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!
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James McAvoy will star in Cyrano De Bergerac at the Playhouse Theatre in the inaugural production of The Jamie Lloyd Company’s latest season. McAvoy will reunite with Jamie Lloyd, previously appearing in Macbeth at Trafalgar Studios. Throughout his glittering career, McAvoy has starred in X-Men as Professor Charles Xavier.
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.
Join Ian McKellen at the Harold Pinter Theatre at a gala performance of Ian McKellen On Stage in London with Tolkien, Shakespeare, Others and YOU. Each ticket holder will receive a drink from a limited selection of beer, wine and soft drinks and a programme. Tickets priced at £185 (stalls D7-16 and stalls E7-16) will receive a drink and signed programme by Sir Ian McKellen himself! Additional expenses are the responsibility of the ticketholder.
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.
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.
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?