29 JAN 2019: A trip to London that doesn’t include a West End show is almost unthinkable. From the latest productions to long-running favourites, visitors have dozens of choices each and every night in the British capital – and the world’s co-capital of theatre (with New York).

2019 is shaping up to be another fantastic year on the stage in the city and we offer this clue to what’s new:

Pinter At The Pinter - Party Time/Celebration at the Harold Pinter Theatre (opened Jan. 4):  Party Time is paired with Harold Pinter’s final play, Celebration, as part of the Pinter At The Pinter season.

9 to 5 The Musical - Savoy Theatre (previews from Jan. 28): Based on the cult film, 9 to 5 The Musical is coming to the West End and will feature a book by the movie’s original screenwriter Patricia Resnick with the score by the Queen of Country, Dolly Parton.

Notre Dame de Paris - London Coliseum (opened Jan. 23): One of France’s most popular musicals, Notre Dame de Paris is based on Victor Hugo’s novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame with music by Riccardo Cocciante and book and lyrics by Luc Plamondon.

Come From Away - Phoenix Theatre (From Feb. 18): This Broadway musical by Irene Sankoff and David Hein is based on the events in the week following the 9/11 attacks on America, when 38 planes were ordered to land in Gander, Newfoundland.

When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other- Twelve Variations On Samuel Richardson's 'Pamela' - National Theatre (running): Directed by Katie Mitchell with a cast including Cate Blanchett and Stephen Dillane, Martin Crimp’s play breaks through the surface of contemporary debate to explore the messy nature of desire and the complicated roles men and women play.

Waitress - Adelphi Theatre (Spring): Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker, is in a loveless marriage in a small town. A baking contest in a nearby county offers her a chance at escape, leaving Jenna to weigh her commitments against a shot at freedom and recognition.

On Your Feet! - London Coliseum, London (from June 14): Gloria and Emilio Estefan’s smash-hit musical comes to London in 2019 direct from Broadway for a strictly limited season. It’s the true love story of Emilio and Gloria and follows their journey from its Cuban origins to the streets of Miami and to international superstardom.

Mary Poppins - Prince Edward Theatre (Autumn 2019): Mary Poppins will return in the autumn of 2019 at the West End theatre where it premiered in 2004. Tickets for the production went on sale in January.

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