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WHAT'S NEW . . . . A sudden pre-Christmas flurry of openings means that we reviewed ten new shows in two weeks. If you haven't kept up, check our listings pages for reviews you missed . . . . 'Tis the season for Pantos and other holiday shows. CLICK HERE for the most complete list anywhere of family-friendly shows in and around London this winter. . . . It's going to feel a bit like deja vu this year, as FOLLIES, FAME, THE CURIOUS INCIDENT, MARY POPPINS  and WARHORSE all return for limited runs . . . . Lloyd-Webber working on Cinderella musical for 2020 . . . . New London Theatre re-named the Gillian Lynne, in honour of the choreographer of its biggest hit, Cats . . . .We are at last on Twitter. Follow us @theatreguidelon to be alerted to each new review . . . . Happy Holiday-of-your-choice to all! . . . .  

. Closing dates announced for  BAT OUT OF HELL January 5, 42ND STREET January 5, CHICAGO January 5, MERRY WIVES January 5, WAR HORSE January 5, TELL-TALE HEART January 9, THE BAND January 12, DREAMGIRLS January 12, KINKY BOOTS January 12, MACBETH  January 18, CHRISTMAS CAROL January 19, SUMMER AND SMOKE January 19, ROMEO AND JULIET  January 19, ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA January 19, INHERITANCE January 19, HADESTOWN January 26, THE CANE January 26, DON QUIXOTE February 2, NINE NIGHT February 8, CAROLINE February 9, TRUE WEST February 16, MOTOWN April 20

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Top Five - Classic

If you haven't seen them yet, we suggest you begin your London theatre experience with these classics

Phantom of the Opera

Les Miserables


Mamma Mia


 Top Five - Current

Here are the more-recently opened shows we've liked the most.

Caroline, Or Change

42nd Street


Antony and Cleopatra

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