Schedule of Upcoming London Shows

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What's announced and what's in previews in the West End.

• Theatre: Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
• First Preview: August 10 , 2018
• Opening: August 15, 2018
• Playwright: Morgan Lloyd Malcolm
• Director: Nicole Charles
• Cast: Nadia Albina, Anna Andresen, Shiloh Coke, Leah Harvey, Jenni Maitland, Clare Perkins, Carolyn Pickles, Vinette Robinson, Sophie Russell, Sarah Seggari, Sophie Stone, Charity Wakefield, Amanda Wilkin

Emilia Bassano was born into a musical family in 1569. She went on to become a published poet and a member of the court. However, what little we know about her has become bound up with the possibility that she was Shakespeare’s ‘Dark Lady of the Sonnets.’ This legacy has erased her own achievements in favour of those of a man she may or may not have known. For the first time, the focus will be on this brilliant woman who managed to outlive all the men the history books tethered her to. Introducing to the world: Emilia! She’s going to make you remember her name.

• Theatre: Harold Pinter Theatre
• First Preview: August 14 , 2018
• Opening: August 16, 2018
• Playwright: Neal Foster, adapted from the book by David Walliams
• Director: Neal Foster
• Cast: Tom Cawte, Jenny Gayner, Jason Furnival, Louise Bailey, Aosaf Afzal, Emma Matthews, Oliver Hume, Danny Hendrix, Lauren Taylor

It's Friday night and Ben knows that means only one thing - staying with Granny! There will be cabbage soup, cabbage pie and cabbage cake to eat and Ben knows one thing for sure - it's going to be soooooo boring! But what Ben doesn't know is that Granny has a secret - and Friday nights are about to get more exciting than he could possibly imagine, as he embarks on the adventure of a lifetime with his very own Gangsta Granny!

• Theatre: Young Vic Theatre- The Clare
• First Preview: August 15 , 2018
• Opening: August 21, 2018
• Playwright: Naomi Wallace
• Director: Debbie Hannan
• Cast: Jude Akuwudike, Michelle Asante, Emun Elliott

Tice Hogan and his daughter Cali live a quiet life, keeping their heads down, reading the Bible, Karl Marx, and washing the rich folks’ laundry. Until one day an unknown white factory worker crashes into their lives. Weaving the spiritual into the political, Things of Dry Hours interrogates the idea that humans cannot change; are we really all that black and white?

• Theatre: Park Theatre
• First Preview: August 16 , 2018
• Opening: August 21, 2018
• Playwright: Jim Cartwright
• Director: Tom Latter
• Cast: Sally George, Rafaella Hutchinson, Linford Johnson, Kevin McMonagle, Jamie Rose Monk, Shaun Prendergast

A timid and brilliant young woman, Little Voice has a hidden talent - she can sing like the greatest divas of the 20th Century. Living a lonely life in a northern town, all she wants is to be safe in her room with her records. No chance with mother Mari on the rampage – she’s after booze, a man, a greasy breakfast, and a working phoneline. When local impresario Ray forces Little Voice into the spotlight, her transformation astounds everyone. Then the battle between mother and daughter truly erupts. Funny, brutal, beautiful and sad, Jim Cartwright’s timeless and ultimately uplifting tale is a comic tragedy about finding your voice in a noisy world.

• Theatre: Shakespeare's Globe Theatre- Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
• First Preview: August 23 , 2018
• Opening: August 29, 2018
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Nick Bagnall
• Cast: Leaphia Darko, Tom Kanji, Charlotte Mills, Dharmesh Patel, Paul Stocker, Jos Vantyler, Jade Williams, Kirsty Woodward

Self-denial is in fashion at the court of Navarre where the young king and three of his courtiers solemnly forswear all pleasures in favour of serious study. But when the Princess of France and her entourage arrive, it isn’t long before the all-male ‘academe’ have broken every one of their self-imposed rules. Shakespeare’s boisterous send-up of all those who try to turn their back on life is a dazzling parade of every weapon in the youthful playwright’s arsenal, from excruciating cross-purposes and impersonations to drunkenness and bust-ups. It’s a banquet of language, groaning with puns, rhymes and grotesque coinages

• Theatre: Almeida Theatre
• First Preview: August 27 , 2018
• Opening: September 4, 2018
• Playwright: Clare Barron
• Director: Bijan Sheibani
• Cast: Brendan Cowell, Nancy Crane, Karla Crome, Miranda Foster, Sarah Hadland, Kayla Meikle, Irfan Shamji, Manjinder Virk, Ria Zmitrowicz

Somewhere in America, a revolution is coming. An army of competitive dancers is ready to take over the world, one routine at a time. With a pre-teen battle for power and perfection raging on and off stage, Dance Nation is a ferocious exploration of youth, ambition and self-discovery.

• Theatre: The Other Place
• First Preview: September 1, 2018
• Opening: September 5, 2018
• Book, Music and Lyrics: Ben Adams and Chris Wilkins
• Director: Ian Talbot
• Cast: Rob Houchen, Laura Baldwin, Daniel Buckley, Neil McDermott, Scott Paige, Alex Bourne, Simon Thomas, Emily Tierney, Christopher Ragland, Tom Senior, Alison Arnopp

Ingenious new musical Eugenius! returns to The Other Palace for a second limited run this year, transporting you to a world of comic books and superheroes in that most glorious of decades: the 1980s.

• Theatre: Arts Theatre
• First Preview: August 30, 2018
• Opening: September 6, 2018
• Authors: Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss
• Directors: Lucy Moss and Jamie Armitage
• Cast: Jarneia Richard-Noel, Millie O'Connell, Natalie Paris, Alexia McIntosh, Aimie Atkinson, Maiya Quansah-Breed, Grace Mouat

DIVORCED. BEHEADED. LIVE IN CONCERT! From Tudor queens to pop princesses, the six wives of Henry VIII finally take the mic to tell their tale, remixing five hundred years of her-storical heartbreak into a 75-minute celebration of sisterly sass-itude.

• Theatre: Hampstead Theatre
• First Preview: August 30, 2018
• Opening: September 6, 2018
• Playwright: Stephen Karam
• Director: Joe Mantello
• Cast: Cassie Beck, Reed Birney, Jayne Houdyshell, Lauren Klein, Arian Moyaed, Sarah Steele

Hampstead Theatre is proud to present the Broadway production of The Humans by Stephen Karam, the winner of four 2016 Tony Awards including Best Play. Three generations of the Blake family have assembled for Thanksgiving in Brigid and Richard’s ramshackle pre-war apartment in Lower Manhattan. Whilst the event may have a slightly improvised air, the family is determined to make the best of its time together. As they attempt to focus on the traditional festivities, fears of the past and pressures of the future seep into the reunion and the precariousness of their position becomes increasingly evident.

• Theatre: The Old Vic
• First Preview: September 1, 2018
• Opening: September 6, 2018
• Music: Josh Cohen and DJ Walde
• Lyrics: Kate Prince, Josh Cohen and DJ Walde
• Book: Kate Prince and Priya Parmar
• Director: Kate Prince
• Cast: Genesis Lynea, Beverley Knight, Delroy Atkinson, Carly Bawden, Verity Blyth, John Dagleish, Jade Hackett, Todd Holdsworth, Izuka Hoyle, Tachia Newall, Maria Omakinwa, Karl Queensborough, Ross Sands, Witney White, Eliotte Williams N'Dure

100 years after the first women in Britain were granted the vote, Kate Prince combines dance, hip hop, soul and funk to shed new light on a remarkable story at the heart of the Suffragette movement. Co-written by Kate Prince and Priya Parmar with original music by Josh Cohen and DJ Walde, Sylvia is a modern musical celebrating the life of Sylvia Pankhurst, her pivotal role in the campaign for women’s rights and the price of the passion and politics that tore her family apart.

• Theatre: Park Theatre
• First Preview: September 5, 2018
• Opening: September 7, 2018
• Playwright: Alex McSweeney
• Director: Simon Pittman
• Cast: Doreene Blackstock, Adam Burton, Richard Corgan, Lindsay Fraser, Abdul Salis

Steven, recently separated and heading towards divorce, bumps into an old friend on the journey to a job interview. A complex recent past and a fragile present collide, as Steven tries to make sense of the world around him and his place within it. We accelerate headlong into Steven’s chaotic and troubled inner life, as the everyday encounter unravels into something dark, disturbing and unrestrained.

• Theatre: Trafalgar Studios 2
• First Preview: September 4, 2018
• Opening: September 9, 2018
• Playwright: Milly Thomas
• Director: Sara Joyce
• Cast: Milly Thomas

A caustic and comedic treatment of one woman’s depression, Dust transfers to Trafalgar Studios following award-winning runs in Edinburgh and London. Written and performed by Milly Thomas and directed by Sara Joyce, Dust was written using Thomas’ own experience of depression, and her desire to talk more about mental health in society today. Dust is a refreshing, funny, but unflinching story which dares the audience to pass judgement – or else, show sympathy.

• Theatre: Donmar Dryden Street
• Opening: September 10, 2018
• Playwright: Conor McPherson
• Director: Simon Evans
• Cast: Brendan Coyle

Conor McPherson’s chilling play is revived in an intimate new production at Donmar Dryden Street. Simon Evans, who recently directed The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui at the Donmar, directs Brendan Coyle.

• Theatre: Theatre Royal Haymarket
• First Preview: September 3, 2018
• Opening: September 11, 2018
• Book, Music and Lyrics: Laurence O'keefe and Kevin Murphy
• Director: Andy Fickman
• Cast: Carrie Hope Fletcher

Following a number of workshop performances and then a full production at The Other Palace, Laurence O'Keefe and Kevin Murphy musical adaptation of Heathers is set to transfer to West End. Heathers: the Musical premiered Off-Broadway in 2014 and is based on the 1988 film of the same name which is about a group four teenage girls – three of whom share the first name Heather - at high school in Ohio. Veronica, the fourth friend, has had enough and longs to return to her old life and geeky friends.

• Theatre: Royal Court Theatre - Jerwood Theatre Upstairs
• First Preview: September 5, 2018
• Opening: September 11, 2018
• Playwright: Robert Alan Evans
• Director: Lucy Morrison
• Cast: Finn Bennett, Tom Mothersdale, Lesley Sharp

“Why you always got to dig things up?” A cabin deep in the woods. A lost boy buried in the snow. A lone woman. And her wolf. “You think you could keep him? You know where that ends up. Don’t you. You no good with kids.” Robert Alan Evans returns to the Royal Court with this new play directed by Lucy Morrison.

• Theatre: Southwark Playhouse
• First Preview: September 6, 2018
• Opening: September 12, 2018
• Music: Christopher Ash
• Book and Lyrics: Carl Miller
• Director: Adam Lenson
• Cast: Natasha Barnes, Siobhan Athwal, Molly Lynch, Matthew Jacobs Morgan

Through the lens of a rock documentary, Wasted gives an access-all-areas account of the struggles, heartbreaks and triumphs of the three Brontë sisters Charlotte, Emily, Anne, and their brother Branwell. Brought up in a remote, poverty-stricken town in Yorkshire, without money or opportunity, they fought ill-health, unrequited love and family feuds to write some of the most celebrated literature including Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. Never afraid to rebel against expectations, the lives behind the pages expose a struggling, squabbling, ferociously driven, drug-fuelled crash and burn trajectory from obscurity to celebrity and ultimately to their untimely deaths. This is the Brontës as you’ve never seen them before.

• Theatre: Ambassadors Theatre
• First Preview: September 5, 2018
• Opening: September 13, 2018
• Paywright: Dawn King
• Director: Rachel O’Riordan
• Cast: Iwan Rheon, Heida Reed

In Dawn King’s unsettling and darkly comic drama, England is in crisis. Due to flooding, food production is slow and fear of the red beast grips the land. Farm owners, Judith and Samuel Covey, have failed to meet their harvest target and the government wants to know why. Foxfinder William Bloor (Iwan) visits the farm to investigate a possible fox infestation. Trained from childhood, he’s fixated on unearthing the foxes that must the reason for the failed crops. But as the investigation goes on, William finds more questions than answers…

• Theatre: Theatre Royal Stratford East
• First Preview: September 7, 2018
• Opening: September 13, 2018
• Paywright: April De Angelis
• Director: Nadia Fall
• Cast: Harki Bhambra, Sudha Bhuchar, Anya Chalotra, Ameet Chana, Neil D’Souza, Souad Faress, Rina Fatania, Naeem Hayat, Scott Karim, Art Malik, Arian Nik, Humera Syed, Ragevan Vasan

The Village transports the Lope de Vega’s Spanish play, Fuenteovejuna to contemporary India. It’s a powerful story of community and solidarity, and the lengths a person will go to protect themselves from tyranny. In Jyoti’s village, life is simple. People work and sing while living off the land. And finding a partner is far from her mind. She’d much prefer a delicious meal. Things are happy until the Inspector and his men come back to town. But when the tyrannical Inspector has his eye on Jyoti and he commits unspeakable acts against the village, everyone is pushed to breaking point. Will Jyoti dare turn him down despite what it may mean for her village?

• Theatre: Trafalgar Studios One
• First Preview: September 8, 2018
• Opening: September 14, 2018
• Playwright: Arinzé Kene
• Director: Omar Elerian
• Cast: Arinzé Kene

Following its sold-out run at the Bush Theatre, Arinzé Kene's acclaimed Misty transfers to London’s Trafalgar Studios for six weeks only. Through a visceral blend of theatre, gig and performance poetry, Arinzé delivers an epic, heartfelt and playful exploration of creative freedom, set against a pulsing vision of modern London. Misty is directed by the Bush Theatre’s Omar Elerian and features an original musical score performed live during the show.

• Theatre: National Theatre- Dorfman Theatre
• First Preview: September 12, 2018
• Opening: September 17, 2018
• Playwright: Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne
• Director: Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne
• Cast: Hiran Abeysekera, Hervé Goffings, Omar Silva, Kalieaswari Srinivasan, Donald Sumpter

Somewhere in the world, a man sits alone outside a prison. Who is he, and why is he there? Is it a choice, or a punishment? Peter Brook and his long-time collaborator Marie-Hélène Estienne return to London with a provocative study of what it means to be free. Asking profound questions about justice, guilt and redemption, The Prisoner brings together a cast of acclaimed actors from around the world to explore some of the most compelling issues of our time.

• Theatre: Hampstead Theatre Downstairs
• First Preview: September 13, 2018
• Opening: September 19, 2018
• Playwright: Richad Molloy
• Director: Alice Hamilton
• Cast: TBA

It’s back to school with a bang for Alisha, Iman and Kareem – they all failed GCSE English and there are only six weeks until their resits. This is their last chance to continue Sixth Form, failure is not an option. It’s down to Miss Murphy to see the trio through. But collectively, the students are unruly, she’s already snowed under with her other classes and the school is literally falling apart. Can she deliver when there’s just as much drama in the staffroom as there is in the classroom?

• Theatre: Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
• First Preview: September 15, 2018
• Opening: September 20, 2018
• Playwright: Matt Hartley
• Director: Adele Thomas
• Cast: Anette Badland, Zora Bishop, Adrian Bower, Priyanga Burford, Sam Crane, John Paul Connolly, Becci Gemmell, Will Keen, Norah Lopez-Holden, Luke MacGregor, Jordan Metcalfe, Oliver Ryan, Sirine Saba, Howard Ward, Rose Wardlaw

1665. As the plague runs rife through London, Reverend William Mompesson arrives in Eyam, Derbyshire, to lead the parish. But Eyam is no sleepy backwater; it is a village at war with itself. The community has dissolved, and neighbour feuds with neighbour under the watchful eye of a ruthless landowner bent on maintaining his grip on the village. When the plague arrives in Eyam, the villagers are tasked with examining their civil responsibility, as they must decide whether to stay quarantined, or flee and risk spreading the deadly disease.

• Theatre: Park Theatre
• First Preview: September 19, 2018
• Opening: September 24, 2018
• Playwright: Sharr White
• Director: Claire van Kampen
• Cast: Karen Archer, Eliza Collings, Okon Jones, Rupinder Nagra

Confident, intelligent and highly successful neurologist Juliana Smithton is at the top of her game. But while delivering a lecture to a roomful of doctors, she’s interrupted by a series of disturbing events...With her husband filing for divorce and her health in the balance, Juliana’s life suddenly starts unravelling. As details emerge of a ten-year old mystery, fact blurs with fiction, the past collides with the present, secrets are spilled and slowly the elusive and shocking truth is revealed. Nothing is at it seems in the UK Premiere of Sharr White’s brilliantly crafted and emotionally charged psychological thriller.

• Theatre: Royal Court Theatre- Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
• First Preview: September 21, 2018
• Opening: September 25, 2018
• Writer: Debris Stevenson
• Music: Michael 'Mikey J' Asante
• Director: Benji Reid
• Cast: Debris Stevenson, Jammz

What happens if you fight against the odds, against the opinions and attitudes that surround you, to achieve the life you want – and then realise it’s not what you need? Step into a pirate radio station, a teenage bedroom and a house party as an outsider battles to find her voice. Thirteen years after encountering the early days of London’s grime scene, Debris Stevenson uses music, movement, lyrics and poetry to recall how it gave her permission to redefine success and become a poet.

• Theatre: National Theatre- Olivier Theatre
• First Preview: September 18, 2018
• Opening: September 26, 2018
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Simon Godwin
• Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Sophie Okonedo, Fisayo Akindade, Alexander Cobb, Tunji Kasim, Georgia Landers, Nicholas Le Prevost, Tim McMullan, Gloria Obianyo, Katy Stephens

Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo play the famous fated couple. Simon Godwin directs. Caesar and his assassins are dead. General Mark Antony now rules alongside his fellow defenders of Rome. But at the fringes of a war-torn empire the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra and Mark Antony have fallen fiercely in love. In a tragic fight between devotion and duty, obsession becomes a catalyst for war. Politics and passion are violently intertwined in Shakespeare’s gripping tale of power.

• Theatre: Harold Pinter Theatre
• First Preview: September 13, 2018
• Opening: September 27, 2018
• Playwright: Harold Pinter Theatre
• Director: Jamie Lloyd
• Cast: John Macmillan, Hayley Squires, David Suchet, Russell Tovey

Playful and provocative, The Lover features a conventional, suburban couple in unconventional circumstances. The Collection, hailed as one of the outstanding plays of the 20th Century by Laurence Olivier, delves into the intriguing mystery of two London couples linked by sexual desire and a quest for supremacy.

• Theatre: Harold Pinter Theatre
• First Preview: September 6, 2018
• Opening: September 28, 2018
• Playwright: Harold Pinter Theatre
• Director: Jamie Lloyd
• Cast: Pippa Essiedu, Kate O'Flynn, Antony Sher, Maggie Steed

Pinter At The Pinter is a unique event featuring all twenty short plays written by the greatest British playwright of the 20th Century. They have never been performed together in a season of this kind. The twenty plays will be presented in repertoire by a company of world-class creatives, many of whom were Harold Pinter’s friends and collaborators. Opening the Pinter At The Pinter season is a dynamic collection of Harold Pinter’s most potent and dangerous political plays.

• Theatre: Southwark Playhouse
• First Preview: September 6, 2018
• Opening: September 29, 2018
• Music: Janet Hood
• Book and Lyrics: Bill Russell
• Director: Amy Anders Corcoran
• Cast: Janet Fullerlove, Jodie Jacobs, Melanie Marshall, Kelly Sweeney

Unexpected Joy is the story of three generations of female singers, long-held family tensions and a week together where change is in the air – Joy, a baby boomer pop star, is visited by her daughter, Rachel and granddaughter Tamara. Rachel is married to a prominent televangelist, so Joy is reluctant to divulge that she’s planning to marry Lou, another singer who happens to be a woman. A week with all four together is bound to lead to tension, laughter, discoveries and happiness that really is unexpected. Let the sparks and music fly!

• Theatre: Menier Chocolate Factory
• First Preview: September 20, 2018
• Opening: October 1, 2018
• Playwright: Hugh Whitemore
• Director: Hannah Chissick
• Cast: Finty Williams, Jasper Britton

The Jacksons are a nice middle aged English couple. Their best friends are the Krogers, their Canadian neighbours. All is blissful in their world until a detective from Scotland Yard asks to use their house as an observation station to foil a Soviet spy ring operating in the area. They are really put to the test when the detective asks them to help set a trap. Should they betray their friends… Or their country?

• Theatre: Park Theatre
• First Preview: October 2, 2018
• Opening: October 5, 2018
• Playwright: Gloria Williams
• Director: Lara Genovese
• Cast: TBA

Young Londoner Cleo was given her ‘gift’ at age seven – except that ‘gift’ left her with type 3 Female Genital Mutilation. How can Cleo love her body, when her husband brutally sexually assaults her? Finding strength after this hideous act, Cleo resolves to go against her family’s wishes and seek reversal surgery. On her journey of healing, Cleo meets Eve, a fellow FGM victim who is instantly drawn to her…

• Theatre: Southwark Playhouse
• First Preview: October 3, 2018
• Opening: October 5, 2018
• Playwright: Joy Wilkinson
• Director: Kirsty Patrick Ward
• Cast: TBA

London, 1869. Four very different Victorian women are drawn into the dark underground world of female boxing by the eccentric Professor Sharp. Controlled by men and constrained by corsets, each finds an unexpected freedom in the boxing ring. As their lives begin to intertwine their journey takes us through grand drawing rooms, bustling theatres and rowdy Southwark pubs where the women fight inequality as well as each other. But with the final showdown approaching only one can become the Lady Boxing Champion of the World…

• Theatre: Wyndham's Theatre
• First Preview: October 2, 2018
• Opening: October 9, 2018
• Playwright: Florian Zeller, translated by Christopher Hamptom
• Director: Jonathan Kent
• Cast: Eileen Atkins, Jonathan Pryce, Adda Madeley, Amanda Drew, Lucy Cohu

Multi award-winning stars Jonathan Pryce and Dame Eileen Atkins lead The Height Of The Storm, a new drama by the internationally acclaimed Florian Zeller. André and Madeleine have been in love for over fifty years. This weekend, as their daughters visit, something feels unusual. A bunch of flowers arrives, but who sent them? A woman from the past turns up, but who is she? And why does André feel like he isn’t there at all?

• Theatre: Young Vic
• First Preview: October 2, 2018
• Opening: October 9, 2018
• Playwright: Conceived by Kwame Kwei-Armah and Shaina Taub from the play by William Shakespeare
• Music and Lyrics: Shaina Taub
• Director: Kwame Kwei-Armah and Oskar Eustis
• Cast: Melissa Allan, Gabrielle Brooks, Gerard Carey, Natalie Dew, Gbmisola Ikumelo, Jyuddah Jaymes, Jonathan Livingstone, Paul Wilcocks, Silas Wyatt-Barke, Rupert Young

Shakespeare meets his match as brass bands and Beyoncé weave through this enchanting musical adaptation of Twelfth Night, with music and lyrics by the critically acclaimed songwriter Shaina Taub. Young Vic Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah and Oskar Eustis co-direct this technicolour celebration of love in all its forms, following a run at the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park.

• Theatre: National Theatre- Lyttelton Theatre
• First Preview: October 2, 2018
• Opening: October 9, 2018
• Playwright: David Hare
• Director: Neil Armfield
• Cast: Siân Brooke, Alex Hassell, Jashua McGuire, Amaka Okafor, Liza Saodvy, Brigid Zengeni

Do I run? This is the question which is facing Pauline Gibson. She has spent her life as a doctor, the inspiring leader of a local health campaign. When she crosses paths with her old boyfriend, Jack Gould, a stalwart loyalist in Labour Party politics, she’s faced with an agonising decision. What’s involved in sacrificing your private life and your peace of mind for something more than a single issue? Does she dare?

• Theatre: Gielgud Theatre
• First Preview: September 26, 2018
• Opening: October 10, 2018
• Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim
• Book: George Furth
• Director: Marianne Elliott
• Cast: Rosalie Craig, Patti LuPone, Mel Giedroyc, Richard Fleeshman, George Blagden, Matthew Seadon-Young, Gavin Spokes, Richard Henders, Jennifer Saayeng, Ashley Campbell, Ben Lewis, Jonathan Bailey, Alex Gaumond, Daisy Maywood, Michael Coldbourne, Francesca Ellis, Ewan Gillies, Grant Neal, Jaimie Pruden

For the first time ever, the lead role of Company will be re-imagined as a woman, Bobbi (portrayed by Rosalie Craig), as director Marianne Elliott reinvents Sondheim's heart-warming story of life, love and marriage. Company also marks the long-awaited return of celebrated actress Patti LuPone to the West End stage, performing in London's Theatreland for the first time in over 20 years in the role of Joanne.

• Theatre: Lyric Theatre Hammersmith
• First Preview: October 5, 2018
• Opening: October 10, 2018
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Jude Christian and Sean Holmes
• Cast: Samuel Collings, Caroline Faber, Kirsten Foster, Grace Cookey Gam, Sandy Grierson, Paul Courtney Hyu, Kezrena James, Melissa Johns, Ery Nzaramba

An audacious condensed staging of two of Shakespeare’s most brutal and poetic plays, exploring fear, jealousy, power and revenge. Two stories in which powerful men are manipulated into destroying their societies, their households, their loved ones and themselves.

• Theatre: Donmar Warehouse
• First Preview: September 28, 2018
• Opening: October 11, 2018
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Josie Rourke
• Cast: Ben Allen, Hayley Atwell, Matt Bardock, Nicholas Burns, Jackie Clune, Rachel Denning, Molly Harris, Jack Lowden, Adam McNamara, Raad Rawi, Sule Rimi, Anwar Russell, Helena Wilson

Vienna is corrupt. The Duke, who has let the city fall to vice, hands control to his Deputy, a hardline, puritan reformer. The Deputy uses ancient laws to sentence citizens to death for sexual misconduct. But when a religious Novice pleads for clemency, their heady encounter leaves the Deputy guilty of the very crime that the law condemns. Artistic Director Josie Rourke’s production of Measure for Measure imagines the play in its original year of performance, 1604, and also in 2018. Within every performance, Hayley Atwell and Jack Lowden will alternate the roles of powerful Deputy and powerless Novice.

• Theatre: Noel Coward Theatre
• First Preview: September 21, 2018
• Opening: October 13, 2018
• Playwright: Matthew Lopez
• Director: Stephen Daldry
• Cast: John Benjamin Hickey, Andrew Burnap, Paul Hilton, Samuel H. Levine, Hugo Bolton, Robert Boulter, Hubert Burton, Syrus Lowe, Michael Marcus, Kyle Soller, Michael Walters, Vanessa Redgrave

Following a sold-out, critically-acclaimed run at the Young Vic, Matthew Lopez’s major two-part world premiere The Inheritance lands in London's West End for just fifteen weeks. A generation after the peak of the AIDs crisis, what is it like to be a young gay man in New York? How many words are there now for pain and for love? Stephen Daldry's production explores profound themes through the turbulent and often hilarious experiences of a group of young, ambitious New Yorkers. What is the legacy left to them by previous generations? What do they owe the future and each other?

• Theatre: Southwark Playhouse
• First Preview: October 10, 2018
• Opening: October 16, 2018
• Playwright: Oliver Lansley
• Directors: James Seager and Oliver Lansley
• Cast: TBA

Olivier Award nominated Les Enfants Terribles bring their signature style of visual storytelling to the stage with their First World War epic, The Trench; blending live music, puppetry and physical performance for this special centenary production. The Trench is inspired by the true story of a miner who became entombed underground in a collapsed tunnel during World War One. As the horror threatens to engulf him, he finds that not everything in the darkness is what it seems. The line between fantasy and reality blurs as he embarks on an epic journey for survival questioning what’s real, what’s not and whether it even matters?

• Theatre: National Theatre- Dorfman Theatre
• First Preview: October 10, 2018
• Opening: October 17, 2018
• Playwright: Nina Raine
• Director: Nina Raine
• Cast: Claudie Blakley

How do you have a baby when you’re 39 and single? This is the story of Anna. A story filled with many chapters, unexpected characters and curious plot twists.Following the critically acclaimed Consent, Nina Raine returns to the National Theatre with this funny and touching new play about the fertilisation of an idea.

• Theatre: Arts Theatre
• First Preview: October 15, 2018
• Opening: October 18, 2018
• Playwright: Ian Hislop and Nick Newman
• Director: Caroline Leslie
• Cast: TBA

The Wipers Times, the extraordinary story of a hilarious satirical newspaper created in the mayhem of the Somme, returns to the Arts Theatre. The Wipers Times tells the true story of events which occurred when two officers stumbled across a printing press in the Belgian town of Ypres (often mispronounced ‘Wipers’ by British soldiers). From the muddy surroundings of the trenches, they decided to create a newspaper for the troops. But rather than penning another sombre journal, they created a subversively sharp-witted, canny – and very funny – newspaper designed to lift their colleagues’ spirits.

• Theatre: The Bridge Theatre
• First Preview: October 12, 2018
• Opening: October 19, 2018
• Playwright: Martin McDonagh
• Director: Matthew Dunster
• Cast: Jim Broadbent, Elizabeth Berrington, Phil Daniels, Johnetta Eula'Mae Ackles

In a townhouse in Copenhagen works Hans Christian Andersen, a teller of exquisite and fantastic children’s tales beloved by millions. But the true source of his stories dwells in his attic upstairs, her existence a dark secret kept from the outside world. As dangerous, twisted and funny as his National Theatre and Broadway hit The Pillowman, Martin McDonagh’s new play travels deep into the abysses of the imagination.

• Theatre: Barbican Theatre
• First Preview: October 15, 2018
• Opening: October 23, 2018
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Polly Findlay
• Cast: Christopher Eccleston, Nimh Cusack, Edward Bennett

Returning home from battle, the victorious Macbeth meets three witches on the heath. Driven by their disturbing prophecies, he sets out on the path to murder. Christopher Eccleston makes his RSC debut in the title role of Shakespeare’s psychological thriller, opposite Niamh Cusack as Lady Macbeth and with Edward Bennett as Macduff.

• Theatre: Hampstead Theatre
• First Preview: October 18, 2018
• Opening: October 25, 2018
• Playwright: Lauren Gunderson
• Director: Edward Hall
• Cast: Maisie Williams

Housebound because of illness, Caroline hasn’t been to school in months. Confined to her room, she has only Instagram and Facebook for company. That is until classmate Anthony bursts in – uninvited and armed with waffle fries, a scruffy copy of Walt Whitman’s poetry and a school project due in the next day… Caroline is unimpressed all round. But an unlikely friendship develops and a seemingly mundane piece of homework starts to reveal the pair’s hopes and dreams - as well as a deep and mysterious bond that connects them even further.

• Theatre: Theatre Royal Stratford East
• First Preview: October 24, 2018
• Opening: October 30, 2018
• Playwright: Sarah DeLappe
• Director: Ellen McDougall
• Cast: TBA

Sarah DeLappe’s award-winning play, The Wolves, will be making its European premiere at Theatre Royal Stratford East. Set in an indoor football centre in middle America, The Wolves centres on a team of teenage girls warming up for a game. As they stretch, squat, lunge, and kick, the nine girls talk about everything that addles a teenager’s mind. From their dressing room, the group of warriors gossip about boys, the teachers and the new girl who’s just joined the team. But despite the joking, wrestling, and political questions, disaster strikes and the team’s winning streak is under threat. Will they remain unbeaten in their high school football league?

• Theatre: Park Theatre
• First Preview: October 25, 2018
• Opening: October 30, 2018
• Playwright: Joanna Murray-Smith
• Director: Paul Robinson
• Cast: TBA

For Honour and George, the arrival of the self-assured Claudia threatens to wreck a 32-year marriage. But as the power balance starts to shift, the husband, wife, daughter and mistress together must face the fundamental question - what is love? Often compared to David Hare’s Skylight and Harold Pinter’s Betrayal, Honour  paints an unflinching portrait of what happens when a secure marriage suddenly stalls, and when the opportunity arises for one life to be revived at the expense of another.

• Theatre: Royal Court Theatre- Jerwood Theatre Upstairs
• Opening: October 31, 2018
• Playwright: Lisa Hammond and Rachael Spence
• Cast: Lisa Hammond and Rachael Spence

Best mates Lisa and Rachael are making a new show almost a decade after they created their first piece together. People say the world has changed and things are looking up. There are more disabled people in the mainstream media, Lisa landed a big part on TV and disabled mates are getting regular auditions – happy days. So what kind of exciting stories are the TV professionals dreaming up for them? Still No Idea is the whole story (so far): the British public, the professional writers, the TV execs. Part verbatim theatre, part improv, part comedy sketch show, this is a raucous and mischievous exposé of good intentions gone bad and how sometimes no matter how hard we try, we still have absolutely no idea.

• Theatre: Royal Court Theatre- Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
• First Preview: October 25, 2018
• Opening: October 31, 2018
• Playwright: Debbie Tucker Green
• Director: Debbie Tucker Green
• Cast: TBA

Patience is running out, times have changed. And progress isn’t enough. Black British. African American. Here. There. Now.

• Theatre: Hampstead Theatre Downstairs
• First Preview: October 26, 2018
• Opening: November 1, 2018
• Playwright: Debbie Tucker Green
• Director: Debbie Tucker Green
• Cast: TBA

Bim, Alex and J have been best friends since school. Loud, funny, inseparable – they are the epitome of girls who just want to have fun. But now they’re 25, life is starting to get in the way. Careers, relationships, expectations...What better way to escape than a trip to Ibiza for a week of sun, sea and selfies? But there’s trouble in paradise when reality catches up with them, threatening to derail their holiday as they are forced to accept no amount of partying will let them escape themselves.

• Theatre: Southwark Playhouse
• First Preview: October 31, 2018
• Opening: November 2, 2018
• Playwright: Iman Qureshi
• Director: TBA
• Cast: TBA

Life as the director of a Muslim funeral parlour isn’t always easy, but Ayesha has things pretty sorted. She and Zeyd share everything: a marriage, a business, a future. Until Tom walks in to organise his boyfriend’s funeral. A snap moral decision, informed by the values of Ayesha’s community and faith, has profound consequences. Forced to confront a secret she has hidden even from herself, Ayesha must decide who she is – no matter the cost.

• Theatre: Barbican Theatre
• Opening: November 2, 2018
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Erica Whyman
• Cast: Bally Gill, Karen Fishwick

What if your first true love was someone you’d been told to hate? Shakespeare’s most famous story explodes with intense passion and an irresistible desire for change but leads all too quickly to devastating consequences. Set in a world very like our own, this Romeo and Juliet is about a generation of young people born into violence and ripped apart by the bitter divisions of their parents.

• Theatre: Kiln Theatre
• First Preview: October 26, 2018
• Opening: November 5, 2018
• Playwright: Stephen Sharkey, based on the novel by Zadie Smith
• Director: Indhu Rubasingham
• Cast: Ayesha Antoine, Michele Austin, Philip Bird, Ayesha Dharker, Naomi Frederick, Tony Jayawardena, Richard Lumsden, Karl Queensborough, Sid Sagar, Amanda Wilkin, Assad Zaman, Matthew Churcher, Nenda Neurer, Zoe West

Rosie Jones, the Iqbal twins, their parents, their grandparents, Mad Mary and an avalanche of other characters who make up the everyday chaos of Kilburn High Road come together in an extraordinary revelry of NW6. An epic comedy with music and dance, this theatrical rollercoaster takes us on a fast-paced journey through history, different cultures and chance encounters. Zadie Smith’s breakthrough novel is adapted for stage by acclaimed playwright Stephen Sharkey and directed by Artistic Director Indhu Rubasingham in a major world premiere.

• Theatre: Park Theatre
• First Preview: October 31, 2018
• Opening: November 5, 2018
• Playwright: Jesse Briton
• Director: Jessica Daniels
• Cast: TBA

In a dilapidated North London bedsit, Simona, a disgraced violinist is preparing to kill herself. The surprise arrival of Ye, an aspiring musician and wealthy heiress, throws her plans into disarray. Together the pair embark on a series of lessons that will test the limits of friendship, music, and success.

• Theatre: National Theatre - Lyttelton Theatre
• Opening: November 8, 2018
• Playwright: Michael Morpurgo, adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford
• Director: Marianne Elliot and Tom Morris
• Cast: Marcus Adolphy, Adam Barlow, Peter Becker, Joëlle Brabban, Lucas Button, Jasper William Cartwright, Jo Castleton, Chris Charles, Jonathan Charles, Sebastian Charles, Anna Chessher, Nicky Cross, Thomas Dennis, Bob Fox, Max Gallagher, Chris Garner, Andrew Hodges, Lewis Howard, William Ilkley, Ben Ingles, Billy Irving, Elan James, Kiran Landa, Gwilym Lloyd, Jack Lord, Stephen Love, Toyin Omari-Kinch, Samuel Parker, Tom Quinn, Domonic Ramsden, Arinder Sadhra, Tom Stacy, Elizabeth Stretton, and Simon Victor.

At the outbreak of World War One, Joey, young Albert’s beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France. He’s soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary odyssey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man’s land. But Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home.

• Theatre: Garrick Theatre
• First Preview: October 27, 2018
• Opening: November 8, 2018
• Playwright: James Fenton, from the novel by Miguel de Cervantes
• Director: Angus Jackson
• Cast: David Threlfall, Rufus Hound

The award-winning poet, journalist and literary critic James Fenton has adapted Miguel de Cervantes’ iconic novel which tells the famous, farcical story of a self-fashioned travelling knight accompanied by his faithful squire. A labyrinthine world of rogues, merchants, shepherds, galley-slaves and windmills combine to confront the pair with a world of rampant, absurd adventures in this brilliantly energised adaptation of the comic epic. Don Quixote’s journey with his faithful sidekick is one of the world’s most famous stories, and James Fenton’s glorious adaptation brings Cervantes’ novel wonderfully to life.

• Theatre: National Theatre - Olivier Theatre
• First Preview: November 2, 2018
• Opening: November 13, 2018
• Book, Music and Lyrics: Anaïs Mitchell
• Director: Rachel Chavkin
• Cast: Patrick Page, Amber Gray, Reeve Carney, Eva Noblezada, André De Shields, Rosie Fletcher, Carly Mercedes Dyer, Gloria Onitiri. Sharif Afifi, Beth Hinton-Lever, Seyi Omooba, Aiesha Pease, Joseph Prouse, Jordan Shaw, Shaq Taylor

In the warmth of summertime, songwriter Orpheus and his muse Eurydice are living it up and falling in love. But as winter approaches, reality sets in: these young dreamers can’t survive on songs alone. Tempted by the promise of plenty, Eurydice is lured to the depths of industrial Hadestown. On a quest to save her, Orpheus journeys to the underworld where their trust is put to a final test.

• Theatre: Harold Pinter Theatre
• First Preview: October 25, 2018
• Opening: November 15, 2018
• Playwright: Harold Pinter
• Director: Jamie Lloyd
• Cast: Keith Allen, Tamsin Greig

Landscape is a minimalist marvel: a woman is locked in a beautiful memory and her husband demands to be heard. In A Kind of Alaska, Deborah awakes from a twenty-nine-year sleep and is suspended between the conscious and unconscious worlds.

• Theatre: Harold Pinter Theatre
• First Preview: November, 11 2018
• Opening: November 16, 2018
• Playwright: Harold Pinter
• Directors: Lyndsey Turner and Ed Stambollouian
• Cast: Jessica Barden

The brutality of family life and the subjectivity of memory are explored in the emotionally raw and richly funny Moonlight, directed by Olivier Award winner Lyndsey Turner, in which the past haunts the dark, lonely recesses of a dying father’s bedroom. An East End criminal returns home from prison to find his room has been occupied by a mysterious woman with a secret. Set in the sweaty nightclubs and claustrophobic boarding houses of 1960s London, this is a rare opportunity to see the brilliantly witty and vivid Night School, directed by the inventive young director, Ed Stambollouian.

• Theatre: Duke of York's Theatre
• First Preview: November, 10 2018
• Opening: November 20, 2018
• Playwright: Tennessee Williams
• Director: Rebecca Frecknall
• Cast: Seb Carrington, Nancy Crane, Patsy Ferran, Eric MacLennan, Forbes Mason, Matthew Needham, Tok Stephen, Anhana Vasan

Following a critically acclaimed, sold-out run at the Almeida Theatre, Rebecca Frecknall’s production of Tennessee Williams’ Summer and Smoke transfers to the West End’s Duke of York’s Theatre for a strictly limited season. Trapped between desire and a life of obligation, Alma meets John and her world turns upside down. This intoxicating classic about love, loneliness and self-destruction evokes the simmering passions of a sweltering summer in small-town Mississippi.

• Theatre: Lyric Theatre Hammersmith
• Opening: November 21, 2018
• Playwright: Based on the book by Raymond Briggs, adapted by Pins and Needles
• Director: Emma Earle
• Cast: TBA

Join Santa as he awakes from a dream of sun, sea and sand only to find it is the busiest day of the year: Christmas Eve. Back for another brilliant year. Christmas isn’t Christmas without this Lyric family favourite.

• Theatre: Lyric Theatre Hammersmith
• First Preview: November 17, 2018
• Opening: November 24, 2018
• Playwright: Jude Christian and Cariad Lloyd
• Director: Jude Christian
• Cast: TBA

Dick Whittington will be getting the full Lyric treatment in 2018. You can expect the usual mix of live music, crazy characters, awesome adventure, singing, dancing, villainous baddies and heroic goodies with a little bit of feline flavour chucked in for good measure.

• Theatre: Southwark Playhouse
• First Preview: November 22, 2018
• Opening: November 27, 2018
• Music: Stephen Flaherty
• Lyrics: Lynn Ahrens
• Book: Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, Co-conceived by Eric Idle
• Director: James Tobias
• Cast: TBA

The fantastical world of Dr. Seuss bursts onto the stage in this larger-than-life musical extravaganza brimming with fun and excitement for “thinkers” of all ages. Join the mischievous Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, and a host of other much-loved characters on a magical, madcap adventure from the Jungle of Nool, to the Circus McGurkus, to the tiniest planet in the sky, Whoville. Set to an electric score and co-conceived by Monty Python’s Eric Idle, this raucous and ultimately touching story by Tony Award winners Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty is a feel-good musical bonanza which dares us to think big and reminds us of the power of loyalty, family, and acceptance. After all, a person’s a person no matter how small!

• Theatre: Playhouse Theatre
• Opening: November 29, 2018
• Music: Jeanine Tesori
• Lyrics: Tony Kushner
• Director: Michael Longhurst
• Cast: Sharon D Clarke

Set in a broken-down basement, Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori's musical Caroline, Or Change makes magic from the mundane, starring Sharon D Clarke in the title role. Following sold-out engagements at Chichester Festival Theatre and Hampstead Theatre, this acclaimed revival of Caroline, Or Change transfers to the West End’s Playhouse Theatre, telling a story which is by turns playful, profound, funny and deeply moving.

• Theatre: Southwark Playhouse
• First Preview: November 28, 2018
• Opening: November 30, 2018
• Playwright: Anthony Neilson
• Director: Alex Sutton
• Cast: TBA

A mixture of South Park and Miracle on 34th Street by way of Scrooged, Anthony Neilson’s hilarious and cutting comedy about finding the true spirit of Christmas comes to Southwark for the first time. If you’re a real scrooge, if you hate Christmas, or if you’re just exhausted by going through the motions to please un-pleasable relatives, then this show is for you.

• Theatre: Royal Court Theatre- Jerwood Theatre Upstairs
• First Preview: November 28, 2018
• Opening: December 4, 2018
• Playwright: Ellie Kendrick
• Director: Abbi Greenland and Helen Goalen
• Cast: TBA

A hole in the ground. Three women are forcing their way out. They’re singing. They’re moving. They’re taking up space. And they refuse to apologize. Using word, music and movement in equal parts, Ellie Kendrick’s debut play asks how power is created and is directed by Helen Goalen and Abbi Greenland (from the award-winning company RASHDASH).

• Theatre: Theatre Royal, Haymarket
• Opening: December 1, 2018
• Music and Lyrics: Take That
• Book: Tim Firth
• Directors: Kim Gavin and Jack Ryder
• Cast: Five to Five (A.J. Benteley, Nick Carsberf, Curtis T Johns, Sario Soloman, Yazdan Qafouri), Alison Fitzjohn, Emily Joyce, Rachel Lumberg, Jayne McKenna, Fay Christall, Katy Clayton, Rachelle Diedricks, Sarah Kate Howarth, Lauren Jacobs, Martin Miller, Andy WIlliams

New Take That musical The Band plays a limited season in the West End, starring Five To Five, the winners of BBC’s Let It Shine. It’s 1992 and for five 16 year-old girls, ‘the band’ is everything. 25 years later, the group of girls, who were once inseparable, reunite in Prague to see their heartthrobs one last time, and try once more to fulfil their dream of meeting the boy band whose music became the soundtrack to their lives.

• Theatre: Vaudeville Theatre
• First Preview: November 23, 2018
• Opening: December 4, 2018
• Playwright: Sam Shepard
• Director: Matthew Dunster
• Cast: Kit Harrington, Johnny Flynn

Kit Harington and Johnny Flynn star as two warring brothers in the scorching Californian desert in Sam Shepard’s ferociously funny modern classic, True West. Pulitzer Prize-winner Shepard’s clever critique of the American Dream makes its West End premiere at the Vaudeville Theatre, with Kit Harington and Johnny Flynn playing siblings at war Austin and Lee. Olivier Award-nominated Matthew Dunster directs.

• Theatre: Sadler's Wells Theatre
• Opening: December 4, 2018
• Composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
• Director: Matthew Bourne
• Cast: TBA

Swan Lake returns with a fresh look for the 21st century. Retaining the iconic elements of the original, Matthew Bourne and award-winning designers Lez Brotherston (set and costumes) and Paule Constable (lighting) will create an exciting re-imagining of the classic production. Thrilling, audacious and emotive, this Swan Lake is perhaps best known for replacing the female corps-de-ballet with a menacing male ensemble, shattering convention and taking the dance world by storm.

• Theatre: The Old Vic
• First Preview: November 27, 2018
• Opening: December 5, 2018
• Playwright: Charles Dickens, adapted fo the stage by Jack Thorne
• Director: Matthew Warchus
• Cast: TBA

A Christmas Carol returns by popular demand. Matthew Warchus’ big-hearted, smash hit production of Charles Dickens’ immortal classic A Christmas Carol returns to The Old Vic, joyously adapted for the stage by Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child).

• Theatre: Trafalgar Studios 1
• First Preview: December 1, 2018
• Opening: December 6, 2018
• Playwright: Natasha Gordon
• Director: Roy Alexander Weise
• Cast: TBA

After a rapturous response at the National Theatre, Natasha Gordon’s debut play, Nine Night, will open at Trafalgar Studios This December. When the seriously ill Gloria’s time comes, her family begin the traditional Jamaican Nine Night Wake. But celebrating her life and marking her death with a party that lasts over a week tests her children and grandchildren. It’s nine nights of music, food, stories – and an endless parade of mourners. How will the three generations that Gloria’s left behind cope with her passing?

• Theatre: Park Theatre
• First Preview: December 5, 2018
• Opening: December 7, 2018
• Playwright: J.M. Barrie
• Director: Jonathan O'Boyle
• Cast: TBA

In 1904 J.M. Barrie premiered one of the greatest adventures to ever play on a theatrical stage. Filled with mermaids, pirates and fairies, lost boys and crocodiles, this is the stunning original story of the boy who could fly. With the help of a little sprinkle of fairy dust, Peter Pan will be a thrilling theatrical treat this Christmas.

• Theatre: Barbican Theatre
• Opening: December 7, 2018
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Fiona Laird
• Cast: David Troughton

There’s more than a hint of reality TV to this modern production of Shakespeare’s hilarious comedy, directed by Fiona Laird. Down on his luck in the suburbs, Sir John Falstaff plans to hustle his way to a comfortable retirement by seducing the wives of two wealthy men. Unknown to him, it’s the women of Windsor who really pull the strings, orchestrating his comeuppance amid a theatrical smorgasbord of petty rivalries, jealousies and over-inflated egos.

• Theatre: Apollo Theatre
• First Preview: December 6, 2018
• Opening: December 9, 2018
• Playwright: Chris and Xand van Tulleken
• Director: Peter Adams
• Cast: Dr. Chris van Tulleken, Dr. Xand van Tulleken

For the first time in the UK, CBBC’s hit TV series, Operation Ouch! will be live on stage for a strictly limited run this Christmas. The whacky, hilarious show starring identical twins Dr Chris and Dr Xand van Tulleken will be packed with incredible stunts, crazy experiments and amazing facts. The pair will explore the fascinating world of biology while showing the audience what the human body is capable of. Plus, they’ll share their favorite bits from the double-BAFTA-winning TV show.

• Theatre: Park Theatre
• First Preview: December 6, 2018
• Opening: December 10, 2018
• Playwright: Jacky Ivimy
• Director: Adébayo Bolaji
• Cast: TBA

The idol Moloch rules over heaps of treasure and weapons as great voices from the past cry out to Miranda to right the wrongs of an angry Earth. Led by Ayida Wedo, mysterious spirit guide, can she find her own wisdom and the courage to escape from this black mirror world of greed and war without falling for the wiles of the ominous Servant? A deliciously dark ‘down-the-rabbit-hole’ tale, a play of ideas to add sparkle to your winter evenings.

• Theatre: National Theatre- Dorfman Theatre
• First Preview: December 5, 2018
• Opening: December 12, 2018
• Playwright: Anthony Neilson, based on the short story by Edgar Allan Poe
• Director: Anthony Neilson
• Cast: David Carlyle, Imogen Doel, Tamara Lawrance

A young playwright rents an attic flat in Brighton, hoping it will break the writer’s block that’s preventing her from following up on her wildly successful debut. Whilst there, she forms a relationship with her landlady, a lonely young woman with a life-altering condition. But pressure mounts on the writer, and her relationship with the landlady becomes ever-more suffocating. Renowned for his ground-breaking work, Anthony Neilson makes his National Theatre debut with this contemporary reimagining of Edgar Allan Poe’s classic tale of a haunted conscience.

• Theatre: Royal Court Theatre- Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
• First Preview: December 6, 2018
• Opening: December 12, 2018
• Playwright: Mark Ravenhill
• Director: Vicky Featherstone
• Cast: TBA

After 45 years as a dedicated teacher, Edward is looking forward to the imminent celebration to mark his retirement. But his home is under siege. A mob of angry students have gathered. A brick has been thrown through the window, he and his wife haven’t left the house for six days, and now his estranged daughter has arrived with her own questions.

• Theatre: London Palladium
• First Preview: December 8, 2018
• Opening: December 12, 2018
• Director: Michael Harrison
• Cast: Dawn French, Julian Clary, Paul Zerdin, Nigel Havers, Gary Wilmot, Vincent Simone, Flacia Cacace-Mistry, Josh Bennett, Simeon Dyer, Craig Garner, Ben Geoffe, Jamie John, Blake Lisle, Andrew Martin

Mirror, mirror, on the wall – this year’s London Palladium pantomime, Snow White, is one of the fairest of them all! From the team that brought you the Best Family & Entertainment Olivier Award-winning show Dick Whittington, Snow White at the London Palladium sees Qdos Entertainment return to the world-famous theatre with a stunning array of stars, scenery, special effects and classic family entertainment this festive season.

• Theatre: Hampstead Theatre Downstairs
• First Preview: December 7, 2018
• Opening: December 13, 2018
• Playwright: Dusty Hughes
• Director: TBA
• Cast: TBA

Elite Homes: offering the Platinum Package in luxury retirement living. Old friends Roddy Meakin and Amanda Goose are enjoying their twilight years on their own terms - outrageous pranks and clandestine gins in the garden, adult magazines at the dinner table and a healthy disregard for the other residents. All is idyllic – until, that is, new management is brought in to restore order…

• Theatre: Young Vic Theatre
• First Preview: December 7, 2018
• Opening: December 15, 2018
• Playwright: Danai Gurira
• Director: TBA
• Cast: TBA

Black Panther star and Tony-nominated writer Danai Gurira’s striking play explores the impact of colonialism and Catholicism on black identity. It’s 1896 and Jekesai, a young woman fleeing forced marriage, finds herself working for a devout Catholic. Chilford dreams of being an English priest and relishes the opportunity to mould his new convert. But Jekesai’s salvation has its price as her individuality is slowly stripped away…

• Theatre: Theatre Royal Stratford East
• First Preview: December 1, 2018
• Opening: December 17, 2018
• Book: Sarah A. Nixon and Mark Chatterton
• Music and Lyrics: Robert Hyman
• Director: Matthew Xia
• Cast: TBA

Theatre Royal Stratford goes far East for a brand new festive adventure, in the venue’s legendary pantomime for 2018, Sleeping Beauty! Sleeping Beauty has been in a deep sleep for a hundred years… but wakes to find herself in a strange city with a cruel fairy hot on her heels… Expect Theatre Royal Stratford East’s much-loved mix of original songs, cracking jokes and a huge sprinkling of magic in London’s must-see pantomime.

• Theatre: Harold Pinter Theatre
• First Preview: December 13, 2018
• Opening: January 3, 2019
• Playwright: Harold Pinter
• Director: Patrick Marber
• Cast: Rupert Graves, Jane Horrocks, Emma Naomi, Luke Thallon, Nicholas Woodeson

Harold Pinter’s first play, The Room, features in a triple-bill directed by Pinter’s colleague and friend, Patrick Marber. An all-too-familiar and frighteningly topical brand of English xenophobia runs through this darkly funny and unexpectedly odd play from 1957. In the hilarious Victoria Station and the reflective Family Voices, isolated voices attempt to communicate, but can we ever truly express the depths of our feeling?

• Theatre: Harold Pinter Theatre
• First Preview: December 20, 2018
• Opening: January 4, 2019
• Playwright: Harold Pinter
• Director: Jamie Lloyd
• Cast: Ron Cook, Phil Davis, Gary Kemp, Celia Imrie, Tracy Ann Oberman, Abraham Popoola, John Simm

The highly pertinent Party Time is paired with Harold Pinter’s final play, Celebration, as part of the Pinter At The Pinter season. A scathing and bitterly amusing attack on the increasingly powerful and narcissistic super-rich, set against the backdrop of terrifying state oppression, the highly pertinent Party Time will chime with modern audiences. Celebration is an irresistible comedy about the vulgarity and ostentatious materialism of the nouveau riche, set in a fashionable London restaurant. An evening of social satire that chimes with our times, directed by Jamie Lloyd.

• Theatre: Trafalgar Studios 2
• Opening: January 9, 2019
• Playwright: Kevin Elyot
• Director: Adam Spreadbury-Maher
• Cast: TBA

The smash-hit, sell-out play by Kevin Elyot and writer of the landmark drama My Night With Reg, transfers to Trafalgar Studios 2 this January. Tony and Greg seem to have love all figured out. They’re in a committed relationship but with room for a little more on the side whenever it takes their fancy. The only rule? Never sleep with the same man twice. When drop-dead gorgeous Robert walks into their lives, the fragile foundations of their sexual contract are thrown into jeopardy. Funny, fresh and packed with razor-sharp wit, Coming Clean questions the nature of fidelity and the limits of love.

• Theatre: Theatre Royal Stratford East
• First Preview: January 16, 2019
• Opening: January 17, 2019
• Playwright: Anna Jordan
• Director: Neil Bettles
• Cast: Joe Layton, Jared Garfield, Jonnie Riordon, Kieton Saunders-Browne

A compelling new play by Anna Jordan, directed by Neil Bettles and featuring Frantic Assembly’s celebrated physicality, The Unreturning explores the profound effect that war has on young lives, and asks – what does coming home really mean? What is home? And when experience has shattered you into a million pieces, will home help to put you together again, or treat you as an ugly truth it does not want to confront?

• Theatre: London Coliseum
• Opening: January 23, 2019
• Music: Richard Cocciante
• Lyrics: Luc Plamondon
• Director: Gilles Maheu
• Cast: Hiba Tawaji, Angelo del Vecchio, Martin Giroux, Idesse, Richard Charest, Daniel Lavoie, Jay, Elhaida Dani, Rodrigue Galio, Flo Carli, Robert Marien, Jean-Michel Vaubien

The bells of the extraordinary French musical Notre Dame De Paris will ring out in early 2019, as the internationally acclaimed production plays a celebratory London season. Based upon the 1831 novel Notre-Dame de Paris by Victor Hugo, Notre Dame De Paris features an international ensemble of singers, dancers and acrobats to tell the tale of the hunchbacked cathedral bell-ringer, Quasimodo, and his tragic love for the gypsy, Esmeralda. Performed in French with English surtitles.

• Theatre: The Bridge Theatre
• First Preview: January 23, 2019
• Opening: January 30, 2019
• Playwright: Lucinda Coxon, based on the novel by Harriet Lane
• Director: Nicholas Hytner
• Cast: TBA

Frances works on the books pages of a Sunday newspaper. She’s quiet and capable, but nobody takes much notice: her face is pressed to the window, on the outside, looking in. One evening, driving back to London after visiting her infuriating parents, she comes across an upturned car crumpled on the side of the road. She waits with the injured driver, Alys Kyte, until the ambulance arrives. Later, when Alys’s famous family gets in touch, Frances finds herself for the first time ushered into the world on the other side of the window. And she begins to wonder: what would it take to become a player?

• Theatre: National Theatre- Dorfman Theatre
• First Preview: January, 2019
• Opening: TBA
• Playwright: Martin Crimp
• Director: Katie Mitchell
• Cast: Cate Blanchett, Stpehen Dillane

Directed by Katie Mitchell with a cast including Cate Blanchett and Stephen Dillane. Martin Crimp’s play breaks through the surface of contemporary debate to explore the messy, often violent nature of desire, and the fluid, complicated roles that men and women play. Using Samuel Richardson’s novel as a provocation, five characters act out a dangerous game of sexual domination and resistance.

• Theatre: Harold Pinter Theatre
• First Preview: January 31, 2019
• Opening: February 7, 2019
• Playwright: Harold Pinter
• Director: Nicholas Hytner
• Cast: Danny Dyer, Martin Freeman

The Pinter At The Pinter season culminates with two unmissable comedies that explore the political machinations of the powerful and the powerless, starring Danny Dyer and Martin Freeman. When a mysterious figure enters their elegant country home, the lives of Flora and Edward are changed forever in A Slight Ache. Then Gus and Ben, two hit-men, await their next job in a derelict building – but what is the cost of their quest for meaning? The Dumb Waiter, a modern classic, explores this.

• Theatre: Phoenix Theatre
• First Preview: January 30, 2019
• Opening: February 18, 2019
• Book, Music and Lyrics: Irene Sankoff and David Hein
• Director: Christopher Ashely
• Cast: TBA

Come from Away, the Broadway musical by Irene Sankoff and David Hein, is based on the events in the week following the 9/11 attacks on America, when 38 planes were ordered to land in the small Canadian town of Gardner. This true story tells the tale of the town who kept 7,000 stranded visitors housed and fed following the biggest tragedy the US had seen.

• Theatre: National Theatre- Olivier Theatre
• First Preview: February 14, 2019
• Opening: February 19, 2019
• Book: James Goldman
• Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim
• Director: Dominic Cooke
• Cast: Janie Dee, Peter Forbes, Joanna Riding, Alexander Hanson

After a sold-out run, Follies, winner of the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival, returns in 2019. New York, 1971. There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves.

• Theatre: Young Vic Theatre
• First Preview: February 14, 2019
• Opening: February 21, 2019
• Playwright: Stephen Adly Guirgis
• Director: Kate Hewitt
• Cast: TBA

From Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Adly Guirgis, a dark comedy about the contradictory nature of faith. Inside the lockdown wing of Rikers Island prison, a frightened young man accused of murdering a cult leader is confronted with a charismatic born-again serial killer and a sadistic guard. Will one man’s redemption lead to another’s damnation?

• Theatre: Theatre Royal Stratford East
• First Preview: February 15, 2019
• Opening: February 21, 2019
• Playwright: Peter Shaffer
• Director: Ned Bennett
• Cast: TBA

Award-winning director Ned Bennett brings Peter Shaffer’s psychological thriller Equus to the stage in a bold new production of the critically-acclaimed classic. When teenager Alan Strang’s pathological fascination leads him to blind six horses, psychiatrist Dr. Martin Dysart is tasked with uncovering the motive behind the boy’s violent act. As Dysart delves into Alan’s world of twisted spirituality, passion and sexuality, he begins to question his own sanity and motivations in a world driven by consumerism.

• Theatre: Theatre Royal Stratford East
• Opening: April 24, 2019
• Playwright: Sabrina Mahfouz, adapted from the books by Malorie Blackman
• Director: Esther Richardson
• Cast: TBA

Sephy and Callum sit together on a beach. They are in love. It is forbidden. Sephy is a Cross and Callum is a Nought. Between Noughts and Crosses there are racial and social divides. A segregated society teeters on a volatile knife edge. As violence breaks out, Sephy and Callum draw closer, but this is a romance that will lead them into terrible danger. This gripping Romeo and Juliet story by acclaimed writer Malorie Blackman and adapted by Sabrina Mahfouz is a captivating drama of love, revolution and what it means to grow up in a divided world.

• Theatre: Theatre Royal Stratford East
• First Preview: May 17, 2019
• Opening: May 23, 2019
• Playwright: August Wilson
• Director: Nadia Fall
• Cast: Lenny Henry

1980s Pittsburgh, a city in decay. Against the backdrop of Reagan’s America, King, an ex-con, is trying to rebuild his life and start a family. He’s got hopes and dreams of opening a video store and building a new life. If only he can get ten thousand dollars together, if only he can catch a break. In his dusty backyard he plots and plans with his friend Mister, but is this all a pipe dream? Featuring Lenny Henry as smooth-talking hustler Elmore, August Wilson’s touching and angry King Hedley II is a quest for redemption for one man and a whole community.

• Theatre: London Coliseum
• Opening: June 14, 2019
• Book: Alexander Dinelaris
• Music and Lyrics: Emilio & Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
• Director: Jerry Mitchell
• Cast: TBA

Gloria and Emilio Estefan’s smash-hit musical comes to London in 2019 direct from Broadway for a strictly limited season. On Your Feet! is the inspiring true love story of Emilio and Gloria and charts their journey from its origins in Cuba, onto the streets of Miami and finally to international superstardom.

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