London’s theatres are back in business and (as usual), they’re not holding back.
London theatres have plenty of amazing shows in store for audiences. With performances from rising Black British talents to critically-acclaimed theatre icons, we take a look at some of the best London shows for you to watch this month.
Written by Tyrell Williams
Directed by Daniel Bailey
From 5 March – 26 March 2022
Bush Theatre, W12 8LJ
“Red Pitch. South London. Three lifelong friends Omz, Bilal and Joey are playing football. Like they always have. Living out dreams of football stardom. Beyond their football pitch, local shops are closing, old flats are being demolished as new flats shoot up, some residents struggle to stay while others rush to leave. When a small football pitch has been a home from home, a place you’ve laughed, fought and forged friendships, what happens when it’s under threat?
A coming of age story about what it means to belong to a place. “
Directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah
Written by Anthony McCarten
From 7 March – 2 April 2022
Young Vic Theatre, SE1 8LZ
“New York, 1984. Fifty-six-year-old Andy Warhol’s star is falling. Jean-Michel Basquiat is the new wonder-kid taking the art world by storm. When Basquiat agrees to collaborate with Warhol on a new exhibition, it soon becomes the talk of the city.
As everyone awaits the ‘greatest exhibition in the history of modern art’, the two artists embark on a shared journey, both artistic and deeply personal, that re-draws both their worlds.”
Directed and produced by Marlie Haco
Written by Bren Gosling
From 22 February – 19 March 2022
King’s Head Theatre, N1 IQN
“After his Pentecostal mother dies, Roland is liberated to live openly as a gay man. He relocates from Brixton to Walthamstow, where he unexpectedly falls for Amir, a refugee with a war-torn past. Their magnetic connection is tested, however, by Amir’s PTSD, his inability to identify as gay, and Roland’s strained relationship with his teenage son, Gary.
In an athletic 90 minutes of live theatre, Marlie Haco’s production brings together movement, music, and naturalistic dialogue, to tell an original story of queer love.”
AN UNFINISHED MAN
Directed by Taio Lawson
Written by Dipo Baruwa-EttI
From 12 February to 12 March 2022
Yard Theatre, E9 5EN
“Kayode hasn’t had a job in seven years.
(Can’t we juss name it? – Ur depressed.)
He needs to get help –
(Therapy won’t undo the spell, Kayode.)
His marriage is suffering –
(I need ya help ta stage an intervention.)
His mother knows what to do.
(The Lord told me and I went to Pastor Matanmi.)
Can Kayode be cured?
Juju exists, spirits battle and the witches and wizards of Lagos chant loudly in East London. “
Directed by Lyndsey Turner
Written by Caryl Churchill
From 24 January to 19 March 2022
Old Vic Theatre, SE1 8NB
“Every parent makes mistakes.
Salter makes a number of them.
Now 35 years later, his only child realises he’s not alone.
Lennie James and Paapa Essiedu play father and sons in Caryl Churchill’s gripping drama about what it costs to start again”
Directed and written by Chinonyerem Odimba
Music by Ben and Max Ringham
From 28 March to 23 April 2022
Kiln Theatre, NW6 7JR
“ Meet Aurora and Orion. Sister and brother. Constellations in time. More than blood. More than just fam.
Inside their small London flat, memories of their parents’ Black love surrounds them. When that love is threatened, they must first find understanding and connection before they can begin to find a way back to one another.
An explosion of form-busting storytelling, Black Love celebrates and investigates the Black experience through music, real-life stories and imagined worlds. This ‘beautiful ode to black society and home’ (The Guardian) is not to be missed.”