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 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, Moulin Rouge!, 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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TAMMY FAYE

13th October - 3rd December 2022
Almeida St, London N1 1TA, UK

Tammy Faye got the film treatment last year with Jessica Chastain starring as the eponymous televangelist, and now her story is being turned into a musical, written by Elton John, Jake Shears and James Graham – how’s that for a dream team? Olivier Award-winner Katie Brayben is taking on the title role, with Andrew Rannells playing her husband Jim Bakker, who together revolutionised religion by preaching to millions of people round the clock.

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MY NEIGHBOUR TOTORO

8th October 2022 - 21st January 2023
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

My Neighbour Totoro, the beloved Studio Ghibli animated film, is being adapted for the stage by the Royal Shakespeare Company and it’s getting its world premiere at the Barbican. Hayao Miyazaki’s film tells the coming-of-age story of sisters Satsuki and Mei, who move to the countryside to be closer to their hospitalised mother, where they discover a world full of magical creatures and spirits. The film is known for its enchanting animal characters, including the Catbus (a twelve-legged cat that’s also a bus) and the eponymous Totoro (who looks like a giant rabbit), so you can expect some incredible puppetry involved in bringing these to life on stage. Tom Morton-Smith is adapting the movie for this ground-breaking production, with original composer Joe Hisaishi overseeing the music, which is the RSC’s biggest opening in 40 years.

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GOOD

5th October - 24th December 2022
The Harold Pinter Theatre, Panton Street, London, UK

After two pandemic-related delays it’s third time lucky for Olivier Award-winning director Dominic Cooke and his revival of C.P. Taylor’s 1982 play Good, with David Tennant starring alongside Elliot Levey and Sharon Small. The play explores the idea of what it means to be ‘good’, with Tennant playing German professor John Halder, a decent and moral man with a Jewish best friend who finds himself pulled into and swept away with the ideology of Nazism.

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I, JOAN

25th August - 22nd October 2022
21 New Globe Walk, London SE1 9DT, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

In this new retelling of Joan of Arc’s story, we see the legendary leader rebel against the world’s expectations in more ways than one – and question the gender binary. We’ll watch as Joan emerges as an unlikely organiser during an endless war and see writer Charlie Jospehine’s reimagining of the tale at The Globe that explores gender identity play out. It’s set to be a powerful, joyous production that’s full of hope and with grounding tickets at £5, it’ll also be one of the most accessible shows in London.

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EUREKA DAY

6th September - 31st October 2022
The Cut, London SE1 8NB, 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 – 2:00 PM
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

Oscar-winner Helen Hunt is starring alongside Kirsten Foster, Mark McKinney, Ben Schnetzer and Susan Kelechi Watson, in the UK premiere of Eureka Day at the Old Vic, Jonathan Spector’s satire that sees a community split over the issue of vaccination after a mumps outbreak at a progressive California school. It was written and first performed pre-pandemic so it’ll be interesting to see how it plays in a post-Covid world.

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THE BAND'S VISIT

24th September - 3rd December 2022
41 Earlham St, London WC2H 9LX, 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

Having won 10 Tony Awards and a Grammy for Best Musical Theatre Album, The Band’s Visit is finally landing in town for its UK premiere. The Donmar Warehouse is hosting the US smash hit musical written by David Yazbek and Itamar Moses, directed by the theatre’s Artistic Director, Michael Longhurst. The story follows a band of Egyptian musicians who get lost in the Israeli desert on their way to the Arab cultural centre and end up significantly affecting the quiet town they stumble upon off the beaten track.

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THE CRUCIBLE

14th September - 5th November 2022
Upper Ground, London SE1 9PX, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

For the first time since 1990, the National Theatre is presenting Arthur Miller’s classic parable of power and its abuse, The Crucible. The revival is directed by Lyndsey Turner and sees Erin Doherty, who plays Princess Anne in The Crown, take on the role of 17-year-old Abigail Williams. Her affair with John Proctor, played by Australian actor Brendan Cowell, stokes the climate of fear and public accusations that spreads through Salem, beginning the witch trials. The story reflects the era of McCarthyism and the ‘red scare’ that was reaching a boiling point in the 50s when Arthur Miller wrote The Crucible. Now, nearly 70 years later, the cautionary allegory still bears relevance in today’s political climate.

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JOHN GABRIEL BORKMAN

24th September - 26th November 2022
3 Potters Flds Pk, London SE1 2SG, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: 6:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 6:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 1:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Thursday: 6:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Friday: 6:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Saturday: 1:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

Simon Russell Beale plays the title role in Bridge Theatre’s staging of Henrik Ibsen’s John Gabriel Borkman, directed by Lucinda Coxon. In this new version of Ibsen’s most contemporary play, we watch as previously illustrious entrepreneur John Gabriel plots his comeback after spending time in prison for fraud. Meanwhile, his estranged wife plans to restore the Borkman family name when her twin sister arrives unannounced and the trio clash over young Erhart Borkman’s future.

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THE TEMPEST

22nd July - 22nd October 2022
21 New Globe Walk, London SE1 9DT, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

The Tempest, Shakespeare’s tale of reckoning and redemption, where Prospero raises a storm that causes a ship carrying his brother Antonio to wreck on his island, where he lives with his daughter Miranda and he uses magic to rule over Caliban and spirit Ariel, is being staged at The Globe this summer. Sean Holmes is directing the new production with the Globe Ensemble bringing the story to life.

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2:22 | A GHOST STORY

Until 8th January 2023
Criterion Theatre, Piccadilly, London, UK

After receiving rave reviews for its premiere run at the Noël Coward Theatre, 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, came back for a third season, this time at the Criterion. Now it’s on another run with another cast change (director Matthew Dunster is sticking around), with Tamsin Carroll playing Lauren, Matt Willis playing Ben, Laura Whitmore (in her West End debut) in the role of Jenny, and Felix Scott 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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TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

Until 28th February 2023
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 Richard Coyle 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 it’s going the same way on this side of the pond.

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MOULIN ROUGE! THE MUSICAL

Until 7th January 2023
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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CABARET

Until 19th November 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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THE LION KING

21 Wellington St, London WC2E 7RQ, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 6:00 – 7:45 PM
  • Wednesday: 1:00 – 7:45 PM
  • Thursday: 6:00 – 7:45 PM
  • Friday: 6:00 – 7:45 PM
  • Saturday: 1:00 – 7:45 PM
  • Sunday: 1:00 – 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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LIFE OF PI

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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GET UP! STAND UP! THE BOB MARLEY MUSICAL

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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BACK TO THE FUTURE

Until 12th February 2023
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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SIX THE MUSICAL

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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WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION

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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& JULIET

Until 25th March 2023
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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THE BURNT CITY

Until 16th April 2023
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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THE MOUSETRAP

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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THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG

Until 29th October 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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COME FROM AWAY

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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HAMILTON

Until 17th December 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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THE BOOK OF MORMON

Until 22nd October 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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PRETTY WOMAN THE MUSICAL

Until 2nd April 2023
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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MARY POPPINS

Until 8th January 2023
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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MAMMA MIA!

Until 30th September 2023
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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WICKED

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.

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