Here are the shows scheduled to open in London's West End (or, in some cases, Off-West End). Please note: schedule subject to change. (When dialing the box office #'s, U.S. dial 011.44 prefix/other countries check with local operator.)
THE SEAGULL: By Anton Chekhov. Peter Hall directs. Victoria Hamilton stars as Nina n this new translation by Tom Stoppard of Chekhov's 1896 play. Cast also includes Felicity Kendal and Michael Pennington. Previews April 28/Opens May 9. The Old Vic Theatre. 171.928.7616.
THE FIX: Book and lyrics by John Dempsey, music by Dana P. Rowe. Sam Mendes directs. New musical about a man's rise and fall in the political arena. Previews April 24/Opens May 12. Donmar Warehouse Theatre. 171.369.1732.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: Music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, book by Linda Woolverton. Disney's musical tale of the classic fairy tale goes to the West End. Alasdair Harvey will play the Beast with Julie-Alanah Brighten as Belle. Previews April 29/Opens May 13. Dominion Theatre. 171.656.1888.
THE MARAT/SADE: Peter Weiss' 1964 which bears the moniker The Persecution of Assassination of Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade. Jeremy Sams directs. Corin Redgrave stars as Marat. Previews May 8/Opens May 14. National Theatre/Olivier. 171.928.2252.
STEAMING: Jenny Eclair, the comedienne who won the Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Festival, makes her West End debut in this revival of Nell Dunn's 1981 play about a group of women who discuss life, love and everything in a Turkish bath. Now in previews/opens May 15. Piccadilly Theatre. 171.369.1734.
PRAYERS OF SHERKIN: U.K. premiere of Sebastian Barry's play set in a religious community on the west coast of Ireland. Previews May 18/Opens May 19. The Old Vic Theatre. 171.928.7616.
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM: This is the opening production in the New Shakespeare Company's summer season. This new production is directed by Rachel Kavenaugh and features Artistic Director Ian Talbot as Bottom and Issy Van Randwyck as Helena. Previews May 23/Opens May 27. Open Air. 171.486.1933/2431. CLOSER: Patrick Marber directs his second play about love and relationships. His first, Dealer's Choice, transferred to the Vaudeville and was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Play. Opens May 29. National Theatre/Cottesloe. 171.928.2252.
DAMN YANKEES: Music and Lyrics by Richard Alder and Jerry Ross, book by G. Abbot and D. Wallop. Jerry Lewis makes his West End debut as the Devil in this 1955 update of Faust. Previews May 29/Opens June 4. Adelphi Theatre. 171.344.0055.
THE WINTER'S TALE: David Freeman, founder of Opera Factory and associated artist of English National Opera, directs Shakespeare's tale of Leontes' love for Hermione, who he mistakenly believes to be having an affair with his friend, the King of Bohemia. The cast includes Mark Lewis Jones as Leontes, Belinda Davidson as Hermione and Nicholas Le Prevost as Autolycus. Previews May 28/Opens June 5. Globe Theatre. 171.401.9919.
HENRY V: Richard Olivier, son of Laurence, directs the opening production of the reconstructed Globe's first full season. Mark Rylance plays the young king who, against all odds, leads the English to victory over the French at Agincourt. The production will use music and recreated clothing from 1599, the year the play was written and in the Elizabethan tradition, will feature an exclusively male cast. Previews May 27/Opens June 6. Globe Theatre. 171.401.9919.
FACE THE MUSIC: Opens June 8. RSC Barbican/The Pit 171.638.171.8891.
ALWAYS: A new musical by William May and Jason Sprague inspired by the abdication of Edward VIII. Frank Hauser and Thommie Walsh direct. Previews May 20/Opens June 10. Victoria Palace. 171.834.1317.
THE WOOD DEMON: The playhouse reopens, after refurbishment, with Frank Dwyer and Nicholas Saunders' adaptation of Chekhov's 1889 play -- a story of romantic disenchantment in a family home in the country. Opens June 11. The Playhouse. 171.839.4401.
ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL: Shakespeare's 1596 tragi-comedy about the virtuous Helena who falls in love with unworthy Bertram. Previews June 10/Opens June 12. Open Air. 171.486.1933/2431.
THE MAIDS: By Jean Genet in a new translation by David Rudkin. Two sisters who work as maids act out the intended murder of their mistress. John Crowley directs. Previews June 16/Opens June 25. Donmar Warehouse Theatre. 171.369.1732..
SHOPPING AND FUCKING: Max Stafford-Clark directs Mark Ravenhill's debut play about emotional alienation through the lives of an abused 14-year-old and two older, money-seeking flatmates. Previews June 24/Opens June 26. Gielgud Theatre. 171.494.5065.
WAITING FOR GODOT: Peter Hall directs Samuel Beckett's masterpiece. Ben Kingsley returns to the stage to play Estragon and Alan Howard plays Vladmir. Also stars Greg Hicks in the role of Lucky. Previews June 16/Opens June 27. The Old Vic Theatre. 171.928.7616.
THE PROVOK'D WIFE: John Vanbrugh's 1697 comedy. Victoria Hamilton plays Lady Brute, Michael Pennington plays sir John. Previews June 23/Opens July 3. The Old Vic Theatre. 171.928.7616.
GUYS AND DOLLS: Music and lyrics by Frank Loesser. Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows. Based on the story and characters of Damon Runyon. Closes March 29 and opens again July 4. National Theatre/Olivier. 171.928.2252.
GRACE NOTE: A new play by Samuel Adamson. Previews July 6/ Opens July 7. The Old Vic Theatre. 171.928.7616 Donmar Warehouse Theatre. 171.369.1732 .
SUMMER HOLIDAY: Stage adaptation of the Cliff Richard film in which a group of friends go on holiday in a red double-decker bus. Darren Day, presenter of You Bet! and star of Copacabana plays Cliff Richard's role. Previews July 7/opens July 8. Labatt's Apollo Hammersmith. 171.416.6075.
FLAHOOLEY: Opens July 13. Barbican Theatre/The Pit. 171.638.171.8891.
KISS ME KATE: Cole Porter's musical about Fred and Lilli. The score includes such classics as "Too Darn Hot," "Another Op'nin, Another Show" and "Brush Up Your Shakespeare. Previews July 22/Opens July 24. Open Air. 171.486.1933/2431.
THE LEENANE TRILOGY: Directed by Kristine Landon-Smith, the play tells the story of a group of siblings caught up in the confusing whirl of contradictions that accompany growing up in a mixed race family in Stalford in the 1970s. Opens July 26. Royal Court Theatre. 171.564.5000.
WATERSHIP DOWN: An adaptation of Richard Adam's story about a community of rabbits who are threatened by humans and the warmongering inhabitants of another warren. Caroline Smith directs 60 young people from all over London. Opens August 5. Open Air. Open Air. 171.486.1933.
THE BIBLE: THE COMPLETE WORD OF GOD (ABRIDGED): The Reduced Shakespeare Company perform a humorously abridged version of the Bible in less than two hours. The company's version of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) has been running at the Criterion for over a year. Open August 8. Gielguld Theatre. 171.494.5065.
THE SEAGULL: By Anton Chekhov. Peter Hall directs. Cheryl Campbell stars as Madame Arkadina in this new translation of Chekhov's 1896 play. Previews August 12/August 14. Donmar Warehouse. 171.369.1732.
OH, KAY: Opens August 17. More details forthcoming. Barbican Theatre/The Pit. 171.638.171.8891.
THE MAID'S TRAGEDY: By Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher. Relating the tale of Aminto who is forced to marry the King's mistress. Previews August 20/Opens August 26. Globe Theatre. 171.401.9919.
A CHASTE MAID IN CHEAPSIDE: Thomas Middleton's 1611 work about how education and religion can't compete with thoughts of sex and money of the common people. Malcolm McKay directs. Previews August 19/Opens August 27. Globe Theatre. 171.401.9919.
KING LEAR: Peter Hall directs Alan Howard who stars as King Lear in this Shakespeare production. Previews August 25/Opens September 5. The Old Vic Theatre. 171.928.7616.
PLAYHOUSE CREATURES: New play by April de Angelis about women who become actresses after the 1669 royal decree allowing them to perform on stage. Previews September 14/Opens September 15. The Old Vic Theatre. 171.928.7616.
OTHELLO: Sam Mendes directs Shakespeare's tragedy. Simon Russell Beale stars as Lago with Claire Skinner as Desdemona. Opens Sepbember 16. National Theatre/Cottesloe. 171.928.2252.
ENTER THE GUARDSMAN: Based on Gerenc Molnar's The Guardsman. World premiere of the musical that won the '96 New Musicals Competition in Aarhus, Denmark. Previews September 11/Opens September 17. Donmar Warehouse Theatre. 171.369.1732.
SNAKE IN THE GRASS: Roy MacGregor's story of a respected elderly music teacher who is confronted by a thirty year old secret. Previews October 12/Opens October 13. The Old Vic Theatre. 171.928.7616.
SHINTOKU-MARU: Ninagawa Theatre Company returns to the Barbican with another visual epic work. Opens October 17. Barbian/The Pit 171.638.171.8891.
PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE: By Steve Martin. Opens October 22. Theatre to be announced.
ELECTRA: David Leveaux directs Zoe Wanamaker in this production of Sophocles' drama. Opens October 28. Donmar Warehouse Theatre. 171.369.1732.