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The best new London theatre for 2021 – shows not to miss

Our pick of the best new plays, shows and musicals to book for in London’s theatres in 2021 and 2022

Andrzej Lukowski
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Andrzej Lukowski
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It’s finally happening: the theatres are reopening, social distancing is hopefully on its way out, and it feels like there’s a reasonable chance that you can book for plays and musicals with the reasonable expectation that they’ll actually go ahead.

We’re still a long way from back to normal  but if we can get through to the press nights for ‘Frozen’ and ‘Back to the Future’ without a hitch, it might just be okay.

So let’s get excited for London theatre in 2021.

Please note: these are ‘new’ productions. 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?

Unmissable theatre shows coming to London in 2021

  • Theatre
  • Shakespeare
  • Islington

Four-times Oscar-nominated Irish-American film star Saoirse Ronan takes on the role of Lady Macbeth in the mighty Yaël Farber’s new production of The Scottish Play. Here going out under its official name ‘The Tragedy of Macbeth’, we’re promised a production that will place equal emphasis on Ronan’s Lady M and James McArdle’s Macbeth.

  • Theatre
  • Drama
  • Notting Hill

Well this looks heavy, if necessary: ‘Grenfell: Value Engineering – Scenes from the Inquiry’ is a verbatim dramatisation of – as the title suggests – select passages from the Grenfell Inquiry. Condensing the lengthy report into a digestible work of drama, it will aim to succinctly explain how it is that 72 people died in the terrible fire on June 14 2017…

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  • Theatre
  • Drama
  • Charing Cross Road

This spectacular puppet-driven stage adaptation of Yann Martel’s bestselling novel was a massive success for Sheffield Theatres just before the pandemic and should finally make it to London in autumn 2021.

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  • Theatre
  • Drama
  • South Bank

Moira Buffini’s dark gentrification satire stars Nancy Carroll as the owner of a shabby old London manor house that shelters a motley group of people during a storm, including charismatic right-wing leader Ted Farrier, played by Shaun Evans.

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  • Theatre
  • Musicals
  • Soho

Voulez-vous coucher avec moi, ce soir? Well, maybe not without dinner first. But come the end of 2021 you will have the option to spend your evening at ‘Moulin Rouge! The Musical’, the acclaimed Broadway stage ‘remix’ of Baz Lurhmann’s fabulous jukebox musical feature film.

  • Theatre
  • Musicals
  • Charing Cross

Eddie Redmayne and Jessie Buckley star in Kander & Ebb’s dark musical masterpiece, in a thrilling immersive production.

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The Book of Dust – La Belle Sauvage
  • Theatre
  • Drama
  • Tower Bridge

Eighteen years after the NT’s blockbuster ‘His Dark Materials’, director Nicholas Hytner moves on to the (still incomplete) follow up trilogy, as Bryony Lavery adapts prequel ‘La Belle Sauvage’.

  • Theatre
  • Musicals
  • South Bank

The National Theatre’s first big musical of the pandemic era is ‘Hex’, an all-singing adaptation of the Sleeping Beauty…

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  • Theatre
  • Experimental
  • Sloane Square

Alistair McDowall hit upon a rich, dark seam of magical realism (or surrealism) with the Lovecraftian ‘Pomona’ and the brain-melting sci-fi ‘X’. The follow-up to ‘The Glow’ sounds like it will continue down that path.

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  • Theatre
  • Interactive
  • Woolwich

Eight years after ‘The Drowned Man’, the mighty Punchdrunk – hands down the best immersive theatre company in the world – finally return with this immense new show…

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  • Theatre
  • Drama
  • Leicester Square

Jodie Comer makes her stage debut in a monologue about a brilliant, competitive young working-class barrister whose upwards ascent is suddenly stalled when a colleague rapes her…

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  • Theatre
  • Drama
  • Shaftesbury Avenue

Mark Rylance reprises the greatest performance of the twenty-first century as the original production of ‘Jerusalem’ returns for 2022.

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