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SHOWTIME January

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It’s a brand new year, and London theatregoers can look forward to another twelve months of spectacular productions and inspirational performances on the horizon. From all of us here at Official London Theatre: Happy New Year!

And London theatregoers will be delighted to learn that it’s not long before the wonderful shows will start flowing once again into the West End in their masses.

If you’re looking for wonder, then how about the design of the multi Tony Award-nominated drama The Glass Menagerie, which shimmers under the spotlight at the Duke of York’s Theatre. Starring members of the acclaimed cast scooped multiple accolades on the other side of the Atlantic. This production of Tennessee Williams’ revered drama has swept international audiences off their feet with its tale of fragile dreams in a faded St Louis; performances begin on 26 January.

And while audiences should wrap up warm before heading out this winter, braving the cold with their acclaimed and inspirational musical adaptation, which – quite literally - lays bare the true story which formed the hit film Calendar Girls, Gary Barlow and Tim Firth arrive in the West End with the eagerly anticipated transfer of The Girls. Playing at the Phoenix Theatre from 28 January, the story tells of an ordinary Women’s Institute group who raise money in memory of one of their husbands, becoming extraordinary in the process.

... and last chance to see

This month sees a whole host of award-winning and critically acclaimed productions depart the capital, with the Olivier Award-winning Charlie And The Chocolate Factory amongst the highest profile productions set to venture onto pastures new.

Having enjoyed a highly adored three-year run at the West End’s oldest theatre, the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, this musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s famous chocolatier heaven has stolen the hearts and captured the imagination of multitudes of theatregoers – as well as soothed our love of all things chocolate! Don’t miss it before it leaves on 7 January.

If it’s a musical spectacular you’re in the market for, there’s little that can match the visual might of The Bodyguard – not to mention the sensational power of the ballad-fuelled sound of Beverley Knight in full flow.

A thrilling tale of an unlikely blossoming romance between a pop star and her cold, highly professional bodyguard, the veil of a threatening stalker puts their very lives at jeopardy. If you’ve not yet seen it One Moment In Time (and there’s plenty more superb songs where that came from!), head over to the Dominion Theatre before 7 January.

With the festive season now coming to a close, plenty of London’s beloved and fantastic family shows are also set to leave the capital: take your pick from the brilliant book adaptation of The Gruffalo at the Lyric Theatre (8 January), the awe-inspiring puppetry of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show at the Ambassadors Theatre (8 January), or the charm and colour of Peppa Pig’s Surprise (7 January) at the Phoenix Theatre, and give the youngsters a post-Christmas treat to fend off those January blues.

West End pantomime also takes its final bow this month (oh yes it does!) in the form of the fast-paced and frenetically funny Potted Panto, which sees 7 pantomimes brought to life in just 80 minutes at the Garrick Theatre until 14 January, as well as the glitzy all-star cast of festive favourite Cinderella, with Paul O’Grady, Amanda Holden, Julian Clary and co. departing the London Palladium on 15 January.

Looking for a sprinkle of wartime drama with your seasonal laughs? You’ll love tragicomedy The Dresser, starring acclaimed actors Reece Shearsmith and Ken Stott, telling the story of a renowned actor who begins to doubt himself just before show time. Can his faithful Dresser convince him to take to the stage once again? Find out at the Duke of York’s Theatre before 14 January.

Last, and by no means least, the critically acclaimed and side-splitting antics of Mischief Theatre Company in Peter Pan Goes Wrong are set to depart the Apollo Theatre on 29 January. If you’d like to see a production of JM Barrie’s classic children’s story as you’ve never seen it before – going terribly wrong indeed, to hilarious effect – then you couldn’t do anything more right than catch it while it’s here.

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