Top theatre to see in London in March
Here's the top theatre picks you need to see in London in March 2022.
The shortest month of the year has whizzed past us, and March is finally here. The sun shines a little brighter, the days are a little longer, and easing Covid restrictions means that shows scheduled to open at the start of the pandemic — now two years ago — finally get their time on stage. Many West End and Off-West End shows will begin in March 2022, and there’s a lot of exciting theatre to look forward to. Multi-award-winning actress Maria Friedman kicks off a concert series, To Kill a Mockingbird begins an open-ended court session at the Gielgud Theatre, and two Mike Bartlett plays open this month: COCK and The 47th.
There are plenty of London theatre shows to enjoy in the West End and beyond in March 2022. Here are our top picks for what to see in London in March.
All rise for the West End premiere of To Kill a Mockingbird. Harper Lee's Pulitzer-winning novel is now a groundbreaking play and begins performances at the Gielgud Theatre in March. Rafe Spall plays the venerated To Kill a Mockingbird lawyer, Atticus Finch, who represents a Black man in a rape case in 1930s Alabama. The To Kill a Mockingbird play has an exciting creative team too: Aaron Sorkin has adapted Lee's novel, and Bartlett Sher directs. When To Kill a Mockingbird opened on Broadway, the production quickly broke Broadway box office records and was a critical hit. Now you can experience the bestselling novel in real life in the West End.
Gielgud Theatre, from 10 March.
If you want to spot A-list celebrities on stage in March 2022, then head to the Ambassadors Theatre and see COCK. Bridgerton’s Jonathan Bailey and Rocketman’s Taron Egerton play a couple who hit their breaking point in this fiery romantic drama. Bailey plays John, a gay man who finds himself falling in love with another person. But this other person is a woman, confusing John after he's identified as gay for so long. Inevitably, John's long relationship comes apart at the seams, and his partner of seven years, M (Egerton), is angry. But love is love, after all, and a battle of the sexes begins. Marianne Elliot directs COCK in the West End, which plays for just 10 weeks.
Ambassadors Theatre, from 5 March.
Connect with theatre like never before by seeing The Human Voice in the West End. Olivier-winning actress Ruth Wilson returns to the stage in Jean Cocteau's poignant one-woman play. The Human Voice follows a woman who speaks to her lover of five years on the phone. Her lover says that he's found love with another woman, so their five-year relationship is cut short. During the phone call, and the play, the woman breaks down and loses control, all while realising just how alone she is in the world. For The Human Voice, Wilson reunites with director Ivo van Hove. Putting these two together already means it's a hot ticket, but there are only 31 performances of The Human Voice — book now to avoid missing out.
Harold Pinter Theatre, from 17 March.
These drag queens are here to slay another day! Death Drop returns to the West End for another encore. This spring marks Death Drop's third West End run, and it’ll definitely be the charm at the Criterion Theatre. Death Drop follows a group of drag artists who are summoned to a shadowy island for a dinner party. During the dinner party, guests reveal their pasts to one another until one is revealed to be a murderer. Expect plenty of silliness, unexpected gags, and cool costumes. RuPaul’s Drag Race contestants Jujubee, Kitty Scott Claus, and Latrice Royale star in Death Drop in the West End this spring.
Criterion Theatre, from 3 March.
What do you get when you cross an Olivier-winning actress with songs by Stephen Sondheim, Marvin Hamlisch, and Michel Legrand? A beautiful evening at the theatre, of course. And you can expect a beautiful evening by seeing Maria Friedman's new concert in London. It’s appropriately titled Legacy, and the show will champion the aforementioned trio of musical theatre composers and Friedman’s impressive career. Expect to hear songs from musicals such as Company, A Chorus Line, and Follies, with untold anecdotes from Friedman thrown in for good measure.
Menier Chocolate Factory, from 3 March.
Who will be the President of the United States in 2024? Nobody can predict what will happen in two years' time. But in Mike Bartlett’s latest play, The 47th, the future of American politics will be examined with a magnifying glass. Bertie Carvel plays Donald Trump and Tamara Tunie plays Kamala Harris in this illuminating political play where the futures of the Republican Party and the Democratic Party are at stake. We can’t tell you how to vote, but we can tell you to see live theatre!
Old Vic, from 29 March.
There’s a theatrical reunion happening over at the Bridge Theatre. After collaborating on the 2020 play, Beat the Devil, Ralph Fiennes, David Hare, and Nicholas Hytner come together once more for a brand new play, Straight Line Crazy. Fiennes leads the Straight Line Crazy cast as Robert Moses, an American public official who transformed the New York City skyline throughout the 20th century. While his work was initially seen to benefit locals, many groups in society campaigned against him and what he stood for. If you’re not heading to see a show on Broadway anytime soon, then imagine you’re in New York at Straight Line Crazy.
Bridge Theatre, from 16 March.
The Park Theatre should have staged a 10th-anniversary production of Clybourne Park in 2020. Unfortunately, the original dates were canceled due to Covid, but now audiences can finally move in to the Park Theatre this March and see Clybourne Park in London. Bruce Norris’s Pulitzer-winning play splits the narrative into two time periods. At first, audiences are taken to 1959, when a Black family moves to a white neighbourhood. Then, audiences see a family in contemporary society move into the same area, which is now predominantly occupied by people of colour. Communities battle it out in this ever-relevant play.
Park Theatre, from 16 March.
Jeremy O. Harris’ acclaimed play “Daddy”: A Melodrama makes its London debut at the Almeida Theatre this spring. The provocative play follows Franklin, a young black artist who is seduced by an older man in Beverly Hills. At first, their relationship blossoms into a love story, but other people begin to question their reasons for being together. “Daddy”: A Melodrama was a casualty of the Covid pandemic, forced to postpone in 2020. Now, two years later, experience the sensual drama in London.
Almeida Theatre, from 26 March.
For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Hue Gets Too Heavy
Over on Broadway, Ntozake Shange's for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf is set for a Broadway revival. In London, Ryan Calais Cameron’s play — inspired by for colored girls in its storyline and play title — plays at the Royal Court for five weeks. The gripping play sees six men try to connect in an ever-changing world. The men share good days and bad days with one another and let their hearts run wild. Ultimately, the male sextet just want to survive, no matter how difficult it may be.
Royal Court, from 31 March.
Photo credit: Ruth Wilson, Jonathan Bailey, Taron Egerton and Maria Friedman (Photos courtesy of productions)
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