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Theatre to Look Forward to in 2022

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Here's what to keep on your theatre radar for the new year

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From monologues with A-listers to adaptations of world-famous books, there’s plenty to be excited about in the 2022 theatrical calendar. Read on for the theatre shows to book this year.

Best Theatre Shows To Book For 2022

My Fair Lady

London Coliseum

My Fair Lady Lincoln Theatre

Image courtesy of Joan Marcus.

Those with a penchant for nostalgia, Audrey Hepburn, or early 20th Century fashion, listen in. After 21 years, My Fair Lady will hit the West End stage once more in summer 2022 for a limited 16-week run. Director Bartlett Sher will tell the famous and cherished story of Eliza Doolittle, the young cockney flower seller, and Henry Higgins, a linguistics professor who is determined to turn her into a ‘proper lady’. The question is: who is really transformed? 7 May – 27 August 2022, eno.org

Prima Facie

The Harold Pinter Theatre

Jodie Comer

Killing Eve star Jodie Comer is making her stage debut in Suzie Miller’s award-winning play, Prima Facie. This one-person show is centred on Comer’s character, Tessa, a sharp young barrister who falls victim to the patriarchal justice system she has spent years profiting from. Directed by Justin Martin, Prima Facie – a term used in law meaning ‘on first impression’ – is running for nine-week limited season. 15 April – 18 June 2022, primafacieplay.com

Jerusalem

The Apollo Theatre

Mark Rylance in Jerusalem

A decade after it first hit the stage, 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, jerusalemtheplay.co.uk

The Human Voice

Harold Pinter Theatre

The brilliant Ruth Wilson is reunited with Belgian director Ivo van Hove – who she worked with on Hedda Gabler –for the UK premiere of his adaptation of Jean Cocteau’s The Human Voice. Presented as a monologue, the one-woman play delves into a woman’s mental state as she discovers her lover is marrying another woman. 22 March – 9 April 2022, haroldpintertheatre.co.uk

The Glow

Royal Court Theatre

The Glow

Johan Persson

Playwright Alistair McDowall kicks off the new year on a spooky note with The Glow, a thriller set in the Victorian era. The play follows a young nameless woman who wakes up in an asylum with no memory of who she is or how she got there. She’s recruited as an assistant by a spiritualist medium – but it’s not long before unexpected powers become apparent. This marks a return to the Royal Court for McDowall, whose previous works there include X and Talk Show. 21 January – 5 March 2022, royalcourttheatre.com

The Glass Menagerie

The Duke of York’s Theatre

Amy Adams, The Glass Menagerie

Six-time Oscar nominee Amy Adams will also make her first appearance in the West End this year, starring in a new production of The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams. The Hollywood actress has said she’s ‘honoured and excited’ to be playing the character of Amanda Wingfield in the play, which is being directed by Jeremy Herrin – the name behind the stage adaptations of the Wolf Hall trilogy. From 31 May 2022, thedukeofyorks.com

LUZIA

The Royal Albert Hall

Cirque du Soleil

Following a two-year intermission, Cirque du Soleil returns to London’s Royal Albert Hall this January for a production of LUZIA. One of the most technically demanding shows ever to be staged there, the show invites audiences to an imaginary Mexico – think visual surprises and mesmerising acrobatics set in cenotes, dance halls and deserts. From 12 January 2022, royalalberthall.com

The Da Vinci Code

Churchill Theatre

Danny John Jules, The Da Vinci Code

The first-ever stage adaptation of Dan Brown’s international phenomenon, The Da Vinci Code, will tour the UK this year. Olivier-award winning Nigel Harman stars as Robert Langdon alongside Danny John-Jules and Hannah Rose Caton, with the premiere taking place at Bromley’s Churchill Theatre in January. From 10 January 2022, davincicodeonstage.com

To Kill a Mockingbird

Gielgud Theatre

The stakes were high for the Broadway adaptation of one of the most treasured novels in American history, Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird. Happily, it was a roaring success – and no doubt it will have the same effect this side of the pond. Rafe Spall stars as Atticus Finch in the West End premiere at the Gielgud Theatre, written by multi-award-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing). 10 March – 13 August 2022, delfontmackintosh.co.uk

Main Image: Copyright to Joan Marcus

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