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Top West End theatre to see in August

Find out the best shows to see in London in August 2022.

Sophie Thomas
Sophie Thomas

In August, our theatre eyes don't just look towards the West End. They’re also looking at the hit shows running at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. But there’s plenty of London theatre events taking place in the West End all month long.

Don’t miss out on all the new shows in August 2022. See the Olivier-nominated play, Cruise, return to the West End this summer. Or why not plan several trips to the Theatre Royal Drury Lane to see Chess, Kinky Boots and Treason live?

There's also lots of Off-West End theatre taking place in August 2022. Check out the must-see Off-West End theatre opening this month.

Here’s our top picks for West End theatre in August 2022. Book tickets to West End shows in August 2022 on London Theatre.

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Chess

The Cold War-themed Chess musical returns to the West End for three concert performances at Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Chess follows two chess grandmasters who battle it out on the chess board and for a woman. Will the grandmasters strategise to the best of their abilities? Samantha Barks, Hadley Fraser, and Joel Harper-Jackson star in Chess.

Theatre Royal Drury Lane, from 1 August.

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Kinky Boots

Leave expectations at the door... and enjoy the Olivier-winning musical, Kinky Boots, at Theatre Royal Drury Lane this summer. Join the shoe-making factory owner Charlie Price as he opens up new avenues of footwear, thanks to drag queen Lola. The Kinky Boots concert cast includes Matt Wills as Charlie, Cedric Neal as Lola and Courtney Bowman as Lauren.

Theatre Royal Drury Lane, from 8 August.

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Cruise

February 29th, 1988. It should be Michael’s last day on Earth. Four years ago, Michael was diagnosed with HIV and told he’ll have four years left on Earth. He wants to go out with a bang and says bye to everyone — but then he survives? What happens when you continue telling your story?

Jack Holden’s Olivier-nominated debut play, Cruise, returns to the West End in August 2022.

Apollo Theatre, from 13 August.

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Blippi the Musical

There’s lots of family-friendly West End theatre taking place during the summer months. But if you’ve got young children to entertain throughout the summer holidays, book your Blippi tickets now. The Blippi television series comes to life on stage, complete with singing, dancing, and lots of playtime. Here’s all the family-friendly West End theatre this summer.

Apollo Theatre, from 16 August.

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Treason

There's many London shows based on historical events. But there's one moment in British history that was previously left untouched: the Gunpowder Plot. All that changes with Treason. Discover what happened with Guy Fawkes's failed Gunpowder Plot in the 17th century. After Treason wowed audiences at West End Live, see Treason in concert. Carrie Hope Fletcher, Bradley Jaden, Daniel Boys, and Les Dennis star.

Theatre Royal Drury Lane, from 22 August.

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All of Us

Francesca Martinez writes and stars in her debut play All Of Us at the National Theatre in summer 2022. Martinez plays Jess, a young woman whose world starts to crumble when money becomes a little bit tighter. All of Us aims to reflect the ups and downs of everyday life, especially in a cost of living crisis.

Dorfman Theatre, from 27 July.

Wonderville

In 2021, Wonderville took over the West End. In our Wonderville review, we said: "The only trick the show needs to pull off now is finding a permanent London billing." Now, a year later, Wonderville gets just that. Visit the new, purpose-built West End venue. See world-class acts showcase their latest magic and stunts in an intimate space.

Wonderville, from 9 August.

A Different Stage

Take That frontman Gary Barlow heads to the West End with his solo theatre show A Different Stage. The Calendar Girls and Finding Neverland musical creator shares what it’s like to live in and out of the spotlight through his hit songs. Expect plenty of chat about the Take That musical The Band too.

Duke of York’s Theatre, from 30 August.

Photo credit: Cruise (Photo courtesy of production)

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