West End shows to see in London this spring
The pandemic began in 2020. 2021 saw theatres reopen, albeit cautiously. Now, spring 2022 is the time for London's theatres to really flex their muscles and show what they're made of. As London comes out of its winter chrysalis, the West End transforms into a butterfly, fluttering its wings with new theatre productions, Broadway shows, and plenty of A-listers.
The West End in spring 2022 is filled with exciting openings taking place most weeks. West End theatres are getting a taste of Broadway, as To Kill a Mockingbird makes its long-awaited West End premiere, while the 2018 Broadway revival of My Fair Lady heads to London. There's also star-studded play revivals to watch out for too: Cock, Jerusalem, and The Glass Menagerie all feature award-winning film and theatre actors. West End and Off-West End theatres will showcase brand new musicals and cutting-edge plays too. Read on to find out how the West End will blossom in spring 2022.
Spring West End theatre gets off to a star-studded start with Cock. Bridgerton's Jonathan Bailey and Rocketman's Taron Egerton lead the Cock cast. The provocatively-named play isn't quite as sexual as the title implies, but it's definitely a play for older audiences. Cock follows John (played by Bailey), a gay man in a loving relationship with his boyfriend, M (played by Egerton). Unfortunately, the seven year itch affects their relationship, and John leaves M. Surprisingly, John finds himself falling in love once more — but with a woman. In this unpredictable battle of the sexes, coming out on top is more than just a power struggle.
As well as an A-lister worthy cast, Cock boasts an illustrious creative team. Following her Olivier Award-winning Company revival, Marianne Elliot returns to a relationship-themed play to direct Cock. Merle Hansel's scenic design will include an impressive cockfight scene to watch out for. Cock is only in the West End for three months. Don't miss Cock in London.
If you live in the same place for a long time, you may notice changes in your neighbourhood. Be it demographically, geographically, or in rising house prices, nowhere is quite the same as it was a few years ago. But how can a community change through time? In Bruce Norris' Clybourne Park, changes in the local community aren't always a good thing.
The Clybourne Park narrative focuses on two time periods. First, audiences see a black family purchase a property in a white neighbourhood in 1959. 50 years later, a white family move into the house — but now they're the only white family in the local area. Families struggle to fit in, arguments are rife, and nobody can quite agree anymore in this societal drama. The Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Clybourne Park, receives its 10th anniversary production at the Park Theatre this spring, two years after its original scheduling.
The pandemic changed the way we communicate. People may not see each other face-to-face quite as much, but there's even more ways to talk to one another. Sometimes though, we all need a phone call. A make or break phone call can change everything though — and for one woman in The Human Voice, putting the phone down means giving up on life.
Ruth Wilson plays an unnamed woman in The Human Voice. During a phone call, she learns that her lover will leave her, in order to marry another woman. Unsurprisingly, the woman's mental state turns, and she struggles to understand her newfound situation. Ivo van Hove directs Jean Cocteau's profound monologue, all about love, loneliness, and taking care of yourself. There isn't long for The Human Voice to communicate with audiences though — it's running for three weeks at the Harold Pinter Theatre.
All rise for the West End premiere of To Kill A Mockingbird in London. Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird changed the literary world in 1960. Now, a new generation can experience To Kill A Mockingbird with fresh eyes, thanks to Aaron Sorkin's new stage adaptation.
The To Kill A Mockingbird story follows the original novel's premise. Atticus Finch, a small town Alabama lawyer, finds himself in hot water when he represents a black man in court. Locals and the community-at-wide react, but it's Scout, Atticus' daughter who is deeply affected by what she sees. Find out everything about To Kill a Mockingbird in London.
When To Kill A Mockingbird opened on Broadway, the play broke records as the highest-grossing play of all time. In London, Rafe Spall takes on the iconic role of Atticus Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird at the Gielgud Theatre this spring.
The final season of Killing Eve is just around the corner. For Killing Eve fans and theatre lovers alike, nobody will want to miss Jodie Comer make her highly-anticipated West End debut in the one-woman play, Prima Facie. Comer plays Tessa, a high-flying barrister who is forced to confront her values during a shocking case.
Prima Facie translates from Latin to mean "at first sight," or "based on first impressions." Typically, we don't recommend basing a play entirely off of its first impressions, but we're pretty sure Prima Facie will be an unmissable piece of West End theatre this spring.
There's no need to book a trip to Broadway to see the latest shows this spring. West End theatres are filled with acclaimed Broadway productions too. See the 2018 Broadway revival of My Fair Lady at the London Coliseum this spring. My Fair Lady Eliza Doolittle, a young Cockney woman whose life is transformed by Henry Higgins, a phonetics teacher. Once Eliza is equipped with her new skills, Eliza begins to make her own journey in life.
My Fair Lady may be an older musical, but its score stands the test of time. My Fair Lady features songs such as "The Rain in Spain" and "Ascot Gavotte." Wish you could dance all night? Now you can at the London Coliseum.
Continue the West End starspotting this spring with theatre tickets to see Amy Adams in The Glass Menagerie. The Academy Award-nominated actress takes on the formidable role of Amanda Wingfield. Once a Southern belle, Amanda Wingfield is now fading away from the spotlight, and her day-to-day life isn't helped as she lives with her husband and kids in a small St. Louis apartment.
Over the years, there's been many acclaimed revivals of The Glass Menagerie in London. However, this London 2022 production features a new take on the story — the character of Tom will be shared between two actors, taking a deeper look at the Wingfield's mental state. Don't face seven years of bad luck and shatter your chances of seeing The Glass Menagerie in London. Book tickets now.
Grease and the West End go together like rama lama lama... you get the jist. If you're looking for your very own spring fling at the theatre, head to the Dominion Theatre to see Grease. The 1970s musical follows Sandy and Danny, summer romance sweethearts who suddenly end up at Rydell High together for senior year. Grease in London now has a grittier, earthier feel to it — think more leather jackets, rather than satin Pink Ladies jackets. Plan your Grease London theatre trip now, before the "Summer Nights" are here.
Jez Butterworth's play, Jerusalem, returns for a limited season at the Apollo Theatre. Mark Rylance and Mackenzie Crook reprise their roles of Johnny "Rooster" Byron and Ginger in the multi-award-winning play, named one of the best 21st century dramas, and now you can see it one more time.
The Jerusalem play follows "Rooster," a wanted man who is often caught in sticky situations. When served an eviction notice, Rooster moves into a caravan and begins to live in the woods. The local community wants to wreak revenge on Rooster, but others just want his possessions. So, who can come out on top? There's only one way to find out how the Rooster does it, and that's by seeing Jerusalem in London this spring.
Photo credit: To Kill a Mockingbird on Broadway, and My Fair Lady on Broadway (Photos courtesy of To Kill a Mockingbird and My Fair Lady on Broadway)
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