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Celebrities on stage: top London shows with star performers

Star casting adds a touch of sparkle to the magic of a West End show. 

Chess at the London Coliseum

Discover a story of political intrigue and troubled romance in this revival of Tim Rice’s musical Chess. Musical theatre icon Michael Ball appears alongside pop star Alexandra Burke. 26 Apr-2 Jun. Book now

Red at Wyndham's Theatre

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See Hollywood star Alfred Molina and Harry Potter’s Alfred Enoch in John Logan’s play, Red. The drama explores the life of artist Mark Rothko and questions what it means to create art. 4 May-28 Jul. Book now

Killer Joe at Trafalgar Studios

Orlando Bloom stars in Killer Joe

See Orlando Bloom take to the stage in the grisly tale of Killer Joe. The Hollywood actor stars as a part-time hitman, whose latest job spirals out of control, in Tracy Letts' thrilling production. 18 May-18 AugBook now

The Lieutenant of Inishmore at the Noel Coward Theatre

The Lieutenant of Inishmore at the Noel Coward Theatre

See Poldark star Aidan Turner make his West End debut in Martin McDonagh’s dark comedy The Lieutenant of Inishmore. Turner plays a terrorist who embarks on a quest for revenge when he learns his cat has been injured. 23 Jun-8 Sep. Book now

King Lear at the Duke of York’s Theatre

Sir Ian McKellen stars in King Lear

Witness Sir Ian McKellen playing one of Shakespeare’s greatest roles when the acclaimed Chichester Festival Theatre production of King Lear comes to London. When an elderly monarch divides his kingdom between his daughters, he loses everything. 11 Jul-3 Nov

Othello at Shakespeare's Globe

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Experience William Shakespeare’s tale of manipulation and jealousy, as Othello is performed at the iconic Shakespeare’s Globe. Academy Award-winning actor Mark Rylance returns to the London stage to play the evil Iago in this production. 20 Jul-13 Oct

Company at the Gielgud Theatre

Rosalie Craig stars in Company at the Gielgud Theatre

Witness the London return of Broadway legend Patti LuPone as she stars in Stephen Sondheim’s musical Company. It’s Bobbi’s 35th birthday, but instead of celebrating her achievements her friends just want to know why she isn’t married yet. 26 Sep-22 DecBook now

The Height of the Storm at Wyndham's Theatre

See Jonathan Pryce in new family drama The Height of the Storm. Learn what happens when an unexpected bunch of flowers and a woman from the past threaten a relationship that’s been going for 50 years. 2 Oct-1 DecBook now

Chicago at Phoenix Theatre

Catch Chicago, the hit American musical about a showgirl who finds herself on trial for murder. Academy Award-winning performer Cuba Gooding Jr. makes his West End debut playing lawyer Billy Flynn. Until 6 OctBook now

A Very Very Very Dark Matter at The Bridge Theatre

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Catch A Very Very Very Dark Matter, the new play from Martin McDonagh, who also wrote award-winning film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Jim Broadbent plays author Hans Christian Andersen, a man with a secret to hide. 10 Oct-6 Jan

Strictly Ballroom The Musical at the Piccadilly Theatre

Experience the glamour of competition dancing as Baz Luhrmann’s film is transported to the stage in Strictly Ballroom The Musical. Pop singer Will Young plays band leader Wally Strand in this story of a dancer who breaks all the rules. Until 20 OctBook now

42nd Street at Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Lulu, star of 42nd Street. Photo: Matt Crockett. Image courtesy of Target Live

See music icon Lulu return to the London stage for the first time in 30 years to play Dorothy Brock in 42nd Street. The all-singing, all-dancing musical tells the tale of hopeful Peggy Sawyer, who dreams of making it big on Broadway. Until 20 Oct. Book now

Aladdin at the Prince Edward Theatre

Aladdin

Enjoy a magical evening full of adventure with Disney’s smash-hit musical Aladdin. Former Sugababes star Jade Ewen plays Princess Jasmine in this stunning show about a poor boy who discovers a magical lamp, which changes his life forever. Until 1 DecBook now

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