Schedule of Upcoming London Shows

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KISS ME, KATE
• Theatre: London Coliseum
• Opening: June 20, 2018
• Music and Lyrics: Cole Porter
• Book: Sam and Bella Spewack
• Director: Jo Davies
• Cast: Stephanie Corley, Quirijn de Lang, Zoë Rainey, Alan Burkitt, Jack Wilcox, Aiesha Pease, Stephane Anelli, Joseph Shovelton, John Savournin, James Hayes, Malcolm Ridley, Claire Pascoe, Adam Trench

Opera North, with their full-scale orchestra and chorus in tow, bring the magical sound of Broadway to the London Coliseum with Kiss Me, Kate. Cole Porter’s riotously inventive homage to the sparkling wit of William Shakespeare, Kiss Me, Kate is an irresistible celebration of the joy and madness of working in theatre. With show-stopping songs including ‘Brush Up Your Shakespeare,’ ‘Always True To You In My Fashion’ and ‘So In Love,’ performed by an all-singing, all-dancing cast of international singers and West End stars, this spectacular new production is simply ‘Too Darn Hot’ to miss out on.

THE TURN OF THE SCREW
• Theatre: Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
• First Preview: June 22, 2018
• Opening: June 25, 2018
• Music: Benjamin Brittien
• Libretto: Myfanwy Piper, from the novella by Henry James
• Director: Timothy Sheader
• Cast: William Morgan, Elgan Llyr Thomas, Anita Watson, Janis Kelly, Elin Pritchard, Rhian Lois, Sarah Pring, Rachael Lloyd

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

ONE FOR SORROW
• Theatre: Royal Court Theatre - Jerwood Theatre Upstairs
• First Preview: June 20, 2018
• Opening: June 26, 2018
• Playwright: Cordelia Lynn
• Director: James Macdonald
• Cast: Kitty Archer, Pearl Chanda, Neil Dudgeon, Irfan Shamji, Sarah Woodward

During an attack on London, 20 year old Imogen joins a campaign offering refuge to victims. Before her family have even had a chance to have a reasonable discussion, John is at their door. He is different to them. He isn’t what they expected. And although they’d never admit it to themselves, he isn’t necessarily what they want.

FUN HOME
• Theatre: Young Vic
• First Preview: June 18, 2018
• Opening: June 27, 2018
• Music: Jeanine Tesori
• Book and Lyrics: Lisa Kron
• Director: Sam Gold
• Cast: Jenna Russell, Zubin Varla, Kaisa Hammarlund, Elanor Kane, Cherrelle Skeete, Ashley Samuels

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

THE WINTER'S TALE
• Theatre: Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
• First Preview: June 22, 2018
• Opening: June 27, 2018
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Blanch McIntyre
• Cast: Annette Badland, Zora Bishop, Adrian Bower, Priyanga Burford, Becci Gemmell, Will Keen, Norah Lopez-Holden, Luke MacGregor, Jordan Metcalfe, Oliver Ryan, Sirine Saba, Howard Ward, Rose Wardlaw

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

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

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

GENESIS INC.
• Theatre: Hampstead Theatre
• First Preview: June 22, 2018
• Opening: June 28, 2018
• Playwright: Jemma Kennedy
• Director: Laurie Sansom
• Cast: Oliver Alvin- Wilson, Ritu Arya, Kristy Besterman, Arthur Darvill, Harry Enfield, Laura Howard, Shobu Kapoor, Clare Perkins, Arthur Wilson

Serena and Jeff have one last chance: Genesis Incorporated, whose glowing testimonials and bespoke treatments surely justify a final roll of the dice. Meanwhile, Bridget has put her future literally on ice while she focuses on her high-flying career and on finding Mr Right. And all Miles wants is a steady salary so he can buy a property in Zone 4 – oblivious to the fact that, in a different kind of currency, he’s actually the richest of them all…

IMPERIUM
• Theatre: Gielgud Theatre
• First Preview: June 14, 2018
• Opening: June 30, 2018
• Playwright: Mike Poulton, adapted from the novels by Robert Harris
• Director: Gregory Doran
• Cast: Richard McCabe, Joseph Kloska, Nicholas Boulton, Guy Burges, Daniel Burke, Jade Croot, Peter De Jersey, Joe Dixon, John Dougall, Michael Grady-Hall, Oliver Johnstone, Paul Kemp, Patrick Knowles, Hywel Morgan, David Nicolle, Siobhan Redmond, Patick Romer, Christopher Saul, Eloise Secker, Simon Thorp

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s two-part thriller Imperium comes to conquer the West End, through Part I: Conspirator and Part II: Dictator. Adapting Robert Harris’ best-selling Cicero trilogy for the stage, playwright Mike Poulton presents the historical epic as six one-act plays presented in two performances, each with two intervals, chronicling life in a capital city with monumental empirical ambitions – and impact.

THE TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA
• Theatre: Piccadilly Theatre
• First Preview: June 28, 2018
• Opening: July 1, 2018
• Playwright: David Wood, adapted from the book by Judith Kerr
• Director: David Wood
• Cast: Abbey Norman, Stephanie Summer, Thomas O'Connell

The concrete jungle is about to get wild because everyone’s favourite cat is coming for a chat. The Olivier Award-nominated show The Tiger Who Came To Tea is headed back to the West End to celebrate its 10th anniversary. The magical show follows Sophie and her Mummy who welcome a very hungry tiger to tea. Unfortunately, the ravenous guest consumes all the food: the sandwiches, buns, biscuits, and more. It even drinks all the water in the tap. With Sophie’s Daddy arriving home soon, what is she going to do?

FOR KING AND COUNTRY
• Theatre: Southwark Playhouse
• First Preview: June 28, 2018
• Opening: July 2, 2018
• Playwright: John Wilson
• Director: Paul Tomlinson
• Cast: Lloyd Everitt, Adam Lawrence, Eugene Simon

1918. The Western Front. Private Hamp, a young working-class soldier from the North of England, has been in the frontline of a bloody battlefield for three years. One day he decides to walk away… This tense court-room drama, set during the final months of the Great War, follows the young shell-shocked Hamp’s trial for desertion and his fight for his right to live. His defending officer, lawyer, Lieutenant Hargreaves, must face a seemingly insurmountable challenge – to save a young soldier from the firing squad.

THE KING AND I
• Theatre: London Palladium
• First Preview: June 11, 2018
• Opening: July 3, 2018
• Music: Richard Rodgers
• Book and Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II
• Director: Bartlett Sher
• Cast: Kelli O'Hara, Ken Watanabe, Naoko Mori, Dean John-Wilson, Na-Young Jeon, Takao Osawa, Edward Baker-Duly, Annalene Beechey

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

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

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

THE JUNGLE
• Theatre: Playhouse Theatre
• First Preview: June 16, 2018
• Opening: July 5, 2018
• Playwright: Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson
• Director: Stephen Daldry and Justin Martin
• Cast: Raphael Acloque, Ammar Haj Ahmad, Aliya Ali, Mohammad Amiri, Alyssa Denise D'Sousa, Elham Ehsas, Trevor Fox, Michael Gould, Ansu Kabia, Alex Lawther, Jo McInnes, John Pfumojena, Rachel Redford, Rachid Sabitri, Ben Turner, Nahel Tzegai

Following universal critical acclaim, and direct from a sold-out run at the Young Vic, The Jungle, transfers to the West End this summer. This is the place where people suffered and dreamed. Meet the hopeful, resilient residents of The Jungle– just across the Channel, right on our doorstep. The Jungle tells stories of loss, fear, community and hope, of the Calais camp’s creation - and of its eventual destruction. Join the residents over freshly baked naan and sweet milky chai at the Afghan Café, and experience the intense, moving and uplifting encounters between refugees from many different countries and the volunteers who arrived from the UK.

KNIGHTS OF THE ROSE
• Theatre: Arts Theatre
• First Preview: June 29, 2018
• Opening: July 5, 2018
• Author: Jennifer Marsden
• Director: Racky Plews
• Cast: Adam Pearce, Oliver Saville, Chris Cowley, Rebecca Bainbridge, Bleu Woodward, Ruben van Keer, Katie Birtill, Matt Thorpe, Rebekah Lowings, Ian Gareth Jones, Kelly Hampson, Tom Bales

A rip-roaring soundtrack of timeless rock songs fuels Knights Of The Rose, a new West End musical of Shakespearean proportions. Knights Of The Rose tells a tale of betrayal, love, bloodshed and redemption, interweaving rich literature from the likes of Marlowe, Shakespeare and Chaucer with a guitar-slamming playlist of classic rock songs, including five unforgettable Bon Jovi masterpieces.

THE GLENN MILLER SHOW
• Theatre: London Colisuem
• Opening: July 6, 2018
• Director: Bob Tomson and Bill Kenwright
• Cast: Tommy Steele

Tommy Steele returns to the London Coliseum after six decades to perform a tribute to his biggest inspiration in The Glenn Miller Show. The Glenn Miller Show will feature the journey the legendary big band leader took to find his unique sound, and his subsequent fame and untimely death.

WE'RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT
• Theatre: Lyric Theatre
• First Preview: July 4, 2018
• Opening: July 7, 2018
• Music and Lyrics: Benji Bower
• Director: Sally Cookson
• Cast: Benjamin Hills, Rebecca Newman, Thos Wainwright, Joey Hickman

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

IT HAPPENED IN KEY WEST
• Theatre: Charing Cross Theatre
• First Preview: July 4, 2018
• Opening: July 9, 2018
• Book, Music and Lyrics: Jill Santoriello
• Book and additional Lyrics: Jason Huza
• Book and Original Concept: Jeremiah James
• Director: Marc Robin
• Cast: Wade McCollum, Alyssa Martyn, Val Adams, Miguel Angel, Alexander Barria, Mary-Jean Caldwell, Andrea Golinucci, Siwan Henderson, Sophia Lewis, Guido Garcia Lueches, Hannah McIver, Ross McLaren, Johan Munir, Nuno Queimado

It Happened in Key West is the true 1930's story of an x-ray technician who meets the girl he has been envisioning and desperately seeking since he was a teen, only to diagnose her with tuberculosis and learn that she is married. How can he win over the woman he has sought all his life and save her from a certain death?

AS YOU LIKE IT
• Theatre: Rengent's Park Open Air Theate
• First Preview: July 6, 2018
• Opening: July 11, 2018
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Max Webster
• Cast: Simon Armstrong, Jack Beale, Maureen Beattie, Amy Booth-Steel, Me'sha Bryan, Edward Hogg, Keziah Joseph, Beruce Khan, Sanny Kirrane, Gary Lilburn, Joanne McGuinness, Kristian Phillips, Jacade Simpson, John Stahl, Silas Wyatt-Barke, Olivia Vinall

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

THE LEHMAN TRILOGY
• Theatre: National Theatre- Lyttelton Theatre
• First Preview: July 4, 2018
• Opening: July 12, 2018
• Playwright: Stefano Massini, English adaptation by Ben Power
• Director: Sam Mendes
• Cast: Ben Miles, Adam Godley, Simon Russell Beale

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

ALKALINE
• Theatre: Park Theatre
• First Preview: July 10, 2018
• Opening: July 13, 2018
• Playwright: Stephanie Martin
• Director: Sarah Meadows
• Cast: Claire Cartwright, Nitin Kundra, Reena Lalbihari, Alan Mahon, EJ Martin

Alkaline is play about faith, friendship and fear. A play about British identity and who chooses to define it. A play about change, painful endings and new beginnings. Where does our duty lie? And do we ever dare to be different?

END OF THE PIER
• Theatre: Park Theatre
• First Preview: July 11, 2018
• Opening: July 16, 2018
• Playwright: Danny Robins
• Director: Hannah Price
• Cast: Les Dennis, Nitin Ganatra, Tala Gouveia, Blake Harrison

End Of The Pier tells the story of a former national treasure, Bobby, whose cherished career is grinding to a halt. From a life of stardom to second-rate panto performances and swathes of solitude, his glory days are well and truly behind him. But before he has the chance to embrace his dimming status, his life is suddenly once again launched into the stars by the nation’s favourite comedian, Michael – who needs his help to save his career. The limelight suddenly beckons once more for Michael – but his experiences have instilled in him a nagging doubt. A dark question lurks behind the laughs: what if, inside, you’re not the person everyone thinks you are?

A MONSTER CALLS
• Theatre: The Old Vic
• First Preview: July 7, 2018
• Opening: July 17, 2018
• Playwright: Based on the novel by Patrick Ness, inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd, devised by the company
• Director: Sally Cookson
• Cast: Hammed Animashaun, Nandi Bhebhe, Selina Cadell, Matt Costain, Georgia Frost, Stuart Goodwin, Felix Hayes, Jonathan Holby, John Leader, Marianne Oldham, Matthew Tennyson, Witney White, Tessa Wood

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

TWO FOR THE SEESAW
• Theatre: Trafalgar Studios 2
• First Preview: July 12, 2018
• Opening: July 17, 2018
• Playwright: William Gibson
• Director: Gary Condes
• Cast: Charles Dorfman, Elsie Bennet

New York City. The late 1950's. Two broken souls reach out to each other in an attempt to stick themselves back together again. Jerry the brooding Nebraska lawyer has relocated to New York City to escape an unhappy marriage and meets a beatnik dancer from the Bronx, Gittel, whose life is drifting after a number of failed relationships in William Gibson’s timeless comedy drama. Despite their very different backgrounds and personalities, this unlikely couple embark on a bittersweet and tempestuous love affair which forces them to confront, with heartfelt honesty, the very nature of who they are and want they want from love and life. Their relationship hits the rocks when their lingering ties to previous partners and the differences in their backgrounds and temperaments come to the fore.

PITY
• Theatre: Royal Court Theatre- Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
• First Preview: July 12, 2018
• Opening: July 18, 2018
• Playwright: Rory Mullarkey
• Director: Sam Pritchard
• Cast: Paul Bentall, Sandy Grierson, Helena Lymbery, Sophia Di Martino, Siobhán McSweeney, Francesca Mills, Abraham Popoola, Paul G Raymond, Dorian Simpson

A normal day. A person stands in the market square watching the world go by. What happens next verges on the ridiculous. There’s ice cream. Sunshine. Shops. Some dogs. A wedding. Bombs. Candles. Blood. Lightning. Sandwiches. Snipers. Looting. Gunshots. Babies. Actors. Azaleas. Famine. Fountains. Statues. Atrocities. And tanks. (Probably). Rory Mullarkey’s new play asks whether things really are getting worse. And if we care.

ALLELUJAH!
• Theatre: The Bridge Theatre
• First Preview: July 11, 2018
• Opening: July 19, 2018
• Playwright: Alan Bennett
• Director: Nicholas Hytner
• Cast: Samuel Barnett, Sam Bond, Jacqueline Chan, Jacqueline Clarke, Sacha Dhawan, Rosie Ede, Patricia England,Deborah Findlay, Peter Forbes, Julia Foster, Manish Gandhi, Colin Haigh, Richie Hart, Nadine Higgin, Nicola Hughes, Anna Lindup

The Beth, an old fashioned cradle-to-grave hospital serving a town on the edge of the Pennines, is threatened with closure as part of an NHS efficiency drive. Meanwhile, a documentary crew eager to capture its fight for survival follows the daily struggle to find beds on the Dusty Springfield Geriatric Ward, and the triumphs of the old people’s choir (newest member: the Pudsey Nightingale).

SPAMILTON
• Theatre: Menier Chocolate Factory
• First Preview: July 12, 2018
• Opening: July 24, 2018
• Author: Gerard Alessandrini
• Director: Gerard Alessandrini
• Cast: Mark Akinfolarin, Jason Denton, Eddie Eliott, Liam Tamne, Julie Yammanee, Sophie-Loiuse Dann, Damian Humbley

From Gerard Alessandrini, the mastermind behind the legendary Forbidden Broadway, comes a side-splitting new musical that roasts, eviscerates and celebrates Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit musical Hamilton.

EXIT THE KING
• Theatre: National Theatre- Olivier Theatre
• First Preview: July 17, 2018
• Opening: July 25, 2018
• Playwright: Eugene Ionesco, in a new adaptation by Patrick Marber
• Director: Patrick Marber
• Cast: Rhys Ifans, Indira Varma, Sarah Campbell, Debra Gillett, Derek Griffiths, Amy Morgan, Adrian Scarborough

Patrick Marber adapts and directs Ionesco's glorious dark comedy Exit the King. Somewhere in Europe the kingdom is disintegrating. It’s the last day of King Bérenger’s life. Queen Marguerite is preparing for the end and Queen Marie is in denial. The King is 400 years old and dying, but he’s clinging on for dear life...

KING LEAR
• Theatre: Duke of York's Theatre
• First Preview: July 11, 2018
• Opening: July 26, 2018
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Jonathan Munby
• Cast: Ian McKellen, Sinéad Cusack, Danny Webb, Kirsty Bushell, James Corrigan, Lloyd Hutchinson, Claire Price, Luke Thompson, Anita-Joy Uwajeh, Anthony Howell, Daniel Rabin

Following its sold-out run at Chichester Festival Theatre, Jonathan Munby’s explosive revival of Shakespeare’s epic tragedy moves to the West End with a celebrated cast led by Ian McKellen as the embittered monarch in a fractured kingdom. With its intimate staging, this contemporary, dystopian production places audiences at the centre of the storm as family and state are plunged into a violent power struggle with shocking ends.

HOME, I'M DARLING
• Theatre: National Theatre- Dorfman Theatre
• First Preview: July 24, 2018
• Opening: July 31, 2018
• Playwright: Laura Wade
• Director: Tamara Harvey
• Cast: Sara Gregory, Richard Harrington, Barnaby Kay, Katherine Parkinson, Sian Thomas

How happily married are the happily married? Every marriage needs a little fantasy to keep it sparkling. But behind the gingham curtains, being a domestic goddess isn’t as easy as it looks… Laura Wade makes her National Theatre debut with Home, I’m Darling, a new comedy about sex, cake and the quest to be a perfect 50s housewife.

OTHELLO
• Theatre: Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
• First Preview: July 20, 2018
• Opening: August 1, 2018
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Claire van Kampen
• Cast: Sheila Atin, Catherine Bailey, William Chubb, Steffan Donnelly, André Holland, Micah Loubon, Ira Mandela Siobhan, Aaron Pierre, Mark Rylance, Clemmie Sveaas, Badria Timimi, Jessica Warbeck

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

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• Theatre: Almeida Theatre
• Opening: August 1, 2018
• Playwright: Joer Smet, Angelo Tijssens, Karolien De Bleser, Alexander Devriendt
• Director: Alexander Devriendt
• Cast: TBA

For one night only we invite you to join the super-rich. The 1%. You will call the shots. You will be the centre of the economy. You will have the power. Given the chance to do things your way - will you play it safe or risk it all? World-renowned Belgian theatre company Ontroerend Goed brings its award-winning immersive production to the Almeida Theatre for a limited run.

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
• Theatre: Vaudeville Theatre
• First Preview: July 20, 2018
• Opening: August 2, 2018
• Playwright: Oscar Wilde
• Director: Michael Fentiman
• Cast: Sophie Thompson, Pippa Nixon, Fiona Button, Stella Gonet, Jeremy Swift

Widely considered one of the funniest plays in English, Wilde’s much loved masterpiece The Importance Of Being Earnest throws love, logic and language into the air to make one of theatre’s most dazzling firework displays. The Importance Of Being Earnest plays as part of Classic Spring’s celebratory Oscar Wilde season at the Vaudeville.

CARMEN LA CUBANA
• Theatre: Sadler's Wells
• Opening: August 1, 2018
• Music: Gerorges Bizet, with new orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire
• Director: Christopher Renshaw
• Cast: TBA

Carmen La Cubana is a sizzling new musical featuring Bizet’s classic score flavoured with authentic Cuban styles. Inspired by Oscar Hammerstein II’s Broadway hit Carmen Jones, Christopher Renshaw directs this UK premiere, with new orchestrations by Tony Award winner Alex Lacamoire, mixing opera with salsa, mambo, rumba and cha-cha-cha and including musical favourites such as Habanera. Featuring a large company of singers, dancers and musicians, Carmen La Cubana is a sultry take on one of the most famous operas ever created, set against the simmering turmoil of Revolution in Cuba, 1958.

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

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

SPIRAL
• Theatre: Park Theatre
• First Preview: August 7, 2018
• Opening: August 8, 2018
• Playwright: Abigail Hood
• Director: TBA
• Cast: Abigail Hood, Kevin Tomlinson

Struggling to cope with the disappearance of his teenage daughter, secondary school teacher Tom decides to book a young escort (Leah) to help him fill the void. Little does he realise the impact this will have on both their lives and the lives of those closest to them. With a cast of four, this thrilling contemporary play explores lives in crisis and the need within the human spirit to cling to another person, no matter what the cost. But do we really know the people we are closest to? What happens when trust breaks down? Does our past shape our future? Can other people save us? Or must we save ourselves?

ARISTOCRATS
• Theatre: Donmar Warehouse
• First Preview: August 2 , 2018
• Opening: August 9, 2018
• Playwright: Brian Friel
• Director: Lyndsey Turner
• Cast: Elaine Cassidy, David Dawson, David Ganly, Emmet Kirwan, Aisling Loftus, Ciaran McIntyre, Eileen Walsh

Ballybeg Hall once played host to grand balls, musical evenings, tennis parties: its rooms busy, bursting with painters, poets and politicians. And presiding over all of it, the imposing figure of Judge O’Donnell. Now, on the eve of a wedding, the O’Donnell children return to their ancestral home to find that the rot has set in. Lyndsey Turner returns to the Donmar to direct Brian Friel’s haunting play about a generation whose past threatens to obliterate its future.

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
• Theatre: Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
• First Preview: August 3 , 2018
• Opening: August 9, 2018
• Music: Alan Menken
• Book and Lyrics: Howard Ashman
• Director: Maria Aberg
• Cast: Marc Antolin, Renée Lamb, Forbes Masson, Christina Modestou, Seyi Omooba, Jemima Rooper, Vicky Vox, Matt Willis

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

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

Emilia Bassano was born into a musical family in 1569. She went on to become a published poet and a member of the court. However, what little we know about her has become bound up with the possibility that she was Shakespeare’s ‘Dark Lady of the Sonnets.’ This legacy has erased her own achievements in favour of those of a man she may or may not have known. For the first time, the focus will be on this brilliant woman who managed to outlive all the men the history books tethered her to. Introducing to the world: Emilia! She’s going to make you remember her name.

DAVID WALLIAMS' GANGSTA GRANNY
• Theatre: Harold Pinter Theatre
• First Preview: August 14 , 2018
• Opening: August 16, 2018
• Playwright: Neal Foster, adapted from the book by David Walliams
• Director: Neal Foster
• Cast: Tom Cawte, Jenny Gayner, Jason Furnival, Louise Bailey, Aosaf Afzal, Emma Matthews, Oliver Hume, Danny Hendrix, Lauren Taylor

It's Friday night and Ben knows that means only one thing - staying with Granny! There will be cabbage soup, cabbage pie and cabbage cake to eat and Ben knows one thing for sure - it's going to be soooooo boring! But what Ben doesn't know is that Granny has a secret - and Friday nights are about to get more exciting than he could possibly imagine, as he embarks on the adventure of a lifetime with his very own Gangsta Granny!

THINGS OF DRY HOURS
• Theatre: Young Vic Theatre- The Clare
• First Preview: August 15 , 2018
• Opening: August 21, 2018
• Playwright: Naomi Wallace
• Director: Debbie Hannan
• Cast: TBA

Tice Hogan and his daughter Cali live a quiet life, keeping their heads down, reading the Bible, Karl Marx, and washing the rich folks’ laundry. Until one day an unknown white factory worker crashes into their lives. Weaving the spiritual into the political, Things of Dry Hours interrogates the idea that humans cannot change; are we really all that black and white?

THE RISE AND FALL OF LITTLE VOICE
• Theatre: Park Theatre
• First Preview: August 16 , 2018
• Opening: August 21, 2018
• Playwright: Jim Cartwright
• Director: Tom Latter
• Cast: Sally George, Rafaella Hutchinson, Jamie Rose Monk

A timid and brilliant young woman, Little Voice has a hidden talent - she can sing like the greatest divas of the 20th Century. Living a lonely life in a northern town, all she wants is to be safe in her room with her records. No chance with mother Mari on the rampage – she’s after booze, a man, a greasy breakfast, and a working phoneline. When local impresario Ray forces Little Voice into the spotlight, her transformation astounds everyone. Then the battle between mother and daughter truly erupts. Funny, brutal, beautiful and sad, Jim Cartwright’s timeless and ultimately uplifting tale is a comic tragedy about finding your voice in a noisy world.

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

Self-denial is in fashion at the court of Navarre where the young king and three of his courtiers solemnly forswear all pleasures in favour of serious study. But when the Princess of France and her entourage arrive, it isn’t long before the all-male ‘academe’ have broken every one of their self-imposed rules. Shakespeare’s boisterous send-up of all those who try to turn their back on life is a dazzling parade of every weapon in the youthful playwright’s arsenal, from excruciating cross-purposes and impersonations to drunkenness and bust-ups. It’s a banquet of language, groaning with puns, rhymes and grotesque coinages

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

Somewhere in America, a revolution is coming. An army of competitive dancers is ready to take over the world, one routine at a time. With a pre-teen battle for power and perfection raging on and off stage, Dance Nation is a ferocious exploration of youth, ambition and self-discovery.

EUGENIUS!
• Theatre: The Other Place
• First Preview: September 1, 2018
• Opening: September 5, 2018
• Book, Music and Lyrics: Ben Adams and Chris Wilkins
• Director: Ian Talbot
• Cast: TBA

Ingenious new musical Eugenius! returns to The Other Palace for a second limited run this year, transporting you to a world of comic books and superheroes in that most glorious of decades: the 1980s.

SIX THE MUSICAL
• Theatre: Arts Theatre
• First Preview: August 30, 2018
• Opening: September 6, 2018
• Authors: Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss
• Directors: Lucy Moss and Jamie Armitage
• Cast: TBA

DIVORCED. BEHEADED. LIVE IN CONCERT! From Tudor queens to pop princesses, the six wives of Henry VIII finally take the mic to tell their tale, remixing five hundred years of her-storical heartbreak into a 75-minute celebration of sisterly sass-itude.

SYLVIA
• Theatre: The Old Vic
• First Preview: September 1, 2018
• Opening: September 6, 2018
• Music: Josh Cohen and DJ Walde
• Lyrics: Kate Prince, Josh Cohen and DJ Walde
• Book: Kate Prince and Priya Parmar
• Director: Kate Prince
• Cast: Genesis Lynea, Beverley Knight, Delroy Atkinson, Carly Bawden, Verity Blyth, John Dagleish, Jade Hackett, Todd Holdsworth, Izuka Hoyle, Tachia Newall, Maria Omakinwa, Karl Queensborough, Ross Sands, Witney White, Eliotte Williams N'Dure

100 years after the first women in Britain were granted the vote, Kate Prince combines dance, hip hop, soul and funk to shed new light on a remarkable story at the heart of the Suffragette movement. Co-written by Kate Prince and Priya Parmar with original music by Josh Cohen and DJ Walde, Sylvia is a modern musical celebrating the life of Sylvia Pankhurst, her pivotal role in the campaign for women’s rights and the price of the passion and politics that tore her family apart.

DISTANCE
• Theatre: Park Theatre
• First Preview: September 5, 2018
• Opening: September 7, 2018
• Playwright: Alex McSweeney
• Director: Simon Pittman
• Cast: TBA

Steven, recently separated and heading towards divorce, bumps into an old friend on the journey to a job interview. A complex recent past and a fragile present collide, as Steven tries to make sense of the world around him and his place within it. We accelerate headlong into Steven’s chaotic and troubled inner life, as the everyday encounter unravels into something dark, disturbing and unrestrained.

THE WOODS
• Theatre: Royal Court Theatre - Jerwood Theatre Upstairs
• First Preview: September 5, 2018
• Opening: September 11, 2018
• Playwright: Robert Alan Evans
• Director: Lucy Morrison
• Cast: TBA

“Why you always got to dig things up?” A cabin deep in the woods. A lost boy buried in the snow. A lone woman. And her wolf. “You think you could keep him? You know where that ends up. Don’t you. You no good with kids.” Robert Alan Evans returns to the Royal Court with this new play directed by Lucy Morrison.

WASTED
• Theatre: Southwark Playhouse
• First Preview: September 6, 2018
• Opening: September 12, 2018
• Music: Christopher Ash
• Book and Lyrics: Carl Miller
• Director: Adam Lenson
• Cast: TBA

Through the lens of a rock documentary, Wasted gives an access-all-areas account of the struggles, heartbreaks and triumphs of the three Brontë sisters Charlotte, Emily, Anne, and their brother Branwell. Brought up in a remote, poverty-stricken town in Yorkshire, without money or opportunity, they fought ill-health, unrequited love and family feuds to write some of the most celebrated literature including Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. Never afraid to rebel against expectations, the lives behind the pages expose a struggling, squabbling, ferociously driven, drug-fuelled crash and burn trajectory from obscurity to celebrity and ultimately to their untimely deaths. This is the Brontës as you’ve never seen them before.

THE PRISONER
• Theatre: National Theatre- Dorfman Theatre
• First Preview: September 12, 2018
• Opening: September 17, 2018
• Playwright: Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne
• Director: Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne
• Cast: Hiran Abeysekera, Hervé Goffings, Omar Silva, Kalieaswari Srinivasan, Donald Sumpter

Somewhere in the world, a man sits alone outside a prison. Who is he, and why is he there? Is it a choice, or a punishment? Peter Brook and his long-time collaborator Marie-Hélène Estienne return to London with a provocative study of what it means to be free. Asking profound questions about justice, guilt and redemption, The Prisoner brings together a cast of acclaimed actors from around the world to explore some of the most compelling issues of our time.

THE OTHER PLACE
• Theatre: Park Theatre
• First Preview: September 19, 2018
• Opening: September 24, 2018
• Playwright: Sharr White
• Director: Claire van Kampen
• Cast: Karen Archer

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.

PINTER AT THE PINTER: THE LOVER/THE COLLECTION
• Theatre: Harold Pinter Theatre
• First Preview: September 13, 2018
• Opening: September 27, 2018
• Playwright: Harold Pinter Theatre
• Director: Jamie Lloyd
• Cast: John Macmillan, David Suchet

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.

PINTER AT THE PINTER: ONE FOR THE ROAD/ THE NEW WORLD ORDER/ MOUNTAIN LANGUAGE/ ASHES TO ASHES
• Theatre: Harold Pinter Theatre
• First Preview: September 6, 2018
• Opening: September 28, 2018
• Playwright: Harold Pinter Theatre
• Director: Jamie Lloyd
• Cast: John Macmillan, David Suchet

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.

UNEXPECTED JOY
• Theatre: Royal Court Theatre - Jerwood Theatre Upstairs
• First Preview: September 6, 2018
• Opening: September 29, 2018
• Music: Janet Hood
• Book and Lyrics: Bill Russell
• Director: Amy Anders Corcoran
• Cast: TBA

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!

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

1665. As the plague runs rife through London, Reverend William Mompesson arrives in Eyam, Derbyshire, to lead the parish. But Eyam is no sleepy backwater; it is a village at war with itself. The community has dissolved, and neighbour feuds with neighbour under the watchful eye of a ruthless landowner bent on maintaining his grip on the village. When the plague arrives in Eyam, the villagers are tasked with examining their civil responsibility, as they must decide whether to stay quarantined, or flee and risk spreading the deadly disease.

DEBRIS STEVENSON
• 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

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.

ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA
• 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.

BULLET HOLE
• Theatre: Park Theatre
• First Preview: October 2, 2018
• Opening: October 5, 2018
• Playwright: Gloria Williams
• Director: Lara Genovese
• Cast: TBA

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…

THE HEIGHT OF THE STORM
• Theatre: Wyndham's Theatre
• First Preview: October 2, 2018
• Opening: October 9, 2018
• Playwright: Florian Zeller, translated by Christopher Hamptom
• Director: Jonathan Kent
• Cast: Eileen Atkins, Jonathan Pryce

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

TWELFTH NIGHT
• 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: Gabrielle Brooks, Gbmisola Ikumelo, Jonathan Livingstone, Silas Wyatt-Barke

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.

I'M NOT RUNNING
• 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?

COMPANY
• Theatre: Gielgud Theatre
• First Preview: September 26, 2018
• Opening: October 10, 2018
• Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim
• Book: George Furth
• Director: Marianne Elliott
• Cast: Rosalie Craig, Patti LuPone, Mel Giedroyc

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

othellomacbeth
• Theatre: Lyric Theatre Hammersmith
• First Preview: October 5, 2018
• Opening: October 10, 2018
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Jude Christian and Sean Holmes
• Cast: TBA

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

MEASURE FOR MEASURE
• Theatre: Donmar Warehouse
• First Preview: September 28, 2018
• Opening: October 11, 2018
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Josie Rourke
• Cast: Hayley Atwell, Jack Lowden

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.

THE INHERITANCE
• Theatre: Noel Coward Theatre
• First Preview: September 21, 2018
• Opening: October 13, 2018
• Playwright: Matthew Lopez
• Director: Stephen Daldry
• Cast: John Benjamin Hickey, Andrew Burnap, Paul Hilton, Samuel H. Levine, Hugo Bolton, Robert Boulter, Hubert Burton, Syrus Lowe, Michael Marcus, Kyle Soller, Michael Walters, Vanessa Redgrave

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?

THE TRENCH
• Theatre: Southwark Playhouse
• First Preview: October 10, 2018
• Opening: October 16, 2018
• Playwright: Oliver Lansley
• Directors: James Seager and Oliver Lansley
• Cast: TBA

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?

STORIES
• Theatre: National Theatre- Dorfman Theatre
• First Preview: October 10, 2018
• Opening: October 17, 2018
• Playwright: Nina Raine
• Director: Nina Raine
• Cast: Claudie Blakley

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.

THE WIPERS TIMES
• 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.

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

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

MACBETH
• 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

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.

HONOUR
• Theatre: Park Theatre
• First Preview: October 25, 2018
• Opening: October 30, 2018
• Playwright: Joanna Murray-Smith
• Director: Paul Robinson
• Cast: TBA

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.

EAR FOR EYE
• 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: TBA

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

ROMEO AND JULIET
• Theatre: Barbican Theatre
• Opening: November 2, 2018
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Erica Whyman
• Cast: Bally Gill, Karen Fishwick

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.

A PUPIL
• Theatre: Park Theatre
• First Preview: October 31, 2018
• Opening: November 5, 2018
• Playwright: Jesse Briton
• Director: Jessica Daniels
• Cast: TBA

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.

WAR HORSE
• 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.

DON QUIXOTE
• 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

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.

HADESTOWN
• Theatre: National Theatre - Olivier Theatre
• First Preview: November 2, 2018
• Opening: November 13, 2018
• Book, Music and Lyrics: Anaïs Mitchell
• Director: Rachel Chavkin
• Cast: TBA

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.

PINTER AT THE PINTER: LANDSCAPE/ A KIND OF ALASKA
• Theatre: Harold Pinter Theatre
• First Preview: October 25, 2018
• Opening: November 15, 2018
• Playwright: Harold Pinter
• Director: Jamie Lloyd
• Cast: Tamsin Greig

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.

PINTER AT THE PINTER: MOONLIGHT/ NIGHT SCHOOL
• Theatre: Harold Pinter Theatre
• First Preview: November, 11 2018
• Opening: November 16, 2018
• Playwright: Harold Pinter
• Directors: Lyndsey Turner and Ed Stambollouian
• Cast: TBA

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.

SUMMER AND SMOKE
• 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.


DICK WHITTINGTON
• Theatre: Lyric Theatre Hammersmith
• First Preview: November 17, 2018
• Opening: November 24, 2018
• Playwright: Jude Christian and Cariad Lloyd
• Cast: TBA

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.

CAROLINE, OR CHANGE
• Theatre: Playhouse Theatre
• Opening: November 29, 2018
• Music: Jeanine Tesori
• Lyrics: Tony Kushner
• Director: Michael Longhurst
• Cast: Sharon D Clarke

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.

HOLE
• 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).

THE BAND
• 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.

TRUE WEST
• Theatre: Vaudeville Theatre
• First Preview: November 23, 2018
• Opening: December 4, 2018
• Playwright: Sam Shepard
• Director: Matthew Dunster
• Cast: Kit Harrington, Johnny Flynn

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.

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

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

A CHRISTMAS CAROL
• 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: TBA

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).

PETER PAN
• 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.

THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR
• Theatre: Barbican Theatre
• Opening: December 7, 2018
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Fiona Laird
• Cast: David Troughton

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.

DIALEKTIKON
• 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.

THE TELL- TALE HEART
• 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.

THE CANE
• 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.

SNOW WHITE
• 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.

THE CONVERT
• Theatre: Young Vic Theatre
• First Preview: December 7, 2018
• Opening: December 15, 2018
• Playwright: Danai Gurira
• Director: TBA
• Cast: TBA

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…

PINTER AT THE PINTER: THE ROOM/ VICTORIA STATION/ FAMILY VOICES
• Theatre: Harold Pinter Theatre
• First Preview: December 13, 2018
• Opening: January 3, 2019
• Playwright: Harold Pinter
• Director: Patrick Marber
• Cast: Jane Horrocks, Emma Naomi, 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?

NOTRE DAME DE PARIS
• 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.

ALYS, ALWAYS
• 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?

WHEN WE HAVE SUFFICIENTLY TORTURED EACH OTHER: TWELVE VARIATIONS ON SAMUEL RICHARDSON'S 'PAMELA'
• 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.

A SLIGHT ACHE/ THE DUMB WAITER
• 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.

FOLLIES
• 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.

JESUS HOPPED THE 'A' TRAIN
• 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?

ON YOUR FEET!
• 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.

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