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84 Spectacular London Theatre Shows Worth Seeing In 2020

Alex Landon Alex Landon - Editor

Theatre

Your guide to the best theatre in London this year.

The National Theatre. The West End. Shakespeare’s Globe. The titans of the London theatre scene are also some of the most iconic spots around, the beating heart of culture in this city. For the most part, they’ve announced their upcoming productions, and we’re proud to present our handy guide to the best theatre in London in 2020 – from theatre, to musicals, to good old Shakespeare himself. Check it out!

Musicals in London

All-singing, all-dancing, and all-new: it can only be the best new musicals in London in 2020!

London Musicals Open Now

1. Dear Evan Hansen

Theatre
Photo: @dehwestend

Noel Coward Theatre – booking until May 2020 (currently)

It’s been a long time coming, but we’re finally getting a full taste of the sweetly thought-provoking musical. Newcomer Sam Tutty has been raking in the plaudits for his turn in the title role, whilst catchy numbers and serious issues make this one an emotional ride. Audiences have fallen hard for this one, and if you’d like to see what the fuss is about, you can nab yourself some tickets here.

2. Waitress

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Photo: @marishawallace

Adelphi Theatre – until July 4

With a Sara Bareilles-penned soundtrack and a strong Broadway run behind it, Waitress has been a welcome addition to the West End, telling the story of waitress Jenna, who hopes to break out of her small town and tumultuous marriage by winning a baking contest. All good things must come to an end, however, and this sweeter-than-pie musical will take its final bow in the summer – although not before Bareilles and original co-star Gavin Creel have a stint in the lead roles. Tickets and info here.

3. & Juliet

& Juliet
Photo: @julietmusical

Shaftesbury Theatre – booking until October 2020 (currently)

A late-season arrival in 2019, & Juliet has wowed audiences with its revisionist take on Romeo & Juliet and catchy pop hits from literally anyone who’s had a number one in the past twenty years. The jukebox musical has just been extended until October 2020, and with Miriam-Teak Lee giving a belting performance in the title role, you can expect it to stick around a while longer. Find your tickets here.

4. Les Miserables

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Photo: @lesmizofficial

Sondheim Theatre – until October 17

I know what you’re thinking: Les Miserables has been staged in London near-constantly since 1985. But after the classic production (the one with the revolving stage) finally closed over the summer, a new production, which had previously been touring, set up shop at the newly-renamed Sondheim Theatre (formerly the Queens Theatre). Does it retain the same magic? Grab your tickets and find out.

5. The Prince of Egypt

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Photo: @princeofegyptuk

Dominion Theatre – February 5 until September 12

What’s this? A brand new musical? Don’t mind if we do! Based on the Oscar-winning animated film, the stage show tells the story of Moses and Rameses, adoptive brothers who are set on very different paths in life. Find your tickets here.

6. Musik

Theatre

Leicester Square Theatre – February 5 until March 1

Frances Barber stars as Billie Trix, who’s lived an envious life of globetrotting, partying, and fame, and is ready to share all in her one-woman show. Outrageous success collides with historical moments in this musical, which also features original songs from the Pet Shop Boys. Tickets and info are here.

7. Be More Chill

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Photo: @bemorechillmusical

The Other Palace – February 12 until May 3

Billed as a cross between Dear Evan Hansen and Little Shop of Horrors, this highly original show tells the offbeat love story of a girl, a guy, and the supercomputer that lives inside the guy’s head. It’s all about fitting in, finding love, and mercilessly taking over the world – having conquered New York, it’s now set sights on London… Find your tickets here.

8. Pretty Woman

Pretty Woman
Photo: @prettywoman

Piccadilly Theatre – February 14 until January 2, 2021

Pitching up just in time for Valentine’s Day, the love story between Edward and Vivian gets a fresh spin with musical numbers from Bryan Adams. Danny Mac and Aimie Atkinson have been confirmed to star in the leads, and with a long run already pencilled in, there’s plenty of time to fall in love with it all over again. Tickets are available here.

London Musicals Coming Soon

9. City of Angels

Theatre

Garrick Theatre – March 5 until TBD

Transferring from the Donmar Warehouse, this film noir tribute has already assembled an excellent cast comprised of Hadley Fraser, Rosalie Craig, and Tony Award-nominee Vanessa Williams, who’s making her West End debut. Expect old-school Hollywood glitz, moody monochrome, and a plentiful use of the word “dame”. You can find your tickets here.

10. Hairspray

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Photo: @hairspraylondon

London Coliseum – May 16 until August 29

The London Coliseum’s annual musical is something of a reunion for Michael Ball and Hairspray; the West End legend will return to the role of Edna Turnblad, twelve years after he won an Olivier Award for his previous turn. Should be an absolute riot! Find your tickets here.

11. 101 Dalmatians

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Photo: @regentsparkoat

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre – May 16 until June 21

With the Cruella de Vil prequel film on the way in 2021, an evening of open air musical shenanigans should be the perfect way to whet your appetite. Music and lyrics are from Douglas Hodge (last seen as Alfred Pennyworth in Joker), and top-notch puppetry should make 101 Dalmatians a firm family favourite. Tickets and info can be found here.

12. Sunday in the Park with George

Jake

Savoy Theatre – June 11 until September 5

Jake Gyllenhaal hasn’t been seen around time for a while, having not trodden the boards in London since 2002. In between the eighteen years of sightseeing he’s got to catch up on, he’ll take the lead roles in Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park With George, playing both painter George Seurat and his great-grandson George. With Broadway star Annaleigh Ashford also featuring, this is one of the biggest arrivals yet announced for 2020. Get your tickets here.

13. Local Hero

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[Old Vic]
Old Vic – June 18 until August 22

Mark Knopfler is providing the music for this riff on the 80s comedy film, in which the residents of a picturesque Scottish seaside village must decide whether they want to keep their homes or get rich by selling them to a thirsty oil company. Your tickets are available here.

14. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

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Photo: @josephmusical

London Palladium – July 2 until September 6

Returning after a well-received run last year, Joseph is back with the same cast intact: Jason Donovan takes on the role of Pharaoh, whilst Jac Yarrow returns to his star-making turn as Joseph. We’ve got your tickets sorted right here.

15. Evita

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Photo: @regentsparkoat

Barbican – June 27 until August 22

Jamie Lloyd is arguably battling Marianne Elliot for the title of London’s in-demand theatre director right now, so much so that one of his 2019 hits is getting another run out. Having blown audiences away at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, his vision of Evita heads indoors at the Barbican, where Don’t Cry For Me Argentina will no doubt be moving punters to tears once more. Tickets are available here.

16. Sister Act

Sister Act

Eventim Apollo – July 21 until August 30

The scant remaining tickets for this Whoopi Goldberg and Jennifer Saunders double act are starting to stretch the wallet, but with Whoopi reprising her iconic role for a short-but-sweet run, it might just be worth the belt-tightening. Find the last few tickets here (you may need to hunt for the cheapest).

17. Singin’ in the Rain

Theatre
[Sadler’s Wells]
Sadler’s Wells – July 24 until August 30

I think you can pretty much guarantee the British summer will be wetter than you’d hope. Here to make the most of that is Singin’ in the Rain, which boasts high-tempo choreography and an energetic performance from Adam Cooper in the lead. Tickets and info can be found here.

18. Carousel

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[Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre]
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre – July 31 until September 19

It’s Rodgers and Hammerstein under starlit skies (well, if the weather holds) when Carousel hits Regent’s Park this summer. Set against the backdrop of the Great Depression, it’s perhaps best known for being the musical that birthed You’ll Never Walk Alone, for which Liverpool FC is eternally thankful. Grab your tickets here.

19. Hello, Dolly!

Theatre

Adelphi Theatre – August 11 until March 29, 2021

Imelda Staunton has a cupboard full of Olivier Awards, and a revival of Hello, Dolly! looks like the surest way to add to that. She’ll playing headstrong matchmaker Dolly Levi, who decides that the next setup she needs to make is one for herself. Your tickets are available here.

20. The Drifter’s Girl

Theatre

Garrick Theatre – September 5 until TBD

As the world’s first African American female music manager, Faye Treadwell is certainly a worthy subject for a musical. No less a star than Beverley Knight is filling Treadwell’s shoes, as the music and career of The Drifters heads to the stage. Get your tickets here.

21. Frozen

Frozen musical
Photo: @frozenbroadway

Theatre Royal Drury Lane – October, date TBD

Perhaps the most hyped London musical of 2020 is the last one to arrive. Having rocked up on Broadway a couple of years ago, Frozen now has its sights set on London domination – with the earwormy Let It Go supplemented by new songs, high production values, and a turn from the ever-excellent Samantha Barks as Elsa. Dates aren’t confirmed, but tickets are believed to go on sale in March, so keep this page bookmarked!

Further Ahead & Rumoured Arrivals

22. Moulin Rouge!

Moulin Rouge
Photo: @moulinrougebway

Piccadilly Theatre – March 2021, date TBD

Looking a little further down the road yields another big, film-inspired arrival. Baz Luhrmann’s jukebox musical will be twenty years old by the time this one arrives, but cult classics tend not to go out of style – especially when they’ve got the glitz and glamour of this one! More info can be found here.

23. Mean Girls

Mean Girls musical
Photo: @meangirlsbway

Theatre TBD – spring 2021, date TBD

Fetch is finally, definitely happening, as the warmly-regarded Broadway musical will have a London transfer sometime in mid-2021. Tina Fey has written the book for this, and new songs such as ‘Revenge Party’, ‘Meet The Plastics’, and ‘Apex Predator’ will give the cult film a fresh spin. Read all about it here.

24. The Devil Wears Prada

Location and date TBD

Still in the “might” camp, a musical adaptation of the classic film is already confirmed for Chicago and New York, with the hope that 2021 will see the withering putdowns of Miranda Priestley heading to the West End. Keep an eye on any news here.

25. Back to the Future

Back to the Future

Location and date TBD

Ok, so this one is definitely coming, just not to London (yet). It’s opening up at the Manchester Opera House on February 20th, with the hope that it’ll then head down to London. We’ll keep you posted, but in the meantime, check out the details here.

Plays in London

Emilia Clarke, Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Timothée Chalamet, and Daniel Radcliffe are just some of the stars who’ll be treading the boards across London this year – here’s our guide to the best theatre in London in 2020.

London Plays Open Now

26. The Sunset Limited

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Photo: @boulevardsoho

Boulevard Theatre – until March 14

Cormac McCarthy is better known for his novels than his plays, but this adds a nice bit of diversity to his ouevre. A two-hander featuring characters dubbed simply ‘Black’ and ‘White’, it’s a gripping existential conundrum that challenges the nature of belief. Find your tickets here.

27. A Number

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Photo: @_bridgetheatre

Bridge Theatre – until March 14

Imagine All My Sons, except they’re not figuratively “all my sons”, they’re literally all my sons, and you’ll get a sense of A Number. Roger Allam plays the father of a series of genetic copies, all played by Colin Morgan – who, just to make this more confusing, was actually in a production of All My Sons at the Old Vic last year. Tickets available here.

28. Pass Over

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[Kiln Theatre]
Kiln Theatre – until March 21

Blending Beckett-esque drama, Biblical overtones, and newspaper headlines, Antoinette Nwandu’s new play is a searching examination of the lives of young black men. Find tickets and info here.

29. Kunene and the King

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Photo: @thersc

Ambassador’s Theatre – until March 28

John Kani suffered plenty as a black South African writing against apartheid, and now his experiences find expression in a reflective look at his changing country, which also stars Antony Sher. Grab your tickets here.

30. Far Away

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Photo: @donmarwarehouse

Donmar Warehouse – until March 28

Rarely does a year go by without a Caryl Churchill play in town, and her seminal work about a world sliding into chaos seems rather apt right now. Find info and tickets here.

31. Upstart Crow

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Photo: @upstartcrowplay

Gielgud Theatre – until April 25

Already a popular BBC sitcom, Ben Elton’s witty take on the life of William Shakespeare heads to the stage for a limited run, with David Mitchell reprising his role as the playwright. Get your tickets here.

32. Uncle Vanya

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Photo: @unclevanyaplay

Harold Pinter Theatre – until May 2

Richard Armitage, Toby Jones, and Ciarán Hinds make this Chekhov revival a pretty star-studded one, with the usual Chekhov problems of ennui, frustrated desire, and social constrictions leaving no-one happy. Except the delighted audience, of course! Get your tickets here.

33. The Welkin

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Photo: @nationaltheatre

National Theatre (Lyttleton) – until May 23

Shades of Twelve Angry Men here, as twelve disparate women in a Suffolk community are called to deliver judgement on a possibly pregnant murderer, as Halley’s comet streaks across the sky. Tickets and info are here.

34. Endgame

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Photo: @oldvictheatre

Old Vic – until TBC

Nope, not the Avengers. It’s Samuel Beckett of course, as Alan Cumming and Daniel Radcliffe unite for a macabre comedy in which nothing, and everything, happens. Tickets available here.

35. Leopoldstadt

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Photo: @leopoldstadtldn

Wyndham’s Theatre – until June 13

A new Tom Stoppard play usually creates a bit of excitement, and with Leopoldstadt being his most personal work yet, you can see why this is one of the most anticipated arrivals of the year. Dealing with the life of a Jewish family in 20th-century Vienna, it’s sure to be powerful stuff. Tickets can be found here.

36. Death of England

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Photo: @nationaltheatre

National Theatre (Dorfman) – until TBC

This gripping one-man play is very much a show for our times, as Rafe Spall’s exasperated Michael begins a tirade about Brexit, class, race, and the state of our country – with a touch of family drama thrown in for good measure. Tickets and info are here.

37. The Visit

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[National Theatre]
National Theatre (Olivier) – until TBC

Leslie Manville and Hugo Weaving are the big names in this arrival, which sees the world’s richest woman returning to her poverty-bitten hometown and offering prosperity – at a very high cost. Tickets and info are here.

London Plays Coming Soon

38. Blithe Spirit

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Photo: @dukeofyorksldn

Duke of York’s Theatre – March 5 until April 11

Sister Act may be the highlight of Jennifer Saunders’ theatre year, but she’s also finding time to star in Noël Coward’s Blithe Spirit, which sees an eccentric medium accidentally summon the ghost of her client’s ex-wife. Get your tickets here.

39. On Blueberry Hill

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Photo: @trafstudios

Trafalgar Studios – March 5 until May 2

Two men, drawn inexorably together by fate and circumstance, reflect on their lives and experiences in Sebastian Barry’s critically-adored play. Tickets and info here.

40. Love, Love, Love

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[Lyric]
Lyric Hammersmith – March 5 until April 4

It’s snowflakes versus boomers in Mike Bartlett’s searing look at the generational divides which appear in families, by tracing one family’s evolution over the course of forty years. Find tickets and info here.

41. The Seven Streams of the River Ota

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[National Theatre]
National Theatre (Lyttleton) – March 6 until March 22

At a whopping seven hours long, this one will be a commitment. But, if you’ve got the time to spare, this sweeping, dazzling exploration of how the Hiroshima bomb changed the course of history approaches the unmissable – especially since there are only nine performances. Learn more here.

42. One Jewish Boy

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[Trafalgar Studios]
Trafalgar Studios – March 10 until April 4

Sadly, anti-Semitism and hate crimes aren’t far from the headlines nowadays, which makes Stephen Laughton’s play all the more urgent. It asks prescient questions about fear, identity, and prejudice, and you can get your tickets here.

43. The Seagull

The Seagull

Playhouse Theatre – March 11 until May 30

Once James McAvoy and Cyrano de Bergerac have departed the Playhouse, it’s time for Emilia Clarke and The Seagull to take the stage. It’s more Russian tragedy than Westerosi power struggle, though. Tickets are available here.

44. All Of Us

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Photo: @nationaltheatre

National Theatre (Dorfman) – March 18 until May 16

There’s writing a play, there’s getting a play put on at the National Theatre, and then there’s Francesca Martinez, who’s doing all that and taking the lead role too, in a show about struggling against a system designed to keep you in line. Tickets and info are here.

45. The Effect

Theatre
[Boulevard Theatre]
Boulevard Theatre – March 19 until May 30

Lucy Prebble has been writing incisive drama for just about long enough to see revivals of her earlier works appear, including this one at Soho’s new Boulevard Theatre. Connie and Tristan meet and develop feelings, but is it love or merely a side effect? Get your tickets here.

46. Clybourne Park

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[Park Theatre]
Park Theatre – March 25 until May 2

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Bruce Norris is known for his scathing satires, and this is one of his finest. Charting the development of a neighbourhood over the course of two controversial house sales, it’s sure to raise pertinent questions about race, gentrification, and identity. Find tickets and info here.

47. “Daddy”

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[Almeida]
Almeida Theatre – March 30 until May 9

Searching and surreal in equal measure, Jeremy O. Harris’ melodrama gets a UK premiere – you’ll most likely be hearing his name a lot in the coming years, so why not get in on the ground floor? Tickets and info are here.

48. 4000 Miles

Timothée Chalamet

Old Vic – April 6 until May 23

It’s a tale of loss, generational divides, and a cross-country bicycle ride gone wrong, but you’ll know it more for being the stage debut of one Timothée Chalamet, who stars opposite Dame Eileen Atkins. Unsurprisingly, given the Internet’s Chalamania, this one has sold out.

49. Manor

Theatre
Photo: @nationaltheatre

National Theatre (Lyttleton) – April 7 until TBC

Trapped in a fading manor house during a violent storm, a disparate group of people will have to survive each other before they can survive the weather. Tickets and info are here.

50. Jack Absolute Flies Again

Theatre
Photo: @nationaltheatre

National Theatre (Olivier) – April 15 until TBC

Jack Absolute’s skills as a WW2 dogfighter are unmatched, but back on terra firma, he faces a battle to win the heart of his old flame, the headstrong Lydia. Read more here.

51. Death in Venice

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[Barbican]
Barbican – April 16 until April 19

Plenty of influences combine in this short run production from Belgian theatre maestro Ivo van Hove: Thomas Mann’s novella, the author’s own life, Mann’s wife, and music from Strauss, Schoenberg, and Nico Muhly. The results should be pretty special, and with only four nights announced, you’ll want to keep your eyes peeled for tickets.

52. Welcome To Iran

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[Theatre Royal Stratford East]
Theatre Royal Stratford East – April 18 until May 16

Plenty of Londoners have their roots elsewhere, and so it is for Ava, who traces hers back to Iran after the death of her estranged father. It’s a tender look at an oft-misrepresented country, and tickets are on sale now.

53. The Doctor

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Photo: @dukeofyorksldn

Duke of York’s Theatre – April 20 until July 18

Transferring to the West End after a successful run at the Almeida (read our review here), Juliet Stevenson will once again don the stethoscope and court controversy by obeying her Hippocratic oath. Tickets can be found here.

54. Sea Sick

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Photo: @nationaltheatre

National Theatre (Dorfman) – April 22 until May 7

Part one-woman show, part scientific lecture, Alanna Mitchell’s powerful exploration of the state of the planet’s oceans is especially timely in 2020. Tickets and info are here.

55. A Museum in Baghdad

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Photo: @kilntheatre

Kiln Theatre – April 22 until May 23

Jumping between the founding of a museum in 1926, and the attempts to reopen it in 2006 during the war, this play raises questions about the preservation of culture in a time of trouble. Tickets are available here.

56. A Place For We

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[Park Theatre]
Park Theatre – May 6 until June 6

One building in Brixton witnesses all the upheaval from the arrival of the Windrush until the present, confronting ideas about tradition and change in the meantime. Tickets and info can be found here.

57. The Watsons

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Photo: @menierchocolatefactory

Harold Pinter Theatre – May 8 until September 26

Transferring to the West End after a successful run at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Laura Wade’s play picks up the plot of Jane Austen’s unfinished work and attempts to finish it. That is, if her characters don’t stage a full-on revolt… Get your tickets here.

58. The House of Shades

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[Almeida]
Almeida Theatre – May 18 until June 27

Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Isabelle Allende are famed for their stories of one house telling the stories of generations, and Beth Steel aims to join them with a British, working class-led take on the formula. Avail yourself with tickets here.

59. To Kill A Mockingbird

To Kill A Mockingbird
Photo: @mockingbird_ldn

Gielgud Theatre – May 21 until September 5

A smash-hit on Broadway, Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of Harper Lee’s timeless novel comes to town, complete with Rhys Ifans as Atticus Finch. Expect it to be an extremely hot ticket, so get yours whilst you can.

60. Oliver Twist

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[Theatre Royal Stratford East]
Theatre Royal Stratford East – May 28 until June 6

It’s a bold new version of Dickens for a theatre quietly doing great work off-West End, as Bryony Lavery adapts the original text with a modern spin. Tickets and info are here.

61. The Glee Club

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[Kiln Theatre]
Kiln Theatre – June 4 until June 27

The Edlington Miners’ Glee Club is a source of friendship, camaraderie, and hit songs, but as Britain moves through the 60s, it’s becoming clear that won’t last forever… Find your tickets here.

62. Hello and Goodbye

Theatre
[Boulevard Theatre]
Boulevard Theatre – June 4 until July 25

Sibling rivalry gets ugly in Athol Fugard’s celebrated play, as Hester and Johnny fight to free themselves from the shackles of the past. Tickets and info are here.

63. The Glass Menagerie

Theatre
[Barbican]
Barbican – June 5 until June 11

Isabelle Huppert is the big name attached to this production, again from Ivo van Hove. Tennessee Williams’ breakout hit enjoys a new life in this French language production, which will handily be surtitled in English. Find out more here.

64. A Doll’s House

A Doll's House

Playhouse Theatre – June 10 until September 5

Ibsen never goes out of style, and with Jessica Chastain joining this production as the headstrong Nora, you can expect the 140-year old play to get another fresh breathe of life in the hands of director Jamie Lloyd. Tickets are available here.

65. Sucker Punch

Theatre
[Theatre Royal Stratford East]
Theatre Royal Stratford East – June 19 until July 25

The boxing gym provides a safe haven for Leon and Troy, growing up in south London in 1981 – but will they ever make it to the big time in the face of institutionalised racism? Grab your tickets here to find out.

66. Life of Pi

Theatre
Photo: @lifeofpiwestend

Wyndham’s Theatre – June 22 until October 4

Yann Martel’s breathtaking book has already been an Oscar-winning film, so a jaunt on the stage is only fair. Making use of puppetry and state-of-the-art visuals, it’s expected to be a treat for the senses, so pick up your tickets now.

67. The Book of Dust – La Belle Sauvage

Theatre
Photo: @_bridgetheatre

Bridge Theatre – July 11 until October 10

Philip Pullman is in something of a purple patch right now, with His Dark Materials getting a splashy BBC/HBO adaptation and prequel novels emerging on bookshelves. Years after Nicholas Hytner staged the original trilogy at the National Theatre, he’ll bring the new series to the Bridge, in an adaptation from Bryony Lavery. Tickets and info here.

68. The Garden of Words

Theatre
[Park Theatre]
Park Theatre – July 15 until August 15

Adapted from the gorgeous anime by Makoto Shinkai (who also created the beautiful Your Name), The Garden of Words traces the friendship between a teenager skipping school and an older woman, exploring the difficult art of human connection. Find your tickets here.

69. Portia Coughlan

Theatre
[Young Vic]
Young Vic – September 16 until October 31

Oscar-nominated Ruth Negga takes the stage as the titular heroine, celebrating her thirtieth birthday whilst also mourning the fifteenth anniversary of her twin brother’s death. Tickets and info are here.

70. Good

Good

Playhouse Theatre – October 6 until December 19

David Tennant plays the music-loving professor slowly swept up in a rising tide of fascism in CP Taylor’s powerful, urgent study of the Holocaust. Find your tickets here.

71. They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?

Theatre
Photo: @_bridgetheatre

Bridge Theatre – November 2 until January 30, 2021

Horace McCoy’s novel gets the dramatic treatment courtesy of Paula Vogel, as the Bridge will be transformed into a 1930s dance hall for their last production of the year. Excitingly, you can join the dance if you book tickets in certain rows! Info and tickets here.

Further Ahead

72. John Gabriel Borkman

Theatre
Photo: @_bridgetheatre

Bridge Theatre – February 11, 2021, until April 17, 2021

A man as busy as Simon Russell Beale has to pencil things early, which perhaps explains why this lesser-spotted Ibsen play was announced over a year in advance. There’s plenty of star power behind this one, though; aside from Beale in the title role, Lucinda Coxon has adapted the new version and Bridge co-founder Nicholas Hytner directs. Tickets and info are here.

Shakespeare (and friends) in London

The Bard and his buddies maintain an ever-constant presence in London, and here’s what you can expect in 2020.

London Shakespeare Plays Open Now

73. The Taming of the Shrew

Theatre
[The Globe]
The Globe (Wanamaker Playhouse), until April 18

A play forever examined and reexamined in these modern times, the power balance inherent in romantic entanglements once again comes bounding to the foreground in this production. Tickets and info here.

74. Women Beware Women

Theatre
[The Globe]
The Globe (Wanamaker Playhouse) – February 21 until April 18

Characters in a Thomas Middleton tragedy rarely make it out without blood on their hands (if they make it out at all), so a searching examination of gender dynamics should make this one a bloody riot. Tickets and info here.

London Shakespeare Plays Coming Soon

75. Romeo & Juliet

Theatre
[The Globe]
Globe Theatre – April 14 until July 12

It’s the classic tale of star-crossed lovers, with an extra sprinkle of magic provided by Harry Potter star Alfred Enoch stepping into the role of Romeo. Two houses, both alike in dignity… Tickets and info here.

76. A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Globe Theatre – April 27 until October 7

I don’t think London is actually capable of going a summer without a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, so it’s a good thing the Globe aren’t going to let that happen! Tickets and info here.

77. The Tempest

Globe Theatre – May 1 until October 8

Just a story about a desert island, a marooned Duke, his daughter, and his enslaved spirit – you know, the usual. Expect magic, treachery, and lashings of the supernatural in one of Shakespeare’s great late plays. Tickets and info here.

78. As You Like It

Globe Theatre – May 4 until October 7

Mischief and mayhem unfold in the Forest of Arden, where true love often wears a disguise. It’s a return to the stage for The Globe’s cracking 2018 production. Tickets and info here.

79. Twelfth Night

Theatre
[The Globe]
Globe Theatre – May 15 until October 3

Merry madness abounds in this audience favourite, which features shipwrecks, disguises, and mistaken identity aplenty. Essentially, this is Love Island before there was a Love Island… Tickets and info here.

80. Much Ado About Nothing

Theatre
[The Globe]
Globe Theatre – June 19 until October 4

Love springs eternal, and it springs from hate in the case of Beatrice and Benedick, whose elegant, witty verbal duels are the highlight of this Shakespeare comedy. Tickets and info here.

81. Romeo and Juliet

Theatre
Photo: @regentsparkoat

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre – June 27 until July 25

It’s star-crossed lovers beneath the starry skies of Regent’s Park, as Kimberley Sykes directs the story of… well, you already know how things go down. Tickets and info can be found here.

82. Hamlet

Theatre
[Young Vic]
Young Vic – July 6 until August 22

Denmark Hill native Cush Jumbo is your new Hamlet, making her Old Vic debut in a version directed by longtime collaborator Greg Hersov. Frankly, we’re excited to see her write a new chapter of an old tale when this one pitches up. Find your tickets here.

83. Antony & Cleopatra

Theatre
[The Globe]
Globe Theatre – July 18 until August 29

Empires come crashing down in Shakespeare’s sweeping tragedy, as love collides with power and ambition under the heat of a summer sun. Tickets and info here.

84. Ovid’s Metamorphoses

Globe Theatre – September 4 until October 3

A prominent inspiration for Shakespeare, Ovid and his timeless tales get a richly reimagined production at the Globe. It’s a suitably grand stage for one of the most impressive works of storytelling ever told. Tickets and info here.

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