From musicals to Shakespearean classics, the streets around Mayfair play host to some of the city’s best productions. Read on for our guide to what’s on over the next few months…
In the heart of Mayfair, The Wolseley is impeccably located between some of the city’s finest cultural institutions and theatres.
Sitting no more than a few minutes walk away from The Wolseley’s iconic location on Piccadilly, tucked away in the back streets of St. James’s lies the Jermyn Street Theatre. It may be the smallest theatre in the West End, but don’t let this fool you. Coming up is a production of ‘The Tempest’, with Michael Pennington in the leading role of Prospero, it is set to be a magical rendering of Shakespeare’s final play.
If you take a stroll further along Jermyn Street, you will find the Harold Pinter Theatre, which is back with a truly stellar line-up. Over the next few months household names like Ben Elton, Ralph Fiennes and David Suchet will be treading the boards – read more here.
While down at the Gielgud Theatre, the final instalment of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall trilogy ‘The Mirror and the Light’ is now showing. Mantel herself has joined forces with Ben Miles to adapt this tale of deceit and intrigue for the stage, breathing life into this most tumultuous period during Henry VIII’s reign. Bookings are being taken until 23rd January 2022, this is one not to be missed.
Fondly known as the writers’ theatre, The Royal Court Theatre down in Sloane Square is raising the curtain once more with a curated selection of award-winning and up-and-coming voices, there is something for everyone. Coming up in the New Year is ‘The Glow’ by Alastair McDowall, set in 1863 a woman finds herself in an asylum with no idea how she got there – find out more here.
A musical interlude
If musicals are more to your choosing, then it’s safe to say you are spoilt for choice…
Still in walking distance from The Wolseley lies Her Majesty’s Theatre. Having been at the heart of London’s cultural epicentre for more than 300 years, it seems apt that it’s home to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Phantom of the Opera’ – one of the longest running productions in the West End.
Newer to the stage, but no less of a favourite is ‘Hamilton’. Back at the Victoria Palace Theatre, Lin Manuel Miranda’s masterful storytelling brings to life the eponymous title character Alexander Hamilton, America’s founding father and George Washington’s right-hand man.
Also situated just the other side of Green Park is the Apollo Victoria Theatre, home to the stage-to-screen hit ‘Wicked’. Told from the perspective of the witches themselves, this spin on the classic novel by L Frank Baum brings the magical world of Oz to life.
When thinking of London’s most iconic venues the Royal Albert Hall is most definitely up there. With its unrivalled acoustics and stunning interiors, there is nowhere else quite like it in the city. Book now to see a classic BBC Proms performance – or looking ahead, secure tickets for ‘The Nutcracker’ which runs this year from 28th to 31st December 2021.
Mid-November will see two big-name productions entering in from the wings; ‘The Book of Mormon’ makes its long-awaited comeback at The Prince of Wales Theatre, while the Playhouse Theatre is reborn as ‘The Kit Kat Club’ as a nod to the production of ‘Cabaret’ it will play host to until at least March 2022.
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