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Plays opening in London in 2020

10 plays coming to the West End that you cannot miss in 2020

Will Longman
Will Longman

This year has been a fine year for theatre, and a fitting end to the decade as we've been treated to some scintillating new plays and rediscovered old gems. 2020 looks set to provide much of the same, with some of the world's best actors, writers and directors set to bring more great new plays and revivals to the West End. Here are some of the highlights we're most looking forward to opening in London in the coming year.

And don't forget to check the 10 biggest musicals coming to the West End in 2020, too. 

Tom Stoppard
Photo credit: The Huntington (flickr, CC BY 3.0).


Tom Stoppard returns to the West End with his first new play in almost five years as he writes his most personal piece yet. Set in Vienna in 1900, the play examines the city's Jewish population and follows them through the decades leading up to the Second World War. A huge cast are set to perform Stoppard's play, which takes some inspiration from Stoppard's life, as he lost two sets of grandparents and many family members in Nazi concentration camps.

Wyndham's Theatre, from 25th January.

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Rhys Ifans
Credit: Gage Skidmore

To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird is beloved by millions, and reached a whole new audience last year when Aaron Sorkin's new play based on the book ran on Broadway. Directed by Bartlett Sher, whose work we've recently seen in London in Oslo and The King and I, it tells the story of a small-town lawyer in the Deep South of the US defending a black man convicted of rape. Jeff Daniels starred in the production on Broadway, and London stage favourite Rhys Ifans will step into Atticus' shoes for the West End premiere.

Gielgud Theatre, from 21st May.

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Life of Pi

Yann Martel's 2001 novel is one of the biggest sellers of the past twenty years; despite being rejected by five London publishers, it went on to sell over ten million copies. While it received renewed interest following a major motion picture, Life of Pi - which tells the story of a young Indian bot who is the sole human survivor of a shipwreck - gets another new lease of life in 2020 when Lolita Chakrabarti's adaptation comes to Wyndham's in the summer.

Wyndham's Theatre, from 22nd June.

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