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  • Theatre: Harold Pinter Theatre
  • Opening: June 29, 2022
  • Playwright: Anton Chekhov
  • Director: Jamie Lloyd
  • Cast: Emilia Clarke, Tom Rhys Harries, Daniel Monks, Sophie Wu, Indira Varma

Emilia Clarke reprises her role as Nina in Anya Reiss’ unique modernisation of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull, with direction by Jamie Lloyd.


  • Theatre: Park Theatre
  • First Preview: June 29, 2022
  • Opening: July 1, 2022
  • Playwright: Bill Cain
  • Director: Guy Masterson
  • Cast: David Calvitto, Joshua Collins, Samara Neely-Cohen

Based on real events, this taut psychological thriller seeks justice from the collision of morality and empathy.
 A dantesque descent into the conundrums, contradictions and hypocrisies of war through the eyes of a repatriated US Army Private… now alleged war criminal.


  • Theatre: The Bridge Theatre
  • First Preview: July 1, 2022
  • Opening: July 2, 2022
  • Playwright: Stephen Beresford
  • Director: Nicholas Hytner
  • Cast: Holly Atkins, Josh Finan, Jack Greenlees, Hermione Gulliford, Jo Herbert, Alex Jennings, Phoebe Nicholls, Racheal Ofori, Sarah Twomey, Nick Barclay, Amy Brown, Hilary Derrett, Chris Knight, Lola May

Sharp-witted, wilful and frequently drunk, David Highland has kept a grip on his parish through a combination of disordered charm and high-handed determination. But when his conscience forces him to take a hard line with a parishioner who wants Disney balloons at a family funeral, he finds himself dangerously isolated from public opinion. As his own family begins to fracture, David must face a future that threatens to extinguish not only his position in the town, but everything he stands for.


  • Theatre: National Theatre (Olivier)
  • First Preview: July 2, 2022
  • Opening: July 14, 2022
  • Playwright: Richard Bean, Oliver Chris
  • Director: Emily Burns
  • Cast: Cast Includes James Corrigan, Theo Cowan, Laurie Davidson, Kelvin Fletcher, Peter Forbes, Shailan Gohil, Millie Hikasa, Kerry Howard, Chris Jenkins, George Kemp, Joanna McGuinness, Jordan Metcalfe, Caroline QUentin, Akshay Sharan, Natalie Simpson, Tim Steed, Geoffrey Towers, Shona White, Helena WIlson

July 1940. After an aerial dog fight, Pilot Officer Jack Absolute flies home to rejoin his intrepid young Hurricane squadron at RAF Fontwell (formerly Malaprop Hall). Back on British soil, Jack is shocked to find his old flame, Lydia, on the base. Setting his sights on winning her heart, Jack’s advances turn to anarchy when the young heiress demands to be loved on her own terms.


  • Theatre: Arts Theatre
  • Opening: July 14, 2022
  • Playwright: Joshua Harmon
  • Director: Josh Pashley
  • Cast: Rosie Yadid, Charlie Beaven, Olivia Le Anderson, Ashley Margolis, Danny Becker, Ellie Sager

Set over one night in a Manhattan apartment, a family’s younger generation battles it out to decide who is the most deserving of a precious heirloom passed down from their beloved grandfather. Would it be the bossy, overbearing and fanatical Daphna, her wealthy cousin Liam, his non-Jewish girlfriend Melody, or Jonah, who would prefer not to get involved?


  • Theatre: Barbican Theatre
  • Opening: July 15, 2022
  • Book: Timothy Crouse, John Weidman, Howard Lindsay, Russen Crouse, Guy Bolton, P.G. Wodehouse
  • Music: Cole Porter
  • Lyrics: Cole Porter
  • Director: Kathleen Marshall
  • Cast: Kerry Ellis, Denis Lawson, Simon Callow, Bonnie Langford, Samuel Edwards, Nicole-Lily Baisden, Carly Mercedes Dyer, Haydn Oakley

The sold-out musical sensation, Anything Goes returns to the Barbican by popular demand. The ‘musical equivalent of sipping one glass of champagne after another’ returns for a limited 7 week season.


  • Theatre: National Theatre (Lyttelton)
  • First Preview: July 7, 2022
  • Opening: July 18, 2022
  • Playwright: William Shakespeare
  • Director: Simon Godwin
  • Cast: Al Coppola, Celeste Dodwell, Eben Figueiredo, Olivia Forrest, David Fynn, Ashley Gillard, Brandon Grace, Nick Harris, John Heffernan, Phoebe Horn, David Judge, Kiren Kebaili-Dwyer, Ioanna Kimbook, Wendy Kweh, Marcia Lecky, Ewan Miller, Mateo Oxley, Katherine Parkinson, Rufus Wright, Ashley Zhangazha

A celebration of true love, friendship, and wit, Much Ado About Nothing features some of Shakespeare’s most satisfying language as it tells the story of two romantic pairings and accompanying comedy, trickery, and intrigue.


  • Theatre: Gillian Lynne Theatre
  • Opening: July 18, 2022
  • Playwright: Sally Cookson
  • Director: Michael Fentiman
  • Cast: Samantha Womack

Step through the wardrobe into the magical kingdom of Narnia for the most mystical of adventures in a faraway land. Join Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter as they wave goodbye to wartime Britain and say hello to a talking Faun, an unforgettable Lion and the coldest, cruellest White Witch.


  • Theatre: Eventim Apollo
  • Opening: July 19, 2022
  • Book: Cheri and Bill Steinkellner; Additional Maerial by Douglas Carter Beane
  • Music: Alan Menken
  • Lyrics: Glenn Slater
  • Director: Bill Buckhurst
  • Cast: Beverley Knight, Jennifer Saunders, Keala Settle, Lesley Joseph, Clive Rowe, Lizzie Bea, Jeremy Secomb, Graham McDuff, Tricia Deighton, Lori Haley Fox, Damian Buhagiar, Tom Hopcroft, Bradley Judge, Tanya Edwards, Catherine Millsom, Anne Smith, Emma Ralston, Jermaine Woods, Michael Ward, Caroline Bateson

When disco singer Deloris Van Cartier is placed in protective custody in a dying convent, her unique brand of funk comes face-to-face with the traditions of the church. Someone's habits are about to change. Based on the Touchstone Pictures motion picture Sister Act, written by Joseph Howard.


  • Theatre: Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
  • Fist Preview: July 12, 2022
  • Opening: July 21, 2022
  • Book: Johnny McKnight
  • Music: Douglas Hodge
  • Lyrics: Douglas Hodge
  • Director: Timothy Sheader
  • Cast: Jamil Abbasi, Stuart Angell, George Bukhari, Danny Collins, Sonya Cullingford, Jade Davies, Karen Fishwick, Kate Fleetwood, Joseph Fletcher, Taofique Folarin, Courtney George, Tash Holway, CJ Johnson, Emma Lucia, Kody Mortimer, Simon Oskarsson, Yana Penrose, Tom Peters, Eric Stroud, Ben Thompson, Jonny Weldon, Grace Wylde

When infamous Cruella de Vil sets her sights on a new Dalmatian fur coat, there’s trouble ahead for Pongo, Perdi and their adorable litter of puppies. Based on Dodie Smith's iconic story set in the heart of Regent’s Park, this new musical is written by Zinnie Harris and Douglas Hodge.


  • Theatre: Lyric Theatre Hammersmith
  • Fist Preview: July 14, 2022
  • Opening: July 21, 2022
  • Playwright: Patrick Marber
  • Director: Clare Lizzimore
  • Cast: Jack Farthing, Ella Hunt, Nina Toussaint-White, Sam Troughton, Kane Feagan, Giorgia-Rose Oliver, Wilf Walsworth, Sam Purkis

In the chaos of London; four strangers meet, fall in love and fall apart. To mark the 25th Anniversary of the play’s premiere, Olivier Award winning director, Clare Lizzimore, stages a radical new production of Patrick Marber’s cult-classic about longing, lust, sex, and desire. Would you risk it all for a moment of passion?


  • Theatre: Nottingham Playhouse
  • Opening: July 26, 2022
  • Book: Stuart Paterson
  • Music: George Stiles
  • Lyrics: Anthony Drew
  • Director: Trevor Nunn
  • Cast: Kyla and Nicole Fox, Emme and Eden Patrick, Sienna and Savannah Robinson

The twin-sational new musical based on the novel The Parent Trap by Erich Kästner. The classic story of twin girls separated at birth, reunited by chance at a summer camp ten years later. In an attempt to get to know their parents and reconcile the two halves of their family, they decide to swap places and live each other’s lives.


  • Theatre: Park Theatre
  • First Preview: July 27, 2022
  • Opening: July 29, 2022
  • Playwright: Abigail Hood
  • Director: Kevin Tomlinson
  • Cast: TBD

Glasgow. 2006. An abandoned playground. Troubled teenagers Kayleigh Grey and Zoe Douglas are flirting, playing dare and fantasizing about running away together to the Isle of Muck. Despite being warned to keep away, teacher Miss Hastie is inexplicably drawn into the two girl's orbit of chaos and when Kayleigh’s mother, Hazel, attempts to keep her under her manipulative spell, the outcome is far worse than anyone could have ever anticipated.


  • Theatre: National Theatre (Olivier)
  • First Preview: July 27, 2022
  • Opening: August 4, 2022
  • Playwright: Francesca Martinez
  • Director: Ian Rickson
  • Cast: Includes Oliver Alvin-Wilson, Chris Anderson, Bryan Dick, Kevin Hely, Francesca Martinez, Francesca Mills, Wanda Opalinska, Christopher-John Slater

Jess has a job she loves, great friends and a sharp sense of humour. So, when the life she has worked hard to build is threatened, she decides to take a stand. This powerful and timely drama explores life, love and the struggle to survive for those who don’t fit in during a time of austerity.


  • Theatre: Apollo Theatre
  • Opening: August 13, 2022
  • Playwright: Jack Holden
  • Director: Bronagh Laga
  • Cast: Jack Holden, John Patrick Elliott

When he’s diagnosed with HIV in 1984, Michael is told he’ll have four years to live – at most. So, with the clock ticking, he and his partner Dave decide to sell their house, flog the car, and spend everything they have to party like it’s the last days of Rome. When Dave dies two years later, Michael doubles down on his hedonistic ways, spending what little he has on drink and drugs.


  • Theatre: Theatre Royal Bath
  • First Preview: August 17, 2022
  • Opening: August 24, 2022
  • Book: James Lapine
  • Music: Stephen Sondheim
  • Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim
  • Director: Terry Gillam and Leah Hausman
  • Cast: Julian Bleach, Audrey Brisson, Nicola Hughes, Rhashan Stone, Alex Young, Gillian Bevan, Nathanael Campbell, Maria Conneely, Lauren Conroy, Phoebe Fildes, Samuel Holmes, Charlotte Jaconelli, Henry Jenkinson, Barney Wilkinson

Several of childhood's most familiar fairy tales ("Little Red Riding Hood," "Cinderella," "Rapunzel," "Jack and the Beanstalk," etc.) are shown to be part of a single story, as woven together by librettist James Lapine and composer Stephen Sondheim. The result is a psychological parable about parents, children and growing up.


  • Theatre: Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
  • Opening: September 3, 2022
  • Playwright: Inua Ellams
  • Director: Max Webster
  • Cast: TBA

A torn family. A hostile state. One heroic brother. One misguided son. One conflicted sister, and the second is on the run. A blistering retelling of the epic story from the writer of Barber Shop Chronicles, Inua Ellams.


  • Theatre:  Park Theatre
  • Fist Preview: September 13, 2022
  • Opening: September 15, 2022
  • Playwright: Martin Sherman
  • Director: Scott Le Crass
  • Cast: Maureen Lipman

Blending the personal with the political, this sharply drawn portrait of a feisty Jewish woman traces Rose’s story from the devastation of Nazi-ruled Europe to conquering the American dream. Rose reflects on what it means to be a survivor. Her remarkable life began in a tiny Ukranian village, took her to Warsaw's ghettos and a ship called The Exodus, and finally to the boardwalks of Atlantic City, the Arizona canyons, and salsa-flavoured nights in Miami beach.


  • Theatre: National Theatre (Olivier)
  • Fist Preview: September 14, 2022
  • Opening: September 22, 2022
  • Playwright: Arthur Miller
  • Director: Lyndsey Turner
  • Cast: Fisayo Akinade, Brendan Cowell, Rachelle Diedericks, Erin Doherty, Nick Fletcher, Karl Johnson, Matthew Marsh, Gracie McGonigal, Eileen Walsh

Arthur Miller's tale of the Salem witch trials, in which a group of girls accuse upstanding women in the town of witchcraft to divert suspicion from their own activities, has been seen as an allegory for Senator Joseph McCarthy's anti-Communist crusades of the 1950s.


  • Theatre: Gielgud Theatre
  • Opening: September 23, 2022
  • Playwright: Ben Elton
  • Director: Sean Foley
  • Cast: David Mitchell, Gemma Whelan

The Upstart Crow opened at the Gielgud Theatre in February 2020 to an array of glowing reviews and sold out performances. Now, one plague and an Olivier Award nomination later, this all-new comedy is back, starring David Mitchell who will resume his West End debut in Ben Elton’s stage adaptation of the critically acclaimed BBC TV sitcom, Upstart Crow. Rejoining Mitchell on stage will be Gemma Whelan as the sweet and fragrant Kate, along with a troupe of players to be announced.


  • Theatre: National Theatre (Lyttleton)
  • Fist Preview: September 20, 2022
  • Opening: September 27, 2022
  • Playwright: Pearl Cleage
  • Director: Lynette Linton
  • Cast: Ronke Adekoluejo, Osy Ikhile, Sule Rimi, Giles Terera, Samira Wiley

Harlem, 1930. Where the Blues are getting bluer and the gin is running dry. A free-spirited Cotton Club singer has just been fired with nowhere left to go but down. So, she turns to her best friend, an extravagant costume designer with plans to dress Josephine Baker in Paris. Maybe they can run away together. Or maybe the handsome southerner that just came knocking can offer an even better life. But the saxophone dreams of Harlem rarely end as smoothly as they start.


  • Theatre: The Bridge Theatre
  • First Preview: September 24, 2022
  • Opening: September 29, 2022
  • Playwright: Henrik Ibsen, New Version by Lucinda Coxon
  • Director: Nicholas Hytner
  • Cast: Simon Russell Beale

John Gabriel Borkman, once an illustrious entrepreneur, has been brought low by a prison sentence for fraud. As he paces alone in an upstairs room, bankrupt and disgraced, he is obsessed by dreams of his comeback. Downstairs, his estranged wife plots the restoration of the family name. When her sister arrives unannounced, she triggers a desperate showdown with the past.


  • Theatre: Rose Theatre
  • Opening: October 1, 2022
  • Playwright: Bertolt Brecht, adapted by Steve Waters
  • Director: Christopher Haydon
  • Cast: TBA

In a refugee camp, a fight breaks out over lost land. To seek resolution, a singer tells the fable of ‘The Chalk Circle’: in the midst of a bloody revolution, a servant girl risks all to raise the abandoned child of the Governor and his wife. Years later, when the Governor’s wife returns seeking her son, a rogue judge turns justice on its head. Can the test of the Chalk Circle determine which of the two women is the boy’s real mother?


  • Theatre: National Theatre (Dorfman)
  • Fist Preview: October 1, 2022
  • Opening: October 5, 2022
  • Playwright: Hamid Amiri, Hessam Amiri, Phil Porter
  • Director: Amit Sharma
  • Cast: Shamail Ali, Dana Haqjoo, Farshid Rokey, Ahmad Sakhi, Elaha Soroor, Géhane Strehler

Herat, Afghanistan, 2000. When a young mother speaks out against the Taliban, she and her husband are forced to flee their home and country with their three sons. Embarking on a long and terrifying journey across Russia and through Europe, they seek final refuge in the UK. But, as their eldest son’s life-threatening heart condition worsens and requires urgent surgery, their escape soon becomes a race against time.


  • Theatre: Barbican Theatre
  • Opening: October 8, 2022
  • Playwright: Tom Morton-Smith
  • Music: Joe Hisaishi
  • Director: Phelim McDermott
  • Cast: TBA

Exploring the magical fantasy world of childhood and the transformative power of imagination, My Neighbour Totoro follows one extraordinary summer in the lives of sisters Satsuki and Mei as they are swept up in exciting adventures with their new neighbours – transported to a long-forgotten realm of spirits, sprites, and natural wonder.


  • Theatre: Duke Of York's Theatre
  • First Preview: September 29, 2022
  • Opening: October 9, 2022
  • Playwright: Robert Icke, adapted from Arthur Schitzler
  • Director: Robert Icke
  • Cast: Juliet Stevenson

On an ordinary day, at a private hospital, a young woman fights for her life. A priest arrives to save her soul. Her doctor refuses him entry. In a divisive time, in a divided nation, a society takes sides.


  • Theatre: Harold Pinter Theatre
  • Fist Preview: October 6, 2022
  • Opening: October 12, 2022
  • Playwright: C.P. Taylor
  • Director: Dominic Cooke
  • Cast: David Tennant, Fenella Woolgar, Elliot Levey

John Halder is a good man. But John Halder must adapt to survive. How is it possible to be a good person when things are falling apart?


  • Theatre: Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre
  • Opening: October 12, 2022
  • Playwright: Steven Knight
  • Director: Benoit Swan Pouffer
  • Cast: TBA

...You young men of the Tunnelling brigade, you are all dead. Not counted among the dead because your bodies were not buried with the dead. But dead inside... A new dance theatre event, delving into the story of Tommy Shelby and the Peaky Blinders, written by the creator of the global hit television series.


  • Theatre: Park Theatre
  • First Preview: October 19, 2022
  • Opening: October 21, 2022
  • Playwright: Simon Reade, adapted from the book by Christopher Isherwood
  • Director: Philip Wilson
  • Cast: TBA

California, 1962. College professor George is grieving the death of his long-term partner Jim. As a middle-aged gay Englishman living in the Los Angeles suburbs, he is an outsider in every way. Haunted by his past and unable to move forward, we follow him on one very ordinary day. But for George, this is going to be a day like no other…


  • Theatre: Charing Cross Theatre
  • Opening: October 29, 2022
  • Book: Bill Oakes
  • Music: Stuart Brayson
  • Lyrics: Tim Rice
  • Director: Philip Wilson
  • Cast: Brett Smock

Set in Hawaii in the weeks before the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, this epic tale follows the powerful story of two U.S soldiers, the soulful Private Prewitt and ardent Sergeant Warden, as they embark on doomed and dangerous love affairs with the wrong women. As the infamous date of December 7th approaches, the claustrophobic world of the four lovers and the desperation of the soldiers of G Company splinter amidst an escalating war.


  • Theatre: Dominion Theatre
  • First Preview: November 14, 2022
  • Opening: November 24, 2022
  • Book: Bob Martin and Thomas Meehan
  • Music: Matthew Sklar
  • Lyrics: Chad Beguelin
  • Director: Philip Wm. McKinley
  • Cast: TBA

Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh realities that his father is on the naughty list and his half-brother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.


  • Theatre: National Theatre (Olivier)
  • First Preview: November 26, 2022
  • Opening: December 6, 2022
  • Book: Tanya Ronder
  • Music: Jim Fortune
  • Lyrics: Rufus Norris
  • Director: Rufus Norris
  • Cast: TBA

Deep in the wood, a lonely fairy longs for someone to bless. When she is summoned to the palace to help the princess sleep, her dream turns into a nightmare and her blessing becomes a curse. Soon, she is plunged into a frantic, hundred-year quest to somehow make everything right.


  • Theatre: Apollo Theatre
  • Opening: December 9, 2022
  • Created and Performed by Derren Brown

Derren Brown, the multi award-winning master of mind control and psychological illusion is back, bringing his critically acclaimed production Showman to the West End for the very first time. Fresh from a sold out tour of the UK and Ireland, his new, interactive show, has received the most off-the-chart reviews of his career.


  • Theatre: Dominion Theatre
  • Opening: January 21, 2023
  • Playwright: Eleanor Bergstein
  • Director: Federico Bellone
  • Cast: Michael O'Reilly, Kira Malou, Carlie Milner, Lynden Edwards, Lori Haley Fox, Lizzie Ottley, Samuel Bailey, Michael Remick, Thomas Sutcliffe, Colin Charles, Mark Faith, Mimi Rodrigues Alves, Danielle Cato, Danielle Lockwood, Marie Finlayson, Sasha Woodward, James McHugh, Benjamin Harrold, Rishard-Kyro Nelson, Niko Wirachman, Patricia Wilkins, Charlotte Oliffe, Sophia McAvoy, Lee Nicholson, Oliver Adam-Reynolds, Austin Wilks, Miles Russell, Tom Parsons, James William-Pattison, Simon Williams, Christopher Fry

Dirty Dancing is back! Exploding with heart-pounding music, breathtaking emotion and sensationally sexy dancing. Seen by millions across the globe this worldwide smash hit tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds, who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives.

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