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West End shows to watch on Blue Monday 2021

Sophie Thomas
Sophie Thomas

The third Monday of January is often known as Blue Monday, which falls on 18 January 2021. Typically considered to be the saddest day of the year and with theatres closed for the foreseeable future, Blue Monday could feel even more miserable than usual.

Just because you're staying indoors, you can fight all the Blue Monday sadness with a "trip" to the West End from the comfort of your own home. With theatre streams taking place on the day and throughout January, as well as looking hopefully to the future, let us help you feel good this Blue Monday.

Are there theatre streams to watch on Blue Monday?

Reece Lyons in Overflow (Photo by Sharron Wallace)

Even though theatres will be shut across England on Blue Monday, you can still get access to the latest shows across London's theatres and on television. Some productions are even premiering on Blue Monday itself; definitely a theatre treat!

In December, the Bush Theatre reopened with Travis Alabanza's Overflow, but quickly became a Coronavirus casualty with all in-person performances cancelled. A filmed performance of Overflow starring Reece Lyons is available from 18 January for a whole week.

If you're a David Tennant or Michael Sheen fan, catch the latest episode of Staged, airing on BBC One on Blue Monday at 9:40pm. Currently in its second season, the show follows a group of thespians rehearsing a play via Zoom. There's guest appearances from the likes of Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Hugh Bonneville too.

Are there theatre streams taking place around Blue Monday?

These productions aren't available to watch on Blue Monday itself, but they're either premiering or returning in the immediate days after. Look forward to these world-class productions and plan a great week of theatre on Blue Monday. 

Faith Healer at the Old Vic (Photo courtesy of The Old Vic)

From 20 - 22 January, you can watch Michael Sheen and Indira Varma in Faith Healer, filmed at the Old Vic in 2020. In a review for "when the camera stepped back and let a trio of mesmeric actors find their own sinuous way into Friel's charged landscape, the play gripped and, come its final reckoning, chilled anew."

Watching any Mischief Theatre show is guaranteed to have you laughing for hours. For the second time in as many months, they're bringing the hit improvisational show Mischief Movie Night to your living room. From 23 January, join in with the Mischief company from around the world as they share a night of online improv. What happens during a Mischief Movie Night stays in a Mischief Movie Night.

Like the majority of theatre shows in 2020, live performances of The Poltergeist were stopped in their tracks at Southwark Playhouse. However, there's no need to be concerned about performances by spirits here, you can see the real thing (as a filmed performance of course) from 25 January. 

If you missed the 2019 run of Lungs at the Old Vic and the 2020 revival, you've got a final chance to see Claire Foy and Matt Smith on stage together. They play a couple who are considering whether to raise children in a modern day society. You'll only have three nights to watch, from 27 - 29 January.

West End shows are coming soon in 2021

Back to the Future at Manchester Opera House
(Photo by Sean Ebsworth Barnes)

Even though theatres are shut right now, the West End will definitely come back with a bang in the near future. Shows coming soon in 2021 include Frozen at Theatre Royal Drury Lane, starring Samantha Barks as Elsa. Carrie Hope Fletcher will be a princess too, but not as we know it, in a newly reimagined Cinderella at the Gillian Lynne Theatre. We'll be going Back to the Future at the Adelphi and heading to court via To Kill A Mockingbird at the Gielgud. "You'll Never Walk Alone" in the West End anymore thanks to an open-air performance of Carousel and you can-can see the best of Broadway thanks to Moulin Rouge: The Musical at the Piccadilly Theatre. What we're saying is there's so much theatre coming soon in 2021, we can't wait to gorge ourselves on it.

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Know that the day West End theatres open is just around the corner

We know just how tough the past year has been. Going nearly a whole year without live theatre has been a struggle at the best of times. With no confirmed date on when the West End will be back to any level of normality, this can take its toll emotionally. But, rest assured, when the West End opens once again, the carnival like atmosphere will be indescribable. All productions are sure to celebrate the best of the West End — a world class destination for theatre and live entertainment.

The day West End theatres open is just around the corner. There are brighter days to look forward to, and we'll be here for the West End's return every step of the way.

Photo credit: Confetti (Photo by Jason Leung on Unsplash)

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