Schedule of Upcoming London Shows

London News   Schedule of Upcoming London Shows
What's announced and what's in previews in the West End.

• Theatre: Park Theatre
• First Preview: January 9, 2019
• Opening: January 15, 2019
• Playwright: A. Bodin Saphir
• Director: Kate Fahy
• Cast: David Bamber, Neil McCaul, Dorothea Myer-Bennett, Julia Swift

October, 1943. Seven and a half thousand Jews flee Denmark in fishermen’s boats, crossing the water to Sweden and to safety from the occupying Nazi regime. To some, a miracle rescue of biblical proportions. To others, the question remains: how did thousands of Jews slip through the grasp of the most powerful war machine ever assembled? Hanukkah, 2001. At a remote home on the snowy Danish coast, it’s time for two old friends to bury the hatchet. Lars and Abraham have not seen eye to eye for decades, but old tensions refuse to thaw as Lars’ relentless pursuit of the truth concerning the flight of Danish Jews during WWII challenges Abraham’s faith, patience and memories. And when an old secret surfaces and threatens the very foundation of their relationship, fact starts to blur with fiction. Moving and funny, this sharp and intriguing new play unravels the stories of two childhood friends and one of history’s most compelling mysteries.

• Theatre: Arts Theatre
• Opening: January 16, 2019
• Book, Music and Lyrics: Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss
• Director: 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 take to the mic to rewrite ‘Her-story’. Following a sell-out UK tour, hit pop-concert musical Six returns to the Arts Theatre. It’s the musical phenomenon everyone is losing their head over!

• 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: Southwark Playhouse
• First Preview: January 17, 2019
• Opening: January 18, 2019
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Anna Girvan
• Cast: Becky Barry, Aruhan Galvin, Sapphire Joy, Caro Parker, Liv Spencer, Luke Wilson

Orsino loves Olivia. Olivia loves Viola. Viola loves Orsino. Malvolio loves himself and Sir Toby loves a drink. Whilst searching for her lost brother at a music festival in Illyria, Viola stumbles upon love instead. In the melting pot of the festival, anyone can be who they want to be – but in reality, no one is really sure who is who, or what secrets they might be hiding. When it all comes out, there’s going to be one hell of a hangover.

• Theatre: Charing Cross Theatre
• First Preview: January 14, 2019
• Opening: January 21, 2019
• Music: Jeanine Tesori
• Book and Lyrics: Brian Crawley
• Director: Shuntaro Fujita
• Cast: Kaisa Hammarlund, Matthew Harvey, Jay Marsh, Simbi Akande, Angelica Allen, Kenneth Avery-Clark, Keiron Crook, James Gant, Danny Michaels, Janet Mooney, Ay Mepham, Rebecca Nardin, Madeleine Sellmen

Violet is a multi award-winning musical based on the short story "The Ugliest Pilgrim" by Doris Betts. Music by Jeanine Tesori, Book & Lyrics by Brian Crawley. Violet premiered Off-Broadway and won the Drama Critics' Circle Award and Lucille Lortel Award as Best Musical, before a Broadway revival where it was nominated for four Tony Awards. This is the UK premiere. 1964. Somewhere between North Carolina and Oklahoma, we find Violet, a young woman who was facially disfigured as a child. She hopes her life savings will bring her a miracle halfway across the country. Reflecting on her childhood, and shaped by the reactions of the people she encounters, Violet embarks on a life-changing personal journey.

• Theatre: The Other Palace
• Opening: January 22, 2019
•Creators: Dylan Emery and Adam Meggido
• Directors: Dylan Emery and Adam Meggido
• Cast: (rotating) Jonathan Ainscough, Ruth Bratt, Justin Brett, Matt Cavendish, Dylan Emery, Pippa Evans, Susan Harrison, Joshua C. Jackson, Ali James, Sean McCann, Adam Meggido, Philip Pellew, Andrew Pugsley, Lauren Shearing, Lucy Trodd, Heather Urquhart, Sarah-Louise Young

Do you want to be the first, and last, to see a brand-new musical? With eleven years as an Edinburgh Festival must-see phenomenon, a critically acclaimed West End run and an Olivier Award to their name, The Showstoppers have blazed a trail in world class improvised comedy and delighted audiences across the globe. Now, as they approach their 1000th performance, this incredible show returns to The Other Palace for eight weeks of singular, one-night-only musical extravaganzas.The Showstoppers transform audience suggestions - for setting, musical styles, show title and more - into all-singing, all-dancing productions with hilarious results. Come watch an entirely different show every single night! Guaranteed to impress, they create shows packed with high drama, superb lyrics, dazzling dance routines and catchy melodies – it’s just entirely made up on the spot!

• Theatre: National Theatre- Dorfman Theatre
• First Preview: January 16, 2019
• Opening: January 23, 2019
• Playwright: Martin Crimp
• Director: Katie Mitchell
• Cast: Cate Blanchett, Stephen Dillane, Babirye Bukilwa, Jessica Gunning, Emma Hindle, Craig Miller

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: 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: Lyric Theatre Hammersmith
• First Preview: January 18, 2019
• Opening: January 24, 2019
• Playwright: Matt Jones and Kele Okereke
• Director: Robby Graham
• Cast: Emma Amos, Aretha Ayeh, Rakie Ayola, Sandy Batchelor, Arun Blair Mangat, Billy Cullum, Tyrone Huntley, Cornell S. John

A remarkable story of a young gay couple suddenly faced with an uncertain future, told through a blend of music, drama and movement. Leave to Remain explores the effects of one couple’s marriage, and what happens when it begins to fracture both their families.

• Theatre: Bridge Theatre
• First Preview: January 18, 2019
• Opening: January 25, 2019
• Playwright: Rona Munro, adapted from the book by Elizabeth Strout
• Director: Richard Eyre
• Cast: Laura Linney

Unsteady after an operation, Lucy Barton wakes to find her mother sitting at the foot of her bed. She hasn’t seen her in years, and her visit brings back to Lucy her desperate rural childhood, and her escape to New York. As she begins to find herself as a writer, she is still gripped by the urgent complexities of family life. Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout’s best-selling short novel, a haunting dramatic monologue, captivated readers in 2016. Lucy Barton will be played by three-time Academy Award and four-time Tony nominee Laura Linney.

9 to 5 The Musical
• Theatre: Savoy Theatre
• Opening: January 28, 2019
• Music and Lyrics: Dolly Parton
• Book: Patricia Resnick
• Director: Jeff Calhoun
• Cast: Louise Redknapp, Amber Davies, Natalie McQueen, Brian Conley, Bonnie Langford, Victoria Anderson, Alexander Bartles, Ashford Campbell, Simon Campbell, Rhiane Drummond, Demmileigh Foster, Llandyll Gove, Lucinda Lawrence, Jenny Legg, Christopher Jordan Marshall, Natasha Mould, Sean Needham, Jon Reynolds, James Royden-Lyley, Giles Surridge, Sasha Wareham, Emily Woodford

9 to 5 the Musical is about to get down to business - with a strictly limited season at the West End's Savoy Theatre. Starring Louise Redknapp, Amber Davies, Natalie McQueen and Brian Conley, the smash-hit musical features an Oscar, Grammy and Tony award-nominated score by the Queen of Country herself, Dolly Parton. Inspired by the cult film and brought to you by Dolly herself, this hilarious new West End production is about teaming up, standing up and taking care of business!

• 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: Danny Ashok, Joanna David, Joanne Froggatt, Leah Gayer, Robert Glenister, Sylvestra Le Touzel, Simon Manyonda, Jeff Rawle, Vineeta Rishi, Sue Wallace, Sam Woolf

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: Hampstead Theatre
• First Preview: January 24, 2019
• Opening: January 30, 2019
• Playwright: Martyna Majok
• Director: Edward Hall
• Cast: Adrian Lester, Emily Barber, Katy Sullivan, Jack Hunter

Winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Martyna Majok’s Cost of Living receives its highly anticipated UK Premiere at Hampstead Theatre. John, a wealthy, brilliant, and successful PhD student with cerebral palsy, hires Jess, a recent graduate who has fallen on hard times, as his new carer. Across town, truck driver Eddie attempts to support and re-engage with his estranged wife, Ani, following a terrible accident that has left her quadriplegic. As four very different lives collide and entwine, roles are unapologetically flipped, reversed and exposed - who is actually caring for whom?

• Theatre: Park Theatre
• First Preview: January 30, 2019
• Opening: February 1, 2019
• Playwright: Tom Wright
• Director: Rikki Beadle-Blair
• Cast: Alex Britt, Michelle Collins, Victoria Gigante, Adam Lannon, Max Percy

This is the story of Dave; a dad in mid-life freefall who takes his repressed, gay, teenage son William on a wild adventure to Thailand. Written by Tom Wright and directed by Rikki Beadle-Blair (MBE), My Dad’s Gap Year is a wickedly funny and heartfelt story based on true events. Gay love, straight love, trans love, buddy-love, drinking games and beer bellies. Fasten your seat belts, it’s gonna be a mad one!

• Theatre: Royal Court Theatre- Jerwood Theatre Upstairs
• First Preview: January 30, 2019
• Opening: February 4, 2019
• Playwright: Nicôle Lecky
• Director: Jade Lewis
• Cast: Nicôle Lecky

Sasha Clayton’s 24 and living with her mum, step-dad, and irritating little sister, in Plaistow. She’s gone from being the most popular girl at school, to spending most of her time on her own in her bedroom scrolling through social media. She may not have a job or a flat, and, admittedly her boyfriend’s not answering her calls; but she’s got talent and a dream – when she releases her first EP everything’s going to change. Superhoe is Nicôle Lecky’s Royal Court writing and performing debut and is directed by Jade Lewis.

• Theatre: Duke of York's Theatre
• First Preview: January 26, 2019
• Opening: February 5, 2019
• Playwright: Laura Wade
• Director: Tamara Harvey
• Cast: Katherine Parkinson, Sara Gregory, Richard Harrington, Susan Brown, Siubhan Harrison, Hywel Morgen, Charlie Allen, Wllie Burrow, Jane MacFarlane

How happily married are the happily married? Every marriage needs a little fantasy to keep it sparkling. But behind the gingham curtains, being a domestic goddess isn’t as easy as it looks… Having first premiered at Theatr Clwyd in July 2018, Home, I’m Darling then enjoyed a celebrated National Theatre run. Now, the show transfers to London’s West End for a limited run at the Duke of York’s Theatre. Katherine Parkinson reprises her role as Judy.

• Theatre: Trafalgar Studios 2
• Opening: February 5, 2019
• Playwright: Apphia Campbell
• Director: Arran Hawkins and Nate Jacobs
• Cast: Apphia Campbell

Following sell-out seasons in Shanghai, New York, Edinburgh and in London at Wilton’s Music Hall, the Fringe First award winner Apphia Campbell brings her acclaimed play with music to Trafalgar Studios for four weeks only. Inspired by the life of Nina Simone, Black Is The Color Of My Voice follows a successful jazz singer and civil rights activist seeking redemption after the untimely death of her father. She reflects on the journey that took her from a young piano prodigy destined for a life in the service of the church, to a renowned jazz vocalist at the forefront of the Civil Rights Movement.

• Theatre: Young Vic Theatre- The Clare
• Opening: February 6, 2019
• Playwright: April De Angelis
• Director: Lekan Lawal
• Cast: Lucy Briers, Kemi-Bo Jacobs, Zach Wyatt

Frank is nervous, his interview with Dr Jacqueline Pitt and Dr Marcia Gray is about to begin. If he can do this, it’s his ticket back to Russia. But secret motivations reveal themselves as the three get caught in each-others’ crossfire during the course of questioning – and all under the ever-present eye of the higher-ups. Outlandish and surreal, April De Angelis’ Wild East artfully turns the most sterile of settings, a corporate job interview, into a sharp comedy about the permeation of human chaos.

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

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: Wyndham's Theatre
• First Preview: February 5, 2019
• Opening: February 11, 2019
• Playwright: Arthur Miller
• Director: Jonathan Church
• Cast: David Suchet, Brendan Coyle, Adrian Lukis, Sara Stewart

David Suchet delivers a comic tour de force as a silver-tongued 90 year old furniture dealer in Arthur Miller's The Price. Two brothers, Victor and Walter Franz, one a New York cop nearing retirement, the other a successful surgeon meet for the first time in sixteen years to sell their family furniture stored in the attic of a condemned New York brownstone. Revelation follows stunning revelation as each brother realises the price they have paid for heart breaking decisions made decades earlier. Overseeing the psychological battlefield is the wily veteran appraiser, Gregory Solomon, who has his own demons to conquer as well as securing the best possible price for the Franz family possessions.

• Theatre: Noël Coward Theatre
• First Preview: February 2, 2019
• Opening: February 12, 2019
• Playwright: Joseph L. Mankiewicz, adapted for the stage by Ivo Van Hove
• Director: Ivo Van Hove
• Cast: Gillian Anderson, Lily James, Julian Ovenden, Monica Dolan, Sheila Reid, Rhashan Stone, Stanley Townsend, Ian Drysdale, Tsion Habte, Charles Hagerty, Philip Voyzey, Jessie Mei Li, Grace Stone, Merric Boyd, Fejiro Emasiobi, Chanelle Modi, Stuart Nunn, Phillipa Peak, Michael Warburton

Ivo van Hove directs Gillian Anderson and Lily James in his new adaptation of All About Eve, a razor-sharp, unsettling exposé of the eternal obsession at the heart of show-business. Lifting the curtain on a world of jealousy and ambition, this new production from one of the world’s most innovative theatre directors asks why our fascination with celebrity, youth and identity never seems to get old.

• Theatre: Garrick Theatre
• First Preview: February 2, 2019
• Opening: February 12, 2019
• Cast: Harry Judd, Aston Merrygold, Louis Smith, Jay McGuiness

Having enjoyed a hugely successful 2018 UK-wide tour, Rip It Up – The 60s transfers to the West End’s Garrick Theatre for a limited run. The show brings the titular decade right into the 21st century, fusing a celebration of song, dance, acrobatics and amazing visuals with the sounds of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, Motown, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder – and more.

• Theatre: Old Vic Theatre
• First Preview: February 4, 2019
• Opening: February 13, 2019
• Playwright: Arthur Miller
• Director: Rachel Chavkin
• Cast: Amber Aga, Paul Bentall, Clare Burt, Greg Bernstein, Flora Dawson, Abhin Galeya, Fred Haig, Jyuddah Jaymes, John Marquez, Francesca Mills, Taheen Modak, Christian Patterson, Golda Rosheuvel, Abdul Salis, Giles Terera, Josie Walker, Ewan Wardrop

The American Clock turns, fortunes are made and lives are broken. In New York City in 1929, the stock market crashed and everything changed. In an American society governed by race and class, we meet the Baum family as they navigate the aftermath of an unprecedented financial crisis. The world pulses with a soundtrack fusing 1920s swing and jazz with a fiercely contemporary sound, creating a backdrop that spans a vast horizon from choking high rises to rural heartlands. Visionary director Rachel Chavkin presents Arthur Miller’s ground-breaking play about hope, idealism and a nation’s unwavering faith in capitalism.

• Theatre: Shakespeare's Globe- Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
• First Preview: February 7, 2019
• Opening: February 13, 2019
• Playwright: Christopher Marlowe
• Director: Nick Bagnall
• Cast: Annette Badland, Richard Bremmer, Richard Cant, Polly Frame, Jonathan Livingstone, Sanchia McCormack, Colin Ryan, Tom Stuart, Beru Tessema, Katie West

Edward II is a play about homosexuality, the abuse of power and a quarrelling court. Filled with song and poetry and heart and guts, it is a violent, sumptuous and altogether thrilling ride of a Renaissance piece set in the period it was written (1593 or thereabouts). Ten actors and three musicians will take on this incredibly visceral story in the candlelit beauty of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

• Theatre: Hampstead Theatre Downstairs
• First Preview: February 7, 2019
• Opening: February 13, 2019
• Playwright: Hannah Patterson
• Director: Matthew Xia
• Cast: Laurietta Essien, Mariah Gale, Sean Jackson, Yolanda Kettle, Adrian Richard, Michael Simkins

Eden is an idyllic coastal village of astonishing beauty, and home to an active community who are eager to protect it at all costs. Even the infamous Aaron Chase, an American property tycoon intent on building a luxury golf course, can’t name a price they’ll accept. But his star employee Sophie, a former Eden resident, might be able to broker a deal, so Chase plans to exploit her invaluable connections and local knowledge. Forced to confront her past, will Sophie be content to act as Chase Enterprises’ bulldozer or will deeper loyalties come to the fore? Inspired by real events, Eden is a modern-day David and Goliath drama about the importance of fighting for what’s right – whatever the outcome.

• Theatre: Donmar Warehouse
• First Preview: February 8, 2019
• Opening: February 14, 2019
• Playwright: Joel Horwood, based on the original motion picture screenplay by Peter Strickland. Conceived for the stage by Joel Horwood and Tom Scutt
• Director: Tom Scutt
• Cast: Tom Brooke, Eugenia Caruso, Enzo Cilenti, Tom Espiner, Sidney Kean, Loré Lixenberg, Luke Pasqualino, Lara Rossi, Beatrice Scirocchi, Hemi Yeroham

Italy, 1976. Gilderoy is a long way from home. His work as a sound designer for Dorking-based nature documentaries has not gone unnoticed. He has swapped the foley table of his garden shed for the glamour of the Berberian Sound Studio. Here, at the height of giallo horror, cabbages become corpses, your own voice can be over-dubbed and silence speaks louder than screams. Peter Strickland’s acclaimed subliminal horror film is adapted for the stage by Joel Horwood and Director Tom Scutt in this darkly comedic, sonic experience.

• Theatre: Royal Court Theatre- Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
• Opening: February 14, 2019
• Playwright: David Ireland
• Director: Vicky Featherstone
• Cast: Stephen Rea

After its original sold-out run at the Royal Court and transfers to The Public Theatre, New York, Dublin’s Abbey Theatre and The MAC Belfast; David Ireland’s black comedy Cyprus Avenue returns for a limited four-week run. Eric Miller is a Belfast Loyalist. He believes his five-week old granddaughter is Gerry Adams. His family keep telling him to stop living in the past and fighting old battles that nobody cares about anymore but his cultural heritage is under siege. He must act. The story of one man struggling with the past and terrified of the future.

• Theatre: Southwark Playhouse
• First Preview: February 13, 2019
• Opening: February 15, 2019
• Playwright: James Saunders
• Director: Tricia Thorns
• Cast: Alix Dunmore, Annabel Mullion, Peter Prentice, Tim Welton

Two’s Company return to Southwark Playhouse with the first production in 40 years of James Saunders’ mesmerising comedy. Why do people fall in love? Or get married? Why do things fall apart? And what happens next? Bodies is a startling portrait of sexual and marital relations in the 1960’s and 70’s and delves into these questions with bitter humour. One of a string of successes written by James Saunders, this marks its first staging since 1979.

• Theatre: Phoenix Theatre
• First Preview: January 30, 2019
• Opening: February 18, 2019
• Book, Music and Lyrics: Irene Sankoff and David Hein
• Director: Christopher Ashley
• Cast: Rachel Tucker, Jenna Boyd, Nathanael Campbell, Clive Carter, Mary Doherty, Robert Hands, Helen Hobson, Jonathan Andrew Hume, Harry Morrison, Emma Salvo, David Shannon, Cat Simmons

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: Park Theatre
• First Preview: February 13, 2019
• Opening: February 18, 2019
• Playwright: Martin Sherman
• Director: Sean Mathias
• Cast: TBA

Following a critically acclaimed run at the Public Theater in New York, Gently Down The Stream makes its UK Premiere at Park Theatre. The play follows the remarkably moving and brilliantly funny love story of Beau, a retired American pianist living in London, and Rufus, an eccentric young lawyer. Coming of age during the 70s, Beau’s attitude to love has been seasoned by a life of loving men in a world that initially refused to allow it. Not looking for a long-term relationship, Beau is naturally cautious when Rufus unexpectedly enters his world. However, while the age gap feels unorthodox to Beau, it is immaterial to Rufus, who is from a new generation of gay men. Rufus has none of Beau’s doubts about the possibility of attaining happiness and love in the 21st Century and as he assimilates himself into Beau’s past and present, Beau learns to embrace Rufus as one of the most defining relationships of his life.

• Theatre: Southwark Playhouse
• First Preview: February 14, 2019
• Opening: February 18, 2019
• Playwright: Alex Oates
• Director: Dominic Shaw
• Cast: Charlie Brooks, Michael Fox, Simon Lipkin, Hugh Purves

Laurence likes pizza. Laurence is about to go to school. Laurence thinks it’s okay to wee on mummy’s pillow. Like any couple, Tamora and Martin have big hopes and dreams. But when your child is autistic, non-verbal, low-functioning and occasionally violent, ambitions can quickly become a pipe dream. n a household brimming with love, resentment and realisations, meet Tam, Martin and Laurence’s carer Gary as they struggle to care for their beloved boy. On the night before social services finally intervenes, who is the victim here? Who was the traitor? And who do you blame when you can no longer cope?

• Theatre: Theatre Royal Haymarket
• First Preview: February 9, 2019
• Opening: February 19, 2019
• Book, Music and Lyrics: Paul Whitehouse and Jim Sullivan, additional music by John Sullivan and Chas Hodges
• Director: Caroline Jay Ranger
• Cast: Paul Whitehouse, Tom Bennett, Ryan Hutton, Dianne Pilington, Pippa Diffy, Jeff Nicholson, Samantha Seager, Peter Baker, Adrian Irvine, Pete Gallagher, Adam Venus, Chris Keily, Oscar Conlon-Morrey, Melanie Marshall, Andy Mace, Chris Bennett

Mais ouis, mais ouis – good ‘ol Del Boy, Rodney and the rest of the gang are back and bursting into song in Only Fools And Horses The Musical. The world may have changed a lot since we first bid a jovial ‘au revoir’ to the Trotters of Peckham, but the boys of Only Fools And Horses The Musical haven’t changed a bit… well, apart from the odd spontaneous bursting into song here, and the occasional dancing across the market, there.

• Theatre: Almeida Theatre
• First Preview: February 11, 2019
• Opening: February 19, 2019
• Playwright: Anne Washburn
• Director: Rupert Goold
• Cast: Khalid Abdalla, Fisayo Akinade, Raquel Cassidy, Risteárd Cooper, Elliot Cowan, Tara Fitzgerald, Adam James, Justine Mitchell

An old farmhouse upstate. Snow is falling. Mountains are falling. Something is breaking apart. You are formally invited to dinner with the 45th president of the United States. Anne Washburn returns to the Almeida with a sinister and sensational new play, directed by Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goold.

• 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, Tracie Bennett, Julie Armstrong, Josephine Barstow, Rosanna Bates, Billy Boyle, Anouska Eaton, Liz Ewing, Caroline Fitzgerald, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Bruce Graham, Adrian Grove, Harry Hepple, Dawn Hope, Liz Izen, Alison Langer, Felicity Lott, Sarah Marie Maxwell, Ian McIntosh, Claire Moore, Gary Raymond, Lisa Ritchie, Myra Sands, Gemma Sutton, Monica Swayne

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: National Theatre - Lyttelton Theatre
• First Preview: February 9, 2019
• Opening: February 21, 2019
• Playwright: Molière, in a new version by John Donnelly
• Director: Blanche McIntyre
• Cast: Denis O'Hare, Kevin Doyle, Olivia Williams, Kitty Archer, Nathan Armarkwei-Laryea, Fayez Bakhsh, Susan Engel, Kathy Kiera Clarke, Hari Dhillon, Matthew Duckett, Susan Engel, Henry Everett, Will Kelly, Geoffrey Lumb, Penelope McGhie, Kevin Murphy, Enyi Okoronkwo, Roisin Rae

A ferocious new version of Molière’s comic masterpiece. Orgon is the man who has everything. Money, power, a beautiful home and family. But lately he’s been questioning the point of it all. When he invites the irresistible Tartuffe into his seemingly perfect household, he unleashes a whirlwind of deception and seduction that threatens everything. With Orgon under Tartuffe's spell, can his family outwit this charismatic trickster? Are Tartuffe's wild claims truth or fiction? This mysterious stranger may not be quite the villain he appears.

• Theatre: Young Vic Theatre
• First Preview: February 14, 2019
• Opening: February 21, 2019
• Playwright: Stephen Adly Guirgis
• Director: Kate Hewitt
• Cast: Oberon K.A. Adjepong, Matthew Douglas, Dervla Kirwan, Wkweli Roach, Joplin Sibtain

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: Robert Fitch, Keith Gilmore, Ethan Kai, Syreeta Kumar, Norah Lopez Holden, Ruth Lass, Ira Mandela Siobhan, Zubin Varla

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: Lyric Theatre Hammersmith
• First Preview: February 19, 2019
• Opening: February 22, 2019
• Playwright: Suzanne Andrade, created by 1927
• Director: Suzanne Andrade
• Cast: TBA

Like a graphic novel burst into life, 1927 invites you on a theatrical journey of startling originality. Seamlessly synchronising live music, performance and storytelling with stunning film and animation. Welcome to the Bayou, a part of the city feared and loathed. In the infamous Bayou Mansions; a sprawling stinking tenement block, curtain-twitchers and peeping-toms live side by side… and the wolf is always at the door. When Agnes Eaves and her daughter arrive late one night, does it signal hope in this hopeless place, or has the real horror only just begun?

• Theatre: Shakespeare's Globe Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
• First Preview: February 22, 2019
• Opening: February 27, 2019
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Adjoa Andoh and Lynette Linton
• Cast: Adjoa Andoh, Dona Croll, Shobna Gulati, Ayesha Dharker, Indra Ové, Lourdes Faberes, Leila Farzad, Sarah Lam, Sarah Niles, Nicholle Cherrie

Richard II was hugely controversial when it was first written and performed. The play is as poignant and potent now as it ever was and the questions it poses strike us afresh today with remarkable immediacy. Adjoa Andoh and Lynette Linton co-direct a women of colour cast in a post Empire reflection on what it means to be British in the light of the Windrush anniversary and as the U.K. prepares to leave the European Union on 29 March. As we play our part in defining a nation’s history and we become the shoulders on which future generations will stand, Shakespeare asks us to consider the destiny that we might be shaping for our ‘scepter’d isle’.

• Theatre: Young Vic- The Maria
• Opening: February 27, 2019
• Playwright: Luke Barnes
• Director: Josh Parr
• Cast: Ayomide Adegun, Raphael Akuwudike, Jake Mills, Rushand Chambers, Pierre Moullier, Tej Obano

How would you survive in prison? Created in collaboration with inmates at HMP Wandsworth and written by Luke Barnes, this intimate and powerful new piece explores the stories of people behind bars and the resilience they need to face a world that moves without them.

• Theatre: Park Theatre
• First Preview: February 26, 2019
• Opening: March 1, 2019
• Playwright: Henry Devas
• Director: Jez Pike
• Cast: TBA

In a world full of hate there was Matthew. Stand-up comic. New Father. Nice chap. Life fair to middling. Then the war started. Matt hides in his flat with Benzies and Tristabel. They arrived one day and never left. No one ever leaves now. The door is locked. The windows are boarded. It’s dangerous outside. As the man Matthew used to be fades away, the three men tell themselves stories about the past, present and future. Stories about their escape. They have a plan. They have a ladder. It’s polished. It’s worshipped. It goes straight through the roof and beyond. It will be their salvation. They’ll climb it one day. If only they could get it prepared. If only Matt could figure out what role he’ll play in this war. If only the others could just stop talking. A jet-black comedy about the least comic of human struggles; one man's survival in a world turned upside down. We're Staying Right Here is a manic Duracell bunny of a play that simply refuses to shut up.

• Theatre: Royal Court Theatre- Jerwood Theatre Upstairs
• First Preview: February 27, 2019
• Opening: March 4, 2019
• Concept: Stavey Gregg and Deborah Pearson
• Cast: Lucy Edkins, Jennifer Joseph, TerriAnn Oudjar, Jade Small

Created by women who aren’t second-guessing, Inside Bitch is a devised ensemble performance from Clean Break’s Members, a playful subversion of the representation of women in prison and how things aren’t quite as seen on TV.

• Theatre: Adelphi Theatre
• First Preview: February 8, 2019
• Opening: March 7, 2019
• Book: Jessie Nelson
• Music and Lyrics: Sara Bareilles
• Director: Diane Paulus
• Cast: Katharine McPhee, David Hunter, Marisha Wallace, Laura Baldwin, Peter Hannah, Jack McBrayer, Shaun Prendergast, Kelly Agbowu, Piers Bate, Nicole Raquel Dennis, Michael Hamway, Stephen Leask, Chris McGuigan, Olivia Moore, Nathaniel Morrison, Sarah O’Connor, Leanne Pinder, Shaun Prendergast, Charlotte Riby

Serving up a warm Broadway musical straight from the heart, Waitress transfers to the West End’s Adelphi Theatre in Spring 2019. Featuring an all-female creative team, Waitress is the story of expert pie maker Jenna, stuck in a small town and a neglected marriage. Dreaming of bigger and better things, Jenna’s life begins to heat up when she meets a compassionate doctor and forms a plan to enter a life-changing baking contest in a nearby county.

• Theatre: Trafalgar Studios 2
• First Preview: March 5, 2019
• Opening: March 7, 2019
• Playwright: Tatty Hennessy
• Director: Lucy Jane Atkinson
• Cast: Gemma Barnett

Following a critically acclaimed run at the Vault Festival and UK tour, Tatty Hennessy’s A Hundred Words For Snow is coming to Trafalgar Studios 2 for a strictly limited four-week run. A Hundred Words For Snow is a warm and witty coming-of-age story set in a melting world. It’s a complex story which discusses grief, courage and polar bears. It’s an epic tale about how one girl goes on a journey through adolescence and the Arctic, discovering herself and also the destruction of the planet.

• Theatre: Trafalgar Studios- Studio 1
• First Preview: February 28, 2019
• Opening: March 12, 2019
• Playwright: Joshua Harmon
• Director: Daniel Aukin
• Cast: Alex Kingston

Alex Kingston stars in this award-winning and bitingly funny new comedy from the writer of acclaimed hit Bad Jews, direct from New York's Lincoln Center. Sherri is the Head of Admissions at a private school, fighting to diversify the student intake and she wants you to know about it. When her son is deferred from his university of choice, and his best friend - who 'ticks more boxes' - is accepted, Sherri's personal ambition collides with her progressive values.

• Theatre: Ambassadors Theatre
• First Preview: March 4, 2019
• Opening: March 12, 2019
• Playwright: Anne Washburn, adapted from the stories by Rod Sterling, Charles Beaumont and Richard Matheson
• Director: Richard Jones
• Cast: Oliver Alvin-Wilson, Adrianna Bertola, Neil Haigh, Alisha Bailey, Natasha J Barnes, Nicholas Karimi, Dan Crossley, Dyfan Dwyfor, Lauren O’Neill, Matthew Steer

"You are about to enter another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land of imagination. Next stop, the Twilight Zone… " Adapted by Anne Washburn, and directed by Olivier Award-winner Richard Jones, The Twilight Zone lands at the Ambassadors Theatre, fresh from a rapturously received, sell-out run at the Almeida Theatre.

• Theatre: Harold Pinter Theatre
• First Preview: March 5, 2019
• Opening: March 13, 2019
• Playwright: Harold Pinter
• Director: Jamie Lloyd
• Cast: Tom Hiddleston, Zawe Ashton, Charlie Cox

Golden Globe and Olivier Award winner Tom Hiddleston stars in the Jamie Lloyd Company’s revival of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal, opening at London’s Harold Pinter Theatre for a strictly limited 12 week season from 5 March 2019. With poetic precision, rich humour and an extraordinary emotional force, Betrayal charts a compelling seven-year romance, thrillingly captured in reverse chronological order. This production marks the culmination of the Jamie Lloyd Company’s ground-breaking Pinter at the Pinter season.

• Theatre: Southwwark Playhouse
• First Preview: March 14, 2019
• Opening: March 18, 2019
• Playwright: James Phillips
• Director: Joe Harmston
• Cast: TBA

1953. In the midst of the Cold War and with McCarthyisim at its height the world watched as Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were sent to the electric chair for allegedly passing US atomic secrets to the Soviet Union – protesting their innocence to the last. Inspired by this haunting true story, James Phillips‘ multi-award winning play The Rubenstein Kiss comes to Southwark Playhouse in its first London revival. The Rubenstein Kiss is the story of the Rubensteins, a deeply devoted Jewish couple whose Communist idealism leads to their world being torn apart by suspicion and treachery which then echoes through the generations. Phillips’ explosive and affecting drama is the study of conspiracy, betrayal and the interrogation of guilt.

• Theatre: Park Theatre
• First Preview: March 18, 2019
• Opening: March 19, 2019
• Playwright: James Kettle
• Director: Selina Cadell
• Cast: Miles Jupp

Best remembered for playing Mr Banks in Disney’s classic film Mary Poppins, David Tomlinson was renowned for playing the classic English gent, forthright, proper, and a loveable fool. His meeting with Walt Disney came to encapsulate his incredible life full of adventure and heartbreak. The man who portrayed one of cinema’s most famous patriarchs was defined by his relationship with his own father – a remote eccentric, who was hiding an extraordinary tragicomic secret. A richly comic and moving tale of fathers and sons across the generations, The Life I Lead fills in the blanks behind a very well-known face.

• Theatre: National Theatre- Dorfman Theatre
• First Preview: March 12, 2019
• Opening: March 20, 2019
• Playwright: Bruce Norris
• Director: Pam MacKinnon
• Cast: Glenn Davis, Francis Guinan, Tim Hopper, Aimee Lou Wood, Cecilia Noble, K Todd Freeman, Eddie Torres, Matilda Ziegler

In downstate Illinois, four men convicted of sex crimes against minors share a group home where they live out their lives in the shadow of the offences they committed. A man shows up to confront his childhood abuser — but does he want closure or retribution? This provocative new play zeroes in on the limits of our compassion and what happens when society deems anyone beyond forgiveness.

• Theatre: Vaudeville Theatre
• First Preview: March 8, 2019
• Opening: March 21, 2019
• Playwright: Morgan Lloyd Malcolm
• Director: Nicole Charles
• Cast: Nadia Albina, Anna Andresen, Jackie Clune, Saffron Coomber, Jenni Maitland, Clare Perkins, Carolyn Pickles, Sarah Saggari, Sophie Stone, Charity Wakefield, Amanda Wilkin, Tanika Yearwood.

The untold story of one of literature’s first female voices is finally unearthed in Emilia, Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s electrifying new play transferring to the West End. What started as a limited run of 11 performances at Shakespeare’s Globe has sparked a flame within theatregoers, with the show now blazing into London’s Vaudeville Theatre. The play follows Emilia Bassano: writer, teacher, poet and mother, said to have been ‘The Dark Lady’ of Shakespeare’s sonnets. But her story has gone unknown for centuries – until now.

• Theatre: Shakespeare's Globe Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
• First Preview: March 21, 2019
• Opening: March 27, 2019
• Playwright: Tom Stuart
• Director: Brendan O'Hea
• Cast: Annette Badland, Richard Bremmer, Richard Cant, Polly Frame, Jonathan Livingstone, Sanchia McCormack, Colin Ryan, Tom Stuart, Beru Tessema, Katie West

A daring new play written specifically for the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in response to Christopher Marlowe’s Edward II, After Edward welcomes us into a chaotic world of pride and shame, with moments of elation, outrageous humour and heart-breaking tenderness. Oh, and Maggie Thatcher. In a play that reminds us of the power of theatre to provoke recognition and reflection, this is Edward II as you’ve never seen him before.

• Theatre: Hampstead Theatre Downstairs
• First Preview: March 21, 2019
• Opening: March 27, 2019
• Playwright: Kellie Smith
• Director: Anna Ledwich
• Cast: TBA

Having both been deeply scarred by their own parents’ separations, Joe and Anne never imagined they’d find themselves, years later, in the same position. Determined to place the interests of their son Alistair at the centre of their lives apart, they split with the firm objective of maintaining amicable relations at all costs. But a sudden change in circumstance triggers a chain of events that pushes their best intentions to the limit… Before they know it, they are both teetering dangerously close to the edge of an abyss. Kellie Smith’s breakthrough play is a searing exploration of unconditional love and of the personal sacrifices it demands.

• Theatre: Barbican Theatre
• First Preview: March 25, 2019
• Opening: March 28, 2019
• Playwright: Enda Walsh, adapted from the book by Max Porter
• Director: Enda Walsh
• Cast: Cilliam Murphy

Cillian Murphy gives a riveting, shape-shifting performance in Enda Walsh’s adaptation of Max Porter’s award-winning novel, a heart-wrenching meditation on love, loss and living. In a London flat, two young boys face the unbearable sadness of their mother’s sudden death. Their father, a scruffy romantic, imagines a future of well-meaning visitors and emptiness. In this moment of despair, they are visited by Crow – antagonist, babysitter, trickster and healer. The sentimental bird is drawn to the grieving family and threatens to stay until they no longer need him.

• Theatre: Park Theatre
• First Preview: March 27, 2019
• Opening: March 29, 2019
• Playwright: Tom Coash
• Director: Pamela Schermann
• Cast: TBA

In present day Cairo, two men are forced to confront their cultural identities, traditions and a repressive government in a gripping search for love and faith. Cry Havoc is a passionate love story between a spirited young Egyptian and an idealistic British writer. Tom Coash’s poignant, intimate play explores the relationship between the Western world and the Islamic Middle East through the eyes of two people asking if love can bridge even the widest cultural divide.

• Theatre: National Theatre, Lyttelton
• First Preview: March 26, 2019
• Opening: April 2, 2019
• Playwright: Caryl Churchill
• Director: Lyndsey Turner
• Cast: Liv Hill, Katherine Kingsley, Wendy Kweh, Amanda Lawrence, Ashley McGuire, Ashna Rabheru, Siobhan Redmond

Marlene is the first woman to head the Top Girls employment agency. But she has no plans to stop there. With Maggie in at Number 10 and a spirit of optimism consuming the country, Marlene knows that the future belongs to women like her. For the first time, the National Theatre stages Caryl Churchill’s wildly innovative play about a country divided by its own ambitions.

• Theatre: Trafalgar Studios 2
• First Preview: April 2, 2019
• Opening: April 4, 2019
• Playwright: John Godber
• Director: John Godber
• Cast: John Godber, Jane Thornton

When retired miner Don and former private school teacher Carol meet by chance at a support group after both suffering a loss, they both think they’ve found a new beginning. But a bike ride through Europe would test their budding romance, and the road to love is rocky when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object. Join the pair on a hilarious and heartfelt journey that leads them to reconcile the past, debate the present and worry about the future. Whether they’re saddle sore in Southampton, blistered in Bordeaux or frazzled in Florence, one thing is for sure – it takes two to tandem!

• Theatre: Lyric Theatre Hammersmith
• First Preview: March 29, 2019
• Opening: April 5 2019
• Playwright: Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman
• Director: Jeremy Dyson, Andy Nyman, Sean Holmes
• Cast: TBA

Following record breaking sell out shows, a West End transfer, productions in China, Australia, Canada, Italy, Germany and a smash hit film, the original terrifying live production is back. Experience Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson’s worldwide cult phenomenon in the theatre where it all began. Keep telling yourself it’s only a show.

• Theatre: Park Theatre
• First Preview: April 3, 2019
• Opening: April 5 2019
• Playwright: Alexis Michalik, translated by Pamela Hargreaves
• Director: Ché Walker
• Cast: TBA

Ageing thespian Richard is preparing to direct his first theatre class in a maximum security prison, assisted by his former-actress ex-wife Jane and an inexperienced social worker called Alice. When only two inmates turn up he decides to go ahead with the class nonetheless - and so begins a captivating and darkly comic exploration of life, within the walls. Written by the multi Molière Award-winning Alexis Michalik the critically acclaimed Intra Muros will enjoy its UK Premiere at Park Theatre. Full of Michalik’s trademark sharp wit and extraordinary method of storytelling, including a live on-stage DJ; this multi-faceted, provocative comedy drama questions our concept of time and its effect on the human spirit.

• Theatre: Royal Court Theatre- Jerwood Theatre Upstairs
• First Preview: April 3, 2019
• Opening: April 8, 2019
• Playwright: Abhishek Majumdar
• Director: Debbie Hannan
• Cast: TBA

In a remote Tibetan village, Deshar, a young runaway has disowned her father Tsering and become a Buddhist nun. In Lhasa, Chinese Commander Deng is working for the future of the country, unable to meet the needs of his wife and daughter. When Deshar carries out an act of defiance it reverberates across the whole country and a new freedom struggle is born with life changing consequences for Deshar, Deng and their families.

• Theatre: Almeida Theatre
• First Preview: April 8, 2019
• Opening: April 16, 2019
• Playwright: Anton Checkhov, in a version by Cordelia Lynn
• Director: Rebecca Frecknall
• Cast: Patsy Ferran, Pearl Chanda

1901. Moscow. In a drawing room, on a summer day, three sisters look for a new start. Olga, the eldest. Masha, the middle child. Irina, the youngest. 2019. London. In a drawing room, on a summer day, three sisters look for a new start. Olga, the eldest. Masha, the middle child. Irina, the youngest. The clock strikes. Life is not yet over. Following her critically acclaimed production of Summer and Smoke, Almeida Associate Director Rebecca Frecknall directs Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters, in a new adaptation by Cordelia Lynn.

• Theatre: Old Vic Theatre
• First Preview: April 15, 2019
• Opening: April 23, 2019
• Playwright: Arthur Miller
• Director: Jeremy Herrin
• Cast: Sally Field, Bill Pullman, Jenna Coleman, Colin Morgan, Bessie Carter, Oliver Johnstone, Kayla Meikle, Sule Rimi, Gunnar Cauthery

America, 1947. Despite hard choices and even harder knocks, Joe and Kate Keller are a success story. They have built a home, raised two sons and established a thriving business. But nothing lasts forever and their contented lives, already shadowed by the loss of their eldest boy to war, are about to shatter. With the return of a figure from the past, long buried truths are forced to the surface and the price of their American dream is laid bare.

• Theatre: Southwark Playhouse
• First Preview: April 17, 2019
• Opening: April 23, 2019
• Playwright: Jerry Sterner
• Director: Katharine Farmer
• Cast: TBA

The Wire and Cable Company of New England is a sleepy family-run business – that is until Larry-the-Liquidator threatens to bring a little corporate pillage to the village. With a jam-today approach to both doughnuts and investments, Larry is accustomed to grabbing life by the assets. But CEO Jorgy has a different approach. Will his small town ideas stack up against booming Wall Street? In this darkly funny 80’s play, it all comes down to whether ‘values’ have their price.

• 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: Park Theatre
• First Preview: April 24, 2019
• Opening: April 26, 2019
• Playwright: Ben Alderton
• Director: Roland Reynolds
• Cast: TBA

Political leaders Ned Contraband and David Carter ruthlessly battle it out to get into government. Whether it’s propaganda, ridicule, hacking, leaking, bullying, blackmail, coalition or negotiation - no tactic is too low. Which party has the best pitch? Who do we set up for failure? Why are we in this situation in the first place? And who is this peculiar janitor talking in riddles? One thing is clear: the system is very much broken. But who’s going to fix it? Hell Yes I’m Tough Enough is a political satire by Fragen Theatre Company taking a tongue-in-cheek look at the unjust, corrupt and farcical pantomime that is British Politics.

• Theatre: London Coliseum
• First Preview: April 26, 2019
• Opening: April 30, 2019
• Book: Dale Wasserman
• Music: Mitch Leigh
• Lyrics: Joe Darion
• Director: Lonny Price
• Cast: Kelsey Grammer, Danielle de Niese

Dream the impossible dream… The award-winning musical Man of La Mancha returns to London, starring Kelsey Grammer and Danielle de Niese. Featuring the iconic song ‘Dream the Impossible Dream’, Man of La Mancha is inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’s masterpiece Don Quixote. Chivalry abounds in this classic tale of knighthood, love, loyalty and adventure.

• Theatre: The Young Vic
• First Preview: May 1, 2019
• Opening: May 9, 2019
• Playwright: Arthur Miller
• Directors: Marianne Elliott and Miranda Cromwell
• Cast: Sharon D. Clarke, Arinzé Kene, Wendell Pierce

Award-winning director Marianne Elliott brings her unique vision to one of the greatest plays of the twentieth century, seen through the eyes of an African American family. Wendell Pierce makes his UK stage debut as Willy Loman, with Olivier Award-winning Sharon D. Clarke as Linda Loman and Arinzé Kene as Biff Loman.

• Theatre: Park Theatre
• First Preview: May 9, 2019
• Opening: May 13, 2019
• Playwright: Jonathan Maitland
• Director: Lotte Wakeham
• Cast: TBA

It was the dinner that changed history: the night in February 2016 when Boris Johnson decided to vote ‘leave’. Guests included fellow MP Michael Gove, media mogul Evgeny Lebedev and, for Boris at least, the spirits of prime ministers past – Margaret Thatcher, Winston Churchill and Tony Blair. Fast forward to post-Brexit Britain, 2029: a country divided. Boris is back in the political wilderness and has ambitions to make Britain great again, but what are his true intentions? Navigating a career in politics and the media, Boris remains as divisive as ever and in an unexpected turn of events, soon finds himself mired - yet again - in controversy. Written by Jonathan Maitland, this timely comedy drama offers an insight into the mind of one of the most divisive politicians of our time.

• Theatre: Royal Court Theatre- Jerwood Theatre Upstairs
• First Preview: May 14, 2019
• Opening: May 15, 2019
• Playwright: Selina Thompson
• Director: Dawn Walton
• Cast: Selina Thompson

In February 2016, two artists got on a cargo ship, and retraced one of the routes of the Transatlantic Slave Triangle – from the UK to Ghana to Jamaica, and back. Their memories, their questions and their grief took them along the bottom of the Atlantic and through the figurative realm of an imaginary past. It was a long journey backwards, in order to go forwards. This show is what they brought back. Part of artist Selina Thompson’s wider body of work looking at Black British identity, the award-winning salt. focuses on grief, home, afropressism, the Black Atlantic, the forgetting of the UK’s colonial history and the impact that has on the daily life of Caribbean communities in the UK today.

• Theatre: Royal Court Theatre- Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
• First Preview: May 10, 2019
• Opening: May 16, 2019
• Playwright: Anchuli Felicia King
• Director: Nana Dakin
• Cast: TBA

In Singapore, Clearday has developed from a small start-up company to a leading international cosmetic brand in less than a year. But when a draft of the company’s latest skin cream advert is leaked, the video goes viral globally for all the wrong reasons. YouTube views are in the thousands and keep climbing; anger is building on social media; and journalists are starting to cover the story. This is an international PR nightmare; the company cannot be seen to be racist- they’ve got to get it taken down before America wakes up.

• Theatre: Southwark Playhouse
• First Preview: May 15, 2019
• Opening: May 17, 2019
• Book: Jethro Compton, based on the short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald
• Music and Lyrics: Darren Clark
• Director: TBA
• Cast: TBA

Discover a sleepy fishing harbour at the end of the First World War – home to a most curious story of one man, and the timeless tale of a love that defies all odds. Born in the most unusual circumstances, Benjamin Button is an old man, not at the end of his life, but at the beginning. Trapped in a body where he doesn’t belong, locked away from the world and branded a monster, Benjamin dreams of freedom and adventure. And more than anything, he dreams of love. But just as he gives up hope, resigning himself to a life of solitude, a miracle occurs – a local girl, by the name of Elowen Keene. But, as we all know, time and tide wait for no man, and as the decades pass, their lives begin to move in reverse. And when war calls Benjamin across the seas, time is not their only enemy.

• Theatre: Piccadilly Theatre
• First Preview: May 11, 2019
• Opening: May 22, 2019
• Playwright: Stefano Massini, English adaptation by Ben Power
• Director: Sam Mendes
• Cast: Adam Godley, Ben Miles, Simon Russell Beale

Following a sold-out run at the National Theatre, The critically acclaimed The Lehman Trilogy will transfer to the Piccadilly Theatre in the West End from May 2019. Beginning in 1844, The Lehman Trilogy charts the formation of the Lehman Brothers bank, as a young man from Bavaria with a big dream made a splash in New York with the help of his two brothers. From here, the play skips 163 years of banking history, and tells of the establishment of the bank, and its doomed fate which led to the biggest global financial collapse in history, affecting each and every one of us.

• Theatre: Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
• First Preview: May 16, 2019
• Opening: May 22, 2019
• Playwright: Thornton Wilder
• Director: Ellen McDougall
• Cast: TBA

Birth; marriage; death. And everything in between. Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning play celebrates what it means to be human, the bonds that hold communities together, and our relationships with the ancient past and the eternal tomorrow.

• 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: Lyric Theatre Hammersmith
• First Preview: May 21, 2019
• Opening: May 23, 2019
• Book and Lyrics: Carl Grose
• Music: Charles Hazlewood
• Director: Mike Shepherd
• Cast: TBA

Kneehigh are wildly excited to be returning to the Lyric with their trail-blazing and much celebrated theatrical tour-de-force Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs). Based on The Beggar’s Opera, John Gay’s classic musical satire, Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs) is busting with wit, wonder and weirdness. Kneehigh’s extraordinary cast of actor musicians shoot, hoot and shimmy their way through this twisted morality tale of our times.

• Theatre: Park Theatre London
• First Preview: May 21, 2019
• Opening: May 24, 2019
• Playwright: Tom Glover
• Director: TBA
• Cast: Kevin Tomlinson

Quentin Tarantino meets Last of the Summer Wine in this wickedly funny, high octane comedy about growing old passionately and disgracefully. When unscrupulous, over-confident salesman Simon Sudgebury comes knocking on the door of the seemingly timid Flora Parkin, hoping to scare her into buying an expensive alarm system, little does he realise what he is about to let himself in for. Feisty, charismatic 75 year old Flora and her gentle 72 year old ‘toy boy’ lover George are not what they first appear!

• Theatre: Young Vic- The Maria
• First Preview: June 1, 2019
• Opening: June 5, 2019
• Playwright: Okwui Okpokwasili
• Director: Peter Born
• Cast: Okwui Okpokwasili

Part theatre, part dance and part visual art installation, Okwui Okpokwasili’s Bronx Gothicdelves into her memories of growing up in the Bronx, before emerging into a breathtaking exploration of girlhood. Created in collaboration with Peter Born, in this UK premiere, Bronx Gothic draws on inspiration from West African griot storytelling and the epistolary style of the Victorian novel to ask what it means to be brown in a world that values whiteness.

• Theatre: Bridge Theatre
• First Preview: June 3, 2019
• Opening: June 12, 2019
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Nicholas Hytner
• Cast: TBA

Shakespeare’s great comedy plunges its audience into the heart of an enchanted forest, a place of change and infinite possibility. In the Bridge’s immersive production, you sit close up to the action, or follow it on foot into a dream world of feuding fairies and uncontrollable desire.

• 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.

• Theatre: London Coliseum
• Opening: June 14, 2019
• Book: Craig Lucas
• Music and Lyrics: Adam Guettel
• Director: Daniel Evans
• Cast: Renée Fleming, Dove Cameron

Be transported to sun-drenched Italy by the London premiere of Broadway hit musical The Light in the Piazza, starring Renée Fleming and Dove Cameron. The production is directed by multiple Olivier Award winner Daniel Evans and performed by Opera North’s 40-piece onstage orchestra. Florence. Summer 1953. As American Margaret Johnson and her daughter Clara take in the city’s wonders, a fateful gust of wind whisks Clara’s hat into the hands of local dreamer Fabrizio Naccarelli... and it’s amore at first sight. But Clara isn’t quite what she appears, and soon they must all confront a secret that’s been kept in the shadows for far too long.

• Theatre: Park Theatre
• First Preview: June 13, 2019
• Opening: June 17, 2019
• Playwright: Meghan Kennedy
• Director: Lisa Blair
• Cast: TBA

The Muscolinos have raised three proud and passionate daughters. Each of them bonded by a fierce love for one another and harbouring a secret longing that could tear the family apart. When an earth-shattering event rocks their Park Slope neighbourhood, life comes to a screeching halt and the sisters are forced to confront their conflicting visions for the future in this gripping, provocative and poignant portrait of love in all its danger and beauty.

• Theatre: Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
• First Preview: June 14, 2019
• Opening: June 17, 2019
• Music: Engelbert Humperdinck
• Director: Timothy Sheader
• Cast: TBA

Following last season's production of The Turn of the Screw, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre continues their collaboration with English National Opera, with Engelbert Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel. In the unique environment of Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, experience the Grimm Brothers' fairytale anew in this operatic retelling, sung in English. Ben Glassberg conducts members of the ENO Orchestra, with direction by Open Air Theatre Artistic director Timothy Sheader.

• Theatre: Park Theatre
• First Preview: June 18, 2019
• Opening: June 24, 2019
• Playwright: Tuyen Do
• Director: Kristine Landon-Smith
• Cast: TBA

Mai is impulsive, intelligent, independent and growing up fast. As well as realising from a young age that her family are nursing deep wounds and secrets, she also has to navigate her dual identity as a second generation immigrant. Having escaped war-torn Vietnam, her family’s individual journeys and memories have left scars that Mai was too young to understand. Embracing their silence, Mai’s camera becomes a conduit through which her journey of discovery begins. Summer Rolls by critically-acclaimed actress Tuyen Do is a sweeping family saga that examines the Nguyen family’s life in Britain. This marks a seminal moment as the first British Vietnamese play to be staged in the United Kingdom.

• Theatre: Trafalgar Studios 2
• First Preview: June 25, 2019
• Opening: June 28, 2019
• Playwright: Michael Dennis
• Director: Andrew Keates
• Cast: Marina Sirtis

A love letter to British sci-fi television, Michael Dennis’ Dark Sublime stars Star Trek: The Next Generation actress Marina Sirtis in her West End debut. Dark Sublime is a play which explores what happens when a mega-fan, Oli, arrives at the door of Marianne, a now-forgotten sci-fi TV icon whose career highlights seem well behind her. All Oli wants is an autograph from Marianne, and all she wants is a second chance at stardom – something more substantial than a half-remembered role on a cult TV show. But, with enough time and space, their sudden encounter might just lead to both their wishes coming true, as they begin to explore one another’s worlds.

• Theatre: Almeida Theatre
• First Preview: June 17, 2019
• Opening: TBA
• Playwright: Thomas Vinterberg and Tobias Lindholm, adapted by David Farr
• Director: Rupert Goold
• Cast: TBA

In a small town in northern Denmark, the children celebrate Harvest Festival. In the forest by the water the men of the lodge stand naked in the cold. This is their country. This is their song. In the shadows a lonely child gives a strange man her heart. The hunt begins. Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goold directs The Hunt by David Farr, based on the critically acclaimed Danish film thriller Jagten, by Thomas Vinterberg and Tobias Lindholm.

• Theatre: The Old Vic
• First Preview: Spring, 2019
• Opening: Spring 2019
• Playwright: Lucy Prebble, based on the book by Luke Harding
• Director: TBA
• Cast: TBA

A modern-day assassination in the heart of London. In the strange coming together of high-stakes global politics and radioactive villainy, a man pays with his life. At this time of unnerving global crises and rumblings of a new Cold War, A Very Expensive Poison sends us careering through the shadowy world of international espionage from the townhouses of Fitzrovia to the brothels of Soho. With dazzling inventiveness, Lucy Prebble reimagines Luke Harding’s jaw-dropping exposé of the events behind the tragic death of Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko.

• Theatre: Royal Court Theate- Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
• First Preview: June 27, 2019
• Opening: July 3, 2019
• Playwright: Jack Thorne
• Director: John Tiffany
• Cast: TBA

Newbury, 1997. Sal is attempting to cook dinner for the family. She and husband David have pulled off a coup and gathered their brood back home for the weekend. Eldest son Carl is bringing his new girlfriend to meet everyone for the first time; middle daughter Polly is back from Cambridge University for the occasion; and youngest Tom will hopefully make it out of detention in time for dinner. Sal and David would rather feed their kids with leftist ideals and welfarism than fancy cuisine. When you’ve named each of your offspring after your socialist heroes, you’ve given them a lot to live up to…

• Theatre: Barbican Theatre
• Opening: July 4, 2019
• Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber
• Lyrics: Tim Rice
• Director: Timothy Sheader
• Cast: TBA

Following two sell-out seasons at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar returns to London for a limited season. Originally written as a rock opera album, Jesus Christ Superstar made its explosive debut on the Broadway stage in 1971. The show transferred to the West End the following year where it ran for eight years and went on to become one of the most enduring musicals of its time. Its rock musicians, contemporary design and thrilling choreography make this energetic and emotionally charged production unforgettable.

• Theatre: Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
• First Preview: June 28, 2019
• Opening: July 5, 2019
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Dominic Hill
• Cast: TBA

Shakespeare's fantastical fable of desire, confusion, jealousy and growing up. Through live music, playful adventure and physical invention, see the lovers' world transformed into a place of magic, laughter and healing, as we journey into the woods.

• Theatre: Shaftesbury Theatre
• Opening: July 6, 2019
• Cast: TBA

Returning to the West End for a second time due to popular demand, The Illusionists features astonishing acts and outrageous tricks from five of the top illusionists in the world. Well-received by critics on a global scale, the show has been praised as a high-tech magic extravaganza, as well as deliciously, self-knowingly over the top and brain-bendingly spectacular – genuinely satisfying family entertainment that should not be missed. Expect jaw-dropping events to unfold.

• Theatre: Royal Court Theate- Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
• First Preview: July 4, 2019
• Opening: July 8, 2019
• Playwright: Jasmine Lee-Jones
• Director:Milli Bhatia
• Cast: TBA

Holed up in her bedroom Cleo’s ignored 22 calls from Kara and has cut off contact with the rest of the world. It doesn’t mean that she’s been silent though – she’s got a lot to say. On the internet, actions don’t always speak louder than words…

• Theatre: Young Vic- The Clare
• Opening: July 10, 2019
• Playwright: Hattie Naylor
• Director: Caitriona Shoobridge
• Cast: TBA

Four-year-old Ivan would rather face living on the streets of Moscow than stay home. Now, to survive he faces new challenges; from young gangs of boys to the police, and his own hunger. But all is not lost as Ivan finds family amongst the other outcasts around him – the dogs. Genesis Award winner Caitriona Shoobridge directs this one-person play exploring the need for kindness and trust, when despite being betrayed by the people around you, family can still be forged in the face of adversity.

• Theatre: London Palladium
• First Preview: June 26, 2019
• Opening: July 11, 2019
• Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber
• Lyrics: Tim Rice
• Director: TBA
• Cast: TBA

50 years on from its release as a concept album, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will have us all dreaming again at the London Palladium. Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat tells the story of Jacob’s favourite son, Joseph, and his eleven brothers. Sold into slavery out of the jealousy of his kin, Joseph finds himself in Egypt, where his reputation burgeons under Potiphar. But when he rejects the advances of Potiphar’s wife, Joseph is thrown into jail, where he discovers a unique ability to interpret dreams. Can he use this to resolve Egypt’s family and reunite with his family once more?

• Theatre: The Young Vic
• First Preview: July 29, 2019
• Opening: August 1, 2019
• Playwright: Idris Elba and Kwame Kwei-Armah
• Director: Kwame Kwei-Armah
• Cast: TBA

Tree takes you on a thrilling journey in search of the soul and spirit of contemporary South Africa. Created by Idris Elba, whose album Mi Mandela provides the soundtrack, and Kwame Kwei-Armah, this major world-premiere production, performed in the round, is also directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah. Music, dance and film combine with an exciting cast to explore the past, present and future of this country at a crossroads – all through the eyes of one young man on a journey of healing.

• Theatre: Sadler's Wells
• Opening: August 7, 2019
• Music: Sergei Prokofiev
• Director: Matthew Bourne
• Cast: TBA

Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet is a passionate and contemporary re-imagining of Shakespeare’s classic love story. Confined against their will by a society that seeks to divide, our two young lovers must follow their hearts as they risk everything to be together. Bursting with youth, vitality and Matthew Bourne’s trademark storytelling, London’s brightest young dance talent join the New Adventures company, with direction and choreography by Matthew Bourne, design by Lez Brotherston, lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Paul Groothuis and new orchestrations of the Sergei Prokofiev score by Terry Davies, played live by the New Adventures Orchestra.

• Theatre: Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
• First Preview: August 2, 2019
• Opening: August 8, 2019
• Music: Andrew Llyod Webber
• Lyrics: Tim Rice
• Director: Jamie Lloyd
• Cast: TBA

From a life of poverty to the First Lady of Argentina, Eva Peron was hailed as the spiritual leader of the nation. Seen as the champion of the poor, her ambition, glamour and power made her the world’s first major political celebrity, winning the adoration of the people. With a chart-topping score including "Don’t Cry For Me Argentina", "Oh What A Circus", "You Must Love Me", and "Another Suitcase in Another Hall", Regent's Park Open Air Theatre presents Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's iconic musical, Evita.

• Theatre: Peacock Theatre
• Opening: September 11, 2019
• Book: David De Silva
• Music: Steve Margoshes
• Lyrics: Jacques Levy
• Director: Nick Winston
• Cast: Keith Jack, Mica Paris, Jorgie Porter

Remember the name! The show that’s gonna live forever, Fame The Musical returns to London’s Peacock Theatre with its triumphant 30th anniversary tour production. Based on the 1980 pop culture film phenomenon, Fame follows the lives of students at New York’s High School For The Performing Arts. Navigating their way through the highs and lows, the romances and the heartbreaks and the ultimate elation of a performer’s life, the students strive for stardom.

• Theatre: The Young Vic
• First Preview: September 19, 2019
• Opening: September 25, 2019
• Playwright: Maxim Gorky, Adapted by Mike Bartlett
• Director: Yaël Farber
• Cast: TBA

What do you do when the day that’s supposed to be the happiest of your life becomes a living nightmare? A repressed, passionate love affair rears its head on the day two young people tie the knot. What is done cannot be undone. Multiple award-winning director Yaël Farber, brings Federico García Lorca's most famous tragedy Blood Wedding to the Young Vic in a new version by Marina Carr.

• Theatre: Almeida Theatre
• First Preview: October 7, 2019
• Opening: TBA
• Playwright: Maxim Gorky, Adapted by Mike Bartlett
• Director: Tinuke Craig
• Cast: TBA

It’s 8am and a revolt is underway. The father is dying. The son is spying. The wife is cheating. The uncle is stealing. The mother is scheming. The dynasty is crumbling. One house. One fortune. One victor. Tinuke Craig makes her Almeida debut with a new production of Maxim Gorky’s savagely funny play, adapted by multi award-winning playwright Mike Bartlett.

• Theatre: The Young Vic
• First Preview:November 28, 2019
• Opening: December 5, 2019
• Playwright: Jackie Sibblies Drury
• Director: Nadia Latif
• Cast: TBA

Following a ground-breaking, sell-out run in New York, Jackie Sibblies Drury’s Fairview is an interrogation of our subtly destructive preconceptions. This radical examination of power is directed by Young Vic’s Genesis Fellow / Associate Director, Nadia Latif. It’s Grandma’s birthday and the Frasier family have gathered to celebrate. Beverly just wants everything to run smoothly, but Tyrone has missed his flight, Keisha is freaking out about college and Grandma has locked herself in the bathroom.

• Theatre: Prince Edward Theatre
• Opening: Fall, 2019
• Book: Julian Fellows
• Music and Lyrics: Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman; Additional new songs by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe
• Director: Richard Eyre, Co-direction by Matthew Bourne
• Cast: Zizi Strallen, Charlie Stemp

Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's acclaimed stage musical of Mary Poppins has delighted audiences around the world since its world premiere in 2004, and is set to return to the West End at the Prince Edward Theatre in 2019. Featuring music and lyrics by the Sherman Brothers, with additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, it is based on the much loved children's books by P. L. Travers and the 1964 Disney film of the same name. Julian Fellowes' book blends the original stories with the much loved film to create a new and iconic stage adventure.

• Theatre: Noël Coward Theatre
• Opening: Fall, 2019
• Book: Steven Levenson
• Music: Justin Paul
• Lyrics: Benj Pasek
• Director: Michael Greif
• Cast: TBA

Dear Evan Hansen is the hit Broadway musical about a teenage boy who suffers from social anxiety, and finds it difficult to talk to people and make friends. However, following a tragic event involving one of his classmates, he finds himself drawn closer a group of people for the first time in his life.

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