Happy International Women’s Day! This year, why not celebrate this special day by grabbing your best gal pals and heading to the theatre. At a loss for what to see? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here’s our top picks of shows to see on IWD 2018:
Where: Theatre Royal Haymarket
When: 9th February – 5th May
Not to be confused with the Disney musical, which hasn’t made its West End transfer just yet, this bleak play is not to be missed. Perhaps not the cheeriest show going, Frozen follows a grieving mother trailblazing through every emotion as a result of her young daughter going missing. This three-performer play has a star studded cast: Suranne Jones (Dr Foster), Nina Sosanya (Love Actually, W1A) and Jason Watkins (Taboo, W1A). Plus, not only is the cast female-heavy, but the show was written by a woman too. Yay! As Jones takes us on an unimaginable journey of loss, hope and forgiveness, this production will remind you how powerful female performers can be.
Summer and Smoke
Where: Almeida Theatre
When: 7th March – 7th April
One of Tennesse Williams’ lesser known plays, directed by Rebecca Frecknall, takes place at the Almeida this Spring. The story centres on Alma, a highy-strung, unmarried daughter of a minister, and her blossoming romance with her next door neighbour. As Alma approaches her spiritual and sexual awakenings, this production is truly set to crackle.
Where: Soho Theatre
When: 20th February – 17th March
Fresh from its award-winning, sell-out Edinburgh Fringe run, Dust is now performing in London. Written and performed by Milly Thomas and directed by Sara Joyce, this play may be about suicide, but it’s also about finding the joy in life. Again, it may not be the most upbeat show, but it’s worth going to see for Thomas’ stellar combination of writing and performing, and for Joyce’s impressive direction.
Where: Savoy Theatre
When: Until 22nd December
This dazzling musical is sure to leave you feeling empowered and inspired. The show is filled with assured and determined women who will stop at nothing to get what they want. With heart-racing ballads such as ‘And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going’, see this with your favourite girl-friends and you’ll definitely be dancing and singing all the way home.
Where: Duke of York’s Theatre
When: 15th January – 31st March
Following its critically acclaimed, sold-out run at the Almeida, Mary Stuart is on the West End for a limited time only. Starring Juliet Stevenson and Lia Williams both as Queen Elizabeth and Mary, Queen of Scots, this production is electrifying from start to finish. This world was created by Hildegard Bechtler, one of the hottest designers going, and even features composition by Laura Marling.
Cilla The Musical – UK Tour
Where: UK Tour
When: 16th January – 21st April
Adapted from the ITV series starring Sheridan Smith, this musical follows the life of one of Britain’s most loved icons. The story leads us through Cilla Black’s teenage dreams to her stardom in the music and TV industries. Featuring many of her greatest hits, Cilla the Musical is currently embarking on a UK tour. With more dates soon to be added, this is one you don’t want to miss.