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PLAYS

“The Chairs”, Almeida Theatre

5 February–5 March 2022; Directed by Omar Elerian. Performed by former Complicité members Kathryn Hunter, Marcello Magni, and Toby Sedgwick. Book “The Chairs”

“The Shark Is Broken”, Ambassadors Theatre

Until 13 February 2022; Behind-the-scenes look at the disastrous shoot for what became an iconic blockbuster: Steven Spielberg’s movie “Jaws”. Book “The Shark Is Broken”

“Cock”, Ambassadors Theatre

5 March–4 June 2022; Directed by Marianne Elliott. Revival of Mike Bartlett’s 2009 play about the complexities of sexual identity. Book “Cock”

“The Book of Dust”, Bridge Theatre

Until 19 February 2022; by Philip Pullman, adapted by Bryony Lavery, director Nicholas Hytner. Prequel to Philip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials” fantasy trilogy, which was a big hit when staged by Nicholas Hytner at the National Theatre in 2003. Book “The Book of Dust”.

“Straight Line Crazy”, Bridge Theatre

16 March–22 June 2022; by David Hare, director Nicholas Hytner. Ralph Fiennes stars in David Hare’s new portrait of controversial New York City planner Robert Moses. Though unelected,
for forty years Robert Moses was the most powerful man in NYC’s urban development, but in the 1950s groups of citizens at grass roots began to campaign for a different idea of what a city should be. Book “Straight Line Crazy”.

“Force Majeure”, Donmar Theatre

Until 5 February 2022; by Ruben Östlund, director Michael Longhurst. Starring Rory Kinnear. Tomas and Ebba decide on an Alpine skiing trip with their children. Disaster strikes and their family unit is tested to breaking point with hilarious and tragic consequences. Book “Force Majeure”.

“Henry V”, Donmar Theatre

12 February–9 April 2022; Director Max Webster. Modern-day production of Shakespeare’s war play, exploring what it means to be English and our relationship to Europe, and asking: do we ever get the leaders we deserve? Starring Kit Harington. Book “Henry V”.

“The Play That Goes Wrong”, Duchess Theatre

Booking until 30 October 2022; by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, and Henry Shield, director Mark Bell. The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society are putting on a 1920s murder mystery, but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong…does! The original Mischief Theatre show, which won the 2015 Oliver Award for Best New Comedy. Book “The Play That Goes Wrong”.

“The Ocean at the End of the Lane”, Duke of York’s

Until 12 February 2022; Adapted from the best-selling novel of the same name, the play follows a man returning to his childhood home, where he’s transported back to his 12th birthday and plunged into a magical oceanic world. Transferred from the National Theatre. Book “The Ocean at the End of the Lane”.

“The Woman in Black”, Fortune Theatre

Booking to 3 September 2022; by Stephen Mallatratt from Susan Hill’s novel, director Robin Herford. An acclaimed ghost story is brought to dramatic life in Stephen Mallatratt’s ingenious stage adaptation, now celebrating over twenty-five years in the West End. Book “The Woman in Black”

“2:22: A Ghost Story”, Gielgud Theatre

Until 12 February 2021; by Danny Robins, director Matthew Dunster. Haunted-house supernatural thriller, featuring pop singer Lily Allen. Book “2:22: A Ghost Story”.

“To Kill A Mockingbird”, Gielgud Theatre

10 March–13 August 2022; Adapted by Aaron Sorkin from Harper Lee’s novel, director Bartlett Sher. Aaron Sorkin’s courtroom drama based on Harper Lee’s ever-popular coming-of-age story of racial injustice and childhood innocence set in the segregated South is the highest-grossing American play in Broadway history. Rafe Spall will play Atticus Finch. Book “To Kill A Mockingbird”.

“The Forest”, Hampstead Theatre

4 February–12 March 2022; by Florian Zeller, translator Christopher Hampton, director Jonathan Kent. At a turning-point of his life, Pierre finds himself tormented by the conflicting demands of family, career, and sexual desire. His struggle to resolve this crisis, without fracturing his marriage or compromising his moral code, is explored in unsettling ways in the world premiere of Florian Zeller’s uncompromising and mysterious play. Book “The Forest”.

“Cyrano de Bergerac”, Harold Pinter Theatre

3 February–12 March 2022; By Edmond Rostand, adaptor Martin Crimp, director Jamie Lloyd. Return of The Jamie Lloyd Company’s Olivier Award-winning production of Cyrano de Bergerac, with James McAvoy again in the title role as Rostand’s romantic poet-soldier. Book “Cyrano de Bergerac”.

“The Human Voice”, Harold Pinter Theatre

17 March–9 April 2022; by Jean Cocteau, director Ivo van Hove. Jean Cocteau’s monologue depicts a woman’s heartbreak over the course of a final phone call with her former lover. Ruth Wilson reunites with ground-breaking director Ivo van Hove following their acclaimed collaboration on Hedda Gabler at the National Theatre in 2016. Book “The Human Voice”.

“Habeas Corpus” Menier Chocolate Factory

Until 27 February 2022; The antics of the Wicksteed home are a darkly satirical merry-go-round in Alan Bennett’s 1973 farcical comedy of ill-manners. Stars Jasper Britton. Book “Habeas Corpus”.

“Wuthering Heights” National Theatre, Lyttelton

3 February–19 March 2022; Emily Brontë’s epic story of love, revenge, and redemption is transformed into a theatrical experience shot through with music and dance by Emma Rice for her company Wise Children Book “Wuthering Heights”.

“Small Island” National Theatre, Olivier

4 February–30 April 2022; Return of the acclaimed staging of Andrea Levy’s prize-winning novel focusing on the mixed fortunes of Jamaican immigrants who arrive in England on the Empire Windrush after the Second World War. Book “Small Island”.

“A Number”, Old Vic

Until 19 March 2022; by Caryl Churchill, director Lyndsey Turner. Revival of Caryl Churchill’s dystopian drama about human cloning and identity, and nature versus nurture. Starring Lennie James as the father and Paapa Essiedu as his three sons. Book “A Number”.

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – I & II”, Palace Theatre

Until 23 October 2022; by Jack Thorne, director John Tiffany. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a brand new stage play inspired by the Harry Potter franchise written by Jack Thorne based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany. Set “nineteen years later” after the last novel, it is presented in two parts intended to be seen in order on the same day  or on two consecutive evenings. Book “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”.

“The Glow”, Royal Court
Theatre

by Alistair McDowall, director Vicky Featherstone. Until 5 March 2022; Alistair McDowall’s new play is set in 1863, and follows a young woman with no memory who is plucked from an asylum to serve as the assistant to a spiritualist medium, a course of action which unlocks both her past and new powers. Book “The Glow”.

“Hamlet”, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

by William Shakespeare, director Blanche McIntyre. Until 9 April 2022; Shakespeare’s revenge tragedy is performed for the first time in the indoor candlelit venue, by the Globe Ensemble. Book “Hamlet”.

“The Merchant of Venice”, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

by William Shakespeare, director Abigail Graham. Until 9 April 2022; Shakespeare’s revenge tragedy is performed for the first time in the indoor candlelit venue, by the Globe Ensemble. Book “The Merchant of Venice”

“The Mousetrap”, St Martin’s Theatre

by Agatha Christie, director Ian Talbot. Booking to 29 May 2022; Agatha Christie’s 1952 murder mystery is the world’s longest-running play. A group of people gathered together in a remote part of the countryside discover there is a murderer in their midst. The question is which one of them is the guilty party. Book “The Mousetrap”.

“After the End”, Theatre Royal Stratford East

by Dennis Kelly, director Lyndsey Turner; 25 February–26 March 2022; After a nuclear attack, a woman and a man take cover in a fallout shelter, but can they survive each other? Revival of Dennis Kelly’s 2005 play. Book “After the End”.

“Life of Pi”, Wyndham’s Theatre

by Lolita Chakrabarti, based on the book by Yann Martel, director Max Webster; Until 27 February 2022; Adaptation of the Booker Prize-winning novel about a cargo ship that sinks in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. There are five survivors stranded on a lifeboat: a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan, a Royal Bengal tiger, and a 16-year-old boy named Pi. First staged at Sheffield Theatres in 2019. Book “Life of Pi”.

The Collaboration, Young Vic

by Anthony McCarten, director Kwame Kwei Armah. 16 February–18 April 2022. Set in New York in 1984, Anthony McCarten’s new play is about the unlikely collaboration between two iconic artists: fading celebrity Andy Warhol (Paul Bettany) and rising star Jean-Michel Basquiat (Jeremy Pope). Book “The Collaboration”.

 

MUSICALS

“Back to the Future, The Musical”, Adelphi Theatre

Music and lyrics by Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard, book by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale. Booking to 3 July 2022; New musical adapted from the iconic 1985 film. The story follows a teenager who via a time travelling DeLorean finds himself back in 1955 where he meets his high school-aged parents, but his meddling with time threatens his own existence. Book “Back to the Future, The Musical”.

“Tina: The Tina Turner Musical,” Aldwych Theatre

Book by Katori Hall, with Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins, director Phyllida Lloyd. Booking to 18 December 2022; Jukebox musical about the life and works of superstar singer Tina Turner. Book “Tina, The Tina Turner Musical”.

“Wicked,” Apollo Victoria Theatre

Songs by Stephen Schwartz, book by Winnie Holzman, director Joe Mantello. Booking to 27 November 2022. Two friends become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch of the South. Based on Gregory Maguire’s novel that reimagined the stories and characters created by L. Frank Baum in The Wonderful Wizard of OzBook “Wicked”.

“Matilda,” Cambridge Theatre

Songs by Tim Minchin, book by Dennis Kelly, director Matthew Warchus. Booking to 18 December 2022. Royal Shakespeare Company musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s novel about a precocious girl growing up in difficult circumstances. Book “Matilda”.

“Dirty Dancing,” Dominion Theatre

By Eleanor Bergstein, director Federico Bellone. 2 February–16 April 2022. Based on the 1987 hit musical film about a summer romance between a teenage girl and her dance instructor in 1960s America. Book “Dirty Dancing”.

“The Drifters Girl,” Garrick Theatre

Book by Ed Church, director Jonathan Church. Until 26 March 2022 Based on the career of Faye Treadwell, the world’s first African-American female music manager, this new jukebox musical will explore her life and career while managing The Drifters, a 1950s American doo-wop and soul vocal group. Book “The Drifters Girl”.

“Cinderella,” Gillian Lynne Theatre

Book by Emerald Fennell, lyrics by David Zippel, music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, director Laurence Connor. Booking to 29 May 2022. World premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella, a romantic musical comedy featuring an original story and book by 2021 Oscar-winner Emerald Fennell and lyrics by Tony and Olivier Award winner David Zippel.. Book “Cinderella”.

“The Phantom of the Opera,” Her Majesty’s Theatre

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Charles Hart, director Harold Prince. Booking to 2 April 2022. Based on Gaston Leroux’s gothic novel, this haunting musical traces the tragic love story of a beautiful opera singer and a young composer shamed by his physical appearance into a shadowy existence beneath the majestic Opera Paris House. Book “The Phantom of the Opera”.

“Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical,” Lyric Theatre

Music by Bob Marley, book by Lee Hall, director Clint Dyer. Booking to 17 September 2022. This new show honours the life and music of Jamaican reggae superstar Bob Marley, whose indelible songs and rebellious spirit continue to inspire millions around the world. Starring Arinzé Kene. Book “Get Up, Stand Up!”

“Dear Evan Hansen,” Noël Coward Theatre

Music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, book by Steven Levenson, director Michael Greif. Until 12 February 2022. Return of the Olivier Award-winning coming-of-age musical. Evan Hansen is a high school senior with social anxiety disorder, and he embarks on a journey of self-awareness and acceptance following the suicide of a classmate. Book “Dear Evan Hansen”

“Mamma Mia!,” Novello Theatre

Book by Catherine Johnson, songs by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, director Phyllida Lloyd. Booking to 1 October 2022. Sofia invites all three of her possible fathers to her wedding on the Greek island where she lives with her mother. Inspired by the songs of ABBA. Book “Mamma Mia!”

“Come from Away,” Phoenix Theatre

Songs by Irene Sankoff and David Hein, director Christopher Ashley. Booking to 15 October 2022. This Broadway musical is based on the events in the week following the 9/11 attacks on America,
when 38 planes were ordered to land in the small Canadian town of Gander. This true story tells the tale of the town which kept 7,000 stranded visitors housed and fed following the biggest
tragedy the US had seen. Book “Come From Away”.

“Cabaret,” Playhouse Theatre

Songs by John Kander and Fred Ebb, book by Joe Masteroff, director Rebecca Frecknall. Until 14 May 2022. Multi-award-winning musical based on Christopher Isherwood’s short stories set in early 1930s Berlin, where American writer Cliff Bradshaw meets English cabaret singer Sally Bowles, a performer at the Kit Kat Club. But the rise of Nazism threatens this hedonistic Weimar
Republic haven. Starring Eddie Redmayne and Jessie Buckley. Book “Cabaret.”

“Mary Poppins,” Prince Edward Theatre

Book by Julian Fellowes, music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, with additional new songs by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, director Richard Eyre. Booking to 3 April 2022. Based on the original stories by P.L. Travers and the 1964 Walt Disney film, this 2004 musical, featuring choreography from Matthew Bourne and produced by Cameron Mackintosh, brings back to life the super-nanny from Edwardian London. Book “Mary Poppins.”

“The Book of Mormon,” Prince of Wales Theatre

Book, music, and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, and Matt Stone, directors Casey Nicholaw and Trey Parker. Booking to 2 April 2022. Tony and Olivier Award-winning musical satire
from the creators of South Park which follows two Mormon missionaries who are sent from the comfort of Salt Lake City to Uganda in Africa in order to spread the word of their church. Book “The Book of Mormon.”

“Pretty Woman,” Savoy Theatre

Songs by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance, book by Garry Marshall and J.F. Lawton, director Jerry Mitchell. Booking to 2 April 2022. Based on the Hollywood rom-com starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, Pretty Woman tells the story of a female escort hired by a rich businessman during his stay in the city. Through spending time together, their relationship develops as they get to know each other better. Book “Pretty Woman.”

“& Juliet,” Shaftesbury Theatre

Book by David West Read, songs by Max Martin, director Luke Shepherd. Booking to 25 June 2022. What if Juliet’s famous ending was really just her beginning and she decided to choose her own
fate with a life after Romeo? Juliet’s journey of self-discovery and second chances is told through the pop anthems of hit songwriter Max Martin. Book “& Juliet.”

“Les Misérables,” Sondheim Theatre

Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg with original text by Alain Boublil and English lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer, directors Trevor Nunn and John Caird. Booking to 3 April 2022. Victor Hugo’s epic tale of passion and destruction in 19th-century France told in the West End’s longest-running musical. Book “Les Misérables.”

Disney’s “Frozen the Musical,” Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Book by Jennifer Lee, songs by Kristen AndersonLopez and Robert Lopez, director Michael Grandage. Booking to 26 June 2022. Musical based on the highest-grossing animated film of all time (made by Disney), with a story inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen about two princess sisters. Opens the refurbished Theatre Royal Drury Lane.. Book Disney’s “Frozen The Musical.”

“Only Fools and Horses – The Musical,” Theatre Royal Haymarket

Book and songs by John Sullivan and Paul Whitehouse, additional music by John Sullivan. and Chas Hodges, director Caroline Jay Ranger. Booking to 26 February 2022. Return of musical based on the hugely popular TV sitcom about a South London market trader and his younger brother who devise a number of get-rich-quick schemes that invariably fail. Book “Only Fools and Horses -The Musical.”

“Jersey Boys,” Trafalgar Theatre

Book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, music by Bob Gaudio and lyrics by Bob Crewe, director Des McAnuff. Booking to 1 May 2022. Jukebox musical about the sixties US pop group
Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. The Tony and Olivier Award-winning musical returns to the West End in the new Trafalgar Theatre (formerly Trafalgar Studios). Book “Jersey Boys.”

“Six,” Vaudeville Theatre

By Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss. Booking to 1 May 2022. From Tudor Queens to Pop Princesses, the six wives of Henry VIII take to the mic to tell their tales, remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an 80-minute celebration of 21stcentury girl power. Book “Six.”

“Hamilton,” Victoria Palace Theatre

By Lin-Manuel Miranda, director Thomas Kail. Booking to 3 April 2022. Inspired by the book Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow, this multi-award-winning Broadway show tells the story of the American founding father who rose from humble origins to become head of the Treasury after independence. Book “Hamilton.”