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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.

2:22 | A GHOST STORY

3rd August – 16th October 2021
85-88 St Martin's Ln, London WC2N 4AU, UK

Lily Allen is making her West End debut in the world premiere of Danny Robins’ (best known for The Battersea Poltergeist podcast) new play 2:22 – A Ghost Story at the Noël Coward Theatre. Directed by Matthew Dunster and starring Julia Chan, Hadley Fraser and Jake Wood, the supernatural thriller takes place over the course of one night when Jenny (Lily Allen), who believes her new house is haunted, and her husband Sam (Hadley Fraser) argue with their old friend Lauren (Julia Chan) and her new partner Ben (Jake Wood) about ghosts and whether they exist. Part horror, part social commentary, the play is an exploration of the clash between belief and skepticism, and it’s not a ghost story without some suspense, so you can expect to be on the edge of your seat for this one.

ANNA X

10th July - 4th August 2021
Panton St, London SW1Y 4DN, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

Emma Corrin (who won a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Princess Diana in The Crown) is starring alongside Nabhaan Rizwan in Anna X, Joseph Charlton’s play, which is a fictional take on the real-life story of scammer Anna Delvey. Both actors are making their West End debuts, with Emma playing Anna and Nabhaan playing Ariel, two outsiders seeing how far they’ll go to stay immersed in the world of New York’s social elite.

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

23rd August - 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.

ANYTHING GOES

23rd July - 17th October 2021
Silk St, Barbican, London EC2Y 8DS, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Saturday: 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Sunday: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM

The SS American is sailing into London as Anything Goes takes to the stage at the Barbican for a limited summer run. Directed by Kathleen Marshall and starring Sutton Foster, Robert Lindsay, Felicity Kendal and Gary Wilmot, the musical comedy features the classic score by Cole Porter as well as a full-size live orchestra, tap dancing sailors and a whole lotta fun.

BE MORE CHILL

Until 5th September 2021
210 Shaftesbury Ave, London WC2H 8DP, UK

It was a hit on Broadway and in London until the pandemic forced the show to close, and now Be More Chill is back in the West End for a limited run. The original London cast, including Blake Patrick Anderson, Miracle Chance, and Stewart Clarke, are reprising their roles in the musical that tells the story of a boy, a girl and a supercomputer inside the boy’s head that wants to take over the world.

THE GREENHOUSE THEATRE

23rd July - 15th August 2021
Jubilee Park, Bank St, London E14 5JP, UK

After being built at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2019, the zero-waste Greenhouse Theatre has finally arrived in London with a summer residency in Canary Wharf. It’s the UK’s first zero-waste performance space, made entirely from recycled materials and doesn’t use any electricity. Three shows will be performed on rotation – Shakespeare’s As You Like It, modern folk story Hjem, and 12, a drama set against the backdrop of the climate crisis – and all tickets are FREE, but donations are greatly appreciated.

ROMEO & JULIET

26th June - 17th October 2021
21 New Globe Walk, London SE1 9DT, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Ola Ince is making her Globe debut with her version of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Romeo & Juliet, starring Alfred Enoch and Rebekah Murrell as the ‘star-crossed lovers’.

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.

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

Unitl 26th September 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.

THE MOUSETRAP

17th May 2021 - 30th January 2022
St. Martin's Theatre, West St, London WC2H 9NZ, UK

Having been performed over 28,000 times, Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap is the longest running play in the world and after a brief pause, it’s back at St Martin’s Theatre. The murder mystery is known for its twists and turns so you’ll be trying to guess whodunnit right up until the end.

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG

18th June 2021 - 30th January 2022
3-5 Catherine Street, London WC2B 5LA, UK

The award-winning The Play That Goes Wrong, which stated life at fringe venue in London with only four punters in the house, has had a remarkable run in the West End and shows no signs of slowing down. The show is (shockingly) about a drama society putting on a play that goes wrong, collapsing sets and all, and it’s an absolute riot.

CINDERELLA THE MUSICAL

18th August 2021 - 13th February 2022
166 Drury Ln, London, UK

Andrew Lloyd Webber is coming back to the West End with brand new musical Cinderella, with Oscar winner Emerald Fennell behind the original story. And it’s not like the Disney Cinderella you know – here she’s been reinvented into a loudmouth who’s desperate to escape the picture-perfect town of Belleville before a romance with Prince Sebastian (that’s Prince Charming’s brother) starts to blossom. Carrie Hope Fletcher is playing the title role, with Ivano Turco as Prince Sebastian, Victoria Hamilton-Barritt playing The Stepmother, Rebecca Trehearn as The Queen, Georgina Castle and Laura Baldwin stepsisters Marie and Adele, and Gloria Onitiri playing The Godmother.

COME FROM AWAY

22nd July 2021 - 12th February 2022
Phoenix Theatre, Charing Cross Rd, London WC2H 0JP, UK

A musical set in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 doesn’t sound like it would be a feel good ride but that’s exactly what Come From Away is. It tells the true story of 7000 travellers who were grounded in a small town in Newfoundland, Canada in the wake of the tragedy and the community that welcomed these ‘come from aways’ into their lives.

THE PRINCE OF EGYPT

Until 8th January 2022
268-269 Tottenham Court Rd, Fitzrovia, London W1T 7AQ, UK

The Prince of Egypt has gone from the screen to the stage with an epic musical adaption, including the hit song ‘When You Believe’, from the multi-Oscar winning Stephen Schwartz. The show tells the story of two young men Ramses and Moses, raised as brothers in Ancient Egypt but divided by a secret past, leaving one to rule as Pharoah and the other to lead his people to freedom.

HAMILTON

From 19th August 2021
Victoria St, Westminster, London SW1E 5EA, UK

Hip-hop meets history in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s epic musical about the US Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an Caribbean immigrant who fights in the War of Independence and becomes the country’s first Treasury Secretary. Even if you think you don’t care about American history, you’ll find yourself rapping about the 1776 the Declaration of Independence and Aaron Burr for weeks afterwards. Do whatever it takes to get tickets, it’s worth it.

PRETTY WOMAN THE MUSICAL

Until 12th December 2021
16 Denman St, Soho, London W1D 7DY UK

Classic rom com Pretty Woman is coming to the West End stage courtesy of director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell, with an original score by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance. Danny Mac is playing businessman Edward Lewis, who hires and then falls in love with prostitute Vivian Ward, played by Aimie Atkinson. You can expect all the iconic scenes and costumes from the movie, so if you’re a fan of that then you’ll love this.

MARY POPPINS

7th August 2021 - 13th February 2022
Prince Edward Theatre, Old Compton Street, London W1D 4HS, UK

Mary Poppins is back its original West End home, the Prince Edward Theatre, for a new run. The Cameron Mackintosh production also features the classic Sherman brothers score plus new songs and music from George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. It’s sure to be supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

MAMMA MIA!

From 25th August 2021
Novello Theatre, Aldwych, London, UK

Over 20 years on stage and two record-breaking films and we’ve still got Mamma Mia fever. The musical, which tells the tale of a mother, a daughter and three fathers set on Greek island to a soundtrack of ABBA’s greatest hits, has been seen by almost 9 million people in London since it premiered in 1999 and it’s still going strong at the Novello Theatre.

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