Top theatre openings in London in January
As we usher in a new year, we can look forward to 12 more glorious months of West End theatres. January 2022 is set to start the year off with a bang, with performances from Olivier Award-winning actors, new plays and of course, a Shakespeare production. Here are our top picks for London theatre in January 2022.
For over a quarter of a century, audiences tuned in to see David Suchet solve unbelievable cases as Agatha Christie’s detective, Hercule Poirot. And now, for three weeks only, *Poirot* fans and Suchet lovers can discover more about the acclaimed actor’s career in an intimate conversation series. The seven-time Olivier Award-nominee will share stories and anecdotes from his greatest performances, as well as previously untold secrets. If you’ve seen David Suchet on stage, you need to see him one more time.[Harold Pinter Theatre](https://www.londontheatre.co.uk/theatres/harold-pinter-theatre), from 4 January.
The 4th Country
After a celebrated premiere at Vault Festival in 2020, The 4th Country brings its introspective look at modern-day Northern Ireland to the Park Theatre. The 4th Country follows Niamh and Conor as they learn more about a dark family history that stretches across both sides of the border. The thought-provoking play questions who has the right to tell their own stories.
Park Theatre, from 12 January.
Ava: The Secret Conversations 1940s Hollywood starlet Ava Gardner didn’t have an easy life. Standing in the spotlight, everything may have appeared glossy and finetuned. But once the cameras were off, her roles were overshadowed to tumultuous marriages and the price of fame. Elizabeth McGovern will portray Ava Gardner in her new play, AVA: The Secret Conversations, joined by Anatol Yusef as Peter Evans, the journalist Ava hired to write her autobiography.
Riverside Studios, from 14 January. The Glow If you had secret, mystical powers that defied explanation, how would you cope? Possessing inhuman qualities would be looked upon slightly differently today to the Victorian times, which is when The Glow is set. During The Glow, an unnamed woman’s life is changed as she moves from an asylum to becoming a spiritualist’s assistant. It’s all in the mind for these people — and this play will definitely haunt your mind. If you're looking for a thriller to liven up the dark, January nights, you'll want to visit the Royal Court.
Royal Court, from 21 January.
Book The Glow tickets. Hamlet To be, or not to be at the theatre? That is the question. We’ve lost count of how many Hamlet adaptations have been staged in London in recent years. But Shakespeare history is being made at Shakespeare's Globe this month, as Hamlet is performed at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse for the first time. We don't need to tell you the Hamlet story, but there’ll be a new layer of drama added to Hamlet under candlelight.
Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, from 21 January.
Lennie James and Paapa Essiedu play father and sons in Caryl Churchill’s drama, A Number, which will be revived at the Old Vic. The gripping two-hander deals with issues around human cloning — Salter’s child, Michael Black, realises he’s not the only child he thought he was, his self-identity is shattered. The play is often considered to be one of Churchill’s greatest works, and it's being staged in London nearly 20 years after its premiere.
Old Vic, from 24 January.
Photo credit: David Suchet and Elizabeth McGovern (Photos courtesy of David Suchet - Poirot and More, A Retrospective and AVA: The Secret Conversations)
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