Schedule of Upcoming London Shows

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

• Theatre: The Old Vic
• First Preview: October 15, 2017
• Opening: October 24, 2017
• Playwright: David Grieg
• Director: Max Webster
• Cast: Simon Paisley Day, David Ricardo-Pearce, Michael Ajao, Joseph Alessi, Josh Baker, Jack Beale, Hannah Fairclough, Owain Gwynn, Wendy Mae Brown, Kirsty Malpass, Kerri Norville, Ellena Vincent, Silas Wyatt-Barke

The Olivier Award-nominated and critically acclaimed family show about the moustachioed critter returns to The Old Vic stage. Dazzlingly funny, inspiring and moving, the show sees the go-getting Once-ler go toe-to-toe with the magical, big-hearted Lorax, competing for the beloved truffula trees – and the whole of Paradise Valley. Adapted for the stage by David Greig, with music and lyrics by Charlie Fink, Dr Seuss’s The Lorax explodes onto the stage with eye-popping colour, gorgeous puppetry and infectious music, enchanting audiences young and old alike.

• Theatre: The Bridge Theatre
• First Preview: October 18, 2017
• Opening: October 26, 2017
• Playwright: Richard Bean and Clive Coleman
• Director: Max Webster
• Cast: Rory Kinnear, Oliver Chris, Nicholas Burns, Nancy Carroll, Laura Elphinstone, Eben Figueiredo, Tony Jayawardena, Scott Karim, Alana Ramsey, Sophie Russell, Fode Simbo, William Troughton, Joseph Wilkins, Duncan Wisbey, Miltos Yerolemou

1850, and Europe’s most feared terrorist is hiding in Dean Street, Soho. Broke, restless and horny, the thirty-two-year-old revolutionary is a frothing combination of intellectual brilliance, invective, satiric wit, and child-like emotional illiteracy.
Creditors, spies, rival revolutionary factions and prospective seducers of his beautiful wife all circle like vultures. His writing blocked, his marriage dying, his friend Engels in despair at his wasted genius, his only hope is a job on the railway. But there’s still no one in the capital who can show you a better night on the piss than Karl Heinrich Marx.Rory Kinnear plays Marx and Oliver Chris, Engels. The production reunites the creative team behind Richard Bean’s smash hit One Man, Two Guvnors, with direction by Nicholas Hytner, design by Mark Thompson, music by Grant Olding, lighting by Mark Henderson and sound by Paul Arditti.

• Theatre: Shakespeare's Globe - Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
• First Preview: October 20, 2017
• Opening: October 27, 2017
• Book: Emma Rice
• Music: Michael Kooman
• Lyrics: Christopher Dimond
• Director: Emma Rice
• Cast: Marc Antolin, Carly Bawden, Philip Cox, Joe Evans, Natasha Jayetileke, Dominic Marsh, Joanna Riding, Lauren Samuels, Gareth Snook

Angélique makes beautiful chocolates, carefully infused with all the emotion that seems to overwhelm her in daily life. Jean-René runs a chocolate factory that is running out of steam, rather like his own existence. Both seek help from the usual sources: Jean-René favours self-help tapes and Angélique joins a support group, Les Émotifs Anonymes. Romantics Anonymous is an unusual and tender love story in which the obstacles to happiness are not the usual external barriers, but those sneaky little ones we know all too intimately: the ones within.

• Theatre: Phoenix Theatre
• First Preview: October 20, 2017
• Opening: October 31, 2017
• Playwright: John Pielmeier, adapted from the book by William Peter Blatty
• Director:Sean Mathias
• Cast: Jenny Seagrove, Peter Bowles, Adam Garcia, Clare Louise Connolly, Todd Boyce, Mitchell Mullen, Elliot Harper, Tristram Wymark

Based on the best-selling novel and film which terrified a generation, The Exorcist on stage is set to turn heads and petrify audiences in the West End.When a medical profession fails to provide answers to young Regan's strange symptoms, her desperate mother Chris turns to a local priest for help. But before Father Damien can tackle what's before him, he must overcome his own shaken beliefs, as this fight is for more than just one girl's soul…

• Theatre: Southwark Playhouse
• First Preview: November 1, 2017
• Opening: November 3, 2017
• Playwright: Stewart Pringle
• Director: Cathal Cleary
• Cast: Gary Lilburn, Connie Walker

Harry feels like life is beginning to tick down, his autumn years spent quietly caring for the community he loves. Denise thinks life begins in retirement and she’s dancing like she’s still at high school. When their paths cross at the village hall, their understanding of the time they have left changes irrevocably. What do community, growing old, and falling in love really mean? And who gets to decide anyway? In its world premiere, Trestle tenderly but truthfully explores love and ageing, asking how we choose to live in the face of soaring life expectancies. It won the 2017 Papatango New Writing Prize from over 1000 entries, following in the footsteps of previous Prize-winners who have gone on to win BAFTAs and Off-West End Awards and premiere worldwide. Trestle follows 2016 Papatango Prize winner Orca and 2015 winner Tomcat, both Off-West End Award-nominated, in making its world premiere at Southwark Playhouse.

• Theatre: Barbican Centre
• Opening: November 6, 2017
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Angus Jackson
• Cast: Sope Dirisu, Haydn Gwynne, Paul Jesson, Charles Aitken; Tony Boncza; James Corrigan; Bally Gill; Robert Ginty; Ben Hall; Sean Hart; Martina Laird; Geoffrey Lumb; Justine Marriot; Christopher Middleton; Hannah Morrish; Jackie Morrison; Esther Niles; Katherine Toy; Rebecca Wingate; Simon Yadoo and Assad Zaman

A full-throttle war play that revels in the sweat of the battlefield, Coriolanus transports us back to the emergence of the republic of Rome. Caius Martius Coriolanus is a fearless soldier but a reluctant leader. His ambitious mother attempts to carve him a path to power yet he struggles to change his nature and do what is required to achieve greatness. Now he must decide who he really is and where his allegiances lie. Set in a new city state struggling to find its feet, where the gap between rich and poor widens every day, this visceral production opens the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Rome season in London. Following his sell-out hits of Oppenheimer (2014) and Don Quixote (2016) in Stratford-upon-Avon, Angus Jackson directs rising talent Sope Dirisu in the title role.

• Theatre: Southwark Playhouse
• First Preview: November 2, 2017
• Opening: November 6, 2017
• Playwright: Bertolt Brecht, translation by Tony Kushner
• Director:Hannah Chissick
• Cast: Josie Lawrence, Laura Checkley, Ivy Corbin, Celeste de Veazey, Rosalind Ford, Ben Fox, Jake Phillips Head, Shiv Jalota, Julian Moore-Cook, Nuno Queimado, David Shelley, Phoebe Vigor

In a land ravaged by war, Mother Courage pulls her cart with her three children in the wake of the army, trading with soldiers and attempting to make profit from the war. Widely considered to be one of the greatest plays of the 20th century, Brecht’s Mother Courage And Her Children has been described as the greatest anti-war play of all time. In Pulitzer Prize-winning Tony Kushner’s (Angels in America) translation, Mother Courage remains a timely exploration of displacement, war weariness and invisible enemies. It mirrored then, as it does now, the growing fear at the ever-advancing threat of terror infiltrating our everyday lives and our desire to protect ourselves and what is ours at any cost.

• Theatre: The Other Place
• First Preview: November 1, 2017
• Opening: November 7, 2017
• Book: John August
• Music: Andrew Lippa
• Director:Nigel Harman
• Cast: Kelsey Grammer, Clare Burt, Matt Seadon-Young, Frances McNamee, Forbes Masson, Jamie Muscato’, Laura Baldwin, Landi Oshinowo, Dean Nolan George Ure , Sophie Linder-Lee, Gemma McMeel, Jonathan Stewart.

Kelsey Grammer makes his London theatre debut in Andrew Lippa and John August's adaptation of the novel Big Fish, by Daniel Wallace. What is it to really know your own father? Meet Edward Bloom, an ordinary man, and an extraordinary father. He has always told his son tall tales filled with beauty, love and imagination but when his son confronts him about what is truth and what is fiction, they go on a life-affirming journey that will change them forever.

• Theatre: Playhouse Theatre
• First Preview: October 26th, 2017
• Opening: November 9, 2017
• Playwright: David Mamet
• Director: Sam Yates
• Cast: Christian Slater, Robert Glenister, Kris Marshall, Stanley Townsend, Don Warrington

The Pulitzer Prize-winning drama follows a new boss in a real estate firm, who tries to edge out some of the firm's older salesmen by giving the better leads to the younger reps. Through the sylized language of the real estate industry, Mamet reveals how the older men scheme to keep their jobs.

• Theatre: National Theatre- Lyttelton Theatre
• First Preview: November 4, 2017
• Opening: November 13, 2017
• Playwright: Lee Hall, based on the Paddy Chayefsky film
• Director: Ivo van Hove
• Cast: Bryan Cranston, Michelle Dockery, Douglas Henshall

"I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore." Howard Beale, news anchorman, isn’t pulling in the viewers. In his final broadcast he unravels live on screen. But when the ratings soar, the network seize on their newfound populist prophet, and Howard becomes the biggest thing on TV. Network depicts a dystopian media landscape where opinion trumps fact. Hilarious and horrifying by turns, the iconic film by Paddy Chayefsky won four Academy Awards in 1976. Now, Lee Hall (Billy Elliot, Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour) and director Ivo Van Hove (Hedda Gabler) bring his masterwork to the stage for the first time, with Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) in the role of Howard Beale.

• Theatre: Young Vic
• First Preview: November 13, 2017
• Opening: November 16, 2017
• Playwright: Aeschylus in a new version by David Greig
• Director: Ramin Gray
• Cast: Callum Armstrong, Oscar Batterham, Ben Burton, Omar Ebrahim, Gemma May Rees

A group of strong but scared women set sail from their home, leaving everything they have behind. Facing forced marriage, they seek sanctuary in Greece. When they arrive, the King and the people must decide their fate. An ancient story of self and other first performed at the birth of democracy, David Greig’s new English translation of Aeschylus’ text has fresh relevance in 2017. Part play, part ritual, The Suppliant Women reunites the team behind The Events and continues the Young Vic’s Horizons season, exploring the lives of refugees.

• Theatre: National Theatre- Dorfman Theatre
• Opening: November 20, 2017
• Playwright: Inua Ellams
• Director: Bijan Sheibani
• Cast: Fisayo Akinade, Hammed Animashaun, Peter Bankolé, Maynard Eziashi, Simon Manyonda, Patrice Naiambana, Cyril Nri, Kwami Odoom, Sule Rimi, Abdul Salis, David Webber, Anthony Welsh

Newsroom, political platform, local hot spot, confession box, preacher-pulpit and football stadium. For generations, African men have gathered in barber shops to discuss the world.This dynamic new play leaps from a barber shop in London to Johannesburg, Harare, Kampala, Lagos and Accra. These are places where the banter can be barbed and the truth is always telling.

• Theatre: Apollo Theatre
• First Preview: November 6, 2017
• Opening: November 22, 2017
• Book by Tom MacRae, from an idea by Jonathan Butterell
• Music by Dan Gillespie Sells
• Lyrics by Tom MacRae
• Director: Jonathan Butterell
• Cast: John McCrea, Josie Walker, Mina Anwar, Tamsin Carroll and Daniel Anthony, Luke Baker, Courtney Bowman, James Gillian, Harriet Payne, Shiv Rabheru, Lucie Shorthouse, Kirstie Skivington

Sheffield Theatres' smash-hit coming-of-age musical is a modern day fairytale based on the true story of a 16 year-old with a secret to tell - and dreams to realise. With catchy new songs by Dan Gillespie Sells, lead singer-songwriter of "The Feeling", and writer Tom MacRae, Everybody's Talking About Jamie tells the tale of Jamie New: sixteen, not quite fitting in on a council estate in Sheffield - but with big aspirations. Supported by his brilliant loving mum and surrounded by his friends, Jamie overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies, and steps out of the darkness into the spotlight to become a sensation, in a fearless, funny, fabulous brand new musical sensation. John McCrea reprises his role of Jamie, alongside the majority of the original Sheffield Crucible cast, in the West End transfer of this spectacular new British musical.

• Theatre: Shakespeare's Globe- Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
• First Preview: November 16, 2017
• Opening: November 22, 2017
• Playwright: Anders Lustgarten
• Director: Matthew Dunster
• Cast: Tara Fitzgerald, Edmund Kingsley, Cassie Layton, Sam Marks, Aidan McArdle, David Partridge, Abraham Popoola, Ian Redford, Colin Ryan

Matthew Dunster, the Globe’s Associate Director, directs this new play by Anders Lustgarten, an award-winning playwright renowned for his bold approach to social and political questions. The Secret Theatre asks what we are prepared to sacrifice in order to ensure our safety. Shot through with moments of the blackest humour, this smart, tense thriller finds its perfect setting in the shadowy recesses and flickering candlelight of the Playhouse.

• Theatre: Lyric Theatre
• First Preview: November 22, 2017
• Opening: November 24, 2017
• Playwright: Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler, adapted by the Tall Stories Theatre Company
• Director: Olivia Jacobs

Join The Gruffalo’s Child on her adventurous mission in Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation of the much-loved picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. One wild and windy night the Gruffalo’s Child ignores her father’s warnings about the Big Bad Mouse and tiptoes out into the deep dark wood. She follows snowy tracks and encounters mysterious creatures – but the Big Bad Mouse doesn’t really exist... does he? Songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged 3 and up and their grown-ups, in the hugely popular show that’s toured Britain and the world! Following hot on the heels of The Gruffalo's monstrous West End success comes The Gruffalo's Child - with attitude! Just how brave is she? Find out for yourselves by joining her in the West End Christmas 2017.

• Theatre: Barbican Centre
• Opening: November 24 2017
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Angus Jackson
• Cast: Andrew Woodall, Alex Waldmann, Martin Hutson

Angus Jackson directs Shakespeare’s epic political tragedy, as the race to claim the empire spirals out of control. Caesar returns from war, an all-conquering hero, but mutiny is rumbling through the corridors of power. Although Brutus loves Caesar, he is persuaded to kill him for the greater good, and like all conspirators loses control of the consequences. Season Director Angus Jackson steers the thrilling action of the story that continues to define all political backstabbing, with spin and betrayal turning to violence. The cast includes Andrew Woodall in the title role alongside Alex Waldmann as Brutus and Martin Hutson as Cassius.

• Theatre: The Old Vic
• First Preview: November 11, 2017
• Opening: November 29, 2017
• Playwright: Jack Thorne, Adapted from the Novel by Charles Dickens
• Director: Matthew Warchus
• Cast: Rhys Ifans, John Dagleish, Alex Gaumond, Melissa Allan, Jamie Cameron, Erin Doherty, Oliver Evans, Tim van Eyken, Siena Kelly, Eugene McCoy, Myra McFadyen, Maria Omakinwa, Alastair Parker, Golda Roshuevel, Toby Eden, Grace Fincham, Ethan Quinn, Lenny Rush

Matthew Warchus directs Rhys Ifans as Ebenezer Scrooge in this joyous new adaptation of A Christmas Carol, penned by Harry Potter And The Cursed Child playwright Jack Thorne. Transporting audiences to a bitterly chilly Christmas Eve night, a hard-hearted miser is visited by four ghosts, who take him on a journey to worlds past, present and future. But will Scrooge save himself from the results of a lifetime of fear and selfishness, now he can see the ramifications of his lonely existence?

• Theatre: Barbican Centre
• Opening: November 30, 2017
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Iqbal Khan
• Cast: Josette Simon, Antony Byrne

One of Shakespeare’s greatest love stories, Antony & Cleopatra continues the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Rome season, picking up the story where Julius Caesar ends. Following Caesar’s assassination, Mark Antony has reached the heights of power. Now he neglects his empire for a life of decadent seduction with his mistress, Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt. Torn between love and duty, his military brilliance deserts him, and his passion leads the lovers to their tragic end. Known for his fresh and urgent interpretations of Shakespeare, Iqbal Khan directs Josette Simon and Antony Byrne in the title roles. Singer-songwriter Laura Mvula writes the music for the production.

• Theatre: Aldwych Theatre
• First Preview: November 24, 2017
• Opening: December 12, 2017

The Olivier Award-winning cabaret spectacular La Soirée returns to London's Theatreland this Christmas, taking up residency in a West End theatre for the very first time.With its heady cocktail of intimate cabaret, new burlesque, circus sideshow and contemporary variety set to play in a grander new home, West End audiences will surely welcome the chance to witness La Soirée's motley crew of talented cabaret performers and circus sideshow misfits revelling in their posh new surroundings.

• Theatre: Young Vic- The Maria
• First Preview: November 30, 2017
• Opening: December 5, 2017
• Playwright: devised by the company, book, music and lyrics by Seiriol Davies
• Director: Alex Swift
• Cast: Matthew Blake, Seiriol Davies, Dylan Townley

The 5th Marquis of Anglesey, Henry Cyril Paget, was one of the world’s wealthiest men. By the time of his death in 1905, aged just 29, he had spent the family fortune on luxurious clothes and mounting lavish theatrical productions – casting himself in the lead role. Writer, composer and performer Seiriol Davies pieces together this little-known artistocrat’s glittering life and ignominious demise in an outrageously fun, satirical and mischievous musical.

• Theatre: Royal Court Theatre- Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
• First Preview: November 24, 2017
• Opening: December 1, 2017
• Playwright: Liwaa Yazji, Translated by Katharine Halls
• Director:Hamish Pirie
• Cast: TBA

“They’re leading us on, they’re conning us. Open the coffins!” In a small town in Syria, soldiers are celebrated as heroes and grieving families are nourished on propaganda. As the coffins pile up, the local party leader decides on a radical compensation scheme: a goat for each son martyred. “Has anyone ever told the truth? Has anyone ever demanded it? Does anyone want it? Does anyone even need it?” Goats is a major new work by Syrian playwright and documentary filmmaker Liwaa Yazji developed as part of the Royal Court’s long term project with writers from Syria and Lebanon. Royal Court Associate Director Hamish Pirie (Violence & Son, Who Cares, Teh Internet is Serious Business) directs.

• Theatre: Charing Cross Theatre
• First Preview: November 20, 2017
• Opening: December 4, 2017
• Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber
• Lyrics: David Zippel
• Book: Charlotte Jones
• Director: Thom Southerland
• Cast: Anna O'Byrne, Chris Peluso, Carolyn Maitland, Ashley Stillburn, Greg Castiglioni, Sophie Reeves

This brand new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tony and Oliver Award-nominated musical will be directed by Thom Southerland, known for his extensive work at the Charing Cross Theatre. It will be the premiere of a revised score, which has music by Lloyd Webber and lyrics by David Zippel. With a book by Charlotte Jones, The Woman in White is based on the 1859 novel of the same name by Wilkie Collins. The story is about Walter Hartright, a drawing teacher who runs in to woman in distress, and desperate to share a secret with him. It is a haunting Victorian tale of love, betrayal and greed. It premiered in the West End at the Palace Theatre where it starred Maria Friedman and Michael Crawford before it transferred to Broadway. The Woman in White runs at the Charing Cross Theatre for a limited 12-week season.

• Theatre: Southwark Playhouse
• First Preview: November 29, 2017
• Opening: December 4, 2017
• Playwright: J.M. Barrie
• Director:Jonathan O’Boyle
• Cast: TBA

1917. In a remote English village there are rumours of an enchanted wood. One of the inhabitants – a mysterious old man – invites eight strangers to stay. They all have something in common. When, one evening, the wood miraculously appears the guests feel compelled to enter. What happens there has the power to change their lives forever.

• Theatre: Menier Chocolate Factory
• First Preview: November 25, 2017
• Opening: December 5, 2017
• Music by Cy Coleman
• Lyrics by Michael Stewart
• Book by Mark Bramble
• Director: Gordon Greenberg
• Cast: Marcus Brigstocke, Laura Pitt-Pulford, Tupele Dorgu, Harry Francis, Celinde Schoenmaker

Barnum tells the story of P.T. Barnum, the Greatest Showman on Earth, who combines razzle-dazzle with charm and brass to sell “humbug” to cheering crowds. A joyful and moving musical portrait of the nineteenth century’s greatest show-biz legend, Barnum is a colourful, dynamic spectacle full of circus, side-show legends and heart.

• Theatre: Almeida Theatre
• First Preview: December 5th, 2017
• Opening: December 12, 2017
• Playwright: Anne Washburn, Based on stories by Rod Serling, Charles Beaumont and Richard Matheson
• Director: Richard Jones
• Cast: Oliver Alvin-Wilson, Franc Ashman, Adrianna Bertola, Lizzy Connolly, Amy Griffiths, Neil Haigh, Cosmo Jarvis, John Marquez, Matthew Needham, Sam Swainsbury

Between light and shadow, science and superstition, fear and knowledge is a dimension of imagination. An area which we call The Twilight Zone. Adapted by Anne Washburn (Mr Burns) and directed by Olivier Award-winner Richard Jones, this world premiere production of the acclaimed CBS Television Series The Twilight Zone lands on stage for the first time in its history. Or its present. Or its future. Stage magic and fantasy unite as the ordinary becomes extraordinary.

• Theatre: Sadler's Wells Theatre
• First Preview: December 9, 2017
• Opening: December 12, 2017
• Director: Matthew Bourne
• Cast: Cordelia Braithwaite, Ashley Shaw, Will Bozier, Andrew Monaghan, Dominic North, Paris Fitzpatrick, Liam Mower, Madelaine Brennan, Michela Meazza, Anjali Mehra, Alan Vincent, Dan Wright.

Matthew Bourne's interpretation of the classic fairy tale, has, at its heart, a true war-time romance. A chance meeting results in a magical night for Cinderella and her dashing young RAF pilot, together just long enough to fall in love before being parted by the horrors of the Blitz. With Lez Brotherston's sumptuous costumes and sets, which won an Olivier Award for his original designs, and lighting by Olivier Award-winning Neil Austin, Cinderella will be performed in surround sound, designed by Paul Groothuis and featuring a specially commissioned recording played by a 60 piece orchestra. Matthew Bourne's vivid storytelling has never been more heart-stopping and touching, and will take the audience into the heart of Prokoviev's magnificent score, and the sights and sounds of war-torn London.

• Theatre: London Palladium
• First Preview: December 9, 2017
• Opening: December 13, 2017
• Playwright: Alan McHugh
• Director: Michael Harrison
• Cast: Julian Clary, Elaine Paige, Ashley Banjo & Diversity, Paul Zerdin, Nigel Havers, Gary Wilmot, Charlie Stemp

Hot on the heels of Cinderella, pantomime returns to the iconic London Palladium for Christmas 2017. This enchanting new production of Dick Whittington will open on Saturday 9 December, produced by Qdos Entertainment, the world’s biggest pantomime producer, and the team behind Cinderella. Elaine Paige (Queen Rat), Ashley Banjo and Diversity (The Sultan and his Entourage), Gary Wilmott (Sarah the Cook) and Charlie Stemp (Dick Whittington) will join the previously announced Julian Clary (Spirit of the Bells), Paul Zerdin (Idle Jack) and Nigel Havers (Captain Nigel) in the line-up, with the latter three all returning to the Palladium pantomime for 2017.With an all-star cast, spectacular sets and plenty of laughs, you’ll need to book early to secure the best seats for the greatest pantomime adventure of them all!

• Theatre: National Theatre- Lyttelton Theatre
• First Preview: December 1, 2017
• Opening: December 13, 2017
• Playwright: Dennis Kelly, with songs and score from the Walt Disney film by Leigh Harline, Ned Washington & Paul J Smith,
adapted by Martin Lowe
• Director: John Tiffany
• Cast: Stuart Angell, Trieve Blackwood-Cambridge, Audrey Brisson, Stephanie Bron, James Charlton, Joe Idris-Roberts, Chris Jarman, Rebecca Jayne-Davies, Sarah Kameela Impey, David Kirkbride, Anabel Kutay, David Langham, Michael Lin, Annette McLaughlin, Jack North, Dawn Sievewright, Clemmie Sveaas, Michael Taibi, Scarlet Wilderink, Jack Wolfe

On a quest to be truly alive, Pinocchio leaves Geppetto’s workshop with Jiminy Cricket in tow. Their electrifying adventure takes them from alpine forests to Pleasure Island to the bottom of the ocean.This spectacular new production is brought to the stage by an extraordinary team including the director of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and the writer of Matilda the Musical. Featuring unforgettable music and songs from the Walt Disney film including "I’ve Got No Strings", "Give a Little Whistle" and "When You Wish upon a Star" in dazzling new arrangements, Pinocchio comes to life as never before.

• Theatre: Ambassadors Theatre
• Opening: December 13, 2017
• Playwright: Jonathan Rockefeller, adapted from the books by Eric Carle
• Director: Jonathan Rockefeller

The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by author and illustrator Eric Carle has delighted generations of readers since it was first published in 1969 selling more than 43 million copies worldwide. Eric's well-known books captivated readers with his iconic colorful hand-painted tissue paper collage illustrations and distinctively simple stories, introducing generations of children to a bigger, brighter world - and to their first experience of reading itself. The timeless classic has now made its way off the page and is back onto the West End stage this December. Created by Jonathan Rockefeller, this critically acclaimed production of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show features a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets, faithfully adapting four of Eric Carle's stories: The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, Mister Seahorse, The Very Lonely Firefly and of course, the star of the show - The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

• Theatre: Donmar Warehouse
• First Preview: December 7, 2017
• Opening: December 14, 2017
• Playwright: Amy Herzog
• Director: Michael Longhurst
• Cast: Imogen Poots, James Norton, Malachi Kirby, Faith Alabi

Americans Zack and Abby are bright, young and recently married. He’s a doctor combating infant disease. She’s an actress, also teaching yoga. It’s just before Christmas and they’re living the expat highlife in bohemian Belleville, Paris. It’s all a little too perfect. Amy Herzog's acclaimed play about a romantic dream gone sour receives its UK premiere. Michael Longhurst directs at the Donmar for the first time.

• Theatre: Young Vic
• First Preview: December 7, 2017
• Opening: December 15, 2017
• Playwright: Joe Murphy & Joe Robertson
• Director: Stephen Daldry & Justin Martin
• Cast: TBA

Okot wants nothing more than to get to the UK. Beth wants nothing more than to help him. Meet the hopeful, resilient residents of “The Jungle”– just across the Channel, right on our doorstep. Join refugees and volunteers from around the world over fresh baked naan and sweet milky chai at the Afghan Café. From Good Chance Theatre, an immersive new play where worlds collide. In the worst places, you meet the best people. A Young Vic and National Theatre production, commissioned by the National Theatre.

• Theatre: Theatre Royal Haymarket
• First Preview: December 13, 2017
• Opening: December 15, 2017
• Director: Mitch Sebastian
• Cast: TBA

Drift back in time to the glamorous, glitzy nights of Vegas in the company of three of the world’s most popular entertainers - Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis - performing at the famous Sands hotel with the fabulous Burrelli Sisters and The Rat Pack Big Band.This spectacular production - with a very special Christmas theme until 6 January - celebrates the incredible singing talent of three world-famous performers, and some of the finest music and song that has ever been recorded.

• Theatre: Southwark Playhouse
• First Preview: December 15, 2017
• Opening: December 19, 201
• Book Music and Lyrics by Leon Parris
• Director: Mark Perry
• Cast: TBA

With supervillains Doctor Gloom and General Blight attempting world domination, who can we call? Superman’s on holiday. Spiderman’s not picking up. Our only option – our very, very last option – is Bananaman. Bananaman, the Man-of-Peel, is a unique member of the superhero ranks. This handsome hero may have a jaw line you can see from space and sport the snazziest of tight lycra outfits, but he’s also got “the muscles of 20 men and the brain of 20 mussels.” (Which isn’t much.)

• Theatre: Vaudeville Theatre
• First Preview: December 15, 2017
• Opening: December 19, 201
• Author: Tall Stories, From the Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde
• Director: Olivia Jacobs, with Toby Mitchell
• Cast: TBA

The hauntingly beautiful fairy tales of Oscar Wilde are retold with original live music, imaginative storytelling and a generous dash of comedy in Wilde Creatures.A live band of storytelling musicians bring characters from "The Happy Prince", "The Nightingale and the Rose" and "The Birthday of the Infanta" to life, as they try to decide on the new statue. Will it be the pompous Mayor, the haughty Princess or the love-sick Student?

• Theatre: Trafalgar Studios
• First Preview: December 5, 2017
• Opening: December 18, 2017
• Book by Carl Grose
•Music by Tim Philips and Marc Teitler
• Lyrics by Carl Grose, Tom Morris, Tim Phillips and Marc Teitler
• Director:Tom Morris
• Cast: Louis Maskell, Julian Bleach

Drawing audiences into its fantastical world - with a dark heart - The Grinning Man is based on Hugo's book The Man Who Laughs, telling the dark tale of a strange new act with a terrible secret. One day, a strange new act arrives at the fairground. At first paraded as a freak, and then celebrated as a star, can he find true love in the sightless girl, the only person who can see him for what he is? Helped by an old man, a lone wolf and a blind girl, his story must be told.

• Theatre: Victoria Palace Theatre
• First Preview: December 6, 2017
• Opening: December 21, 2017
• Book, Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda
• Director: Thomas Kail
• Cast: Jamael Westman, Michael Jibson, Christine Allado, Rachelle Ann Go, Tarinn Callender, Rachel John, Jason Pennycooke, Cleve September, Giles Terera, Obioma Ugoala, Ash Hunter, Jade Albertsen, Curtis Angus, Jonathan Bishop, Courtney-Mae Briggs, Jack Butterworth, Jon-Scott Clark, Kelly Downing, Leslie Garcia Bowman, Lia Given, Greg Haney, Leah Hill, Barney Hudson, Waylon Jacobs, Miriam-Teak Lee, Phoebe Liberty, Alexzandra Sarmiento, Marsha Songcome, Christopher Tendai, Lindsey Tierney

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award-sweeping modern musical masterpiece Hamilton makes a long-awaited London premiere at the refurbished Victoria Palace Theatre. Following the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, a West Indies immigrant who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War, going on to become America's first Treasury Secretary and forging the country's financial system. Hamilton’s score fuses hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B and Broadway to tell the tale of a leading figure at a crucial juncture for America. Winner of a record-setting 11 Tony Awards including Best Musical, the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album, Hamilton's juggernaut success has seen it garner swathes of critical and audience acclaim, with the show now re-opening the Victoria Palace Theatre to eager anticipation.

• Theatre: Noel Coward Theatre
• First Preview: December 12, 2017
• Opening: January 11, 2018
• Playwright: Conor McPherson
• Music by Bob Dylan
• Director: Conor McPherson
• Cast: TBA

Conor McPherson’s critically acclaimed play of hope, heartbreak and soul, incorporating classic songs from the catalogue of Bob Dylan, Girl From The North Country receives a second West End run due to phenomenal demand.

• Theatre: Royal Court Theatre, Downstairs
• First Preview: January 9, 2018
• Opening: January 11, 2018
• Playwright: Andrea Dunbar
• Director: Max Stafford-Clark
• Cast: James Atherton, Taj Atwal, Sally Bankes, Gemma Dobson, Samantha Robinson, David Walker

Best friends Rita and Sue get a lift home from married Bob after babysitting his kids. When he takes the scenic route and offers them a bit of fun, the three start a fling they each think they control. Andrea Dunbar wrote her semi-autobiographical play for the Royal Court Theatre in 1982 when she was just 19. It’s a vivid portrait of girls caught between brutal childhood and an unpromising future, hungry for adult adventure. Told with wicked humour, startling insight and a great ear for dialogue, Rita Sue and Bob Too became a hit film. Max Stafford-Clark, the play’s original director, directs this major new production.

• Theatre: Shakespeare's Globe- Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
• First Preview: January 11, 2018
• Opening: January 17, 2018
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Caroline Byrne
• Cast: TBA

Helena has lost and buried her father. Now an orphan – and an outsider – she pines for the love of Bertram, the son of her adopted family. He too is reeling from the death of his father. Will grief unite or divide them? When Bertram leaves to become the King’s ward, Helena risks her life to win his love, but only succeeds in driving him away. What follows is the story of one woman on a mission: a new kind of heroine who is prepared to stop at nothing to get what she wants. Set in a decaying world where kings are dying and wars are brewing, this is a knotty tale of young rebellion and boundless determination.

• Theatre: Harold Pinter Theatre
• First Preview: January 9, 2018
• Opening: January 18, 2018
• Playwright: Harold Pinter
• Director: Ian Rickson
• Cast: Toby Jones, Zoë Wanamaker, Stephen Mangan, Pearl Mackie

Stanley Webber (Toby Jones) is the only lodger at Meg (Zoë Wanamaker) and Petey Boles’ sleepy seaside boarding house. The unsettling arrival of enigmatic strangers Goldberg (Stephen Mangan) and McCann disrupts the humdrum lives of the inhabitants and their friend Lulu (Pearl Mackie), and mundanity soon becomes menace when a seemingly innocent birthday party turns into a disturbing nightmare.

• Theatre: Vaudeville Theatre
• First Preview: January 12, 2018
• Opening: January 22, 2018
• Playwright: Oscar Wilde
• Director: Kathy Burke
• Cast: Samantha Spiro, Kevin Bishop, Jennifer Saunders

Multi-award-winning actor, director, comedian and playwright Kathy Burke directs hilarious marital comedy Lady Windermere’s Fan in Classic Spring's Oscar Wilde season. ‘You gave me this fan today; it was your birthday present. If that woman crosses my threshold, I shall strike her across the face with it.’ The day of Lady Windermere’s birthday party, and all is perfectly in order. Until her friend Lord Darlington plants a seed of suspicion. Is her husband having an affair? And will the other woman really attend the party? Kathy Burke has previously starred in Gary Oldman’s film Nil by Mouth, for which she won Best Actress at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival, as well as Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Dancing in Lughnasa, Absolutely Fabulous and French and Saunders. She has directed at many of London’s leading venues, including the Donmar Warehouse, the Royal Court and the Hampstead Theatre.

• Theatre: National Theatre- Olivier Theatre
• First Preview: January 11, 2018
• Opening: January 18, 2018
• Playwright: Peter Shaffer
• Director: Michael Longhurst
• Cast: Adam Gillen, Lucian Msamati

Music. Power. Jealousy. Following its sold-out run in 2016/17, Amadeus returns to the Olivier in 2018. Vienna: the music capital of the world. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, arrives determined to make a splash. Awestruck by his genius, court composer Antonio Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy it. Seized by obsessive jealousy he begins a war with Mozart, with music and, ultimately, with God.

• Theatre: Duke of York's Theatre
• First Preview: January 13, 2018
• Opening: January 25, 2018
• Playwright: Friedrich Schiller
• Director: Robert Icke
• Cast: Juliet Stevenson, Lia Williams

Two queens. One in power. One in prison. It's all in the execution. Following a critically acclaimed, sold-out season at the Almeida Theatre in 2016-17, Robert Icke’s new adaptation of Mary Stuart transfers to the Duke of York’s Theatre in London’s West End from 13 January 2018 for a limited run. Schiller's political tragedy takes us behind the scenes of some of British history's most crucial days. Playing both Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart, Juliet Stevenson (Hamlet) and Lia Williams (Oresteia) trade the play's central roles, decided at each performance by the toss of a coin. Robert Icke previously directed Hamlet, Uncle Vanya, Oresteia, Mr Burns and 1984 for the Almeida, and The Red Barn for the National Theatre.

• Theatre: Young Vic
• First Preview: January 19, 2018
• Opening: January 26, 2018
• Playwright: Tarell Alvin McCraney
• Director: Bijan Sheibani
• Cast: TBA

Ritual and reality intertwine in the sparkling, award-winning debut play by Oscar-winning writer of Moonlight Tarell Alvin McCraney. The African-American working class meets Yoruba mythology when the Brothers Size reconnect after a spell in prison. Bijan Sheibani directs the long-awaited revival of this deeply moving fable about the rarely spoken bond between brothers.

• Theatre: Southwark Playhouse
• First Preview: January 24, 2018
• Opening: January 29, 2018
• Playwright: Jen Silverman
• Director: Charlie Parham
• Cast: TBA

Betty is rich; Betty is lonely; Betty’s busy working on her truck; Betty wants to talk about love, but Betty needs to hit something. Meanwhile, Betty decides to stage a production of that play-within-a-play from…what’s it called again? Summer’s Midnight Dream? In Collective Rage, the lives of five very different New York women named Betty collide at the intersection of anger, sex and “theat-ah.” As they meet, fall in love, rehearse, revel and rage, they realize that they’ve been stuck reading the same scripts for far too long.

• Theatre: Old Vic Theatre
• First Preview: January 13, 2018
• Opening: January 30, 2018
• Playwright: Alan Ayckbourn
• Director: Annabel Bolton
• Cast: Clare Burt, Jake Davies, Erin Doherty, Thusitha Jayasundera, Richard Katz, Joanne McGuiness, Sophie Melville, Clare Lawrence Moody, Weruche Opia, Martin Quinn, Letty Thomas, Sian Thomas, Finty Williams

The Divide, presented in two parts, is a tale that unflinchingly explores a dystopian society of repression, insurrection and forbidden love. The show is directed by Annabel Bolton, an Associate Director of The Old Vic. The Divide is set in the aftermath of a deadly contagion which, a century from now, has decimated the English population and rendered contact between men and women fatal. Under the dictates of an elusive Preacher, an unthinkable solution is enforced. Separated by the Divide, the adult survivors are segregated by gender, as men wear white as a mark of their purity, and women – still infected – are clothed in black as a sign of their sin. Brother and sister Elihu (Jake Davies) and Soween (Erin Doherty) grow up learning the ways of their tightly controlled society. As they begin to glimpse the cracks in the system, Elihu falls for Giella (Weruche Opia), the daughter of two radical mothers, risking fatal disease and threatening to ignite a bloody revolution. The Divide is a vision of a dystopian future defined by brutal repression and forbidden love.

• Theatre: The Bridge Theatre
• First Preview: January 20, 2018
• Opening: January 30, 2018
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Nicholas Hytner
• Cast: David Calder, Michelle Fairley, David Morrissey, Ben Whishaw

Caesar returns in triumph to Rome and the people pour out of their homes to celebrate. Alarmed by the autocrat's popularity, the educated élite conspire to bring him down. After his assassination, civil war erupts on the streets of the capital. Nicholas Hytner’s production will be in promenade, thrusting its audience into the street party that greets Caesar's return, the congress that witnesses his murder, the rally that assembles for his funeral and the chaos that explodes in its wake. Ben Whishaw and Michelle Fairley play Brutus and Cassius, leaders of the coup, David Calder plays Caesar and David Morrissey is Mark Antony, who brings Rome back under control after the conspirators’ defeat.

• Theatre: Wyndham's Theatre
• First Preview: January 27, 2018
• Opening: February 6, 2018
• Playwright: Eugene O'Neill
• Director: Richard Eyre
• Cast: Jeremy Irons, Lesley Manville

Following its sold out run as part of Bristol Old Vic's 250th Anniversary season, Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville reprise their roles in Richard Eyre's acclaimed production of Eugene O'Neill's Pulitzer prize-winning masterpiece, Long Day's Journey Into Night. Haunted by the past but unable to face the truth of the present, the Tyrones and their two sons test the bonds of a family caught in a cycle of love and resentment. As day turns to night and the family indulge in their vices, the truth unravels leaving behind a quartet of ruined lives.

• Theatre: Shakespeare's Globe- Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
• First Preview: February 2, 2018
• Opening: February 7, 2018
• Playwright: John Dryden
• Director: Barrie Rutter
• Cast: Barrie Rutter

An ageing Emperor and his Governor rage at the loss of their youth and beauty. Two fratricidal sons are spurred from victory in war to the warfare of love. And all four are besotted with the same Captive Queen. Barrie Rutter, Artistic Director of Northern Broadsides, assembles a cast of actors in this wry exploration of the folly of old age, the allure of power, and the bewildering effects of lust and desire.

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

I live here. I live here. You can’t see that, though. You can’t see it. This is where I live. Here.’ 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.

• Theatre: Royal Court Theatre- Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
• First Preview: February 8, 2018
• Opening: February 14, 2018
• Playwright: Dennis Kelly
• Director: Lyndsey Turner
• Cast: TBA

“I met my husband in the queue to board an easyJet flight and I have to say I took an instant dislike to the man.” 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. “I don’t remember exactly when things with us started to go properly wrong – I just remember suddenly finding myself in it.” Girls & Boys marks the first collaboration between writer Dennis Kelly and director Lyndsey Turner.

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

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.

• Theatre: Charing Cross Theatre
• First Preview: February 18, 2018
• Opening: February 26, 2018
• Playwright: Colin Higgins
• Director:Thom Southerland
• Cast: Sheila Hancock

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.

• Theatre: Almeida Theatre
• First Preview: February 24, 2018
• Opening: March 7, 2018
• Playwright: Tennessee Williams
• Director: Rebecca Frecknall
• Cast: Patsy Ferran

"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.

• Theatre: Young Vic
• First Preview: March 2, 2018
• Opening: March 28, 2018
• Playwright: Matthew Lopez
• Director: Stephen Daldry
• Cast: TBA

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.

• 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.

• Theatre: Picadilly Theatre
• First Preview: March 16, 2018
• Opening: April 12, 2018
• Book: Baz Lurhmann and Craig Pearce
• Director: Drew McOnie
• Cast: TBA

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.

• 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

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.

• Theatre: The Bridge Theatre
• First Preview: April 28, 2018
• Opening: May 8, 2018
• Playwright: Barney Norris
• Director: Laurie Sansom
• Cast: TBA

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.

• 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: TBA

The award-winning musical The Rink skates into Southwark Playhouse for a strictly limited season from May 2018, 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.

• 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...

• 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

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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