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The best new West End shows to book for 2019

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The start of a new year sees the departure of several beloved shows from the West End, which is always a shame - but luckily in their place, we have many exciting new ones to look forward to.

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From dramatic adaptations of 50s films to joyful, Dolly Parton-filled musicals, there's something for everyone this year in the theatre. Here are just some of the shows that we think you'll love... 

1. 9 to 5

Where? Savoy Theatre

When? Opens 28th January

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9 to 5, with its focus on female empowerment, is an incredibly timely show, especially given that it focuses on three women taking down their sexist boss.

It's based on the film of the same name, and also has an incredible score written by Dolly Parton - so anyone who enjoyed the Netflix original film Dumplin' last month should definitely be lining up to see this one!

The starring cast features Amber Davies, Natalie McQueen and Brian Conley, so is sure to be excellent. 

2. Come From Away

Where? Phoenix Theatre

When? Opens 30th January

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With everything happening in politics at the moment, from Brexit to Trump's Wall, Come From Away is a remarkably timely musical, as it follows a true story: the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks and the kindness of strangers in Newfoundland, Canada, as they took in 7,000 passengers from 38 planes that were diverted due to American airspace closing in the aftermath of the attack.

Come From Away is the perfect show for our 2019 landscape, to remind us that when the world is falling apart, people can still come together.

3. All About Eve

Where? Noel Coward Theatre

When? Opens 2nd February

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This production of the 1950 Hollywood film All About Eve stars Gillian Anderson and Lily James and is still incredibly current, exploring popular culture's fascination with celebrity, youth and identity - themes that are just as prevalent now as they were in the 1950s, if not more so. With the incredible cast, direction from Ivo Van Hoe and music from Mercury Prize winner PJ Harvey, seeing this show in the new year seems like a no brainer.

4. Waitress

Where? Adelphi Theatre

When? Opens 8th February

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Based on the 2007 film of the same name, Waitress made waves on Broadway, with its groundbreaking all-female creative team and the London transfer is likely to hit the same milestone for the West End.

With amazing music written by Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles and a heartwarming story that follows Jenna, a waitress attempting to bake her way to success in order to escape her loveless marriage and provide for her newly expanding family, this show is a must see. And if that doesn't tempt you enough, then perhaps the smell of pie will - an oven is installed on the premises to waft a delicious pie smell into the theatre!

5. True West

Where? Vaudeville Theatre

When? Closes 23rd February

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You still have time to see True West before its final performance on 23rd February. True West follows brothers Austin and Lee as they compete to pitch ideas to acclaimed film producer Saul Kimmer. The big draw to the show for students will undoubtedly be the starring role of Kit Harington (Jon Snow in Game of Thrones) who hasn't been seen on a West End stage prior to this since 2016 (read that review here). 

6. Betrayal

Where? Harold Pinter Theatre

When? Opens 5th March

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If you've been dying to see Tom Hiddleston in the flesh, now's your chance! Hiddleston will be starring in a limited run of Betrayal in the West End, telling the story of the demise of a relationship in reverse chronological order.

It's famously based on true events of Harold Pinter's life, most particularly, his seven-year affair with BBC presenter Dame Joan Bakewell. So if gossip and scandal are your kind of thing, then definitely book tickets to see Betrayal whilst you still can.

Discounted tickets for all these shows are available through online ticketing platform, TodayTix. Find out more here. 

Lead image: Steve Collis from Melbourne, Australia, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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