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2:22 - A GHOST STORY

  • Theatre: Gielgud Theatre
  • Opening: December 4, 2021
  • Playwright: Danny Robbins
  • Director: Matthew Dunster
  • Cast: Stephanie Beatriz, James Buckley, Elliot Cowan, Giovanna Fletcher

In the supernatural thriller, Jenny believes her new home is haunted, but her husband Sam isn’t having any of it. They argue with their first dinner guests, old friend Lauren and new partner. Belief and skepticism clash, but something feels strange and frightening, and that something is getting closer, so they’re going to stay up… until 2:22… and then they’ll know.

MOULIN ROUGE!

  • Theatre: Piccadilly Theatre
  • First Preview: November 12, 2021
  • Opening: December 8, 2021
  • Book: John Logan
  • Lyrics: Various
  • Music: Various
  • Director: Alex Timbers
  • Cast: TBA

Set in Montmartre Quarter of Paris, France at the turn of the century, a world of indulgent beauty and unparalleled extravagance, of bohemians and aristocrats, of boulevardiers and mademoiselles, Moulin Rouge! The Musical tells the fictional story of an ambitious, lovesick writer, Christian, and a dazzling, entrancing chanteuse, Satine. Their lives collide at the Moulin Rouge with its many characters including the host of the Moulin Rouge, Harold Zidler, the brilliant and starving artist Toulouse-Lautrec, the greatest tango dancer - and gigolo - in all of Paris, Santiago, the tempting Nini, and The Duke of Monroth, the wealthy and entitled patron of the club who thinks he can buy anything he wants, including love.

CRATCHIT

  • Theatre: Park Theatre
  • First Preview: December 7, 2021
  • Opening: December 8, 2021
  • Playwright: Alexander Knott
  • Director: Alexander Knott
  • Cast: John Dagleish, Freya Sharp

A bitterly cold winter in London Town, and as it turns out, Ebenezer Scrooge wasn’t the only person to be visited by spirits one bleak and haunted Christmas Eve. In this thrilling new twist on a beloved Dickens classic, Bob Cratchit is taken on a time-bending journey through Christmas future.

BRING IT ON

  • Theatre: Queen Elizabeth Hall
  • Opening: December 8, 2021
  • Book: Jeff Whitty
  • Lyrics: Amanda Green and Lin-Manuel Miranda
  • Music: Lin-Manuel Miranda and Tom Kitt
  • Director: Guy Unsworth
  • Cast: Vanessa Fisher, Amber Davies, Louis Smith, Alicia Belgarde, Georgia Bradshaw, Ayden Morgan, Samuel Wilson-Freeman, Chloe Pole, Frances Dee, Marvyn Charles

Two squads, one mission: claim the title at the National Cheerleading Championships. The challenge: competition between the two teams is nothing compared to the competition inside them...and these girls can bring it.

TROUBLE IN MIND

  • Theatre: National Theatre (Dorfman)
  • First Preview: December 2, 2021
  • Opening: December 9, 2021
  • Playwright: Alice Childress
  • Director: Nancy Medina
  • Cast: Daniel Adeosun, Naana Agyei-Ampadu, Joe Bannister, Emma Canning, John Hollingworth, Rory Keenan, Gary Lilburn, Tanya Moodie, Cyril Nri

Wiletta Mayer, an African American actress of a certain age, has spent her career playing stereotypes, trapped on a merry-go-round of mammies, maids, and other menials. The curtain rises on the first day of rehearsal for Chaos in Belleville, a Broadway-bound play that tackles the harsh truths of racism in America. But when those truths spill out of the play and into the rehearsal hall, will Wiletta’s insistence on her dignity cost her the work she desperately needs?

CABARET

  • Theatre: Playhouse Theatre
  • Opening: December 12, 2021
  • Book: Joe Masteroff
  • Lyrics: Fred Ebb
  • Music: John Kander
  • Director: Rebecca Frecknall
  • Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Jessie Buckley, Omari Douglas, Liza Sadovy, Elliot Levey, Stewart Clarke, Anna-Jane Casey

Based on Christopher Isherwood's The Berlin Stories, the musical is the story of Cliff, an American writer who comes to Berlin at the dawn of the Hitler era. He falls in with the denizens of the decadent Kit Kat Klub, and takes as his roommate the club's former star attraction, Sally Bowles. As he struggles to write a novel, he witnesses the blindness and self-deception of a group of people who allow Nazism to gradually take control while they are emotionally and spiritually "fast asleep."

HABEAS CORPUS

  • Theatre: Menier Chocolate Factory
  • First Preview: December 3, 2021
  • Opening: December 13, 2021
  • Playwright: Alan Bennett
  • Director: Patrick Marber
  • Cast: Katie Bernstein, Kristy Besterman, Jasper Britton, Matthew Cottle, Ria Jones, Thomas Josling, Caroline Langrishe, Kevin O'Mard, Catherine Russell, Abdul Salis, Dan Starkey

An aging doctor and his family, friends and patients lust after each other in various combinations while staying at an English seaside resort.

HEX

  • Theatre: National Theatre (Olivier)
  • First Preview: December 4, 2021
  • Opening: December 15, 2021
  • Book: Tanya Ronder
  • Lyrics: Rufus Norris
  • Music: Jim Fortune
  • Director: Rufus Norris
  • Cast: Rosalie Craig, Delroy Atkinson, Tamsin Carroll, Michael Elcock, Eleanor Kane, Daisy Maywood, Kat Ronney, Shaq Taylor, Sargon Yelda

Deep in the wood, a lonely fairy longs for someone to bless. When she is summoned to the palace to help the princess sleep, her dream turns into a nightmare and her blessing becomes a curse. Soon, she is plunged into a frantic, hundred-year quest to somehow make everything right.

BROKEN WINGS

  • Theatre: Charing Cross Theatre
  • First Preview: January 21, 2022
  • Opening: January 26, 2022
  • Book: Kahlil Gibran
  • Music: Nadim Naaman and Dana Al Fardan
  • Director: Bronagh Lagan
  • Cast: TBA

New York City, 1923. Through exquisite poetry and enchanting music, an ageing Gibran narrates our tale, transporting us back two decades and across continents, to turn-of-the-century Beirut. Gibran meets Selma; their connection is instant and their love affair, fated. However, their journey to happiness is soon thrown off course, as the pair face obstacles that shake the delicate foundation of their partnership. Will their love win out or will their dream of a life together be torn apart?

A NUMBER

  • Theatre: Old Vic Theatre
  • First Preview: January 24, 2022
  • Opening: February 2, 2022
  • Playwright: Caryl Churchill
  • Director: Lyndsey Turner
  • Cast: Paapa Essiedu, Lenni James

A son confronts his father when he finds out that he is one of a number of genetically identical clones.

CYRANO DE BERGERAC

  • Theatre: Harold Pinter Theatre
  • Opening: February 3 2022
  • Playwright: Edmond Rostand, adapted by Martin Crimp
  • Director: James McAvoy
  • Cast: TBA

The Jamie Lloyd Company’s Olivier award-winning production of Cyrano De Bergerac returns, following a sold-out season at the Playhouse Theatre in 2019. James McAvoy reprises his critically acclaimed role in this unmissable revival of Edmond Rostand’s masterwork, inventively and ingeniously adapted by Martin Crimp.

WUTHERING HEIGHTS

  • Theatre: National Theatre (Lyttelton)
  • First Preview: February 3, 2022
  • Opening: February 4, 2022
  • Playwright: Emma Rice
  • Director: Emma Rice
  • Cast: Sam Archer,Nandi Bhebhe, Sid Goldsmih, Mirabelle Gremaud, TJ Holmes, Ash Hunter, Craig Johnson, Jordan Laviniere, Nadine Lee, Lucy McCormick, Kandaka Moore, Katy Owen, Tama Phethean, Renell Shaw, Witney White

Rescued from the Liverpool docks as a child, Heathcliff is adopted by the Earnshaws and taken to live at Wuthering Heights. In their daughter Catherine, Heathcliff finds a kindred spirit, and a fierce love ignites. But, when forced apart, a brutal chain of events is unleashed.

SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER

  • Theatre: Sadler's Wells Peacock Theatre
  • Opening: February 5, 2022
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: TBA

Saturday Night Fever was adapted for the stage, from the hit 1977 film, by Nan Knighton, Arlene Phillips, Paul Nicholas and Robert Stigwood. It features the songs of the Bee Gees and other disco-era hits, including "Stayin' Alive," and "Night Fever." Set in a Brooklyn disco, this musical is the story of dancer Tony Manero and his struggle for fame and fortune.

DIRTY DANCING

  • Theatre: Dominion Theatre
  • First Preview: February 2, 2022
  • Opening: February 9, 2022
  • Playwright: Eleanor Bergstein
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: TBA


OUR GENERATION

  • Theatre: National Theatre (Dorfman)
  • First Preview: Februay 10, 2022
  • Opening: February 17, 2022
  • Playwright: Alecky Blythe
  • Director: Daniel Evans
  • Cast: Dee Ahluwalia, Joe Bolland, Anna Burnett, Anushka Chakravarti, Debbie Chazen, Gavi Singh Chera, Rachelle Diedericks, Hasan Dixon, Hélder Fernandes, Sarita Gabony, Conor Gormally, Alex Jarrett, Callum Mardy, Poppy Shepherd, Stephanie Street

Created from five years of interviews with 12 young people from across the UK, Our Generation is a captivating portrait of their journey into adulthood. Often too extraordinary to be fiction, this funny and moving play is for anyone who is – or has ever been – a teenager.

SMALL ISLAND

  • Theatre: National Theatre (Olivier)
  • First Preview: February 24, 2022
  • Opening: March 3, 2022
  • Playwright: Helen Edmundson
  • Director: Rufus Norris
  • Cast: TBA

Adapted for the stage by Helen Edmundson, Small Island follows three intricately connected stories. Hortense yearns for a new life away from rural Jamaica, Gilbert dreams of becoming a lawyer, and Queenie longs to escape her Lincolnshire roots. Hope and humanity meet stubborn reality as the play traces the tangled history of Jamaica and the UK.

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

  • Theatre: Gielgud Theatre
  • First Preview: March 10, 2022
  • Opening: March 31, 2022
  • Playwright: Aaron Sorkin
  • Director: Bartlett Sher
  • Cast: TBA

Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his children against prejudice.

THE CORN IS GREEN

  • Theatre: National Theatre (Lyttleton)
  • First Preview: April 7, 2022
  • Opening: April 14, 2022
  • Playwright: Emlyn Williams
  • Director: Dominic Cooke
  • Cast: Nicola Walker, Adam Baker, Saffron Coomber, Gareth David-Lloyd, Iwan Davies, Megan Gretch, Jonathan Hawkins, Gareth Kennerly, Richard Lynch, Jo McInnes, Alice Orr-Ewing, Steffan Rizzi, Rebecca Todd, Garyn Williams, Rufus Wright

It's the turn of the 20th century and the determined Miss Moffat has just moved to a poor Welsh mining town with the idea of setting up a school. When she stumbles upon a promising protégé amidst the coal dust, she dedicates herself to educating him all the way to Oxford.

JERUSALEM

  • Theatre: Apollo Theatre
  • Opening: April 16, 2022
  • Playwright: Jez Butterworth
  • Director: Ian Rickson
  • Cast: Mark Rylance, Mackenzie Crook

In the woods of southwest England, Johnny "Rooster" Byron, former daredevil motorcyclist and modern-day Pied Piper, is a wanted man. The council officials want to serve him an eviction notice, his son wants to be taken to the country fair, a stepfather wants to give him a serious kicking and a motley crew of friends wants his ample supply of drugs and alcohol.

PRIMA FACIE

  • Theatre: Harold Pinter Theatre
  • First Preview: April 15, 2022
  • Opening: April 27, 2022
  • Playwright: Suzie Miller
  • Director: Justin Martin
  • Cast: Jodie Comer

Tessa is a thoroughbred. A young, brilliant barrister. She has worked her way up from working class origins to be at the top of her game; prosecuting; cross examining and winning. An unexpected event forces her to confront the lines where the patriarchal power of the law, burden of proof and morals diverge.

MIDDLE

  • Theatre: National Theatre (Dorfman)
  • First Preview: April 27, 2022
  • Opening: May 4, 2022
  • Playwright: David Eldridge
  • Director: Polly Findlay
  • Cast: Claire Rushbrook, Daniel Ryan

Every relationship reaches a crossroad at some point. As dawn breaks, Maggie is heating some milk and Gary wonders what she’s doing out of bed. Maybe it’s time for an honest conversation – but how much honesty can this marriage take?

MY FAIR LADY

James L. Nederlander, Jamie Wilson, Hunter Arnold, Playful Productions and the English National Opera present the Lincoln Center Theater production of Lerner & Loewe's My Fair Lady

A crusty professor of linguistics coaches a Cockney girl to speak and behave like an aristocrat. Songs include "On the Street Where You Live," "The Rain in Spain," and "Wouldn't It Be Loverly." Based on the play Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw

GREASE

  • Theatre: Dominion Theatre
  • First Preview: May 3, 2022
  • Opening: May 10, 2022
  • Book: Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey
  • Music: Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey
  • Lyrics: Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey
  • Director: Nikolai Foster
  • Cast: TBA

In telling the story of a high school romance between greaser Danny Zuko and wholesome Sandy Dumbrowski, this musical captures the rock 'n' roll spirit of the 1950s. The score includes the songs "Summer Nights," "Beauty School Dropout," "Look at Me, I'm Sandra Dee" and "We Go Together."

PASSION

Olivier Award winner and Musical Theatre icon Ruthie Henshall will lead a reimagining of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s multi-award-winning Passion at the Hope Mill Theatre. Directed by Michael Strassen this revival will reenergise the tale of love, sex and obsession in a new dynamic staging.

LEGALLY BLONDE

  • Theatre: Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
  • Opening: May 13, 2022
  • Book: Heather Hach
  • Music: Laurence O'Keefe
  • Lyrics: Nell Benjamin
  • Director: Lucy Moss
  • Cast: TBA

Omigod you guys, meet fashion merchandising major Elle Woods and her college sweetheart Warner Huntington III. Popular, stylish, they have the perfect relationship. That is until Warner heads to Harvard Law School and decides that he needs a more 'serious' kind of girlfriend.Dumped, Elle embarks on a drastic plan to win him back. But, on the way, she discovers that there's more to love - and definitely Elle Woods - than meets the eye. Directed by Lucy Moss, co-writer and co-director of the smash-hit musical SIX, it's time to bend and snap, people!

THE FATHER AND THE ASSASSIN

  • Theatre: National Theatre (Olivier)
  • First Preview: May 12, 2022
  • Opening: May 19, 2022
  • Playwright: Anupama Chandrasekhar
  • Director: Indhu Rubasignham
  • Cast: Sagar Arya, Ayesha Dharker, Shubham Saraf, Peter Singh

Nathuram Godse: journalist, patriot, murderer. The Father and the Assassin is a gripping new play that traces Godse’s life over 30 years during India's fight for independence: from devout follower of Mahatma Gandhi, through to his radicalisation and their tragic final encounter.

THE GLASS MENAGERIE

  • Theatre: Duke Of York's Theatre
  • Opening: May 23, 2022
  • Playwright: Tennessee Williams
  • Director: Jeremy Herrin
  • Cast: Amy Adams, Paul Hilton, Tom Glynn-Carney, Lizzie Annis, Victor Alli

A fading Southern belle strives to give her two grown children — the lame Laura and the unruly Tom — a last chance at happiness as her own dreams slip through her fingers. Tom only wants to run away from their pathetic life, and Laura keeps retreating into the dream world of her tiny glass figurines. What happens when Tom brings home a friend will change everything.

THE SEAGULL

  • Theatre: Harold Pinter Theatre
  • Opening: June 29, 2022
  • Playwright: Anton Chekhov
  • Director: Jamie Lloyd
  • Cast: Emilia Clarke

Emilia Clarke reprises her role as Nina in Anya Reiss’ unique modernisation of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull, with direction by Jamie Lloyd.

101 DALMATIANS

  • Theatre: Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
  • Opening: July 12, 2022
  • Book: Johnny McKnight
  • Music: Douglas Hodge
  • Lyrics: Douglas Hodge
  • Director: Timothy Sheader
  • Cast: TBA

When infamous Cruella de Vil sets her sights on a new Dalmatian fur coat, there’s trouble ahead for Pongo, Perdi and their adorable litter of puppies. Based on Dodie Smith's iconic story set in the heart of Regent’s Park, this new musical is written by Zinnie Harris and Douglas Hodge.

ANYTHING GOES

The sold-out musical sensation, Anything Goes returns to the Barbican by popular demand. The ‘musical equivalent of sipping one glass of champagne after another’ returns for a limited 7 week season.

SISTER ACT

When disco singer Deloris Van Cartier is placed in protective custody in a dying convent, her unique brand of funk comes face-to-face with the traditions of the church. Someone's habits are about to change. Based on the Touchstone Pictures motion picture Sister Act, written by Joseph Howard.

IDENTICAL

  • Theatre: Nottingham Playhouse
  • Opening: July 26, 2022
  • Book: Stuart Paterson
  • Music: George Stiles
  • Lyrics: Anthony Drew
  • Director: Trevor Nunn
  • Cast: TBA

The twin-sational new musical based on the novel The Parent Trap by Erich Kästner. The classic story of twin girls separated at birth, reunited by chance at a summer camp ten years later. In an attempt to get to know their parents and reconcile the two halves of their family, they decide to swap places and live each other’s lives.

ANTIGONE

  • Theatre: Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
  • Opening: September 3, 2022
  • Playwright: Inua Ellams
  • Director: Max Webster
  • Cast: TBA

A torn family. A hostile state. One heroic brother. One misguided son. One conflicted sister, and the second is on the run. A blistering retelling of the epic story from the writer of Barber Shop Chronicles, Inua Ellams.

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