Top theatre openings in London in February
Congratulations, you made it through January. The first 31 days of the year can feel like a lifetime — a combination of dark nights, low temperatures, and little sunlight can be difficult to get through day after day. Put the first month of the year behind you, and get ready for an action-packed February that's complete with West End theatre. Plus, Valentine’s Day is right in the middle of February, so there’s no better time to find the West End show for you. Book theatre tickets to the latest West End musicals and newest plays, and keep up to date with the hottest shows opening across the capital.
February is the month of love, and there’s plenty of hot action taking place. Dirty Dancing mambos its way back to the West End, and the 1990s cult film But I’m A Cheerleader celebrates LGBTQ+ relationships. It’s not all lovey dovey at the theatre though. Plays such as Cyrano de Bergerac and The Woods tackle what it really means to love. There’s lots of London theatre to discover in February. Here are our top picks for what to see at London’s theatres in February 2022.
Love conquers all this month, and February begins with the return of the romcom musical Dirty Dancing. Forget the dreary, grey days in London this February. Head to the Dominion Theatre for an unforgettable summer camp experience. The Dirty Dancing musical follows Frances “Baby” Houseman, a 17-year-old holidaymaker who strikes up a relationship with the camp's dance instructor, Johnny Castle. The Dirty Dancing love story features all the hit songs from the film, including “She’s Like The Wind,” and “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.” What are you waiting for? Do that lift with your friends and family and see Dirty Dancing in London.
Dominion Theatre, from 2 February.
When Hamilton opened on Broadway, nobody could have expected the musical’s ability to transcend musical theatre. So much so, Hamilton became a trailblazer for future musicals — shows like Six, and Pride & Prejudice* (sort of) also adopted the practice of tell centuries-old tales with a modern, musical twist. The latest Cyrano de Bergerac London production is the latest show to be modernised for a 21st century audience, and it's now musically inspired, boasting rapping, rhythms, and reverbs.
James McAvoy reprises the role of Cyrano, a gifted 17th-century playwright who tries to woo a woman with words. This adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac premiered in 2019, and our critic hailed it as "an arresting, colloquial and modern" take on a literary classic. Cyrano de Bergerac returns to the West End for just seven weeks.
Harold Pinter Theatre, from 3 February.
[Saturday Night Fever](https://www.londontheatre.co.uk/show/24645-saturday-night-fever)
How deep is your love for musical theatre? We’re hoping it’s pretty deep, especially in February, as the Bee Gees musical Saturday Night Fever disco dances its way back to London. Saturday Night Fever tells of Tony Manero, a young man who escapes the real world by moving and grooving in all the hippest nightclubs.
Saturday Night Fever is set to the Bee Gees’ biggest hits, such as “Stayin’ Alive,” “More Than A Woman,” and “Disco Inferno.” Two new songs have been added into the Saturday Night Fever 2022 production, so get ready for the night fever to catch you — no, not that fever. Don your white suits, black shirts, and boogie shoes for this. It’d be a tragedy to miss out.
Peacock Theatre, from 4 February.
[But I’m A Cheerleader](https://www.londontheatre.co.uk/show/24366-but-im-a-cheerleader)
The 1999 film But I'm A Cheerleader is the latest movie to receive the “film to theatre” treatment, and we’re cheering with delight! Audiences meet Megan, a high school cheerleader, and she’s at the top of the high school popularity pyramid. One day, her parents send her to a rehabilitation camp to “cure” her lesbianism. Little do her parents know that camp will change her life.
After performances at MTFest UK, But I’m A Cheerleader now plays a limited engagement in London. So fix your cheerleader bow, put on your uniform, and prep your routines in advance of But I’m A Cheerleader in London.
Turbine Theatre, from 18 February.
The “battle of the sexes” remains a tough conflict. David Mamet's 1977 play The Woods debates the struggles between women and men. Now, nearly 50 years later, London heads back into The Woods, via Southwark Playhouse. During The Woods, a heterosexual couple are pushed to the limits while camping in the great outdoors. Can they hold it together, or will they get cabin fever and walk away from each other?
Stephen Sondheim's Into The Woods says that anything can happen in the woods. But in these woods, the trees hold a darker meaning.
Southwark Playhouse, from 24 February.
Whether you’ve read Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, or you just know parts of the Wuthering Heights story because of the Kate Bush song, make sure you experience Wuthering Heights in a new light at the National Theatre this February. The National Theatre has collaborated with Wise Children, Bristol Old Vic, and York Theatre Royal to reinvent the Victorian story — the Yorkshire Moors now come alive with earthy music, contemporary dancing, and plenty of laughter.
National Theatre, from 3 February.
Florian Zeller plays have a great track record in London. The Father received an Olivier nomination for Best New Play, and The Height of the Storm and The Son received critical praise. So it’s only time for a new Florian Zeller play to get London theatregoers talking. Zeller's latest work, The Forest, sees a young man struggle to balance his family, career, and desires. Like many of Florian Zeller’s plays, the original text has been translated from French into English, and English translation is by Christopher Hampton. Let’s hope the trees in The Forest don’t give too much shade in London this February.
Hampstead Theatre, from 4 February.
Ask a teenager what they know, and they’ll probably say everything in a blasé tone. But in a teenager’s coming-of-age years, their entire world will shift. Created from five years of interviews with 12 young people, Our Generation captures the transformative zeitgeist of teenagers living in 21st-century Britain.
Five years ago, nobody knew what Covid was. TikTok was the sound a clock made, and Donald Trump had just been inaugurated. A lot changes in five years, and Our Generation celebrates teenagers, warts and all.
National Theatre, from 10 February.
Has England ever had a true leader? We won’t pontificate about the state of English politics here. But in the upcoming production of Henry V at the Donmar Warehouse, nations will be examined with a microscopic lens. Kit Harington plays the English monarch in Shakespeare’s retelling of 15th-century history. The Battle of Agincourt may have been 600 years ago, but it could have happened yesterday in this new production.
Donmar Warehouse, from 11 February.
Marvel star Paul Bettany and Tony-nominated actor Jeremy Pope play rival artists Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol in a new play, The Collaboration. The play follows the two artists in 1980s New York, as they work together on a new exhibition. Eventually, the exhibition becomes the talk of the town, but can the two artists stop talking about each other? Or will their worlds be redrawn and put into a new perspective? The Young Vic will be the blank canvas for The Collaboration, which runs for just seven weeks.
Young Vic, from 16 February.
Photo credit: Dirty Dancing cast, James McAvoy in Cyrano de Bergerac, and Alice Croft and Evie Rose Lane in But I'm A Cheerleader (Photos courtesy of Dirty Dancing, Marc Brenner, and Marc Senior)
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