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Best West End Shows To Book For September 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 September 2021

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Wicked

Wicked

Apollo Victoria Theatre

Now in its 15th year, Wicked is one of the longest running West End musicals of all time. No surprise to anyone who’s seen it: from the heart-warming story to its epic costumes and endlessly catchy songs, Wicked is a true masterpiece. Based on Gregory Maguire’s 1995 novel, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, the play re-imagines the Land of Oz, proposing an alternative universe to that of L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. At its core, Wicked is the story of a deep friendship between two young women: the ostracised green Elphaba – later known as the Wicked Witch of the West – and beloved blonde Glinda, the Good Witch of the North. From 15 September 2021

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Blithe Spirit play, London

Blithe Spirit

Harold Pinter Theatre

First performed in 1941, Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit was written to offer some much-needed comedic relief during the Second World War. Perhaps it will have a similar effect post-lockdown at its upcoming run at the Harold Pinter Theatre, where Jennifer Saunders will return as eccentric clairvoyant Madame Arcati. We saw a snippet of Saunders in action at Theatre Royal Bath in 2019, where the play managed a short run before the pandemic hit. The West End run stars original cast members Geoffrey Streatfeild and Lisa Dillon as Charles and Ruth Condomine, a couple literally haunted by a past relationship when a medium (Saunders) conjures up the ghost of Charles’ first wife at a séance. Once again, sure to be absolutely fabulous. 16 September – 6 November 2021

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Matilda The Musical

Matilda

Cambridge Theatre London

The musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s 1988 classic, Matilda, has garnered rave reviews since its first run in Stratford-upon-Avon. It transferred to the West End in 2011, scooping up a whole host of awards over the years and going on to tour the world. Written by Dennis Kelly, with a sparkling score from Tim Minchin and Imogen Cole starring as young bookworm Matilda, it’s a heart-warming show for all the family. 16 September 2021 – 29 May 2022

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Mark Rylance in Jerusalem

Jerusalem

The Apollo Theatre

Ian Rickson’s production of Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem is returning to London’s West End for a 16-week season. The award-winning play tells the story of Johnny ‘Rooster’ Byron, played again by Mark Rylance, with Mackenzie Crook reprising her celebrated role as Ginger. 16 April – 6 August 2022

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&Juliet

& Juliet

The Shaftesbury Theatre

We all know the story of Romeo and Juliet – but what if we could rewrite the final scene? & Juliet imagines a different ending to the Shakespearian tragedy, one where Juliet wakes up, packs her bags and heads off to Paris with her friends. Miriam-Teak Lee returns to the starring role – for which she won an Olivier award – to the soundtrack of pop hits by Swedish producer and writer Max Martin, who created songs for the likes of Britney, Ariana Grande and The Backstreet Boys. From 24 September 2021

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Cinderella

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

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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.

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Hairspray

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

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