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THE DOCTOR

  • Theatre: Duke Of York's Theatre
  • Opening: June 1, 2020
  • Playwright: Robert Icke, adapted from Arthur Schnitzler
  • Director: Robert Icke
  • Cast: Juliet Stevenson, Jamie Parker, Chris Colquhon, Shelley Conn, Anni Domingo, Liv Hill, Millicent Wong, Mariah Louca, Daniel Rabin, Joy Richardson, Naomi Wirthner, Hannah Ledwidge

First. Do no harm. On an ordinary day, at a private hospital, a young woman fights for her life. A priest arrives to save her soul. Her doctor refuses him entry. In a divisive time, in a divided nation, society takes sides.

SLEEPLESS - A MUSICAL ROMANCE
Theatre: Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre
Opening: June 2, 2020
Book: Michael Burdette
Music: Robert Scott & Brendan Cull
Lyrics: Robert Scott & Brendan Cull
Director: Morgan Young
Cast: Jay McGuiness, Kimberley Walsh, Daniel Casey, Harriet Thorpe, Tania Mathurin, Jake Sharp, Charlie Bull, Colin Burnicle, Christie-Lee Crosson, Laura Darton, Leanne Garretty, Matt Holland, Ross McLaren, Gary Murphy, Dominique Planter, Annie Wensak, Benjamin Wong, Theo Collis, Mikey Colville, Jobe Hart, Jack Reynolds

Sleepless is the enchanting new romantic musical comedy based on the original story and screenplay of the romcom classic Sleepless In Seattle. Sleepless tells the heart-warming tale of Sam, who moves to Seattle with his eight year-old son, Jonah, following the tragic death of his wife. When Jonah phones a radio show, Sam is forced to talk about his broken heart and sleepless nights live on air, and he suddenly finds himself one of the most sought after single men in America and a great news story for feisty journalist Annie on the opposite side of the country. Can Jonah bring the two together on the top deck of the Empire State Building? A fresh and lively book alongside a brand-new musical score bring this most timeless of romantic comedies to life on stage.

SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE
• Theatre: Savoy Theatre
• Opening: June 11, 2020
• Book: James Lapine
• Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim
• Director: Sarna Lapine
• Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Annaleigh Ashford

Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford are set to reprise their roles in Stephen Sondheim's musical Sunday in the Park with George, which transfers to the West End's Savoy Theatre following Broadway success in 2017. With a book by James Lapine, the musical is inspired by the French painter Georges Seurat and his work titled 'A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte'. The story concerns a character called George, a fictionalised version of the artist, who immerses himself in the painting.

A DOLL'S HOUSE

  • Theatre:Playhouse Theatre
  • First Preview: June 10, 2020
  • Opening: June 18, 2020
  • Playwright: Henrik Ibsen
  • Director: Jamie Lloyd
  • Cast: Jessica Chastain

Nora Helmer, a childlike wife and mother accustomed to an existence built around her husband Torvald, comes to confront the truth of her marriage, in Henrik Ibsen's groundbreaking 1879 play.

PARADISE

  • Theatre: National Theatre - Olivier Theatre
  • Opening: July 1, 2020
  • Playwright: Kate Tempest
  • Director: Ian Rickson
  • Cast: Lorna Gayle, Lesley Sharp

In a cave on a desolate island lives Philoctetes: once a wartime hero, now a wounded outcast. Stranded for ten years, he sees a chance of escape when a young soldier appears with tales of Philoctetes' past glories. But with his hope comes suspicion and, as an old enemy emerges, he is faced with an even greater temptation: revenge.

JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT

Following a triumphant sold-out season, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will return to The London Palladium for a strictly limited season of just 77 performances in summer 2020. Released as a concept album in 1969, the stage version of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat has become one of the worlds most beloved family musicals. The multi-award-winning show, which began life as a small scale school concert, has been performed hundreds of thousands of times including multiple runs in the West End and on Broadway, international number one tours, and productions in over 80 countries as far afield as Austria and Zimbabwe and from Israel to Peru. The show features songs that have gone on to become pop and musical theatre standards, including Any Dream Will Do, Close Every Door To Me, Jacob and Sons, There’s One More Angel In Heaven and Go, Go, Go, Joseph.

THE CORN IS GREEN

  • Theatre: National THeatre - Lyttelton Theatre
  • Opening: July 2, 2020
  • Playwright: Emlyn Williams
  • Director: Dominic Cooke
  • Cast: Nicola Walker, Adam Baker, Jordan Bamford, Saffrom Coomber, Gareth David-Lloyd, Iwan Davies, Jonathan Hawkins, Richard Lynch, Alice Orr-Ewing, Sophie Stanton, Garyn Williams, Rufus Wright

It's the turn of the 20th century and the determined Miss Moffat has just moved to a poor Welsh mining town with the idea of setting up a school. When she stumbles upon a promising protégé amidst the coal dust, she dedicates herself to educating him all the way to Oxford.

HAMLET
• Theatre: Young Vic Theatre
• First Preview: July 6, 2020
• Opening: July 10, 2020
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Greg Hersov
• Cast: Cush Jumbo

Cush Jumbo makes her Young Vic debut as a new kind of Hamlet for this generation. Following a succession of award-winning productions together, she reunites with her long-time collaborator, director Greg Hersov, to bring us Shakespeare’s great tragedy about power, politics and desire, reimagined for today.

JACK ABSOLUTE FLIES AGAIN

  • Theatre: National Theatre - Olivier
  • Opening: July 13, 2020
  • Playwright: Richard Bean and Oliver Chris
  • Director: Thea Sharrock
  • Cast: James Corrigan, Laurie Davidson, Richard Fleeshman, Jordan Metcalfe, Caroline Quentin, Natalie Simpson, Helena Wilson

July 1940. After an aerial dog fight, Pilot Officer Jack Absolute flies home to rejoin his intrepid young Hurricane squadron at RAF Fontwell (formerly Malaprop Hall). Back on British soil, Jack is shocked to find his old flame, Lydia, on the base. Setting his sights on winning her heart, Jack’s advances turn to anarchy when the young heiress demands to be loved on her own terms.

ROMEO AND JULIE

  • Theatre: National Theatre - Dorfman Theatre
  • Opening: July 14, 2020
  • Playwright: Gary Owen
  • Director: Rachel O'Riordan
  • Cast: Anita Reynolds, Callum Scott-Howells, Rosie Sheehy

Romeo is a teenage single dad hangingon tight. Julie is fighting to follow her dream of studying at Cambridge. Two 18-year-olds raised a few streets apart – but from entirely different worlds – crash into first love and are knocked off their feet. But at the crossroads to the rest of their lives, both families fear the worst in world of unequal opportunity.

LIFE OF PI

  • Theatre: Wyndham's Theatre
  • First Peview: June 28, 2020
  • Opening: July 15, 2020
  • Playwright: Lolita Chakrabarti
  • Director: Max Webster
  • Cast: Hiran Abeysekera, Mina Anwar, Sagar Arya, Alex Chang, Fred Davis, Tom Espiner, Kirsten Foster, Daisy Franks, Raj Ghatak, Nuwan Hugh Perera, Romina Hytten, Sarah Kameela Impey, Tom Larkin, David K.S. Tse, Syreeta Kumar, Deeivya Meir, Habib Nasib Nader, Scarlet Wilderink

After a cargo ship sinks in the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean, there are five survivors stranded on a lifeboat - a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan, a Royal Bengal tiger, and a sixteen year-old boy named Pi. Time is against them, nature is harsh, who will survive?

MONSOON WEDDING

  • Theatre: Roundhouse
  • Opening: July 17, 2020
  • Book: Sabrina Dhawan and Arpita Mukherjee
  • Lyrics: Masi Asare and Susan Birkenhead
  • Music: Vishal Bhardwaj
  • Director: Mira Nair and Stephen Whitson
  • Cast: TBA

The perfect storm starts brewing when family members from around the world descend on Delhi for a nonstop four-day celebration of an arranged marriage between a modern upper-middle-class Indian family’s only daughter and an American guy she’s never met. But the bride is having an affair, her father’s financial troubles deepen, and dark family secrets surface. The forecast calls for drama, love, hope, laughs, and a whole lot of rain.

ROMAN HOLIDAY

  • Theatre: Curve Theatre
  • First Preview: July 15, 2020
  • Opening: July 23, 2020
  • Book: Paul Blake
  • Music: Cole Porter
  • Lyrics: Cole Porter
  • Director: Nikolai Foster
  • Cast: TBA

A chance encounter with an American reporter sends the royal rebel on a scooter ride through Rome. Whilst Princess Ann enjoys her first taste of freedom – his first thought is a career-changing tabloid scoop at the Princess’s expense.

SINGIN' IN THE RAIN
• Theatre: Sadler's Wells
• Opening: July 24, 2020
• Book: Betty Comden and Adolph Green
• Music: Nacio Herb Brown
• Lyrics: Arthur Freed
• Director: Jonathan Church
• Cast: Adam Cooper

Song-and-dance legend, Adam Cooper, reprises the iconic role made so famous by Gene Kelly in Jonathan Church’s critically acclaimed production of Singin’ in the Rain. A smash-hit at Chichester Festival Theatre and in the West End, this irresistibly charming show returns to London in 2020 to make a summer splash! Andrew Wright’s high-energy choreography and Simon Higlett’s sumptuous set design (including over 14,000 litres of water on stage every night) combine with the charm, romance and wit of one of the world’s best- loved films. Singin’ in the Rain features the glorious MGM score including "Good Morning", "Make ‘em Laugh", "Moses Supposes" and the legendary "Singin’ in the Rain".

THE PILLOWMAN

  • Theatre: Duke Of York's Theatre
  • Opening: July 24, 2020
  • Playwright: Martin McDonagh
  • Director: Matthew Dunster
  • Cast: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Steve Pemberton

A writer in a totalitarian state is interrogated about the gruesome content of his short stories and their similarities to a number of child-murders that are happening in his town.

IS GOD IS
• Theatre Royal Court- Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
• First Preview: July 16, 2020
• Opening: TBA
• Playwright: Alesha Harris
• Director: Ola Ince
• Cast: TBA

When a letter arrives from the mother they thought was dead, twins Racine and Anaia travel from the Dirty South to the California desert and a yellow house with teal shutters. They are on a mission to avenge her past and ready to take down anyone who stands in their way. Aleshea Harris’ award-winning play collides the ancient, the modern, the tragic, the spaghetti Western, hip-hop and Afropunk.

NANJING
• Theatre: Royal Court- Jerwood Theatre Upstairs
• First Preview: July 20, 2020
• Opening: TBA
• Playwright: Jude Christian
• Director: Ekayce Ismail
• Cast: TBA

This is a personal response to the 1937 Nanjing Massacre, otherwise known as the Rape of Nanking. British Chinese writer/performer Jude Christian tells a story about belonging anywhere and no where at once, and looks at how our lives are shaped by history. In an explosive time for political discourse around the world, Nanjing asks: what does it mean to fight hatred and love one another? Nanjing is set in England, China, Malaysia, Japan, Germany, the USA and the Isle of Man. It comes to the Royal Court as part of a tour of the seven countries which make up its story.

SISTER ACT
Theatre: Eventim Apollo
Opening: July 21, 2020
Book: Cheri and Bill Steinkellner, Douglas Carter Beane
Lyrics: Glenn Slater
Music: Alan Menken
Director: TBA
Cast: Whoopi Goldberg, Jennifer Saunders, Clive Rowe

When disco singer Deloris Van Cartier is placed in protective custody in a dying convent, her unique brand of funk comes face-to-face with the traditions of the church. Someone's habits are about to change.
Based on the Touchstone Pictures motion picture Sister Act, written by Joseph Howard.

HORRIBLE HISTORIES: BARMY BRITAIN - PART FIVE
• Theatre: Apollo Theatre
• Opening: July 30, 2020
• Closing: August 29, 2020
• Playwright: Terry Deary, Neal Foster, and Ciaran McConville
• Cast: TBA

We all want to meet people from history. The trouble is everyone is dead! So Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain is back with a brand-new show full of crazy new characters and rude new rulers from Britain’s barmy past! Will you conquered by King William? Will you sink or swim with King Henry I? Will Thomas Becket get the chop? Go house hunting with King Henry VIII! Are you scared to scale the Tudor scaffold? Join the gorgeous Georgians as they take over England! Break into Buckingham Palace and hide from the Queen! Watch out for the witch of World War Two! It’s history with the nasty bits left in!

CAROUSEL
• Theatre: Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
• Opening: July 31, 2020
• Music: Richard Rodgers
• Libretto: Oscar Hammerstein II
• Director: Timothy Sheader
• Cast: TBA

Free-spirit carnival barker Billy Bigelow's love for the curiously soulful Julie Jordan persists beyond the circles of time. Includes the songs "If I Loved You," "You'll Never Walk Alone," "June Is Bustin' Out All Over" and "Soliloquy (My Boy Bill)." Based on the drama Liliom by Ferenc Molnar.

SAMMY

  • Theatre: Lyric Theatre Hammersmith
  • First Preview: July 28, 2020
  • Opening: August 5, 2020
  • Music: Leslie Bricussse
  • Book: Leslie Bricusse
  • Lyrics: Leslie Bricusse
  • Director: Clarke Peters
  • Cast: Giles Terera

Takes us from Sammy’s days as a child working in vaudeville through his time with Dean and Frank as a member of the Rat Pack.

DRAGONS AND MYTHICAL BEASTS
• Theatre: Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
• Opening: August 11, 2020
• Playwright: Derek Bond
• Director: Derek Bond and Laura Cubitt
• Cast: TBA

Calling all brave heroes! Enter into a magical world of myths and legends in this fantastical new interactive show for all the family. Unveil a myriad of dark secrets and come face to face with some of the most magnificent monsters and terrifying beasts ever to walk the earth. Discover the colossal Stone Troll, the mysterious Indrik and Japanese Baku; the Tooth Fairy (not as sweet as you'd think), an adorable Unicorn and majestic Griffin. Take your place among legendary heroes, just don't wake the Dragon…

IDENTICAL

  • Theatre: Nottingham Playhouse
  • First Preview: July 3, 2020
  • Opening: August 11, 2020
  • Book: Stuart Paterson
  • Music: George Stiles
  • Lyrics: Anthony Drewe
  • Director: Trevor Nunn
  • Cast: TBA

The twin-sational new musical based on the novel The Parent Trap by Erich Kästner. The classic story of twin girls separated at birth, reunited by chance at a summer camp ten years later. In an attempt to get to know their parents and reconcile the two halves of their family, they decide to swap places and live each other’s lives.

FORCE MAJEURE

  • Theatre: Donmar Warehouse
  • First Preview: August 7, 2020
  • Opening: August 12, 2020
  • Playwright: Tim Price
  • Director: Michael Longhurst
  • Cast: TBA

Tomas and Ebba are determined to have quality family time with their children, so they head to the Alps on a skiing holiday. But when disaster strikes, their carefully constructed world is turned upside down.

HELLO DOLLY

  • Theatre: Adelphi Theatre
  • First Preview: August 11,2020
  • Opening: August 27, 2020
  • Book: Michael Stewart
  • Music: Jerry Herman
  • Lyrics: Jerry Herman
  • Director: Dominic Cooke
  • Cast: Imelda Staunton, Jenna Russell, Andy Nyman

High-spirited matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi helps three sets of young people find romance, while angling to win for herself the "well-known half-a-millionaire" Horace Vandergelder. Based on Thornton Wilder's "The Matchmaker," this long-running musical includes the songs "Before the Parade Passes By," "It Only Takes a Moment," and the title song.

OVID'S METAMORPHOSIS

  • Theatre: Shakespeare's Globe
  • Opening: September 4, 2020
  • Playwright: Sami Ibrahim, Laura Lomas, Sabrina Mahfouz
  • Director: Sean Holmes and Holly Race Roughan
  • Cast: TBA

THE DRIFTERS GIRL

  • Theatre: Newcastle Theatre Royal
  • Opening: September 5, 2020
  • Book: Ed Curtis
  • Score: The Drifters
  • Director: Jonathan Church
  • Cast: Beverley Knight

The story of Faye Treadwell, the legendary manager of The Drifters, who, alongside her husband, fought for three decades to turn Atlantic Records' hottest vocal group into a global phenomenon.

HAIRSPRAY
• Theatre: London Coliseum
• First Preview: September 1, 2020
• Opening: September 8, 2020
• Book: Thomas Meehan and Mark O'Donnell
• Music: Marc Shaiman
• Lyrics: Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman
• Director: Jack O'Brien
• Cast: Michael Ball, Lizzie Bea, Marisha Wallace, Paul Merton, Rita Simons, Jonny Amies, Kimani Arthur, Dermot Canavan, Lori Haley Fox, Mari McGinlay, Ashley Samuels, Michael Vinsen, Imogen Bailey, Pearce Barron, Jordan Benjamin, Nicholas Collier, Joel Cooper, Luke George, Christopher Gopaul, Winny Herbert, Chris Howell, Lily Laight, Hannah Grace Lawson, Madeleine Lawton, Holly Liburd, Will Luckett, Mireia Mambo, Kody Mortimer, Robyn Rose, Tinovimbanashe Sibanda, Kibong Tanji, Amy West, Natalie Woods

Look who’s back! Don’t miss Michael Ball reprising his Olivier Award-winning role as Edna Turnblad in Hairspray the Musical. The huge-hearted, smash-hit musical arrives at the magnificent London Coliseum from next April for a strictly limited 12-week season. From the original award-winning creative team of director Jack O’Brien and choreographer Jerry Mitchell, and featuring the infectiously feel-good songs "Good Morning Baltimore", "You Can’t Stop the Beat" and "Big, Blonde and Beautiful" this inspirational, fun-loving and fabulously uplifting musical sensation is back and bigger than ever.

THE CAVALCADERS

  • Theatre: Boulevard Theatre
  • First Preview: September 16, 2020
  • Opening: September 22, 2020
  • Playwright: Billy Roche
  • Director: Kathy Burke
  • Cast: TBA

Meet the Cavalcaders - Terry, Rory, Ted and Josie - three generations of Barber shop singers from small-town Ireland. These likely lads spend their days mending shoes and their nights as singers of local legend, holding court on the charity circuit. This is the story of their lives, their loves, their betrayals and their memories.

PORTIA COUGHLAN
• Theatre: Young Vic
• First Preview: September 16, 2020
• Opening: September 22, 2020
• Playwright: Marina Carr
• Director: Caroline Byrne
• Cast: Ruth Negga

Academy Award-nominee Ruth Negga makes her Young Vic debut as Portia Coughlan in Marina Carr’s haunting play, directed by Caroline Byrne. Portia Coughlan is a profound and disturbing story about love and kinship, examining how the history of the family is the history of a nation.

INDECENT PROPOSAL

  • Theatre: Southwark Playhouse
  • Opening: September 25, 2020
  • Book: Michael Conley
  • Lyrics: Michael Conley
  • Music: Dylan Schlosberg
  • Director: Charlotte Westerna
  • Cast: Norman Bowman, Jacqui Dankworth

Atlantic City. 1988. Jonny and Rebecca are very much in love and very much in debt. He’s a struggling singer-songwriter who spends most of his time playing backup for Annie at the Oasis Casino Hotel Resort, and she works part-time at the casino and for a local charity. They struggle to make ends meet but they’re happy and that’s enough.

THE DRIFTERS GIRL

  • Theatre: Garrick Theatre
  • Opening: October 1, 2020
  • Book: Ed Curtis
  • Score: The Drifters
  • Director: Jonathan Church
  • Cast: Beverley Knight

The story of Faye Treadwell, the legendary manager of The Drifters, who, alongside her husband, fought for three decades to turn Atlantic Records' hottest vocal group into a global phenomenon.

GOOD

  • Theatre: Playhouse Theatre
  • Opening: October 6, 2020
  • Playwright: C.P. Taylor
  • Director: Dominic Cooke
  • Cast: David Tenant

Good is a music-filled play providing a wildly theatrical account of one man's denial in the Third Reich.

CINDERELLA

  • Theatre: Gillian Lynne Theatre
  • Opening: October 9, 2020
  • Book: Emerald Fennell
  • Lyrics: David Zippel
  • Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • Director: Laurence Connor
  • Cast: Carrie Hope Fletcher

SMALL ISLAND

  • Theatre: National Theatre - Olivier Theatre
  • Opening: October 28, 2020
  • Playwright: Helen Edmundson
  • Director: Rufus Norris
  • Cast: TBA

Adapted for the stage by Helen Edmundson, Small Island follows three intricately connected stories. Hortense yearns for a new life away from rural Jamaica, Gilbert dreams of becoming a lawyer, and Queenie longs to escape her Lincolnshire roots. Hope and humanity meet stubborn reality as the play traces the tangled history of Jamaica and the UK.

BRING IT ON

  • Theatre: Queen Elizabeth Hall
  • Opening: December 9, 2020
  • Book: Jeff Whitty
  • Lyrics: Amanda Green and Lin-Manuel Miranda
  • Music: Lin-Manuel Miranda and Tom Kitt
  • Director: Guy Unsworth
  • Cast: Vanessa Fisher, Amber Davies, Louis Smith, Alicia Belgarde, Georgia Bradshaw, Ayden Morgan, Samuel Wilson-Freeman, Chloe Pole, Frances Dee, Marvyn Charles

Two squads, one mission: claim the title at the National Cheerleading Championships. The challenge: competition between the two teams is nothing compared to the competition inside them...and these girls can bring it.

ROMEO AND JULIET
• Theatre: Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
• First Preview: June 26, 2021
• Opening: July 2, 2021
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Kimberley Sykes
• Cast: TBA

Set in Verona, where the rival houses of Capulet and Montague have had a long-standing feud, Romeo And Juliet is Shakespeare’s famous tragedy of star-crossed lovers, filled with all the passion of young love.


101 DALMATIANS
• Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
• Opening: May 15, 2021
• Music and Lyrics: Douglas Hodge
• Book: Zinnie Harris
• Director: Timothy Sheader
• Cast: Kate Fleetwood

Based on Dodie Smith's iconic story set in the heart of Regent’s Park, this new musical is written by Zinnie Harris and Douglas Hodge.

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