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Stage struck: Tristram Kenton’s shots of 2021’s theatre – in pictures

From Ian McKellen as Hamlet to elephants treading the boards, our photography maestro was in position to shoot theatre’s glorious return

Main image: Marley and me … Arinzé Kene in Get Up, Stand Up, The Bob Marley Musical at Lyric, Shaftesbury Avenue.

Fri 31 Dec 2021 09.00 GMT

  • Heather Holliday in La Clique at Leicester Square Spiegeltent. All photographs by Tristram Kenton for the Guardian

    Heather Holliday in La Clique @ Leicester Square Spiegeltent.
  • Charmene Pang in The Global Playground by Theatre-Rites at Great Northern Warehouse, as part of Manchester International Festival 2021

    Charmene Pang in The Global Playground by Theatre-Rites @ Great Northern Warehouse. Part of Manchester International Festival 2021.
  • Michelle Asante in Notes on Grief by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie at Exchange Auditorium, Manchester Central

    Michelle Asante, Uche Abuah and Itoya Osagiede in Notes On Grief by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie @ Exchange Auditorium, Manchester Central.
  • Ian McKellen as Hamlet at Theatre Royal Windsor

    Ian McKellen (Hamlet) in Hamlet by William Shakespeare @ Theatre Royal Windsor.
  • A performance of Cascando by Samuel Beckett, designed as an outdoor experience at the Barbican Centre, London

    A perfomance of Cascando by Samuel Beckett, an outdoor experience set around The Barbican Centre, London.

  • A scene from the Royal Ballet’s Nutcracker at the Royal Opera House, London

    A scene from The Nutcracker by The Royal Ballet @ ROH
  • Alessandra Ferri and Carlos Acosta perform the world premiere of a new duet/pas de deux by Goyo Montero as part of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Curated by Carlos programme at Sadler’s Wells, London

    Alessandra Ferri and Carlos Acosta perform the world premiere of a new duet/pas de deux by Goyo Montero as part of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Curated by Carlos programme @ Sadler’s Wells.
  • Amy Booth-Steel and Jack Wolfe, plus puppeteers, in the world premiere of the The Magician’s Elephant at the Royal Shakespeare theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

    Amy Booth-Steel (Narrator) and Jack Wolfe (Peter Duchene) in the World Premiere of the The Magician’s Elephant @ Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon.
  • Arinzé Kene in Get Up, Stand Up: The Bob Marley Musical by Lee Hall, directed by Clint Dyer, at the Lyric theatre in the West End

    Arinzé Kene in Get Up, Stand Up, The Bob Marley Musical by Lee Hall @ Lyric, Shaftesbury Avenue. Directed by Clint Dyer.
  • A scene from Outwitting the Devil by Akram Khan Company at Sadler’s Wells, London

    A scene from Outwitting The Devil- by Akram Khan Company @ Sadler’s Wells (Opening 24-11-2021) ©Tristram Kenton 11-21 (3 Raveley Street, LONDON NW5 2HX TEL 0207 267 5550 Mob 07973 617 355)email: tristram@tristramkenton.co
  • Qasim Mahmood, centre, in the title role of Vikki Stone’s Aladdin at Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, London

    Qasim Mahmood (Aladdin), centre, in Aladdin by Vikki Stone @ Lyric Theatre Hammersmith.
  • Edward Watson as Dante in Inferno: Pilgrim at the Royal Opera House – part of the Dante Project by Wayne McGregor, Thomas Adès and Tacita Dean with the Royal Ballet and Paris Opera Ballet

    Images embargoed until 10.30pm on 14-10-21Edward Watson (Dante) in Inferno: Pilgrim part of The Dante Project by Wayne McGregor, Thomas Adès and Tacita Dean with The Royal Ballet and Paris Opera Ballet @ Royal Opera House
  • Aakash Odedra in Constellation, part of Rising by the Aakash Odedra Company at Curve Leicester

    Aakash Odedra in Constellation, part of Rising by Aakash Odedra Company @ Curve Leicester.
  • Curious, a one-woman show written, directed by and starring Jasmine Lee-Jones at the Soho theatre, London

    Jasmine Lee-Jones in Curious, written and performed by Jasmine Lee-Jones @ Soho Theatre, London.
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