlock) and Frances Barber (Silk).
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The narrative follows Peter and Debbie who become friends with Elsa, a Trump-loving widow from Denver, USA on holiday. They agree they’ll stay in contact after the holiday ends but it’s not under Elsa invites herself over the pond to their home that they realise something isn’t quite right about her. After doing some digging online, they learn the real truth about Elsa but it’s already too late as she’s boarded her flight to London.
The lives of themselves and their children are at stake and Elsa’s on her way to murder…
Running from 15.01.2023 – 16.04.2023
The SpongeBob Musical
Perfect for little ones, The SpongeBob Musical will see your favourite underwater friends face trouble.
Taking over the Southbank Centre next summer, join SpongeBob and the Bikini Bottom gang as their whole livelihoods faces destruction. As you’d expect, chaos erupts and it’s left up to one unexpected hero to save the day.
Running from 26.07.2023 – 27.08.2023
We’ll admit, we didn’t see this one coming but boy, are we excited to see how the stage production of this beloved film turns out.
Following its successful debut in Manchester, Mrs Doubtfire lands at the Shaftesbury Theatre in May. Following the bizarre antics of Daniel Hillard aka ‘Mrs Doubtfire’, the musical will follow the plot of the film, in which the divorced dad creates an alter ego of a Scottish nanny in an attempt to stay in his kids’ lives.
Running from 12.05.2023 – 13.01.2023
The Lehman Trilogy
Returning to London following a successful run in Los Angeles and Broadway is the five Tony Award winner, The Lehman Trilogy. The production follows three brothers, their sons and their grandsons in an age-old storytelling story told in three parts.
Follow as you journey through the Lehman family history, from a business dream of three brothers to a mighty establishment that’s on the brink of bankruptcy.
Running from 24.01.2023 – 20.05.2023