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

Cirque du Soleil

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

Life of Pi

Wyndham’s Theatre

Life of Pi

Johan Persson

The much-anticipated premiere of Lolita Chakrabarti’s stage adaptation of Life of Pi has arrived in the West End. Starring Hiran Abeysekera, Mina Anwar and Nicholas Khan, the play is based on Yann Martel’s award-winning novel, which follows a group of survivors from a cargo ship disaster: a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan, a sixteen-year-old boy and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger. lifeofpionstage.com

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, dearevanhansen.com

The Tragedy of Macbeth

Almeida Theatre

Saiorse Ronan

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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, almeida.co.uk

Jerusalem

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, jerusalemtheplay.co.uk

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, delfontmackintosh.co.uk

Cinderella

Gillian Lynne Theatre

Cinderella

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, andrewlloydwebberscinderella.com

Main Image: Cirque du Soleil

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