We’re beyond excited that we’ve waved goodbye to restrictions and we can finally enjoy theatre in all of its glory once again. Cue packed out performances, overpriced tiny tubs of ice creams and brilliant talent taking centre stage.
From Jodie Comer’s West End debut to the theatrical adaptation of Legally Blonde, read on to find out the best theatre shows arriving in London this spring.
Starring Mark Rylance as Johnny ‘Rooster’ Byron and Mackenzie Crook as his loyal sidekick Ginger, Jerusalem is the one to book this spring for a night of theatre brilliance.
Opening in April, this is a brand new revival production of the critically acclaimed play by Jaz Butterworth. Set on St George’s Day, Johnny is serving an eviction notice, trying to find a way to escape troubles from Troy Whitworth, find time for drugs and take his kids to the local country fair. It’s a busy adventure to say the least and one that Johnny doesn’t take in his stride very well.
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
What happens when we just break the boundaries and open ourselves up for all of its possibilities? In Mike Bartlett’s Cock we find out. The narrative follows John (Johnathan Bailey) as he goes against the grain when he meets his dream girl (Jade Anouka) despite being in a loving relationship with his boyfriend.
Directed by Marianna Elliott, we see a poignant narrative that unpicks the constraints and limitations of love.
Production Date: Until 7th June
Where: The Ambassadors Theatre, West Street, Seven Dials, WC2H 9ND
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 spring!
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.
In the words of Elle Woods, I don’t think I’ve been this excited since Gucci became a publicly-traded company…
Daddy: A Melodrama
Brought to us by Jeremy O. Harris, known for his Tony Award nominated Slave Play, comes Daddy: A Melodrama. On stage at the Almeida Theatre until the end of April, the production follows a young Black artist, Franklin, as he meets an older white art collector, Andre. Their relationship blossoms and quickly develops but his mother’s instinct tells her that he’s in trouble.
Production Date: 26th March – 30th April
Where: Almeida Theatre, Almeida Street, N1 1TA
The Burnt City
Returning to London this spring is internationally-acclaimed theatre company, Punchdrunk and their new production of The Burnt City. The production follows the story of the greatest Greek tragedy – the fall of Troy. Only set in a future parallel world…
As you step inside the theatre space, you’ll be able to explore the dystopian landscape, from royal palaces to the underworld of Troy. Choose which characters to follow as you emerge from the shadows, saturate themselves in the show’s shifting atmosphere, or break free of the crowd and discover mysteries lying in wait at the heart of the labyrinth.
Production Date: 22nd March – 28th August
Where: One Cartridge Place, Woolwich, SE18 6ZR
Royal Shakespeare Company’s Matilda the Musical
Channel your inner imagination and fall in love with the wonderful world depicted in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Matilda the Musical. Based on the children’s classic of the same name by Roald Dahl, this award-winning production at Seven Dials’ Cambridge Theatre has been making children and adults alike smile with its intriguing tale of the inquisitive girl, Matilda.
Complete with original songs from Tim Minchin, see your favourite children’s book come to life on the big stage as you cheer on Matilda as she discovers her special power and take down the horrible headmistress, Miss Trunchbull.
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.
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
But I’m A Cheerleader: The Musical
Head back to high school with the Turbine Theatre’s production of But I’m A Cheerleader: The Musical. Already receiving rave reviews, the narrative follows your typical highschool cheerleader Megan whose life appears to be perfect in every form. That is, until her sexuality is questioned and her friends and family send her to a rehabilitation camp…