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Esther O'Loughlin 23 Nov 2018 10:43am

Plays to pre-book for in 2019

With the new year fast approaching, theatres are already offering deals on pre-booked tickets for 2019. But sorting out your schedule and budgeting for entertainment can be a hassle – especially around Christmas – so we thought we would save you some trouble by listing a pick of the plays you will want to save the date and book a seat for

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Caption: Our pick of six plays you won't want to miss next year

Notre Dame de Paris

The famous French musical – inspired by Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel – will be coming to the London Coliseum theatre after concluding a successful worldwide tour. Singers, acrobats and dancers will enthral the familiar, tragic tale of the lovable hunchback Quasimodo and gypsy Esmeralda. The original French production kicks off in January and will be accompanied by a live orchestra and performed with English surtitles.

The Price

The 50th anniversary of Arthur Millar’s hit play will take to the stage in the Wyndham's Theatre next February. It sees the two estranged Franz brothers re-unite for the first time in 16 years to sell some long-forgotten family furniture. One is a New York cop, about to retire, the other a successful surgeon. Their meeting quickly upturns old conflicts, overseen by an unsuspecting appraiser who busy is dealing with demons of his own. Ultimately the trio come to realise the true cost of decisions made years ago.

Home, I’m Darling

If you fancy something a bit lighter, Katherine Parkinson will have you in stitches as she reprises her role in Laura Wade’s sparkling comedy – now transferring to West End’s Duke of York theatre. The tale follows Judy, a slightly ditsy but tenacious woman who deals with being made redundant from her corporate finance job by focussing on one ambition – to become the perfect 1950’s housewife. But being a domestic goddess is not so easy when you’re dealing with present-day marriage problems.

The Twilight Zone

Whether you’re a fan of the original TV series, or you are new to the stories, Ann Washburn’s masterful adaption of Rod Serling’s wonderfully weird and thought-provoking episodes is guaranteed to thrill. Combining several storylines, the production uses illusions and stage-trickery to replicate some of the show’s mind-bending stunts live. It now makes its home at the Ambassadors Theatre in London’s West End.

Follies

Back by popular demand, Stephen Sondheim’s Olivier-award winning musical will run in the National Theatre. Set in 1971 New York, the story follows the Follies girls as they meet for one last time on the stage of the soon-to-be-demolished Weismann Theatre to sing, drink, reminisce, and lie about themselves. Thirty years has gone by since their last performance, and re-uniting unearths a lifetime of laughter, struggles and secrets.

All about Eve

This adaption of the classic Hollywood film (originally starring Bette Davis) is showing in a limited run at the Noel Coward theatre. When a young fan and wily schemer, Eve Harrington (Lily James) plants herself in the life of aging Broadway star Margo Channing (Gillian Anderson) there is no predicting what trouble will ensue. The story examines public obsession with fame and the harsh realities it can bring with it. It runs from February until May.