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WHAT'S ON AT THE THEATRE

So, what’s on at the theatre? If you are looking for the best theatre shows in London, whether you love musicals or prefer a bit of Shakespeare, we’ve got you covered with the best London theatre shows in 2021.

London has long been home to some of the best shows in the world, with incredible Victorian theatres and experimental venues dotted all across town. From icons such as The Royal Court, The Old Vic, and The National Theatre you can always expect quality productions with some of the world’s most talented theatre actors, and often the odd Hollywood A-lister. And what can be better than a cheap standing ticket at Shakespeare’s Globe on a sunny summer evening? Summer also brings a variety of outdoor theatre productions in London’s parks and it’s always worh keeping an eye on what Punchdrunk, the innovators of immersive theatre, are up to.

What's On In London Theatres?

As well as the epic long running shows such as Les Miserables, Mamma Mia!, The Mousetrap and Wicked, some of the best London theatre shows in 2020 include Everybody's Talking About Jamie at the Apollo Theatre; Witness for the Prosecution at County Hall; Hamilton at The Victoria Palace Theatre; The Play That Goes Wrong at The Duchess Theatre; The Book of Mormon at The Prince of Wales Theatre; and Endgame at the Old Vic. And there are a load of new musicals hitting the stage including Mary Poppins, Pretty Woman, Waitress, Dear Evan Hansen, 9 to 5 - from Dolly Parton herself - and Only Fools and Horses.

How to get London theatre tickets?

London theatre tickets don’t come cheap but if you book early enough then you can still get some bargains. And if there are no tickets available for the particular show that you want to see, don’t forget that many theatres will release a small number of extra tickets before each show.

What outdoor theatre in London is there?

Summer brings a variety of outdoor theatre productions in London’s parks and it’s always worth keeping an eye on what Punchdrunk, the innovators of immersive theatre, are up to.

What are the best London theatre shows in 2020

As well as the epic long running shows such as Les Miserables, Mamma Mia!, The Mousetrap and Wicked, some of the best London theatre shows in 2020 include Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at the Apollo Theatre; Witness for the Prosecution at County Hall; Hamilton at The Victoria Palace Theatre; The Play That Goes Wrong at The Duchess Theatre; The Book of Mormon at The Prince of Wales Theatre; and Endgame at the Old Vic. And there are a load of new musicals hitting the stage including Mary Poppins, Pretty Woman, Waitress, Dear Evan Hansen, 9 to 5 – from Dolly Parton herself – and Only Fools and Horses.

So if you’re looking for what’s on at London theatre, our guide will tell you about all the best shows in London to book right now. London theatre tickets don’t come cheap but if you book early enough then you can still get some bargains. And if there are no tickets available for the particular show that you want to see, don’t forget that many theatres will release a small number of extra tickets before each show. Our guide is updated all the time so if you need to know what is on at London’s best theatres, just check back for all the latest plays, musicals and shows.

Theatre shows in London have never been stronger, and Londoners are turning out in huge numbers to catch a show. There is more to life than Netflix after all, so grab some tickets for London theatre and catch one of these amazing shows.

AMELIE THE MUSICAL

20th May - 25th September 2021
Criterion Theatre, Piccadilly, London, UK

Following a sell-out tour and a Christmas season at The Other Palace in 2019, Amélie The Musical is transferring to the West End with a run at the Criterion Theatre, with Olivier-nominee Audrey Brisson reprising the title role. Like the film it’s adapted from the show follows Amélie, who brings happiness to everyone she encounters through small acts of kindness and has to risk everything when a chance at love comes her way.

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

19th May - 30th October 2021
Shakespeare's Globe, New Globe Walk, London, UK

The 2019 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is back for The Globe’s 2021 season. It’s a raucous version of Shakespeare’s comedy, where a fairy king and queen are at war, four teens are caught up in magic and four actors are desperately trying to put on a play, with lots of pinatas, glitter and streamers.

WALDEN

22nd May - 12th June 2021
Panton St, West End, London SW1Y 4DN, UK

The Harold Pinter Theatre is re-opening with the Re:Emerge season. a three-play series featuring new talent, and it kicks of with Walden, the debut play by Amy Berryman. Directed by Ian Rickson and starring Gemma Arteton, Fehinti Balogun and Lydia Wilson, the play tells the story of NASA botanist Cassie (played by Wilson) who’s returned from a year-long Moon mission to a remote cabin in the woods, where she finds her twin sister and former NASA architect (Arteton) has created a new life with climate activist Bryan (Balogun), as the sisters try to overcome the rivalry that drove them apart.

DEATH DROP

19th May - 11th July 2021
Garrick Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London, UK

RuPaul’s Drag Race stars Willam and Latrice Royale are making their West End debuts in comedy murder mystery Death Drop. Set in 1991 at a party on Tuck Island, the whodunnit unfolds as each guest reveals their questionable pasts. Willam is playing 80s pop star Shazza and Latrice is starring as American weather girl Summer Raines, alongside a full drag cast that includes Anna Phylactic, Myrah Dubois and Holly Stars.

SIX THE MUSICAL

21st May - 22nd August 2021
29 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 7ES, UK

Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss’s smash-hit Six The Musical, which is a modern retelling of Henry VIII’s wives complete with pop-inspired soundtrack, is back on stage for a summer run at the Lyric Theatre.

EVERYBODY'S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE

20th May - 29th August 2021
Shaftesbury Ave, Soho, London W1D 7EZ, UK

Inspired by a documentary about 16-year-old Jamie Campbell who wanted to become a drag queen and following a sell-out run at the Sheffield Crucible, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is a big hit in the West End. With songs from Dan Gillespie Sells, it’s a feel good story of a boy who just wants to go to prom in a dress.

WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION

18th May - 31st October 2021
County Hall, Belvedere Rd, South Bank, London SE1 7GP, UK

The Olivier Award-nominated Witness for the Prosecution brings Agatha Christie’s famous tale to life in a whole new way thanks to its staging in the debating chamber of County Hall. The set design is so well executed that you do really feel like you’re sitting in criminal court, which adds a new level of tension to the testimonies of Leonard Vole, accused of murdering a wealthy widow, and the witness trying to send him down.

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