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 West End theatre stars that you can see now!
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The cast of Endgame
Opening at the Old Vic in 2020, Endgame will star world-renowned performers as they come together to star in a revival of Samuel Beckett’s play. The cast includes Alan Cumming, an award-winning Scottish-American actor whose best-known performances include the Emcee in Cabaret during the early 1990s, reprising the role in the 2014 Broadway revival. He’s joined by Daniel Radcliffe, rising to fame as the titular character in the Harry Potter film series. 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. The cast of Endgame is completed by Jane Horrocks and Karl Johnson, so you won’t want to miss out on this stellar production!
Best known as one half of iconic British comedy duo French and Saunders, Jennifer Saunders will star in two West End productions next year. She’ll reprise her critically-acclaimed role as Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit at the Duke of York’s Theatre, before donning her habit to star as Mother Superior in Sister Act opposite Whoopi Goldberg as Deloris Van Cartier!
Knighted in 2007 for services to theatre, don’t miss out on seeing Antony Sher in the West End premiere of Kunene and the King opposite John Kani. Throughout his career, he’s taken on iconic roles including Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman and King Lear, but if you’ve seen a West End show in recent years, you may have seen him in ‘Pinter One’ as part of the Pinter at the Pinter season.
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.
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 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.
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.
Hailed as the Queen of British soul, Beverley Knight will return to the West End to star in the world premiere of The Drifters Girl. Previously appearing in The Bodyguard, Memphis and Cats, her latest West End venture will see her play Faye Treadwell, the world’s first female African-American music manager, in her career with vocal group The Drifters.
Award-winning actor Paapa Essiedu returns to Theatreland to star in Pass Over at the Kiln Theatre, a gritty play that exposes the experiences of two young men in a world that refuses to see them. Pass Over is inspired by Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, so if you want to see a classic play re-imagined for the modern day, don’t miss out on seeing this play!
As well as stars returning to the West End, why not book tickets to see celebrities making their West End debut?