Sunset Boulevard may have just ended its West End run, but theatre’s still got a thing for classic films. Here’s the shows you should book, right this minute.
Quite frankly it’s the most smile-until-your-face-hurts musical around and now Guys and Dolls is on the road with a cast led by Richard Fleeshman as hot-shot gambler Sky Masterson, the role made famous by Marlon Brando on screen. Fact: your feet will tap uncontrollably. Until 30 July; from £15; venues nationwide
Renowned theatre practitioner Bertolt Brecht’s The Threepenny Opera spawned the all-star (and slightly nuts) film Mack the Knife in the late 80s. Now breaking the fourth wall at The National. Rory Kinnear stars as the amoral crim. (And yep, it is where Frank Sinatra got it from). Until 1 September, from £15, National Theatre SE1
Not content with smashing records on Broadway (1.5 million people have seen it so far; no biggie), Aladdin has landed in the West End complete with magic carpets, the Genie, and even more songs than in the 1992 film. Disney’s finest is now on stage in glorious technicolour. 27 May – 1 October, from £32.25, Prince Edward Theatre, W1D
The last time Tim Minchin wrote the music for a stage show, it was Matilda, and look how that turned out (excellently, in case you haven’t been). So The Old Vic’s time-tripping Groundhog Day – the first time it’s been performed on stage – comes with great credentials. 11 July – 17 Sept; from £12; The Old Vic
Ok, this was technically a cult 80s TV series, but let’s not quibble. The Brideshead Revisited tour promises all the upper-class eccentricities, family conflicts, alcoholism and religious quarrels that Evelyn Waugh packed into his original novel – 50 years after the author’s death. Until 2 July; prices vary, venues nationwide
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