Best Plays & Musicals To Book Now

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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

Anne of Green Gables

Peacock Theatre

Anne of Green Gables, The Peacock Theatre

For the first time, Anne of Green Gables will be turned into a ballet by the UK’s leading children’s ballet company, London Children’s Ballet. Opening at The Peacock Theatre this May, the show follows LM Montgomery’s classic tale of Anne Shirley, who is adopted by mistake when and elderly brother and sister ask an orphanage to send them a boy to help on the farm. 26 – 29 May 2022, sadlerswells.com

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-play is centred on Comer’s character, Tessa, a sharp young barrister who is obsessed with winning. Directed by Justin Martin, Prima Facie is running for nine-week limited season, with a ‘Pay What You Can’ lottery each week. From Friday 15 April 2022, primafacieplay.com

Secret Cinema Presents: Bridgerton

Wembley

Secret Cinema

Photo by Luke Dyson

You shall go to the ball! Bridgerton fans can whet their appetite for season 2 of the headline-grabbing show (out 25 March – if it’s not already circled in red in your diary, that is) with a trip to Secret Cinema’s incredible immersive show. Having previously tackled the likes of James Bond and Stranger Things to rave reviews, the talented team at Secret Cinema have turned their attention to Bridgerton, creating an opulent, Regency-inspired ball where members of the Ton can dance, eat and sing, all under the watchful eye of the Queen. Expect immersive entertainment, exciting showpieces and the chance to put your best food forward. Who knows, you might even meet a Duke… Until 27 March 2022, secretbridgertonball.com

Steve

Seven Dials PlayHouse Theatre

Steve, Seven Dials PlayHouse Theatre

Mark Gerrard’s Steve first debuted in New York, set in theatre-land institution, the Joe Allen restaurant. This month, the play made its European debut at the new Seven Dials PlayHouse Theatre, which has been transformed to mimic the recently reopened Joe Allen restaurant in London. The production follows Steven, a middle-aged, gay New Yorker, as he grapples to find his place in a younger society which no longer puts him in the spotlight. 8 February – 19 March 2022, sevendialsplayhouse.co.uk

Wuthering Heights

National Theatre

Wuthering Heights at the National Theatre

Steve Tanner

Like many of us, director Emma Rice read Emily Brontë’s brooding novel, Wuthering Heights, during adolescence. A turbulent tale of love and revenge, it had a lasting effect – and, years on, she has adapted her own version for the stage. Created with Rice’s production company Wise Children, the show premiered at Bristol’s Old Vic before heading to York Theatre Royal – and this February, it arrives at the National Theatre for a six-week run. Ash Hunter (Lights Shining in Buckinghamshire) and Lucy McCormick (Post Popular) take on the lead roles, alongside some of the Wise Children regulars: Katy Owen as both Isabella Linton and Linton Heathcliff, and Sam Archer as Lockwood and Edgar Linton. 3 February – 19 March 2022, nationaltheatre.org.uk

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

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

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