The theatrical curtain can finally rise… Theatre shows are back on the cards this summer following the final lifting of lockdown restrictions, and fans of the West End couldn’t be happier. 

With opening dates now confirmed for many of the big London theatres, we can finally get excited about the prospect of seeing our favourite play performed on stage. From Shakespeare’s Globe to West End favourites, here are 16 shows to book for summer.

Amélie the Musical 

Amélie, the film that follows a young French waitress and the desire to spread as much joy as she can directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, is a cherished film favourite. And the magic of the film is scheduled to come into play on the West End stage this May too, for a three month stint. 

Having gained critical interest, gaining a Grammy nomination and three Olivier Award nominations, the musical is a hit and will see Audrey Brisson (The Elephantom, Pinocchio and Pericles (National Theatre)) take on the role of Amélie.

Dates: 20th May – 25th September


A favourite of so many, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton is set to return to the West End this August, bringing with it brilliant choreography, insightful stories and the stunning soundtrack that’s guaranteed to get stuck in your head for the months preceding.

Since it came onto the scene, Hamilton has since won a bountiful selection of awards, including 11 Tonies and 7 Oliviers. If you’re wondering what it’s about (where have you been hiding?), it’s based on the tome by historian Ron Chernow and explores the life of America’s immigrant founding father Alexander Hamilton. 

Now that you’ve seen it in your living room thanks to Disney+’s streaming platform, catch the magic on the big stage this summer and sing along to all of your favourites.

Dates: Returns 19th August

Under Milk Wood, National Theatre 

The National Theatre has announced that it will be reopening in June, with a new adaptation of Dyland Thomas’s ‘Under Milk Wood’. 

Starring Michael Sheen, Karl Johnson and Siân Phillips, the narrative follows a retired sea captain who spends his time longing for his lost love, a landlady who is frustrated by her guests, a father who no longer can remember his past memories and a son holding out for redemption. 

Running alongside Under Milk Wood, will be After Life (2nd June – 24th July), a story inspired by the works of Hirokazu Kore-eda. Performances will be held in the Dorfman Theatre.

Dates: 16th June – 24th July

Adam Kay: This Is Going to Hurt

If you haven’t already read Adam Kay’s brilliant This is Going to Hurt, stop what you’re doing, purchase a copy and dive into the memoir instantly. If you have, you’ll already know what a fantastic, brutal and honest retelling of his diary entries as a junior doctor. 

See the popular memoir come to life on the big stage, filled with humorous encounters, retellings and music. 

The show has already been seen by over 200,000 people, and was a sell-out at Edinburgh Fringe in 2016-2019.

Dates: 21st – 26th June

The Lion King, Lyceum Theatre

Since premiering on Broadway in 1997, the stage adaptation has entertained more than 100 million theatregoers worldwide, and it’s since become a West End staple. This July, the flagship theatre production will return to London after the pandemic shuttered its doors back in March 2020, bringing with it singers, dancers and a whole lot of theatrical fun. 

Return to the animal kingdom and rediscover the Disney story that sees Simba become king of the Pridelands. Expect music by Elton John, Tim Rice and Lebo M.

Reopening Date: 29th July

Frozen The Musical

Make your little princess’s dreams come true this summer and take them to see their favourite Disney princess film, Frozen, come to life on the big stage. 

Frozen the Musical finally arrives on stage this summer, bringing Elsa and Anna’s story to life, as well as providing your little’uns with hours of singing, dancing and fun. Arriving 27th August at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, see the story of the ice princess unfold through breathtaking special effects, next level scenery and brand-new music from Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, writers of the film favourite, Let It Go.

Dates: From 27th August

Cinderella, Gillian Lynne Theatre

Oh Cinderella, you shall go to the West End once and for all. 

Originally scheduled to arrive on stage last September, the all new musical adaptation of your childhood favourite, Cinderella will finally make its way to the Gillian Lynne Theatre this spring. Spearheading the musical will be Andrew Lloyd Webber and he’s set to be joined by funny lyricist David Zippel. But perhaps the greatest reveal of all, is that the musical will be based on the book and original story by Emerald Fennell, known for her roles in Call the Midwife, The Crown, and as the scriptwriter for the second season of the hit drama, Killing Eve.

Webber previously described the production as being set in “the most beautiful village you could ever find in the entire world, with the most beautiful people you could ever find too” before everything gradually goes a little haywire. Cinderella is the misfit and outsider that we grow to love, and it turns into a story of inner beauty rather than what individuals present to the world.

Carrie Hope Fletcher, known for her performances in Mary Poppins, Les Misérables and Heathers, is set to star in the production as Cinderella, alongside Victoria Hamilton-Barritt as the evil stepmother and Ivano Turco as Sebastian.

Dates: Spring 2021

Romeo & Juliet, Shakespeare’s Globe 

The classic tale of two star crossed lovers returns to Shakespeare’s Globe theatre this summer, arriving on stage for a four month stint from 26th June. 

We all know the story of Romeo & Juliet. The pair fall hopelessly in love, before tragically dying for one another. See the story unfold on Shakespeare’s stage as director Ola Ince makes her Globe debut directing the timeless tale with Alfred Enoch and Rebekah Murrell

This performance is part of Shakespeare’s Globe’s Summer 2021 season, which will run from 19th May. The theatre will begin running at reduced capacity and are also showing live broadcasts of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, Romeo & Juliet and Metamorphoses from just £5. Not a bad deal at all. 

Dates: 26th June – 17th October

Pretty Woman the Musical, Savoy Theatre

Celebrating the 31st anniversary of the film’s release, Pretty Woman the Musical is set to return to the West End, after a short run before the pandemic hit. 

Dubbed one of the greatest rom coms of all time, see the magic come to life on the stage. The story follows Vivian, a prostitute and a wealthy businessman who fall curiously, but sharply, in love. The musical has been choreographed by two-time Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell and features music from Grammy-winner Bryan Adams and his songwriting partner Jim Vallance.

Reopening Date: 8th July

Back to the Future: The Musical, Adelphi Theatre

Wait a minute, Doc. Are you telling me a Back to the Future musical is making a beeline for the West End? 

Like all major Hollywood blockbusters, the 1980s classic Back to the Future has been given a twenty-first century makeover in the form of a musical, and will land at the Adelphi Theatre in The Strand this August.

Wait a minute, Doc. Are you telling me a Back to the Future musical is making a beeline for the West End? 

Adapted from the original movie’s co-writers Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis, the musical will see Marty McFly thrusted back in time to 1955 in a rather dodgy looking time machine built by none other than flamboyant scientist Doc Brown. Of course if you’ve seen the original adventure film, you’ll know it wasn’t quite as simple as simply exploring the past. Nope, Marty and Doc Brown disrupted the course of history and now Marty must muster up the courage to fix the present and somehow get him back to the future…

You can book your tickets to see your favourite childhood movie come to life on the big West End stage, flashing lights and time-travel included.

Dates: 20th August 2021 – 13th February 2022

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Drawing inspiration from the enlightening BBC Three documentary Jamie: Drag Queen at 16, a documentary that follows the true story of Jamie Campbell, Everyone’s Talking About Jamie follows a young school boy who has a secret to tell. 

The production sees a young schoolboy from Sheffield who wants to go to his school prom in a dress. With a little help from his friends and family, Jamie fights against the bullies and prejudice, and reaches for the spotlight. It’s an empowering story of overcoming your struggles that’s slotted cleverly alongside humour and stellar songs.

Dates: 20th May – 29th August

The Prince of Egypt, Dominion Theatre

When a non-Disney animated film is one of the highest ranking of all time, it comes as no surprise to hear it’s being turned into a musical adaptation that’ll be swinging its way to the West End. And that’s just what The Prince of Egypt is doing. 

Making a beeline for the Dominion Theatre come 1st July, audiences will follow a mother who sent her child into the unknown abyss and sees another woman hide the truth of where he once came from. Brought to you from Grammy and Academy Award-Winner Stephen Schwartz, see this story unfold on stage this summer. 

Dates: 1st July 2021 – 8th January 2022

To Kill A Mockingbird, Gielgud Theatre

An age old classic comes to life at the Gielgud Theatre this summer. Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird will be rocking up stage side as director Bartlett Sher brings the 1960 novel to life.

The narrative follows lawyer Atticus Finch and his daughter Scout as they centre in the middle of a country brought about by racial injustice and human compassion. It’s Finch who goes out to fight for what he believes in, when he takes Tom Robinson under his wing as he defends him in court over an accused rape.

Dates: 27th May – 6th November

Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

The family favourite, Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, returns to the big stage this July for a short two month stint. 

Making its way to the London Palladium, the show is the original Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice collaboration, which follows the story of Jacob’s favourite son Joseph and his eleven (yep, eleven!) brothers.

Dates: 1st July – 5th September


Prepare for Hairspray to make a mega return to the West End this June, bringing with it big hair and big dreams. 

Set in Baltimore 1962, the musical follows young Tracy Turnblad as she tries to make it onto the local TV dance show, all while winning the love of her teenage crush, Link Larkin. Running for just 19 weeks, don’t miss out on this big energy production.

Dates: 21st June – 28th September


If you haven’t tried to throw a newt at your least favourite tutor with your eyes, have you even lived?

Watch the magic unfold with your children in the vivid reimagining of Matilda. It’s irresistibly good fun that’ll have you laughing, crying and singing your way from start to finish. The production will leave you rooting for Matilda and dreading Miss Trunchball.

Dates: 16th September

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