Theatre Openings: 2022

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Upcoming openings in London, the regions, and on Broadway from January 2022 onwards.

LAST UPDATED: January 18 2021

  • Postponed opening:

LONDON: Hex (National’s Olivier Theatre) December 4-January 22, originally scheduled for December 15 then moved to December 21; on Jan 6, Rufus Norris (who is directing it and has also written the lyrics for the shw, which has a book by Tanya Ronder and music by Jim Fortune), wrote to critics to say: “Like many productions (including several other NT ones), this one has been blighted by Covid, with the first week of previews seeing a different combination of understudies and stand-ins at almost every performance, and three weeks of performances lost since then due to illness. We had hoped to emerge into a clearer situation in January, but while we have started performances again, fresh cases are still emerging and the creative team have had to disperse to other projects. We have also had to cancel the planned NT Live.” The NT now plan to revive it for a full run in November, when it will be made available for review. “The relationship between the work we make and the press is obviously a symbiotic and essential one, and we look forward very much to welcoming you to Hex when we return.” The show is based on the 17th-century Sleeping Beauty folk tale, but picks up the story beyond the kiss that woke her. Norris previously directed a version of the story at the Young Vic in 2002; this production reunites him with the designer of that production Katrina Lindsay The cast is led by Rosalie Craig, Tamsin Carroll, Kat Ronney and Michael Elcock. Press contact: Sophie Wilkinson at National Theatre. https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/hex

  • Wednesday January 5:

LONDON: Force Majeure (Donmar Warehouse) December 10-February 5, press night January 5 (originally due to be December 16). Ruben Östlund’s award-winning film comedy about a family falling apart is adapted by Tim Price (whose play Salt Root and Roe received its premiere at the Donmar in 2011 and directed by the Donmar’s artistic director Michael Longhurst. The cast includes double Olivier winner Rory Kinnear (for Othello and The Man of Mode, both seen at the National). Press contact: Freya Cowdry at Kate Morley PR. https://www.donmarwarehouse.com/

  • Thursday January 6:

LONDON: Poirot and More: A Retrospective (Harold Pinter Theatre) January 4-24, press night January 6. Solo show from the veteran stage and screen actor. Press contact: Hannah Stockton at Jo Allan PR. https://davidsuchetonstage.com/

  • Monday January 17:

LONDON: Bonnie and Clyde in Concert (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane)January 17-18) Jeremy Jordan, who played Clyde in Frank Wildhorn’s short-lived 2011 Broadway musical (it opened and closed after just 36 performances in the same December month, following 33 previews beforehand), returns to the role for a two-night concert performance. HIs original co-star Laura Osnes has now been replaced by Frances Mayli McCann as Bonnie. They are joined Olivier Award winner George Maguire as Buck, Natalie McQueen as Blanche, Trevor Dion Nicholas as Preacher and Liam Tamne as Ted. Press contact: Emily Webb/ Simon Raw at Raw PR. https://www.bonnieandclydeconcert.com

  • Thursday January 20:

LONDON: Moulin Rouge! The Musical (Piccadilly Theatre) Press performances are now scheduled for January 18-20, with reviews embargoed to 11pm on January 20. With its previously announced press performances ahead of an original December 8 cancelled when COVID cases affected the company, and rescheduled dates for a new opening of January 9 also subsequently cancelled, these are the latest dates for the West End opening of t e hit 2019 Broadway version of the iconic 2001 Baz Luhrmann film. With a book by playwright John Logan, direction by Alex Timbers and choreography by Sonya Tayeh, it is produced by Carmen Pavlovic and Gerry Ryan OAM for Global Creatures and Bill Damaschke. The principal cast is led by Liisi LaFontaine as Satine, and Jamie Bogyo as Christian, with Clive Carter as Harold Zidler, Simon Bailey as the Duke, Jason Pennycooke as Lafayette/Jefferson and Elia Lo Tauro as Toulouse-Loutrec and Santiago. The club’s entertainers will be played by Sophie Carmen Jones as Nini and Zoe Birkett as Arabia, with Jonathan Bishop as Baby Doll and Timmika Ramsay as La Chocolat. Press contact: David Bloom at Storyhouse PR. https://www.moulinrougemusical.co.uk/

ALSO: LONDON: Ava: The Secret Conversations (Riverside Studios) January 14 to April 16, press night January 20. Elizabeth McGovern stars as Ava Gardner in a new play based on the book by Peter Evans and Gardner, based on the former’s conversations with the film star that formed the basis of a biography that was finally published in 2013, the year after his death. Press contact: Chloe Nelkin at Chloe Nelkin PR. https://riversidestudios.co.uk/see-and-do/ava-the-secret-conversations-11542/

  • Friday January 21:

REGIONAL TOURING: Fatal Attraction (Theatre Royal, Brighton) January 14-22, press night January 21, then touring) Stage version of the 1987 film thriller, first seen at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket in 2014, goes on the touring road, with a cast that includes Kym Walsh, Oliver Farnswroth and Susie Amy. It will be directed by Loveday Ingram, who comments, “It’s a gripping, fast-paced psychological thriller that deals with complicated issues of consent, trust and responsibility. The play asks some difficult questions. Audiences today will no doubt respond differently to the ‘bunny boiler’ character Alex, made famous by Glen Close, and the debate it ignites today will be very different from 1988 as our awareness of mental health has progressed significantly. We have an exceptional cast, led by Kym Marsh, together with a first-class creative team, and set against the glamour and romance of Manhattan, the show promises to provide an evening of passion and debate.” Press contact: Rebecca Byers at Storyhouse PR. https://www.fatalattractionplay.com/

  • Wednesday January 26:

BROADWAY: Skeleton Crew (Samuel J Friedman Theatre), January 11-July 31, opening January 26. Manhattan Theatre Club present the Broadway premiere of Dominque Morisseau’s play set in a small car factory in 2006 Detroit on the brink of foreclosure, directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson. The cast features Chanté Adams, Brandon J. Dirden, Adesola Osakalumi and Phylicia Rashad. Press contact: Amy Kass at Boneau/Bryan-Brown, https://www.manhattantheatreclub.com/shows/2021-22-season/skeleton-crew/

  • Wednesday January 26:

REGIONAL: Dr Semmelweis (Bristol Old Vic) January 20-February 12, press night January 26), Mark Rylance stars in the title role of the world premiere of a play, based on an idea by himself and co-written by him with Stephen Brown, receives its world premiere, in a production directed by Bristol Old Vic artistic director Tom Morris. Also in the east are Jackie Clune, Sandy Grierson, Felix Hayes, Enyi Okoronkwo, Clemmie Sveaas, Thalissa Teixeira, Alan Williamsand Daniel York Lot. Press contact: Freya Cowdry at Kate Morley PR. https://bristololdvic.org.uk/whats-on/dr-semmelweis

  • Thursday January 27:

LONDON: The Glow (Royal Court), January 24-March 5, press night January 27. The Royal Court’s artistic director Vicky Featherstone directs a new play aby Alistair McDowell, whose previous Royal Court plays include all of it, X and Talk Show. PR: Rosie Evans-Hill at Royal Court. https://royalcourttheatre.com/whats-on/theglow/

REGIONAL: Doubt: A Parable (Chichester Festival Theatre) January 22-February 5, press night January 27). Lia Williams directs Monica Dolan, Sam Spruell and Jessica Rhodes in a new production of John Patrick Stanley’s 2005 Pulizer prize winning play, set in a Catholic school in 1964 New York. Press contact: Lucinda Morrison at Chichester. https://www.cft.org.uk/whats-on/event/doubt

  • Tuesday February 1:

LONDON: A Number (Old Vic) January 24-March 19, 2022, press night February 1). Lennie James and Paapa Essiedu play father and son(s) in Caryl Churchill’s play, directed by Lyndsey Turner. Press contacts: Hannah Stockton, Kitty Greenleaf, Jo Allan at Jo Allan PR. https://www.oldvictheatre.com/whats-on/2022/watch-at-the-theatre/a-number

BROADWAY: MJ – The new Michael Jackson Musical (Neil Simon Theatre) Previews began December 6, prior to an official opening February 1, this musical inspired by the life of the late pop icon will now star newcomer Myles Frost in the title role, replacing the originally announced Ephraim Sykes who has departed to shoot a film. It has a book by Lynn Nottage, and is directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon (whose last Broadway show An American in Paris transferred to the West End). Press contact: DKC/O&M. https://mjthemusical.com/

  • Wednesday February 2:


LONDON: Saturday Night Fever (Peacock Theatre) February 1-March 26, press night February 2) West End premiere of new production of the stage version of the 70s disco film hit, featuring a score of Bee Gees hits. Directed and produced by Bill Kenwright, it features new choreography by Bill Deamer; it was launched in 2020 with a week-long run at Bromley’s Churchill Theatre before a planned transfer to Germany, but which never happened owing to the pandemic. Press contact: Emma Holland/Georgie Robinson at EHPR. https://www.sadlerswells.com/whats-on/saturday-night-fever/

LONDON: Dirty Dancing (Dominion Theatre) February 2-April 16. Stage version of the 1987 film returns to the West End, where it originally ran at the Aldwych Theatre from 2006-2011, before a second season at the Piccadilly in 2013/14. The cast is led by Michael O’Reilly and Kira Malou as Johnny and Baby respectively. Press contact: Caitlin Plimmer at Chloe Nelkin Consulting. https://www.nederlander.co.uk/whats-on/dirty-dancing

  • Thursday February 3:

LONDON: Cyrano de Bergerac (Harold Pinter Theatre) February 3-March 12, 2022) James McAvoy reprises the title role in Jamie Lloyd’s production of Edmond Rostand’s play that was originally seen at the Playhouse Theatre in 2019. It will subsequently visit Glasgow’s Theatre Royal from March 18-26, before transferring to New York’s Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), from April 5-May 22. Press contact: Freya Cowdry at Kate Morley PR. https://www.atgtickets.com/shows/cyrano-de-bergerac/harold-pinter-theatre/

LONDON: Hamlet (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe) In rep, January 21-April 9, press night February 3. Globe associate artistic director Sean Holmes directs the Globe Ensemble, led by George Fouracres in the title role. Press contacts: Jessica Strawson at the Globe. https://www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on/hamlet-2021/

LONDON: Wuthering Heights (National’s Lyttelton Theatre) February 3-March 19. London season for Emma Rice’s adaptation of Emily Brontë’s novel, with a cast led Lucy McCormick as Cathy and Ash Hunter as Heathcliff , co-produced with Rice’s company Wise Children, Bristol Old Vic (where the production first opened last October) and York Theatre Royal. Press contact: Louisa Terry at National Theatre. https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/wuthering-heights

  • Sunday February 6:

LONDON: Camelot in Concert (London Palladium) February 6. Bradey Jaden, Ramin Karimloo and Lucy St Louis star in a concert performance of Lerner and Loewe’s 1960 Broadway musical. https://lwtheatres.co.uk/whats-on/lerner-loewes-camelot-in-concert/

  • Wednesday February 9:

LONDON: Whodunnit [Unrehearsed] 2 (Park Theatre) February 9-March 12; there is no press night. First produced at the Park in 2019 as a charity fundraiser for the venue, almost separate 40 celebrity guests have been lined up to appear as the Inspector who is trying to crack the case of a stolen diamond; they will will join the company, completely unrehearsed and with their lines fed tom them via earpiece. Amongst the names promised are Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson, Mark Gatiss, Gillian Anderson, Maureen Lipman, Stephen Mangan, Meera Syal and more; the identify of which will be the guest on a particular night will only be revealed when the curtain goes up. Written by Jez Bond (who also directs) and Mark Cameron, tickets are £44-£85. Press contact: Flavia Fraser-Cannon at Mobius. https://www.parktheatre.co.uk/whats-on/whodunnit-unrehearsed-2

  • Thursday February 10:

LONDON: The Chairs (Almeida) February 5-March 5, press night February 10. Omar Elerian translates, adapts and directs Kathrn Hunter, Mardello Magni and Toby Sedgwick in a new production of Ionesco’s play. ress contact: Alexander Milward at the Almeida.https://almeida.co.uk/whats-on/the-chairs/4-feb-2022-5-mar-2022


BROADWAY: The Music Man (Winter Garden Theatre) Previews began December 20, opening February 10, Hugh Jackman plays ‘Professor’ Harold Hill, the music man of the title, in a revival of Meredith Willson’s 1957 musical, co-starring Sutton Foster as Marian Paroo. Jerry Zaks directs, with choreography by Warren Carlyle, the same team behind the 2018 revival of Hello, Dolly! Press contact: DKC/O&M. https://musicmanonbroadway.com

  • Saturday February 12:

REGIONAL: All My Sons (Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch) February 10-March 5 press night February 12. Douglas Rintoul, artistic director of Hornchurch’s Queen’s Theatre, directs a new production of Arthur Miller’s family drama, with a cast that includes David Hounslow, Eve Matheson and Oliver Hembrough. After Hornchurch, it will transfer to Ipswich’s New Wolsey Theatre from March 8-12 Press contact: Becky Martin at BMPR. https://www.queens-theatre.co.uk/whats-on/show/all-my-sons/

  • Monday February 14:

LONDON: The Forest (Hampstead Theatre) February 4-March 12, press night February 14. Jonathan Kent directs the world premiere of Florian Zeller’s latest, translated (as usual) by Christopher Hampton, about a man tormented by the conflicting demands of family, career and sexual desire. Press contact: Clare McCormack at Hampstead. https://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2022/the-forest/

* Tuesday February 15:

LONDON: Steve (Seven Dials Playhouse) February 8-March 5, 2022, press night February 15) The Seven Dials Playhouse, formerly the Actors Centre, is relaunched as a creative home for the development of professional theatre and artists, and opens with the UK premiere of Mark Gerard’s play, originally seen at New York’s Signature Center in 2015. Andrew Keates directs a cast led by David Ames and Jenna Russell; it also features Joe Aaron Reid, Michael Walters, Giles Cooper and Nico Conde . Press contact: Georgie Blyth at Chloé Nelkin Consulting. https://www.sevendialsplayhouse.co.uk/shows/steve

LONDON: Broken Wings (Charing Cross Theatre)= February 11-March 26, opening February 15; rescheduled from originally announced dates of January 21-March 5, opening January 26). Musical adaptation of Kahlil Gibran’s Broken Wings by Nadim Naaman and Dana Al Fardan to receive its fully-staged premiere production after a previous West End concert staging. Press contact: Freya Cowdry at Kate Morley PR. https://charingcrosstheatre.co.uk/theatre/broken-wings

REGIONAL: Much Ado About Nothing (Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon) February 4-March 12, press night February 15. Roy Alexander Weise, joint artistic director of Manchester’s Royal Exchange, directs Michael Balogun and Akiya Henry as Benedict and Beatrice. Press contact; Bethany Arnold. https://www.rsc.org.uk/much-ado-about-nothing/

  • Tuesday February 22:

LONDON: Henry V (Donmar Warehouse) February 11-April 9, press night February 22. Max Webster, now an associate director at the Donmar, directs Kit Harington in a modern production of Shakespeare’s study of nationalism, war and the psychology of power. Press contact: Freya Cowdry at Kate Morley PR. https://www.donmarwarehouse.com/

  • Thursday February 24:

LONDON: The Collaboration (Young Vic) February 16-April 2, press nights February 22-24, reviews embargoed to 11.59pm on February 24. Kwame Kwei-Armah directs the world premiere of Anthony McCarten’s play, with Paul Bettany as Andy Warhol, and Jeremy Pope as artist Jean-Michel Basquiat who collaborate on a new exhibition in 1984 New York. Press contact: Emma Hardy at the Young Vic. https://www.youngvic.org/whats-on/the-collaboration

  • Tuesday March 1:

LONDON: Bloody Difficult Women (Riverside Studios) February 24-March 26, press night March 1. Drama critic (and former parliamentary candidate) Tim Walker turns playwright with the world premiere of a play that charts the events behind the court case Gina Miller brought against Theresa May in 2016 and what has ensued. Stephen Unwin directs a cast that includes Amara Karan as Miller and Jessica Turner as May. The cast also features Calum Finlay (Max Guilden), Edmund Kingsley (Alan Miller), Graham Seed (Sir Hugh Rosen) and Andrew Woodall (Paul Dacre) PR: Kate Morley at Kate Morley PR. https://riversidestudios.co.uk/see-and-do/bloody-difficult-women-8212/

LONDON: When We Dead Awaken (Coronet Theatre) February 24-April 2, press night March 1. New adaptation of Ibsen’s final play, presented by the Norwegian Ibsen Company, directed by Kjetil Bang-Hansen in his first production in the UK. It will feature a Norwegian/British cast, led by Norwegian stars Ragnhild Gudbrandsen, Andrea Bræin Hovig and Øystein Røger. It will be performed in a mixture of Norwegian and English with surtitles, and will tour Norway after its UK premiere. Press contact: Sharon Kean at Kean Lanyon. https://www.thecoronettheatre.com/whats-on/when-we-dead-awaken/

  • Wednesday March 2:

LONDON: After the End (Theatre Royal Stratford East) February 25-March 26, press night March 2. Dennis Kelly’s post-apocalyptic play , originally premiered by Paines Plough at Edinburgh’s Traverse in 2005, followed by a season at London’s Bush Theatre, is revived in a new production directed by Lyndsey Turner. Press contact: James Lever at Jo Allan PR. https://www.stratfordeast.com/whats-on/all-shows/after-the-end

  • Thursday March 3:

LONDON: Small Island (National’s Olivier Theatre) February 24-April 30, press night March 3. Rufus Norris’s stage production of Andrea Levy’s novel, adapted by Helen Edmundson, first seen at the National in May 2019, returns. The cast eludes Leonie Elliott, Martin Hutson, Mirren Mack na and Leemore Marriett Jr. Press contact; Sophie Wilkinson. https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/small-island

  • Wednesday March 9:

LONDON: The Key Workers Cycle (Almeida) March 9-12. Nine short lays about key workers, performed by a company of of professional actors, local community participants and key workers, placing Islington’s community at its heart. Press contact: Alexander Milward at the Almeida. https://almeida.co.uk/whats-on/the-chairs/4-feb-2022-5-mar-2022

  • Tuesday March 15:

LONDON: Cock (Ambassadors Theatre) March 5-June 4, 2022, press night March 15) Taron Egerton (who played Elton John in the film Rocketman), Jonathan Bailey, Jade Anouka and Phil Daniels star in the first West End production of Mike Bartlett’s play, originally seen at the Royal Court in 2019. It is directed by Marianne Elliott for her independent company Elliott & Harper Productions. Press contact: Nada Zakula for Storyhouse PR. https://cocktheplay.co.uk/

  • Wednesday March 16:

LONDON: HMS Pinafore (Wilton’s Music Hall) March 16-April 9, 2022. Sasha Regan’s all-male production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta, currently also being revived by English National Opera at the London Coliseum, returns for a London run at Wilton’s Music Hall. LIzzie Gee, who choreographed it, also choreographs the ENO production. https://www.wiltons.org.uk/whatson/698-h-m-s-pinafore

  • Monday March 21:

LONDON: Clybourne Park (Park Theatre) March 16-April 23, press night March 21. Bruce Norris’s Pulizer Prize winning play, originally seen in London at the Royal Court in 2010 in a production that transferred to the West End and saw it win the Olivier Award for best play, is revived in a new production directed by Oliver Kaderbhai, with a cast that includes Michael Fox, Andrew Langtree, Richard Lintern, Imogen Stubbs and Eric Underwood. Press contact: Kate Morley at Kate Morley PR. https://www.parktheatre.co.uk/whats-on/clybourne-park

  • Tuesday March 22:

LONDON: The Human Voice (Pinter Theatre) March 17-April 9, press night March 22. Ruth Wilson performs Jean Cocteau’s theatrical monologue, in a production directed by Ivo van Hove, after previously working together on Hedda Gabler at the National in 2016, for a West End run of only 31 performances. Press contact: Kate Morley. https://thehumanvoiceplay.co.uk/

  • Wednesday March 23:

LONDON: Straight Line Crazy (Bridge Theatre) March 16-June 18, press night March 23) Ralph Fiennes stars in the world premiere of David Hare’s play about Robert Moses, who for forty years was the most powerful man in New York, who created new parks, bridges and expressways, but whose efforts saw grassroot protests by groups of citizens who had very different ideas of what a city was and what it should be. Fiennes previously appeared at the Bridge in Hare’s Beat the Devil. Regular Hare collaborator Nicholas Hytner (and artistic director of the Bridge) directs. The full cast comprises  Julie Atherton, Holly Atkins, Wendy Mae Brown, Pip Carter, Samuel Creasey, Ella Dacres, Ayesha Dharker, Heather Forster, Naomi Frederick, Richard James-Neale, John Light, Dearbhla Molloy, Tomi Ogbaro, Sid Sagar, Nick Sampson and Sky Yang.  Press contact: Janine Shalom at Premier Communications. https://bridgetheatre.co.uk/whats-on/straight-line-crazy/

  • Friday March 25:

BROADWAY: Plaza Suite (Hudson Theatre) Previews from Feburary 28, opens March 25. New dates announced for actor-turned-director John Benjamin Hickey’s new production of Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite starring husband and wife team Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker, that was originally due to begin performances at the Hudson Theatre on March 13, 2020 — the day after Broadway was shut down. It will now begin previews nearly two years later at the same venue. Press contacts: Rick Miramontez / Aaron Meier at DCK/O&M. rick@omdkc.com / aaron@omdkc.com. http://plazasuitebroadway.com/

  • Monday March 28:

LONDON: The Fever Syndrome (Hampstead Theatre) March 18-April 23, press night March 28. Hampstead artistic director Roxana Silbert directs the world premiere of Alexis Zegerman’s play about a brilliantly dysfunctional family. Press contact: Clare McCormack at Hampstead. https://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2022/the-fever-syndrome/

  • Tuesday March 29:

LONDON: & Juliet (CAST CHANGE) From March 29, 2022. Keala Settle — pictured above right, best known for her starring role in the film musical The Greatest Showtman — makes her West End debut, taking over as Nurse from March 29 to June 18. She joins original cast members, Olivier winners Miriam-Teak Lee and Cassidy Janson, as well as Oliver Tompsett, Tim Mahendran and Alex Thomas-Smith. Press contact: David Bloom/Nada Zakula at Storyhouse PR. https://www.andjulietthemusical.co.uk/

* Thursday March 31:

LONDON: To Kill a Mockingbird (Gielgud Theatre) previews from March 10, opens March 31. Aaron Sorkin’s current Broadway hit stage version of Harper Lee’s celebrated novel, originally announced to open in the West End last year, finally transfers now, with Rafe Spall leading the cast as Atticus Finch. Bartlett Sher’s production will also include David Moorst, Pamela Nomvete, Jim Norton, Lloyd Hutchinson and Tom Mannion Press contact: Kate Morley. https://www.tokillamockingbird.co.uk/

Sunday April 3:

BROADWAY: Paradise Square (Barrymore Theatre) Previews from March 15, opens April 3. Moisés Kaufman directs and Bill T Jones choreographs a new musical by Jason Howland and Larry Kirwan (music), Nathan Tyson and Masi Asare (lyrics) and Christina Anderson, Marcus Gardley, Craig Lucas and Larry Kirwan (book) that brings former felon producer Garth Drabinsky back to Broadway, after serving time in a Canadian prison for fraud and forgery related to his previous outings as a producer. Set in a local saloon in 1863 Lower Manhattan, where free black Americans and Irish immigrants live and love together, it depicts an overlooked true-life moment when hope and possibility shone bright. The cast includes Joaquina Kalukango, Chilina Kennedy, John Dossett, Sidney DuPont, AJ Shively and Matt Bogart. Press contact:  Jim Byk/Shane Marshall Brown/Juliana Hannett at the Press Room. https://www.paradisesquaremusical.com/

  • Tuesday April 5:

LONDON: ”Daddy” (Almeida) March 26-April 30, press night April 5. Danya Taymor directs the UK premiere of Jeremy O. Harris’s play, whose other work includes Slave Play that was recently produced on Broadway. ress contact: Alexander Milward at the Almeida. https://almeida.co.uk/whats-on/daddy/26-mar-2022-30-apr-2022

LONDON: Anyone Can Whistle (Southwark Playhouse) April 1-May 7, press night April 5) Alex Young returns to Southwark Playhouse, where she previously starred in a production of Promises, Promises, to play Mayoress Cora Hoover Hooper in a new production of Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents’s satirical flop 1964 musical, that originally ran for just nine performances, when it starred Angela Lansbury in the role that Young will now play. Matthew Rankcom will direct. PR: Kevin Wilson https://www.southwarkplayhouse.co.uk/show-whats-on/anyone-can-whistle/

  • Thursday April 7:

BROADWAY: Tracy Letts’ The Minutes, originally set to open at Broadway’s Cort Theatre in March 2020 but shut down during previews when Covid closed the theatres, will now resume performances two years later, in March 2022, at a new venue Studio 54, prior to official opening April 7. Anna D Shapiro directs; the cast is still be confirmed. (It originally starred Armie Hammer, who announced in April that he has departed the production, following allegations of sexual assault, which he strongly denies. In a press statement in April, he announced, “I have loved every single second of working on The Minutes with the family I made from Steppenwolf. But right now I need to focus on myself and my health for the sake of my family. Consequently, I will not be returning to Broadway with the production.” Press contacts: Matt Polk/Jeffrey Fauver at Polk & Co. https://www.telecharge.com/Broadway/The-Minutes/Overview

  • Friday April 8:

BROADWAY: Beetlejuice (Marquis Theatre, from April 8) After being forced to vacate its original home the Winter Garden during its original run in 2019/20, after he theatre owners invoked their stop clause even though attendances were building so that they could accommodate The Music Man revival instead, this stage version of Tim Burton’s 1988 film of the same name now returns to the Marquis Theatre. With book by Scott Brown and Anthony King and music and lyrics by Eddie Perfect, it is directed by Alex Timbers. Press contact: Polk & Co. https://beetlejuicebroadway.com/

  • Sunday April 10:

BROADWAY: Birthday Candles (American Airlines Theatre) March 18-May 29, opening night April 10. Debra Messing stars in the New York premiere of Noah Haidle’s play, originally seen at Detroit Public Theatre in 2018 and now presented under the auspices of Roundabout Theatre Company. The production also features Crystal Finn, Susannah Flood and Christopher Livingston. Press contact: Polk & Co. https://www.roundabouttheatre.org/get-tickets/2021-2022-season/birthday-candles/

  • Tuesday April 12:

LONDON: Zorro the Musical (Charing Cross Theatre)April 2-May 28, press night April 12, rescheduled from originally announced March 12-May 8, press night March 17. Re-imagined version of Stephen Clark and Helen Edmundson’s 2008 West End musical, featuring music by the Gipsy Kings and John Cameron, is revived in London for the first time since that original production for a full run, after a previous concert staging in February 2020. Press contact: Freya Cowdry at Kate Morley PR. https://www.zorrothemusical.co.uk/

  • Sunday April 24:

BROADWAY: Funny Girl (August Wilson Theatre) Previews from March 26, press night April 24. The Menier Chocolate Factory production, directed by Michael Mayer, that transferred to the West End’s Savoy Theatre with Sheridan Smith in the title role, is now revived on Broadway, with a cast led by Beanie Feldstein in the title role of Fanny Brice, and also featuring Ramin Karimloo as Nicky Arnstein and Jane Lynch as Fanny’s mother Mrs Rosie Brice. Press contact: Polk & Co. https://www.jujamcyn.com/shows/funny-girl/

  • Tuesday April 26:

BROADWAY: A Strange Loop (Lyceum Theatre) Previews from April 6, opening night April 26). Michael R Jackson’s autobiographically inspired musical, for which he wrote book, music and lyrics and which won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for drama, transfers to Broadway, after originally premiering at Playwright’s Horizons in 2019. https://strangeloopmusical.com/

  • Wednesday April 27:

LONDON: Prima Facie (Harold Pinter Theatre) April 15-June 18, 2022, press night April 27. Jodie Cromer, star of TV’s Killing Eve, makes her stage debut in the UK premiere of Suzie Miller’s one-person play, premiered at Sydney’s Griffin Theatre in 2019, playing a brilliant young barrister who is forced to confront the lines where the patriarchal power of the law, burden of proof and morals diverge. Justin Martin directs. Press contact: Lewis Jenkins at Storyhouse PR. https://www.atgtickets.com/shows/prima-facie/harold-pinter-theatre/

BROADWAY: Mr Saturday Night (Nederander Theatre) Previews from March 29, opening night April 27) Billy Crystal reprises the title role of stand-up comic Buddy Young Jr that he first played in the 1992 film of the same name, originally co-written and directed by himself, for a musical version that features a score by Jason Robert Brown and Amanda Green. It will feature a book by Crystal with his original co-authors Babaloo Mandel and Lowell Ganz, and will be directed by John Rando. The production will also feature Shoshana Bean, Randy Graff, David Paymer, and Chasten Harmon. Press contact: Polk & Co. https://mrsaturdaynightonbroadway.com/

  • Thursday April 28:

LONDON: Jerusalem (Apollo Theatre) April 16 to August 6, 2021, opening night April 28. Mark Rylance and Mackenzie Crook reprise their performances in the return of Ian Rickson’s production of Jez Butterworth’s play to its original West End home that it played at in 2010, after transferring from the Royal Court where it had premiered in 2009. Press contact: Janine Shalom at Premier Communications. https://jerusalemtheplay.co.uk/

BROADWAY: Macbeth (Longacre Theatre) March 29 to July 10, opening night April 28. Daniel Craig plays the title role opposite Ruth Negga as Lady M in Sam Gold’s new production of Shakespeare’s tragedy. Press contact: Polk & Co. https://macbethbroadway.com

  • Thursday May 5:

LONDON: Oklahoma! (Young Vic) April 26-June 25, press night May 5. Director Daniel Fish’s re-imagining of the 1943 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical that won the 2019 Tony for Best Revival of a Musical when it transferred to the Circle in the Square Theatre after premiering at Bard College’s Bard SummerScape season in 2015, after which it also played a New York season at St Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn in 2018, now comes to London’s Young Vic, co-produced with Eva Price, Sonia Friedman Productions and Michael Harrison. Press contact: Emma Hardy at Young Vic. https://www.youngvic.org/whats-on/oklahoma

* Tuesday May 10:

REGIONAL: Passion (Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester) May 5-June 5, press night May 10. Ruthie Henshall stars as Fosca in a re-imagining of Sondheim and James Lapine’s 1994 Broadway musical about the consequences of intense passion, obsessive love and the lengths people will go to for desire, based on Ettore Scola’s Italian film Passion d’Amore. Michael Strassen directs a limited run of 37 performances. Press contact: Caitlin Plimmer at Chloé Nelkin Consulting. https://hopemilltheatre.co.uk/events/passion

  • Wednesday May 18:

LONDON: My Fair Lady (London Coliseum) May 7-August 27, press night May 18. Barlett Sher’s 2018 Lincoln Center revival of the 1956 Lerner and Loewe musical adaptation of Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, is to transfer to London’s Coliseum for a summer season. Casting is still to be announced. It is co-produced in London by James L. Nederlander, Jamie Wilson, Hunter Arnold, Playful Productions and the English National Opera. Press contact: Ben Chamberlain and Amy Dearing at Bread and Butter PR. https://myfairladymusical.co.uk

  • Tuesday May 31:

LONDON: The Glass Menagerie (Duke of York’s) May 23, 2022-August 28, 2022, opening night May 31. Amy Adams makes her West End debut to star as Amanda Wingfield in a new production of the Tennessee Williams classic, directed by Jeremy Herrin, former artistic director of Headlong and deputy artistic director of the Royal Court, in the first production of Second Half Productions, of which he is a director. In a press statement, he has said: “I can’t wait to work with such a talented cast led by the brilliantly transformative Amy Adams on one of the best plays ever written. Tennesse Williams’ masterpiece is a delicate work of genius and I look forward to working with a world class creative team including Vicki Mortimer, Paule Constable and Ash J Woodward to allow the play to resonate in a fresh and exciting way. I’m grateful to the Williams’ estate who have allowed me to split the role of Tom Wingfield – and thrilled to have cast Paul Hilton to play him, and Tom Glynn-Carney to play his younger self.” The cast will also include Tom Glynn-Carney and the professional debut of Lizzie Annis. Press contact: Kate Hassall at Bread and Butter PR. https://theglassmenageriewestend.com/

  • Tuesday June 21:

LONDON: Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World (Theatre Royal Stratford East) June 15-July 17, press night June 21. New pop musical, adapted by Chris Bush with lyrics by Bush and Jennifer Decilveo and music by Miranda Cooper and Decliveo, is brought to the stage by director Amy Hodge, in a co-production with Kenny Wax Family Entertainment in association with Mast Mayflower Studios. Press contact: James Lever at Jo Allan PR. https://fantasticallygreatwomenthemusical.com/

  • Thursday June 23:

LONDON: The Fellowship (Hampstead Theatre) June 17-July 23, press night June 23. Paulette Randall directs the world premiere of Roy Williams’s play about children of the Windrush generation. Press contact: Clare McCormack at Hampstead. https://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2022/the-fellowship/

  • Wednesday July 6:

LONDON: The Seagull (Harold Pinter Theatre) June 29-September 10, press night July 6. Jamie Lloyd’s revival of Chekhov’s play, in a version by Anya Reiss, that was forced to shut down during previews when it was originally premiered in 2020, owing to COVID, returns, with Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke making her West End theatrical debut as Nina. The cast also includes Daniel Monks as Konstantin, Indira Varma as Arkadina, and Sophie Wu as Masha. Press contact: Freya Cowdry at Kate Morley PR. https://www.haroldpintertheatre.co.uk/shows/the-seagull

  • Tuesday July 15:

LONDON: Anything Goes (Barbican Theatre) July 15-September 3, then touring. Last summer’s hit import of director/choreographer Kathleen Marshall’s 2011 Broadway revival of the 30s Cole Porter/PG Wodehouse musical returns to the Barbican for a summer season, preceded by a spring tour to Bristol Hippodrome (April 11-16), Liverpool Empire (April 20-30), Edinburgh Playhouse (May 11-21) and Canterbury’s Marlowe Theatre (May 24-June 4). Casting is still be announced. Press contact: Neil Reading at Neil Reading PR. https://anythinggoesmusical.co.uk/

  • Wednesday July 27:

LONDON: South Pacific (Sadler’s Wells) July 27-August 28, then touring regionally. Last summer’s Chichester Festival revival of the Rodgers and Hammerstein 1949 musical masterpiece, directed by artistic director Daniel Evans, has a London season at Sadler’s Wells, prior to a UK and national tour that will visit Dublin (from September 13), then Newcastle, Birmingham, Glasgow, Cardiff, Nottingham, Edinburgh, Leeds and Canterbury. Prior to Sadler’s Wells, it will also play at Manchester’s Opera House from July 16-23. At Manchester and London, original Chichester leads Julian Ovenden and Gina Beck will reprise their performances as Emile de Becque and Nellie Forbush respectively; Beck will also play all tour dates, but casting for de Becque is still to be confirmed. Press contact: Simon Raw at Raw PR. https://southpacifishow.com

  • Friday September 2:

REGIONAL: Mrs Doubtfire (Manchester Opera House) September 2-October 1, 2022. This new musical, which opened on Broadway in December, is based on the 1993 film; it will receive its UK premiere in Manchester. Press contact: Lewis Jenkins at Storyhouse PR. https://www.mrsdoubtfiremusical.co.uk/

POSTPONED PRODUCTIONS (DATES TBC)

  • Sunday in the Park with George (Savoy) Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford reprise their roles from the Broadway revival
  • Sister Act (Eventim Apollo) Whoopi Goldberg can no longer star in the production now that it has been postponed twice, but it is due here in 2022 now.
  • Good (Pinter) David Tennant in a revival of CP Taylor’s play originally premiered at the Donmar Warehouse under the RSC’s auspices in the 1980s.
  • 4,000 Miles (Old Vic) Eileen Atkins and Timothée Chalamet are due to star in Amy Herzog’s Pulitzer nominated play.
  • The Doctor (Duke of York’s) Juliet Stevenson in Rob Icke’s production originally seen at the Almeida.

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