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  • Theatre: National Theatre (Olivier)
  • First Preview: May 12, 2022
  • Opening: May 19, 2022
  • Playwright: Anupama Chandrasekhar
  • Director: Indhu Rubasignham
  • Cast: Sagar Arya, Ayesha Dharker, Shubham Saraf, Peter Singh

Nathuram Godse: journalist, patriot, murderer. The Father and the Assassin is a gripping new play that traces Godse’s life over 30 years during India's fight for independence: from devout follower of Mahatma Gandhi, through to his radicalisation and their tragic final encounter.


  • Theatre: Duke Of York's Theatre
  • Opening: May 23, 2022
  • Playwright: Tennessee Williams
  • Director: Jeremy Herrin
  • Cast: Amy Adams, Paul Hilton, Tom Glynn-Carney, Lizzie Annis, Victor Alli

A fading Southern belle strives to give her two grown children — the lame Laura and the unruly Tom — a last chance at happiness as her own dreams slip through her fingers. Tom only wants to run away from their pathetic life, and Laura keeps retreating into the dream world of her tiny glass figurines. What happens when Tom brings home a friend will change everything.


  • Theatre: Lyric Theatre Hammersmith
  • First Preview: May 26, 2022
  • Opening: June 2, 2022
  • Playwright: Jean Racine, Translated and Adapted by Timberlake Wertenbaker
  • Director: Atri Banerjee
  • Cast: Nathaniel Curtis, William Robinson, Sirine Saba, Hanna Khogali, Helena Lymbery, Nigel Barrett, Shyvonne Ahmmad

Agrippina – desperate to cling onto power – has ensured her son, Nero, is the Roman Emperor, in place of his half-brother and the rightful heir. But the corridors of power and Nero’s own obsession turn a once virtuous ruler into an oppressive tyrant.


  • Theatre: Park Theatre
  • First Preview: June 1, 2022
  • Opening: June 3, 2022
  • Playwright: Sally Rogers
  • Director: Nigel Douglas
  • Cast: Zoe Brough, Jack Colgrave Hirst, Kate James, Jane Slavin, Chris Simmons, Larner Taylor

Janice is a banquet waitress in a small, struggling hotel that is readying itself to host the 'Miss North West' competition in a bid to revive their floundering fortunes. In the still room, where the waiters wait, Janice also waits for her O Level results... if she gets less than four, her father says she has to move out. Bored to death and struggling to see how she can leave her home town, everything changes when a new waitress arrives. She is different to the other waiting staff, her confidence and bold ideas challenge Janice’s own perceptions of the world. So begins a chain of events that will change everything.


  • Theatre: Ambassadors Theatre
  • Opening: June 15, 2022
  • Playwright: Theresa Rebeck
  • Director: Moritz von Stuelpnagel
  • Cast: David Harbour, Bill Pullman

In rural Pennsylvania, Michael has returned to his childhood home to look after his dying father. His siblings Ned and Pam soon arrive, determined to work out how much money Dad actually has left and how they're getting their hands on it.


  • Theatre: Harold Pinter Theatre
  • Opening: June 29, 2022
  • Playwright: Anton Chekhov
  • Director: Jamie Lloyd
  • Cast: Emilia Clarke, Tom Rhys Harries, Daniel Monks, Sophie Wu, Indira Varma

Emilia Clarke reprises her role as Nina in Anya Reiss’ unique modernisation of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull, with direction by Jamie Lloyd.


  • Theatre: Park Theatre
  • First Preview: June 29, 2022
  • Opening: July 1, 2022
  • Playwright: Bill Cain
  • Director: Guy Masterson
  • Cast: David Calvitto, Joshua Collins, Samara Neely-Cohen

Based on real events, this taut psychological thriller seeks justice from the collision of morality and empathy.
 A dantesque descent into the conundrums, contradictions and hypocrisies of war through the eyes of a repatriated US Army Private… now alleged war criminal.


  • Theatre: Arts Theatre
  • Opening: July 14, 2022
  • Playwright: Joshua Harmon
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: TBA

Set over one night in a Manhattan apartment, a family’s younger generation battles it out to decide who is the most deserving of a precious heirloom passed down from their beloved grandfather. Would it be the bossy, overbearing and fanatical Daphna, her wealthy cousin Liam, his non-Jewish girlfriend Melody, or Jonah, who would prefer not to get involved?


  • Theatre: Barbican Theatre
  • Opening: July 15, 2022
  • Book: Timothy Crouse, John Weidman, Howard Lindsay, Russen Crouse, Guy Bolton, P.G. Wodehouse
  • Music: Cole Porter
  • Lyrics: Cole Porter
  • Director: Kathleen Marshall
  • Cast: Kerry Ellis, Denis Lawson, Simon Callow, Bonnie Langford, Samuel Edwards, Nicole-Lily Baisden, Carly Mercedes Dyer, Haydn Oakley

The sold-out musical sensation, Anything Goes returns to the Barbican by popular demand. The ‘musical equivalent of sipping one glass of champagne after another’ returns for a limited 7 week season.


  • Theatre: Eventim Apollo
  • Opening: July 19, 2022
  • Book: Cheri and Bill Steinkellner; Additional Maerial by Douglas Carter Beane
  • Music: Alan Menken
  • Lyrics: Glenn Slater
  • Director: Bill Buckhurst
  • Cast: Beverley Knight, Jennifer Saunders, Keala Settle, Lesley Joseph, Clive Rowe, Lizzie Bea, Jeremy Secomb, Graham McDuff, Tricia Deighton, Lori Haley Fox, Damian Buhagiar, Tom Hopcroft, Bradley Judge, Tanya Edwards, Catherine Millsom, Anne Smith, Emma Ralston, Jermaine Woods, Michael Ward, Caroline Bateson

When disco singer Deloris Van Cartier is placed in protective custody in a dying convent, her unique brand of funk comes face-to-face with the traditions of the church. Someone's habits are about to change. Based on the Touchstone Pictures motion picture Sister Act, written by Joseph Howard.


  • Theatre: Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
  • Fist Preview: July 12, 2022
  • Opening: July 21, 2022
  • Book: Johnny McKnight
  • Music: Douglas Hodge
  • Lyrics: Douglas Hodge
  • Director: Timothy Sheader
  • Cast: Jamil Abbasi, Stuart Angell, George Bukhari, Danny Collins, Sonya Cullingford, Jade Davies, Karen Fishwick, Kate Fleetwood, Joseph Fletcher, Taofique Folarin, Courtney George, Tash Holway, CJ Johnson, Emma Lucia, Kody Mortimer, Simon Oskarsson, Yana Penrose, Tom Peters, Eric Stroud, Ben Thompson, Jonny Weldon, Grace Wylde

When infamous Cruella de Vil sets her sights on a new Dalmatian fur coat, there’s trouble ahead for Pongo, Perdi and their adorable litter of puppies. Based on Dodie Smith's iconic story set in the heart of Regent’s Park, this new musical is written by Zinnie Harris and Douglas Hodge.


  • Theatre: Nottingham Playhouse
  • Opening: July 26, 2022
  • Book: Stuart Paterson
  • Music: George Stiles
  • Lyrics: Anthony Drew
  • Director: Trevor Nunn
  • Cast: TBA

The twin-sational new musical based on the novel The Parent Trap by Erich Kästner. The classic story of twin girls separated at birth, reunited by chance at a summer camp ten years later. In an attempt to get to know their parents and reconcile the two halves of their family, they decide to swap places and live each other’s lives.


  • Theatre: Park Theatre
  • First Preview: July 27, 2022
  • Opening: July 29, 2022
  • Playwright: Abigail Hood
  • Director: Kevin Tomlinson
  • Cast: TBD

Glasgow. 2006. An abandoned playground. Troubled teenagers Kayleigh Grey and Zoe Douglas are flirting, playing dare and fantasizing about running away together to the Isle of Muck. Despite being warned to keep away, teacher Miss Hastie is inexplicably drawn into the two girl's orbit of chaos and when Kayleigh’s mother, Hazel, attempts to keep her under her manipulative spell, the outcome is far worse than anyone could have ever anticipated.


  • Theatre: Theatre Royal Bath
  • Opening: August 19, 2022
  • Book: James Lapine
  • Music: Stephen Sondheim
  • Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim
  • Director: Terry Gillam and Leah Hausman
  • Cast: TBA

Several of childhood's most familiar fairy tales ("Little Red Riding Hood," "Cinderella," "Rapunzel," "Jack and the Beanstalk," etc.) are shown to be part of a single story, as woven together by librettist James Lapine and composer Stephen Sondheim. The result is a psychological parable about parents, children and growing up.


  • Theatre: Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
  • Opening: September 3, 2022
  • Playwright: Inua Ellams
  • Director: Max Webster
  • Cast: TBA

A torn family. A hostile state. One heroic brother. One misguided son. One conflicted sister, and the second is on the run. A blistering retelling of the epic story from the writer of Barber Shop Chronicles, Inua Ellams.


  • Theatre: Gielgud Theatre
  • Opening: September 23, 2022
  • Playwright: Ben Elton
  • Director: Sean Foley
  • Cast: David Mitchell, Gemma Whelan

The Upstart Crow opened at the Gielgud Theatre in February 2020 to an array of glowing reviews and sold out performances. Now, one plague and an Olivier Award nomination later, this all-new comedy is back, starring David Mitchell who will resume his West End debut in Ben Elton’s stage adaptation of the critically acclaimed BBC TV sitcom, Upstart Crow. Rejoining Mitchell on stage will be Gemma Whelan as the sweet and fragrant Kate, along with a troupe of players to be announced.


  • Theatre: Rose Theatre
  • Opening: October 1, 2022
  • Playwright: Bertolt Brecht, adapted by Steve Waters
  • Director: Christopher Haydon
  • Cast: TBA

In a refugee camp, a fight breaks out over lost land. To seek resolution, a singer tells the fable of ‘The Chalk Circle’: in the midst of a bloody revolution, a servant girl risks all to raise the abandoned child of the Governor and his wife. Years later, when the Governor’s wife returns seeking her son, a rogue judge turns justice on its head. Can the test of the Chalk Circle determine which of the two women is the boy’s real mother?


  • Theatre: Barbican Theatre
  • Opening: October 8, 2022
  • Playwright: Tom Morton-Smith
  • Music: Joe Hisaishi
  • Director: Phelim McDermott
  • Cast: TBA

Exploring the magical fantasy world of childhood and the transformative power of imagination, My Neighbour Totoro follows one extraordinary summer in the lives of sisters Satsuki and Mei as they are swept up in exciting adventures with their new neighbours – transported to a long-forgotten realm of spirits, sprites, and natural wonder.


  • Theatre: Duke Of York's Theatre
  • First Preview: September 29, 2022
  • Opening: October 9, 2022
  • Playwright: Robert Icke, adapted from Arthur Schitzler
  • Director: Robert Icke
  • Cast: Juliet Stevenson

On an ordinary day, at a private hospital, a young woman fights for her life. A priest arrives to save her soul. Her doctor refuses him entry. In a divisive time, in a divided nation, a society takes sides.


  • Theatre: Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre
  • Opening: October 12, 2022
  • Playwright: Steven Knight
  • Director: Benoit Swan Pouffer
  • Cast: TBA

...You young men of the Tunnelling brigade, you are all dead. Not counted among the dead because your bodies were not buried with the dead. But dead inside... A new dance theatre event, delving into the story of Tommy Shelby and the Peaky Blinders, written by the creator of the global hit television series.


  • Theatre: Dominion Theatre
  • First Preview: November 14, 2022
  • Opening: November 24, 2022
  • Book: Bob Martin and Thomas Meehan
  • Music: Matthew Sklar
  • Lyrics: Chad Beguelin
  • Director: Philip Wm. McKinley
  • Cast: TBA

Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh realities that his father is on the naughty list and his half-brother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.

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