Six shows not to miss in 2022
There’s nothing like sitting in a darkened auditorium and having a collective experience with a bunch of like-minded people. It’s cause for celebration, therefore, that theatre is back on Broadway, in the West End, and beyond. Thanks to the return of BA’s transatlantic flights, and it's partnership with Ambassador Theatre Group, you can catch the best shows in the world this year. Here are a few to book
A Beautiful Noise: The Neil Diamond Musical
Where: Emerson Colonial Theatre, Boston
When: 21 June to 17 July 2022
The story of the legendary Neil Diamond comes to life on stage in a gripping and uplifting new musical featuring his hit songs “Sweet Caroline,” “America,” and “Cracklin’ Rosie.” Directed by Tony winner Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening, Hedwig and the Angry Inch), choreographed by Olivier Award winner Steven Hoggett (Once, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), and written by four-time Academy Award nominee Anthony McCarten (Bohemian Rhapsody, The Two Popes), A Beautiful Noise debuts in Boston before heading to Broadway. Good times never seemed so good.
Bat Out Of Hell
Where: Edinburgh Playhouse
When: 8–19 February 2022
The blockbuster songwriter Jim Steinman died last year, but lived to see his original dream – a musical – come to fruition, stuffed full of his legendary hits for Meat Loaf. First staged in 2017, Bat Out Of Hell tells the story of two star-crossed teenage lovers in a dystopian world. Steinman never did things by halves, and with showstoppers like ‘Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad’, ‘Dead Ringer For Love’ and the title track all set to bombard your senses, this is the kind of epic night out only theatre can provide.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Where: Curran Theater, San Francisco
When: Performances begin 11 January 2022
It’s time to believe in magic again at Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, now boldly reimagined as one singular performance. 19 years after saving the wizarding world alongside his friends, Harry is back on a most extraordinary new adventure. This time, he’s joined by his son, Albus, who’s part of the next generation of wizards at Hogwarts. Prepare for spectacular spells, a mind-blowing race through time, and an epic battle to stop mysterious forces.
Where: Opera House, Manchester
When: 2 September to 1 October 2022
We’re in a golden age of musicals right now, and Manchester is getting the European première of a riotous new one based on the much-loved 1993 film, which starred Robin Williams. Daniel, an out-of-work actor, loses custody of his children after getting divorced, so he takes radical steps to remain in their lives – creating a female alter ego, the Scottish nanny Euphegenia Doubtfire. It features a disco makeover song, rebellious children rocking out – and, of course, the iconic dance with the vacuum cleaner.
Where: Hudson Theatre, New York
When: Performances begin 25 February 2022
Your Room is Ready. Two-time Tony Award winner Matthew Broderick and two-time Emmy Award winner Sarah Jessica Parker return to Broadway together in the classic Neil Simon comedy Plaza Suite. Directed by Tony Award winner John Benjamin Hickey, this uproarious and piercing look at love and marriage is coming to Hudson Theatre for a limited engagement. Two world-class actors play three hilarious couples in a Broadway classic from a legendary playwright and Pulitzer Prize winner.
The Glass Menagerie
Where: Duke of York’s Theatre, West End, London
When: 23 May to 27 August 2022
She’s been Oscar nominated six times and now Amy Adams is making her long-awaited West End debut in Tennessee Williams’ autobiographical play. She stars as the St Louis matriarch Amanda Wingfield, who has been abandoned by her husband and is now determined to find a suitor for her disabled daughter Laura. In this production, directed by Jeremy Herring, the character of Tom – Laura’s brother – is played by two actors, one looking back on his younger life and narrating the play. It’s a radical reinterpretation of a classic – and with a stellar cast to boot.