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London Shows Closing Soon in May 2022

While we wish every show could run forever, shows in London do have to close. See all the London shows closing soon in the West End and around London by checking all the shows closing soon. London closing shows are often buzzing with excitement too, as it may be the last time that a specific story will be told on stage. But for all the shows closing soon in London, new ones will open in their place. Don’t miss out on the shows opening soon in London either as well as the top musicals in London and top plays in London.

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29 March 2022 - 28 May 2022

Who will be the 47th President of the United States? In Mike Bartlett’s new play, The 47th is named ahead of time! American politics play The 47th receives a world premiere at the Old Vic in spring 2022. The 47th tickets are available on London Theatre now. The 47th is a play that explores who could become the 47th President of the United States. Making up your mind about who should serve as the President — or Prime Minister in England — can be a difficult decision. But it's even more challenging for that leader to serve their nation. Set in 2024 — just two years from now — Americans go to the polls to cast their votes. In this future play, democracy is on its knees. There's public outcry at any decisionmaking, and nothing gets done. Somebody needs to take the White House, and implement positive change, but at what cost? Winning the White House is a monumental moment in history, but being “The 47th” in the history books holds more cultural value. Think of 21st-century American politics, and Donald Trump will probably pop up in your mind. Donald Trump features in The 47th as a main character, with Bertie Carvel taking on the tycoon. Carvel’s played many politicians and influential characters during his career, including Rupert Murdoch in Ink, and Tony Blair in the Netflix series, The Crown. Kamala Harris and Ivanka Trump will feature in The 47th too, played by Tamara Tunie and Lydia Wilson respectively. Although it’s a new play, many American political “characters” are likely to feature in The 47th, in order for the play to examine the current state of American politics. The 47th play is the latest work by Mike Bartlett to open in the West End. In 2022, three plays by Mike Bartlett will either receive their West End premiere, or a world premiere in London. The 47th is joined by Cock, starring Jonathan Bailey and Taron Egerton, and Scandaltown at Lyric Hammersmith. No play will get into the nitty gritty of American politics quite like The 47th. Mike Barlett is no stranger to plays with a controversial political outlook. His 2014 play, King Charles III, considered a Commonwealth led by Prince Charles, after Queen Elizabeth II’s passing. Rupert Goold directs The 47th at the Old Vic. Tickets to The 47th are available now. Book your The 47th tickets on London Theatre today.

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4 March 2022 - 4 June 2022

London Theatre Week Jonathan Bailey stars in the West End premiere of Mike Bartlett’s Cock at the Ambassadors Theatre. The award-winning play explores the impact of changing relationships and sexual fluidity. Cock tickets are available on London Theatre now. The Cock play centres around John, a gay man who is in a loving relationship with his boyfriend, M. After seven years living together, the pair take a break, but little does John know it’ll change his identity forever. One morning, John meets a woman, named W, and John begins seeing someone of the opposite sex. Torn between his longterm boyfriend and his new female lover, John’s love life is conflicted. Can he escape the entanglement? Or will the battle of the sexes be redefined? Cock premiered in 2009 at the Royal Court, in a star-studded production featuring Ben Whishaw, Andrew Scott and Katherine Parkinson. The playful, candid production impressed critics, and went on to win the 2010 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre. The West End Cock production boasts a similarly impressive cast too, led by Bridgerton’s Jonathan Bailey as John. He’s joined by Joel Harper-Jackson as M, Jade Anouka as W and Phil Daniels. But it’s not just the Cock London cast to watch out for though. The creative team will definitely make a visual masterpiece too, with an impressive cockfight scene to be staged by Merle Hansel. And with Marianne Elliot directing, after her award-winning gender-swapped revival of Company, everyone will want to see this Cock. Cock is one of Mike Bartlett’s best-known plays. The British playwright is no stranger to London theatres, with new Mike Bartlett plays popping up across the capital, such as King Charles III, Snowflake and Albion. Tickets to Cock are available now. Book your Cock tickets on London Theatre today.

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15 April 2022 - 4 June 2022

You may know of Mary Seacole through school history lessons, historical documentaries or by visiting museums. But there is more to Mary Seacole than the stories passed down through generations and what meets the eye. Discover more about the pioneering Jamaican businesswoman and Crimean war nurse in Marys Seacole at the Donmar Warehouse. Marys Seacole tickets are available now on London Theatre. As expected, the Marys Seacole play follows the titular character throughout her life. Wherever Seacole finds herself, she’s always caring for others, whether it be by her own volition or she’s paid to do so. She works in a nursing home, she serves as a nurse during the Crimean War — Seacole really does it all. But by the end of her life, Seacole still doesn’t have the ability to care for one thing, her own story. Jackie Sibblies Drury’s Marys Seacole play premiered in New York in 2019. The Pulitzer-winning playwright's previous works include Fairview, Really and Social Creatures. In a Marys Seacole review for New York Theatre Guide, the critic said: There is more than one Mary Seacole to meet the eye in Marys Seacole - an extraordinary celebration of a play. This is the style of the play and the lasting echo that follows you out the door.” Mary Seacole’s life is honoured in London through the Mary Seacole Trust, a group that sets out to promote Mary Seacole as a source of inspiration for a diverse and inclusive society. There’s even a statue of Mary Seacole in London, located at St Thomas’ Hospital — and it’s the first statue dedicated to a Black woman in the United Kingdom. Marys Seacoles London performances are at the Donmar Warehouse. The Donmar Warehouse typically houses works previously seen in New York: upcoming shows include A Doll’s House - Part 2 and The Band’s Visit. Tickets to Marys Seacole are available now. Book your Marys Seacole tickets on London Theatre.

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3 February 2022 - 12 June 2022

Carrie Hope Fletcher stars in a brand-new version of Cinderella with a score by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Cinderella tickets are available on London Theatre now. The revisionist take on the classic fairytale reimagines Cinderella as a punk princess. She has been cast out by her family and her town, and she and her prince cannot publicly admit their feelings for each other. Though Cinderella does make it to the ball, it's not a smooth pumpkin carriage ride — she contends with the male gaze and beauty standards along the way. Carrie Hope Fletcher is best known for her musical stage performances in Les Misérables as Fantine and Éponine, which she returned to in 2019 to appear in the all-star concert before returning to the full West End production at the Sondheim Theatre. Fletcher also originated the role of Veronica Sawyer in Heathers the Musical in London. The Cinderella musical features an original book by the Academy Award-winning screenwriter Emerald Fennell. As well as writing Promising Young Woman, which won her an Academy Award, Fennell’s credits include leading the script of season two of BBC's Killing Eve, as well as appearing on screen in Netflix's The Crown, playing Camilla Parker Bowles. Cinderella also features a new score by Lloyd Webber and lyrics by David Zippel. It will be the second time the English composer has partnered with American lyricist — whose other musical work includes City of Angels and Disney's Hercules — since The Woman in White in 2004. Laurence Connor directs the Cinderella musical, with choreography by JoAnn Hunter, reuniting the creatives after they worked together on Lloyd Webber's musicals School of Rock and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Connor's other musical work includes Chess and Miss Saigon in the West End. Tickets to Cinderella are available now. Book Cinderella tickets on London Theatre today.

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14 March 2022 - 18 June 2022

Ralph Fiennes will star in the world premiere of David Hare’s play Straight Line Crazy at the Bridge Theatre. Fiennes will play New York City public official Robert Moses in the brand new play, opening in 2022. Straight Line Crazy tickets are available on London Theatre now. The Straight Line Crazy play explores how the streets of New York City dramatically changed during the 20th century. Right at the heart of this change was Robert Moses, a public official whose career spanned over five decades. He served as the chairman of New York State Council of Parks for nearly 40 years. He held the title of New York Secretary of State. For 18 years, he commissioned New York City planning works. Surely, somebody whose job was focused on helping his community would be considered a good man in the history books. During Moses’ time as a New York City public official, he had built 658 playgrounds, 11 pools and 13 bridges, including the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge. For all this beneficial community work, his steely presence which dominated the city was met by public outcry. In 1974, Robert Caro’s Pulitzer Prize-winning biography The Power Broker took Robert Moses down. Straight Line Crazy examines the drastic changes that took place to the NYC skyline, as well as the impacts it had on locals. Ralph Fiennes leads the Straight Line Crazy London cast as Robert Moses. Straight Line Crazy will mark Fiennes’ second Bridge Theatre show since the pandemic, previously starring in Beat the Devil. He’s also been in T. S. Eliot’s Four Quartets at the Harold Pinter Theatre. For Straight Line Crazy, Fiennes reunites with playwright David Hare and director Nicholas Hytner. They’ll be joined by Bob Crowley, providing scenic design for Straight Line Crazy to capture the New York City landscape at the central London venue. Tickets to Straight Line Crazy are available now. Book Straight Line Crazy tickets on London Theatre today.

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24 May 2022 - 18 June 2022
Underbelly Festival Earls Court
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25 May 2022 - 25 June 2022

“Every heart is made stronger by scars.”

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23 May 2022 - 27 August 2022

Amy Adams will make her West End debut in Tennessee Williams' classic play, The Glass Menagerie. Adams will play Amanda Wingfield in a limited run of The Glass Menagerie at the Duke of York's Theatre. The Glass Menagerie tickets are available on London Theatre now.Described as a four-character memory play, The Glass Menagerie follows Amanda Wingfield and her children Tom and Laura, all living together in an apartment in St. Louis. The Glass Menagerie play is told through the eyes of Tom, who tells of Laura's life as a polio sufferer and her mother's insistence to find her daughter a partner.The Glass Menagerie is a semi-autobiographical play, featuring characters based on Williams' own family. It was first performed in Chicago in 1944, and was a reworking of The Gentleman Caller, a previous short story by Williams. The Glass Menagerie would ultimately become one of Williams' greatest works, with future plays including Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and A Streetcar Named Desire.Amy Adams is a six-time Academy Award-nominated actress, who has starred in movies such as Vice, American Hustle and Junebug. Adams makes her play debut in The Glass Menagerie, having been in a New York revival of Into the Woods in 2012. The full The Glass Menagerie London cast stars Paul Hilton and Tom Glynn-Carney, who will share the role of Tom. The decision to split the role of Tim is by director Jeremy Herrin, wishing to explore Tom's fragmented character. Paul Hilton and Tom Glynn-Carney have both been in acclaimed productions; Hilton starring in The Inheritance and Glynn-Carney in The Ferryman. Lizzie Annis and Victor Alli complete the cast. The Glass Menagerie London premiere was in 1948, starring Helen Hayes as Amanda Wingfield and was directed by John Gielgud. Now, both aforementioned thespians have theatres named after them on Broadway and in the West End respectively. Recent revivals of The Glass Menagerie include a Young Vic production in 2010, starring Deborah Findlay. In 2017, Cherry Jones starred in The Glass Menagerie, which was a seven-time Tony Award-nominated production that transferred from Broadway.Even though we don't know what The Glass Menagerie stage will look like, we can already get excited. Scenic design is by Vicki Mortimer, who has previously worked on Follies at the National Theatre. Lighting design is by Paule Constable, who has worked on The Ocean at the End of the Lane, also at the Duke of York's Theatre. Tickets to The Glass Menagerie are available now. Book your The Glass Menagerie tickets on London Theatre today.Important COVID-19 informationMaskWe recommend that you wear a mask while inside this venue.Proof of vaccine and/or testYou are required to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test or proof of vaccination in order to attend this performance.Health checkWhen you arrive at this venue, you may be asked to fill out a health questionnaire or have your temperature taken.Covid safetyThis venue has additional Covid-19 safety measures in place to ensure the health and well-being of the staff, performers, and guests.Additional informationThis venue is complying with the latest industry 'See It Safely' guidelines.

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