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Where to watch celebrities onstage in the West End

Marianka Swain
Marianka Swain

The West End is allowing audiences to see world-class entertainment before their very eyes. There are plenty of opportunities to catch celebrities in person — still from a safe distance — as well as virtually. From high-energy musical, classic dramas and new stories, having a celebrity in a show can introduce a new audience to the theatre, which can only be a good thing .

Which celebrities are in the West End?

Here are some of the starry performances on offer in 2022 and beyond. We've listed some of the major performers taking part in London shows in the coming months. But if you're looking for even more opportunities to be a star-spotter, then why not check out our stars on stage page?

Amy Adams

Could the six-time Oscar-nominated actress dominate the West End? The Junebug, Doubt and American Hustle star will make her London theatre debut as Amanda Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie. Throughout her career, she’s stuck her teeth into a variety of roles: playing a ditsy princess in Enchanted to Lynne Cheney in Vice. Can she strike it in a Tennessee Williams drama?

It’s likely. Her stage credits include the Baker’s Wife in a 2012 Off-Broadway production and she received high praise. See Amy Adams in The Glass Menagerie.

Book The Glass Menagerie tickets on London Theatre.

Beverley Knight

The queen of soul has now become the unrivalled queen of West End theatre. Perhaps unbelievably, Knight only made her West End debut in 2013, cast as Rachel Marron in The Bodyguard, a role made famous by Whitney Houston. Now, with theatre credits including Memphis, Cats and Sylvia, she's definitely a force to be reckoned with.

Knight's next role is set to be an exciting one too, playing the lauded music manager Faye Treadwell in The Drifters Girl at the Garrick Theatre. The powerhouse cast includes Matt Henry and Tarinn Callender. The show introduces the Drifters' music to a new audience. She's also starring in Sister Act at the Eventim Apollo.

Book The Drifters Girl tickets on London Theatre.

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Carrie Hope Fletcher

Carrie Hope Fletcher is a West End leading lady for the younger generations. In an exciting career to date, she's starred in Heathers, Les Miserables, Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. She's not just a theatre star too — the multi-hyphenate has also enjoyed a successful literary and YouTube career. Not one to rest on her laurels, Fletcher continues to perform on stage, now originating a role in a world premiere musical.

Audiences can currently see Fletcher play Cinderella in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cinderella at the Gillian Lynne Theatre. Rather than playing a dolled up princess, this Cinderella is a fiery, determined individual with a definite spark, thanks to Fletcher's excellent portrayal.

Book Cinderella tickets on London Theatre.

Emilia Clarke

“I am the Mother of Dragons,” says Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones. But now the HBO star returns to the stage, as she plays Nina in The Seagull. You’re not having deja vu, Clarke first played the role in 2020. However the pandemic scuppered performances early on in the run, so Clarke returns to command the stage. She’s appeared in Broadway productions before, including Breakfast at Tiffany’s as Holly Golightly. Now she stars in the Chekhov play as Nina, a fame-hungry young woman.

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Ralph Fiennes

Ralph Fiennes has numerous iconic films on his CV, including Schindler's List, The English Patient, The Constant Gardener, In Bruges, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Skyfall and the Harry Potter movies, in which he played the terrifying Lord Voldemort. He made his directorial debut with a film adaptation of Coriolanus, and also became renowned for his Shakespearean work on stage; he won a Tony Award for his Hamlet on Broadway, and an Evening Standard Award for the National's Antony and Cleopatra.

In 2020, Fiennes starred in Beat The Devil at the Bridge Theatre, which was all about playwright David Hare's experience of contracting Covid-19. Now, he's in Straight Line Crazy at the Bridge Theatre.

Book Straight Line Crazy tickets are on sale now.

Photo credit: Ralph Fiennes in Straight Line Crazy (Photo courtesy of production)

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