Five plays to watch in 2017


Dreamgirls

You may have seen the 2006 film but now you can immerse yourself in the stage performance of the musical spectacular that is Dreamgirls, the story of three female singers (Effie, Deena and Lorrell) from Chicago who go on to make it big. Directed by Casey Nicholaw with Glee star Amber Riley as Effie, this show includes the hit songs ‘Listen’, ‘And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going’ and ‘One Night Only.’

Savoy Theatre. Performances running until October 2017. Tickets: http://www.dreamgirlswestend.com/ticket-information/

Di Real Housewives of New Kingston Jamaica

The Real Housewives of Atlanta, The Real Housewives of Cheshire and so the list goes on of same-ish reality TV shows where viewers get an insight into the lives of rich women and their day to day joys and dramas. But now there is a new Real Housewives which stands out from all others (*a drum roll please*)… Di Real Housewives of New Kingston Jamaica!

Follow Oneniesha, Puchie and Angel in this hilarious comedy which sees the trio go from Downtown Kingston to marrying rich husbands and trying to adapt to life among the socially elite class.

Various theatres. Performances running 10-15 February 2017. Tickets & further information: http://www.afridiziak.com/theatrenews/whatson/february2017/di-real-housewives-of-new-kingston-jamaica.html

Motown the Musical

We don’t need to tell you too much about Motown because it’s a name that we are all familiar with; the renowned music record label founded by Berry Gordon Jr in Detroit in 1959 who signed superstars including Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, The Temptations, Diana Ross & the Supremes and Marvin Gaye.

Motown created a distinctive sound and you can enjoy that “Motown Sound” with hits such as 'Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,' 'My Girl' and 'Stop! In The Name of Love' being performed in this theatre adaptation.

Shaftesbury Theatre. Performances running until October 2017. Tickets: http://www.shaftesburytheatre.com/shows/motown-the-musical/

An Evening with an Immigrant

Nigerian-born poet and playwright Inua Ellams shares his immigrant story through poetry and anecdotes.

Various theatres. Performances running until April 2017. Tickets & further information: http://blacktheatrelive.co.uk/tours/an-evening-with-an-immigrant/tour-dates

Amadeus

Lucian Msamati, who you may recognise as Salladhor Saan from Game of Thrones, plays Antonio Salieri in this new adaptation of Peter Shaffer’s play being held at the National Theatre.

The play is a fictional account of the lives of composers Salieri and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and features their music.

National Theatre. Performances running until 1 February 2017. £20 Friday Rush and £15 Day tickets still available: www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/amadeus

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