Schedule of Upcoming London Shows

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

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

THE PHLEBOTOMIST
• Theatre: Hampstead Theatre Downstairs
• First Preview: April 12, 2018
• Opening: April 18, 2018
• Playwright: Ella Road
• Director: Sam Yates
• Cast: Jade Anouka, Rory Fleck Byrne, Vincent Ebrahim, Charelle Skeete

In a world where future happiness depends on a single, inescapable blood test – which dictates everything from credit rating to dating prospects - how far will people go to beat the system and let nature take its course? Ella Road’s debut play is a powerfully provocative vision of the future, questioning the value we place on one another, whether knowledge really is power, and if it’s truly possible for love to conquer all.

FACELESS
• Theatre: Park Theatre
• First Preview: April 17, 2018
• Opening: April 19, 2018
• Playwright: Selina Fillinger
• Director: Prav MJ
• Cast: Page Round, Matt Mella, Fiona Gent, Sam Thorpe-Spinks, Fearon McElroy

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

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

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

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

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

THE WRITER
• Theatre: Almeida Theatre
• First Preview: April 14, 2018
• Opening: April 24, 2018
• Playwright: Ella Hickson
• Director: Blanche McIntyre
• Cast: Romola Garai, MIchael Gould, Lara Rossi, Samuel West

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

THE PRUDES
• Theatre: Royal Court Theatre- Jerwood Theatre Upstairs
• First Preview: April 18, 2018
• Opening: April 24, 2018
• Playwright: Anthony Neilson
• Director: Anthony Neilson
• Cast: Jonjo O'Neill, Sophie Russell

They haven’t “done it” in a year. Now they’re coming together in a last-ditch effort to re-boot their sex life and save their relationship. But a lot has changed in that year; for them and for the world. Will the old moves still work? Leave your car-keys in the bowl. You are invited to watch.

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

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

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

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

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

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

CHESS
• Theatre: London Coliseum
• First Preview: April 26, 2018
• Opening: May 1, 2018
• Music: Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus
• Lyrics: Tim Rice
• Director: Laurence Connor
• Cast: Michael Ball, Tim Howar, Alexandra Burke, Cassidy Janson, Cedric Neal, Philip Browne

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

WHY IS THE SKY BLUE?
• Theatre: Southwark Playhouse
• First Preview: April 26, 2018
• Opening: May 1, 2018
• Playwrights: Abbey Wright, Shireen Mula and Matt Regan
• Director: Abbey Wright
• Cast: TBA

The world premiere of Why is the Sky Blue? (Or How to Make Slime) is an extraordinary new show exploring love, connection and the impact of pornography on children. Searching, fearless, intimate, and with a frank honesty only the young can bring, Why is the Sky Blue? is drawn from interviews with thousands of children across the UK. The young company perform verbatim songs – from the profound to the very silly – and share the experiences today’s younger generation face in their own words. With a live score, the show will be different every night.

MOOD MUSIC
• Theatre: The Old Vic
• First Preview: April 21, 2018
• Opening: May 2, 2018
• Playwright: Joe Penhall
• Director: Roger Michell
• Cast: Ben Chaplin, Pip Carter, Kurt Egyuwan, Seána Kerslake, Jemma Redgrave, Neil Stuke

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

AN IDEAL HUSBAND
• Theatre: Vaudeville Theatre
• First Preview: April 20, 2018
• Opening: May 3, 2018
• Playwright: Oscar Wilde
• Director: Jonathan Church
• Cast: Edward Fox, Freddie Fox, Frances Barber, Sally Bretton, Nathaniel Parker, Susan Hampshire

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DESCRIBE THE NIGHT
• Theatre: Hampstead Theatre
• First Preview: April 30, 2018
• Opening: May 9, 2018
• Playwright: Rajiv Jospeh
• Director: Lisa Spirling
• Cast: David Birrell, Ben Caplan, Siena Kelly, Wendy Kweh, Joel MacCormack, Rebecca O'Mara, Steve John Shepherd

In 1920, the Russian writer Isaac Babel reports on a Red Cavalry campaign in Poland. In 1936, Stalin’s NKVD chief Nicolai Yezhov unleashes the Great Purge. In 1989, a mysterious KGB agent spying on a woman in Dresden falls in love. In 2010, an aircraft carrying most of the Polish government crashes near the Russian city of Smolensk. This darkly comic fantasia on Russian themes explores the blurred lines between lies, fiction and conspiracy theories, as it tracks back and forth across 90 years of Soviet and post-Soviet history in search of the genesis of the post-truth world.

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

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

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

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

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

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

3 WOMEN
• Theatre: Trafalgar Studios 2
• Opening: May 15, 2018
• Playwright: Katy Brand
• Director: Michael Yale
• Cast: Anita Dobson, Debbie Chazen, Maisie Richardson-Sellers

From generation to generation, from Mother to Daughter, this female-led play explores what it means to be a woman in the 21st century and the consequences of the generational gap on our attitudes, cultural expectations and family dynamic. From wedding celebrations to relationship disillusionment, 3 Women is razor-sharp funny and caustically irresistible.

HAMLET
• Theatre: Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
• First Preview: April 25 2018
• Opening: May 17, 2018
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Federay Holmes
• Cast: Catrin Aaron, Yarit Dor, James Garnon, Federay Holmes, Coln Hurley, Bettrys Jones, Richard Katz, Jack Laskey, James Maloney, Nadia Nadarajah, Ellan Parry, Pearce Quigley, Shubham Saraf, Helen Schlesinger, Michelle Terry, Elle While, Sian Williams, Tanika Yearwood

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

AS YOU LIKE IT
• Theatre: Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
• First Preview: May 2 2018
• Opening: May 17, 2018
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Federay Holmes
• Cast: Catrin Aaron, Yarit Dor, James Garnon, Federay Holmes, Coln Hurley, Bettrys Jones, Richard Katz, Jack Laskey, James Maloney, Nadia Nadarajah, Ellan Parry, Pearce Quigley, Shubham Saraf, Helen Schlesinger, Michelle Terry, Elle While, Sian Williams, Tanika Yearwood

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

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

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

PETER PAN
• Theatre: Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
• First Preview: May 17, 2018
• Opening: May 24, 2018
• Playwright: J.M. Barrie
• Director: Timothy Sheader & Liam Steel
• Cast: Fiston Barek, Dennis Herdman, Cora Kirk, Theo Cowan, Omari Douglas, Elisa De Grey, Sam Angell, Raphael Bushay, Fred Davis, Caroline Deyga, Lewis Griffin, Willy Hudson, Arthur Kyeyune, Kyle Lima, Tim Preston, Lousi Quaye, John Sandeman, Ed Wade

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

CONFIDENCE
• Theatre: Southwark Playhouse
• First Preview: May 23, 2018
• Opening: May 25, 2018
• Playwright: Judy Upton
• Director: Rob Drummer
• Cast: Tanya Burr, Anna Crichlow, Vauxhall Jermaine, Will Pattle, Rhys Yates

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

CONSENT
• Theatre: Harold Pinter Theatre
• First Preview: May 18, 2018
• Opening: May 29, 2018
• Playwright: Nina Raine
• Director: Roger Michell
• Cast: Claudie Blakley, Stephen Campbell Moore, Adam James, Heather Craney

Why is justice blind? Is she impartial? Or is she blinkered? Friends Ed and Matt take opposing briefs in a rape case. The key witness is a woman whose life seems a world away from theirs. At home, their own lives begin to unravel as every version of the truth is challenged. Nina Raine’s powerful, painful, funny play sifts the evidence from every side and puts justice herself in the dock.

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

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

TARTUFFE
• Theatre: Theatre Royal Haymarket
• First Preview: May 25, 2018
• Opening: May 29, 2018
• Playwright: Molière, adapted by Christopher Hampton
• Director: Gerald Garutti
• Cast: Paul Anderson, George Blagden, Jaz Deol, Zachary Fall, John Faulkner, Audrey Fleurot, Paikan Garutti, Annick Le Goff, Claude Perron, Sebastian Roché, Olivia Ross, Vincent Winterhalter

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

THE TWO NOBLE KINSMEN
• Theatre: Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
• First Preview: May 25, 2018
• Opening: May 30, 2018
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Barrie Rutter
• Cast: Moyo Akandé, Jude Akuwudike, Andy Cryer, Sue Devaney, Bryan Dick, Matt Henry, Melissa James, Francesca Mills, Kat Rose-Martin, Paul Stocker, Ellora Torchia, Jon Trenchard, Jos Vantyler

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

TRANSLATIONS
• Theatre: National Theatre- Olivier Theatre
• First Preview: May 22
• Opening: May 30
• Playwright: Brian Friel
• Director: Ian Rickson
• Cast: Ciarán Hinds, Dermot Crowley, Aoife Duffin, Adetomiwa Edun, Michelle Fox, Laurence Kinlan, Colin Morgan, Seamus O’Hara, Judith Roddy, and Rufus Wright

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

FATHERLAND
• Theatre: Lyric Theatre Hammersmith
• First Preview: May 25, 2018
• Opening: May 31, 2018
• Playwright: Co-created by Scott Graham for Frantic Assembly, Karl Hyde and Simon Stephens
• Director: Scott Graham
• Cast: Mark Arends, Declan Bennett, Nyasha Hatendi, Joseph Alessi, Luke Brown, Craig Stein, Ankit Giri, Michael Begley, David Judge, Neil McCaul, Tachia Newall, Luke Rigg, James Doherty

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

THE STRANGE DEATH OF JOHN DOE
• Theatre: Hampstead Theatre Downstairs
• First Preview: May 25, 2018
• Opening: May 31, 2018
• Playwright: Fiona Doyle
• Director: Edward Hall
• Cast: TBA

London – the present day. The unidentified body of a young man with fatal head injuries is found face down in a suburban street. Who is he and where did he come from? He has no ID and nobody witnessed anything. It’s as if he has just fallen from the sky…Clinically named as ‘John Doe’ by the pathologists working on the case, they must uncover the truth and piece his story – and body – back together. A breakthrough sends DC John Kavura into overdrive and as his investigation unravels, he uncovers a haunting story of our time.

KILLER JOE
• Theatre: Trafalgar Studios 1
• First Preview: May 18, 2018
• Opening: June 6, 2018
• Playwright: Tracy Letts
• Director: Simon Evans
• Cast: Orlando Bloom, Sophie Cookson, Adam Gillen, Neve McIntosh, Steffan Rhodri

Orlando Bloom stars as a cop who moonlights as a killer-for-hire in the multi award-winning Tracy Letts’ blackly comic thriller, Killer Joe. The Smith family hatch a plan to murder their estranged matriarch for her insurance money. They hire Joe Cooper, a police detective and part-time contract killer, to do the job. But once he enters their trailer home and comes face to face with their innocent daughter, the plan spirals out of control…

MY NAME IS LUCY BARTON
• Theatre: Bridge Theatre
• First Preview: June 2, 2018
• Opening: June 6, 2018
• Playwright: Elizabeth Strout, adapted for the stage by Rona Munro
• Director: Richard Eyre
• Cast: Laura Linney

Unsteady after an operation, Lucy Barton wakes to find her mother sitting at the foot of her bed. She hasn’t seen her in years, and her visit brings back to Lucy her desperate rural childhood, and her escape to New York. As she begins to find herself as a writer, she is still gripped by the urgent complexities of family life. Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout’s best-selling short novel, a haunting dramatic monologue, captivated readers in 2016. Lucy Barton will be played by three-time Academy Award and four-time Tony nominee Laura Linney, making her London debut.

JULIE
• Theatre: National Theatre- Lyttelton Theatre
• First Preview: May 31, 2018
• Opening: June 7, 2018
• Playwright: August Strinberg, adapted by Polly Stenham
• Director: Carrie Cracknell
• Cast: Eric Kofi Abrefa, Thalissa Teixeira, Thomasin Gulgec, Vanessa Kirby, Dak Mashava, Beatriz Meireles, Michela Meazza, Ashley Morgan-Davies, Yuyu Rau, and Petra Söör

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

HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL
• Theatre: The Other Place
• Opening: June 9, 2018
• Book, Music and Lyrics: Laurence O'Keefe and Kevin Murphy
• Director: Andy Fickman
• Cast: Carrie Hope Fletcher

Greetings, salutations. Welcome to Westerberg High, where Veronica Sawyer is just another of the nobodies dreaming of a better day. But when she’s unexpectedly taken under the wings of the three beautiful and impossibly cruel Heathers, her dreams of popularity finally start to come true. Until JD turns up, the mysterious teen rebel who teaches her that it might kill to be a nobody, but it’s murder being a somebody…

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

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

MONOGAMY
• Theatre: Park Theatre
• First Preview: June 6, 2018
• Opening: June 11, 2018
• Playwright: Torben Betts
• Director: Alastair Whatley
• Cast: Janie Dee, Jack Archer, Charlie Brooks, Genevieve Gaunt, Patrick Ryecart, Jack Sandle

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

THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE
• Theatre: Donmar Warehouse
• First Preview: June 4, 2018
• Opening: June 12, 2018
• Playwright: A new adaptation by David Harrower, based on the novel by Muriel Spark
• Director: Polly Findlay
• Cast: Nicola Coughlan, Emma Hindle, Rona Morison, Grace Saif, Sylvestra Le Touzel, Lia Williams, Helena Wilson, Angus Wright, Kit Young

At Marcia Blaine School for Girls, Miss Jean Brodie presides over her ‘set’, her chosen few. In return for their absolute devotion, Miss Brodie will provide an education far beyond the confines of the curriculum. Great teachers leave a mark. Miss Jean Brodie's will never be erased. In the 100th anniversary year of Muriel Spark’s birth, her iconic novel receives an arresting new stage adaptation by David Harrower, with Lia Williams in the title role.

PRESSURE
• Theatre: Ambassadors Theatre
• First Preview: June 6, 2018
• Opening: June 12, 2018
• Playwright: David Haig
• Director: John Dove
• Cast: David Haig, Malcolm Sinclair, Laura Rogers

David Haig’s World War II thriller Pressure, in which hundreds of thousands of lives hinge on two warring meteorologists’ forecasts, makes a West End transfer to the Ambassadors Theatre. Based on a remarkable true story, the brilliant drama centres on remarkable events which took place 72 hours prior to the D-Day landings in 1944.

NOTES FROM THE FIELD
• Theatre: Royal Court Theatre- Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
• Opening: June 13, 2018
• Playwright: Anna Deavere Smith
• Cast: Anna Deavere Smith

One of the most hailed and provocative theatre artists of our time, the award-winning Anna Deavere Smith returns to the Royal Court Theatre’s stage for her first London appearance in over 25 years, with her Obie-Award-winning Notes From the Field. Drawn from interviews with more than 250 students, parents, teachers and staff caught up in the USA’s school-to-prison pipeline, this powerful solo performance shines a light on a lost generation of American youth and exposes a justice system that pushes underprivileged minority communities out of the classroom and into incarceration.

AN OCTOROON
• Theatre: National Theatre- Dorfman Theatre
• First Preview: June, 7 2018
• Opening: June 14, 2018
• Playwright: Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
• Director: Ned Bennett
• Cast: Cassie Clare, Emmanuella Cole, Celeste Dodwell, Iola Evans, Ken Nwosu, Vivian Oparah, Alistair Toovey, Kevin Trainor, and cellist James Douglas

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

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

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

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

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: TBA

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

TAYLOR MAC - A 24 DECADE HISTORY OF POPULAR MUSIC: THE FIRST ACT
• Theatre: 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: TBA

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

Imperium follows Cicero’s triumphs and disasters, through power struggles, civil wars, and personal highs and lows, told through the eyes of Tiro, his loyal secretary. A backstage view of Rome at its most bloody and brutal. Gregory Doran's epic, acclaimed productions of Imperium: The Cicero Plays, based on the bestselling Cicero Trilogy by Robert Harris and adapted by Mike Poulton, will transfer to London’s Gielgud Theatre for a strictly limited season.

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: TBA

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: TBA

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, Ruthie Ann Miles, Dean John-Wilson, Na-Young Jeon

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: TBA

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: TBA

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.

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

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

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: TBA

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: TBA

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

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.

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

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

PITY
• Theatre: Royal Court Theatre- Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
• First Preview: July 12, 2018
• Opening: July 18, 2018
• Playwright: Rory Mullarkey
• Director: Sam Pritchard
• Cast: TBA

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: TBA

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).

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
• Theatre: Vaudeville Theatre
• First Preview: July 20, 2018
• Opening: August 2, 2018
• Playwright: Oscar Wilde
• Director: TBA
• Cast: TBA

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

SYLVIA
• Theatre: The Old Vic
• First Preview: September 1, 2018
• Opening: September 6, 2018
• Music: Josh Cohen and DJ Walde
• Lyrics: Kate Prince, Josh Cohen and DJ Walde
• Book: Kate Prince and Priya Parmar
• Director: Kate Prince
• Cast: TBA

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

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.

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 2018 (TBA)
• Opening: TBA
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Simon Godwin
• Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Sophie Okonedo

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

THE TRENCH
• Theatre: Southwark Playhouse
• First Preview: October 10, 2018
• Opening: October 16
• 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?

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.

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.

WAR HORSE
• Theatre: National Theatre - Olivier 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.

DICK WHITTINGTON
• Theatre: Lyric Theatre Hammersmith
• First Preview: November 17, 2018
• Opening: November 24, 2018
• 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.

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).

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.

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.

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…

ALYS, ALWAYS
• Theatre: The Bridge Theatre
• First Preview: January 23, 2019
• Opening: January 30, 2019
• Playwright: Lucinda Coxon, based ont he 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?

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?

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