Schedule of Upcoming London Shows

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THE YORK REALIST
• Theatre: Donmar Warehouse
• First Preview: February 8, 2018
• Opening: February 13, 2018
• Playwright: Peter Gill
• Director: Robert Hastie
• Cast: Jonathan Bailey, Ben Batt, Lucy Black, Brian Fletcher, Lesley Nicol, Katie West, Matthew Wilson

A cottage, 1960s Yorkshire. The York Mystery plays are in rehearsal. Farmhand George strains against his roots as a new world opens up to him. Peter Gill’s influential play about two young men in love is a touching reflection on the rival forces of family, class and longing.

IOLANTHE
• Theatre: London Coliseum
• Opening: February 13, 2018
• Libretto: W.S. Gilbert
• Music: Arthur Sullivan
• Director: Cal McCrystal
• Cast: Samantha Price, Ellie Laugharne, Yvonne Howard, Marcus Farnsworth, Andrew Shore, Ben McAteer, Ben Johnson, Barnaby Rea, Llio Evans, Joanne Appleby

Iolanthe is a brilliantly funny, satirical fantasy, revealing a typically Gilbert & Sullivan topsy-turvy worldview. Phyllis and Strephon wish to marry, but as Phyllis is a ward of court she requires the Lord Chancellor’s permission. The Lord Chancellor, however, wants her for himself. Matched by Sullivan’s ever-melodious score, Gilbert not only targets peers of the realm, but also offers thinly disguised portraits of Queen Victoria, John Brown (her personal servant and ‘close companion’), Lord Randolph Churchill (reformist Tory) and William Gladstone (Liberal PM of the day).

GIRLS & BOYS
• Theatre: Royal Court Theatre- Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
• First Preview: February 8, 2018
• Opening: February 14, 2018
• Playwright: Dennis Kelly
• Director: Lyndsey Turner
• Cast: Carey Mulligan

An unexpected meeting at an airport leads to an intense, passionate, head-over-heels relationship. Before long they begin to settle down, buy a house, juggle careers, have kids – theirs is an ordinary family. But then their world starts to unravel and things take a disturbing turn. Girls & Boys marks the first collaboration between writer Dennis Kelly and director Lyndsey Turner.

ANGRY
• Theatre: Southwark Playhouse
• First Preview: February 14, 2018
• Opening: February 16, 2018
• Playwright: Philip Ridley
• Director: Max Lindsar
• Cast: Georgie Henley, Tyrone Huntley

A spaceship hurtles towards a black hole. A book-loving couple flee a burning city. A bloodshot eye conjures up kisses and wild animals. The world premiere of Philip Ridley’s Angry is a menacing, magical, and darkly comedic collection of stories that vibrate with the lingering unease of our times. Georgie Henley and Tyrone Huntley perform the series of five gender-neutral monologues on subjects as diverse as refugees, millennial anger, and interstellar travel. Both actors will learn all five monologues, but who performs each will alternate from night to night.

JUBILEE
• Theatre: Lyric Theatre Hammersmith
• First Preview: February 15, 2018
• Opening: February 20, 2018
• Playwright: Adapted for the stage by Chris Goode from the original screen play by Derek Jarman & James Whaley
• Director: Chris Goode
• Cast: Travis Albanza, Lucy Ellinson, Harold Finley, Craig Hamilton, Gareth Kieran Jones, Tom Ross-Williams, Sophie Stone, Temi Wilkey, Toyah Wilcox, Rose Wardlaw

Derek Jarman’s iconic film captured punk at its giddy height: a riot of music, DIY fashion, and every kind of sex – with a little pyromania thrown in. Now, forty years on, this new stage adaptation of Jubilee remixes it for the social and political turmoil of 2017. Centred around a marauding girl gang on a killing spree and a time-travelling Queen Elizabeth I, it’s a story of what happens when creativity and nihilism collide.

FROZEN
• Theatre: Theatre Royal, Haymarket
• First Preview: February 9, 2018
• Opening: February 21, 2018
• Playwright: Bryony Lavery
• Director: Jonathan Munby
• Cast: Suranne Jones, Jason Watkins, Nina Sosanya

One sunny evening a young girl walks to visit her Grandma, she never arrives.... A play about retribution, remorse and redemption, Frozen explores the interwoven lives of three strangers as they try to make sense of the unimaginable. Suranne Jones and Jason Watkins will star in Frozen, Bryony Lavery's Award-Winning play. This psychological thriller about a mother whose child goes missing is directed by Jonathan Munby and will play a strictly limited twelve-week season at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from Friday 9 February 2018.

A PASSAGE TO INDIA
• Theatre: Park Theatre
• First Preview: February 20, 2018
• Opening: February 22, 2018
• Playwright: Simon Dormandy, adapted from the novel by E.M. Forster
• Director: Sebastian Armesto and Simon Dormandy
• Cast: Liz Crowther, Matthew Douglas, Christopher Doyle, Hannah Emanuel, Tubu Fortes, Richard Goulding, Nigel Hastings, Asif Khan, Edward Killingback, Ranjit Krishnamma, Asha McCarthy, Phoebe Pryce, Maanuv Thiara

Full of humour and rich humanity, but with vast philosophical and political scope, A Passage To India is based on one of the great novels of the Twentieth Century. Following the acclaimed Don’t Sleep There Are Snakes (Park Theatre), the award-winning simple8 transport us to Imperial India, conjuring up the elephants and caves, courthouses and temples by the simplest and boldest means – with original music played live on stage by legendary composer Kuljit Bhamra.

HAROLD AND MAUDE
• Theatre: Charing Cross Theatre
• First Preview: February 18, 2018
• Opening: February 26, 2018
• Playwright: Colin Higgins
• Director: Thom Southerland
• Cast: Sheila Hancock, Bill Milner, Anthony Cable, Rebecca Caine, Christopher Dikins, Joanna Hickman, Samuel Townsend, Anne White, Johnson Willis

Harold and Maude is an idiosyncratic fable told though the eyes of the most unlikely pairing: a compulsive, self-destructive young man who attends funerals for entertainment and a devil-may-care, septuagenarian bohemian. Through Colin Higgin’s tale, we experience a way of seeing the world that looks directly into darkness, stresses our needs humour, the freedom to create and kindness while concluding that cynicism and despair are dead ends. Equal parts dark comedy and romantic innocence, Harold and Maude dissolves the line between darkness and light along with ones that separate people by class, gender and age.

A PRINCESS UNDONE
• Theatre: Park Theatre
• First Preview: February 20, 2018
• Opening: February 26, 2018
• Playwright: Richard Stirling
• Director: Richard Stirling
• Cast: Felicity Dean, Alexander Knox, Richard Stirling, Patrick Toomey

Kensington Palace, 1993. She was the Diana of her day. That day has gone, but HRH The Princess Margaret seeks one final chance to be of service. Acquiring potentially sensational letters from Charles and Diana, she means to burn the evidence. But there are other papers, relating to Margaret herself. And when an ex-gangster admirer returns from her past, the Queen’s sister has the choice to make or break her family yet again.

TRUST
• Theatre: Gate Theatre
• First Preview: February 22, 2018
• Opening: February 26, 2018
• Playwright: Falk Richter, Translated by Maja Zade
• Director: Jude Christian
• Cast: Zephryn Taitte, Pia Laborde Noguez

Leave or stay. Speak up or keep silent. Slam the door or keep the peace. Walk out tonight or stick it out another week, a month, a year. Drain your bank account and get out while you still can or keep on saving for the holiday, the house, the car. Destroy all existing structures and begin entirely again - or get hitched to the person who betrayed you. Begin a revolution or just keep calm and carry on – things aren’t so bad, are they?

PIPPIN
• Theatre: Southwark Playhouse
• First Preview: February 23, 2018
• Opening: February 28, 2018
• Book: Roger O. Hirson
• Music and Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz
• Director: Jonathan O’Boyle
• Cast: Michelle Andrews, Mairi Barclay, Jonathan Carlton, Andrew Halliday, Scott Hayward, Bradley Judge, Tessa Kadler, Rhidian Marc, Genevieve Nicole, Ellie Seaton

A soul-searching exploration of one man’s journey to find himself, his place and purpose in life, Pippin is a musical about an ordinary man on an extraordinary journey. Featuring a stunning score including classics “Magic to Do” and “Corner of the Sky,” Pippin was originally directed by the great Bob Fosse. This new production spreads a darkness over the innocent tale of the exciting life and adventures of young Prince Pippin, told by a mysterious troupe of Victorian Vaudeville players who promise the audience ‘a finale you will remember for the rest of your lives…’

FANNY & ALEXANDER
• Theatre: The Old Vic
• Frst Preview: February 21, 2018
• Opening: March 1, 2018
• Playwright: Ingmar Bergman, adapted for the stage by Stephen Beresford
• Director: Max Webster
• Cast: Penelope Wilton, Catherine Walker, Kevin Doyle, Sargon Yelda, Jonathan Slinger, Lolita Chakrabarti

Renowned filmmaker Ingmar Bergman's magical masterpiece Fanny & Alexander receives its world stage premiere at The Old Vic in a new translation by BAFTA Award-winning writer Stephen Beresford. Amongst the gilded romance and glamour of 1900s Sweden, siblings Fanny and Alexander’s world is turned upside down when their widowed mother remarries the iron-willed local bishop. As creative freedom and rigid orthodoxy clash, a war ensues between imagination and austerity in this magical study of childhood, family and love.

THE BEST MAN
• Theatre: Playhouse Theatre
• Frst Preview: February 24, 2018
• Opening: March 5, 2018
• Playwright: Gore Vidal
• Director: Simon Evans
• Cast: Martin Shaw, Jeff Fahey, Jack Shepherd, Maureen Lipman, Glyinis Barber, Honeysuckle Weeks

Martin Shaw leads a star-studded cast in the West End premiere of Gore Vidal’s sharp political drama The Best Man. Two opposing presidential party candidates are neck and neck in an unscrupulous battle for the nomination: William Russell, ex-Secretary of State, and his ambitious populist opponent Joseph Cantwell. The only thing that separates them is an endorsement from a respected ex-President.But as the race heats up the campaign gets personal, where does compromise end and corruption begin? And who in the end will be proved to be ‘the best man’?

GOOD GIRL
• Theatre: Trafalgar Stuidios- Studio 2
• Opening: March 5, 2018
• Playwright: Naomi Sheldon
• Director: Matt Peover
• Cast: TBA

Growing up in the 90s, GG and her mates obsess over music, vaginas and witchcraft. But there’s a problem. Living feels too extreme. To be one of the good girls, GG learns to make herself numb, but at what cost? Bold, provocative and laugh-out-loud funny Good Girl tells a darkly comic coming of age tale about learning to live un-apologetically, and adds a distinctive new perspective to current dialogue about female experience.

MACBETH
• Theatre: National Theatre-Olivier Theatre
• Frst Preview: February 26, 2018
• Opening: March 6, 2018
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Rufus Norris
• Cast: Rory Kinnear, Anne-Marie Duff, Nadia Abina, Michael Blaogun, Stephen Boxer, Trevor Fox, Andrew Frame, Kevin Harvey, Hannah Hutch, Nicholas Karimi, Joshua Lacey, Penny Layden, Anna-Maria Nabirye, Patrick O'Kane, Amaka Okafor, Hauk Pattison, Alana Ramsey, Beatrice Scirocchi, Rakhee Sharma, Parth Takerar

The ruined aftermath of a bloody civil war. Ruthlessly fighting to survive, the Macbeths are propelled towards the crown by forces of elemental darkness. Shakespeare’s most intense and terrifying tragedy is directed by Rufus Norris. Rory Kinnear and Anne-Marie Duff play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.

SUMMER AND SMOKE
• Theatre: Almeida Theatre
• First Preview: February 24, 2018
• Opening: March 7, 2018
• Playwright: Tennessee Williams
• Director: Rebecca Frecknall
• Cast: Seb Carrington, Nancy Crane, Patsy Ferran, Eric MacLennan, Forbes Masson, Matthew Needham, Tok Stephen, Anjana Vasan

"The girl who said 'no' — she doesn't exist anymore, she died last summer — suffocated in smoke from something on fire inside her." In the heat of summer – under the wings of an angel – Alma meets John. Trapped between desire and fear in a life of obligation, her world turns upside down in the search for salvation. Featuring an ensemble cast, Rebecca Frecknall directs Summer and Smoke, Tennessee Williams’ intoxicating classic about love, loneliness and self-destruction.

BRIEF ENCOUNTER
• Theatre: Empire Cinema, Haymarket
• First Preview: March 2, 2018
• Opening: March 11, 2018
• Playwright: Noël Coward, adapted by Emma Rice
• Director: Emma Rice
• Cast: Jim Sturgeon, Isabel Pollen, Lucy Thackeray, Beverly Rudd, Jos Slovick, Dean Nolan, Katrina Kleve, Peter Dukes

Noël Coward’s Brief Encounter is remembered as one of the most haunting love stories ever. This award-winning Kneehigh production has triumphed in the West End, toured the globe and opened to dazzling reviews on Broadway. It has won the hearts of audiences and critics alike.

OLD FOOLS
• Theatre: Southwark Playhouse
• First Preview: March 14, 2018
• Opening: March 15, 2018
• Playwright: Tristan Bernays
• Director: Sharon Burrell
• Cast: Mark Arends, Frances Grey

Old Fools is the story of Tom and Viv, their love and the life they’ve shared together – from first spark to dying light. But not necessarily in that order. Directed by Sharon Burrell, it is a surprising and touching tale about a couple, one of whom is suffering from Alzheimer’s, and their enduring efforts to hold their relationship together through the years.

THE GREAT WAVE
• Theatre: National Theatre- Dorfman Theatre
• First Preview: March 10, 2018
• Opening: March 19, 2018
• Playwright: Francis Turnly
• Director: Indhu Rubasingham
• Cast: Kae Alexander, Rosalind Chao, Tuyen Do, Vincent Lai, Vincent Lai, Frances Mayli McCann, Kirsty Rider, Leo Wan

On a Japanese beach, teenage sisters Hanako and Reiko are caught up in a storm. Reiko survives while Hanako is lost to the sea. Their mother, however, can’t shake the feeling her missing daughter is still alive, and soon family tragedy takes on a global political dimension. Francis Turnly’s epic new thriller is directed by Indhu Rubasingham in a co-production with the Tricycle Theatre.

CAROLINE, OR CHANGE
• Theatre: Hampstead Theatre
• First Preview: March 12, 2018
• Opening: March 19, 2018
• Book and Lyrics: Tony Kushner
• Music: Jeanine Tesori
• Director: Michael Longhurst
• Cast: Sharon D Clarke, Naana Agyei-Ampuda, Alastair Brookshaw, Me’sha Bryan, Angela Caesar, Sue Kelvin, Teddy Kempner, Ako Mutchell, Abiona Omonua, Vincent Pirillo, Carole Stennett, Sharon Rose, Lauren Ward, T’Shan Williams

1963. In quiet Lake Charles, Louisiana, the destruction of a Confederate statue might just signal that change is in the air… But, whatever the progress of the civil rights movement, in the Gellman household things seem just the same – for now at least. Eight year old Noah, heartbroken by the death of his mother and his father’s remarriage, sneaks down to the basement to spend time with the black maid he idolises, Caroline Thibodeaux: Caroline who runs everything. Whilst the basement may seem a fantastical place - even the appliances have a voice of their own - Caroline’s work there is repetitive and badly paid. But when Mrs Gellman comes up with a way for her to take a little more money home, the consequences for Caroline and Noah’s relationship are not what anybody might have expected…

THE PLOUGH AND THE STARS
• Theatre: Lyric Theatre Hammersmith
• First Preview: March 15, 2018
• Opening: March 20, 2018
• Playwright: Sean O'Casey
• Director: Sean Holmes
• Cast: Ian Lloyd Anderson, Niall Buggy, Charlie Cassen, John Currivan, Phelim Drew, Hilda Fay, Liam Heslin, Julie Maguire, Janet Moran, Ciaran O'Brien, Kate Stanley Brennan, Adam Strawford, Nyree Yergainharsian

Following a sell-out season at the Abbey Theatre as part of the 100th anniversary celebrations of the 1916 Easter Rising, as well as a successful Irish and US tour, The Plough and the Stars, comes to the Lyric as a co-production with the Abbey Theatre. Set amid the tumult of the Easter Rising, The Plough and the Stars is the story of ordinary lives ripped apart by the idealism of the time.

KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN
• Theatre: Menier Chocolate Factory
• First Preview: March 8, 2018
• Opening: March 21, 2018
• Playwright: Manuel Puig, in a new version by José Rivera and Allan Baker
• Director: Laurie Sansom
• Cast: Samuel Barnett, Declan Bennett

A provocative tale of love, victimisation, fantasy and the friendship that develops between two strikingly different men imprisoned together in a Latin American jail. Kiss of the Spider Woman by Manuel Puig, features a new adaptation by José Rivera and Allan Baker. Originally a novel, this electrifying story has also been adapted into an Oscar winning film and a musical.

BLACK MEN WALKING
• Theatre: Royal Court Theatre- Jerwood Theatre Upstairs
• First Preview: March 21, 2018
• Opening: March 22, 2018
• Playwright: Testament
• Director: Dawn Walton
• Cast: Tyrone Huggins, Trevor Laird, Tonderai Munyevu, Dorcas Sebuyange

Thomas, Matthew and Richard walk. They walk the first Saturday of every month. Walking and talking. But this walk…Maybe they should have cancelled, but they needed the walk today. Out in the Peaks, they find themselves forced to walk backwards through two thousand years before they can move forwards.

VINCENT RIVER
• Theatre: Park Theatre
• First Preview: March 20, 2018
• Opening: March 23, 2018
• Playwright: Philip Ridley
• Director: Robert Chevara
• Cast: TBA

Davey has seen something he can never forget. Anita has been forced to flee her home. Tonight, they meet for the first time... and their lives will change forever. Philip Ridley's modern classic was a huge success when it premiered at the Hampstead Theatre in 2001, and a West End smash in 2007. Thrilling, heartbreaking and darkly humorous by turns, it is now seen as one of the most powerful explorations of hate crime - and society's need to crush 'difference' - ever written.

CHICAGO
• Theatre: Phoenix Theatre
• Opening: March 26, 2018
• Book: Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins
• Music: John Kander
• Lyrics: Fred Ebb
• Director: Walter Bobbie
• Cast: Cuba Gooding Jr.

Chicago is 21 and bringing the real razzle-dazzle back to London! The sexiest, sassiest, most sophisticated musical in history is celebrating its 21st year in style at the Phoenix Theatre from 26th March 2018 and it’s more dangerously seductive than ever.

THE LITTLE MATCH GIRL AND OTHER HAPPIER TALES
• Theatre: Shakespeare's Globe/ Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
• Opening: March 27, 2018
• Playwright: Joel Horwood and Emma Rice, adapted from the stories of Hans Christian Andersen
• Director: Emma Rice
• Cast: Niall Ashdown, Edie Edmundson, Jon Gingell, Alex Heane, Guy Hughes, Kezrena James, Dave Johnsy, Katy Owen, Karl Queensborough, Elizabeth Westcott

Inspired by the beautiful and devastatingly sad Hans Christian Andersen tale, "The Little Match Girl", and combining Andersen’s other tales, "The Princess and the Pea", "The Emperor’s New Clothes" and "Thumbelina", The Little Matchgirl and Other Happier Tales reveals a spellbinding world of magic and mystery. Steeped in the metaphor and meaning that runs through the veins of Andersen’s enduring stories, this will be a night to delight, transport and surprise.

RUTHLESS! THE MUSICAL
• Theatre: Arts Theatre
• First Preview: March 16, 2018
• Opening: March 27, 2018
• Music: Marvin Laird
• Book and Lyrics: Joel Paley
• Director:Richard Fitch
• Cast: Jason Gardiner, Tracie Bennett, Harriet Thorpe, Lara Denning, Kim Maresca

How far would you go to get what you want? Ruthless! The Musical tells the story of the beautiful and talented 8 year old Tina Denmark who will do anything to play the lead in her school play… ANYTHING! Ruthless! started Off-Broadway 25 years ago and discovered young performers including Britney Spears and Natalie Portman. The show famously spoofs Broadway musicals from Gypsy to Mame as well as iconic films including The Bad Seed and All About Eve.

THE INHERITANCE
• Theatre: Young Vic
• First Preview: March 2, 2018
• Opening: March 28, 2018
• Playwright: Matthew Lopez
• Director: Stephen Daldry
• Cast: Hugo Bolton, Robert Boulter, Andrew Burnap, Hubert Burton, John Benjamin Hickey, Samuel H. Levine, Syrus Lowe, Michael Marcus, Vanessa Redgrave, Kyle Soller, Luke Thallon, Michael Walters

You have to wonder why there isn't a word in the English language for the fireworks that go off in your brain when you finally kiss someone you've wanted for years. Or for the intimacy and tenderness you feel as you hold the hand of a suffering friend. A generation after the worst of the AIDS crisis, what is it like to be a young gay man in New York? How many words are there now for the different kinds of pain, the different kinds of love? Stephen Daldry directs this hilarious and profound heart-breaker – a major world premiere in two parts by New York playwright Matthew Lopez.

BAT OUT OF HELL: THE MUSICAL
• Theatre: Dominion Theatre
• Opening: April 2, 2018
• Book, Music and Lyrics: Jim Steinman
• Director: Jay Scheib
• Cast: Andrew Polec, Christina Bennington, Rob Fowler, Sharon Sexton, Alex Thomas-Smith, Danielle Steers, Wayne Robinson, Giovanni Spanó, Patrick Sullivan

Following a hugely successful run at the London Coliseum in the summer of 2017, Jim Steinman's epic rock and roll theatrical fantasy Bat Out of Hell: The Musical will make its hugely anticipated return to London at the Dominion Theatre in April 2018. Join the eternally young Strat and his wild gang, The Lost, as they roam the streets of Obsidian, a post-apocalyptic Manhattan, ruled by the wicked and tyrannical Falco. When Strat first sets eyes on Falco's daughter, Raven, who has been locked away in the palace towers, he sets out to rescue her from her evil father's clutches in a full throttle tale of teenage love, youthful rebellion and living the rock and roll dream

PRESSURE
• Theatre: Park Theatre
• First Preview: March 28, 2018
• Opening: April 3, 2018
• Playwright: David Haig
• Director: John Dove
• Cast: David Haig, Malcolm Sinclair, Laura Rogers

A remarkable real-life tale, Olivier Award winner David Haig’s acclaimed play Pressure follows two warring Allied meteorologists tasked with predicting the weather conditions for the D Day landings. Pressure arrives at the Park Theatre in Spring 2018 as part of a UK tour. The play was originally commissioned by The Lyceum in Edinburgh as a co-production with Chichester Festival Theatre, premiering in Edinburgh in 2014 before playing an acclaimed run in Chichester.

THE COUNTRY WIFE
• Theatre: Southwark Playhouse
• First Preview: March 28, 2018
• Opening: April 4, 2018
• Playwright: William Wycherley
• Director: Luke Fredericks
• Cast: TBA

With this original adaptation, Morphic Graffiti thrust William Wycherley’s The Country Wife into the excesses and seductions of late 1920’s London: a city exploding with a heavy mix of jazz, gin and scandalous affairs. With the decadence of the London social scene and the creative and sexual revolution of the ‘Bright Young Things’ movement, it won’t just be the hemlines that are rising at Southwark this spring.

THE WAY OF THE WORLD
• Theatre: Donmar Warehouse
• First Preview: March 29, 2018
• Opening: April 5, 2018
• Playwright: William Congreve
• Director: James Macdonald
• Cast: Linda Bassett

Family, money, desire: the rules of the game, the way of the world. Lady Wishfort’s sprawling, dysfunctional family are riven by desire – there’s everything to lose and six thousand pounds to gain. Congreve’s glorious ensemble of characters battle it out in this exposing, satirical comedy where everyone needs to win just to get by. James Macdonald returns to the Donmar to direct Linda Bassett in the role of Lady Wishfort.

QUIZ
• Theatre: Noel Coward Theatre
• First Preview: March 31, 2018
• Opening: April 10, 2018
• Playwright: James Graham
• Director: Daniel Evans
• Cast: Sharon Ballard, Keir Charles, Greg Haiste, Mark Meadows, Henry Pettigrew, Gavin Spokes, Stephanie Street, Jay Villiers, Lizzie Winkler, Sarah Woodward

Following his hit plays Ink and Labour of Love, James Graham’s latest work Quiz opens at the Noel Coward Theatre in 2018. Quiz takes an in-depth look at our love for a good TV quiz show, from Mastermind to The Price is Right, before telling the story of the infamous ‘coughing Major’ Charles Ingram, who cheated his way to the top prize on ITV quiz show Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

THE SELFISH GIANT
• Theatre: Vaudeville Theatre
• Opening: April 10, 2018
• Composed and Adapted by Guy Chambers from the story by Oscar Wilde
• Director: Bill Buckhurst
• Cast: TBA

A new folk opera by Guy Chambers, entitled The Selfish Giant, will enchant theatregoers young and old alike with its magical musical world. The Selfish Giant has a beautiful garden, but he won’t let any of the children play in it. Winter comes and never leaves. The Giant looks over his garden from his tall window. What will he do?

THE MODERATE SOPRANO
• Theatre: Duke of York's Theatre
• First Preview: April 5, 2018
• Opening: April 12, 2018
• Playwright: David Hare
• Director: Jeremy Herrin
• Cast: Roger Allam, Nancy Carroll

David Hare’s critically acclaimed play The Moderate Soprano will make its West End premiere this spring at the Duke of York’s Theatre. The two great passions in John Christie’s life were opera and a beautiful young soprano, Audrey Mildmay, with whom he was completely smitten. Together with his formidable drive, they fuelled what many first saw as a monumental folly in the South Downs. Glyndebourne was triumphantly born amidst stiff manhattans, rolling lawns and the sound of sheep from across the HaHa. It was to become revered the world over.

THE ENCOUNTER
• Theatre: Barbican Centre
• Opening: April 14, 2018
• Playwright: Simon McBurney, adapted from the novel Amazon Beaming by Petru Popescu
• Director: Simon McBurney
• Cast: Simon McBurney

This is the true story of National Geographic photographer Loren McIntyre lost in a remote area of Brazil in 1969, leading to a startling encounter that is to change his life forever. Simon McBurney’s solo performance threads scenes of his own life with details of McIntyre’s hallucinogenic journey, plunging the audience into a visceral inner voyage. As the mesmerising tale reaches its climax, this extraordinary tour de force asks urgent questions: about how we live and what we believe to be true.

TINA: THE TINA TUNRER MUSICAL
• Theatre: Aldwych Theatre
• First Preview: March 21, 2018
• Opening: April 17, 2018
• Music: Tina Turner
• Book: Katori Hall, Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins
• Director: Phyllida Lloyd
• Cast: Adrienne Warren, Lorna Gayle, Tom Godwin, Francesca Jackson, Aisha Jawando, Natey Jones, Gerard McCarthy, Ryan O’Donnell, Jenny Fitzpatrick

From humble beginnings in Nutbush, Tennessee, to her transformation into the global Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Tina Turner didn’t just break the rules, she rewrote them. This new stage musical reveals the untold story of a woman who dared to defy the bounds of her age, gender and race.Featuring her much loved songs, TINA – The Tina Turner Musical is written by Olivier Award-winning playwright Katori Hall and directed by the internationally acclaimed Phyllida Lloyd.

FACELESS
• Theatre: Park Theatre
• First Preview: April 17, 2018
• Opening: April 19, 2018
• Playwright: Selina Fillinger
• Director: Prav MJ
• Cast: TBA

Inspired by a real court case in the USA, a Chicago teenager is arrested for terrorist collusions when she converts from Christianity to Islam, and is tried by a practising Muslim, in the UK premiere of Selina Fillinger’s drama Faceless. Faceless is directed by emerging artist Prav MJ, and penned by actor/playwright Fillinger. The play received critical acclaim upon its debut in Chicago, and now transfers to the Park Theatre to leave audiences reeling.

RASHEEDA SPEAKING
• Theatre: Trafalgar Studios, Studio 2
• First Preview: April 18, 2018
• Opening: April 20, 2018
• Playwright: Joel Drake Johnson
• Director: Jonathan O'Boyle
• Cast: Elizabeth Berrington, Tanya Moodie

In one of Chicago’s wealthiest hospitals, a white doctor tries to remove a black receptionist by enlisting her colleague as a spy. The women’s friendship quickly deteriorates and a chilling power struggle ensues. With the office becoming a battleground of passive aggression and paranoia, things spin wildly out of control. Joel Drake Johnson’s incendiary new play examines underlying racism in the workplace, white guilt and the manipulation of women by men in power.

STRICTLY BALLROOM: THE MUSICAL
• Theatre: Picadilly Theatre
• First Preview: March 28, 2018
• Opening: April 24, 2018
• Book: Baz Lurhmann and Craig Pearce
• Director: Drew McOnie
• Cast: Jonny Labey, Zizi Strallen, Will Young, Michelle Bishop, Ivan De Freitas, Gabriela Garcia, Charlotte Gooch, Richard Grieve, Liam Marcellino, Stephen Matthews, Fernando Mira, Eve Polycarpou, Lauren Stroud, Gary Watson

From the award winning visionary Baz Luhrmann, creator of Moulin Rouge!, Romeo & Juliet and The Great Gatsby, comes Strictly Ballroom: The Musical. This feel-good new musical is based on the multi-award-winning film that inspired the world to dance. Strictly Ballroom tells the inspiring story of Scott Hastings, a championship ballroom dancer who defies all the rules and follows his heart, not only to find his true calling but also his true love.

THE WRITER
• Theatre: Almeida Theatre
• First Preview: April 14, 2018
• Opening: April 24, 2018
• Playwrights: Ella Hickson
• Director: Blanche McIntyre
• Cast: TBA

She wants to change the shape of the world. But a new way of thinking needs a new story. How can she make herself heard? Ella Hickson returns to the Almeida following the success of Oil in 2016 with the world premiere of The Writer, directed by Blanche McIntyre.

4.48 PSYCHOSIS
• Theatre: Lyric Theatre Hammersmith
• First Preview: April 23, 2018
• Opening: April 24, 2018
• Music: Philip Venables
• Writer: Sarah Kane
• Director: Ted Huffman
• Cast: Lucy Hall, Susanna Hurrell, Rachel Lloyd, Clare Presland, Gweneth- Ann Rand, Lucy Schaufer

Despite the dark nature of its subject and the eventual fate of its troubled creator, 4.48 Psychosis is a work that contains humour and warmth as well as tremendous emotional power, all of them underlined in Philip Venables’ entirely original and hard-hitting operatic version, which received exceptional reviews when it first appeared and seems assured to excite and move audiences on its first revival.

ABSOLUTE HELL
• Theatre: National Theatre- Lyttelton Theatre
• First Preview: April 18, 2018
• Opening: April 25, 2018
• Playwright: Rodney Ackland
• Director: Joe Hill-Gibbins
• Cast: Esh Alladi, Joanna David, Charles Edwards, Patricia England, Kate Fleetwood, Jenny Galloway, Aaron Heffernana, Lloyd Hutchinson, Martins Imhangbe, Stephanie Jacob, Prasanna Puwanarajah, Anita Reynolds, John Sackville, Liza Sadovoy, Jonathan Slinger, Eileen Walsh, Danny Webb

Rodney Ackland’s extraordinarily provocative play was condemned as ‘a libel on the British people’ when first performed in 1952. Now it emerges as an intoxicating plunge into post-war Soho; full of despair and longing. Joe Hill-Gibbins returns to the NT to direct a large ensemble in this new production.

NINE NIGHT
• Theatre: National Theatre- Dorfman
• First Preview: April 21, 2018
• Opening: April 30, 2018
• Playwright: Natasha Gordon
• Director: Roy Alexander Weise
• Cast: Oliver Alvin-Wilson, Franc Ashman, Rebekah Murrell, Cecilia Noble

Gloria is gravely sick. When her time comes, the celebration begins; the traditional Jamaican Nine Night Wake. But for Gloria’s children and grandchildren, marking her death with a party that lasts over a week is a test. Nine nights of music, food, sharing stories – and an endless parade of mourners. Natasha Gordon’s debut play Nine Night is a touching and very funny exploration of the rituals of family.

CHESS
• Theatre: London Coliseum
• First Preview: April 26, 2018
• Opening: May 1, 2018
• Music: Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus
• Lyrics: Tim Rice
• Director: Laurence Connor
• Cast: TBA

Two of the world’s greatest chess masters, one American, one Russian, are in danger of becoming the pawns of their governments as their battle for the world title gets under way. Simultaneously their lives are thrown into further confusion by a Hungarian refugee, a remarkable woman who becomes the centre of their emotional triangle. This mirrors the heightened passions of the political struggles that threaten to destroy lives and loves. Includes the international hit singles ‘I Know Him So Well’ and ‘One Night In Bangkok’. Other well-known songs from the score include ‘Anthem’, ‘Someone Else’s Story’, ‘Heaven Help my Heart’ and ‘Pity The Child’.

MOOD MUSIC
• Theatre: The Old Vic
• First Preview: April 21, 2018
• Opening: May 2, 2018
• Playwright: Joe Penhall
• Director: Roger Michell
• Cast: Rhys Ifans

In an expensive London recording studio two songwriters, their lawyers and their psychotherapists go to battle over music. A play about the drama and the psychodrama of making music by the writer of Sunny Afternoon and Blue/Orange, the world premiere of Mood Music by Joe Penhall is directed by Roger Michell.

AN IDEAL HUSBAND
• Theatre: Vaudeville Theatre
• First Preview: April 20, 2018
• Opening: May 3, 2018
• Playwright: Oscar Wilde
• Director: TBA
• Cast: TBA

The Rolls-Royce of English comedies, Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband brings an act of political sin into the heart of the English home, playing as part of Classic Spring’s year-long celebration of Wilde. In An Ideal Husband, an ambitious government minister, Sir Robert Chiltern, is on an assured smooth ascent to the top. Until Mrs Cheveley appears in London with damning proof of his previous financial chicanery, that is

BUILDING THE WALL
• Theatre: Park Theatre
• First Preview: May 2, 2018
• Opening: May 5, 2018
• Playwright: Robert Schenkkan
• Director: Jez Bond
• Cast: TBA

Park Theatre Artistic Director Jez Bond directs Building The Wall, the European premiere of the political thriller that’s already taken America by storm. Building The Wall is written by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan, and explores how, under the right circumstances, the inconceivable can become the inevitable.

NIGHTFALL
• Theatre: The Bridge Theatre
• First Preview: April 28, 2018
• Opening: May 8, 2018
• Playwright: Barney Norris
• Director: Laurie Sansom
• Cast: Ophelia Lovibond, Ukweli Roach, Sion Daniel Young

On a farm outside Winchester, Ryan struggles to make a living off the land. His sister Lou has returned home after the death of their father to support Jenny, their formidable mother. Not so long ago, when a neighbour's Labrador strayed onto the farm, their dad reached for his shotgun. Now, when Lou's boyfriend Pete reappears, flush with money from his job at an oil refinery, Jenny fights to hold her children to the life she planned for them.

LIFE AND FATE
• Theatre: Theatre Royal, Haymarket
• First Preview: May 8, 2018
• Opening: May 9, 2018
• Playwright: Lev Dodin, adapted from the novel by Vasily Grossman
• Director: Lev Dodin
• Cast: The Maly Drama Theatre of St. Petersburg

The legendary Maly Drama Theatre of St. Petersburg, described by Peter Brook as ‘the finest ensemble theatre in Europe’, return to the West End with their internationally renowned adaptation of Life And Fate. Adapted for the stage for the very first time, from the novel which was initially banned because of the parallels it drew between Nazism and Soviet Communism, Life And Fate is a sweeping panorama of Soviet Society, an epic tale of a country told through the fate of a single Jewish family, the Shtrum’s.

EFFIGIES OF WICKEDNESS (SONGS BANNED BY THE NAZIS)
• Theatre: Gate Theatre
• First Preview: May 3, 2018
• Opening: May 14, 2018
• Director: Ellen McDougall
• Cast: Peter Brathwaite, Katie Bray

In a ground-breaking collaboration, the Gate Theatre and English National Opera we are thrilled to present a cabaret of riotous, witty, and shockingly prophetic songs, banned by the Nazis in the 1930s. As the Nazis identified difference as something to be afraid of, the Weimar cabaret scene danced on with songs that celebrated it. With artists from Brecht and Weill to Schoenberg, this subversive underground scene was bursting at the seams with brilliant, visionary voices. No surprise then, that they were censored, exiled, and incarcerated shortly after as 'degenerates'. And their songs have been all but lost since. Until now.

RED
• Theatre: Wyndham's Theatre
• First Preview: May 4, 2018
• Opening: May 15, 2018
• Playwright: John Logan
• Director: Michael Grandage
• Cast: Alfred Molina, Alfred Enoch

Under the watchful gaze of his young assistant, and the threatening presence of a new generation of artists, Mark Rothko takes on his greatest challenge yet: to create a definitive work for an extraordinary setting. Award-winning stage and screen actor Alfred Molina reprises his critically acclaimed performance as the American abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko. He is joined by rising star Alfred Enoch as his assistant Ken.

UNCLE VANYA
• Theatre: Theatre Royal Haymarket
• Opening: May 15, 2018
• Playwright: Anton Checkhov
• Director: Lev Dodin
• Cast: The Maly Drama Theatre of St. Petersburg

The legendary Maly Drama Theatre of St. Petersburg, the first international company to win an Olivier Award, return to the West End with Uncle Vanya. Vanya, together with his niece Sonya, has sacrificed his life managing the estate of Professor Serebryakov, his former brother-in-law and Sonya’s father. But when the Professor returns from the city with his glamorous young wife Yelena, tensions spiral as their world is thrown upside down.

HAMLET
• Theatre: Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
• First Preview: April 25 2018
• Opening: May 17, 2018
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Cast: The Globe Ensemble

Learning of his father’s death, Prince Hamlet comes home to find his uncle married to his mother and installed on the Danish throne. At night, the ghost of the old king demands that Hamlet avenge his ‘foul and most unnatural murder.’ Encompassing political intrigue and sexual obsession, philosophical reflection and violent action, tragic depth and wild humour, Hamlet is a colossus in the story of the English language and the fullest expression of Shakespeare’s genius.

AS YOU LIKE IT
• Theatre: Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
• First Preview: May 2 2018
• Opening: May 17, 2018
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Cast: The Globe Ensemble

Rosalind, the daughter of an unjustly exiled duke, falls in love with the wronged Orlando, a courtier deprived of his birthright by his brother – but her usurping uncle, jealous of her popularity, banishes her from court. Disguised as a boy and accompanied by her cousin Celia, she seeks out her father and his friends in the Forest of Arden.

SCHISM
• Theatre: Park Theatre
• First Preview: May 16, 2018
• Opening: May 17, 2018
• Playwright: Athena Stevens
• Director: Lily McLeish
• Cast: Athena Stevens

Schism, by lauded playwright and activist Athena Stevens, is a stunning new play about two people finding each other. Failed architect Harrison had plans to end his life. The last thing he needed was Katherine, a young student with cerebral palsy, breaking into his house begging for his help…As their chaotic first encounter turns into the beginning of a twenty year relationship, the unlikely couple grow to realize that they are capable of either building something great together – or absolutely destroying each other.

PETER PAN
• Theatre: Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
• First Preview: May 17, 2018
• Opening: May 24, 2018
• Playwright: J.M. Barrie
• Director: Timothy Sheader & Liam Steel
• Cast: TBA

For the wounded soldiers of WW1, imagination is their only escape. Yet as they’re transported to the fantastical lagoons and pirate ships of Never Land, allegories of the war they’ve left behind are ever present. George Llewelyn Davies, later killed in action in 1915, was one of the children who inspired J. M. Barrie to create the iconic character of Peter Pan. Remembering him, and a generation of Lost Boys, the production enchanted young and old alike during its original, critically acclaimed run.

CONFIDENCE
• Theatre: Southwark Playhouse
• First Preview: May 23, 2018
• Opening: May 25, 2018
• Playwright: Judy Upton
• Director: Rob Drummer
• Cast: Tanya Burr

As another summer season on the seafront gets underway Ella is turning up the heat in a high stakes game to get as far away as possible. Whilst Ruby keeps the café going and Dean mans the ice cream kiosk Ella learns there’s no fast track to success. Confidence, first produced at Birmingham Rep in 1998 will explode back on to stage, for a new generation of dreamers.

THE RINK
• Theatre: Southwark Playhouse
• First Preview: May 25, 2018
• Opening: May 29, 2018
• Music: John Kander
• Lyrics: Fred Ebb
• Book: Terrence McNally
• Director: Adam Lenson
• Cast: Caroline O'Connor

The award-winning musical The Rink skates into Southwark Playhouse for a strictly limited season for its first London revival in almost 30 years. With an irresistible score by the legendary Tony and Olivier Award-Winning John Kander and Fred Ebb and exhilarating book by Tony Award-winning Terence McNally, The Rink originally premiered on Broadway in 1984 starring Chita Rivera and Liza Minelli.

TARTUFFE
• Theatre: Theatre Royal Haymarket
• First Preview: May 25, 2018
• Opening: May 29, 2018
• Playwright: Molière, adapted by Christopher Hampton
• Director: Gerald Garutti
• Cast: TBA

Inspired by current world events, award-winning playwright Christopher Hampton freshly adapts Molière’s comedic masterpiece Tartuffe. Hampton transports events to L.A. of the present day. French media tycoon Orgon has re-located to Tinseltown with his family, his heart set on becoming Hollywood royalty. With a new studio to his name, and a palatial Beverly Hills mansion, his empire seems infallible. But all is not as it seems as Orgon falls under the seductive spell of Tartuffe, a radical American evangelist. So comprehensively has Tartuffe hoodwinked Orgon that he looks set to steal his fortune, drive away his son, seduce his wife and marry his daughter.

THE TWO NOBLE KINSMEN
• Theatre: Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
• First Preview: May 25, 2018
• Opening: May 30, 2018
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Barrie Rutter
• Cast: TBA

How long is forever? When the imprisoned Palamon and Arcite vow eternal friendship, they don’t expect that anything will come between them. But then from their cell window they see the beautiful Emilia, and their priorities take a sudden and violent turn. In this late romance, Fletcher and Shakespeare examine love in all its fluid and complex forms.

FATHERLAND
• Theatre: Lyric Theatre Hammersmith
• First Preview: May 25, 2018
• Opening: May 31, 2018
• Playwright: Co-created by Scott Graham for Frantic Assembly, Karl Hyde and Simon Stephens
• Director: Scott Graham
• Cast: TBA

Fatherland is a bold, ambitious show about contemporary fatherhood in all its complexities and contradictions. Created by Frantic Assembly’s Scott Graham, Karl Hyde from Underworld and playwright Simon Stephens (Punk Rock, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time), this daring collage of words, music and movement will transform the Lyric, animated by a 13-strong cast and a multitude of voices.

TRANSLATIONS
• Theatre: National Theatre- Olivier Theatre
• First Preview: May 2018 (TBA)
• Opening: TBA
• Playwright: Brian Friel
• Director: Ian Rickson
• Cast: Colin Morgan

Ian Rickson directs Brian Friel's Translations, a powerful account of language and nationhood. Set in rural Donegal, the turbulent relationship between England and Ireland plays out in one quiet community. Cast includes Colin Morgan.

MY NAME IS LUCY BARTON
• Theatre: Bridge Theatre
• First Preview: June 2, 2018
• Opening: June 6, 2018
• Playwright: Elizabeth Strout, adapted for the stage by Rona Munro
• 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, making her London debut.

MACHINAL
• Theatre: Almeida Theatre
• First Preview: June 4, 2018
• Opening: June 11, 2018
• Playwright: Sophie Treadwell
• Director: Natalie Abrahami
• Cast: TBA

The city. A woman is restless. A woman is suffocating. A woman is silenced. The woman revolts. Natalie Abrahami directs a visceral production of Sophie Treadwell’s expressionist masterpiece.

MONOGAMY
• Theatre: Park Theatre
• First Preview: June 6, 2018
• Opening: June 11, 2018
• Playwright: Torben Betts
• Director: Alastair Whatley
• Cast: Janie Dee

Olivier Award-winner Janie Dee stars in Monogamy, a searing, sharp, state of the nation comedy from one of the UK’s most exciting playwrights, Torben Betts. Monogamy means sharing your life with one person, but what if you shared your kitchen with 5.6 million? Caroline Mortimer (Dee), the nation’s favourite TV cook, has it all – a sparkling career, a big house in Highgate, a (golf) loving husband, smart kids and the best kitchen money can buy. But beneath the immaculate furnishings, studio lighting and away from the glare of the ever-present cameras – Caroline must face the looming collision of living a private life in the public eye. What happens when the cameras turn off and the truth comes out?

BEIRUT
• Theatre: Park Theatre
• First Preview: June 12, 2018
• Opening: June 18, 2018
• Playwright: Alan Bowne
• Director: Robin Lefevre
• Cast: TBA

Beirut centres on Torch, who has been quarantined in a dark, squalid room on the Lower East Side of New York City, which the locals refer to as “Beirut”. Torch has tested positive for a nameless disease, and so he is forced to pass the time alone, forbidden from contact with the outside world. His girlfriend, Blue, makes the dangerous journey across the quarantine line to be with him. Torch tries to keep her at arm’s length and they argue lovingly, jokingly, fearfully, bravely and desperately about sex and death. All the while, Torch pleads with Blue to leave before his resistance fails…

THE TURN OF THE SCREW
• Theatre: Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
• First Preview: June 22, 2018
• Opening: June 25, 2018
• Music: Benjamin Brittien
• Libretto: Myfanwy Piper, from the novella by Henry James
• Director: Timothy Sheader
• Cast: TBA

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre and English National Opera rediscover Benjamin Britten's The Turn of the Screw. The story of unearthly encounters at a remote country house, and of a young governess desperate to protect her children, finds chilling new levels of suspense in this unique outdoor production at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.

FUN HOME
• Theatre: Young Vic
• First Preview: June 18, 2018
• Opening: June 27, 2018
• Music: Jeanine Tesori
• Book and Lyrics: Lisa Kron
• Director: Sam Gold
• Cast: TBA

Winner of 5 Tony Awards, this electrifying Broadway version of Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel took America by storm. Meet Alison at three stages of her life. Memories of her 1970s childhood in a funeral home merge with her college love life and her coming out. Looking back on her complex relationship with her father, Alison finds they had more in common than she ever knew...

THE WINTER'S TALE
• Theatre: Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
• First Preview: June 22, 2018
• Opening: June 27, 2018
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Blanch McIntyre
• Cast: TBA

In a fit of groundless jealousy, Leontes wrecks his marriage, defies the gods, destroys his family and ruins himself. As the years roll around, a new generation flee their own country and take refuge in Sicilia. Unknowingly they bring with them the key to the past, present and future…

TAYLOR MAC - A 24 DECADE HISTORY OF POPULAR MUSIC: THE FIRST ACT
• Theatre: Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
• Opening: June 28, 2018
• Cast: Taylor Mac

Fabulous and fearless, Taylor Mac reframes the social history of America through three decades of song in this no-holds-barred extravaganza of music, art, activism and hugely entertaining mass ritual. Joined onstage by a 24-piece orchestra and host of local special guests, Mac has created a Pulitzer Prize-nominated, once-in-a-lifetime, immersive performance in a quest to chronicle how communities grow stronger as they are being torn apart.

JULIE
• Theatre: National Theatre- Lyttelton Theatre
• First Preview: June 2018 (TBA)
• Opening: TBA
• Playwright: August Strinberg, adapted by Polly Stenham
• Director: Carrie Cracknell
• Cast: Vanessa Kirby

In Julie Polly Stenham updates Strindberg's tragedy Miss Julie to contemporary London. Upstairs, the party is dying but still Julie dances. Downstairs, Jean and Kristin listen and wait. Carrie Cracknell directs Vanessa Kirby in this new version designed by Tom Scutt, opening in June 2018.

AN OCTOROON
• Theatre: National Theatre- Dorfman Theatre
• First Preview: June 2018 (TBA)
• Opening: TBA
• Playwright: Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
• Director: Ned Bennett
• Cast: TBA

Ned Bennett’s highly praised production for the Orange Tree Theatre of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ provocative and hilarious satire An Octoroon transfers to the National Theatre in June 2018 in a co-production.

THE KING AND I
• Theatre: London Palladium
• First Preview: June 11, 2018
• Opening: July 3, 2018
• Music: Richard Rodgers
• Book and Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II
• Director: Bartlett Sher
• Cast: Kelli O'Hara, Ken Watanabe, Ruthie Ann Miles

The multi award-winning production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King And I comes to conquer the iconic London Palladium in Spring 2018, along with original Broadway cast members Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe. With a glittering score of treasured songs including "Whistle A Happy Tune", "Getting To Know You", and "Shall We Dance", and featuring a company of over 50 world-class performers, The King And I is a testament to the lavish heritage of gloriously romantic musical theatre.

THE LIEUTENANT OF INISHMORE
• Theatre: Noel Coward Theatre
• First Preview: June 23, 2018
• Opening: July 4, 2018
• Playwright: Martin McDonagh
• Director: Michael Grandage
• Cast: Aidan Turner, Denis Conway, Will Irvine, Brian Martin, Daryl McCormack, Julian Moore-Cook, Charlie Murphy, Chris Walley

Michael Grandage directs a rare revival of Martin McDonagh’s critically acclaimed, brilliant satire on terrorism, The Lieutenant of Inishmore. Stage and screen actor Aidan Turner, best known for playing the title role in the BBC hit series Poldark, plays Mad Padraic, a terrorist deemed too violent to be a member of the IRA, in this hilarious, acute observation of violence in contemporary culture.

WE'RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT
• Theatre: Lyric Theatre
• First Preview: July 4, 2018
• Opening: July 7, 2018
• Music and Lyrics: Benji Bower
• Director: Sally Cookson
• Cast: TBA

Music, laughter, rhymes, rhythms and repetitions together with puppetry, paint, water and mud… mischievous family show We’re Going On A Bear Hunt is back in the West End! Inviting families to join an intrepid team of explorers – and their musical dog – in their exciting fun-filled adventure, We’re Going On A Bear Hunt returns to London at the Lyric Theatre in Summer 2018 – the perfect theatrical outing for all young families.

AS YOU LIKE IT
• Theatre: Rengent's Park Open Air Theate
• First Preview: July 6, 2018
• Opening: July 11, 2018
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Max Webster
• Cast: TBA

In the mythical Forest of Arden, a world of transformation where anything is possible and anything permissible, two young people discover what it really means to be in love. Directed by Max Webster, with beautiful new music by Charlie Fink (former frontman of Noah and the Whale), this warm, open-hearted production promises adventure, sibling rivalry, mistaken identity and romance – Shakespeare comedy as you like it.

A MONSTER CALLS
• Theatre: The Old Vic
• First Preview: July 7, 2018
• Opening: July 17, 2018
• Playwright: Based on the novel by Patrick Ness, inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd, devised by the company
• Director: Sally Cookson
• Cast: TBA

Patrick Ness’s piercing novel A Monster Calls is brought to The Old Vic stage in a powerful new adaptation by visionary director Sally Cookson. Thirteen-year-old Conor and his mum have managed just fine since his dad moved to America. But now his mum’s very sick and she’s not getting any better. His grandmother won’t stop interfering and the kids at school won’t look him in the eye. Then, one night, at seven minutes past midnight, Conor is woken by something at his window. A monster has come walking. It’s come to tell Conor tales from when it walked before. And when it’s finished, Conor must tell his own story and face his deepest fears.

KING LEAR
• Theatre: Duke of York's Theatre
• First Preview: July 11, 2018
• Opening: July 26, 2018
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Jonathan Munby
• Cast: Ian McKellan

Acting legend Sir Ian McKellen takes to the West End stage in one of William Shakespeare’s greatest roles as he stars in King Lear. King Lear tells the story of a monarch as blind to his children's true natures as he is to his subjects' needs. He divides his kingdom between his two elder daughters — only to be discarded to a world verging on chaos. Battling the elements from within and without, Lear journeys to the brink of madness.

EXIT THE KING
• Theatre: National Theatre- Olivier Theatre
• First Preview: July 2018 (TBA)
• Opening: TBA
• Playwright: Eugene Ionesco, in a new adaptation by Patrick Marber
• Director: Patrick Marber
• Cast: Rhys Ifans, Indira Varma

Patrick Marber adapts and directs Ionesco's glorious dark comedy Exit the King. Surrounded by his court, an unpredictable, belligerent and magnetic king – once all powerful – rages against the inevitability of his own decline. Designed by Anthony Ward, lighting Hugh Vanstone and music and sound Adam Cork. Cast includes Rhys Ifans as the King and Indira Varma as his Queen.

THE LEHMAN TRILOGY
• Theatre: National Theatre- Lyttelton Theatre
• First Preview: July 2018 (TBA)
• Opening: TBA
• Playwright: Stefano Massini, English adaptation by Ben Power
• Director: Sam Mendes
• Cast: Ben Miles, Adam Godley, Simon Russell Beale

On a cold September morning in 1844, a young man from Bavaria stands on a New York dockside. Dreaming of a new life in the new world, he is soon joined by his two brothers and an American epic begins. 163 years later the firm they establish, Lehman Brothers, spectacularly collapses into bankruptcy, and triggers the largest financial crisis in history. This is the story of a family and a company that changed the world. Stefano Massini’s vast and poetic play unfolds over three parts in a single evening, opening in July 2018.

HOME, I'M DARLING
• Theatre: National Theatre- Dorfman Theatre
• First Preview: July 2018 (TBA)
• Opening: TBA
• Playwright: Laura Wade
• Director: Tamara Harvey
• Cast: Katherine Parkinson

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… Laura Wade makes her NT debut with Home, I’m Darling, a new comedy about sex, cake and the quest to be a perfect 50s housewife.

OTHELLO
• Theatre: Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
• First Preview: July 20, 2018
• Opening: August 1, 2018
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Claire van Kampen
• Cast: André Holland, Mark Rylance

The republic of Venice employs General Othello, a self-made man and a Moor, to defend its overseas territories against the Turks. As the Turkish threat gathers and Venetian forces are despatched to Cyprus, the love Othello holds for his new wife becomes a raging, uncontrollable torrent. Iago, a junior officer secretly enraged by Othello, exploits his General’s ambiguous position and ingenuous nature, driving him into a passionate and overpowering jealousy.

HORRIBLE HISTORIES: BARMY BRITAIN - PART FOUR
• Theatre: Apollo Theatre
• First Preview: August 2, 2018
• Opening: August 4, 2018
• Playwright: Terry Deary
• Director: Neal Foster
• Cast: TBA

It’s time to prepare yourselves for Horrible Histories live on stage, with a brand new show featuring all new scenes: Barmy Britain – Part Four! Be reduced to rubble by the ruthless Romans! Would you be shaken or stirred by Richard the Third? Will Queen Elizabeth I endure her terrible teeth? Would you be hanged King James I for being a witch? Mount a mutiny against King Henry VIII! See Mary Tudor knock the spots off Mary Queen of Scots! Peep into the world of Samuel Pepys and help Georgian detectives find the headless man! Take a trip into the night with the night soil men and discover how to survive the first ever train ride!

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
• Theatre: Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
• First Preview: August 3 , 2018
• Opening: August 9, 2018
• Music: Alan Menken
• Book and Lyrics: Howard Ashman
• Director: Maria Aberg
• Cast: TBA

For the misfits of Skid Row, life is full of broken dreams and dead ends. But there’s hope on the horizon for flower shop assistant, Seymour, when he discovers a mysterious new plant with killer potential. Will his newfound fame and fortune win the attention of kind, sweet, delicate Audrey? Can he finally break free and be happy…whatever the consequences?

EMILIA
• Theatre: Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
• First Preview: August 10 , 2018
• Opening: August 15, 2018
• Playwright: Morgan Lloyd Malcolm
• Director: Nicole Charles
• Cast: TBA

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.

LOVE'S LABOURS LOST
• Theatre: Shakespeare's Globe Theatre- Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
• First Preview: August 23 , 2018
• Opening: August 29, 2018
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Nick Bagnall
• Cast: TBA

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

DANCE NATION
• Theatre: Almeida Theatre
• First Preview: August 27 , 2018
• Opening: September 4, 2018
• Playwright: Clare Barron
• Director: Bijan Sheibani
• Cast: TBA

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.

SYLVIA
• 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: TBA

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.

EYAM
• Theatre: Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
• First Preview: September 15, 2018
• Opening: September 20, 2018
• Playwright: Matt Hartley
• Director: Adele Thomas
• Cast: TBA

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.

ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA
• Theatre: National Theatre- Olivier Theatre
• First Preview: September 2018 (TBA)
• Opening: TBA
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Simon Godwin
• Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Sophie Okonedo

Simon Godwin directs Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo as the iconic lovers in a new production of Antony and Cleopatra opening in September 2018. Set design by Hildegard Bechtler, costume design by Wojciech Dziedzic, lighting by Tim Lutkin, music by Michael Bruce and sound by Christopher Shutt.

THE HEIGHT OF THE STORM
• 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

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?

COMPANY
• 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

For the first time ever, the lead role of Company will be re-imagined as a woman, Bobbi (portrayed by 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.

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• Theatre: Lyric Theatre Hammersmith
• First Preview: October 5, 2018
• Opening: TBA
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Jude Christian and Sean Holmes
• Cast: TBA

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.

A VERY VERY VERY DARK MATTER
• Theatre: The Bridge Theatre
• First Preview: October 10, 2018
• Opening: October 19, 2018
• Playwright: Martin McDonagh
• Director: Matthew Dunster
• Cast: Jim Broadbent

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.

MATTHEW BOURNE'S SWAN LAKE
• 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.

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