Schedule of Upcoming London Shows

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

• Theatre: Menier Chocolate Factory
• First Preview: September 20, 2018
• Opening: October 1, 2018
• Playwright: Hugh Whitemore
• Director: Hannah Chissick
• Cast: Finty Williams, Jasper Britton, Sua Dauda, Alasdair Harvey, Chris Larkin, Macy Nyman, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Natalie Walter

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

• Theatre: Park Theatre
• First Preview: October 2, 2018
• Opening: October 5, 2018
• Playwright: Gloria Williams
• Director: Lara Genovese
• Cast: Gloria Williams, Doreene Blackstock, Anni Domingo

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

• Theatre: Southwark Playhouse
• First Preview: October 3, 2018
• Opening: October 5, 2018
• Playwright: Joy Wilkinson
• Director: Kirsty Patrick Ward
• Cast: Bruce Alexander, James Baxter, Sophie Bleasdale, Joe Coen, Ashley Cook, Caroline Harker, Kemi-Bo Jacobs, Alice Kerrigan, Jessica Regan, Fiona Skinner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

• Theatre: Southwark Playhouse
• First Preview: October 10, 2018
• Opening: October 16, 2018
• Playwright: Oliver Lansley
• Directors: James Seager and Oliver Lansley
• Cast: Edward Cartwright, James Hastings, Kadell Herida, Oliver Lansley, Alexander Wolfe

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

• Theatre: Gielgud Theatre
• First Preview: September 26, 2018
• Opening: October 17, 2018
• Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim
• Book: George Furth
• Director: Marianne Elliott
• Cast: Rosalie Craig, Patti LuPone, Mel Giedroyc, Richard Fleeshman, George Blagden, Matthew Seadon-Young, Gavin Spokes, Richard Henders, Jennifer Saayeng, Ashley Campbell, Ben Lewis, Jonathan Bailey, Alex Gaumond, Daisy Maywood, Michael Coldbourne, Francesca Ellis, Ewan Gillies, Grant Neal, Jaimie Pruden

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

• Theatre: The Old Vic
• First Preview: October 8, 2018
• Opening: October 17, 2018
• Playwright: Angela Carter, adapted for the stage by Emma Rice
• Director: Emma Rice
• Cast: Sam Archer, Ankur Bahl, Stu Barker, Omari Douglas, Mirabelle Gremaud, Alex Heane, Paul Hunter, Melissa James, Bettrys Jones, Patrycja Kujawska, Etta Murfitt, Katy Owen, Ian Ross, Gareth Snook, and Mike Shepherd.

Emma Rice launches her exciting new company Wise Children with a playful and heart-wrenching adaptation of the novel of the same name. Set in Brixton, Wise Children follows Nora and Dora Chance – twin chorus girls, born and bred south of the Thames, and celebrating their 70th birthday. Meanwhile, over the river in Chelsea, their father Melchior Hazard – the greatest actor of his generation – turns 100. And so does his twin brother Peregrine – if he’s alive, that is. In fact, is Melchior their real father after all?

• Theatre: National Theatre- Dorfman Theatre
• First Preview: October 10, 2018
• Opening: October 17, 2018
• Playwright: Nina Raine
• Director: Nina Raine
• Cast: Claudie Blakley, Stephen Boxer, Thusitha Jayasundera, Margot Leicester, Sam Troughton, Brian Vernel

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

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

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

• Theatre: Trafalgar Studios 2
• First Preview: October 16, 2018
• Opening: October 18, 2018
• Playwright: Ken Urban
• Director: Jonathan O'Boyle
• Cast: Douglas Booth, Clifford Samuel

Screen star Douglas Booth leads the cast of erotic thriller A Guide For The Homesick in its European premiere at Trafalgar Studios. A Guide For The Homesick follows two strangers, Teddy and Jeremy, away in Amsterdam. One is searching for a friend for the night – the other, a beer. But despite being seemingly worlds apart, these two strangers are destined to find one another. Can they overcome their own secrets and doubts, and confess their greatest fears to one another?

• Theatre: The Bridge Theatre
• First Preview: October 12, 2018
• Opening: October 19, 2018
• Playwright: Martin McDonagh
• Director: Matthew Dunster
• Cast: Jim Broadbent, Johnetta Eula'Mae Ackles, Alistair Benson Elizabeth Berrington, Paul Bradley, Noah Brignull, Phil Daniels, Regan Garcia, Leo Hart, Graeme Hawley, Audrey Hayhurst, Kundai Kanyama, Lee Knight, Jamie McKie, Ryan Pope, James Roberts, Alice Selwyn, Anthony Taylor, Austin Taylor, Amelia Walter, Annabelle Westenholz-Smith

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

• Theatre: Barbican Theatre
• First Preview: October 15, 2018
• Opening: October 23, 2018
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Polly Findlay
• Cast: Christopher Eccleston, Nimh Cusack, Edward Bennett, David Acton, Afolabi Ali, Donna Banya, Stevie Basaula, Katy Brittain, Raif Clarke, Paul Dodds, Josh Finan, Bally Gill, Mariam Haque, Michael Hodgson, John Macaulay, Luke Newberry, Tom Padley, Tim Samuels

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

• Theatre: Almeida Theatre
• First Preview: October 15, 2018
• Opening: October 23, 2018
• Playwright: Henrik Ibsen, in a new version by Robert Icke
• Director: Robert Icke
• Cast: Nicholas Day, Grace Doherty, Nicholas Farrell, Andrea Hall, Kevin Harvey, Edward Hogg, Lyndsey Marshal, Clara Read, Rick Warden

Noun: wild duck (more commonly known as mallard duck or anas platyrhynchos) – an undomesticated duck. note. Due to its beautiful feathers, the mallard duck is one of the most popular ducks for hunters. When injured or threatened, ducks have been alleged to commit suicide, by diving to the bottom of the water, never returning to the surface. Almeida Associate Director Robert Ick stages a new version of The Wild Duck, Ibsen’s masterpiece about the nature of truth.

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

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

• Theatre: Theatre Royal Stratford East
• First Preview: October 24, 2018
• Opening: October 30, 2018
• Playwright: Sarah DeLappe
• Director: Ellen McDougall
• Cast: Annabel Baldwin, Seraphina Beh, Nina Bowers, Lauren Grace, Francesca Henry, Kristin Hutchinson, Shalisha James-Davis, Hannah Jarrett-Scott, Rosabell Laurenti Sellers, Rosie Sheehy

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

• Theatre: Park Theatre
• First Preview: October 25, 2018
• Opening: October 30, 2018
• Playwright: Joanna Murray-Smith
• Director: Paul Robinson
• Cast: Henry Goodman, Imogen Stubbs, Katie Brayben, Natalie Simpson

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

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

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

• Theatre: Royal Court Theatre- Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
• First Preview: October 25, 2018
• Opening: October 31, 2018
• Playwright: Debbie Tucker Green
• Director: Debbie Tucker Green
• Cast: Jamal Ajala, Tosin Cole, Seroca Davis, George Eggay, Demetri Goritsas, Michelle Greenidge, Eric Kofi Abrefa, Lashana Lynch, Hayden McLean, Kayla Meikle, Shaniqua Okwok, Micholas Pinnock, Sarah Quist, Anita Reynolds, Faz Singhateh, Angela Wynter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

• Theatre: Park Theatre
• First Preview: October 31, 2018
• Opening: November 5, 2018
• Playwright: Jesse Briton
• Director: Jessica Daniels
• Cast: Flora Spencer-Longhurst, Lucy Sheen, Melanie Marshall, Carolyn Blackhouse

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

• Theatre: Barbican Theatre
• First Preview: November 2, 2018
• Opening: November 6, 2018
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Erica Whyman
• Cast: Bally Gill, Karen Fishwick, Afolabi Ali, Donna Banya, Steve Basaula, Ishia Bennison, Katy Brittain, Raif Clarke, Beth Cordingly, Paul Dodds, Josh Finan, Andrew French, Miriam Haque, Michael Hodgson, Charlotte Josephine, John Macaulay, Tom Padley, Sakuntala Ramanee, Raphael Sowole, Nima Taleghani

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

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

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

• Theatre: Garrick Theatre
• First Preview: October 27, 2018
• Opening: November 8, 2018
• Playwright: James Fenton, from the novel by Miguel de Cervantes
• Director: Angus Jackson
• Cast: David Threlfall, Rufus Hound,Will Bliss, Raphael Bushay, Farrell Cox, John Cummins, Richard Dempsey, Ruth Everett, Gabriel Fleary, Richard Leeming, Nicholas Lumley, Natasha Magigi, Tom McCall, Joshua McCord, Bathsheba Piepe, Rosa Robson, Timothy Speyer, Eleanor Wyld

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

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

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

• Theatre: Shakespeare's Globe Theatre- Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
• First Preview: November 7, 2018
• Opening: November 14, 2018
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Robert Hastie
• Cast: Catrin Aaron, Philip Cumbus, Marc Elliott, Robert Hastie, Joseph Marcell, Peter McKintosh, Anna-Maria Nabirye, Paul ready, Kristy Rider, Michelle Terry, Philippine Velge, Kit Young

Macbeth is a timely reminder of the destruction that can result from the quest for power, and an examination of the evil forces that can take root in the imagination of a tyrant. The flickering candlelight of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse provides the perfect setting for Shakespeare’s unsettling variation on the theme of the Faustian pact.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

• Theatre: Lyric Theatre
• Opening: November 23, 2018
• Playwright: Based on the book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
• Director: Olivia Jacobs
• Cast: Amy Harris, Emma Crowley-Bennett, Charlie Guest, Andrew Mudie, Alastair Chisholm

Tall Stories’ musical adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s Room On The Broom invites families on a magical adventure they won’t soon forget! Meet Witch and her cat. They’re on a mission to defeat a dragon – and in this spectacular adaptation of the classic picture book, there’s plenty of Room On The Broom.

• Theatre: Lyric Theatre Hammersmith
• First Preview: November 17, 2018
• Opening: November 24, 2018
• Playwright: Jude Christian and Cariad Lloyd
• Director: Jude Christian
• Cast: Margaret Cabourn- Smith, Hollie Edwin, Jodie Jacobs, Keziah Joseph, Luke Latchman, Carl Mullaney, Sarah-Louise Young

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

• Theatre: Southwark Playhouse
• First Preview: November 22, 2018
• Opening: November 27, 2018
• Music: Stephen Flaherty
• Lyrics: Lynn Ahrens
• Book: Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, Co-conceived by Eric Idle
• Director: James Tobias
• Cast: Anna Barnes, Rhys Benjamin, Adam Dawson, Robbie Fell, Marianna Neofitou, Scott Paige, Kate Paine, Amy Perry, Marc Pickering, Sarah Spence, Daisy Steere, Ngozi Ugoh

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

• Theatre: Trafalgar Studios 2
• Opening: November 27, 2018
• Writers: Zak Ghazi-Torbati, Toby Marlow, and Lucy Moss
• Director: Lucy Moss
• Cast: Zak Ghazi-Torbati, Toby Marlow

Fresh from their sold-out, five-star run at the Edinburgh Fringe, join multi-award-winning duo, Zak Ghazi-Torbati & Toby Marlow, for the cabaret comedy extravaGAYnza that well and truly SLEIGHS. Just like A Christmas Carol - but with fewer ghosts and more gays - the dynamic double-act sing, shimmy and sashay the audience on a time travelling adventure through the history of their favourite topic: themselves. Covering all the most important moments in a gay man’s life, like coming out to your mum and navigating the naked politics of the school locker room, this is a Christmas party like no other.

• Theatre: Playhouse Theatre
• Opening: November 29, 2018
• Music: Jeanine Tesori
• Lyrics: Tony Kushner
• Director: Michael Longhurst
• Cast: Sharon D Clarke, Naana Agyei-Ampadu, Keisha Amponsa Banson, Cassiopeia Berkeley-Agyepong, Alastair Brookshaw, Me’sha Bryan, Angela Caesar, Dujonna Gift-Simms, Zalika Henry, Sue Kelvin, Laura Medforth, Teddy Kempner, Ako Mitchell, Abiona Omonua, Vincent Pirillo, Timothy Quinlan, Tanisha Spring, Lauren Ward, Teddy Wills

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

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

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

• Theatre: Shakespeare's Globe- Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
• First Preview: December 1, 2018
• Opening: December 6, 2018
• Playwright: Christopher Marlowe
• Director: Paulette Randall
• Cast: Pauline McLynn

Doctor Faustus sits in his Wittenberg study, restless for knowledge and frustrated with the limitations of conventional scholarship. Coveting fame and power, he conjures the menacing demon, Mephistopheles, who offers Faustus a deal: in exchange for twenty-four years of supreme power and service from the demon, Faustus must sacrifice his immortal soul to a fiery Hell. As cautionary now as when it was written, Marlowe’s poetic masterwork explores the very nature of human curiosity and our unparalleled thirst for knowledge. It also begs the question: what are we prepared to sacrifice in the pursuit of power?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

• Theatre: Menier Chocolate Factory
• First Preview: November 23, 2018
• Opening: December 5, 2018
• Book: Joseph Stein
• Music: Sheldon Harnick
• Lyrics: Jerry Bock
• Director: Trevor Nunn
• Cast: Andy Nyman

One of the world’s most-beloved musicals of all time, Fiddler on the Roof, comes to the Menier Chocolate Factory in a new staging by Trevor Nunn. This both joyous and heart-breaking story of the travails of Tevye the milkman and his wife and five daughters features such classic songs as “Sunrise, Sunset,” “If I Were a Rich Man” and “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” and remains a heart-warming celebration To Life – L’chaim!

• Theatre: The Old Vic
• First Preview: November 27, 2018
• Opening: December 5, 2018
• Playwright: Charles Dickens, adapted fo the stage by Jack Thorne
• Director: Matthew Warchus
• Cast: Stephen Tompkinson, Rosanna Bates, Ava Brennan, Jamie Cameron, Peter Caulfield, Oliver Evans, Nicola Hughes, Eugene McCoy, Myra McFadyen, Frances McNamee, Al Parker, Michael Rouse, Tim Van Eyken, Witney White

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

• Theatre: Trafalgar Studios 1
• First Preview: December 1, 2018
• Opening: December 6, 2018
• Playwright: Natasha Gordon
• Director: Roy Alexander Weise
• Cast: Natasha Gordon, Oliver Alvin Wilson, Michelle Greenidge, Hattie Ladbury, Rebekah Murrell, Cecilia Noble, Karl Collins

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

• Theatre: Piccadilly Theatre
• First Preview: November 29, 2018
• Opening: December 11, 2018
• Playwright: Simon Stephens, adapted from the novel by Mark Haddon
• Director: Marianne Elliott
• Cast: TBA

The smash-hit National Theatre production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time returns to London for a strictly limited season, following an acclaimed UK and International tour. Winner of 7 Olivier Awards and 5 Tony Award including Best Play, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time brings Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel to thrilling life on stage, adapted by two-time Olivier Award-winning playwright Simon Stephens and directed by Olivier and Tony Award winning director Marianne Elliott.

• Theatre: The Other Place
• First Preview: December 3, 2018
• Opening: December 11, 2018
• Director: Patrick Barlow
• Playwright: Patrick Barlow
• Cast: Hugh Dennis, John Marquez, Lesley Garrett

Three towering talents play a cast of thousands in this new comedy of Biblical proportions by the Olivier Award-winning writer of the West End hit The 39 Steps. A traveling theatre troupe of two actors and an opera singer arrive by camel in the ancient city of London to masterfully enact the greatest story ever told. Join the absurdly talented Maurice Rose (Hugh Dennis), the alarmingly unpredictable Ronald Bream RAC (John Marquez), and the distinguished diva Mrs Doreen Small (Lesley Garrett), in a hilarious Christmas comedy that conjures up the sublime, the ridiculous and the truly angelic. The Messiah promises to be the funniest and most magical Nativity you will ever see.

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

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

• Theatre: Barbican Theatre
• First Preview: December 7, 2018
• Opening: December 12, 2018
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Fiona Laird
• Cast: David Troughton, David Acton, Afolabi Alli, Stevie Basaula, Ishia Bennison, Kathy Brittain, Beth Cordingly, Jonathan Cullen Paul Dodds, Josh Finan, Karen Fishwick, Charlotte Josephine, Rebecca Lacey, Vince Leigh, John Macaulay, Luke Newberry, Tom Padley, Sakuntala Ramanee, Tim Samuels, Nima Taleghani

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

• Theatre: Donmar Warehouse
• First Preview: December 7, 2018
• Opening: December 12, 2018
• Playwright: Lynne Nottage
• Director: Lynette Linton
• Cast: TBA

In 2011, Lynn Nottage began spending time with the people of Reading, Pennsylvania: officially one of the poorest cities in the USA. During the following two years, she dug deep into the forgotten heart of middle America, finding a city divided by racial tension and the collapse of industry. Sweat is the Pulitzer Prize-winning play that Lynn Nottage wrote following her experience. Her tale of friends pitted against each other by big business, and the decline of the American Dream receives its UK premiere at the Donmar, directed by former Donmar Resident Assistant Director Lynette Linton.

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

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

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

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

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

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

• Theatre: Arts Theatre
• First Preview: December 8, 2018
• Opening: December 13, 2018
• Playwright: Charles Dickens, adapted for the stage by Simon Callow
• Director: Tom Cairns
• Cast: Simon Callow

Simon Callow‘s beloved one-man performance of A Christmas Carol returns to the Arts Theatre this winter to warm the cockles of your heart. An adaptation of Charles Dickens’ much-loved novel, A Christmas Carol sees Simon Callow, together with director and designer Tom Cairns, conjure up a moving, funny and fast-paced one-man spectacular. Both intensely dramatic and profoundly heart-warming, the classic story is placed at the heart of this production.

• Theatre: Young Vic Theatre
• First Preview: December 7, 2018
• Opening: December 15, 2018
• Playwright: Danai Gurira
• Director: Ola Ince
• Cast: Jude Akuwudike, Paapa Essiedu, Ivanno Jeremiah, Rudolphe Mdlongwa, Pamela Nomvete, Letitia Wright

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

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

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

• Theatre: Almeida Theatre
• First Preview: December 10, 2018
• Opening: December 18, 2018
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Joe Hill-Gibbins
• Cast: Simon Russell Beale

King. The male ruler of an independent state; one who inherits the position by right of birth. King of the castle. A children’s game in which each child attempts to stand alone on a mound, or sandcastle, by pushing other children off it. Simon Russell Beale plays King Richard II in a visceral new production about the limits of power, directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins.

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

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

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

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

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

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

• Theatre: Ambassadors Theatre
• First Preview: January 7, 2019
• Opening: January 10, 2019
• Playwright: Joanna Murray Smith
• Director: Simon Phillips
• Cast: Bernadette Robinson

Celebrating the music of five iconic divas – Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, Billie Holiday, Edith Piaf and Maria Callas – the extraordinary Songs For Nobodies transfers to the West End. This new play with songs is directed by Simon Phillips and takes audiences on a 90-minute journey accompanied by live musicians. Bernadette Robinson’s marvellous voice shifts from the smoky blues of Billie Holiday to the thrilling soprano of Maria Callas, via Garland, Cline and Piaf. With consummate ease, she breathes new life into the five legendary performers and the five ordinary women whose lives were changed by their brush with fame.

• 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: Lyric Theatre Hammersmith
• First Preview: January 18, 2019
• Opening: January 24, 2019
• Playwright: Matt Jones and Kele Okereke
• Director: Robby Graham
• Cast: Tyrone Huntley

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: 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.

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

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: TBA

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

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

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

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

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

• Theatre: 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, Monica Dolan, Sheila Reid, Rhashan Stone

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: Shakespeare's Globe- Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
• First Preview: February 7, 2019
• Opening: February 13, 2019
• Playwright: Christopher Marlowe
• Director: Nick Bagnall
• Cast: TBA

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: 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, Enzo Cilenti, Tom Espiner

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

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

• Theatre: Almeida Theatre
• First Preview: February 11, 2019
• Opening: February 19, 2019
• Playwright: Anne Washburn
• Director: Rupert Goold
• Cast: TBA

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

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

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

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

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

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

• Theatre: 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: TBA

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: Adelphi Theatre
• Opening: February 2019
• Opening: TBA
• Book: Jessie Nelson
• Music and Lyrics: Sara Bareilles
• Director: Diane Paulus
• Cast: TBA

Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker, is stuck in a small town and a loveless marriage. When a baking contest in a nearby county offers her a chance at escape, Jenna must weigh her commitments against a rare shot at freedom and recognition. Her customers, co-workers, and the town’s handsome new doctor all offer her conflicting recipes for happiness but Jenna must ultimately decide for herself.

• Theatre: Shakespeare's Globe Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
• First Preview: March 21, 2019
• Opening: March 27, 2019
• Playwright: Tom Stuart
• Director: Brendan O'Hea
• Cast: TBA

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

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

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

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

• Theatre: 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: 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: 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: Old Vic Theatre
• First Preview: Spring 2019
• Opening: Spring 2019
• Playwright: Arthur Miller
• Director: Jeremy Herrin
• Cast: Sally Field, Bill Pullman

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: 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: 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.

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