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12 bangers for 2020

2020 just keeps getting better. It's hard to believe all these great shows are coming up in the same year and there are more to come. Here's 12 bangers to get you booking.

1. The King and I

January 8 - 18 2020

A scene from the King and I featuring a man dressed in oriental costume and a woman wearing a dress, sitting on the floor next to a statue

Start the new year with a bang with the Lincoln Center Theater’s critically acclaimed production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King And I, direct from its record-breaking sold-out season at The London Palladium.

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2. The Beauty Parade

March 5 - 14 2020

Three women dressed in period costumes from the Second World War, set against a blue background.

It’s the Second World War and three ordinary women are plucked from obscurity and parachuted in behind enemy lines to become saboteurs and silent killers. Kaite O'Reilly's unique collaboration between Deaf and hearing artists is captioned throughout and features live music, evocative songs and visual language.

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3. Cabaret

24 - 28 March 2020

It's 1931, Berlin is a haven of divine decadence and the legendary Sally Bowles is about to take to the stage at the infamous Kit Kat Klub. Directed by Rufus Norris and fresh from two smash-hit West End runs, the Tony award-winning Cabaret features show-stopping choreography, dazzling costumes and plenty of  iconic singalong show tunes.

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4. The Red Shoes

31 March - 4 April 2020

A woman in a green dress dancing barefoot, holding red shoes in her hand

Matthew Bourne’s triumphant adaptation of the legendary film returns, having won two Olivier Awards and dazzled audiences and critics across the UK and the USA. Set to the achingly romantic music of Golden Age Hollywood, The Red Shoes is a tale of obsession, possession and one girl’s dream to be the greatest dancer in the world.

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5. Million Dollar Quartet

21 - 25 April 2020

A mixture of rock n roll lookalike icons including Elvis, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis

Following its success in the West End, Las Vegas, on Broadway and around the UK, Million Dollar Quartet arrives in Cardiff. This smash-hit musical is inspired by the famous recording session that brought together Rock 'n' Roll icons: Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. So get set to relive music history in one magical night.

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6. A Monster Calls

28 April - 2 May 2020

A young boy in pyjamas sat on a giant clock face looking upwards

Based on Patrick Ness's critically acclaimed bestseller, Sally Cookson's Olivier award-winning production of A Monster Calls offers a dazzling insight into love, life and healing.

Thirteen-year-old Conor and his mum have managed just fine since his dad moved away but now his mum is sick and not getting any better. 

Then, one night, Conor is woken by something at his window. A monster has come walking, and it's come to tell Conor tales...

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7. Once the musical

11 - 16 May 2020

A man busking with a guitar in a busy street talks to a young woman

Once tells the story of two lost souls - a Dublin street busker and a Czech musician - who unexpectedly find each other and fall in love.

Winner of the Academy Award for Best Original Song, a Grammy for Best Musical Theatre Album, eight Tony Awards® and an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music, this brilliant and beautiful musical is a spellbinding and uplifting story of hopes and dreams.

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8. Everybody's Talking About Jamie

18 - 23 May 2020

A young man in makeup with dyed-blonde haired, wearing a school uniform smiles

The smash-hit and critically acclaimed West End musical comes to Cardiff, starring Layton Williams as Jamie New and Eastender's Shane Richie as Hugo/ Loco Chanelle. Funny, fabulous and feel-good, this is the musical sensation for all the family.

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9. The Lion King

9 July - 29 August 2020

Scene from The Lion King featuring an orange background, gazelles leaping and an African chief with spear singing

Set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains and to the evocative rhythms of Africa, Disney’s The Lion King is a worldwide theatrical phenomenon. It has been experienced by 100 million people globally and is still drawing sell-out crowds in its 20th year.

Disney’s classic film transports audiences to a dazzling world that explodes with glorious colours, stunning effects and enchanting music.

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10. The Book of Mormon

3 - 28 November 2020

Black and white image of a smiling man leaping high into the air while clutching a bible under one arm

This outrageous musical comedy from the creators of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and Bobby Lopez - co-writer of Avenue Q and Frozen - follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries sent on a mission to a place that’s about as far from Salt Lake City as you can get. Winner of nine Tony Awards, The Book of Mormon has become a global sensation.

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11. The Lion, the witch and the wardrobe

1 - 5 December 2020

A multicoloured lion's face next to a snowy, street scene with fir trees

Come and watch one of the nation's favourite novels unfold live on stage as Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter step through a wardrobe into the magical kingdom of Narnia.

Wave goodbye to wartime Britain and say hello to talking animals, an unforgettable lion and the coldest, cruellest White Witch in the world.

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12. The Phantom of the Opera

9 December - 16 January 2021

A man dressed as the Phantom steers a boat containing a woman through a misty scene with lights and candles either side of them.

The brilliant original production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera is embarking on a major UK and Ireland tour. Produced by Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group Ltd, the romantic, haunting and soaring score includes Music of the Night, All I Ask of You, Masquerade and the iconic title song. Don't miss one of the most beautiful and spectacular productions of all time.

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