Schedule of Upcoming London Shows

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What's announced and what's in previews in the West End.
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THE TRENCH
• Theatre: Southwark Playhouse
• First Preview: October 10, 2018
• Opening: October 16, 2018
• Playwright: Oliver Lansley
• Directors: James Seager and Oliver Lansley
• Cast: Edward Cartwright, James Hastings, Kadell Herida, Oliver Lansley, Alexander Wolfe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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: Kevin Brewer, Clio Davies, Sam Ducane, James Dutton, George Kemp, Chris Levens, Dan Mersh, Amar Aggoun, Joseph Reed, Emilia Williams

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

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

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

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

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, David Acton, Afolabi Ali, Donna Banya, Stevie Basaula, Katy Brittain, Raif Clarke, Paul Dodds, Josh Finan, Bally Gill, Mariam Haque, Michael Hodgson, John Macaulay, Luke Newberry, Tom Padley, Tim Samuels

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

STILL NO IDEA
• Theatre: Royal Court Theatre- Jerwood Theatre Upstairs
• Opening: October 31, 2018
• Playwright: Lisa Hammond and Rachael Spence
• Cast: Lisa Hammond and Rachael Spence

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

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: Jamal Ajala, Tosin Cole, Seroca Davis, George Eggay, Demetri Goritsas, Michelle Greenidge, Eric Kofi Abrefa, Lashana Lynch, Hayden McLean, Kayla Meikle, Shaniqua Okwok, Micholas Pinnock, Sarah Quist, Anita Reynolds, Faz Singhateh, Angela Wynter

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

THE HOES
• Theatre: Hampstead Theatre Downstairs
• First Preview: October 26, 2018
• Opening: November 1, 2018
• Playwright: Ifeyinwa Frederick
• Director: Lakesha Arie-Angelo
• Cast: Aretha Ayeh, Mirieme Diouf, Nicola Maisie Taylor

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

THE FUNERAL DIRECTOR
• Theatre: Southwark Playhouse
• First Preview: October 31, 2018
• Opening: November 2, 2018
• Playwright: Iman Qureshi
• Director: Hannah Hauer-King
• Cast: Jessica Clark, Tom Morley, Aryana Ramkhalawon, Maanuv Thiara

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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,Will Bliss, Raphael Bushay, Farrell Cox, John Cummins, Richard Dempsey, Ruth Everett, Gabriel Fleary, Richard Leeming, Nicholas Lumley, Natasha Magigi, Tom McCall, Joshua McCord, Bathsheba Piepe, Rosa Robson, Timothy Speyer, Eleanor Wyld

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

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: Patrick Page, Amber Gray, Reeve Carney, Eva Noblezada, André De Shields, Rosie Fletcher, Carly Mercedes Dyer, Gloria Onitiri. Sharif Afifi, Beth Hinton-Lever, Seyi Omooba, Aiesha Pease, Joseph Prouse, Jordan Shaw, Shaq Taylor

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

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

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

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: Keith Allen, Tom Edden, Lee Evans, Tamsin Greig, Meera Syal, Penelope Wilton

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: Jessica Barden, Brid Brennan, Janie Dee, Abbie Finn, Robert Glenister, Isis Hainsworth, Peter Polycarpou, Dwane Walcott, Al Weaver

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, Anjana 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
• Theatre: Southwark Playhouse
• First Preview: November 28, 2018
• Opening: November 30, 2018
• Playwright: Anthony Neilson
• Director: Alex Sutton
• Cast: Douggie McMeekin, Michael Salami, Unique Spencer, Dan Starkey

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

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.

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).

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

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

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, Madeleine Potter, Donald Sage Mackay

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

MATTHEW BOURNE'S SWAN LAKE
• Theatre: Sadler's Wells Theatre
• Opening: December 4, 2018
• Composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
• Director: Matthew Bourne
• Cast: Nicole Alphonce, Jonathan Luke Baker, Matthew Ball, Alistair Beattie, Will Bozier, Tom Brderick, Megan Cameron, Kayla Collymore, Zanna Cornelis, Freya Field, Glenn Graham, Michaela Guibarra, Shoko ITo, Nicole Kabera, Courtney Liu, James Lovell, Katrina Lyndon, Liam Mower, Dominic North, Ashley-Jordan Packer, Alezx Sturman, Max Westwell, Carrie Willis

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.

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
• Theatre: Menier Chocolate Factory
• First Preview: November 23, 2018
• Opening: December 5, 2018
• Book: Joseph Stein
• Music: Sheldon Harnick
• Lyrics: Jerry Bock
• Director: Trevor Nunn
• Cast: Andy Nyman, Judy Kuhn, Harriet Bunton, Dermot Canavan, Stewart Clarke, Matt Corner, Joshua Gannon, Louise Gold, Kirsty MacLaren, Molly Osborne

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

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: Stephen Tompkinson, Rosanna Bates, Ava Brennan, Jamie Cameron, Peter Caulfield, Oliver Evans, Nicola Hughes, Eugene McCoy, Myra McFadyen, Frances McNamee, Al Parker, Michael Rouse, Tim Van Eyken, Witney White

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

UNCLE VANYA
• Theatre: Hampstead Theatre
• First Preview: November 30, 2018
• Opening: December 6, 2018
• Playwright: Anton Chekhov, adapted by Terry Johnson
• Director: Terry Johnson
• Cast: TBA

On an estate deep in provincial Russia time seems frozen: managing its affairs on behalf of her father, Sonia and her uncle Vanya have consigned themselves to a life of loveless drudgery, enlivened solely by the odd pamphlet from Moscow and the occasional visits of their neighbour, the doctor. But when Sonia’s father and his stunning second wife Yeliena burst onto the scene, everything is thrown into confusion. As beauty stirs repressed desires and youth teases maturity, years of perilously supressed regrets, longings and unrequited loves threaten to explode into farcical life… Terry Johnson’s new version of Anton Chekhov’s classic tragicomedy is charged with the Russian master’s wit and his acute observation of the comic absurdity of human life.

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

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

PETER PAN
• Theatre: Park Theatre
• First Preview: December 5, 2018
• Opening: December 7, 2018
• Playwright: J.M. Barrie
• Director: Jonathan O'Boyle
• Cast: Alexander Vlahos, Nickcolia King-N'Da, Rosemary Boyle, Adam Buchanan, Natalie Grady, Jason Kajdi, Harveen Mann, Alfie Webster

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.

PEPPA PIG'S ADVENTURE
• Theatre: Theatre Royal, Haymarket
• Opening: December 8, 2018
• Playwright: Richard Lewis
• Director: Richard Lewis
• Cast: Stephanie Houtman, Maryann O'Brien, Eleanor Aldrisge, David Sandham, Sarah Barbet, Matthew Brock, Bronte Tadman

Peppa Pig, George and their friends are back in the brand new live show Peppa Pig’s Adventure! Join Peppa as she gets ready to go on an exciting camping trip to the woods with George and her school friends, including Pedro Pony, Suzy Sheep and Gerald Giraffe. With lunch-boxes packed and Daddy Pig driving the bus, Peppa and friends are excited about their outdoor adventure, full of games, laughter and live music!

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

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

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 CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT TIME
• Theatre: Piccadilly Theatre
• First Preview: November 29, 2018
• Opening: December 11, 2018
• Playwright: Simon Stephens, adapted from the novel by Mark Haddon
• Director: Marianne Elliott
• Cast: TBA

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

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

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

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

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

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: Alun Armstrong, Maggie Steed, Nicola Walker

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.

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

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

SNOW WHITE
• Theatre: London Palladium
• First Preview: December 8, 2018
• Opening: December 12, 2018
• Director: Michael Harrison
• Cast: Dawn French, Charlie Stemp, Danielle Hope, Julian Clary, Paul Zerdin, Nigel Havers, Gary Wilmot, Vincent Simone, Flavia Cacace-Mistry, Josh Bennett, Simeon Dyer, Craig Garner, Ben Goffe, 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.

MURDER FOR TWO
• Theatre: The Other Place
• Opening: December 12, 2018
• Book: Joe Kinosian and Kellen Blair
• Music: Joe Kinosian
• Lyrics: Kellen Blair
• Director: Luke Sheppard
• Cast: TBA

A hilarious high-energy musical whodunit, Murder For Two is a madcap murder mystery with a twist. Two actors play thirteen characters… and the piano in this acclaimed new musical. A loving homage to the canon of murder mystery plays, Murder For Two is a hysterical blend of music, mayhem and murder.

DAVID WALLIAMS' AWFUL AUNTIE
• Theatre: Bloomsbury Theatre
• Opening: December 12, 2018
• Playwright: Neal Foster, adapted from the book by David Walliams
• Director: Neal Foster
• Cast: Georgina Leonidas, Timothy Speyer, Ashley Cousins, Richard James, Roberta Bellekom, Alice Harvey, Harry Sutherland

Don’t miss the world premiere of David Walliams’ amazing tale of frights, fights and friendship, featuring a very large owl, a very small ghost and a very Awful Auntie! When Stella sets off to visit London with her parents, Lord and Lady Saxby, she has no idea her life is in danger! Waking up three months later, only her Aunt Alberta can tell Stella what has happened. But not everything Alberta tells her turns out to be true and Stella quickly discovers she’s in for the fight of her life against her very own awful Auntie!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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: Rupert Graves, Jane Horrocks, Emma Naomi, Luke Thallon, Nicholas Woodeson

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

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

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

THE DAME
• Theatre: Park Theatre
• First Preview: January 2, 2019
• Opening: January 4, 2019
• Playwright: Katie Duncan
• Director: Ian Talbot
• Cast: Peter Duncan

A lost world of seaside entertainment, piers and promenades is brought to life when seasoned Pantomime Dame Ronald Roy Humphrey returns to his Northern roots. As the curtain falls on the last show of the day, Roy is in a wistful, melancholic mood, but as the years fall away, ghosts and memories from the past confront him with what he has spent his whole life trying to forget. The Dame takes us on a journey inside an entertainer’s mind to expose the fragile creature beneath the make-up, bluster and bravado. However many masks we wear; the truth will always be revealed.

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

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

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

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

ROSENBAUM'S RESCUE
• Theatre: Park Theatre
• First Preview: January 9, 2019
• Opening: January 15, 2019
• Playwright: A. Bodin Saphir
• Director: Kate Fahy
• Cast: TBA

October, 1943. Seven and a half thousand Jews flee Denmark in fishermen’s boats, crossing the water to Sweden and to safety from the occupying Nazi regime. To some, a miracle rescue of biblical proportions. To others, the question remains: how did thousands of Jews slip through the grasp of the most powerful war machine ever assembled? Hanukkah, 2001. At a remote home on the snowy Danish coast, it’s time for two old friends to bury the hatchet. Lars and Abraham have not seen eye to eye for decades, but old tensions refuse to thaw as Lars’ relentless pursuit of the truth concerning the flight of Danish Jews during WWII challenges Abraham’s faith, patience and memories. And when an old secret surfaces and threatens the very foundation of their relationship, fact starts to blur with fiction. Moving and funny, this sharp and intriguing new play unravels the stories of two childhood friends and one of history’s most compelling mysteries.

THE UNRETURNING
• Theatre: Theatre Royal Stratford East
• First Preview: January 16, 2019
• Opening: January 17, 2019
• Playwright: Anna Jordan
• Director: Neil Bettles
• Cast: Joe Layton, Jared Garfield, Jonnie Riordon, Kieton Saunders-Browne

A compelling new play by Anna Jordan, directed by Neil Bettles and featuring Frantic Assembly’s celebrated physicality, The Unreturning explores the profound effect that war has on young lives, and asks – what does coming home really mean? What is home? And when experience has shattered you into a million pieces, will home help to put you together again, or treat you as an ugly truth it does not want to confront?

WHEN WE HAVE SUFFICIENTLY TORTURED EACH OTHER: TWELVE VARIATIONS ON SAMUEL RICHARDSON'S 'PAMELA'
• Theatre: National Theatre- Dorfman Theatre
• First Preview: January 16, 2019
• Opening: January 23, 2019
• Playwright: Martin Crimp
• Director: Katie Mitchell
• Cast: Cate Blanchett, Stephen Dillane, Babirye Bukilwa, Jessica Gunning, Emma Hindle, Craig Miller

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.

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.

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

A remarkable story of a young gay couple suddenly faced with an uncertain future, told through a blend of music, drama and movement. Leave to Remain explores the effects of one couple’s marriage, and what happens when it begins to fracture both their families.

9 to 5 The Musical
• Theatre: Savoy Theatre
• Opening: January 28, 2019
• Music and Lyrics: Dolly Parton
• Book: Patricia Resnick
• Director: Jeff Calhoun
• Cast: Louise Redknapp, Amber Davies, Natalie McQueen, Brian Conley

9 to 5 the Musical is about to get down to business - with a strictly limited season at the West End's Savoy Theatre. Starring Louise Redknapp, Amber Davies, Natalie McQueen and Brian Conley, the smash-hit musical features an Oscar, Grammy and Tony award-nominated score by the Queen of Country herself, Dolly Parton. Inspired by the cult film and brought to you by Dolly herself, this hilarious new West End production is about teaming up, standing up and taking care of business!

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?

MY DAD'S GAP YEAR
• Theatre: Park Theatre
• First Preview: January 30, 2019
• Opening: February 1, 2019
• Playwright: Tom Wright
• Director: Rikki Beadle-Blair
• Cast: Victoria Gigante

This is the story of Dave; a dad in mid-life freefall who takes his repressed, gay, teenage son William on a wild adventure to Thailand. Written by Tom Wright and directed by Rikki Beadle-Blair (MBE), My Dad’s Gap Year is a wickedly funny and heartfelt story based on true events. Gay love, straight love, trans love, buddy-love, drinking games and beer bellies. Fasten your seat belts, it’s gonna be a mad one!

PINTER AT THE PINTER: 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.

THE PRICE
• Theatre: Wyndham's Theatre
• First Preview: February 5, 2019
• Opening: February 11, 2019
• Playwright: Arthur Miller
• Director: Jonathan Church
• Cast: David Suchet, Brendan Coyle, Adrian Lukis, Sara Stewart

David Suchet delivers a comic tour de force as a silver-tongued 90 year old furniture dealer in Arthur Miller's The Price. Two brothers, Victor and Walter Franz, one a New York cop nearing retirement, the other a successful surgeon meet for the first time in sixteen years to sell their family furniture stored in the attic of a condemned New York brownstone. Revelation follows stunning revelation as each brother realises the price they have paid for heart breaking decisions made decades earlier. Overseeing the psychological battlefield is the wily veteran appraiser, Gregory Solomon, who has his own demons to conquer as well as securing the best possible price for the Franz family possessions.

ALL ABOUT EVE
• Theatre: Noël Coward Theatre
• First Preview: February 2, 2019
• Opening: February 12, 2019
• Playwright: Joseph L. Mankiewicz, adapted for the stage by Ivo Van Hove
• Director: Ivo Van Hove
• Cast: Gillian Anderson, Lily James, Julian Ovenden, Monica Dolan, Sheila Reid, Rhashan Stone

Ivo van Hove directs Gillian Anderson and Lily James in his new adaptation of All About Eve, a razor-sharp, unsettling exposé of the eternal obsession at the heart of show-business. Lifting the curtain on a world of jealousy and ambition, this new production from one of the world’s most innovative theatre directors asks why our fascination with celebrity, youth and identity never seems to get old.

THE AMERICAN CLOCK
• Theatre: Old Vic Theatre
• First Preview: February 4, 2019
• Opening: February 13, 2019
• Playwright: Arthur Miller
• Director: Rachel Chavkin
• Cast: TBA

The American Clock turns, fortunes are made and lives are broken. In New York City in 1929, the stock market crashed and everything changed. In an American society governed by race and class, we meet the Baum family as they navigate the aftermath of an unprecedented financial crisis. The world pulses with a soundtrack fusing 1920s swing and jazz with a fiercely contemporary sound, creating a backdrop that spans a vast horizon from choking high rises to rural heartlands. Visionary director Rachel Chavkin presents Arthur Miller’s ground-breaking play about hope, idealism and a nation’s unwavering faith in capitalism.

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

Edward II is a play about homosexuality, the abuse of power and a quarrelling court. Filled with song and poetry and heart and guts, it is a violent, sumptuous and altogether thrilling ride of a Renaissance piece set in the period it was written (1593 or thereabouts). Ten actors and three musicians will take on this incredibly visceral story in the candlelit beauty of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

BERBARIAN SOUND STUDIO
• Theatre: Donmar Warehouse
• First Preview: February 8, 2019
• Opening: February 14, 2019
• Playwright: Joel Horwood, based on the original motion picture screenplay by Peter Strickland. Conceived for the stage by Joel Horwood and Tom Scutt
• Director: Tom Scutt
• Cast: Tom Brooke, Enzo Cilenti, Tom Espiner

Italy, 1976. Gilderoy is a long way from home. His work as a sound designer for Dorking-based nature documentaries has not gone unnoticed. He has swapped the foley table of his garden shed for the glamour of the Berberian Sound Studio. Here, at the height of giallo horror, cabbages become corpses, your own voice can be over-dubbed and silence speaks louder than screams. Peter Strickland’s acclaimed subliminal horror film is adapted for the stage by Joel Horwood and Director Tom Scutt in this darkly comedic, sonic experience.

CYPRUS AVENUE
• Theatre: Royal Court Theatre- Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
• Opening: February 14, 2019
• Playwright: David Ireland
• Director: Vicky Featherstone
• Cast: Stephen Rea

After its original sold-out run at the Royal Court and transfers to The Public Theatre, New York, Dublin’s Abbey Theatre and The MAC Belfast; David Ireland’s black comedy Cyprus Avenue returns for a limited four-week run. Eric Miller is a Belfast Loyalist. He believes his five-week old granddaughter is Gerry Adams. His family keep telling him to stop living in the past and fighting old battles that nobody cares about anymore but his cultural heritage is under siege. He must act. The story of one man struggling with the past and terrified of the future.

COME FROM AWAY
• Theatre: Phoenix Theatre
• First Preview: January 30, 2019
• Opening: February 18, 2019
• Book, Music and Lyrics: Irene Sankoff and David Hein
• Director: Christopher Ashley
• Cast: Rachel Tucker, Jenna Boyd, Nathanael Campbell, Clive Carter, Mary Doherty, Robert Hands, Helen Hobson, Jonathan Andrew Hume, Harry Morrison, Emma Salvo, David Shannon, Cat Simmons

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

GENTLY DOWN THE STREAM
• Theatre: Park Theatre
• First Preview: February 13, 2019
• Opening: February 18, 2019
• Playwright: Martin Sherman
• Director: Sean Mathias
• Cast: TBA

Following a critically acclaimed run at the Public Theater in New York, Gently Down The Stream makes its UK Premiere at Park Theatre. The play follows the remarkably moving and brilliantly funny love story of Beau, a retired American pianist living in London, and Rufus, an eccentric young lawyer. Coming of age during the 70s, Beau’s attitude to love has been seasoned by a life of loving men in a world that initially refused to allow it. Not looking for a long-term relationship, Beau is naturally cautious when Rufus unexpectedly enters his world. However, while the age gap feels unorthodox to Beau, it is immaterial to Rufus, who is from a new generation of gay men. Rufus has none of Beau’s doubts about the possibility of attaining happiness and love in the 21st Century and as he assimilates himself into Beau’s past and present, Beau learns to embrace Rufus as one of the most defining relationships of his life.

TARTUFFE
• Theatre: National Theatre - Lyttelton Theatre
• First Preview: February 9, 2019
• Opening: February 19, 2019
• Playwright: Molière, in a new version by John Donnelly
• Director: Blanche McIntyre
• Cast: TBA

A ferocious new version of Molière’s comic masterpiece. Orgon is the man who has everything. Money, power, a beautiful home and family. But lately he’s been questioning the point of it all. When he invites the irresistible Tartuffe into his seemingly perfect household, he unleashes a whirlwind of deception and seduction that threatens everything. With Orgon under Tartuffe's spell, can his family outwit this charismatic trickster? Are Tartuffe's wild claims truth or fiction? This mysterious stranger may not be quite the villain he appears.

ONLY FOOLS AND HORSES THE MUSICAL
• Theatre: Theatre Royal Haymarket
• First Preview: February 9, 2019
• Opening: February 19, 2019
• Book, Music and Lyrics: Paul Whitehouse and Jim Sullivan, additional music by John Sullivan and Chas Hodges
• Director: Caroline Jay Ranger
• Cast: Paul Whitehouse, Tom Bennett, Ryan Hutton, Dianne Pilington, Pippa Diffy, Jeff Nicholson, Samantha Seager, Peter Baker, Adrian Irvine, Pete Gallagher, Adam Venus, Chris Keily, Oscar Conlon-Morrey, Melanie Marshall, Andy Mace, Chris Bennett

Mais ouis, mais ouis – good ‘ol Del Boy, Rodney and the rest of the gang are back and bursting into song in Only Fools And Horses The Musical. The world may have changed a lot since we first bid a jovial ‘au revoir’ to the Trotters of Peckham, but the boys of Only Fools And Horses The Musical haven’t changed a bit… well, apart from the odd spontaneous bursting into song here, and the occasional dancing across the market, there.

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

An old farmhouse upstate. Snow is falling. Mountains are falling. Something is breaking apart. You are formally invited to dinner with the 45th president of the United States. Anne Washburn returns to the Almeida with a sinister and sensational new play, directed by Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goold.

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, Tracie Bennett, Julie Armstrong, Josephine Barstow, Rosanna Bates, Billy Boyle, Anouska Eaton, Liz Ewing, Caroline Fitzgerald, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Bruce Graham, Adrian Grove, Harry Hepple, Dawn Hope, Liz Izen, Alison Langer, Felicity Lott, Sarah Marie Maxwell, Ian McIntosh, Claire Moore, Gary Raymond, Lisa Ritchie, Myra Sands, Gemma Sutton, Monica Swayne

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?

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

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

THE ANIMALS AND CHILDREN TOOK TO THE STREETS
• Theatre: Lyric Theatre Hammersmith
• First Preview: February 19, 2019
• Opening: February 22, 2019
• Playwright: Suzanne Andrade, created by 1927
• Director: Suzanne Andrade
• Cast: TBA

Like a graphic novel burst into life, 1927 invites you on a theatrical journey of startling originality. Seamlessly synchronising live music, performance and storytelling with stunning film and animation. Welcome to the Bayou, a part of the city feared and loathed. In the infamous Bayou Mansions; a sprawling stinking tenement block, curtain-twitchers and peeping-toms live side by side… and the wolf is always at the door. When Agnes Eaves and her daughter arrive late one night, does it signal hope in this hopeless place, or has the real horror only just begun?

RICHARD II
• Theatre: Shakespeare's Globe Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
• First Preview: February 22, 2019
• Opening: February 27, 2019
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Adjoa Andoh and Lynette Linton
• Cast: TBA

Richard II was hugely controversial when it was first written and performed. The play is as poignant and potent now as it ever was and the questions it poses strike us afresh today with remarkable immediacy. Adjoa Andoh and Lynette Linton co-direct a women of colour cast in a post Empire reflection on what it means to be British in the light of the Windrush anniversary and as the U.K. prepares to leave the European Union on 29 March. As we play our part in defining a nation’s history and we become the shoulders on which future generations will stand, Shakespeare asks us to consider the destiny that we might be shaping for our ‘scepter’d isle’.

WE'RE STAYING RIGHT HERE
• Theatre: Park Theatre
• First Preview: February 26, 2019
• Opening: March 1, 2019
• Playwright: Henry Devas
• Director: Jez Pike
• Cast: TBA

In a world full of hate there was Matthew. Stand-up comic. New Father. Nice chap. Life fair to middling. Then the war started. Matt hides in his flat with Benzies and Tristabel. They arrived one day and never left. No one ever leaves now. The door is locked. The windows are boarded. It’s dangerous outside. As the man Matthew used to be fades away, the three men tell themselves stories about the past, present and future. Stories about their escape. They have a plan. They have a ladder. It’s polished. It’s worshipped. It goes straight through the roof and beyond. It will be their salvation. They’ll climb it one day. If only they could get it prepared. If only Matt could figure out what role he’ll play in this war. If only the others could just stop talking. A jet-black comedy about the least comic of human struggles; one man's survival in a world turned upside down. We're Staying Right Here is a manic Duracell bunny of a play that simply refuses to shut up.

WAITRESS
• Theatre: Adelphi Theatre
• First Preview: February 8, 2019
• Opening: March 7, 2019
• Book: Jessie Nelson
• Music and Lyrics: Sara Bareilles
• Director: Diane Paulus
• Cast: TBA

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

THE TWILIGHT ZONE
• Theatre: Ambassadors Theatre
• First Preview: March 4, 2019
• Opening: March 12, 2019
• Playwright: Anne Washburn, adapted from the stories by Rod Sterling, Charles Beaumont and Richard Matheson
• Director: Richard Jones
• Cast: TBA

"You are about to enter another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land of imagination. Next stop, the Twilight Zone… " Adapted by Anne Washburn, and directed by Olivier Award-winner Richard Jones, The Twilight Zone lands at the Ambassadors Theatre, fresh from a rapturously received, sell-out run at the Almeida Theatre.


THE LIFE I LEAD
• Theatre: Park Theatre
• First Preview: March 18, 2019
• Opening: March 19, 2019
• Playwright: James Kettle
• Director: Selina Cadell
• Cast: Miles Jupp

Best remembered for playing Mr Banks in Disney’s classic film Mary Poppins, David Tomlinson was renowned for playing the classic English gent, forthright, proper, and a loveable fool. His meeting with Walt Disney came to encapsulate his incredible life full of adventure and heartbreak. The man who portrayed one of cinema’s most famous patriarchs was defined by his relationship with his own father – a remote eccentric, who was hiding an extraordinary tragicomic secret. A richly comic and moving tale of fathers and sons across the generations, The Life I Lead fills in the blanks behind a very well-known face.

DOWNSTATE
• Theatre: National Theatre- Dorfman Theatre
• First Preview: March 12, 2019
• Opening: March 20, 2019
• Playwright: Bruce Norris
• Director: Pam MacKinnon
• Cast: Glenn Davis, Francis Guinan, Tim Hopper, Aimee Lou Wood, Cecilia Noble, K Todd Freeman, Eddie Torres, Matilda Ziegler

In downstate Illinois, four men convicted of sex crimes against minors share a group home where they live out their lives in the shadow of the offences they committed. A man shows up to confront his childhood abuser — but does he want closure or retribution? This provocative new play zeroes in on the limits of our compassion and what happens when society deems anyone beyond forgiveness.

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

A daring new play written specifically for the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in response to Christopher Marlowe’s Edward II, After Edward welcomes us into a chaotic world of pride and shame, with moments of elation, outrageous humour and heart-breaking tenderness. Oh, and Maggie Thatcher. In a play that reminds us of the power of theatre to provoke recognition and reflection, this is Edward II as you’ve never seen him before.

GRIEF IS THE THING WITH FEATHERS
• Theatre: Barbican Theatre
• First Preview: March 25, 2019
• Opening: March 28, 2019
• Playwright: Enda Walsh, adapted from the book by Max Porter
• Director: Enda Walsh
• Cast: Cilliam Murphy

Cillian Murphy gives a riveting, shape-shifting performance in Enda Walsh’s adaptation of Max Porter’s award-winning novel, a heart-wrenching meditation on love, loss and living. In a London flat, two young boys face the unbearable sadness of their mother’s sudden death. Their father, a scruffy romantic, imagines a future of well-meaning visitors and emptiness. In this moment of despair, they are visited by Crow – antagonist, babysitter, trickster and healer. The sentimental bird is drawn to the grieving family and threatens to stay until they no longer need him.

CRY HAVOC
• Theatre: Park Theatre
• First Preview: March 27, 2019
• Opening: March 29, 2019
• Playwright: Tom Coash
• Director: Pamela Schermann
• Cast: TBA

In present day Cairo, two men are forced to confront their cultural identities, traditions and a repressive government in a gripping search for love and faith. Cry Havoc is a passionate love story between a spirited young Egyptian and an idealistic British writer. Tom Coash’s poignant, intimate play explores the relationship between the Western world and the Islamic Middle East through the eyes of two people asking if love can bridge even the widest cultural divide.

TOP GIRLS
• Theatre: National Theatre, Lyttelton
• First Preview: March 26, 2019
• Opening: April 2, 2019
• Playwright: Caryl Churchill
• Director: Lyndsey Turner
• Cast: TBA

Marlene is the first woman to head the Top Girls employment agency. But she has no plans to stop there. With Maggie in at Number 10 and a spirit of optimism consuming the country, Marlene knows that the future belongs to women like her. For the first time, the National Theatre stages Caryl Churchill’s wildly innovative play about a country divided by its own ambitions.

GHOST STORIES
• Theatre: Lyric Theatre Hammersmith
• First Preview: March 29, 2019
• Opening: April 5 2019
• Playwright: Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman
• Director: Jeremy Dyson, Andy Nyman, Sean Holmes
• Cast: TBA

Following record breaking sell out shows, a West End transfer, productions in China, Australia, Canada, Italy, Germany and a smash hit film, the original terrifying live production is back. Experience Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson’s worldwide cult phenomenon in the theatre where it all began. Keep telling yourself it’s only a show.

INTRA MUROS
• Theatre: Park Theatre
• First Preview: April 3, 2019
• Opening: April 5 2019
• Playwright: Alexis Michalik, translated by Pamela Hargreaves
• Director: Ché Walker
• Cast: TBA

Ageing thespian Richard is preparing to direct his first theatre class in a maximum security prison, assisted by his former-actress ex-wife Jane and an inexperienced social worker called Alice. When only two inmates turn up he decides to go ahead with the class nonetheless - and so begins a captivating and darkly comic exploration of life, within the walls. Written by the multi Molière Award-winning Alexis Michalik the critically acclaimed Intra Muros will enjoy its UK Premiere at Park Theatre. Full of Michalik’s trademark sharp wit and extraordinary method of storytelling, including a live on-stage DJ; this multi-faceted, provocative comedy drama questions our concept of time and its effect on the human spirit.

THREE SISTERS
• Theatre: Almeida Theatre
• First Preview: April 8, 2019
• Opening: April 16, 2019
• Playwright: Anton Checkhov, in a version by Cordelia Lynn
• Director: Rebecca Frecknall
• Cast: Patsy Ferran, Pearl Chanda

1901. Moscow. In a drawing room, on a summer day, three sisters look for a new start. Olga, the eldest. Masha, the middle child. Irina, the youngest. 2019. London. In a drawing room, on a summer day, three sisters look for a new start. Olga, the eldest. Masha, the middle child. Irina, the youngest. The clock strikes. Life is not yet over. Following her critically acclaimed production of Summer and Smoke, Almeida Associate Director Rebecca Frecknall directs Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters, in a new adaptation by Cordelia Lynn.

ALL MY SONS
• Theatre: Old Vic Theatre
• First Preview: April 15, 2019
• Opening: April 23, 2019
• Playwright: Arthur Miller
• Director: Jeremy Herrin
• Cast: Sally Field, Bill Pullman, Jenna Coleman, Colin Morgan

America, 1947. Despite hard choices and even harder knocks, Joe and Kate Keller are a success story. They have built a home, raised two sons and established a thriving business. But nothing lasts forever and their contented lives, already shadowed by the loss of their eldest boy to war, are about to shatter. With the return of a figure from the past, long buried truths are forced to the surface and the price of their American dream is laid bare.

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

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

HELL YES I'M TOUGH ENOUGH
• Theatre: Park Theatre
• First Preview: April 24, 2019
• Opening: April 26, 2019
• Playwright: Ben Alderton
• Director: Roland Reynolds
• Cast: TBA

Political leaders Ned Contraband and David Carter ruthlessly battle it out to get into government. Whether it’s propaganda, ridicule, hacking, leaking, bullying, blackmail, coalition or negotiation - no tactic is too low. Which party has the best pitch? Who do we set up for failure? Why are we in this situation in the first place? And who is this peculiar janitor talking in riddles? One thing is clear: the system is very much broken. But who’s going to fix it? Hell Yes I’m Tough Enough is a political satire by Fragen Theatre Company taking a tongue-in-cheek look at the unjust, corrupt and farcical pantomime that is British Politics.

THE LAST TEMPTATION OF BORIS JOHNSON
• Theatre: Park Theatre
• First Preview: May 9, 2019
• Opening: May 13, 2019
• Playwright: Jonathan Maitland
• Director: Lotte Wakeham
• Cast: TBA

It was the dinner that changed history: the night in February 2016 when Boris Johnson decided to vote ‘leave’. Guests included fellow MP Michael Gove, media mogul Evgeny Lebedev and, for Boris at least, the spirits of prime ministers past – Margaret Thatcher, Winston Churchill and Tony Blair. Fast forward to post-Brexit Britain, 2029: a country divided. Boris is back in the political wilderness and has ambitions to make Britain great again, but what are his true intentions? Navigating a career in politics and the media, Boris remains as divisive as ever and in an unexpected turn of events, soon finds himself mired - yet again - in controversy. Written by Jonathan Maitland, this timely comedy drama offers an insight into the mind of one of the most divisive politicians of our time.

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

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

DEAD DOG IN A SUITCASE (AND OTHER LOVE SONGS)
• Theatre: Lyric Theatre Hammersmith
• First Preview: May 21, 2019
• Opening: May 23, 2019
• Book and Lyrics: Carl Grose
• Music: Charles Hazlewood
• Director: Mike Shepherd
• Cast: TBA

Kneehigh are wildly excited to be returning to the Lyric with their trail-blazing and much celebrated theatrical tour-de-force Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs). Based on The Beggar’s Opera, John Gay’s classic musical satire, Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs) is busting with wit, wonder and weirdness. Kneehigh’s extraordinary cast of actor musicians shoot, hoot and shimmy their way through this twisted morality tale of our times.

BENEATH THE BLUE RINSE
• Theatre: Park Theatre London
• First Preview: May 21, 2019
• Opening: May 24, 2019
• Playwright: Tom Glover
• Director: TBA
• Cast: Kevin Tomlinson

Quentin Tarantino meets Last of the Summer Wine in this wickedly funny, high octane comedy about growing old passionately and disgracefully. When unscrupulous, over-confident salesman Simon Sudgebury comes knocking on the door of the seemingly timid Flora Parkin, hoping to scare her into buying an expensive alarm system, little does he realise what he is about to let himself in for. Feisty, charismatic 75 year old Flora and her gentle 72 year old ‘toy boy’ lover George are not what they first appear!

THE LEHMAN TRILOGY
• Theatre: Piccadilly Theatre
• First Preview: May 11, 2019
• Opening: TBA
• Playwright: Stefano Massini, English adaptation by Ben Power
• Director: Sam Mendes
• Cast: Adam Godley, Ben Miles, Simon Russell Beale

Following a sold-out run at the National Theatre, The critically acclaimed The Lehman Trilogy will transfer to the Piccadilly Theatre in the West End from May 2019. Beginning in 1844, The Lehman Trilogy charts the formation of the Lehman Brothers bank, as a young man from Bavaria with a big dream made a splash in New York with the help of his two brothers. From here, the play skips 163 years of banking history, and tells of the establishment of the bank, and its doomed fate which led to the biggest global financial collapse in history, affecting each and every one of us.

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.

NAPOLI, BROOKLYN
• Theatre: Park Theatre
• First Preview: June 13, 2019
• Opening: June 17, 2019
• Playwright: Meghan Kennedy
• Director: Lisa Blair
• Cast: TBA

The Muscolinos have raised three proud and passionate daughters. Each of them bonded by a fierce love for one another and harbouring a secret longing that could tear the family apart. When an earth-shattering event rocks their Park Slope neighbourhood, life comes to a screeching halt and the sisters are forced to confront their conflicting visions for the future in this gripping, provocative and poignant portrait of love in all its danger and beauty.

SUMMER ROLLS
• Theatre: Park Theatre
• First Preview: June 18, 2019
• Opening: June 24, 2019
• Playwright: Tuyen Do
• Director: Kristine Landon-Smith
• Cast: TBA

Mai is impulsive, intelligent, independent and growing up fast. As well as realising from a young age that her family are nursing deep wounds and secrets, she also has to navigate her dual identity as a second generation immigrant. Having escaped war-torn Vietnam, her family’s individual journeys and memories have left scars that Mai was too young to understand. Embracing their silence, Mai’s camera becomes a conduit through which her journey of discovery begins. Summer Rolls by critically-acclaimed actress Tuyen Do is a sweeping family saga that examines the Nguyen family’s life in Britain. This marks a seminal moment as the first British Vietnamese play to be staged in the United Kingdom.

THE HUNT
• Theatre: Almeida Theatre
• First Preview: June 17, 2019
• Opening: TBA
• Playwright: Thomas Vinterberg and Tobias Lindholm, adapted by David Farr
• Director: Rupert Goold
• Cast: TBA

In a small town in northern Denmark, the children celebrate Harvest Festival. In the forest by the water the men of the lodge stand naked in the cold. This is their country. This is their song. In the shadows a lonely child gives a strange man her heart. The hunt begins. Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goold directs The Hunt by David Farr, based on the critically acclaimed Danish film thriller Jagten, by Thomas Vinterberg and Tobias Lindholm.

FAME THE MUSICAL
• Theatre: Peacock Theatre
• Opening: September 11, 2019
• Book: David De Silva
• Music: Steve Margoshes
• Lyrics: Jacques Levy
• Director: Nick Winston
• Cast: Keith Jack, Mica Paris, Jorgie Porter

Remember the name! The show that’s gonna live forever, Fame The Musical returns to London’s Peacock Theatre with its triumphant 30th anniversary tour production. Based on the 1980 pop culture film phenomenon, Fame follows the lives of students at New York’s High School For The Performing Arts. Navigating their way through the highs and lows, the romances and the heartbreaks and the ultimate elation of a performer’s life, the students strive for stardom.

VASSA
• Theatre: Almeida Theatre
• First Preview: October 7, 2019
• Opening: TBA
• Playwright: Maxim Gorky, Adapted by Mike Bartlett
• Director: Tinuke Craig
• Cast: TBA

It’s 8am and a revolt is underway. The father is dying. The son is spying. The wife is cheating. The uncle is stealing. The mother is scheming. The dynasty is crumbling. One house. One fortune. One victor. Tinuke Craig makes her Almeida debut with a new production of Maxim Gorky’s savagely funny play, adapted by multi award-winning playwright Mike Bartlett.

MARY POPPINS
• Theatre: Prince Edward Theatre
• Opening: Fall, 2019
• Book: Julian Fellows
• Music and Lyrics: Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman; Additional new songs by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe
• Director: Richard Eyre, Co-direction by Matthew Bourne
• Cast: Zizi Strallen, Charlie Stemp

Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's acclaimed stage musical of Mary Poppins has delighted audiences around the world since its world premiere in 2004, and is set to return to the West End at the Prince Edward Theatre in 2019. Featuring music and lyrics by the Sherman Brothers, with additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, it is based on the much loved children's books by P. L. Travers and the 1964 Disney film of the same name. Julian Fellowes' book blends the original stories with the much loved film to create a new and iconic stage adventure.

DEAR EVAN HANSEN
• Theatre: Noël Coward Theatre
• Opening: Fall, 2019
• Book: Steven Levenson
• Music: Justin Paul
• Lyrics: Benj Pasek
• Director: Michael Greif
• Cast: TBA

Dear Evan Hansen is the hit Broadway musical about a teenage boy who suffers from social anxiety, and finds it difficult to talk to people and make friends. However, following a tragic event involving one of his classmates, he finds himself drawn closer a group of people for the first time in his life.

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