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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 2020.

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.

 

BLITHE SPIRIT

5th March - 11th April 2020
St Martin's Ln, Charing Cross, London WC2N 4BG, UK

After a smash run at the Theatre Royal Bath last summer, Blithe Spirit has transferred to the West End for a limited run at the Duke of York’s Theatre. The Noel Coward comedy stars Jennifer Saunders as the eccentric medium Madame Arcati, who holds a seance with novelist Charles Condomine and his second wife Ruth, and accidentally summons the ghost of his first wife Elvira, causing chaos to ensue.

CITY OF ANGELS

5th March - 5th September 2020
2 Charing Cross Rd, Charing Cross, London WC2H 0HH, UK

It won an Olivier Award at the Donmar Warehouse and now Josie Rourke’s production of City of Angels is transferring to the Garrick Theatre for another run, starring Rosalie Craig, Vanessa Williams, Hadley Fraser, Nicola Roberts and Theo James. The musical is set against the rise of film noir in 1940s Hollywood – there’s a New York writer trying to make it as a screenwriter in LA and there’s the story he’s writing, about a private eye who’s got a case to crack.

THE SEAGULL

11th March - 30th May 2020
Northumberland Ave, Charing Cross, London WC2N 5DE, UK

Mother of Dragons Emilia Clarke makes her West End debut in Anya Reiss’ modern version of Chekhov’s The Seagull, directed by Jamie Lloyd (making it the second in his Playhouse season following Cyrano de Bergerac). Also starring Robert Glenister, Indira Varma and Tamzin Outhwaite, The Seagull is a tale of ambition, love, jealousy and fame, where dreams are dashed and hearts are broken as the characters start to turn on each other as they are isolated in the countryside.

BUYER & CELLAR

11th March - 19th April 2020
72 Albert Embankment, Vauxhall, London SE11 5AW, UK

One man play Buyer & Cellar, which has already been a hit in NYC, London and Australia, is running at Above the Stag Theatre with Aaron Sidwell in the lead role. The play tells the story of out-of-work actor Alex More who lands a job working in Barbra Streisand’s basement, organising the shopping mall full of memorabilia beneath her LA home. It’s a witty exploration of the nature of fame and celebrity and the relationship between gay men and divas.

PRETTY WOMAN THE MUSICAL

14th February 2020 - 2nd January 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.

THE PRINCE OF EGYPT

Until 12th September 2020
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.

DEAR EVAN HANSEN

29th October 2019 - 4th April 2020
Noël Coward Theatre, Saint Martin's Lane, London, UK

Grammy and Tony-award winning musical Dear Evan Hansen has been a smash hit on Broadway and it’s finally come to London. The show follows Evan Hansen, a student with social anxiety, who finally gets the chance to fit in with his classmates thanks to a lie that should have never been told. It touches on mental health, suicide and social media, so it really is a musical for our times.

& JULIET

Until 3rd October 2020
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.

MARY POPPINS

Until 20th September 2020
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 with Zizi Strallen back in the title role following her performances on the international tour. Charlie Stemp stars as Bert, with 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.

WAITRESS

Until 4th July 2020
The Adelphi Theatre London WC2R 0NS

The Tony-Award nominated musical, which has been a smash on Broadway, has come to the West End with an all-female lead creative team, a score by six-time Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles. The musical tells the story of Jenna, a pie maker in a small town who wants out of her marriage and a new life, which she just might get by entering a baking contest in the next county over.

ONLY FOOLS AND HORSES THE MUSICAL

Until 27th June 2020
Theatre Royal Haymarket, 18 Suffolk St, London SW1Y 4HT, UK

Yes the Trotter family is going from Peckham to the West End thanks to Paul Whitehouse and Jim Sullivan (son of show creator John Sullivan) who are bringing the classic comedy back to life, complete with an original score. Directed by Caroline Jay Ranger and with musical contributions from Chas n Dave, the production will feature all your fave characters including the main trio of Grandad (played by Paul Whitehouse), Del Boy (Tom Bennett) and Rodney (Ryan Hutton) as well as Trigger, Cassandra, Boycie and Marlene, Raquel and Mike the Barman. It’s all kicking off in 1989…Del Boy is searching for his soulmate, Rodney and Cassandra are getting married, Boycie and Marlene are trying to have a baby and Trigger is preparing for an actual real life date.

9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL

Until 4th April 2020
Savoy Ct, London WC2R 0ET, UK

The 1980 classic is hitting the West End stage courtesy of Dolly Parton herself, featuring that original Oscar, Grammy and Tony award-nominated score. Amber Davies, Natalie McQueen and Brian Conley are starring in the tale of Doralee, Violet and Judy, three colleagues who decide to take on their sexist and egotistical boss.

COME FROM AWAY

Until 23rd May 2020
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.

EVERYBODY'S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE

Until 29th August 2020
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 and a showstopping performance from John McCrea, it’s a feel good story of a boy who just wants to go to prom in a dress.

WICKED

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. The Apollo Victoria Theatre is handily just next to Victoria station, and if you fancy a trip to watch Wicked with guests visiting London then Super Break have combined a deal for stall tickets and one night’s stay at the Royal National Hotel.

WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION

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.

THE BOOK OF MORMON

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.

HAMILTON

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.

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG

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.

MAMMA MIA!

Novello Theatre, Aldwych, London, UK

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.