What is opening in the theatre in 2017? Our top picks for a fabulous night (or afternoon) out.

Hamilton |Opens November | Victoria Palace Theatre

Tipped to be the hottest ticket of the year, sales open on 30 January for the November opening.  With 11 Tony Awards, including Best Musical,  this Broadway smash is said to be Barack Obamas’ favourite musical. Hamilton tells the story of the American founding father and scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America: Alexander Hamilton. The musical follows him from bastard orphan to George Washington’s right hand man and sees him journey from rebel to war hero.

Who’s afraid of Virginian Woolf ? |Opens February | Harold Pinter Theatre

Imelda Staunton returns to the stage to play Martha in Edward Albee’s classic play. Albee passed away in September this year, so the production, directed by James McDonald and also starring Conleth Hill, Imogen Poots and Luke Treadaway, will be a fitting tribute to his memory.  This 1962 play examines the breakdown of the marriage of a middle-aged couple, Martha and George. The movie famously starred Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.

An American in Paris | Opens March | Dominion Theatre

Sometimes all you need is a few hours of pure escapism, and this stage adaptation of a bonafide cinema classic is sure to offer it. It’s already been acclaimed on Broadway and now it’s coming to the West End, featuring songs by George and Ira Gershwin including I Got Rhythm, ‘S Wonderful, and They Can’t Take That Away From Me.

42nd Street | Opens March | Theatre Royal Drury Lane

More Broadway hijinks come to the West End in the shape of 42nd Street, the American Dream fable of Broadway, that sees a simple small town girl having to step up to stardom when the leading lady is injured. Sheena Easton stars in this big new show.

Bat out of Hell| Opens June for a limited season| Coliseum

Jim Steinman’s epic rock and roll theatrical fantasy Bat out of Hell – The Musical  is the inspiration for one of the most iconic and successful albums in history. It is set to explode onto the London Coliseum stage in 2017. Featuring  17 of Meat Loaf’s greatest hits including I’d Do Anything for Love, Paradise by the Dashboard Light, You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth ((Hot Summer Night), Dead Ringer For Love, Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad, Bat Out of Hell and two new Jim Steinman originals written for the show.

Dick Whittington | Opens December | Palladium

Panto returns to the London Palladium, it’s iconic home,  for a second year. The 2016 production of Cinderella at the Palladium broke Box Office records for the highest grossing week in the West End. Detail of the cast will be released further into the New Year.

To book tickets for any of these call 01442 768 110.