Where to See Celebrities Onstage in London
It’s a fantastic time to catch your favourite big-name celebrities – stars of plays and musicals, film and TV – treading the boards on London’s stages. Here are some of the best starry shows.
Get booking for this Noël Coward comedy, starring Andrew Scott (“Sherlock,” “Fleabag’s” sexy priest) as lothario actor Garry Essendine, whose life is spinning out of control. Matthew Warchus directs, and the cast also features Sophie Thompson (“Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “Harry Potter”) and Indira Varma, who played Ellaria Sand in “Game of Thrones.”
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
There’s another “Game of Thrones” star in action in this summer Shakespeare: Gwendoline Christie AKA Brienne of Tarth. Nicholas Hytner’s immersive production, which turns the theatre into the dream world forest, also features Oliver Chris (“King Charles III,” “One Man, Two Guvnors”), plus movement direction from former “Strictly Come Dancing” judge Arlene Phillips.
Man of La Mancha
Kelsey Grammer is dreaming the impossible dream as the would-be chivalric knight Don Quixote in this historical adventure musical. He’s joined by opera superstar Danielle De Niese, plus Nicholas Lyndhurst (“Only Fools and Horses”), Cassidy Janson (“Beautiful: The Carole King Musical”) and Peter Polycarpou (“Evita,” “Les Misérables”).
The Starry Messenger
Hollywood icon and Tony winner Matthew Broderick (“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “The Producers”) makes his West End debut in this thought-provoking play about love, faith and star-gazing by Kenneth Lonergan (Oscar winner for “Manchester by the Sea”). Broderick – who originated the lead role off Broadway – plays opposite “Downton Abbey’s” Elizabeth McGovern.
Ian Rickson picks a potent moment for a revival of this Ibsen play about a looming election and a country on the brink of chaos. Starring in Duncan Macmillan’s new adaptation are Hayley Atwell (“Agent Carter,” “Howards End”), Tom Burke (“War & Peace,” “Strike’s” Cormoran Strike) and Giles Terera (Olivier Award winner for “Hamilton”).
Atwell isn’t the only Marvel Universe regular in the West End. Jamie Lloyd’s stylish Harold Pinter production stars Tom Hiddleston (“The Avengers’” Loki, “The Night Manager”), Zawe Ashton (“Fresh Meat”) and Charlie Cox (“Daredevil,” “The Theory of Everything”) as the knotty trio of spouses, friends and lovers deceiving one other and themselves.
9 to 5 The Musical
Dolly Parton provides the bubbly score for this madcap workplace musical – plus she pops in for a (pre-recorded) visit. Pop star Louise Redknapp is in the show, alongside Amber Davies (“Love Island”), Natalie McQueen (“Kinky Boots”) and Bonnie Langford (“Doctor Who,” “EastEnders,” “42nd Street”).
There’s still time to catch Katharine McPhee (“American Idol,” “Smash”) as small-town baker Jenna in Sara Bareilles’s heart-warming, mouth-watering musical; she leads the cast until June. The superb company also features Jack McBrayer (“30 Rock’s” Kenneth), Marisha Wallace (“Dreamgirls”), David Hunter (“Kinky Boots”) and Shaun Prendergast (“EastEnders,” “Holby City”).