If 2020 was a disaster for theatre, 2021 should be the year the battered industry gets back on its feet, albeit not immediately. Despite theatres being open on and off for much of the second half of last year, the third lockdown means none will open until at least mid February.
However, with vaccination predicted to get things back to something like normal by Easter, the industry is generally allowing itself the hope that non-socially distanced theatre will be possible after that point, with a slew of major shows due to open in April and May (although don’t be shocked if some of the earlier shows get pushed back). So with those caveats in place – let’s get excited for London theatre in 2021.
Please note: these are ‘new’ productions (some are revivals and transfers) that you wouldn’t have been able to see in London when the theatres closed in March 2020. For a list of the return dates of long-running shows and musicals, see when will London’s big, long-running shows and musicals return?