Stars on stage in London's theatres in 2022 cover photo

Stars on stage in London's theatres in 2022

Stars on stage in London's theatres in 2022 cover photo
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21 Jan 2022 · Follow on Stagedoor

Celebrities including Amy Adams, Ralph Fiennes and more are treading the boards this year

Celebrity casting is often fiercely controversial: shouldn't plays and musicals be able to find audiences without dazzling them with mega-watt stars? But since the pandemic, the debate feels a little bit less heated. As commercial producers struggle to get West End audiences back to their former levels, a starry boost is highly welcome: offering a way to help theatres revive their flagging fortunes, and bring new punters through their doors. Here are some of the biggest names treading the boards this year:

Ralph Fiennes in Straight Line Crazy

Ralph Fiennes is dipping a toe into the waters of stage performance for the second time in a year, after performing T.S. Eliot's The Four Quartets in what the Guardian called an "astounding... really brilliant" interpretation of a literary classic. He'll play a powerful American property developer in David Hare's new Bridge Theatre drama about cities and who gets to shape them.

14 March - 18 June 2022

Jodie Comer in Prima Facie

Killing Eve star Jodie Comer is set to kill it on stage this spring in a solo drama about sexual assault and the legal system. The Emmy and Bafta Award-winner will play a barrister who finds her faith in the law unravelling after she tries to get the man who assaulted her put behind bars.

15 April - 18 June

Rafe Spall in To Kill A Mockingbird

Rafe Spall has been landing rave reviews for his central turn as lawyer Atticus Finch: The Times called his performance "stunning".

10 March - 19 November 2022

Amy Adams in The Glass Menagerie

Much-loved megastar Amy Adams is making a belated West End debut this Spring as Amanda Wingfield, a matriarch who's desperate to control the fates of her two grown-up children.

27 May - 23 August

David Harbour and Bill Pullman in Mad House

Two Hollywood major players are crossing the pond for the world premiere of Theresa Rebeck's play about a family in turmoil.

15 June - 4 September

Emilia Clarke in The Seagull

The 'mother of dragons' from Game of Thrones is taking a very different challenge this June, with a turn in Chekhov's much-loved The Seagull, his early play about love and creative ambition.

29 June - 10 September

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