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London News Schedule of Upcoming London Shows
What's announced and what's in previews in the West End.
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  • Theatre: Old Vic Theatre
  • First Preview: January 24, 2022
  • Opening: February 2, 2022
  • Playwright: Caryl Churchill
  • Director: Lyndsey Turner
  • Cast: Paapa Essiedu, Lenni James

A son confronts his father when he finds out that he is one of a number of genetically identical clones.


  • Theatre: Harold Pinter Theatre
  • Opening: February 3, 2022
  • Playwright: Edmond Rostand, adapted by Martin Crimp
  • Director: Jamie Lloyd
  • Cast: James McAvoy

The Jamie Lloyd Company’s Olivier award-winning production of Cyrano De Bergerac returns, following a sold-out season at the Playhouse Theatre in 2019. James McAvoy reprises his critically acclaimed role in this unmissable revival of Edmond Rostand’s masterwork, inventively and ingeniously adapted by Martin Crimp.


  • Theatre: National Theatre (Lyttelton)
  • First Preview: February 3, 2022
  • Opening: February 4, 2022
  • Playwright: Emma Rice
  • Director: Emma Rice
  • Cast: Sam Archer,Nandi Bhebhe, Sid Goldsmih, Mirabelle Gremaud, TJ Holmes, Ash Hunter, Craig Johnson, Jordan Laviniere, Nadine Lee, Lucy McCormick, Kandaka Moore, Katy Owen, Tama Phethean, Renell Shaw, Witney White

Rescued from the Liverpool docks as a child, Heathcliff is adopted by the Earnshaws and taken to live at Wuthering Heights. In their daughter Catherine, Heathcliff finds a kindred spirit, and a fierce love ignites. But, when forced apart, a brutal chain of events is unleashed.


  • Theatre: Sadler's Wells Peacock Theatre
  • Opening: February 5, 2022
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: TBA

Saturday Night Fever was adapted for the stage, from the hit 1977 film, by Nan Knighton, Arlene Phillips, Paul Nicholas and Robert Stigwood. It features the songs of the Bee Gees and other disco-era hits, including "Stayin' Alive," and "Night Fever." Set in a Brooklyn disco, this musical is the story of dancer Tony Manero and his struggle for fame and fortune.


  • Theatre: Dominion Theatre
  • First Preview: February 2, 2022
  • Opening: February 9, 2022
  • Playwright: Eleanor Bergstein
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: TBA


  • Theatre: Park Theatre
  • First Preview: February 9, 2022
  • Opening: February 11, 2022
  • Playwright: Carey Crim
  • Director: Katharine Farmer
  • Cast: TBA

Eleanor, a biology major at Princeton, brings her boyfriend Rob home to meet her two moms. While there, she lets them know that she has hired a private investigator to help her find her biological father. She says, as a scientist, she is curious about her genetics. But it’s evident she might also just want to meet her dad. Nadine, her non-biological mom thinks it’s a great idea. Allison, Eleanor’s biological mom is insisting that Eleanor’s father, a one night stand in college whose name Allison doesn’t remember, never even knew she existed. Eleanor is sent on a journey to an unexpected and explosive answer to the question “Where do I come from?”


  • Theatre: Lyric Theatre Hammersmith
  • First Preview: February 10, 2022
  • Opening: February 15, 2022
  • Playwright: Sian Carter
  • Director: Michael Buffong
  • Cast: Ruby Barker, Wil Johnson, Nickcolia King-N'da, Suzette Llewellyn, Velile Tshabalala

Following the death of a loved one, a British-Caribbean family struggles to come to terms with their grief. Isolated by their generational beliefs and challenges to their faith and mental health, they live between the things they do and do not say.


  • Theatre: Charing Cross Theatre
  • First Preview: February 11, 2022
  • Opening: February 15, 2022
  • Book: Kahlil Gibran
  • Music: Nadim Naaman and Dana Al Fardan
  • Director: Bronagh Lagan
  • Cast: Yasmeen Audi, Haroun Al Jeddal, Lucca Chadwick-Patel, Soophia Foroughi, Alex Kais, Johan Munir, Nadim Naaman, Ayesha Patel, Stephen Rahman-Hughes, Noah Sinigaglia

New York City, 1923. Through exquisite poetry and enchanting music, an ageing Gibran narrates our tale, transporting us back two decades and across continents, to turn-of-the-century Beirut. Gibran meets Selma; their connection is instant and their love affair, fated. However, their journey to happiness is soon thrown off course, as the pair face obstacles that shake the delicate foundation of their partnership. Will their love win out or will their dream of a life together be torn apart?


  • Theatre: National Theatre (Dorfman)
  • First Preview: Februay 10, 2022
  • Opening: February 17, 2022
  • Playwright: Alecky Blythe
  • Director: Daniel Evans
  • Cast: Dee Ahluwalia, Joe Bolland, Anna Burnett, Anushka Chakravarti, Debbie Chazen, Gavi Singh Chera, Rachelle Diedericks, Hasan Dixon, Hélder Fernandes, Sarita Gabony, Conor Gormally, Alex Jarrett, Callum Mardy, Poppy Shepherd, Stephanie Street

Created from five years of interviews with 12 young people from across the UK, Our Generation is a captivating portrait of their journey into adulthood. Often too extraordinary to be fiction, this funny and moving play is for anyone who is – or has ever been – a teenager.


  • Theatre: Theatre Royal Stratford East
  • Opening: February 25, 2022
  • Playwright: Dennis Kelly
  • Director: Lyndsey Turner
  • Cast: TBA

A city under attack from a nuclear blast. As the dust settles, Louise wakes to find herself in a fallout shelter with Mark, the colleague who has saved her life. They have enough water and food to last two weeks. Now they just need to find a way of surviving each other.


  • Theatre: Rose Theatre
  • Opening: February 26, 2022
  • Playwright: Jeff James, James Yeatman
  • Director: Jeff James
  • Cast: TBA

When Frederick Wentworth proposed to Anne Elliot eight years ago, he was undistinguished with no prospects, only able to offer his love and ambition. Persuaded out of accepting his proposal by her family, Anne has never quite got over her first love. But now Wentworth is back. Rich, successful, single and handsome, the now decorated naval Captain has become a serious catch. When circumstances bring the two face to face again, Anne's forced to confront her past and face-up to her choices.

Featuring a soundtrack of Frank Ocean, Dua Lipa and Cardi B, Jane Austen’s classic romantic comedy is riotously reimagined for the twenty-first century.


  • Theatre: Southwark Playhouse
  • First Preview: February 24, 2022
  • Opening: March 1, 2022
  • Playwright: David Mamet
  • Director: Russell Bolam
  • Cast: Francesca Carpanini, Sam Frenchum

Nick and Ruth are spending the weekend at a remote cabin in the woods. They push their relationship to the breaking point in a night of stories and fights, only to rediscover their need for one another in the morning, but the final reconciliation remains uncomfortably tempered by the violent core we now know to be hiding beneath.


  • Theatre: National Theatre (Olivier)
  • First Preview: February 24, 2022
  • Opening: March 3, 2022
  • Playwright: Andrea Levy, adapted by Helen Edmundson
  • Director: Rufus Norris
  • Cast: TBA

Adapted for the stage by Helen Edmundson, Small Island follows three intricately connected stories. Hortense yearns for a new life away from rural Jamaica, Gilbert dreams of becoming a lawyer, and Queenie longs to escape her Lincolnshire roots. Hope and humanity meet stubborn reality as the play traces the tangled history of Jamaica and the UK.


  • Theatre: Park Theatre
  • First Preview: March 9, 2022
  • Opening: March 10, 2022
  • Playwright: Ron Hutchinson
  • Director: Eoin O'Callaghan
  • Cast: TBA

On 10th April 1912, Titanic, the world’s fastest and most luxurious ship, set sail. On board, Emma Heyer’s fiancé Henry has landed his dream job with the ship’s orchestra. But by 14th April the ‘unsinkable’ Titanic is at the bottom of the ocean and 1500 are dead. Tormented by conflicting theories as to why the ship sank and who might have benefited as a result, Emma decides to find out what really happened. A decision which leads her to the edge of her sanity. In the 36 hours after the Titanic sank, the cries of 'Fake news' and distraction tactics were already in play. Did the Titanic really hit an iceberg? Was the ‘unsinkable’ Titanic in fact an over-engineered liability rushed into service to satisfy a powerful and impatient owner? Was news of its loss delayed to allow its insurers time to hedge their losses, thereby removing any chance of a rescue?


  • Theatre: Harold Pinter Theatre
  • Opening: March 17, 2022
  • Playwright: Jean Cocteau, adapted by Ivo van Hove
  • Director: Ivo van Hove
  • Cast: Ruth Wilson

A woman sees her last chance for happiness disappearing forever at the end of a telephone line. We’ve never been more connected. We’ve never been more alone. Jean Cocteau’s stunning monologue is more illuminating about love and loneliness than ever.


  • Theatre: Park Theatre
  • First Preview: March 16, 2022
  • Opening: March 19, 2022
  • Playwright: Bruce Norris
  • Director: Oliver Kaderbhai
  • Cast: TBA

Borrowing elements from Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun, Bruce Norris' Pulitzer Prize-winning play explores race relations and gentrification in the changing face of a Chicago neighborhood.


  • Theatre: Gielgud Theatre
  • First Preview: March 10, 2022
  • Opening: March 31, 2022
  • Playwright: Aaron Sorkin
  • Director: Bartlett Sher
  • Cast: TBA

Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his children against prejudice.


  • Theatre: National Theatre (Lyttleton)
  • First Preview: April 7, 2022
  • Opening: April 14, 2022
  • Playwright: Emlyn Williams
  • Director: Dominic Cooke
  • Cast: Nicola Walker, Adam Baker, Saffron Coomber, Gareth David-Lloyd, Iwan Davies, Megan Gretch, Jonathan Hawkins, Gareth Kennerly, Richard Lynch, Jo McInnes, Alice Orr-Ewing, Steffan Rizzi, Rebecca Todd, Garyn Williams, Rufus Wright

It's the turn of the 20th century and the determined Miss Moffat has just moved to a poor Welsh mining town with the idea of setting up a school. When she stumbles upon a promising protégé amidst the coal dust, she dedicates herself to educating him all the way to Oxford.


  • Theatre: Apollo Theatre
  • Opening: April 16, 2022
  • Playwright: Jez Butterworth
  • Director: Ian Rickson
  • Cast: Mark Rylance, Mackenzie Crook

In the woods of southwest England, Johnny "Rooster" Byron, former daredevil motorcyclist and modern-day Pied Piper, is a wanted man. The council officials want to serve him an eviction notice, his son wants to be taken to the country fair, a stepfather wants to give him a serious kicking and a motley crew of friends wants his ample supply of drugs and alcohol.


  • Theatre: Rose Theatre
  • Opening: April 23, 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: Harold Pinter Theatre
  • First Preview: April 15, 2022
  • Opening: April 27, 2022
  • Playwright: Suzie Miller
  • Director: Justin Martin
  • Cast: Jodie Comer

Tessa is a thoroughbred. A young, brilliant barrister. She has worked her way up from working class origins to be at the top of her game; prosecuting; cross examining and winning. An unexpected event forces her to confront the lines where the patriarchal power of the law, burden of proof and morals diverge.


  • Theatre: National Theatre (Dorfman)
  • First Preview: April 27, 2022
  • Opening: May 4, 2022
  • Playwright: David Eldridge
  • Director: Polly Findlay
  • Cast: Claire Rushbrook, Daniel Ryan

Every relationship reaches a crossroad at some point. As dawn breaks, Maggie is heating some milk and Gary wonders what she’s doing out of bed. Maybe it’s time for an honest conversation – but how much honesty can this marriage take?


  • Theatre: London Coliseum
  • Opening: May 7, 2022
  • Book: Alan Jay Lerner
  • Music: Frederick Loewe
  • Lyrics: Alan Jay Lerner
  • Director: Bartlett Sher
  • Cast: TBA

James L. Nederlander, Jamie Wilson, Hunter Arnold, Playful Productions and the English National Opera present the Lincoln Center Theater production of Lerner & Loewe's My Fair Lady

A crusty professor of linguistics coaches a Cockney girl to speak and behave like an aristocrat. Songs include "On the Street Where You Live," "The Rain in Spain," and "Wouldn't It Be Loverly." Based on the play Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw


  • Theatre: Dominion Theatre
  • First Preview: May 3, 2022
  • Opening: May 10, 2022
  • Book: Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey
  • Music: Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey
  • Lyrics: Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey
  • Director: Nikolai Foster
  • Cast: TBA

In telling the story of a high school romance between greaser Danny Zuko and wholesome Sandy Dumbrowski, this musical captures the rock 'n' roll spirit of the 1950s. The score includes the songs "Summer Nights," "Beauty School Dropout," "Look at Me, I'm Sandra Dee" and "We Go Together."


  • Theatre: Hope Mill Theatre
  • First Preview: May 5, 2022
  • Opening: May 10, 2022
  • Book: James Lapine
  • Music: Stephen Sondheim
  • Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim
  • Director: Michael Strassen
  • Cast: Ruthie Henshall

Olivier Award winner and Musical Theatre icon Ruthie Henshall will lead a reimagining of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s multi-award-winning Passion at the Hope Mill Theatre. Directed by Michael Strassen this revival will reenergise the tale of love, sex and obsession in a new dynamic staging.


  • Theatre: Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
  • Opening: May 13, 2022
  • Book: Heather Hach
  • Music: Laurence O'Keefe
  • Lyrics: Nell Benjamin
  • Director: Lucy Moss
  • Cast: TBA

Omigod you guys, meet fashion merchandising major Elle Woods and her college sweetheart Warner Huntington III. Popular, stylish, they have the perfect relationship. That is until Warner heads to Harvard Law School and decides that he needs a more 'serious' kind of girlfriend.Dumped, Elle embarks on a drastic plan to win him back. But, on the way, she discovers that there's more to love - and definitely Elle Woods - than meets the eye. Directed by Lucy Moss, co-writer and co-director of the smash-hit musical SIX, it's time to bend and snap, people!


  • Theatre: National Theatre (Olivier)
  • First Preview: May 12, 2022
  • Opening: May 19, 2022
  • Playwright: Anupama Chandrasekhar
  • Director: Indhu Rubasignham
  • Cast: Sagar Arya, Ayesha Dharker, Shubham Saraf, Peter Singh

Nathuram Godse: journalist, patriot, murderer. The Father and the Assassin is a gripping new play that traces Godse’s life over 30 years during India's fight for independence: from devout follower of Mahatma Gandhi, through to his radicalisation and their tragic final encounter.


  • Theatre: Duke Of York's Theatre
  • Opening: May 23, 2022
  • Playwright: Tennessee Williams
  • Director: Jeremy Herrin
  • Cast: Amy Adams, Paul Hilton, Tom Glynn-Carney, Lizzie Annis, Victor Alli

A fading Southern belle strives to give her two grown children — the lame Laura and the unruly Tom — a last chance at happiness as her own dreams slip through her fingers. Tom only wants to run away from their pathetic life, and Laura keeps retreating into the dream world of her tiny glass figurines. What happens when Tom brings home a friend will change everything.


  • Theatre: Harold Pinter Theatre
  • Opening: June 29, 2022
  • Playwright: Anton Chekhov
  • Director: Jamie Lloyd
  • Cast: Emilia Clarke

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


  • Theatre: Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
  • Opening: July 12, 2022
  • Book: Johnny McKnight
  • Music: Douglas Hodge
  • Lyrics: Douglas Hodge
  • Director: Timothy Sheader
  • Cast: TBA

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: 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: TBA

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: Eventim Apollo
  • Opening: July 19, 2022
  • Book: Cheri and Bill Steinkellner; Additional Maerial by Douglas Carter Beane
  • Music: Alan Menken
  • Lyrics: Glenn Slater
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: TBA

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: Nottingham Playhouse
  • Opening: July 26, 2022
  • Book: Stuart Paterson
  • Music: George Stiles
  • Lyrics: Anthony Drew
  • Director: Trevor Nunn
  • Cast: TBA

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: Theatre Royal Bath
  • Opening: August 19, 2022
  • Book: James Lapine
  • Music: Stephen Sondheim
  • Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim
  • Director: Terry Gillam and Leah Hausman
  • Cast: TBA

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.

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