West End theatre stars you can see now in productions across London
Occasionally, a West End production will feature one of theatre’s biggest names from the West End and Broadway. As performers reprise iconic roles from their famed careers, or make their debut at a specific venue, tickets for these shows often become some of the hottest tickets to get your hands on. Beat the crowds and book your tickets to these productions featuring a West End theatre star that you can see now!
See a West End star
A multi-award-winning British actor, Ian McKellen is one of the twentieth century’s greatest performers, having won six Oliviers, a Tony Award and four BAFTAs, just to name a few awards. Recent West End productions to have featured McKellen include a sold-out run of King Lear, No Man’s Land and Waiting for Godot alongside X-Men star Patrick Stewart. Read more about Ian McKellen with our guide here.
Matt Smith will return to London’s theatre scene to perform in Lungs at the Old Vic opposite The Crown actress Claire Foy. Although he has gained a legion of fans around the world for his award-winning performance as the eleventh incarnation of the Doctor in Doctor Who, Smith starred in a number of West End productions before his television break. He has starred in On the Shore of the Wide World and The History Boys at the National Theatre, Swimming with Sharks at the Vaudeville Theatre and That Face at the Royal Court, which transferred to the Duke of York’s Theatre.
Michael Ball will reprise his performance as Edna Turnblad, first playing the role in 2007 and winning an Olivier Award. He then played the role from 2010 to 2011 on a national tour. Ball has starred in numerous West End productions for over 30 years, originating the role of Marius Pontmercy in Les Miserables in 1985, soon to appear in the All-Star Staged Concert. In recent years, Ball’s theatre credits include Chess at the London Coliseum and the title role in Sweeney Todd at the Adelphi Theatre.
The three-time Olivier Award-winning actress returns to the West End to star in the revival of Fiddler on the Roof as Golde. After winning her first Olivier in 1995 for By Special Arrangement, Friedman established her career as a musical theatre star, delivering further award-winning performances in Passion and Ragtime. Further credits include Chicago as Roxie Hart, Dot in Sunday in the Park with George and Marian in The Woman in White.
The West End actress will return to 9 to 5 at the Savoy to star as Violet Newstead. Previous West End credits include Mamma Mia, Les Miserables and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, however she has also performed in the European premiere of The Light in the Piazza.
Sharon D. Clarke
Winning the 2019 Olivier Award for best actress in a musical in Caroline, or Change, Sharon D. Clarke returns to the West End to star in Death of a Salesman. Opening at the Young Vic earlier this year, the production received numerous five-star reviews praising Clarke’s performance. Notable performing credits include Porgy and Bess, Chicago and We Will Rock You. Later this year, Clarke will star in Blues in the Night at the Kiln Theatre.
One of Britain’s beloved television and stage actresses, Meera Syal will return to London’s theatre scene to star in Noises Off at the Lyric Hammersmith. Throughout her career, Syal has written an original book for the West End premiere of Bombay Dreams, performed at the Apollo Victoria Theatre. In recent years, she has starred as Miss Hannigan in Annie and the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet at the Garrick Theatre, opposite Lily James and Richard Madden.
Andrew Scott has established himself as a leading star across stage and screen. On television, he is best known for starring in the BBC television series Sherlock as Moriarty, winning a BAFTA for best supporting actor. Notable theatre credits include the titular role in Hamlet, subsequently receiving an Olivier nomination, as well as Sea Wall at the Old Vic. Scott returns to the Old Vic to lead the cast of Present Laughter as Garry Essendine.
Returning to the West End for the first time in over 20 years in Bitter Wheat, John Malkovich is an established actor over stage and screen. Having received two Academy Award nominations for his performances in Places in the Heart and In The Line of Fire, Malkovich has also enjoyed playing the role of himself in the 1999 film Being John Malkovich. His last London stage appearance was in 2016, directing Good Canary at the Rose Theatre in Kingston, winning an Evening Standard Award for best director.
A regular in the West End, Stephen Mangan will return to the stage to play Sidney Stratton in The Man in the White Suit. Starring in the Olivier Award-winning comedy Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense as Bertie Wooster, he has also been nominated for a Tony Award for The Norman Conquests. In September, Mangan will appear alongside Kara Tointon in the world premiere of The Man in the White Suit, based on the 1950s sci-fi movie.
The award-winning Scottish-American actor will return to the West End to star in Endgame. Some of his best-known performances include the Emcee in Cabaret during the early 1990s, reprising the role in the 2014 Broadway revival. He has also starred in numerous productions in the United Kingdom and America, including Macbeth and The Seagull.
Rising to fame as the titular character in the Harry Potter film series from 2001 to 2011, Radcliffe is one of the world’s most recognisable actors. Joining Alan Cumming in Endgame at the Old Vic, his previous theatre credits include Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead at the same venue, Equus at the Gielgud Theatre and The Cripple of Inishmaan at the Noel Coward.
As well as stars returning to the West End, why not book tickets to see celebrities making their West End debut?