Best 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 back with a bang. Here we bring you all the latest on the plays, musicals and operas to book now.

Best Plays & Musicals To Book Now

The Body Remembers

Battersea Arts Centre

The Body Remembers, Battersea Arts Centre

Artist and actor Heather Agyepong explores how trauma lives in the body, particularly for Black British women, in a new solo performance. Inspired by the therapeutic practice of Authentic Movement – with Heather as The Mover and the audience as The Witness – the show features interviews with Black British women in trauma recovery, featuring dynamic projections and an immersive soundscape to help the audience discover the power of self-reflection. 20 October – 4 November 2021,

Dear Evan Hansen

Noel Coward Theatre

Dear Evan Hansen

Matthew Murphy

The acclaimed Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen returns to London’s Noel Coward Theatre this autumn. Sam Tutty returns to the role that won him the 2020 Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical, playing teenager Evan, whose social anxiety means me struggles to make friends. 26 October 2021 – 13 February 2022,

The Tragedy of Macbeth

Almeida Theatre

Saiorse Ronan


A retelling of Macbeth will give the Shakespearian tragedy a feminist edge – and who better to spearhead it than four-time Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan? The play will see the Irish actor stepping into the blood-stained shoes of Lady Macbeth, joined on stage by James McArdle, her co-star in the 2018 film Mary Queen of Scots. Directed by Yaël Farber, the show will present a ‘more equivalent relationship’ between the Macbeths than most adaptations, which tend to portray Lady Macbeth as the chief villain. 25 September – 20 November 2021,


The Apollo Theatre

Mark Rylance in Jerusalem

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,

The Mirror and the Light

Gielgud Theatre

Ben Miles as Thomas Cromwell

The final book of Dame Hilary Mantel’s trilogy about the rise and fall of Thomas Cromwell has been adapted for the stage. Opening for a limited season this autumn, The Mirror and the Light follows wildly successful productions of its predecessors, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, which scooped up Olivier and Tony awards and sold out their runs back in 2014. Ben Miles returns as Cromwell, joined by Nathan Parker who will resume his role as Henry VIIII. 23 September – 23 January 2022,


Wyndham’s Theatre

Leopoldstadt, Wyndham's Theatre

Tom Stoppard’s Olivier award-winning Leopoldstadt received its world premiere in January 2020, but then lockdown happened, meaning the play couldn’t finish its planned 20-week run. It’s back this August though, running for 12 weeks at Wyndham’s Theatre. Leopoldstadt tells the story of a Jewish family in Vienna across six decades – described by Stoppard as his most personal play. 7 August – 30 October 2021,

2: 22 – A Ghost Story

Noël Coward Theatre

2:22 - A Ghost Story

Helen Maybanks

She’s best known for her candid lyrics and catchy tunes, but this summer we’ll be seeing a different side to Lily Allen. The singer will make her stage debut as Jenny in 2:22 – A Ghost Story, a new supernatural thriller exploring that age-old question: do ghosts exist? Written by Danny Robbins – best known for his horror podcast The Battersea Poltergeist – the play tells the story of Jenny, who believes her new home is haunted after hearing a strange sound at 2:22am each night. One evening at a dinner party, Jenny, her husband (Hadley Fraser) and two friends decide to stay up until the time in question to see if they can solve the mystery. Prepare to be on the edge of your seat – Robins describes the show as ‘bloody scary’, and we’re told there’s a big surprise awaiting, which audiences are asked to keep quiet afterwards. Until 16 October,


Gillian Lynne Theatre


This year’s most talked about theatrical launch is Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella, 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,


Theatre Windsor Royal

Ian McKellen

Sean Gleason

The iconic Ian McKellen will be starring in two plays at Theatre Windsor Royal, which reopens this summer with a reimagined production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. This will be followed by Martin Sherman’s adaptation of Anton Chekov’s The Cherry Orchard, with Francesca Annis playing Ranevskaya, who returns to the family estate to find her cherry orchard is up for auction. 21 June – 4 September, and 10 September – 23 October 2021,

Main Image: Cinderella


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