Schedule of Upcoming London Shows

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PRIDE AND PREJUDICE* (*SORT OF)

  • Theatre: Criterion Theatre
  • First Preview: October 15, 2021
  • Opening: November 4, 2021
  • Playwright: Isobel McArthur
  • Director: Isobel McArthur and Simon Harvey
  • Cast: Isobel McArthur, Tori Burgess, Christina Gordon, Hannah Jarrett-Scott, Meghan Tyler

Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of) is a unique and audacious retelling of Jane Austen’s most iconic love story. Men, money and microphones will be fought over in this irreverent but affectionate all-female adaptation, where the stakes couldn’t be higher when it comes to romance.

THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE

  • Theatre: Duke Of York's Theatre
  • First Preview: October 26, 2021
  • Opening: November 4, 2021
  • Playwright: Joel Horwood
  • Director: Katy Rudd
  • Cast: Ruby Ablett, James Bamford, Emma Bown, Charlie Cameron, Jeff D'Sangalang, Kieran Garland, Siubhan Harrison, MirandaHeath, Grace Hogg-Robinson, Penny Layden, Tom Mackley, Charleen Qwaye, Laura Rogers, Nicolas Tennant, Nia Towle, Peter Twose

Returning to his childhood home, Alex finds himself standing beside the duck pond of the old Sussex farmhouse where he used to play. He’s transported to his 11th birthday, spring half term. When his dad was struggling to make ends meet and his friend Lettie claimed it wasn’t a pond, but an ocean… Plunged into a magical world, Alex and Lettie’s survival depends on their ability to reckon with dark, ancient forces that threaten to destroy everything around them.

LITTLE WOMEN

  • Theatre: Park Theatre
  • First Preview: November 11, 2021
  • Opening: November 13, 2021
  • Book: Allan Knee
  • Music: Jason Howland
  • Lyrics: Mindi Dickstein
  • Director: Bronagh Lagan
  • Cast: Lydia White, Hana Ichijo, Anastasia Martin, Mary Moore, Bernadine Pritchett, Sev Keoshgerian, Ryan Bennett, Brian Protheroe, Lejuan Sheppard, Savannah Stevenson, Liv Andrusier

Based on the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott, Little Women follows the intrepid March family of Massachusetts, who deal with the challenges of life in the Civil War era with courage and grace.

VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE

  • Theatre: Charing Cross Theatre
  • First Preview: November 5, 2021
  • Opening: November 15, 2021
  • Playwright: Christopher Durang
  • Director: Walter Bobbie
  • Cast: Janie Dee, Rebecca Lacey, Charlie Maher, Lukwesa Mwamba, Sara Powell

Vanya and his stepsister Sonia have lived their entire lives in their family’s farmhouse. While they stayed home to take care of their ailing parents, their sister Masha has been gallivanting around the world as a successful actress and movie star, leaving Vanya and Sonia to feel trapped and regretful. Their soothsayer/cleaning woman Cassandra keeps warning them about terrible things in the future, which include a sudden visit from Masha and her twenty-something boy toy Spike.

THE COMEDY OF ERRORS

  • Theatre: Barbican Theatre
  • Opening: November 16, 2021
  • Playwright: William Shakespeare
  • Director: Phillip Breen
  • Cast: Toyin Ayedun-Alase, Jonathan Broadbent, Antony Bunsee, Alfred Clay, William Grint, Greg Haiste, Avita Jay, Zoe Lambert, Guy Lewis, Dyfrig Morris, Baker Mukasa, Patrick Osborne, Rowan Polonski, Nicholas Prasad, Riad Richie, Sarah Seggari

Mistaken identity leads to delightful mayhem in the Bard’s classic play about two sets of twins separated by stormy seas.

THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME

Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

  • Theatre: Old Vic Theatre
  • First Preview: November 13, 2021
  • Opening: November 25, 2021
  • Playwright: Jack Thorne
  • Director: Matthew Warchus
  • Cast: Stephen Mangan, Bridgette Amofah, Geraint Downing, Nicola Espallardo, Karen Fishwick, Amanda Hadingue, Nick Hart, Oli Higginson, Rachel John, Andrew Langtree, Jack Shalloo, Rose Shalloo, James Staddon, Samuel Townsend, Casey-Indigo Blackwood-Lashley, Rayhaan Kufuor-Gray, Eleanor Stollery, Suri White

Transporting audiences to a bitterly chilly Christmas Eve night, a hard-hearted miser is visited by four ghosts, who take him on a journey to worlds past, present and future. But will Scrooge save himself from the results of a lifetime of fear and selfishness, now he can see the ramifications of his lonely existence?

THE WIZ

  • Theatre: Hope Mill Theatre
  • First Preview: November 24, 2021
  • Opening: November 27, 2021
  • Book: William F. Brown
  • Music: Charlie Smalls, Luther Vandross
  • Lyrics: Charlies Smalls
  • Director: Matthew Xia
  • Cast: TBA

Tony Award-winning '70s African-American retelling of The Wizard of Oz, featuring a cast of adults and children. Ease on down!

THE DRIFTERS GIRL

  • Theatre: Garrick Theatre
  • First Preview: November 4, 2021
  • Opening: November 25, 2021
  • Book: Ed Curtis
  • Music: The Drifters
  • Director: Jonathan Church
  • Cast: Beverley Knight, Adam J Bernard, Tarinn Callender, Matt Henry, Tosh Wanogho-Maud

The story of Faye Treadwell, the legendary manager of The Drifters, who, alongside her husband, fought for three decades to turn Atlantic Records' hottest vocal group into a global phenomenon.

MOULIN ROUGE!

  • Theatre: Piccadilly Theatre
  • First Preview: November 12, 2021
  • Opening: December 8, 2021
  • Book: John Logan
  • Lyrics: Various
  • Music: Various
  • Director: Alex Timbers
  • Cast: TBA

Set in Montmartre Quarter of Paris, France at the turn of the century, a world of indulgent beauty and unparalleled extravagance, of bohemians and aristocrats, of boulevardiers and mademoiselles, Moulin Rouge! The Musical tells the fictional story of an ambitious, lovesick writer, Christian, and a dazzling, entrancing chanteuse, Satine. Their lives collide at the Moulin Rouge with its many characters including the host of the Moulin Rouge, Harold Zidler, the brilliant and starving artist Toulouse-Lautrec, the greatest tango dancer - and gigolo - in all of Paris, Santiago, the tempting Nini, and The Duke of Monroth, the wealthy and entitled patron of the club who thinks he can buy anything he wants, including love.

BRING IT ON

  • Theatre: Queen Elizabeth Hall
  • Opening: December 8, 2021
  • Book: Jeff Whitty
  • Lyrics: Amanda Green and Lin-Manuel Miranda
  • Music: Lin-Manuel Miranda and Tom Kitt
  • Director: Guy Unsworth
  • Cast: Vanessa Fisher, Amber Davies, Louis Smith, Alicia Belgarde, Georgia Bradshaw, Ayden Morgan, Samuel Wilson-Freeman, Chloe Pole, Frances Dee, Marvyn Charles

Two squads, one mission: claim the title at the National Cheerleading Championships. The challenge: competition between the two teams is nothing compared to the competition inside them...and these girls can bring it.

BROKEN WINGS

  • Theatre: Charing Cross Theatre
  • First Preview: January 21, 2022
  • Opening: January 26, 2022
  • Book: Kahlil Gibran
  • Music: Nadim Naaman and Dana Al Fardan
  • Director: Bronagh Lagan
  • Cast: TBA

New York City, 1923. Through exquisite poetry and enchanting music, an ageing Gibran narrates our tale, transporting us back two decades and across continents, to turn-of-the-century Beirut. Gibran meets Selma; their connection is instant and their love affair, fated. However, their journey to happiness is soon thrown off course, as the pair face obstacles that shake the delicate foundation of their partnership. Will their love win out or will their dream of a life together be torn apart?

A NUMBER

  • Theatre: Old Vic Theatre
  • First Preview: January 24, 2022
  • Opening: February 2, 2022
  • Playwright: Caryl Churchill
  • Director: Lyndsey Turner
  • Cast: Paapa Essiedu, Lenni James

A son confronts his father when he finds out that he is one of a number of genetically identical clones.

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

  • Theatre: Gielgud Theatre
  • First Preview: March 10, 2022
  • Opening: March 31, 2022
  • Playwright: Aaron Sorkin
  • Director: Bartlett Sher
  • Cast: TBA

Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his children against prejudice.

JERUSALEM

  • Theatre: Apollo Theatre
  • Opening: April 16, 2022
  • Playwright: Jez Butterworth
  • Director: Ian Rickson
  • Cast: Mark Rylance, Mackenzie Crook

In the woods of southwest England, Johnny "Rooster" Byron, former daredevil motorcyclist and modern-day Pied Piper, is a wanted man. The council officials want to serve him an eviction notice, his son wants to be taken to the country fair, a stepfather wants to give him a serious kicking and a motley crew of friends wants his ample supply of drugs and alcohol.

PRIMA FACIE

  • Theatre: Harold Pinter Theatre
  • First Preview: April 15, 2022
  • Opening: April 27, 2022
  • Playwright: Suzie Miller
  • Director: Justin Martin
  • Cast: Jodie Comer

Tessa is a thoroughbred. A young, brilliant barrister. She has worked her way up from working class origins to be at the top of her game; prosecuting; cross examining and winning. An unexpected event forces her to confront the lines where the patriarchal power of the law, burden of proof and morals diverge.

INTO THE WOODS

  • Theatre: Old Vic Theatre
  • First Preview: April 16, 2022
  • Opening: May 5, 2022
  • Book: James Lapine
  • Music: Stephen Sondheim
  • Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim
  • Director: Terry Gilliam 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.

PASSION

  • Theatre: Hope Mill Theatre
  • First Preview: May 5, 2022
  • Opening: May 10, 2022
  • Book: James Lapine
  • Music: Stephen Sondheim
  • Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim
  • Director: Michael Strassen
  • Cast: Ruthie Henshall

Olivier Award winner and Musical Theatre icon Ruthie Henshall will lead a reimagining of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s multi-award-winning Passion at the Hope Mill Theatre. Directed by Michael Strassen this revival will reenergise the tale of love, sex and obsession in a new dynamic staging.

THE GLASS MENAGERIE

  • 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.

SISTER ACT

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.

IDENTICAL

  • 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.

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