All change in London – New shows in the West End

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A new show in London has been announced – the musical Loserville will be heading to the West End, after a successful run at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds.

Coming in to the Garrick Theatre after the closure of Chicago the musical on 1st September 2012, Loserville will preview from 1st October with the opening night set to take place on 17th October 2012.

Written by James Bourne, an ex-member of the popular boyband Busted, it was inspired by the album ‘Welcome to Loserville’ which was released by Sons of Dork – formed by Bourne after the Busted split.

Loserville the Musical has earned some great reviews from the media, with the Telegraph praising it as a “bright, bouncy book-show that should, judging by the exuberant first-night reception, go down well with the young.”

They show’s team are at pains to clarify that Loserville is not like the ‘jukebox’ musicals of recent times, which use existing songs to string together a plot. Instead, the show’s co-writer Elliot Davis explained in an interview with the BBC that the storyline of Loserville is really the strength of the show – supported by the “tracks… [which are themselves] fabulous, self-contained teenage sagas”.

Meanwhile, following the closure of Dreamboats and Petticoats, it has been announced that Spamalot will be transferring into the Playhouse Theatre to take its place. Currently showing at the Harold Pinter Theatre, this revival of the Monthy Python based show returned to the West End in July 2012, following a UK tour.

Based on the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the storyline is a mocking parody of the legend of King Arthur. However, the show on stage differs from the movie in many aspects, so it’s well worth watching whether you’re a fan of the film or have never watched it before. Filled with well-loved (and exteremely caricatural) characters, Spamalot is the epitome of the sense of Great British humour, it is the perfect option for home-grown theatregoers or visitors from abroad wanting the experience of a show in London.

These two shows in London give a sense of the constant change occurring in the West End – with shows opening and closing throughout the year. To keep up-to-date on all new shows on in London, take a look at the bottom of any page on the Shows in London website, where we give you a run-down of any new shows and those opening soon.

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