COVID-19: What displays are reopening and when, as actors get able to grace the degree once more


For many theatres, their auditoriums have no longer observed an target market since March 2020.

On-line displays, reminiscent of Hire, A Christmas Carol and Mischief Film Night time, have introduced satisfaction to theatre fanatics all through the lockdown, appearing off the range of the field because it tried to navigate the pandemic.

And whilst on-line performances have saved us entertained at the lengthy lockdown nights over the past 12 months, actors, creatives and punters alike are taking a look ahead to the go back of reside theatre.

Underneath is a rolling checklist of performs, musicals and traveling displays because of get again underneath approach, because the high minister’s roadmap progresses.

You must notice that these kind of dates may transfer, in keeping with the additional easing of lockdown restrictions, and a few theatres have already mentioned {that a} detrimental COVID-19 take a look at or evidence of getting a vaccine could also be wanted as a situation of access.


Les Miserables

The place: Sondheim Theatre, London

When: Live performance model runs from 20 Might and entire display begins on 25 September

Do you listen the folk sing? Neatly it is possible for you to to quickly when the super-popular Les Mis reopens later within the yr.

A socially-distanced live performance model of the display will run first on the newly refurbished Sondheim Theatre from 20 Might, and can celebrity X-Issue and Eurovision performer Lucie Jones as Fantine.

From 25 September, the whole model of the West Finish’s longest-running display will run, barricades and all, within the hope that audiences can pack out the theatres as soon as once more.

Les Mis will return with a staged concert in May. Pic: Johan Persson
Les Mis will go back with a staged live performance in Might. Percent: Johan Persson

Everyone’s Speaking About Jamie

The place: Apollo Theatre, London

When: 20 Might

Everyone’s Speaking About Jamie follows the real-life tale of faculty student Jamie Campbell (Jamie New within the display) who grew up in Sheffield short of to be a drag queen.

EastEnders actor Shane Richie will sign up for the display as Jamie’s drag mentor when it reopens in Might.

The display will even excursion later within the yr, with a movie model of the musical, starring Richard E Grant, popping out quickly.

Everybody's Talking About Jamie will reopen on Shaftesbury Avenue
Everyone’s Speaking About Jamie will reopen on Shaftesbury Road


The place: Lyric Theatre, London

When: 21 Might

The musical, that includes Henry VIII’s other halves as a lady band, placed on a handful of performances over summer time and Christmas, just for them to be closed down once more because of lockdowns.

Six, identified for its thumping, high-energy pop numbers, will run socially-distanced in its new house on the Lyric Theatre from 21 Might.

Courtney Bowman as Anne Boleyn in Six The Musical: Pic: Pamela Raith.jpg
Courtney Bowman as Anne Boleyn in Six The Musical: Percent: Pamela Raith

Heathers the Musical

The place: Theatre Royal Haymarket, London

When: 21 June

How very! The cult musical returns for an encore run on the Haymarket following its smash-hit residency on the theatre in 2018.

In response to the 80s movie of the similar identify, the display addresses teenager suicide, frame symbol and highschool romances.

Heathers will even excursion the United Kingdom round the similar time as its 12-week West Finish run.

Heathers (seen here during its 2018 run) will return to the West End. Pic: Pamela Raith
Heathers (observed right here all through its 2018 run) will go back to the West Finish. Percent: Pamela Raith


The place: London Coliseum

When: 22 June

Michael Ball and Les Dennis lead the solid within the sixties-based display that touches on racial equality and fatphobia.

Like different displays, it was once because of open in 2020, however delays have intended it handiest has a restricted run later this yr.

Michael Ball winner of 'Best Actor in a Musical' in the press room at the Olivier Awards 2013, at the Royal Opera House, in Covent Garden, central London.
Michael Ball is about to reprise the of Edna when Hairspray reopens


The place: Gillian Lynne Theatre, London

When: 25 June

A brand spanking new musical model of the vintage fairy story Cinderella, reimagined by way of Andrew Lloyd Webber, will open in June.

Its debut, which options musical theatre celebrity Carrie Hope Fletcher within the identify position, has been again and again hit by way of delays because of the pandemic.

It additionally boasts an Oscar-winning creator besides – Emerald Fennell, who received an Academy Award for writing Promising Younger Lady, penned the display.

Carrie Hope Fletcher will play the title role in Cinderella. Pic:
Carrie Hope Fletcher will play the identify position in Cinderella

Joseph And The Wonderful Technicolour Dreamcoat

The place: The London Palladium

When: 1 July

Jason Donovan returns (regardless that no longer as Joseph!) for a restricted run of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s bible-based musical on the world-famous theatre in the summertime.

The display is known for launching the degree careers of other people like Donovan and Philip Schofield, and for its hit music Any Dream Will Do.

Jason Donovan will swap the dreamcoat for the crown as he plays the pharo Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat in the summer
Jason Donovan will change the dreamcoat for the crown as he performs the pharaoh in Joseph And His Wonderful Technicolour Dreamcoat in the summertime

The Prince of Egypt

The place: Dominion Theatre, London

When: 1 July

There shall be miracles… when The Prince of Egypt returns over summer time on the Tottenham Court docket Highway venue.

The display is the degree model of the record-breaking animated musical movie of the similar identify that tells the biblical tale of Moses and Rameses.

The Prince of Egypt will reopen at the Dominion Theatre in July. Pic: Matt Crockett
The Prince of Egypt will reopen on the Dominion Theatre in July. Percent: Matt Crockett

Lovely Lady

The place: Savoy Theatre, London

When: eight July

That is after all the musical model of the vintage rom-com Lovely Lady.

It has a wholly new soundtrack, co-written by way of cushy rock icon Bryan Adams, and can celebrity former Hollyoaks actor Danny Mac.

Danny Mac attending the Olivier Awards 2017, held at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
Danny Mac, who performed Dodger in Hollyoaks, will celebrity in Lovely Lady

Phantom Of The Opera

The place: Her Majesty’s Theatre, London

When: 21 July

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s display was once rumoured to be remaining for just right remaining yr, however the theatre impresario promised to restore the musical after a refit on the theatre.

The display, which has been operating since 1986, and is London’s second-longest operating musical, helps to keep audiences coming again with its rock opera-inspired rating and ambitious staging.

Phantom of the Opera will reopen in the summer. Pic: Johan Persson
Phantom Of The Opera will reopen in the summertime. Percent: Johan Persson

Come From Away

The place: Phoenix Theatre, London

When: 22 July

Come From Away is the actual tale concerning the planes that have been diverted to the city of Gander, on Newfoundland, Canada following the 9/11 assaults.

The only-act Olivier-winning musical combines emotional testimony, rousing songs and light-hearted moments to inform it is implausible tale.

Come From Away tells the true story of the flights that were diverted to Newfoundland after 9/11
Come From Away tells the actual tale of the flights that have been diverted to Newfoundland after 9/11

The rest Is going

The place: Barbican Theatre, London

When: 23 July

The rest Is going returns to London with an all-star solid on this celebrated Broadway display.

Tony and Olivier Award-winning Robert Lindsay and Emmy-award successful Megan Mullally (of Will And Grace status) will tread the forums on the Barbican, along singer Gary Wilmot and actress Felicity Kendall.

Megan Mullally will star in Anything Goes. Pic: Hubert Boesl/picture-alliance/dpa via AP
Megan Mullally will celebrity in The rest Is going. Percent: Hubert Boesl/picture-alliance/dpa by way of AP

Jersey Boys

The place: Trafalgar Studios, London

When: 28 July

A fan favorite – Jersey Boys is making its as far back as the West Finish from summer time.

It is a gritty retelling of the tale of Frankie Valli and the 4 Seasons set in opposition to the backdrop of 1960s The us. Numbers come with December 1963 (Oh, What a Night time!), Sherry, and Beggin’.

The 2014 West End cast of fan favourite Jersey Boys. Pic: Jon Furniss/Invision via AP
The 2014 West Finish solid of fan favorite Jersey Boys. Percent: Jon Furniss/Invision by way of AP

Lion King

The place: Lyceum Theatre, London

When: 29 July

A West Finish stalwart – The Lion King is according to the 1994 Disney animated movie of the similar identify, and has been operating within the West Finish since 1999.

It options stunning animal puppetry to Elton John and Tim Rice’s right away recognisable soundtrack, which incorporates The Circle Of Existence, Hakuna Matata and Can You Really feel The Love This night?

The Lion King will roar on to stage in the summer
The Lion King will roar directly to degree in the summertime

Mary Poppins

The place: Prince Edward Theatre, London

When: 7 August

The almost best possible degree re-telling of the vintage Disney tale will as soon as once more open in August.

It options musical theatre stars Zizi Strallen and Charlie Stemp as Mary and Bert, and numbers reminiscent of Step In Time and Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

Mary Poppins will reopen in August. Pic: Cameron Mackintosh
Mary Poppins will reopen in August. Percent: Cameron Waterproof coat

Mamma Mia

The place: Harewood Area, Leeds

When: 13 August

Right here we cross once more – the arena noted display about Sophie and her 3 dads set to an Abba soundtrack, begins up once more in August.

It’s going to additionally head out on excursion in the summertime, after its outside manufacturing in Leeds.

A company date for a West Finish go back has nonetheless no longer been introduced.

Aerial image of Harewood House at sunset taken in December 2017.
Harewood Area will host an out of doors manufacturing of Mamma Mia in the summertime


The place: Victoria Palace Theatre, London

When: 19 August

Just a little extra time to Wait For It, as The Room The place It Occurs will reopen in August.

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ground-breaking hip-hop musical concerning the first treasury secretary Alexander Hamilton has received oodles of Tonys, Oliviers or even Grammys, and the unique manufacturing of the display may even be watched in complete on Disney+.

Hamilton, the story of the birth of American democracy, will reopen in August. Pic: Matthew Murphy/Cameron Mackintosh
Hamilton, the tale of the delivery of American democracy, will reopen in August. Percent: Matthew Murphy/Cameron Waterproof coat

Again To The Long run The Musical

The place: Adelphi Theatre, London

When: 20 August

Nice Scott! The musical model of the cult 1985 movie Again To The Long run drives its DeLorean directly to the West Lead to August, that includes the music The Energy Of Love along a brand new soundtrack.

It had its preview run in Manchester ahead of the lockdown, and noticed its London debut behind schedule by way of the pandemic.

Shuttered for now - but the Delorean will be driving into London's Adelphi Theatre soon. Pic: AP
It is shuttered for now however the DeLorean shall be riding into London’s Adelphi Theatre quickly. Percent: AP

Frozen The Musical

The place: Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London

When: 27 August

Get able for extra families full of little Annas and Elsas – Frozen the Musical is according to the 2013 smash-hit Disney movie of the similar identify.

Sure, it includes a belting reside rendition of Let it Pass, in addition to a raft of latest songs written particularly for the degree model.

The West Finish model has already solid its Elsa, with Les Mis actress Samantha Barks taking at the position.

Stephanie McKeon and Samantha Barks will play Anna and Elsa in Frozen. Pic: Julia Kennedy for Disney
Stephanie McKeon and Samantha Barks will play Anna and Elsa in Frozen. Percent: Julia Kennedy for Disney

Matilda The Musical

The place: Cambridge Theatre, London

When: 16 April

The Royal Shakespeare Corporate’s manufacturing of Roald Dahl’s Matilda, a couple of telekinetic, reading-obsessed little woman, gets again on degree in September.

Matilda options songs from Aussie comic and songwriter Tim Minchin, in addition to a solid of gifted kids.

Matilda The Musical reopens in September
Matilda The Musical reopens in September


The place: Apollo Victoria, London

When: 17 September

The extremely Fashionable Wizard Of Ozprequel musical which tells the tale of Elphaba and the way she turns into the Depraved Witch of the West flies again onto degree in September.

Depraved, which is likely one of the longest operating musicals in London, options the massively recognisable quantity Defying Gravity and has spawned degree stars around the globe.

Wicked flies back on to stage in September. Pic: Matt Crockett
Depraved flies again directly to degree in September. Percent: Matt Crockett


The place: Shaftesbury Theatre, London

When: 24 September

&Juliet is a pop-fuelled retelling of Romeo And Juliet that imagines what will have took place had (and spoiler incoming) Juliet no longer killed herself.

It is set in opposition to one of the largest pop songs in historical past, all written by way of songwriter supremo Max Martin, together with I Kissed A Lady, Oops! I Did It Once more and I Need It That Manner.

&Juliet is set against a lively pop soundtrack. Pic: Johan Persson
&Juliet is about in opposition to a full of life pop soundtrack. Percent: Johan Persson


The Mousetrap

The place: St Martin’s Theatre, London

The longest operating display in London returns for a socially distanced, all-star run in Might.

Danny Mac will lead the solid in Agatha Christie’s vintage whodunnit play upon its go back.

People walk past the closed doors of the St Martin's Theatre London, home to Aghata Christie's 'The Mousetrap', which is the world's longest continuously running play, the day after Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered theatres, pubs and restaurants across the country to close as the Government announced unprecedented measures to cover the wages of workers who would otherwise lose their jobs due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The Mousetrap is the longest operating West Finish display in London


The place: Duchess Theatre, London

When: 18 Might

Emblem new one-man-play Cruise shall be probably the most first displays to open when restrictions permit in Might.

The crew is in large part made up of West Finish debutants, and is a daring, true tale a couple of guy who’s instructed he’s HIV certain and given 4 years to reside – and permits his hedonistic way of life to take over.

Cruise will be one of the first shows to open in May
Cruise shall be probably the most first displays to open in Might

Magic Mike Reside

The place: The Hippodrome On line casino, London

When: 21 Might

You’ll catch Channing Tatum’s risqué display for a restricted time, which includes a team of toned, most commonly topless, males placing on a dance efficiency.

The movie of the similar identify, which stars Tatum, is loosely according to his personal reviews.

Channing Tatum pictured with dancers from Magic Mike Live in Piccadilly Circus, London, as the giant screens welcome the show to the capital.
Channing Tatum’s Magic Mike is returning to the Hippodrome in August

Underneath Milk Picket

The place: Olivier Theatre, Nationwide Theatre, London

When: 16 June

Michael Sheen will celebrity within the Dylan Thomas play because it opens the Nationwide Theatre in June.

It is going to run socially distanced for its complete run, and at a 3rd of its standard 1,500 seat capability.

Michael Sheen during the filming for the Graham Norton Show at BBC Studioworks 6 Television Centre, Wood Lane, London, to be aired on BBC One on Friday evening.
Michael Sheen will open the Nationwide Theatre


The place: Theatre Royal, Windsor

When: 21 June

Sir Ian McKellen will go back to the position of Hamlet in June in Shakespeare’s play of the similar identify.

The display was once hit by way of pandemic-related delays in 2020, with rehearsals to begin with starting in September.

Sir Ian McKellen attending the Cats Photocall held at The Corinthia Hotel, London.
Sir Ian McKellen will as soon as once more play Hamlet when the display is carried out in Windsor

The Play That Is going Fallacious

The place: Duchess Theatre, London

When: 18 June

This multi-award successful slapstick play from the crew at Mischief Theatre returns in June.

The corporate were busy all over lockdown, recording their TV programme The Is going Fallacious Display, and placing on months value of reside streamed improv displays to hundreds of thousands of other people.

The similar corporate will even open Magic Is going Fallacious, which they co-wrote with Vegas legends Penn and Teller, in October on the Vaudeville Theatre.

Mischief Theatre will reopen two of their shows over the coming months. Pic: Robert Day
Mischief Theatre will reopen two in their displays over the approaching months. Percent: Robert Day

Different notable displays and venues which are reopening come with Shakespeare’s Globe, which is able to run socially-distanced, interval-free outside displays, David Walliams’ Billionaire Boy on the Garrick Theatre and Terrible Histories on the Apollo.

Native theatres

Theatres around the nation that experience up to now introduced they’re reopening with native productions come with:

• Birmingham Rep

• Chester Storyhouse

• Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, Chester

• Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

• Oxford Playhouse

• Royal & Derngate, Northampton

• Nottingham Playhouse

• Theatre Royal Tub

• Curve, Leicester

• Salford Lowry

All of the above will open their doorways in Might.

Traveling displays

A handful of displays have introduced plans to excursion the rustic this yr, together with:

Inform Me On A Sunday

The place: Malvern, then directly to Shrewsbury, Chelmsford and Canterbury

When: 15 June

Rocky Horror Display

The place: Southampton, then directly to Canterbury, Milton Keynes and Nottingham

When: 12 July

Bedknobs And Broomsticks The Musical

The place: Newcastle, then directly to Canterbury, Southend and Dublin

When: 14 August

Attractiveness And The Beast The Musical

The place: Bristol, then directly to Liverpool, Edinburgh and Cardiff

When: 25 August

Waitress The Musical

The place: Wimbledon, then directly to Leeds, Crawley and Sheffield

When: four September

Magic Mike Area Excursion

The place: Belfast, then directly to Glasgow, Aberdeen and Leeds

When: Might 2022


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