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West End shows to see in London this spring

Get tickets to the biggest theatre openings this season, including Grease, A Little Life, and Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations.

Sophie Thomas
Sophie Thomas

As London comes out of its winter chrysalis, the West End transforms into a butterfly, fluttering its wings with new theatre productions, Broadway shows, and plenty of A-listers.

The West End in spring 2023 is filled with exciting openings taking place most weeks. West End theatres take a bite out of the Broadway Big Apple, as Ain't Too Proud makes its long-awaited West End premieres. There's also star-studded shows to watch out for too: A Little Life and Oklahoma! all feature award-winning film and theatre actors.

West End and Off-West End theatres will showcase brand new musicals and cutting-edge plays too. Read on to find out how the West End will blossom in spring 2023.

Book tickets to West End shows in spring 2023 on London Theatre.

LT - CTA - 250

Oklahoma! - 750 - LT

OKLAHOMA!

When Oklahoma! started performances on 1930s Broadway, it changed the future of musical theatre. Now, 80 years later, Daniel Fish's contemporary reimagining of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical pushes the limits of musical revivals. Cleverly, Oklahoma! now carries a different meaning, all without changing a single line.

Set at the turn of the state formation, Oklahoma! follows cowboy Curly McClain and farmhand Jud Fry as they try to impress farmgirl Laurey Williams. They both attempt to woo her, to varying levels of success. But as tensions rise within the community, the farmer and cowmen struggle to be friends. We "cain't say no" to Oklahoma! returning to London in spring 2023.

OKLAHOMA! is at the Wyndham's Theatre from 16 February.

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LT - CTA - 250

Bake Off - 750 - LT

The Great British Bake Off Musical

On your marks, get set, bake! No cooking utensils required here; just a ticket to see the piping hot British musical that's fresh out of the oven. After a world premiere in Cheltenham, the Bake Off magic comes to the West End. Everything about the musical is a recipe for success: original music by Jake Brunger and Pippa Cleary, John Owen-Jones giving a steely-eyed Paul Hollywood impersonation, and a baker's dozen of talented West End actors all vying for the title of Star Baker. You won't want to miss this showstopper.

The Great British Bake Off Musical is at the Noel Coward Theatre from 25 February.

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LT - CTA - 250

Guys & Dolls - 750 - LT

Guys and Dolls

Sit down, because the Bridge Theatre is set to rock the boat with an immersive adaptation of the 1920's gambling musical, Guys and Dolls. When Nathan Detroit helps Sky Masterson out, the pair make a bet: Nathan bets Sky that he can’t take a woman of his choosing on a date. But as they meet Sarah Brown, will she prove to be a "doll." If you opt for standing entry, you'll be thrust into the seedy Manhattan nightclubs and the Havana bars all in one night.

Guys & Dolls is at the Bridge Theatre from 3 March.

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LT - CTA - 250

Bonnie and Clyde - 750 - LT - 230522

Bonnie and Clyde

How did Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow become headline news? Learn how two criminal masterminds defeated the odds to become nationwide idols in the Bonnie and Clyde musical. It's a thrilling tale of love, lies, and deceit, which inevitably ends one way. Frances Mayli McCann and Jordan Luke Gage reprise the titular roles in this spring's most wanted musical.

Bonnie & Clyde is at the Garrick Theatre from 4 March.

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LT - CTA - 250

Black Superhero - 750 - LT

Black Superhero

Danny Lee Wynter's debut play premieres at the Royal Court in spring 2023. It's a love story like no other. Approaching his forties, David has given up on falling in love. But then he meets King. King is everything. But King is a superhero. Pretty quickly, David falls into a reckless world and his life spirals out of control. Who is a real king? Who is God? Journey into this play of super proportions.

Black Superhero is at the Royal Court from 14 March.

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LT - CTA - 250

A Little Life - 1200 - LT

A Little Life

Hanya Yanagihara's A Little Life is the latest novel to be adapted into a play. Ivo van Hove directs the bruising story of four college friends whose lives intertwine with gutwrenching circumstances. There's a star cast to boot too: James Norton as Jude, alongside Luke Thompson, Omari Douglas, and Zach Wyatt. This is sure to be an unmissable production in spring 2023.

A Little Life is at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 25 March.

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LT - CTA - 250

Ain't Too Proud - 1200 - LT - 231122

Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations

Can we tempt you into an evening of soulful Motown music? Yes, the 12-time Tony-nominated Temptations musical arrives with a bang in the West End in spring 2023. Follow the "Classic Five": Otis Williams, Melvin Franklin, Paul Williams, Eddie Kendricks, and David Ruffin, on their way to superstardom. It wasn't all glitter and award ceremonies though. The quintet dealt with illness, addiction, and political conflicts on their way to the top.

Dominique Morisseau adapts The Temptations's story into an all-singing, all-dancing spectacular, alongside Jersey Boys creatives Des McAnuff and Sergio Trujilio. Are you ready? Cause here they come!

Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations is at the Prince Edward Theatre from 31 March.

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LT - CTA - 250

Grease - 750 - LT - 170522

Grease

Grease and the West End go together like rama lama lama... you get the jist. If you're looking for your very own spring fling at the theatre, head to the Dominion Theatre to see Grease this summer. The 1970s musical follows Sandy and Danny, summer romance sweethearts who suddenly end up at Rydell High together for senior year.

There's a grittier, earthier feel to Grease now — think more leather jackets, rather than satin Pink Ladies outfits. Louise Redknapp also joins the fun as this year's Teen Angel. Make sure you're not stranded at the drive-in without tickets.

Grease is at the Dominion Theatre from 2 June.

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LT - CTA - 250

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