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London’s best theater to book in 2022, from Prima Facie to Henry V


down ! London theaters have plenty of brilliant shows in store for the public in 2022.

From all-star tricks of Amy Adams, Kit Harington, and Jodie Comer to long-awaited Broadway transfers, long-desired covers, and exciting new writing, here’s our guide to the things to do in the New Year …

the light

Ria Zmitrowicz to star in The Glow

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A number

Paapa Essiedu

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At 83, Caryl Churchill presented a new play this year: Now January sees a revival of his most focused and accessible work, a study of the moral and emotional implications of cloning, with Lennie James and Paapa Essiedu as the father and – may be ? – son, under the direction of Lindsay Turner. Nick curtis

Our generation

Alecky Blythe’s latest verbatim to open in NT


Teenage dreams, so hard to beat? Maybe not, if you inherit a burning planet and a shattered economy, but Alecky Blythe’s new text show should give us an idea of ​​how Gen Z feels. interviews with 12 young people from across the UK. JT

Henri v

Kit Harington

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Game of Thrones star Kit Harington returns to the stage after his 2016 Doctor Faustus and 2018 True West as Shakespeare’s Martial King, in a Max Webster-led production that promises to analyze what it means to be English and how. we relate to Europe. Timely … NC

The collaboration

Paul Bettany to play Andy Warhol at Young Vic

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A recurring role in The Vision in the Marvel Universe kept Paul Bettany out of the London scene for a while, but he’s back as Andy Warhol opposite Jeremy Pope as Jean-Michel Basquiat in one play. examining the artistic rivalry of New Zealand writer Antony ‘The Two Popes’ McCarten. NC

After the end

Dennis Kelly is an incredibly lawless playwright, so I can’t wait to see his take on the apocalypse. Directed by Lyndsey Turner, it is about a pair of colleagues who wake up in a shelter after a nuclear explosion, with just enough food and water to last another fortnight. And you thought Zoom meetings were bad. JT


Taron Egerton

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Aside from the sheer thrill of watching West End audiences say ‘hi, I’m here for Cock’ at the front row at the box office, this cover of Mike Bartlett’s battle of the sexes comedy should be a lot of fun. Marianne Elliott directs a fabulous cast, with Taron Egerton, Jonathan “Anthony Bridgerton” Bailey, Jade Anouka and Phil Daniels. JT

Human voice

Ruth wilson


Divine Ruth Wilson reunites with visionary Dutch director Ivo van Hove – following their astonishing and modernized Hedda Gabler at the National in 2016 – for Jean Cocteau’s 1930 monologue, delivered by a woman on the phone. Thirty-one performances only. NC

Crazy straight line

Ralph fiennes


After playing David Hare in The Writer’s Tale of Having Covid, Beating the Devil, Ralph Fiennes returns to the bridge as Robert Moses, the unelected autocratic planner who mapped out Manhattan, in Hare’s review of the shortcomings of democracy. Nicholas Hytner is directing. NC

Kill a mockingbird

Rafe Spall

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This adaptation of the Harper Lee courtroom classic faced some legal wrangling, including accusations that Aaron Sorkin’s version strayed too far from the book – the case was ultimately settled. After a hit on Broadway, he finally arrives in the West End with Rafe Spall playing Atticus Finch. JT


British audiences are patiently waiting to familiarize themselves with the work of Jeremy O. Harris, described by GQ as “one of the most exciting voices of his generation”. Finally, almost two years after its opening, we’ll see its piece Daddy – about a young black artist and an older white art collector – when it premieres in the UK at Almeida. JT

Corn is green

Nicolas walker


The brilliant Nicola Walker plays the inspiring teacher in Emlyn Williams’ play on the power of literacy, a role last performed in London by Patricia Routledge in 1991. Dominic Cooke’s production promises to revamp what was considered like a workhorse. NC


For his latest play, Mike Bartlett appears to have turned the ruthless world of online cancellation culture into a restoration comedy. It looks a bit like Steve Buscemi in a baseball cap, but then again, Bartlett’s blank verse imagining the future of the royal family, King Charles III, turned out to be one of the defining pieces of the latter. decade, therefore. JT

Marys seacole

Anyone who saw Fairview at the Young Vic in 2019 will know that Jackie Sibblies Drury has an intrepid fascination with reinventing form. Her latest film sees her blowing up the idea for the biopic, taking the story of Jamaican nurse Mary Seacole and exploring ideas for whether someone is really responsible for her own story. JT

The burnt city

After spawning countless inferior imitators here and conquering New York City, immersive theater’s top proponents, Punchdrunk, return for a show inspired by Greek myth and set in two listed buildings at Woolwich Arsenal. NC


It’s ridiculous to talk about “career-defining” roles with Mark Rylance, but here the mercurial star returns to one of his best: pagan roister-doister Johnny “Rooster” Byron, in Jez Butterworth’s hymn in Albion. Mackenzie Crook and director Ian Rickson are also back. NC

At first glance

Jodie comer


It’s a cute ball move from Jodie Comer to star in a one-woman show as a West End debut. Still, if anyone can do it, it’s this fearless star, who won awards as Villanelle in Killing Eve and has now broken into Hollywood. She will play a criminal lawyer who defends men accused of sexual assault – and then experiences it herself. JT


In 2017, David Eldridge’s debut – a leading romantic comedy about two latecomers at the end of a night out at home – won rave reviews and moved to the West End. In happy news it turns out it was part of a trilogy: Middle, about an honest conversation between a married couple, will reunite Eldridge with Beginning director Polly Findlay. JT


Oklahoma! The sexy version! Come to London! Tony-winning Daniel Fish’s 2019 Broadway cover debut at Young Vic next spring, in a clean-lined production that totally reinvents the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. Buckle up your cowboys belt, it seems like a pretty big hit. JT


In Mexico it is called “Vaselina”, but in the English speaking world, “Grease” is the word. Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey’s 1971 high school musical began in a Chicago nightclub and took the world by storm. This revival promises all the favorite songs as well as some of the original grain. NC

two Palestinians are fighting

I’m not sure if the image invoked or the lowercase letters in the title are meant to be more provocative, but Sami Ibrahim’s award-winning play is set in 2043 and features, well … two Palestinians on the verge of lashing out. their. Omar Elerian directs. NC

House of Shadows

Anne-Marie Duff

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Who doesn’t love a full-bodied family saga? This new play from Beth Steel, which won our Most Promising Playwright award in 2014 for her epic debut film Wonderland, spans five decades in the life of the Webster family. With Anne Marie-Duff at the head of the casting, he will retrace the evolution of the fortune of a working-class family against the backdrop of industrial decline. JT

My beautiful lady

My beautiful lady will come to the West End


Bartlett Sher’s multi-award winning Lincoln Center staging by Alan Jay Lerner and evergreen music by Frederick Loewe transfer across the pond to his natural home. Will Henry Higgins be able to turn Cockney Eliza into a Duchess? Gor blimey, wait and see … NC

The revenge of a blonde

The programming of this property should be illegal, quite frankly: Lucy Moss, co-creator of Six the Musical and the youngest woman to direct a Broadway show, will direct the first major UK cover of Legally Blonde the Musical. Prepare to lean over and make your way to the front row of the box office queue. JT

Glass factory

Amy Adams makes her West End debut


Amy Adams has come a long way since her early days in theater: Now the multiple Oscar nominee and SAG / Golden Globe award winner is making her West End debut in Tennessee Williams. Jeremy Herrin conducts. NC

The Seagull

Emilia Clarke in The Seagull, finally opening after a delay

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Jamie Lloyd’s highly anticipated and reworked Chekhov with Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke was set to open at the Playhouse when the first lockdown hit. Now he’s been resurrected with the return of many original sets. Alleluia. NC