From smash-hit musicals to spellbinding new plays, we’ve rounded up the best of the season’s top theatrical performances – be sure to book tickets while you can!

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Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Piccadilly Theatre, London

Capturing all the “spectacular spectacular” razzle-dazzle from Baz Luhrman’s enduringly popular film, Moulin Rouge! tells a story of truth, beauty, freedom and love against the decadent Bohemian backdrop of Paris 1899. As writer Christian and courtesan Satine attempt to realise both their dreams and their love for each other, expect romance, larger-than-life theatrics and irresistible jukebox tunes.

From 12 November, moulinrougemusical.co.uk

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Hamilton

Victoria Palace Theatre, London

One of the biggest box office successes of the last decade, Hamilton is back on at the Victoria Palace Theatre after a pandemic-induced hiatus. With an impressively ambitious score that fuses hip-top, jazz, blues, rap, R&B and Broadway show tunes, the show tells the tale of America’s founding father and West Indies immigrant Alexander Hamilton, who was instrumental in both the Revolutionary War and shaping the United States as it is known today.

Until 13 February 2022, hamiltonmusical.com

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Everyone’s Talking about Jamie

Various locations

Following its sell-out status at London’s West End, this feel-good, coming-of-age musical has now hit the road on a UK tour. Sharing the stage with TV stars Shane Richie and Shobna Gulati, Layton Williams takes on the title role of Jamie New, a Sheffield-based teenager who overcomes prejudice to achieve his dreams of becoming a drag queen sensation. Locations include Bristol, Brighton and Woking.

Until April 2022, everybodystalkingaboutjamie.co.uk

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The Book of Dust – La Belle Sauvage

Bridge Theatre, London

Ideal for both new fans and those who enjoyed Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials fantasy books the first time around, The Book of Dust – La Belle Sauvage is adapted from the first in Pullman’s recently released prequel trilogy. In it, youngsters Malcolm and Alice – along with their dæmons – stake everything to protect a baby called Lyra Belacqua from sinister forces, taking an epic journey downriver along the way.

From 2 December 2021 – 19 February 2022, bridgetheatre.co.uk

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Hex

National Theatre, London

An inspired retelling of Sleeping Beauty, the National’s major new musical production tells “the true story of the bad fairy”. Rosalie Craig stars as the much-maligned sprite who is summoned to the palace to help the infant princess sleep, but then spends the next 100 years frantically trying to right wrongs after her blessing turns into a curse. Rufus Norris directs, with music by Jim Fortune.

From 4 December, nationaltheatre.org.uk