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See at all the new shows in London and see all the upcoming West End shows with theatre tickets on London Theatre. We’ve listed all the new theatre shows coming to the West End, as well as upcoming West End shows that are reopening. Check out all the new shows in London that are definitely going to impress with our top London musicals guide and top plays in London so you can see all the new theatre shows in town. All shows have to close too, so don’t miss out on the shows closing soon. You won’t want to miss a big hit! 

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7 May 2022 - 4 September 2022

A spine-tingling tale returns to the West End — see it if you dare! In this supernatural thriller, something otherworldly happens every night at 2:22am. Do you believe the dead can return? Test your courage. 2:22 A Ghost Story tickets will be available on London Theatre soon. The 2:22 A Ghost Story play features an intriguing premise. When Jenny and Sam move into a new house, Jenny is convinced their new abode is haunted. They argue about whether or not ghosts exist with their first dinner guests — and all four decide to stay up until 2:22am to confront the unknown. The premiere of 2:22 A Ghost Story took palce at London’s Noel Coward Theatre in 2021. The original cast featured Lily Allen, Hadley Fraser, Julia Chan and Jake Wood. Then 2:22 A Ghost Story returned to the West End for Christmas 2021, starring Encanto actress Stephanie Beatriz. 2:22 A Ghost Story is now at the Criterion Theatre for 2022, its third venue in a year. British theatre has an impressive heritage when it comes to scary stories, so the 2:22 A Ghost Story play follows a fine tradition. The most famous example is Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black, which Stephen Mallatratt adapted for stage in 1987, and which has been performed in London since 1989 — making it the second-longest-running play in West End history. We’ve also had theatrical chillers like The Exorcist, Ghost Stories, Variant 31, Witness for the Prosecution, and Frankenstein. Now hitting the West End is 2:22 A Ghost Story, written by Danny Robins. Robins has form in this area: he created the BBC series Young Dracula and two spook-tastic podcasts, Haunted and The Battersea Poltergeist. Haunted examines real-life experiences, from a racetrack where drivers are seemingly reanimated to parents who were convinced that a ghost was trying to kill their baby daughter, while The Battersea Poltergeist blends drama and documentary to investigate one of Britain’s strangest and most disturbing hauntings. Tickets for 2:22 A Ghost Story in the West End will be available on London Theatre soon.

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7 May 2022 - 27 August 2022

The rain in Spain… stays mainly in the West End! New York’s Lincoln Center Theater 2018 production of My Fair Lady transfers to the London Coliseum. Grow accustomed to the Lerner and Loewe musical as it returns to the West End for the first time in over two decades. My Fair Lady tickets are available on London Theatre now. The My Fair Lady musical tells of Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower girl, who is turned into a lady with the help of phonetics professor Henry Higgins. While she’s being transformed, Eliza loses her accent — and her sense of self. In this revival, Eliza gains a new sense of agency, paving her own path. That’s down to director Bartlett Sher reinterpreting the My Fair Lady ending, and gaining approval from the estates and foundations of My Fair Lady creators Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe. My Fair Lady is based on George Bernard Shaw’s 1913 play, Pygmalion. Adapting Pygmalion into the My Fair Lady musical became Lerner and Loewe’s runaway success; their musical repertoire includes Brigadoon, Camelot, and Gigi. Following a Broadway premiere in 1956, My Fair Lady London eventually came to its London setting in 1958, and has since been revived in the West End three times. This London revival will be the first in 21 years — Martine McCutcheon and Jonathan Pryce starred in My Fair Lady in 2001. This production of My Fair Lady premiered on Broadway in 2018. My Fair Lady ran on Broadway for 15 months, and was nominated for 10 Tony Awards, winning a Tony for Best Costume Design. Now the show has a renewed energy, so you’ll need to grow accustomed to the musical once more. Tickets to My Fair Lady are available now. Book your My Fair Lady tickets on London Theatre.

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13 May 2022 - 2 July 2022

Omigod you guys! Legally Blonde is back in London. Join fashionista lawyer Elle Woods as she teaches audiences a lesson to remember — being true to yourself never goes out of style. Get ready to perfect your bend and snap at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre this summer. Legally Blonde tickets are available on London Theatre now. Just like the Legally Blonde film, the Legally Blonde musical follows UCLA fashion merchandising major, Elle Woods. She’s a headstrong, popular woman, whose collegiate career is what dreams are made of. When her boyfriend, Warner Huntington III, splits up with Elle to head east to Harvard Law School, she takes matters into her own hands. Leaving her Delta Nu sisters to enroll at Harvard Law too, Elle discovers there’s more to herself than hair dye, a good wardrobe, and friends. What, like being at Harvard Law is hard? Legally Blonde is based on the 2001 film of the same name, starring Reese Witherspoon as Elle Woods. The new Legally Blonde London production will be directed by Lucy Moss, who has previously made history as the youngest female Broadway director for Six. She's already proved herself on directing girl power musicals, so we’re excited to see what Moss has up her sleeve. Even though the Legally Blonde story stays faithful to the film, there's an original score, with music and lyrics by Nell Benjamin and Laurence O'Keefe. When Legally Blonde premiered on Broadway in 2007, the musical gained a cult following thanks to songs like "What You Want," "Positive," and "Whipped Into Shape." The musical didn't win any Tony Awards though, and closed after 18 months on Broadway. When Legally Blonde opened in London, the musical enjoyed greater success, running for three years and winning three Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical. Legally Blonde is the first production as part of the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre 2022 season. The season is rounded off by 101 Dalmatians and Antigone. Tickets to Legally Blonde are available now. Book your Legally Blonde tickets on London Theatre today.

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19 May 2022 - 21 October 2022

See how the Tudor monarch impacted England and the world in Henry VIII at Shakespeare’s Globe in summer 2022. Henry VIII tickets are available now on London Theatre. As expected, the Henry VIII play centres on the life of the infamous titular Tudor monarch. He's arguably one of Britain's most famous rulers, but he had a challenging reign. It took him three wives before he finally had a much-desired male heir — Jane Seymour gave birth to Edward, who would become Edward VI, but died in childbirth. Plus he was part of creating the Church of England, a new religion in order to split from his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. Too often, Tudor history focuses solely on Henry VIII, but what did the women think of his decisions? In Henry VIII London performances, Henry's wives fight for justice and change in a paternalistic world where speaking out is unheard of. William Shakespeare and John Fletcher co-wrote Henry VIII in the early 1600s, just 70 years after the Tudor monarch passed. Now with centuries worth of reflection and a historical paradigm shift where the history of women and marginalised groups is closely interrogated, discover Shakespeare’s exploration of power and lineage with a female perspective. Telling Henry VIII’s story has proved pretty popular in the West End in recent years. The Tudor history musical Six is currently at the Vaudeville Theatre, and continues its reign over London. Now the monarch will be in London this summer, so don’t miss his rule. Henry VIII is part of Shakespeare’s Globe 25th anniversary season. The season includes Much Ado About Nothing, Julius Caesar, King Lear, The Tempest and Joan, a new play about Joan of Arc. Find out more about the Shakespeare’s Globe season. Tickets to Henry VIII are available now. Book your Henry VIII tickets on London Theatre today.

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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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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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9 June 2022 - 9 July 2022

The Leeds Playhouse 2021 production of August Wilson’s Jitney parks up in London. The taxi driving play will run for a limited engagement at the Old Vic. Jitney tickets are available on London Theatre now. Set in 1970s Pittsburgh, the Jitney play follows Jim Becker, a taxi-rank manager who oversees a group of unlicensed drivers that ferry people across the Pittsburgh Hill District. These drivers aren’t your ordinary taxi employees though. They’ll head to places which few people would dare visit. But when they’re not driving, they’re whiling the hours away in their taxi rank, a home away from home. They heal old wounds, new tensions rise to the surface, but more importantly they’re always there for one another. Jitney is part of August Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle — a series of plays that examine the Black experience throughout the 20th century. Each play tackles a different decade: Jitney focuses on the 1970s. The Pittsburgh Cycle includes Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Piano Lesson and King Hedley II. Even though Jitney focuses on 1970s America, it was the first play to premiere in the cycle. August Wilson's theatre legacy was celebrated in 2005, with the August Wilson Theatre named in his honour. Tickets to Jitney are available now. Book your Jitney tickets on London Theatre today.

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