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HEX

  • Theatre: National Theatre (Olivier)
  • First Preview: November 26, 2022
  • Opening: December 6, 2022
  • Book: Tanya Ronder
  • Music: Jim Fortune
  • Lyrics: Rufus Norris
  • Director: Rufus Norris
  • Cast: Zaynah Ahmed, Marc Akinfolarin, CHristopher Akrill, Sabrina Aloueche, Sonya Cullingford, Michael Elcock, Ben Goffe, Rosie Graham, VIctoria Hamilton-Barritt, Chris Jenkins, Kalisha Johnson, Lisa Lambe, Amanda Lindgren, Michael Matus, Kody Mortimer, Neima Naouri, Mark Oxtoby, Aharon Rayner, Olivia Saunders, Sasha Shadid, RUmi Sutton, RIley Woodford

Deep in the wood, a lonely fairy longs for someone to bless. When she is summoned to the palace to help the princess sleep, her dream turns into a nightmare and her blessing becomes a curse. Soon, she is plunged into a frantic, hundred-year quest to somehow make everything right.

AS YOU LIKE IT

  • Theatre: @sohoplace
  • Opening: December 6, 2022
  • Playwright: William Shakespeare
  • Director: Josie Rourke
  • Cast: Leah Harvey, Rose Ayling-Ellis, Alfred Enoch, Tom Milson, Martha Plimpton

KERRY JACKSON

  • Theatre: National Theatre (Dorfman)
  • Fist Preview: November 30, 2022
  • Opening: December 7, 2022
  • Playwright: April De Angelis
  • Director: Indhu Rubasingham
  • Cast: Fay Ripley, Madeline Appiah, Michael Fox, Michael Gould, Kitty Hawthorne, Kristin McIlquham, Neil Sheffield, Gavin Spokes

El Barco is the newest tapas restaurant in fashionable Walthamstow Village, and it’s Kerry Jackson’s pride and joy. Wearing her working-class roots as a badge of honour, Kerry navigates the local characters in a bid to make the business a success – without losing herself in the process.

NEWSIES

  • Theatre: Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre
  • First Preview: November 29, 2022
  • Opening: December 8, 2022
  • Book: Harvey Fierstein
  • Music: Alan Menken
  • Lyrics: Jack Feldman
  • Director: Matt Cole
  • Cast: Michael Ahomka-Lindsay, Moya Angela, Lindsay Atherton, Samuel Bailey, Imogen Bailey, Bronté Barbé, Josh Barnett, Cameron Blakely, Jack Bromage, Bobbie Chambers, Alex Christian, Arcangelo Ciulla, George Crawford, Ross Dawes, Joshua Denyer, Ross Dorrington, Matthew Duckett, Kamilla Fernandes, Jacob Fisher, Jamie Golding, Damon Gould, Zack Guest, Jordan Isaac, Alex James-Hatton, Clarice Julianda, Barry Keenan, Ryan Kopel, Siôn Lloyd, George Michaelides, Mukeni Nel, Joshua Nkemdilim, Mark Samaras, Bradley Trevethan, Matt Trevorrow, Lillie-Pearl Wildman, Nesim Adnan, Haydn Court, Oliver Gordon, Ethan Sokontwe

Based on the 1992 Disney film, Newsies is the tale of newsboy Jack Kelly, who dreams of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. When Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies his army of newsies to strike.

MANDELA

  • Theatre: Young Vic Theatre
  • First Preview: November 29, 2022
  • Opening: December 8, 2022
  • Book: Laiona Michelle
  • Music: Greg Dean Borowsky, Shaun Borowsky
  • Lyrics: Greg Dean Borowsky, Shaun Borowsky
  • Director: Schele Williams
  • Cast: Gregory Armand, Zion Battles, Earl Carpenter, Stewart Clarke, Hanna Dimtsu, Danielle Fiamanya, Lerato Gwebu, Prudence Jezile, Akmed Junior Khemalai, Michael Luwoye, Blue Makwana, Kayleigh McKnight, Posi Morakinyo, Sneziey Msomi, Nomfusi Ngonyama, Ryan O’Donnell, Adam Pearce, Botlhale Phora, Shiv Rabheru, Will Richardson, Leanne Robinson, Ntsikelelo Nicholas Vani

It's 1960. Young activist, Nelson Mandela, rallies the people of South Africa to protest against the racial segregation of apartheid. In 1962 he is arrested and sentenced to life in prison, where he will spend the next 27 years, taken from his wife and children, as the fight for freedom sweeps his country.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

  • Theatre: Rose Theatre
  • First Preview: December 2, 2022
  • Opening: December 8, 2022
  • Playwright: Morgan Lloyd Malcolm
  • Director: Rosie Jones
  • Cast: Killian Macardle, Natasha Magigi, Penny Layden, Elexi Walker, Lizzie Winkler

It’s a cold Christmas Eve on the snowy streets of Victorian London, and preparations for another meagre Christmas are well underway - but not for Ebenezer Scrooge. The cruellest, wealthiest woman in town; Scrooge hates charity, she hates carol singers, and most of all… she hates Christmas.

WHO'S HOLIDAY

  • Theatre: Southwark Playhouse
  • First Preview: December 7, 2022
  • Opening: December 9, 2022
  • Playwright: Matthew Lombardo
  • Director: Kirk Jameson
  • Cast: Miz Cracker

Residing in a beat up trailer in the snowy hills of Mount Crumpit, a now middle aged Cindy Lou Who prepares to host a Christmas Eve party for her friends as she recalls that fated night when she first met the Grinch, and the strange turn of events her life has taken for the past 40 years.


DERREN BROWN: SHOWMAN

  • Theatre: Apollo Theatre
  • Opening: December 9, 2022
  • Created and Performed by Derren Brown

Derren Brown, the multi award-winning master of mind control and psychological illusion is back, bringing his critically acclaimed production Showman to the West End for the very first time. Fresh from a sold out tour of the UK and Ireland, his new, interactive show, has received the most off-the-chart reviews of his career.

DOLLY PARTON'S SMOKY MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS CAROL

  • Theatre: Queen Elizabeth Hall @ Southbank Centre
  • First Preview: December 8, 2022
  • Opening: December 13, 2022
  • Book: David H. Bell
  • Music: Dolly Parton
  • Lyrics: Dolly Parton
  • Director: Alison Pollard
  • Cast: Robert Bathurst, Halle Brown, Iona Fraser, Richard J Hunt, Vicki Lee Taylor, George Maguire, Ediz Mahmut, Sarah O'Connor, Christopher Parkinson, Minai Patel, Annie Southall, Carole Stennett, Danny Whitehead, Mitchell Zhangazha, Daniel Lee, Alexander Quinlan, Samuel Sturge, Elliot Marsden, George Menezes Cutts, Dereke Oladele

Set during the 1930s in the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee, this incredibly heartwarming and truly unforgettable production imagines Ebenezer Scrooge as the owner of a mining company town, where his callous greed blinds him to the joys and gifts of the season. As a Christmas Eve snowstorm approaches, Scrooge is visited by his deceased business partner and three ghosts who compel him to see life anew and discover that love is the greatest and most precious gift we have.

LIZ KINGSMAN: ONE WOMAN SHOW

  • Theatre: Ambassadors Theatre
  • Opening: December 13, 2022
  • Playwright: Liz Kingsman
  • Director: Adam Brace
  • Cast: Liz Kingsman

WATCH ON THE RHINE

  • Theatre: Donmar Warehouse
  • First Preview: December 9, 2022
  • Opening: December 15, 2022
  • Playwright: Lillian Hellman
  • Director: Ellen McDougall
  • Cast: Kate Duchêne, Caitlin FitzGerald, Patricia Hodge

MOTHER GOOSE

  • Theatre: Duke Of York's Theatre
  • Opening: December 15, 2022
  • Playwright: Jonathan Harvey
  • Director: Cal McCrystal
  • Cast: Ian McKellen, John Bishop, Mel Giedrove, Simbi Akande, Sharon Ballard, Adam Brown, Oscar Conlon-Morrey, Gabriel Fleary, Shailan Gohl, Richard Leeming, Karen Mavundukure, Genevieve Nicole

Meet Mother Goose and her husband Vic. Running an Animal Sanctuary for waifs and strays, they live a wholesome life inside an abandoned Debenhams. But when a magical goose comes a-knocking, will fame & fortune get the better of them?! Will Ma’s feathers get ruffled? Will Pa tell everyone to get stuffed?! And is their humble life about to turn fowl? Get ready for fairies with hefty vocal chords, puppets with tap dance qualifications and impeckably constructed mayhem that will quack up the whole family.

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE

  • Theatre: Almeida Theatre
  • First Preview: December 10, 2022
  • Opening: December 20, 2022
  • Playwright: Tennessee Williams
  • Director: Rebecca Frecknall
  • Cast: Lydia Wilson, Paul Mescal, Anjana Vasan, Dwane Walcott

SALT-WATER MOON

  • Theatre: Finborough Theatre
  • Opening: January 3, 2023
  • Playwright: David French
  • Director: Peter Kavanagh
  • Cast: TBA

It’s a splendid moon-filled night in Coley’s Point in 1926. Young Jacob Mercer has returned home to the tiny and remote Newfoundland fishing village, desperate to win back his former sweetheart, Mary Snow. But Mary has become engaged to wealthy Jerome McKenzie, and is still hurt and bewildered by Jacob’s abrupt departure for Toronto a year earlier. Even to speak to Jacob will put Mary’s wedding plans in jeopardy. Stubborn and independent, she is determined never to forgive Jacob…

ON THE ROPES

  • Theatre: Park Theatre
  • Fist Preview: January 6, 2023
  • Opening: January 10, 2023
  • Playwright: Vernon Vanriel, Dougie Blaxland
  • Director: Anastasia Osei-Kuffour
  • Cast: TBA

Pulsating with the rhythmic energies of blues, reggae and boxing, On the Ropes is an uplifting musical drama telling the extraordinary story of Vernon Vanriel who arrived in the UK aged 6 with his family as part of the Windrush Generation, and rose to prominence as one of the most charismatic and influential Black British boxers of the 70s and 80s.

ALLEGIANCE

  • Theatre: Charing Cross Theatre
  • First Preview: January 7, 2023
  • Opening: January 17, 2023
  • Book: Jay Kuo, Lorenzo Thione, Marc Acito
  • Music and Lyrics: Jay Kuo
  • Director: Tara Overfield Wilkinson
  • Cast: George Takei, Telly Leung

Inspired by the childhood of George Takei, Allegiance is a moving and uplifting story of love, war, and heroism set during the Japanese American internment of World War II. It follows the story of the Kimura family in the weeks and years after the attack on Pearl Harbor, as they are relocated from their farm in Salinas, California to the Heart Mountain internment camp in the rural plains of Wyoming.

JUST FOR US

  • Theatre: Menier Chocolate Factory
  • First Preview: January 11, 2023
  • Opening: January 18, 2023
  • Playwright: Alex Edelman
  • Director: Adam Brace
  • Cast: Alex Edelman

Alex Edelman's one-man show features personal tales of Edelman's Olympic athlete brother AJ, having an unconventional holiday season, and Edelman's personal experiences with anti-Semitism; the stand-up comedian goes into his decision to crash a New York City gathering of White Nationalists incognito, and the aftermath of that encounter.

WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF

  • Theatre: Theatre Royal Bath
  • First Preview: January 13, 2023
  • Opening: January 18, 2023
  • Playwright: Edward Albee
  • Director: Lindsay Posner
  • Cast: Elizabeth McGovern

It’s 2AM and George and Martha are just getting started. The middle-aged married couple, a once-promising historian and his boss’s frustrated daughter, welcome a younger professor and his wife for a nightcap—only to ensnare them in increasingly dangerous rounds of fun and games. An unblinking portrait of two American marriages, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is Edward Albee’s explosively comedic and harrowingly profound masterpiece.

LEMONS LEMONS LEMONS LEMONS LEMONS

  • Theatre: Harold Pinter Theatre
  • Fist Preview: January 18, 2023
  • Opening: January 18, 2023
  • Playwright: Sam Steiner
  • Director: Josie Rourke
  • Cast: Jenna Coleman, Aidan Turner

You’re going to speak more than 123 million words in your lifetime. What will you do when they run out? Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons is a tender and funny rom-com about what we say, how we say it, and what happens when we can’t say anything anymore.

THE UNFRIEND

  • Theatre: Criterion Theatre
  • First Preview: January 15, 2023
  • Opening: January 19, 2023
  • Playwright: Steven Moffat
  • Director: Mark Gatiss
  • Cast: Reece Shearsmith, Amanda Abbington, Frances Barber, Michael Simkins, Marcus Onilude, Gabriel Howell, Maddie Holliday

While on holiday Peter and Debbie befriend Elsa: a lusty, Trump-loving widow from Denver, USA. She’s less than woke but kind of wonderful. They agree to stay in touch – because no one ever really does, do they? When Elsa invites herself to stay a few months later, they decide to look her up online. Too late, they learn the truth about Elsa Jean Krakowski. Deadly danger has just boarded a flight to London! What began as a casual holiday friendship is suddenly a threat to the lives of their children. Peter and Debbie now face the ultimate challenge of the modern world – how do you protect all that you love from mortal peril without seeming a bit impolite?

NOISES OFF

  • Theatre: Phoenix Theatre
  • Opening: January 19, 2023
  • Playwright: Michael Frayn
  • Director: Lindsay Posner
  • Cast: Felicity Kendal, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Matthew Kelly, Alexander Hanson, Joseph Millson, Sasha Frost, Pepter Lunkhuse, Jonathan Coy, Hubert Burton

In Act I of Michael Frayn's farce, a second-rate company of British actors is rehearsing a touring company of a terrible sex farce. Act II reveals the backstage chaos that takes place during a performance, and Act III follows the onstage performance in which everything goes wrong.

DIRTY DANCING

  • Theatre: Dominion Theatre
  • Opening: January 21, 2023
  • Playwright: Eleanor Bergstein
  • Director: Federico Bellone
  • Cast: Michael O'Reilly, Kira Malou, Carlie Milner, Lynden Edwards, Lori Haley Fox, Lizzie Ottley, Samuel Bailey, Michael Remick, Thomas Sutcliffe, Colin Charles, Mark Faith, Mimi Rodrigues Alves, Danielle Cato, Danielle Lockwood, Marie Finlayson, Sasha Woodward, James McHugh, Benjamin Harrold, Rishard-Kyro Nelson, Niko Wirachman, Patricia Wilkins, Charlotte Oliffe, Sophia McAvoy, Lee Nicholson, Oliver Adam-Reynolds, Austin Wilks, Miles Russell, Tom Parsons, James William-Pattison, Simon Williams, Christopher Fry

Dirty Dancing is back! Exploding with heart-pounding music, breathtaking emotion and sensationally sexy dancing. Seen by millions across the globe this worldwide smash hit tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds, who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives.

THE ELEPHANT SONG

  • Theatre: Park Theatre
  • Fist Preview: January 18, 2023
  • Opening: January 23, 2023
  • Playwright: Nicolas Billon
  • Director: Jason Moore
  • Cast: TBA

A psychiatrist suddenly disappears from a mental health unit. A young patient of the hospital, Michael, is suspected to be involved in his disappearance. Dr. Greenberg, the hospital director, is determined to question Michael, ignoring the head nurse's cryptic warnings. Michael speaks of elephants and opera, sharing that his mother was a famous opera singer who was distant and uncaring. He discusses the circumstances of his forced stay in the hospital, hints to doctor-patient improper relationships involving him and his supervising doctor, and a bizarre relationship with the head nurse. In a turbulent power struggle with Greenberg, Michael attempts to barter the truth for his potential freedom, with devastating consequences. Fraught with mind games and verbal tugs-of-war, The Elephant Song is a cat-and-mouse game that will keep you guessing until its haunting conclusion.

HEAD OVER HEELS

  • Theatre: Hope Mill Theatre
  • First Preview: January 26, 2023
  • Opening: January 31, 2023
  • Book: Jeff Whitty
  • Music and Lyrics: The Go-Go's
  • Director: Tom Jackson Graves
  • Cast: TBA

A mash-up of posh and punk, Head Over Heels is an unpredictable, Elizabethan romp about a royal family that must prevent an oracle's prophecy of doom. In order to save their beloved kingdom, the family embarks on an extravagant journey wrought with mistaken identities, jealous lovers, sexual awakening, scandal and self-discovery, where everything (and everyone) is not quite what it seems.

HOW NOT TO DROWN

  • Theatre: Theatre Royal Stratford East
  • First Preview: January 26, 2023
  • Opening: January 31, 2023
  • Playwright: Dritan Kastrati, Nicola McCartney
  • Director: Neil Bettles
  • Cast: Dritan Kastrati

In 2002, in the turmoil after the end of the Kosovan War, Dritan is sent on the notoriously perilous journey across the Adriatic with a gang of people smugglers to a new life in Europe. He relies on his young wit and charm to make it to the UK. But the fight for survival continues as he clings to his identity and sense of self when he ends up in the British care system.

ONE WHO WANTS TO CROSS

  • Theatre: Finborough Theatre
  • Opening: January 31, 2023
  • Playwright: Marc-Emmanuel Soriano, translated by Amanda Gann
  • Director: Amanda Gann
  • Cast: TBA

One Who Wants To Cross has no identity. Their nationality has little meaning. They are from a country where leaving is forbidden. They could be a factory worker, a geographer, or a journalist. They could be escaping by beach, open sea, desert, or forest. They are leaving everything behind them to reach the other side and make a new start over there, risking everything – including unimaginable suffering and often death. Bringing a contemporary human tragedy into devastating focus, One Who Wants To Cross is a dramatic meditation on migrants, wherever their place of origin…

SYLVIA

  • Theatre: Old Vic Theatre
  • First Preview: January 27, 2023
  • Opening: February 3, 2023
  • Book: Kate Prince, Priya Parmar
  • Lyrics: Kate Prince
  • Music: Josh Cohen, DJ Walde
  • Director: Kate Prince
  • Cast: Beverly Knight, Kelly Agbowu, Verity Blyth, Kimmy Edwards, Alex Gaumond, Jade Hackett, Sweeney Holdsworth, Stevie Hutchinson, Kate Ivory Jordan, Hannah Khemoh, Jaye Marshall, Razak Osman, Jay Perry, Sharon Rose, Kirstie Skivington, Ellena Vincent

This revolutionary story celebrates the life of Sylvia Pankhurst – feminist, activist, pacifist, socialist, rebel – the lesser-known Pankhurst at the heart of the Suffragette movement, who changed the lives of working women and men across the world.

THE LEHMAN TRILOGY

  • Theatre: Gillian Lynne Theatre
  • Fist Preview: January 24, 2023
  • Opening: February 8, 2023
  • Playwright: Stefano Massini, Ben Power
  • Director: Sam Mendes
  • Cast: Michael Balogun, Hadley Fraser, Nigel Lindsay, Yshani Perinpanayagam

On a cold September morning in 1844, a young man from Bavaria stands on a New York dockside dreaming of a new life. He is soon joined by his two brothers and an American epic begins with a small store in Alabama. One hundred and sixty-three years later, the firm they establish—Lehman Brothers—spectacularly collapses into bankruptcy and triggers the largest financial crisis in history. Told in three epic parts over one evening, The Lehman Trilogy is a modern theatrical classic.

PHAEDRA

  • Theatre: National Theatre (Lyttelton)
  • Fist Preview: February 1, 2023
  • Opening: February 9, 2023
  • Playwright: Simon Stone
  • Director: Simon Stone
  • Cast: Janet McTeer, Assaad Bouab, Mackenzie Davis

In a house of glass, one must not throw stones. After years of fierce focus on her political career, Phaedra turns her attention to her personal life. The reappearance of her step-son shakes the foundations of her house and the beliefs that have underpinned her power. As buried lust and loneliness surge to the surface, Phaedra’s actions threaten to destroy everything she has built.

WINNER'S CURSE

  • Theatre: Park Theatre
  • Fist Preview: February 8, 2023
  • Opening: February 13, 2023
  • Playwright: Daniel Taub, Dan Patterson
  • Director: Jez Bond
  • Cast: TBA

Two countries are locked in battle over a strip of land when a fragile ceasefire provides a chance for peace. Over the negotiating table, cynical diplomats, idealistic peacemakers and meddling mediators try to navigate a perilous path to agreement as the threat of continued conflict looms ever larger.

STANDING AT THE SKY'S EDGE

  • Theatre: National Theatre (Olivier)
  • Fist Preview: February 9, 2023
  • Opening: February 13, 2023
  • Book: Chris Bush
  • Music and Lyrics: Richard Hawley
  • Director: Robert Hastie
  • Cast: Darragh Cowley, Ahmed Hamad, Séverine Howell-Men, Samuel Jordan, Bobbie Little, Robert Lonsdale, David McKechnie, Maimuna Memon, Rachel Louise Miller, Baker Mukasa, Alastair Natkiel, Faith Omole, Adam Price, Consuela Rolle, Nicole Sloane, Jake Small, Deborah Tracey, Rachel Wooding, Alex Young

Poppy wants to escape her old life in London. Joy and Jimmy want to spend the rest of their lives together. Rose and Harry want the new life they’ve been promised. A love letter to Sheffield and a history of modern Britain told through the stories of one iconic estate, Standing at the Sky’s Edge charts the hopes and dreams of three generations over the course of six tumultuous decades.

MEDEA

  • Theatre: @sohoplace
  • First Preview: February 11, 2023
  • Opening: February 17, 2023
  • Playwright: Euripides, adapted by Robinson Jeffers
  • Director: Dominic Cooke
  • Cast: Sophie Okonedo, Ben Daniels

TROUBLE IN BUTETOWN

  • Theatre: Donmar Warehouse
  • First Preview: February 10, 2023
  • Opening: February 20, 2023
  • Playwright: Diana Nneka Atuona
  • Director: Tinuke Craig
  • Cast: Samuel Adewunmi, Rita Bernard-Shaw, Ifan Huw Dafydd, Zaqi Ismail, Gareth Kennerley, Bethan Mary-James, Sarah Parish, Zephryn Taitte

In her illegal boarding house in Butetown, Cardiff, Gwyneth Mbanefo toils tirelessly to keep afloat. It’s a port town during the war; home to souls from every corner of the globe. When Nate, an African American GI, escapes his barracks and discovers this new world without segregation, can he find safe harbour? And with danger on every corner, who can he trust?

THE BEACH HOUSE

  • Theatre: Park Theatre
  • Fist Preview: February 15, 2023
  • Opening: February 20, 2023
  • Playwright: Jo Harper
  • Director: Bethany Pitts
  • Cast: TBA

Moving out of the city to raise their baby, the old house by the sea is supposed to be a peaceful new start for Liv and Kate. But Liv, the stay-at-home mother, is a songwriter in crisis who's too distracted to write, while Kate, who's just had a baby, needs to go back to work to get some order back in her life. And then there's Liv's sister Jenny who, despite wanting to distance herself from her overbearing sibling, finds herself being drawn back to the beach house time and time again.

ROMEO AND JULIE

  • Theatre: National Theatre (Dorfman)
  • Fist Preview: February 14, 2023
  • Opening: February 21, 2023
  • Playwright: Gary Owen
  • Director: Rachel O'Riordan
  • Cast: Catrin Aaron, Paul Brennen, Anita Reynolds, Callum Scott Howells, Rosie Sheehy

Romeo is a single dad hanging on tight. Julie is fighting to follow her dream of studying at Cambridge. Two Welsh teens 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, Julie’s family fears the worst in a world of unequal opportunity.

WOMEN, BEWARE THE DEVIL

  • Theatre: Almeida Theatre
  • First Preview: February 11, 2022
  • Opening: February 22, 2022
  • Playwright: Lulu Raczka
  • Director: Rupert Goold
  • Cast: TBA

England, 1640. A war is brewing. Rumours are flying. A household is in crisis…and the Devil’s having some fun. For Lady Elizabeth nothing is more important than protecting her family’s legacy and their ancestral home. When that comes under threat, she elicits the help of Agnes, a young servant suspected of witchcraft. But Agnes doesn’t want to be a witch, she wants to be a Lady, and no one will get in her way.

CHARLOTTE & THEODORE

  • Theatre: Theatre Royal Bath
  • First Preview: February 16, 2023
  • Opening: February 22, 2023
  • Playwright: Ryan Craig
  • Director: Terry Johnson
  • Cast: Kris Marshall

Cancel culture, gender politics, trans rights, online abuse and power struggles are all at play on a University campus which is more like a battleground, where every well-intentioned thought and deed can have unexpected and long-lasting consequences. It is here that we meet two idealistic academics, Lotty and Teddy, as they pick their way through the political and social minefield to embark on a decade long romance.

SLEEPOVA

  • Theatre: Bush Theatre
  • Opening: February 24, 2023
  • Playwright: Matilda Feyiṣayọ Ibini
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: TBA

Join Rey, Elle, Shan and Funmi. Armed with sugary snacks, school gossip, and secret questions they can only ask each other, their sleepovas are pretty much a sacred space for them. As each year tugs them further into adulthood and life doesn’t pan out quite as they imagined, they struggle to hold on to a friendship that they swore would last a lifetime. Sleepova is an ode to black women, their boundless spirits, and wild dreams.

THE GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF MUSICAL

  • Theatre: Nöel Coward Theatre
  • Opening: February 25, 2023
  • Book: Jake Brunger
  • Lyrics: Jake Brunger, Pippa Cleary
  • Music: Pippa Cleary
  • Director: Rachel Kavanaugh
  • Cast: Scott Paige, Claire Moore, Catriana Sandison, Charlotte Wakefield, Damian Humbley, Jay Saighal, Michael Cahill, Aharon Rayner, John Owen Jones

Follow the trials and tribulations of our bakers as they enter the hallowed tent, including a policeman, a carer, a sixth form student, a retired dinner lady, an environmentalist vegan, an Italian fashionista, and more, as they come together to share their journeys of friendship, love, and laughter.

OKLAHOMA!

  • Theatre: Wyndham's Theatre
  • First Preview: February 16, 2023
  • Opening: February 28, 2023
  • Book and Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II
  • Music: Richard Rodgers
  • Director: Daniel Fish
  • Cast: TBA

Based on Lynn Riggs' Green Grow the Lilacs,this musical Western tells the story of rambunctious cowboy Curly and his courtship of the equally headstrong Laurey against the backdrop of the Oklahoma territory where the "corn is as high as an elephant's eye." Songs from this groundbreaking musical include "Surrey With the Fringe on Top," "People Will Say We're in Love," "Out of My Dreams," "Oh What a Beautiful Mornin'" and the title song.

THE JOURNEY TO VENICE

  • Theatre: Finborough Theatre
  • Opening: February 28, 2023
  • Playwright: Bjørg Vik, translated by Janet Garton
  • Director: Wiebke Green
  • Cast: TBA

Edith and Oscar Tellmann have been together since before they can remember. When their family life took a turn, the couple found solace in travel and adventure. But now they’re well into their 80s, stuck in a drab flat, surrounded by cats, books, memories, and leaking pipes. As they journey into old age, the couple invent a new way to travel together…

BONNIE & CLYDE

  • Theatre: Garrick Theatre
  • Opening: March 4, 2023
  • Book: Ivan Menchell
  • Lyrics: Don Black
  • Music: Frank Wildhorn
  • Director: Nick Winston
  • Cast: Francis Mayli McCann, Jordan Luke Gage

In Depression-era Texas, a young Bonnie Parker falls in love with Clyde Barrow, a criminal on the run from the law. Their love affair soon spirals out of control, as Bonnie & Clyde commit a series of bank robberies. As their notoriety — and body count — rises, the ill-fated lovers find themselves racing to the top of the Public Enemies list.

MARJORIE PRIME

  • Theatre: Menier Chocolate Factory
  • First Preview: March 9, 2023
  • Opening: March 15, 2023
  • Playwright: Jordan Harrison
  • Director: Dominic Dromgoole
  • Cast: TBA

It’s the age of artificial intelligence, and 86-year-old Marjorie — a jumble of disparate, fading memories — has a handsome new companion who’s programmed to feed the story of her life back to her. What would we remember, and what would we forget, if given the chance?

FURTHER THAN THE FURTHEST THING

  • Theatre: Young Vic Theatre
  • First Preview: March 9, 2023
  • Opening: March 16, 20233
  • Playwright: Zinnie Harris
  • Director: Jennifer Tang
  • Cast: TBA

On a remote volcanic island in the middle of the Atlantic, a community has lived undisturbed for centuries, defying the swirling currents of modernity and capitalism. Cut off and exposed to the elements, their survival has created a complex bind with their land. But when one of the inhabitants brings an outsider to the island, their way of life is changed forever.

THE WAY OLD FRIENDS DO

  • Theatre: Park Theatre
  • Fist Preview: March 15, 2023
  • Opening: March 17, 2023
  • Playwright: Ian Hallard
  • Director: Mark Gatiss
  • Cast: Donna Berlin, James Bradshaw, Sara Crowe, Ian Hallard, Andrew Horton, Rose Shalloo, Miriam Margolyes, Paul O'Grady, Anton Tweedale, Toby Holloway, Tariye Peterside

In the late 1980s, two school friends from Birmingham tentatively come out to one another: one as gay, the other as an ABBA fan. Nearly thirty years later, a chance meeting sets them on an exciting new path, and they decide to form the world’s first ABBA tribute band – in drag. But can their friendship survive the tribulations of a life on the road; one full of platform boots, fake beards and a distractingly attractive stranger?

ACCIDENTAL DEATH OF AN ANARCHIST

  • Theatre: Lyric Theatre Hammersmith
  • First Preview: March 14, 2023
  • Opening: March 18, 2023
  • Playwright: Dario Fo and Franca Rame, adapted by Tom Basden
  • Director: Daniel Raggett
  • Cast: Daniel Rigby

An Anarchist has fallen to his death from a police station window. But did he jump or was he thrown? As the police prepare for an inquiry into the incident, an unhinged showman known only as the Maniac is arrested and brought into the station. Seizing the opportunity to put on a show, he leads the police in an absurd recreation of their version of events, exposing the cover-ups, corruption and profound idiocy of an institution in free-fall.

GONE TOO FAR!

  • Theatre: Theatre Royal Stratford East
  • Opening: March 24, 2023
  • Playwright: Bola Agbaje
  • Director: Monique Touko
  • Cast: Hannah Zoé Ankrah, Tomás Azocar-Nevin, Eleanor Booth, Chloe Cooper, Daniel Cawley, Jack D’Arcy, Jez Davess-Humphrey, Jessica Enemokwu, Isolde Fenton, Kira Golightly, Thuliswa Magwaza, Dalumuzi Moyo, Olivia Ng, Jasmine Ricketts, Nathaly Sabino, Jerome Scott

When two brothers from different continents go down the street to buy a pint of milk, they lift the lid on a disunited nation; a world where everyone wants to be an individual, but no one wants to stand out from the crowd, and where respect is always demanded but rarely freely given.

A LITTLE LIFE

  • Theatre: Harold Pinter Theatre
  • First Preview: March 25, 2023
  • Opening: March 30, 2023
  • Playwright: Hanya Yanagihara
  • Director: Ivo van Hove
  • Cast: James Norton, Luke Thompson, Omari Douglas, Zach Wyatt, Elliot Cowan, Zubin Varla, Nathalie Armin, Emilio Doorgasingh

A Little Life follows four college friends in New York City: aspiring actor Willem, successful architect Malcolm, struggling artist JB, and prodigious lawyer Jude. As ambition, addiction, and pride threaten to pull the group apart, they always find themselves bound by their love for Jude and the mysteries of his past. But when those secrets come to light, they finally learn that to know Jude St Francis is to understand the limitless potential of love in the face of life.

AIN'T TOO PROUD- THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS

  • Theatre: Prince Edward Theatre
  • First Preview: March 31, 2023
  • Opening: TBA
  • Book: Dominique Morisseau
  • Music: The Temptations
  • Director: Des McAnuff
  • Cast: TBA

Follow The Temptations’ extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame—how they met, how they rose, the groundbreaking heights they hit, and how personal and political conflicts threatened to tear the group apart as the United States fell into civil unrest.

THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES

  • Theatre: Almeida Theatre
  • First Preview: April 4, 2023
  • Opening: TBA
  • Book:Lynn Nottage
  • Music: Duncan Sheik
  • Lyrics: Susan Birkenhead
  • Director: Whitney White
  • Cast: TBA 

South Carolina, 1964. Lily Owens, a restless white teenager, struggles with her merciless father and the haunting memory of her mother's death. When Rosaleen, her black caregiver, is beaten and jailed for asserting her right to vote, Lily's rebellious spirit is ignited. She and Rosaleen escape on an adventure where they are taken in by a trio of black beekeeping sisters. While Lily tries to unlock the secrets of her past, she and Rosaleen find solace in the mesmerizing world of bees and spirituality in this extraordinary tale of awakening, fellowship, and healing.

VILLAGE IDIOT

  • Theatre: Theatre Royal Stratford East
  • First Preview: April 13, 2023
  • Opening: April 19, 2023
  • Playwright: Samson Hawkins
  • Director: Nadia Fall
  • Cast: TBA

Townies have decided they want a lie in, so they’re building a new high-speed railway. Issue is, it’s going right through Barbara Honeybone’s house, and she ‘ent having none of it. Barbara’s grandson Peter works for the townies and it’s his job to convince the village that having a two-tonne bullet hurtling through the cabbage patches will actually be for the best. Then there’s Harry, Barbara’s younger grandson, he ‘ent that bothered about trains, he’s only got eyes for Debbie Mahoney. But the only thing Barbara hates more than townies is the Mahoneys. Welcome to Syresham, South Northamptonshire. It’s not quite the Cotswolds, not quite one of those posh villages Americans have in movies, but it does have Syresham’s Got Talent, the headline event of the village fair. There’ll be songs, dancing, magic, drag, a bit of wrestling, and Kevin’s doing a meat raffle (vegetarian option: two tins of Strongbow).

THE GOOD PERSON OF SZECHWAN

  • Theatre: Lyric Theatre Hammersmith
  • First Preview: April 17, 2023
  • Opening: April 21, 2023
  • Playwright: Bertolt Brecht, adapted by Nina Segal
  • Director: Anthony Lau
  • Cast: Suni La, Nick Blakeley, Melody Brown, Aidan Cheng, Jan Chew, Callum Coates, Togo Igawa, Camille Mallet de Chauny, Louise Mai Newberry, Tim Samuels, Ami Tredrea, Leo Wan

Three gods search for just one honest person on earth to justify humanity’s existence. Finding Shen Te, penniless but principled, they reward her with a life-changing amount of cash. But starting her own business in a money centred, unequal society, her fortune soon turns to frustration as the more kindness she shows, the more complicated life becomes.

ANIMAL

  • Theatre: Park Theatre
  • Fist Preview: April 19, 2023
  • Opening: April 21, 2023
  • Playwright: Jon Bradfield
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: TBA

Meet David – gay, disabled and profoundly horny. He can’t eat, drink or shower by himself – let alone the rest. Totally inexperienced, he embarks on a sexual and romantic odyssey, armed with a fierce brain and impressive nudes (that he has to get someone else to take). But can David keep it casual whilst also relying on round-the-clock care? Can he manage the thrill and uncertainty of random hook-ups after a lifetime of knock-backs?

AUGUST IN ENGLAND

  • Theatre: Bush Theatre
  • Opening: April 28, 2023
  • Playwright: Lenny Henry
  • Director: Lynette Linton and Daniel Bailey
  • Cast: Lenny Henry

Charming, flawed, and with the gift of the gab, we all know a man like August Henderson. Between his three kids, devoted wife-to-be, and part-ownership of a fruit and veg shop, he is proud of the life he has built since landing in his beloved West Bromwich. So, when faced with deportation to a country he has no memory of, he isn’t prepared to go quietly. Listen up, he is ready to tell his own story.

ONCE ON THIS ISLAND

  • Theatre: Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
  • Opening: May 10, 2023
  • Book: Lynn Ahrens
  • Lyrics: Lynn Ahrens
  • Music: Stephen Flaherty
  • Director: Ola Ince
  • Cast: TBA

Once on a golden and verdant Caribbean island, a little girl is rescued from a disastrous storm by four gods—Asaka, Mother of the Earth; Agwé, god of Water; Erzulie, goddess of Love; and Papa Ge, demon of Death. So starts the myth told in this breathtaking story of Black joy and sorrow, the aftermath of colonization and isolation, and the triumph of love against all forces. Told with Caribbean rhythms and instruments, this Tony Award–winning musical is a testament that a beautiful story simply told has the power to inspire and heal all.

ASPECTS OF LOVE

  • Theatre: Lyric Theatre
  • First Preview: May 12, 2023
  • Opening: May 25, 2023
  • Book: Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • Lyrics: Charles Hart, Don Black
  • Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • Director: Jonathan Kent
  • Cast: Michael Ball

A young man has an affair with an older actress who later marries his uncle, with whom she has a daughter who eventually falls for the young man years later.

GROUNDHOG DAY

  • Theatre: Old Vic Theatre
  • First Preview: May 20, 2023
  • Opening: June 8, 2023
  • Book: Danny Rubin
  • Music and Lyrics: Tim Minchin
  • Director: Matthew Warchus
  • Cast: Andy Karl

Phil Connors is a cynical Pittsburgh TV weatherman who is sent to cover the annual Groundhog Day event in the isolated small town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, when he finds himself caught in a time loop, forced to repeat the same day again and again…and again. As each day plays out exactly the same as before Phil becomes increasingly despondent, but is there a lesson to be learnt through his experiences, will he ever unlock the secret and break the cycle?

ROMAN HOLIDAY

  • Theatre: Theatre Royal Bath
  • Opening: June 10, 2023
  • Book: Paul Blake, Kirsten Guenther
  • Music and Lyrics: Cole Porter
  • Director: Jeremy Sams
  • Cast: TBA

A beautiful princess is on yet another annual, busy but extremely strict tour of Europe. Striving for a little semblance of freedom like normal girls her age, she slips away instead of attending yet another a diplomatic ball. Meanwhile, a disgruntled American journalist sent to cover the royal family's tour across Europe finds the scoop of his career when he happens upon the princess sleeping on a park bench. Not recognizing her, he takes her home to rest. The next day, news of the princess' escape breaks, and he realizes who the girl really was. Now determined to be the first to find and interview her, he joins the scramble. However, when he does find her, he recognizes a kindred spirit within, and whilst both trying to elude the agents, the paparazzi and the police, they embark on an exciting spree around Rome, and fall in love in the process.

SCHOOL GIRLS: OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY

  • Theatre: Lyric Theatre Hammersmith
  • First Preview: June 9, 2023
  • Opening: June 15, 2023
  • Playwright: Jocelyn Bioh
  • Director: Monique Touko
  • Cast: TBA

As the reigning queen bee of Ghana’s most exclusive boarding school, Paulina has her sights on the 1986 Miss Universe pageant. But the arrival of a new transfer student from America changes the game.

ROBIN HOOD: THE LEGEND. RE-WRITTEN

  • Theatre: Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
  • Opening: June 17, 2023
  • Book: Carl Grose
  • Lyrics: Carl Grose
  • Music: Carl Grose
  • Director: Melly Still
  • Cast: TBA

Think you know the story of Robin Hood? Think again. Prepare for a thrilling new take on the classic tale, set in a desperate, divided kingdom where only the truly cunning can outwit the sheriff’s terrifying wrath. Promising humour, heart and a forest full of secrets, expect the arrows to fly in a bold new direction as trickery and truth collide with fiery results.

MRS. DOUBTFIRE

  • Theatre: Shaftesbury Theatre
  • First Preview: May 12, 2023
  • Opening: June 22, 2023
  • Book: Karey Kirkpatrick and John O'Farrell
  • Music and Lyrics: Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick
  • Director: Jerry Zaks
  • Cast: Gabriel Hick, Carla Dixon Hernandez, Cameron Blakely, Marcus Collins, Ian Talbot, Joshua Dever, Samuel Wilson-Freeman, Maria Garrett, Kiera Haynes, Adam Lyons, Lisa Mathieson, Ellie Mitchell, Matt Overfield, Tom Scanlon, Vicki Lee Taylor Rebecca Donnelly, Amy Everett, Paulo Teixeira

After losing custody in a messy divorce, Daniel Hillard creates the kindly alter ego of Scottish nanny Euphegenia Doubtfire in a desperate attempt to stay in their lives. A hilarious and heartfelt story about holding onto your loved ones against all odds, Mrs. Doubtfire is the musical comedy we need right now — one that proves we’re better together.

MISS SAIGON

  • Theatre: Sheffield Theatres
  • First Preview: July 8, 2023
  • Opening: July 13, 2023
  • Book: Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schönberg
  • Music: Claude-Michel Schönberg
  • Lyrics: Richard Maltby, Jr., Alain Boublil
  • Director: Robert Hastie and Anthony Lau
  • Cast: Joanna Ampil

Set in 1975 during the final days of the of the Vietnam War, Miss Saigon is an epic love story about the relationship between Chris, an American GI and Kim, a young Vietnamese woman. They are separated when the country falls, until she returns to his life years later, in this musical inspired by the opera Madame Butterfly.

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES

  • Theatre: Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
  • Opening: July 29, 2023
  • Book: Harvey Fierstein
  • Lyrics: Jerry Herman
  • Music: Jerry Herman
  • Director: Timothy Sheader
  • Cast: TBA

Jerry Herman's musical, based on the French play of the same name, is the story of a flamboyant gay couple who must pretend to be straight for one night — with one of the men in drag — to dupe the conservative political family of their son's fiancee.

CRAZY FOR YOU

  • Theatre: Gillian Lynne Theatre
  • First Preview: June 24, 2023
  • Opening: July 3, 2023
  • Book: Ken Ludwig
  • Music: George Gershwin
  • Lyrics: Ira Gershwin
  • Director: Susan Stroman
  • Cast: Charlie Stemp, Carly Anderson, Matthew Craig, Tom Edden

A banker with a yen for show business is sent to foreclose on a property that turns out to be a theatre. After falling in love with the local postmistress, he decides to put on a show to save the theatre, in this musical featuring classic Gershwin songs and a Ken Ludwig libretto inspired by the 1930 musical Girl Crazy.

NEXT TO NORMAL

  • Theatre: Donmar Warehouse
  • First Preview: August 12, 2023
  • Opening: TBA
  • Book and Lyrics: Brian Yorkey
  • Music: Tom Kitt
  • Director: Michael Longhurst
  • Cast: TBA

The 2009 Tony Award®-winning pop/rock musical and winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama lifts the veil on family loss and the individual responses to crisis and endurance, while pushing the boundaries of contemporary musical theater.

THE SCORE

  • Theatre: Theatre Royal Bath
  • Opening: October 12, 2023
  • Playwright: Oliver Cotton
  • Director: Trevor Nunn
  • Cast: Brian Cox

Spring 1747. Potsdam, Prussia. Johann Sebastian Bach reluctantly visits the court of Frederick II, Europe’s most ambitious and dangerous leader. The two men could hardly be more different. As the Age of Enlightenment dawns, they stand in opposite camps. Bach is deeply religious, Frederick is an atheist. Bach loathes war, Frederick revels in it. Bach studies scripture, Frederick reads military history. Frederick remains in awe of Bach’s genius however and has mischievously prepared a musical conundrum that he hopes will baffle the composer and amuse his court. The explosive events of the following days could not have been predicted by either man.

 
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