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 2022.

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 Mamma Mia!, The Mousetrap and Wicked, some of the best London theatre shows in 2022 include Witness for the Prosecution at County Hall; Hamilton at The Victoria Palace Theatre; The Play That Goes Wrong at The Duchess Theatre; and The Book of Mormon at The Prince of Wales Theatre. And there are a load of new musicals hitting the stage including Mary Poppins, Pretty Woman, and Back to the Future.

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.

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.

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16th April - 7th August 2022
Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, UK

Jez Butterworth’s smash hit play Jerusalem is back on the stage with Mark Rylance reprising the role of Rooster and original director Ian Rickson also returning. The play, which premiered at the Royal Court in 2009 followed by a West End and Broadway transfer, explores the realities of life in rural England through a band of misfits and wasters at a county fair. The play earned rave reviews and is widely considered one of the best British stage productions of all time, so if you didn’t catch it the first time around you won’t want to miss it again.

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7th May - 27th August 2022
London Coliseum, Saint Martin's Lane, London, UK

After impressing critics and winning awards over in New York, the Lincoln Centre production of Lerner & Loewe’s iconic musical My Fair Lady is coming to London for its first West End revival in 21 years. It tells the story of cockney flower seller Eliza Doolitte and linguistics professor Henry Higgins who is set on transforming her into a ‘proper lady’. This version is directed by Bartlett Sher, with Harry Hadden-Patton as Henry Higgins, Amara Okereke as Eliza Doolittle, Stephen K Amos as Alfred P. Doolittle, and Vanessa Redgrave as Mrs Higgins, and the English National Opera orchestra playing the famous score that includes the classic songs ‘I Could Have Danced All Night’, ‘Wouldn’t It Be Loverly’, ‘The Rain Ii Spain’ and ‘On the Street Where You Live’.

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7th May - 4th September 2022
Criterion Theatre, Piccadilly, London, UK

After receiving rave reviews for its premiere run at the Noël Coward Theatre and then transferring to the Gielgud Theatre for a second run, Danny Robins’ (best known for The Battersea Poltergeist podcast) play 2:22 – A Ghost Story, is back for a third season, this time at the Criterion. Director Matthew Dunster is returning but the cast is changing again, with Beatriz Romilly playing Lauren, Sam Swainsbury playing Ben, Mandip Gill in the role of Jenny, and Tom Felton as Sam. If you missed it the first and second times around, 2:22 is a supernatural thriller that takes place over the course of one night when Jenny, who believes her new house is haunted, and her husband Sam argue with their old friend Lauren and her new partner Ben about ghosts and whether they exist. 

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13th May - 2nd July 2022
The Regent's Park, Inner Cir, London NW1 4NU, UK

Get ready to bend and snap because a new version of Legally Blonde is playing at Regent’s Park Open-Air Theatre this summer. Directed by Lucy Moss (who co-wrote and co-directed SIX), the show stars Courtney Bowman as Elle Woods who heads all the way to Harvard Law School after she’s dumped by boyfriend Warner Huntington III (played by Alistair Toovey) to try and win him back.

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3rd May – 27th August 2022
The Duke of York's Theatre, Saint Martin's Lane, London, UK

Amy Adams is making her West End debut in a new production of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie. Adams will star as former Southern belle Amanda Wingfield, who lives with her children Tom and Laura in a precarious space between past and present, in Jeremy Herrin’s bold new version of the classic play. The cast also includes Paul Hilton, Tom Glynn-Carney, Lizzie Annis and Victor Alli, and the play is only on for a limited run at the Duke of York’s Theatre.

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29th April - 11th June 2022
7 Uxbridge Rd, London W12 8LJ, UK
  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Saturday: 1:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

The Bush Theatre is hosting a special birthday season in honour of turning the big 50 and the first production to hit the stage is House of Ife. Written by Ethiopian-British writer Beru Tessema and directed by the Bush Theatre’s Artistic Director Lynette Linton, the play is an exploration of what it means to belong and the impact that secrets can have on a family. Ife, the eldest son of the family, has suddenly died, causing the head of the family to travel from Ethiopia to North London for the funeral resulting in tensions rising and cultures clashing.

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26th April - 25th June 2022
66 The Cut, London SE1 8LZ, UK
  • 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

After an acclaimed run on Broadway and tour of the US, Daniel Fish’s Tony Award-winning production of Oklahoma! is transferring to the Young Vic. Fish has stayed to true to the Rogers & Hammerstein text but has created a provocative version of the classic American musical that tells the story of frontier life and a community coming together against an outsider. Arthur Darvill is playing Curly McLain, Anoushka Lucas is Laurey Williams, Patrick Vaill is Jud Fry, Marisha Wallace iss Ado Annie and Olivier Award nominee Liza Sadovy is Aunt Eller.

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15th April - 18th June 2022
The Harold Pinter Theatre, Panton Street, London, UK

Jodie Comer makes the transition from the small screen to big stage debut in the West End. In Prima Facie Jodie plays Tessa, a young barrister who has worked her way up from her working class background to become one of the most respected lawyers in her field. Jodie carries the entire play in her one-person performance that challenges both the audience and Tessa to confront the lines where the patriarchal power of the law, burden of proof, and morals diverge.

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10th March - 1st October 2022
Gielgud Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, UK

After being postponed due to the pandemic, Aaron Sorkin’s stage adaptation of Harper Lee’s classic American novel To Kill A Mockingbird has finally hit the West End. Bartlett Sher directs and Rafe Spall takes on the role of Atticus Finch, the lawyer who defends African American man Tom Robinson on fabricated rape charges. The play has been a smash hit on Broadway and we’re expecting the same on this side of the pond.

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Until 23rd July 2022
Piccadilly Theatre, Denman Street, London, UK

It’s spectacular spectacular news for musicals fans – after ten years in development, a run on Broadway, and a delay due to the pandemic, Moulin Rouge! The Musical is finally here at the West End. Alex Timbers’ stage adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 film follows the original story – penniless writer Christian falls in love with courtesan Satine but the pair have to hide their relationship so nightclub owner Harold Zidler can secure funds for the venue’s transformation from The Duke, who wants Satine for himself. All the iconic songs like ‘Come What May’ and ‘Lady Marmalade’ are in there too along with a whole load of new additions, including hits from Whitney, The Rolling Stones, Beyonce, Adele and Lady Gaga, so there’ll be even more songs to can-can along to. 

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Until 12th June 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.

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Until 25th June 2022
Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Avenue, London, UK

Wilkommen, bienvenue, welcome! Cabaret, one of the most iconic musicals of all time, is back in the West End. This immersive production, starring Fra Fee as the Emcee and Amy Lennox as Sally Bowles, has taken over the Playhouse Theatre and turned it into the Kit Kat Club so prepare to lose yourself in the world of Weimar Berlin.

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Until 13th August 2022
21 Wellington St, London WC2E 7RQ, UK
  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Sunday: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

You’ve seen the movie, now see The Lion King on stage and watch Simba grow from young cub to king of the pridelands with Timon and Pumba by his side. The award-winning show features all the classic songs, including ‘Can You Feel The Love Tonight?’, ‘Hakuna Matata’ and ‘Circle of Life’, with all the animals of Pride Rock brought to life with incredible puppetry, costumes and special effects.

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Until 30th October 2022
Wyndham's Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London, UK

After wowing audiences in Sheffield, Lolita Chakrabarti’s stage adaptation of Yann Martel’s Man Booker Prize-winning novel Life of Pi is on the West End for a run at the Wyndham’s Theatre. Hiran Abeysekera is returning to play Pi, the boy stranded on a lifeboat with a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan and a Royal Bengal tiger, after a cargo ship sinks in the Pacific Ocean, with state-of-the-art puppetry and visual effects bringing the tale to life.

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Until 29th January 2023
Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, UK

See how Bob Marley went from the hills of rural Jamaica to the international stage with his message of love and unity with this brand new musical. Get Up! Stand Up!, written by Lee Hall, directed by Clint Dyer and starring Arinzé Kene as the man himself, features all of Marley’s hits and captures the spirit of this universal icon.

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Until 3rd July 2022
Adelphi Theatre, Strand, London, UK

Great Scott, a Back to the Future musical has come to the West End! And the actual creators of the film trilogy – Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale – are behind it. All the regulars like Doc, Marty, Biff, George and Lorraine are making a return but this time they’re belting out the tunes. Obvs the absolute classics like ‘The Power of Love’ and ‘Johnny B. Goode’ will be involved, but as it’s a musical there’ll be some new songs to learn and sing your heart out to as well. Get into your DeLorean and roll up to the Adelphi Theatre.

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Until 2nd April 2023
Vaudeville Theatre, Strand, London, 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 at the Vaudeville Theatre.

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Until 16th April 2023
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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Until 24th September 2022
210 Shaftesbury Ave, West End, London WC2H 8DP, UK

You all know Shakespeare’s version of Romeo & Juliet but this musical, featuring pop classics like ‘Baby One More Time’ and ‘Can’t Feel My Face’, reimagines the story, flipping her ending into her beginning. In & Juliet, she doesn’t take a dagger to the heart after she wakes up, instead she grabs her mates and goes on a trip to the city of lights and discovers that there is life after Romeo.


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Until 4th December 2022
1 Cartridge Pl, Royal Arsenal, London SE18 6ZR, UK

Renowned immersive theatre company Punchdrunk have returned to London, this time at One Cartridge Place, a former military arsenal in Woolwich, with their latest production Burnt City. It depicts the fall of Troy and the mythical world of Gods and mortals that rise from the ashes, and makes use of the opposing military arsenal buildings that house Troy and Ancient Greece, including neon backstreets, sprawling labyrinths and a colossal playground, and you’re free to dive in and explore as you like.

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Until 28th January 2023
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.

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Until April 2023
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.

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Until 15th October 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.

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Until July 2022
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.

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Until 23rd July 2022
Coventry St, London W1D 6AS, UK

If you like your musicals to be wildly politically incorrect and funny as hell, The Book of Mormon is the one for you. Created by Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the minds that brought you South Park, the show follows two Mormon missionaries on their journey to convert Ugandan natives to their religion. The lyrics may inappropriate, bordering on offensive, but the songs are bloody catchy and you won’t be able to stop laughing.

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Until 2nd October 2022
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.


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Until 10th July 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.

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Until 1st October 2022
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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Until 28th May 2023
Apollo Victoria Theatre, Wilton Road, London, UK

The award-winning Wicked, London’s 14th longest running show, is based on Gregory Maguire’s 1995 novel ‘Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West’, which is set in the land of Oz way before Dorothy and the gang got there in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The show tells the story of an unlikely friendship between two sorcery students at Shiz University, who eventually become Glinda the Good Witch and the Wicked Witch of the West.