After multiple cancellations and postponements theatre is back with a bang this year, bringing with it the arrival of some giant West End productions, from the return of Legally Blonde to the arrival of My Fair Lady.

If you’re a theatre lover or fancy singing your heart out to your favourite songs from Grease the Musical, here are the best theatre shows to look out for in 2022.

Disclaimer: Openings dates may be subject to change due to the ongoing restrictions relating to Covid-19. Keep up to date with the ticket providers for any announcements/changes.

Legally Blonde

In the words of Elle Woods, I don’t think I’ve been this excited since Gucci became a publicly-traded company… Legally Blonde The Musical is set to return to London this year! 

This new production, directed by Six creator Lucy Moss, will be making its way to Regent’s Park’s Open Air Theatre, one of the biggest and most popular theatres in the capital. Moss will provide a fresh take on the musical, adding her award-winning touch to the loveable Legally Blonde to keep it up-to-date and relevant in today’s world. 

Based on the original novel by Amanda Brown and made even more successful by the film starring Reese Witherspoon, the musical first opened on Broadway in 2007 before heading to London’s West End in 2009. Its return is hugely anticipated and we can’t wait to get back to Harvard and see how Elle Woods proves everyone wrong.

Production Date: 13th May – 2nd July
Where: Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, NW1 4NU
Website: www.openairtheatre.com

Prima Facie 

Making her West End debut in a one-woman show is Emmy and BAFTA-winning actress, Jodie Comer. The show, named Prima Facie, will be running for a limited time only, and will see Comer star as Tessa, a young barrister who has risen to success from a working-class background. 

Taking over the Harold Pinter Theatre, the show will follow Tessa as she finds herself on the other side of the bar, following a previous client who calls into question the accuracy of the opposing witnesses and their stories.

Production Date: 14th April – 18th June
Where: Harold Pinter Theatre, Panton Street, SW1Y 4DN
Website: www.theatreticketsdirect.com

My Fair Lady 

Arriving at the London Coliseum for a limited 16 week run is My Fair Lady, the lovable musical that tells the story of Eliza Doolittle. 

Arriving in London in May, the production will follow the young cockney lass who happens to meet Henry Higgins, a linguistics professor who thinks he can teach anyone to speak in the proper way. As they get to work, we soon wonder who it is that’s actually doing the teaching…

Production Date: 7th May – 27th August
Where: London Coliseum, 33 St Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4ES
Website: www.londontheatredirect.com

Moulin Rouge! The Musical 

Arriving on the scene late last year, Moulin Rouge! The Musical will be putting on performances until April 2022. 

Baz Luhrmann’s iconic film has made a beeline onto the West End, bringing with it a season filled with the glitz, the glamour and the outright gaudy. 

Having already caused quite the stir on Broadway, with 14 Tony Award nominations including Best Musical, the 2001 original narrative that saw Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor star as secret lovers comes to life on the Piccadilly Theatre stage. 

​​The story follows a disheartened writer Christian who falls in love with Moulin Rouge singer Satine. Like all great love stories, their love isn’t quite as easy as a simple meet-cute, as Satine has to marry the Duke of Monroth in order for the Moulin Rouge establishment to continue funded and running.

Right now shows are suspended but keep up to date on the Theatre Tickets Direct website for more details. 

Production Date: Until April 2022
Where: Piccadilly Theatre, 16 Denman Street, W1D 7DY
Website: www.theatreticketsdirect.com

101 Dalmaitians 

This one has been in the works for a while having been cancelled twice due to Covid-19, but we can finally confirm that Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s adaptation of Dodie Smith’s loveable novel, The Hundred and One Dalmatians will finally be making its way onto the stage this summer. 

Set to be a family favourite, the production, spearheaded by director Timothy Sheader, will follow Pongo, Perdi and their litter of puppies as they find themselves on a survival journey as it’s rumoured that Curella de Vil has her heart set on a new Dalmatian fur coat…

Production Date: 12th July – 28th August
Where: Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, NW1 4NU
Website: www.openairtheatre.com

Grease The Musical 

Grease is the word that’ll be on everyone’s lips this summer as Grease The Musical is set to return to the West End! Everyone’s favourite summer romance, this special production will be landing at the Dominion Theatre and directed by Curve’s artistic director, Nikolai Foster. 

Fall back in love with Danny and Sandy’s story and prepare to sing-along to all of your favourite hits, including Summer Nights, Greased Lightnin’, Hopelessly Devoted to You and You’re the One That I Want. 

Production Date: 3rd May – 29th October 2022
Where: Dominion Theatre, 269 Tottenham Court Road, W1T 7AQ
Website: www.theatreticketsdirect.com

The Seagull 

Game Of Thrones fans rejoice! You might have thought you’d seen the last of Daenerys Targaryen in the Game Of Thrones finale (and technically you had), but actress Emilia Clarke is headed to the West End and we’re super excited!

Making her first West End debut in Anya Reiss’ adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull, you’ll find Emilia playing a writer and actress desperate for fame, fortune and a way out of her mundane life.

Production Date: 29th June – 10th September
Where: Harold Pinter Theatre, Panton Street, SW1Y 4DN
Website: www.theatreticketsdirect.com

The Glass Menagerie 

We never thought we’d see Academy Award-nominated Amy Adams making her West End debut but here we are… 

See Adams star in The Glass Menagerie, a play that follows Amanda Wingfield following the breakdown and abandonment of her marriage and husband. Instead of dwelling on the past, she’s determined to provide a good life for her two children, but they aren’t so happy about it. See Tennessee Williams’ story brought to life in a fresh new way.

Production Date: 23rd May – 27th August
Where: Duke of Yorks Theatre, St Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4BG
Website: www.theatreticketsdirect.com

To Kill A Mockingbird 

Transferring from Broadway this Spring is To Kill a Mockingbird. Starring Rafe Spall (Trying, The F Word and One Day), the production provides a fresh new take on Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel. 

The narrative follows a compassion lawyer, Atticus Finch, who is searching for the truth in a town that doesn’t seem to have any, and his daughter Scout. Inspired by Lee’s own childhood, the story has become known as one of literature’s leading symbols of honesty.

Production Date: 10th March – 13th August
Where: Gielgud Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, W1V 8AR
Website: www.theatreticketsdirect.com

Cyrano de Bergerac 

Cyrano de Bergerac returns to the West End following a successful run in 2019. We’ll see James McAvoy reprise his role as Cyrano, a man of many talents as he goes in search of winning over his one true love. 

The famous actor known for his roles in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Last King of Scotland and Split, should not be missed in this excellent production.

Production Date: 3rd February – 12th March
Where: Harold Pinter Theatre, Panton Street, SW1Y 4DN
Website: www.theatreticketsdirect.com

Oklahoma! 

Arriving at Young Vic this Spring is the Winner of the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical, Daniel Fish’s modern interpretation of Oklahoma! Transferring directly from the popular run on Broadway and a U.S. tour, this production of Oklahoma! Is unlike any we’ve seen before. Expect the whole thing to have been re-orchestrated and reimagined for the 21st century. 

This production comes 75 years after Rodgers and Hammerstein reinvented the American musical, and follows a community that finds itself coming together to rise up against an outsider.

Production Date: 26th April – 25th June
Where: Young Vic, 66 The Cut, Waterloo, SE1 8LZ
Website: www.youngvic.org


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