PREVIEW: 9 reasons why we can’t wait for April 2022 starring The 47th

  1. Mike Bartlett’s The 47th at the Old Vic starring Bertie Carvel

Dr Foster author Bartlett’s COCK was our pick of last month and in April he has 2 new plays opening (see also Scandaltown further down this list). The 47th stars Carvel (pictured, Ink, the Almeida, West End and Broadway) as Donald Trump, the 47th US President, and runs at the Old Vic 29 March through 28 May 2022. Tickets Review

  • Read on for reasons including Nicola Walker, Jodie Comer and an Oklahoma revival

2. The Corn Is Green starring Nicola Walker at the National

Walker is perhaps best known for TV roles including Unforgotten and we last saw her onstage in 2019 in The Cane at the Royal Court. Here she stars as a teacher determined to help young miners out of poverty. Revived at the National’s Lyttelton Theatre where it runs 7 April through 11 June 2022. Tickets

3. Jodie Comer’s West End debut in Prima Facie

Comer starred in Bartlett’s Dr Foster and has come a long way since our BAFTA Q&A with her ahead of the TV role that broke her, Killing Eve in 2018. Prima Facie is a 1-woman play about a young and brilliant barrister with working class origins who is forced to confront the lines where the patriarchal power of the law, burden of proof and morals diverge. Runs at the Harold Pinter Theatre 15 April to 18 June 2022. Tickets Review

4. Oklahoma revived at the Young Vic

Oh What A Beautiful Morning! Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma is re-orchestrated and re-imagined for the 21st century in this Tony Award-winning version by Daniel Fish which transfers from Broadway. Running at the Young Vic 26 April through 25 June 2022. Tickets Review

5. Scandaltown premieres at the Lyric, Hammersmith

Like buses, Mike Bartlett is much evidence in April (see number 1) and this new play is giving us Importance Of Being Earnest vibes. It is described thus: ‘When noble heroine Miss Phoebe Virtue receives worrisome news on Instagram that her twin brother Jack may be endangering his reputation in London Town, she decides she must visit herself, and investigate…’ Stars Rachael Stirling. Runs 7 April through 14 May 2022 at Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith. Tickets (not a) COCK review Scandaltown review

6. Goldfrapp debut album revival

1 of our favourite bands released their debut album Felt Mountain in 2000. This 20-year anniversary tour was much delayed because of Covid but now takes place during 11 dates in March and April across the UK including 2 at London’s Southbank Centre. Fun fact: we were once invited backstage to meet the band at a Big Gay Out gig in 2005 in the Popstarz tent in London’s Finsbury Park. Tickets Review

7. Sahlene at the RVT for EuroFest

Anna Sahlene finished 4th in this year’s Eesti Laul 2022 with the anthemic Champion – 20 years after we saw her represent Estonia in the only Eurovision they have yet to host in 2002 in Tallinn. She performs this month at London’s Royal Vauxhall Tavern as part of the EuroFest night on Friday 22 April. Tickets

8. Keala Settle joins & Juliet

Settle is perhaps best known for her role in Pasek and Paul‘s musical movie The Greatest Showman. & Juliet won our Best Performance Of A Song monsta in 2019. It’s running at the Shaftesbury Theatre and a cast change sees Settle replace Melanie La Barrie. Review Tickets booking until 15 December 2022. Review of Settle’s West End debut here.

9. Debut Wet Leg album released

The Isle Of Wight’s Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers are perhaps best known for their debut viral hit Chaise Longue. Singles Wet Dream, Too Late Now, Oh No and Angelica have followed. Self-titled debut album Wet Leg is out 8 April 2022. The band tour the US, UK and Europe this year. Tickets Review

  • Picture by Marc Brenner via Facebook courtesy Old Vic Tickets
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