Best West End Shows To Book For July 2021

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After months of lockdowns, our appetite for live performance is greater than ever. Lucky, then, that London’s theatre scene is bouncing back with an exciting mix of revived classics and long-anticipated newbies. Looking for the best plays and musicals to book? Each month we’ll update this guide with the best London theatre showing now.

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London Theatre: West End Shows To Book For July 2021

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  • Cinderella


    Gillian Lynne Theatre

    This year’s most talked about theatrical launch is Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella, set to be his first musical in six years. There have been countless stage adaptions of this classic fairy tale – but none by such an exciting writer as Emerald Fennell, the name behind recent Oscar-winning film Promising Young Woman. This version shakes up tradition too, with Webber describing his Cinderella – played by Les Miserables alumni Carrie Hope Fletcher – as ‘fiesty and fiery’. 25 June 2021 – 13 February 2022


  • Pretty Woman

    Pretty Woman: The Musical

    The Savoy Theatre

    The musical version of iconic 90s film Pretty Woman was poised to put on a sell-out season at the start of 2020, but then Covid happened. It’s back this July though, this time at the Savoy Theatre, with Aimie Atkinson and Danny Mac taking on Vivian and Edward, originally played by Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. Expect outstanding choreography from Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell alongside an uplifting original score from Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance. Until 12 December 2021. Photo by Helen Maybanks.


  • Hairspray


    London Coliseum

    Michael Ball reprises his role as Edna Turnblad in Hairspray, which returns to the London Coliseum with bigger hair and brighter costumes. The ultimate feel-good musical, Hairspray tells the story of 16-year-old Tracey Turnblad, who lives in Baltimore and dreams to dance on The Corny Collins Show. Though undoubtedly light-hearted and comedic, the show explores some important themes, looking at how the 60s was an era for change in America. You’ll struggle not to bop along to Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman’s joyous score, which reaches its peak in the show-stopping finale, ‘You Can’t Stop The Beat’. 30 June – 29 September 2021


  • Anything Goes

    Anything Goes

    Barbican Theatre

    Cole Porter’s golden age classic has been bringing joy and escapism to audiences since it premiered on Broadway back in 1934. The production first transferred to the West End just a year after its debut, and it has been revived a number of times since then – the most recent being a limited season at Barbican Theatre this summer. Set aboard the ocean liner S.S. American, Anything Goes is a light-hearted tale of two unlikely pairs setting off on the hunt for true love, with Broadway legend Sutton Foster reprising her Tony Award-winning performance as Reno Sweeney. 23 July – 17 August 2021


  • Constellations


    Vaudeville Theatre

    Nick Payne’s seminal play about the infinite possibilities facing a relationship was an instant hit when first shown at the Royal Court theatre in 2012. By 2015 it had reached Broadway, starring the exciting duo of Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson – who won a Tony nomination for her performance. It’s now being revived at the Vaudeville Theatre, this time seeing four different casts play out alternate realities in a Sliding Doors-esque extravaganza. This run also features a handful of big names, with couple pairings including Chris O’Dowd and Line of Duty’s Anna Maxwell Martin; and Russell Tovey and Omari Douglas. 18 June – 12 September 2021