When are all London shows opening in 2021?
Even though a smattering of West End shows opened in the latter part of 2020, the majority of London theatres have been closed throughout lockdown. With postponed dates becoming somewhat of the norm, it can be difficult to know when to book theatre tickets and guarantee that you will see the show you booked for the original date you selected.
Ahead of the West End’s triumphant return (which we’re hoping is as soon as possible in 2021!) here’s a rundown of when all the London shows are expected to open again, listed by venue name in alphabetical order.
Information will be updated as soon as it is made available, so bookmark this page to ensure you’ve got the latest London theatre news.
The Adelphi Theatre will be home to the West End premiere of Back to the Future: The Musical. Back To The Future will begin performances on 20 August, with a first booking period to 13 Feb. 2022.
Currently, no shows are scheduled to run at the Ambassadors Theatre.
Performances of Everybody's Talking About Jamie are suspended at the moment. Everybody’s Talking About Jamie tickets are on sale from 17 May to 29 Aug. 2021.
Monday Night at the Apollo concerts will take place from 24 May.
The Distance You Have Come is a Scott Alan song cycle, playing at the Apollo Theatre on 21 and 28 June.
Wicked will return to the Apollo Victoria Theatre once it is safe to do so. Wicked tickets are currently available for performances from 21 June to 27 Nov. 2021.
Six will reopen at the Arts Theatre once it is permitted. Six tickets at the Arts are currently available from 24 August to 5 Sept. 2021.
Anything Goes is currently scheduled to reopen the Barbican this year. Anything Goes starts from 23 July and runs to 17 October.
The West End run of Matilda the Musical will continue at the Cambridge Theatre, once the Cambridge can reopen. At the moment, Matilda tickets are on sale from 22 June - 9 Jan. 2022.
The West End premiere of Amelie will open at the Criterion Theatre. Amelie is at the Criterion Theatre from 20 May - 25 September.
The Prince of Egypt will then play to full capacity from 6 September.
After a National Theatre premiere, The Ocean At The End Of The Lane will make its West End debut in 2021. The production will open at the Duke of York’s from 26 October to 12 Feb. 2022, with tickets on sale now.
The London revival of Sister Act was originally scheduled for 2020, then postponed to 2021. Sadly, the production is now taking place in 2022, with Whoopi Goldberg no longer starring. Read here for more information.
The Woman in Black continues its record-breaking run at the Fortune Theatre. Currently, The Woman in Black tickets are available from 25 May to 2 April 2022.
Potted Panto will also return to the Garrick, with new dates to be announced.
Selected performances of Showstopper! The Improvised Musical will now take place from 7 Jun - 11 Oct. 2021.
The Drifters Girl will open at the Garrick Theatre in 2021, with performances from 4 November to 26 Feb. 2022.
Following multiple postponements, Cinderella The Musical will make its long awaited world premiere at the Gillian Lynne Theatre this summer. Cinderella tickets are currently on sale from 14 July to 13 Feb. 2022.
A new season of work will open at the Harold Pinter Theatre from May 2021. Shows include J'Ouvert, Walden with Gemma Arterton and Anna X starring Emma Corrin. Performance dates are to be announced.
First announced to open in April 2020, Hairspray will finally return to London in 2021. Hairspray tickets are on sale from 22 June to 29 Sept. 2021.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will return for another summer season at the London Palladium in 2021, starring Jason Donovan. Performances are currently scheduled from 1 July to 5 Sept. 2021.
West End Live Lounge: The Greats will be held in concert at the Lyric Theatre on 14 June.
Dear Evan Hansen will reopen at the Noel Coward Theatre, once it is safe for theatres to reopen. Performance dates for Dear Evan Hansen are currently unknown.
Mamma Mia! will take audiences to a sunnier destination at the Novello Theatre once more. Mamma Mia! tickets are on sale from 25 August.
Upcoming performances in the main auditorium at The Other Palace are to be announced. The Show Must Go On - The Musical Theatre Story is currently scheduled to play in The Other Palace Studio from 29 April - 1 May, ahead of a series of new British musicals.
Adam Kay: This Is Going To Hurt returns to the Palace for another week in June. This Is Going To Hurt is at the Palace Theatre from 21 - 26 June.
Moulin Rouge: The Musical is expected to open at the Piccadilly Theatre in 2021, with dates to be announced.
Currently, no shows are scheduled to run at the Playhouse Theatre.
Mary Poppins will resume at the Prince Edward Theatre once it is safe to do so. Performances will return from 22 May to 3 Oct. 2021.
The Book of Mormon continues its London run at the Prince of Wales Theatre, once it’s permitted that live theatre can continue. Performances are currently scheduled from 12 July to 8 Jan. 2022.
The West End premiere of Pretty Woman: The Musical will transfer to the Savoy Theatre, after a month of performances at the Piccadilly Theatre. Pretty Woman: The Musical will welcome audiences to Rodeo Drive from 8 July.
Les Miserables: The All-Star Staged Concert will return to the Sondheim Theatre this spring. Les Mis concert performances will take place from 20 May - 5 September.
Les Miserables will then return for a continuous run from 25 September.
The West End premiere of Frozen will open at Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Frozen will now begin performances from 27 August, with a first booking period to 3 Apr. 2022. More information can be found here.
Only Fools and Horses will return to the Theatre Royal Haymarket once live theatre can continue in London.
Jersey Boys will return to London at the brand new Trafalgar Theatre. Jersey Boys has been pushed back by a few weeks though, with tickets currently on sale from 28 July to 31 Oct. 2021.
RuPaul's Drag Race queens The Vivienne, Tia Kofi and Veronica Green will perform for one night only at the Vaudeville. They'll sing their own hits as well as cover versions on 17 May.
Roles We'll Never Play will run over two nights at the Vaudeville Theatre on 22 and 23 May. More information can be found here.
Constellations will be revived this summer, with four casts taking part. Constellations is on from 18 June to 12 September.
After two runs at Southwark Playhouse, The Last Five Years will transfer to the Vaudeville Theatre from 17 September - 13 October.
Performances of Magic Goes Wrong will return at the Vaudeville, currently scheduled from 21 October to 26 Feb. 2022.
Hamilton will return to the Victoria Palace Theatre in a matter of months. Hamilton tickets are currently on sale from 15 May to 3 October.
Leopoldstadt will continue performances at the Wyndham’s Theatre from 12 June to 4 September.
Life of Pi will then make its West End debut from 26 September to 9 Jan. 2022.
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