Dance performances

Best comedy, drama and dance shows to watch in 2021

Cinderella THEATER

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new musical, written by Oscar-winning screenwriter Emerald Fennell, claims to reimagine the Cinderella story. Carrie Hope Fletcher plays the lead role.

Gillian Lynne Theatre, London WC2 (lwtheatres.co.uk), from June 25, booking until February 2022

COMEDY Romesh Ranganathan

The TV star’s latest stand-up tour, The Cynic’s Mixtape, finds him in grumpy, winning form, complaining about the everyday indignities of family life.

Grand Theatre, Leeds (ticketmaster.co.uk), June 27, then on tour

DANCE Breakin’ Convention 2021

There are usually people dancing in the crowded aisles of Sadler’s Wells for this weekend-long hip-hop festival. For its 18th year, Jonzi D presents two new programs.

Sadler well EC1 (sadlerswells.com), from July 1 to July 4

South Pacific THEATER

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s 1949 classic, set during World War II, tackles themes of racial prejudice and acceptance – via musical gems such as Some Enchanted Evening and I’m Gonna Wash that Man Right Outa My Hate.

Chichester Festival Theater (cft.org.uk), from July 5, reservation to September 4

THEATER The Return

A-list actors are enlisted for cameo appearances in this very funny and inspired play (by Ben Ashenden and Alex Owen, better known as comedy duo The Pin) across two sets of double acts – one young and failing, the other aging and melting – both played by the duo).

Noël Coward Theatre, London WC2 (0844 482 5138), July 7, booking July 25

THEATER Changing Destiny

Booker-winning Ben Okri adapts a 4,000-year-old poem The Story of Sinuhe. Its anonymous author has been called the Egyptian Shakespeare.

Young Vic (youngvic.org) London SE1, July 9 – August 21

COMEDY Rhod Gilbert

The Welsh ranter’s superb stand-up tour The Book of John tackles his personal struggles – a stroke, infertility and bereavement – but he’s just as funny and furious as ever.

Severn Theatre, Shrewsbury (rhodgilbertcomedian.com), July 23, then on tour