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The best of London theatre openings in January 2018

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Whether you want to gather the family together for a special occasion, expose the kids to some culture or have an evening with friends, you can’t beat a trip to the theatre. While there are plenty of long-running shows across London’s venues, it’s nice to mix it up and see something when it first hits the West End or elsewhere.

Here are some of the most exciting new arrivals for January 2018:

Bananaman at Southwark Playhouse

Family favourite Bananaman is going from the pages of comics and the small screen to the stage in a new musical that is bound to delight children and adults alike. Expect slapstick comedy as our useless hero battles evil villains Doctor Gloom and General Blight in his distinctive blue and yellow costume. There’s also plenty of singing to look forward to and some gravity-defying feats.

Bananaman opens on January 4th.

The Birthday Party at Harold Pinter Theatre

The Birthday Party may be one of Harold Pinter’s most-performed plays, but you’ve never seen it like this before. Zoe Wanamaker, Toby Jones and Stephen Mangan lead an all-star cast in this tale about a piano player whose mundane birthday party is ruined when two strangers show up in town. Classed as a comedy of menace, expect plot twists and some dark moments.

See The Birthday Party from January 9th.

Lady Windermere’s Fan at the Vaudeville Theatre

It’s time for another birthday party later in the month, when Lady Windermere’s Fan opens at the Vaudeville Theatre. Oscar Wilde’s timeless comedy centres around the play’s namesake character and her suspicions that her husband could be having an affair. She invites the suspected mistress to her birthday ball and from there all manner of toing and froing takes place. With a guest appearance by Jennifer Saunders as the Duchess of Berwick, it’s bound to be a hoot.

Previews start for Lady Windermere’s Fan on January 12th.

Julius Caesar at the Bridge Theatre

The new production of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar is likely to be one you won’t forget in a hurry. Staged ‘in promenade’, the audience will be at the heart of the street party scene and all that comes afterwards. This immersive element will bring a new side to the classic play, which tackles themes of politics, conspiracy and murder. While David Calder plays Caesar, it is Ben Whishaw as Brutus that you really need to watch.

Catch Julius Caesar from January 20th.

Take the hassle out of a trip to the theatre

Forget about parking or navigating public transport on your theatre trip by hiring a coach. It will allow you to relax and have a hassle-free outing with family or friends.


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