London is set to host some amazing shows throughout 2024 and beyond. Here’s a look at some of the big ones that groups may want to add to their diaries.

1. Standing at the Sky’s Edge, Gillian Lynne Theatre (8th February 2024 - 3rd August 2024)

The National Theatre production of Standing at the Sky’s Edge is written as a love letter to Sheffield and the iconic Park Hill Estate. Recognised as a building of outstanding architectural merit and social interest, Park Hill comprises nearly 1,000 flats and is set on 32 acres. The production picked up Best New Musical at the 2023 Olivier Awards and is said to explore the power of community. 

Production shot of Standing at the Sky’s Edge

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The 2022 and 2023 company of Standing at the Sky’s Edge.

2. Next to Normal, Wyndham’s Theatre (18th June 2024 - 21st September 2024)

The show is described as an intimate exploration of family and illness, loss and grief. At its heart is Diana Goodman, a suburban wife and mother living with bipolar disorder and haunted by her past.

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When Next to Normal opened on Broadway in 2010, it went on to win three Tony Awards, including Best Original Score, as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, one of only ten musicals in history to receive the prestigious honour.

3. MJ the Musical, Prince Edward Theatre (6th March 2024 - 14th September 2024)

The smash hit Broadway musical based on the story of pop star Michael Jackson will feature Myles Frost, who will make his West End debut in the production. Frost previously won a Tony Award for his performance in the Broadway production. 

Myles Frost as MJ on Broadway

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Myles Frost as Michael Jackson in the Broadway production of MJ.

Centred around the making of his 1992 Dangerous World Tour, MJ goes beyond the singular moves and signature sound of the star to offer a rare look at the creative mind and collaborative spirit that catapulted Jackson to legendary status. You’ll hear dozens of hits including Billie Jean, Beat It, Man in the Mirror, Thriller and Smooth Criminal.

4. The Devil Wears Prada, Dominon Theatre (24th October 2024 - 31st May 2025)

This new musical based on the blockbuster film and bestselling novel, The Devil Wears Prada features an original score by the legendary Elton John, lyrics by Shaina Taub, a book by Kate Wetherhead and direction and choreography by three-time Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde, Pretty Woman, Hairspray). The show tells the story about discovering what kind of person you truly want to be. 

5. Hello, Dolly!, London Palladium (6th July 2024 - 14th September 2024)

Imelda Staunton, who is best-known for Dolores Umbridge in the Harry Potter films among countless other television, film and stage credits, will play meddlesome socialite turned matchmaker Dolly Levi, as she travels to Yonkers, New York to find a match for the miserly, unmarried ‘half-a-millionaire’ Horace Vandergelder.

Imelda Staunton headshot

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Imelda Staunton will play Dolly Levi in Hello, Dolly!

But everything changes when she decides that the next match she needs to make is for herself. This new production of Hello, Dolly! also reunites Imelda with director Dominic Cooke, following their critically acclaimed production of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies at the National Theatre.

6. Hadestown, Lyric Theatre (10th February 2024 - 22nd December 2024)

This acclaimed Broadway musical by singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell and director Rachel Chavkin is making its West End premiere, having won eight Tony Awards including Best Musical and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album. 

Hadestown takes you on an unforgettable journey to the underworld and back, intertwining two mythic love stories – that of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, and that of King Hades and his wife Persephone. 

7. Opening Night, Gielgud Theatre (6th March 2024 - 27th July 2024)

Based on John Cassavetes’ legendary film, Opening Night follows a theatre company’s preparations to stage a major new play on Broadway. But drama ignites behind the scenes when their leading lady is rocked by tragedy, and her personal turmoil forces everybody to deliver the performance of their lives.

Sheridan Smith in front of lights to promote a new musical, Opening Night, she's starring in

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Sheridan Smith will star in a new musical, Opening Night, from 6th March.

The show, directed and conceived by Ivo Van Hove, has another big name - Canadian singer, songwriter and composer Rufus Wainwright - who will be producing the music and lyrics. Actress, singer and TV personality Sheridan Smith, will play the leading lady.

8. Mean Girls, Savoy Theatre (5th June 2024 - 27th October 2024)

The stage musical of Tina Fey’s noughties film will finally land in London this year, having opened on Broadway in 2018. Audiences will meet Regina, Gretchen and Karen - the mean girls - who rule North Shore High and will burn anyone who gets in their way.

Home-schooled Cady Heron may think she knows a thing or two about survival of the fittest thanks to her zoologist parents, but high school is a whole new level of savage. When Cady devises a plan to end Regina’s reign, she learns the hard way that you can’t cross a queen bee without getting stung.

9. Sister Act, Dominion Theatre (15th March 2024 - 31st August 2024)

Based on the iconic movie, Sister Act is a tribute to the universal power of friendship, sisterhood and music, telling the story of the disco diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a murder. Under protective custody, Deloris is hidden in the one place she won’t be found – a convent! Disguised as a nun and under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own.

Beverley Knight (left) and Alexandra Burke will both play Deloris Van Cartier in the 2024 London production of Sister Act.

Beverley Knight (left) and Alexandra Burke will both play Deloris Van Cartier in the 2024 London production of Sister Act.

British soul royalty Beverley Knight will lead the cast as Deloris Van Cartier, joined by Gavin & Stacey co-creator Ruth Jones as Mother Superior (both until 8th June 2024). Pop star Alexandra Burke will take over as Deloris Van Cartier from 10th June 2024.