TV and movies are great, but nothing beats the thrill of going to the theatre.
The UK boasts one of the finest theatre cultures in the world, so it's no surprise that it also attracts some of the biggest talent to its stages.
From gritty dramas and spooky ghost tales to lavish musicals and comedic farces, UK theatre can offer something for everyone.
With that in mind, we've gathered the hottest theatre tickets that are available right now in one place for you.
When: 20 March - 6 May, 2023
Where: Phoenix Theatre, London
After earning his first Oscar nomination for Aftersun, Irish actor Paul Mescal is suddenly one of the hottest actors on the planet making his appearance in the Tennessee Williams masterpiece an irresistible proposition.
It's a strictly limited engagement as the Funny People star will be off to shoot Gladiator 2 this summer, so you will need to be quick to nab a ticket.
When: 25 March - 18 June, 2023
Where: Harold Pinter Theatre, London
After his unforgettable turn as psychopath Tommy Lee Royce in the final season of Happy Valley, James Norton can next be seen in A Little Life, Ivo van Hove's production of the Hanya Yanagihara novel. Set in New York, it follows four college friends torn about by love, ambition, addiction and pride. Norton says the play is disturbing, but they have therapists on hand to help all the actors.
When: 11 November, 2023 - 24 February, 2024
Where: Palace Theatre, Manchester
Lin-Manuel Miranda's award-winning hip-hop musical about America's founding fathers is finally going on tour in the UK. If you want to be in the room where it happens, and don't fancy the trek to London, the touring production will first be staged in Manchester where it's sure to be another surefire hit. Catch it now before it moves on.
When: 24 May - 26 August, 2023
Where: The Phoenix Theatre, London
Spearheaded by Roger Law, the creator of the Spitting Image series, this stage production brings the satirical puppet show to the stage with a new musical from Al Murray and double Olivier award winner Sean Foley. Introduced by Master of Ceremonies Sir Ian McKellen, the show — developed at the Birmingham Rep earlier this year — features a stellar line-up of over 100 puppets of the great and the not so good from Tom Cruise to Harry and Meghan.
When: From 29 March 2023
Where: Fortune Theatre, London
Not be confused with the 2022 Colin Firth movie of the same name, this critically acclaimed musical retells the same incredible true story of one of World War 2's most outlandish espionage missions, and is described as "Singin’ in the Rain meets Strangers on a Train, Noel Coward meets Noel Fielding". After successful development runs at Southwark Playhouse and Riverside Studios, the show is now coming to the West End. Recruit yourself for this mission immediately.
When: 10 June - 2 September, 2023
Where: Duke of York's Theatre, London
After earning widespread critical acclaim for his latest movie The Banshees of Inisherin, Martin McDonagh's 2003 twisted fairytale The Pillowman is being revived with an all-star cast that includes Lily Allen, Steve Pemberton, Paul Kaye and Matthew Tennyson. The play has been performed all around the world — often with incredible casts — so don't miss this chance to see one of the all-time greats live on stage.
Watch: Paul Mescal shares stage superstitions