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A Guide To Theatres Reopening: Plays & Musicals To Book Now

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Longing for some real-life culture after months of looking at screens? Fear not: live theatre is slowly returning to the capital thanks to new guidelines allowing socially distanced performances. Here we bring you all the latest on the plays, musicals and operas to book now.

Burlesque at The Bridge

Burlesque at The Bridge

Wave goodbye to 2020 blues with a night of glamour, feathers and joyful satire at The Bridge Theatre’s two-night burlesque special. It’s the latest production from the trailblazing House of Burlesque, led by Tempest Rose. 11-12 December. bridgetheatre.co.uk

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Apollo Theatre

Everybody's Talking About Jamie

Matt Crockett

It’s easy to feel gloomy at the moment, but a trip to see Everybody’s Talking About Jamie will help boost spirits. The award-winning feel-good musical returns to the West End this month, starring Noah Thomas as Jamie New. From 12 December, nimaxtheatres.com

This Is Going To Hurt, Apollo Theatre

Adam Kay

Following his hilarious yet heartbreaking book This Is Going To Hurt, comedian Adam Kay is back – this time on the stage. He’ll be sharing entries from his diaries as a junior doctor, likely to be particularly poignant in the context of Covid-19. 15-16 December 2020, nimaxtheatres.com

An Evening with English National Ballet, Sadler’s Wells

Sadlers Wells Ballet

Dana Fouras

London’s home of dance is back with lots of exciting new content, from a hip hop performance from Breakin’ Convention, aptly titled Social DisDancing (11 & 12 December), to The Little Match Girl, a music and dance production based on Hans Christian Andersen’s Arthur Pita – the perfect performance to enjoy with the family this Christmas (17-27 December). sadlerswells.com

The Dumb Waiter, Harold Pinter

The Dumb Waiter

Harold Pinter’s iconic play The Dumb Waiter is being shown at Hampstead Theatre for a over a month this season after being postponed from spring. Alice Hamilton directs the production, which celebrates the play’s 60th anniversary: The Dumb Waiter first premiered as part of Hampstead Theatre’s inaugural season in 1960. 3 December 2020 – 16 January 2021, hampsteadtheatre.com

The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Duke of York’s Theatre

The Ocean at The End of the Lane

The Ocean at the End of the Lane transferred to the West End in October 2021, following a sold out run at The National Theatre. Based on the best-selling novel by Neil Gaiman, the play follows an unnamed man who returns to his hometown for a funeral and befriends a coven of witches. The West End version has been adapted by Joel Horwood and directed by Katy Rudd. Until 12 Februray 2022, atgtickets.com

Death of England: Delroy, The National Theatre

National Theatre Delroy

Performances resumed at the Olivier Theatre in late October, kicking off with new one-person play Death of England: Delroy. Co-written during lockdown by Clint Dyer and Roy Williams, this follows on from their previous play Death of England. Instead of focusing on the protagonist of the first piece, Michael, the new sequel follows his best friend Delroy, a black working-class man who gets arrested on his way to the hospital – a particularly poignant story in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement. Returns in spring 2021, nationaltheatre.org.uk

Doctor Who: Time Fracture

Doctor Who Time Fracture

A brand-new immersive theatrical experience is landing in the capital next February, plunging fans into the universe of Doctor Who. Created by the team behind The Great Gatsby – the UK’s longest running immersive show – Doctor Who: Time Fracture will take place at a former military drill hall dating back to 1890. The subject matter, though, sits in the future: audiences will meet Daleks, Cybermen, Time Lords and many more otherworldly characters as they travel across space and time. Opening spring 2021, immersivedoctorwho.com

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