Seeing rising stars make their West End debuts is an incredible thing to witness. One day, you’re watching a cast member in the ensemble, and then they’re playing a leading role in a production that sees them win awards. But, in some productions, audiences are treated to performances from film stars, who’ve appeared in Hollywood blockbusters.
The West End is quickly becoming like the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Movie stars in West End shows are becoming more popular, with famous actors starring in limited runs, meaning you’ll have to be quick to see them on stage. Take a look at the movie stars coming to the West End.
Film stars in West End shows
Discover all the movie stars that will be appearing in West End shows below. This article will be updated with the latest information, so check back here to see the new stars who’ll be on stage in London.
During Amy Adams’ career, she’s given six Academy Award-nominated performances in films such as Vice, American Hustle and Junebug. She’s even been a real-life Disney princess in Enchanted. Now, she tackles one of her most iconic roles to date, playing Amanda Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie for her West End debut.
It’s a decade since she was last on stage, playing the Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods on Broadway. But now she’ll play Tennessee Williams’ faded Southern belle in a new adaptation of The Glass Menagerie, with two actors sharing the role of Tom.
Ever listened to the Hercules film soundtrack? Then you’ll have heard Roger Bart sing. The Tony-nominated actor voiced the teenage Hercules in the Disney movie, singing “Go The Distance”, and now you can see Roger Bart live in Back to the Future. The hit sci-fi musical marks Bart’s West End debut, but he’s no stranger to musical theatre.
Bart has originated a number of Broadway roles including Carmen Ghia in The Producers and Frankenstein in Young Frankenstein. Now, he adds another theatre credit to his mightily impressive CV, playing Doc Brown in the Back to the Future musical. We spoke to Roger Bart about playing such a prestigious film role on stage, and you can read our Roger Bart interview here.
What do Rachel Tucker, Jessie Buckley and Samantha Barks all have in common? They all found fame on the same TV show I'd Do Anything, competing for the role of Nancy in the West End revival of Oliver! Soon after the TV series, she was cast as Eponine in Les Miserables, and was later selected to play the role in the lauded Les Miserables film adaptation with a wealth of talent, including Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Amanda Seyfried.
He’s taken on the role of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. He’s portrayed transgender artist Lili Elbe in The Danish Girl. And now, Eddie Redmayne makes his long-awaited West End musical debut as the Emcee in Cabaret. Redmayne’s sung before, playing Enjolras in the Les Miserables film, singing “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables.” But now he’ll have to sing live eight times a week, starring alongside Jessie Buckley in Cabaret.