Check out these London play revivals in the West End and beyond
As well as the newest dramas and comedies in London and the long-running classics, the West End is filled with revivals of classic plays. Revivals often attract star-studded casts too, appearing in limited runs of London shows which return for anniversaries or to fit with the cultural moments. There's plenty of revivals taking place across the city, but there's something special about seeing your favourite play in a new interpretation. Check out the top London play revivals currently scheduled to run in the West End.
Joshua Harmon's play Bad Jews returns to the West End in summer 2022. The hit play sees cousins argue over who should own their grandfather's heirloom, which eventually dissolves into a discussion about what it means to be Jewish. Bad Jews takes the London revivals trend one step further though, as it plays at its original West End venue, the Arts Theatre.
Mike Bartlett’s play Cock has always attracted a whole host of British talent to the stage. For the Royal Court world premiere in 2009, Andrew Scott, Ben Whishaw and Katherine Parkinson starred in the intimate play. Now, for its West End premiere over a decade later, Jonathan Bailey and Taron Egerton lead the Cock company at the Ambassadors Theatre. The Bridgerton and Rocketman actors will play a couple whose relationship is pulled apart at the seams when one finds himself falling in love with a woman.
When Cock premiered, the play won the 2010 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre. Now, a decade later, we’re looking forward to how Cock’s discussions of sexual identity and labelling will take on a different meaning.
Mark Rylance and Mackenzie Crook team up once more to star in Jerusalem in the West End. Rylance plays Johnny "Rooster" Byron, a wanted man who is being pulled in many directions. His friends want his drugs, Troy Whitworth wants to battle it out, but his son just wants to go to the fair. So how best to live? Hide in a caravan in the woods. Jez Butterworth's Jerusalem play is considered to be one of the greatest 21st-century dramas, so London audiences are in for a treat. Jerusalem is in London from April to August 2022.
Jerusalem is at the Apollo Theatre.
Tennessee Williams coined the phrase “memory play” to mean a story that’s told by a narrator to explain past events. One of his well-known memory plays, The Glass Menagerie, has been regularly revived in London and is always in the mind of frequent West End theatregoers. In 2017, Cherry Jones led The Glass Menagerie to Olivier-nominated acclaim. Five years later, the family drama returns to the Duke of York’s Theatre, with the six-time Academy Award-nominated actress Amy Adams making her West End debut as Amanda Wingfield.
The upcoming London revival of The Glass Menagerie is set to deviate from the original text. All the original characters will remain, but the role of Tom will be shared between two actors to explore the collective fragmented mentality of the Wingfield family.
Photo credit: Jonathan Bailey and Taron Egerton in Cock (Photo courtesy of production)
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