West End Theatre – What is opening and when – May 2021

As West End Theatre prepares to re-open with the easing of COVID-19 restrictions Showcall.Online takes a look at the shows opening (and re-opening) over the coming months.

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West End Theatre will have something for everyone in the coming months. Here’s our list of the productions coming to theatres as COVID-19 restrictions are eased. To be kept informed Join Our Mailing List

Cruise Duchess Theatre

Cruise 
Duchess Theatre
Booking from 18 May – Book Cruise Tickets

Jack Holden stars in his new solo play which will debut on stage after winning acclaim online. Celebrating life, love and survival in the gay community in the 1980s, it follows a young man facing the future after four years of living with HIV.

 

Death Drop Garrick Theatre

Death Drop
Garrick Theatre
Booking from 19 May – Book Death Drop Tickets

Dubbed a “Dragatha Christie Murder-Mystery”, this outrageously silly feel-good comedy returns after an acclaimed debut last autumn. With ridiculous plot twists and epic lip-synching, it features a killer cast of drag queen favourites.

 

Everybody's Talking About Jamie Tickets

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
Apollo Theatre
Booking from 20 May – Book Jamie Musical Tickets

Inspired by a true story, the award-winning musical follows a teenager’s efforts to overcome prejudice, beat the bullies and step out of the darkness into the spotlight. A funny, feel-good show with music by The Feeling’s Dan Gillespie Sells.

 

Magic Mike Live tickets

Magic Mike Live
Hippodrome Casino
Booking from 5 June – Magic Mike Live Tickets

After launching in Las Vegas in 2017, Channing Tatum’s show brings together hot bodies and raunchy dance moves for an entertaining night-out inspired by the Magic Mike films.

 

Leopoldstadt Wyndhams Theatre

Leopoldstadt
Wyndham’s Theatre
Booking from 12 June – Book Leopoldstadt Tickets

Tom Stoppard’s latest play returns after an award-winning, critically acclaimed debut. Drawing on his own history, it tells the story of three generations of a Jewish family in Vienna. Leopoldstadt tickets from £24.

 

To Kill A Mockingbird London

To Kill a Mockingbird
Gielgud Theatre
Booking from 21 June – Book Tickets

The Tony Award-winning Broadway adaptation of Harper Lee’s classic novel makes its UK premiere, written by playwright Aaron Sorkin, creator of The West Wing and A Few Good Men. From the perspective of a young girl, it follows a liberal lawyer’s attempts to defend an African American falsely accused of a horrendous crime in Alabama.

This Is Going To Hurt tickets

This Is Going To Hurt
Palace Theatre
Booking from 21 June – Book Tickets

Writer and comedian Adam Kay brings back his entertaining sell-out show about the trials and tribulations of being a junior doctor, now told in his best-selling book of the same name.

and Juliet musical tickets

& Juliet
Shaftesbury Theatre
Booking from 21 June – Book & Juliet tickets

The story of Romeo and Juliet remixed, asking what if Juliet’s tragic ending was just her beginning. With electrifying choreography, this vibrant and hilarious new musical is returning after winning a string of awards.

Come From Away tickets

Come From Away
Phoenix Theatre
Booking from 21 June – Book Come From Away tickets

The moving and heart-warming hit musical that captures the spirit of community that came out of the horrors of 9/11, telling the story of plane passengers and crew stranded in a Canadian town.

Mamma Mia tickets Novello Theatre

Mamma Mia!
Novello Theatre
Booking from 21 June – Book Mamma Mia Tickets

The smash-hit Abba musical returns to the West End where the global hit started out. Telling the story of a young woman trying to identify her father, it features many of Abba’s best-loved songs.

Wicked Tickets London

Wicked
Apollo Victoria
Booking from 21 June – Booked Wicked tickets

The long-running hit musical returns, retelling the story of the two witches from The Wizard of Oz, with a show-stopping score by Stephen Schwartz.

The Distance You Have Come

The Distance You Have Come
Apollo Theatre
Booking from 21 June – Book Tickets

For two nights, West End stars Alice Fearn and Andy Coxon perform a song cycle of music by composer and lyricist Scott Alan. It also features Adrian Hansel, Emma Hatton, Dean John-Wilson and Alexia Khadime.

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Matilda The Musical
Cambridge Theatre
Booking from 22 June – Book Matilda tickets

The award-winning acclaimed adaptation of Roald Dahl’s story, Matilda, about a bookish girl who discovers she has a special power that allows her to teach a lesson to the grown-ups – including the evil Miss Trunchbull. Written by Dennis Kelly, it features songs by Tim Minchin.

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Tina – The Tina Turner Musical
Aldwych Theatre
Booking from 24 June – Book Tina musical tickets

The award-winning musical returns, telling the life story of Tina Turner from her humble beginnings in Nutbush, Tennessee, to global icon. It features many of her songs including What’s Love Got To Do With It, Proud Mary, Private Dancer and River Deep Mountain High.

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Cinderella
Gillian Lynne Theatre
Booking from 25 June – Book Cinderella Tickets

The classic fairy tale is reimagined in this new musical comedy with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by David Zippel and book by Emerald Fennell, with Carrie Hope Fletcher in the title role.

Joseph and the amazing technicolor dreamcoat

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
London Palladium
Booking from 1 July – Book Joseph tickets

The hit production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s musical returns to the Palladium after a sold-out run in 2019, again starring Jac Yarrow as Joseph and Jason Donovan as the Pharaoh.

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The Prince of Egypt
Dominion Theatre
Booking from 1 July – Book Prince Of Egypt tickets

The epic musical adaptation of DreamWorks Animation’s film returns, telling the story of the brotherly friendship and rivalry of Moses and Ramses in Ancient Egypt. Music and lyrics are by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell, Pippin).

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The Book of Mormon
Prince of Wales Theatre
Booking from 12 July

The award-winning box-office hit musical from the creators of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and the co-creator of Avenue Q, Robert Lopez. Outrageous and hilariously satirical, the show follows two Mormon missionaries who find themselves in Uganda.

Sister Act musical

Sister Act The Musical
Eventim Apollo
Booking from 19 July 2022 – Book Sister Act Tickets

After its success on Broadway and on tour, this new version of the stage musical makes its London premiere. Adapted from the much-love 1992 film, Sister Act, it features original music by Alan Menken. Updated to the present day, it follows a disco diva hiding out in a convent, helping the nuns to find their voices, with a cast set to include Jennifer Saunders.

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Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain – Part Five!
Apollo Theatre
Booking from 19 July – Book Barmy Britain 5 tickets

The ever-popular history show for all the family returns with a new instalment full of silliness, laughs and fun facts.

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Hairspray
London Coliseum
Booking from 20 July – Book Hairspray tickets

The hit feel-good musical returns to the West End with Michael Ball reprising his award-winning role as Edna Turnblad alongside Paul Merton as Wilbur. With music and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, it tells the story of a young woman finding her way in 1960s Baltimore through music and dance.

Harry Potter West End

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Palace Theatre
Booking from 21 July

The eighth story in the Harry Potter series returns to its home at the Palace Theatre, with a two-part play that finds Harry, Hermione, Ron and Draco all grown-up alongside a new generation of children facing their own adventures at Hogwarts.

Anything Goes tickets

Anything Goes
Barbican Theatre
Booking from 23 July – Book Anything Goes tickets

Cole Porter and PG Wodehouse’s classic musical is given new life in this production featuring well-known songs such as I Get a Kick Out of You, You’re the Top and It’s DeLovely. It stars Megan Mullally, Robert Lindsay, Felicity Kendal and Gary Wilmot.

Jersey Boys tickets

Jersey Boys
Trafalgar Theatre
Booking from 28 July – Book Jersey Boys Tickets

The long-running award-winning musical returns to the West End in a new home, telling the true story of pop sensation, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. It includes many of their hits including Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Oh What a Night, Sherry, Walk Like a Man, Bye Bye Baby and Big Girls Don’t Cry.

Back To The Future musical

Back to the Future: The Musical
Adelphi Theatre
Booking from 20 August – Book Back To The Future tickets

After a critically acclaimed run at Manchester Opera House, it is the London premiere of the new musical based on the much-loved film, featuring songs from the movie as well as original music by multi-Grammy winners Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard.

Six musical tickets

Six the Musical
Lyric Theatre
Booking from 21 May – Book Six tickets

The critically acclaimed hit musical retells the history of Henry VIII’s six wives with an electrifying rock score and an all-female band. Just don’t lose your head.

Life of Pi tickets

Life of Pi
Wyndham’s Theatre
Booking from 26 September – Book Life Of Pi tickets

The award-winning stage adaptation of Yann Martel’s Booker Prize-winning novel arrives in the West End after an acclaimed UK tour. Written by Lolita Chakrabarti, it tells the story of a 16-year-old boy stranded in the middle of the ocean with a zebra, a hyena, an organutan and a Bengal tiger.

Bob Marley musical tickets

Get Up and Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical
Lyric Theatre
Booking from 1 October – Book Get Up Stand Up tickets

The story of singer-songwriter Bob Marley is told in this new show, written by Lee Hall and directed by Clint Dyer, with Arinzé Kene in the title role. If features many of his hits including No Woman No Cry, I Shot the Sheriff and Redemption Song.

Only Fools and Horses musical tickets

Only Fools and Horses
Theatre Royal Haymarket
Booking from 1 October- Book Only Fools and Horses musical tickets

The much-loved TV sitcom has been brought to the stage as a musical created by comedian Paul Whitehouse and Jim Sullivan, son of the TV show’s creator, John Sullivan.

Magic Goes Wrong tickets

Magic Goes Wrong
Vaudeville Theatre
Booking from 21 October – Book Magic Goes Wrong tickets

After the success of shows including The Play That Goes Wrong, Mischief Theatre presents a magic show that goes hilariously wrong – created with the help of magic duo Penn & Teller. Magic Goes Wrong UK Tour

Ocean At The End Of The Lane tickets

The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Duke of York’s Theatre
Booking from 26 October – Book Ocean At The End Of The Lane tickets

After a sold-out run at the National Theatre, this acclaimed adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel by Joel Horwood comes to the West End. A spectacular and thrilling adventure in which two children are plunged into a magical world where their survival depends on their ability to reckon with destructive ancient forces.

The Drifters Girl tickets

The Drifters Girl
Garrick Theatre
Booking from 4 November – Book The Drifters Girl Tickets

Beverley Knight stars in the world premiere of this new musical telling the story of vocal group The Drifters and Faye Treadwell, the woman who made them. It features many of their iconic songs including Save the Last Dance for Me, Under the Boardwalk, Stand By Me, Saturday Night at the Movies and Kissin’ in the Back Row of the Movies.
Bring It On Musical

Bring It On: The Musical
Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank Centre
Booking from 8 December- Book Bring It On tickets

Amber Davies and Lois Smith star in the UK premiere of this high-energy Broadway musical, based on the film of the same name, about a young woman finding her way at high school through cheerleading. Its writers include Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda.

 

Mark Ludmon
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Mark Ludmon has been a journalist for over 20 years, specialising in theatre as well as hospitality and drinks after starting out on regional daily newspapers. He has an MA in early modern literature and history, focusing on Elizabethan and Jacobean drama, and a theatre studies MA from Royal Central School of Speech & Drama. He has also been on the judging panel for the Olivier Awards. He can be found tweeting as @MarkLudmon and writing about theatre at https://markludmon.com.