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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.

J'OUVERT

16th June - 3rd July 2021
Panton St, London SW1Y 4DN, UK

Part of the Harold Pinter Theatre’s Re:Emerge season, J’Ouvert is debut play from James Tait Black Award-winner Yasmin Joseph and also the directorial debut of actor Rebekah Murrell. Set during the Notting Hill Carnival of 2017, the play explores the Black British experience by following best friends Jade and Nadine who are fighting to protect their traditions and carve out a space for themselves in the world.

CINDERELLA THE MUSICAL

25th June 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.

BAD NIGHTS AND ODD DAYS

23rd June - 10th July 2021
Crooms Hill, London SE10 8ES, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: Closed
  • Thursday: 2:00 – 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 2:00 – 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: 2:00 – 6:00 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

To celebrate 50 years since Caryl Churchill’s short play Abortive, about a married couple dealing with the aftermath of a shocking event, was broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Greenwich Theatre, Artistic Director James Haddrell and actor Paul McGann are bringing it back to the stage alongside two more of her one-act plays. Bad Nights and Odd Days will also include Three More Sleepless Nights, about arguments we all know well, and Seagull, an allegory about losing the ability to write.

AFTER LIFE

2nd June - 24th July 2021
Upper Ground, London SE1 9PX, UK

Adapted from Hirokazu Kore-eda’s award-winning film by Jack Thorne (who did a little production called Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), After Life is a surreal look at the way we view our lives. The central idea of the play is what memory would you choose to spend the rest of the eternity with and the story follows a group of strangers who are stuck in a waiting room between life and death as they try to answer that question.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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