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THE GLASS MENAGERIE

  • Theatre: Rose Theatre
  • Opening: April 17, 2024
  • Playwright: Tennessee Williams
  • Director: Atri Banerjee
  • Cast: Geraldine Somerville, Kasper Hilton-Hille, Zacchaeus Kayode, Natalie Kimmerling

A fading Southern belle strives to give her two grown children — the lame Laura and the unruly Tom — a last chance at happiness as her own dreams slip through her fingers. Tom only wants to run away from their pathetic life, and Laura keeps retreating into the dream world of her tiny glass figurines. What happens when Tom brings home a friend will change everything.

MACHINAL

  • Theatre: Old Vic Theatre
  • First Preview: April 11, 2024
  • Opening: April 18, 2024
  • Playwright: Sophie Treadwell
  • Director: Richard Jones
  • Cast: Rosie Sheehy, Daniel Abelson, Sam Alexander, Steven Beard, Daniel Bowerbank, Imogen Daines, Buffy Davis, Tim Frances, Carla Harrison-Hodge, Emilio Iannucci, Pierro Niel-Mee, Wendy Nottingham

THE CORD

  • Theatre: Bush Theatre
  • First Preview: April 12, 2024
  • Opening: April 18, 2024
  • Playwright: Bijan Sheibani
  • Director: Bijan Sheibani
  • Cast: Irfan Shamji

The arrival of this baby has changed everything. Amir hovers as his mother holds her grandchild for the first time, mesmerised. The bag of handmade baby clothes she’s brought lies at her feet. After she leaves, Amir watches his wife feeding their newborn son, so close, almost intertwined. They look so complete, while Amir feels aware of a growing chasm separating him from them, and him from his own mother. As sleepless nights, relentless crying and hushed arguments take their toll, Amir grapples with the puzzle of how to be a father, a son, a husband – mashing together pieces that don’t seem to fit. All he knows is he’s determined not to repeat the past.

SPIRITED AWAY

  • Theatre: London Coliseum
  • Opening: April 20, 2024
  • Playwright: John Caird, Maoko Imai
  • Music: Joe Hisaishi
  • Director: John Caird
  • Cast: Kanna Hashimoto, Mone Kamishiraishi, Kotaro Daiko, Hiroki Miura, Fu Hinami, Tomorrowo Taguchi, Satoshi Hashimoto, Mari Natsuki, Romi Park, Kenya Osumi, Sunau Yoshimura, Obata no Oniisan, Yuya Igarashi, Mayu Musha, Miyu Ayahashi, Kaito Arai, Yoko Ose, Wataru Oshige, Motoko Orii, Akino Konno, Ryo Sawamura, Mayu Suetomi, Rico Takahashi, Hayato Takehiro, Saya Chinen, Hanano Teshirogi, Ayame Nakagami, Yuuki Nishinomiya, Rei Hanashima, Yoshiki Fujioka, Norihide Mantani, Eiji Mizuno, Miffy, Maki Morita, Yuna Yasuno, Yamato, Kazuma Kimura, Annakanako Mohri, Marina Mori, Toshiki Hirose

Spirited Away tells the enchanting tale of Chihiro who while traveling to a new home with her family, stumbles into a world of fantastic spirits ruled over by the sorceress Yubaba. When her parents are turned into pigs and she is put to work in a magical bathhouse, Chihiro must use her wits to survive in this strange new place, find a way to free her parents, and return to the normal world.

TWO STRANGERS (CARRY A CAKE ACROSS NEW YORK)

  • Theatre: Criterion Theatre
  • First Preview: April 4, 2024
  • Opening: April 23, 2024
  • Book, Music, and Lyrics: Jim Barne and Kit Buchan
  • Director: Tim Jackson
  • Cast: Dujonna Gift, Sam Tutty

Dougal is a naive, impossibly upbeat Brit, flying to New York for his Dad’s second wedding. The Dad he’s never known. Waiting for him at the airport is Robin, the sister of the bride. She’s a native New Yorker, she’s late for work, and she doesn’t have time to stop and see the sights. Instant attraction? Definitely not. But with an extravagant wedding approaching and the city at their feet…anything could happen.

MINORITY REPORT

  • Theatre: Lyric Theatre Hammersmith
  • First Preview: April 19, 2024
  • Opening: April 24, 2024
  • Playwright: David Haig
  • Director: Max Webster
  • Cast: Chrissy Brooke, Xenoa Campbell-Ledgister, Ricardo Castro, Danny Collins, Nick Fletcher, Roseanna Frascona, Jodie McNee, Nicholas Rowe, Tanvi Virmani

In 2050, neuroscientist Dame Julia Anderton is about to launch the next phase of her pioneering Pre-Crime programme, detaining people for crimes before they are committed. But when Julia is accused of pre-murder, she’s in a race against time to save herself from her own system.

THE CHERRY ORCHARD

  • Theatre: Donmar Warehouse
  • Opening: April 26, 2024
  • Playwright: Anton Chekhov
  • Director: Benedict Andrews
  • Cast: Nina Hoss, Adeel Akhtar

The old order collides with the new as a charming but impractical aristocratic family refuses to face economic reality. This bittersweet tragi-comedy examines the end of the feudal era in Russia and the great changes that would eventually result in Revolution.

TWELFTH NIGHT

  • Theatre: Regent's Park Open Air
  • Opening: May 3, 2024
  • Playwright: William Shakespeare
  • Director: Owen Horsley
  • Cast: Raphael Bushay, Richard Cant, Sally Cheng, Andro Cowperthwaite, Anna Francolini, Nicholas Karami, Julie Legrand, Evelyn Miller, Anita Reynolds, Matthew Spencer, Katherine Toy, Jon Trenchard, Harry Waller

When Viola is separated from her brother in a shipwreck and finds herself on the shores of Illyria, she dons the guise of a young man named Cesario and enters the service of Duke Orsino, who employs her as an intermediary to court the Countess Olivia on his behalf. Complications of mistaken identity ensue in this, one of Shakespeare's most enduring comedies.

PEOPLE, PLACES, AND THINGS

  • Theatre: Trafalgar Theatre
  • Opening: May 3, 2024
  • Playwright: Duncan MacMillan
  • Director: Jeremy Herrin
  • Cast: Denise Gough, Sinéad Cusack, Malachi Kirby, Danny Kirrane, Kevin McMonagle, Holly Atkins, Paksie Vernon, Ryan Hutton, Ayọ̀ Owóyẹmi-Peters, Dillon Scott-Lewis, Louise Templeton

Emma was having the time of her life. Now she’s in rehab. Her first step is to admit that she has a problem. But the problem isn’t with Emma, it’s with everything else. She needs to tell the truth. But she’s smart enough to know that there’s no such thing. When intoxication feels like the only way to survive the modern world, how can she ever sober up?

THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR

  • Theatre: Marylebone Theatre
  • Opening: May 3, 2024
  • Playwright: Nikolai Gogol, adapted by Patrick Myles
  • Director: Patrick Myles
  • Cast: Vicki Pepperdine, Kiell Smith-Bynoe, Dan Skinner

An over-privileged, vainglorious liar is mistaken for a high-ranking government inspector by the corrupt local officials of an English parochial town. Desperate to cover up their crimes and escape censure, the town’s Governor and his cronies pull out all the stops to try and bribe this dishonest buffoon with money, wine and women.

A SONG OF SONGS

  • Theatre: Park Theatre
  • First Preview: May 9, 2024
  • Opening: May 11, 2024
  • Playwright: Ofra Daniel
  • Director: Ofra Daniel, Lior Ben-Hur
  • Cast: Ofra Daniel

A Song of Songs tells the story of a young wife in a loveless marriage who discovers she has an unseen admirer. Intrigued, she enters into a mysterious and fervent love affair, finding herself on a dazzling journey of sexual and personal empowerment.

THE ARTIST

  • Theatre: Theatre Royal Plymouth
  • Opening: May 11, 2024
  • Adaptation: Lindsey Ferrentino, Drew McOnie
  • Director: Drew McOnie
  • Cast: TBA

In 1920s Hollywood the business of making dreams come true is in full swing. Silent movie icon George Valentin has long been the darling of the silver screen when he falls for aspiring actress Peppy Miller. But while her star is about to rise, his might soon flicker out: amidst all the glamour, laughter and romance, the silent movie industry is on the brink of a revolution. With the Talkies on their way, George must either find his voice in a brave new world or lose everything he holds dear to a bygone era.

ROMEO AND JULIET

  • Theatre: Duke of York's Theatre
  • First Preview: May 11, 2024
  • Opening: TBA
  • Playwright: William Shakespeare
  • Director: Jamie Lloyd
  • Cast: Tom Holland, Francesca Amewudah-Rivers, Freema Agyeman, Michael Balogun, Tomiwa Edun, Mia Jerome, Daniel Quinn-Toye, Ray Sesay, Nima Taleghani, Joshua-Alexander Williams

Tom Holland is Romeo in Jamie Lloyd’s pulsating new vision of Shakespeare’s immortal tale of wordsmiths, rhymers, lovers and fighters.

FAWLTY TOWERS - THE PLAY

  • Theatre: Apollo Theatre (Shaftesbury)
  • First Preview: May 4, 2024
  • Opening: May 15, 2024
  • Playwright: John Cleese and Connie Booth, adapted for the stage by John Cleese
  • Director: Caroline Jay Ranger
  • Cast: Adam Jackson-Smith, Anna-Jane Casey, Paul Nicholas, Hemi Yeroham, Victoria Fox, Rachel Izen, Steven Meo, Kate Russell-Smith, Nicola Sanderson, Greg Haiste, Danny Bayne, Neil Stewart, Emma Fenny, Mia Austen, John Hasler, Dale Superville, Suzy Bloom, Ben Jacobson

Nearly 50 years since it first hit our TV screens, the iconic sitcom is now a brand-new stage play, adapted by comedy legend John Cleese and directed by Caroline Jay Ranger.

PASSING STRANGE

  • Theatre: Young Vic Theatre
  • First Preview: May 14, 2024
  • Opening: May 21, 2024
  • Book and Lyrics: Stew
  • Music: Stew and Heidi Rodewald
  • Director: Liesl Tommy
  • Cast: Giles Terera, Rachel Adedeji, Keenan Munn-Francis, David Albury, Nadia Violet Johnson, Renée Lamb, Caleb Roberts

Music is the freight train to ride for this electrifying Tony Award-winning travelogue of identity, acceptance and love. A young man discovers his musical calling and sets off for Europe, leaving behind his mother and comfortable suburban life. In his rebellion filled with sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, he yearns for something in life that he thinks can only be found in art. Bursting with energizing punk, blues, gospel, and jazz music, this rock concert spin on musical theatricality radiates with humor, passion and heart.

THE ENORMOUS CROCODILE

  • Theatre: Regents Park Open Air Theatre
  • First Preview: May 17, 2024
  • Opening: May 22, 2024
  • Book and Lyrics: Suhayla El-Bushra
  • Music: Ahmed Abdullahi Gallab
  • Director: Emily Lim
  • Cast: TBA

The Enormous Crocodile is weaving his way through the jungle in search of delicious little fingers and squidgy podgy knees. Only the other jungle creatures can foil his secret plans and clever tricks, but they’re going to have to find a large amount of courage to stop this greedy brute.

JERRY'S GIRLS

  • Theatre: Menier Chocolate Factory
  • First Preview: May 18, 2024
  • Opening: May 22, 2024
  • Music and Lyrics: Jerry Herman
  • Director: Hannah Chissick
  • Cast: Cassidy Janson, Lyn Paul, Julie Yammanee

Jerry's Girls celebrates the life and legacy of legendary award-winning Broadway composer Jerry Herman.

BLUETS

  • Theatre: Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
  • First Preview: May 17, 2024
  • Opening: May 23, 2024
  • Playwright: Margaret Perry
  • Director: Katie Mitchell
  • Cast: Emma D'Arcy, Kayla Meikle, Ben Whishaw

Bluets is a story about depression and desire, pleasure and pain, and a person possessed by a lifelong obsession with the colour blue. Communing with artists like Joni Mitchell, Derek Jarman, Andy Warhol and Billie Holiday, blue is their constant companion as they navigate the devastating pain of a life-altering heartbreak.

FANNY

  • Theatre: The Watermill Theatre
  • Opening: May 23, 2024
  • Playwright: Calum Finlay
  • Director: Katie-Ann McDonough
  • Cast: TBA

The overdue story of the other Mendelssohn, Fanny imagines that Fanny Mendelssohn intercepts a letter addressed to ‘F. Mendelssohn’ inviting Felix to play for Queen Victoria. As the true composer of the song "Italien", she decides to hide the letter, don her brother’s clothes, and take his place at the palace…cueing a race across Europe and a furious Felix.

BABIES THE MUSICAL

  • Theatre: Garrick Theatre
  • Opening: May 31, 2024
  • Book: Martha Geelan
  • Music and Lyrics: Jack Godfrey
  • Director: Martha Geelan
  • Cast: Ashley Goh, Bradley Riches, Grace Towning, Jaina Brock-Patel, Lauren Conroy, Lucy Carter, Max Mulrenan, Morgan Philips, Nathan Johnston, Rowan Macpherson, Viola Maisey, Zoë Athena

Summer is done. Year 11 is here. Being a child is out. Being a grown up is in. Time for more parties, more responsibility and, oh yeah…becoming a parent to a plastic robot baby simulator. After a rise in pregnancies among the year above, the school’s sex education department are compelled to take action. Fuelled by a blistering pop-rock score, Babies follows nine classmates as they take on their most important school project yet: keeping a fake baby alive for an entire week. As the pressures of teenage life collide with the demands of parenting, the students are forced to ask themselves: what is it I really want? who is it I really want to be?

MEAN GIRLS

  • Theatre: Savoy Theatre
  • Opening: June 5, 2024
  • Book: Tina Fey
  • Lyrics: Nell Benjamin
  • Music: Jeff Richmond
  • Director: Casey Nicholaw
  • Cast: Charlie Burn, Georgina Castle, Elèna Gyasi, Grace Mouat, Elena Skye, Tom Xander, Daniel Bravo, Lucca Chadwick-Patel, Ako Mitchell, Zoë Rainey, Tia Antoine-Charles, Georgia Arron, Liam Buckland, Shonah Buwu, Baylie Carson, Freddie Clements, Siobhan Diffin, Clíona Flynn, Fergie Fraser, Angus Good, Jenny Huxley-Golden, Holly Liburd, Corey Mitchell, Mervin Noronha, Aharon Rayner, Trèzel Sergeant, Josh Singleton, Annie Southall, Lillia Squires, Tommy Wade-Smith, Holly Willock

Cady Heron may have grown up on an African savanna, but nothing prepared her for the wild and vicious ways of her strange new home: suburban Illinois. How will this naïve newbie rise to the top of the popularity pecking order? By taking on The Plastics, a trio of lionized frenemies led by the charming but ruthless Regina George. But when Cady devises a plan to end Regina’s reign, she learns the hard way that you can’t cross a Queen Bee without getting stung.

WEDDING BAND

  • Theatre: Lyric Theatre Hammersmith
  • First Preview: May 31, 2024
  • Opening: June 6, 2024
  • Playwright: Alice Childress
  • Director: Monique Touko
  • Cast: TBA

Summer 1918. Julia Augustine, an industrious young African-American woman, moves to a small seaside town in South Carolina, hoping to live a quiet, anonymous life. Her discreet manner arouses the interest of her boisterous neighbors who discover her secret -- a long-standing love affair with Herman, a white man. Tensions explode when Herman's family arrives in the neighborhood.

MARIE CURIE

  • Theatre: Charing Cross Theatre
  • First Preview: June 1, 2024
  • Opening: June 7, 2024
  • Book and Lyrics: Seeun Choun
  • Music: Jongyoon Choi
  • English Adaptation: Tom Ramsay, Emma Fraser
  • Literal Translation: Ahreumbi Rew
  • Director: Sarah Meadows
  • Cast: Alisa Davidson, Chrissie Bhima, Thomas Josling, Richard Meek, Christopher Killik, Dean Makowski-Clayton, Rio Maye, Yujin Park, Isabel Snaas, Maya Kristal Tenenbaum, Lucy Yonug

Marie Curie is certain that she can make a name for herself and change the course of science in the progress as she arrives from her native Poland to study at Sorbonne University in Paris. When she discovers Radium, a new chemical element, she’s lauded with the Nobel Prize but is faced with an overwhelming moral dilemma. Whilst Marie is discovering the lifesaving potential of Radium to cure cancer, factory workers handling Radium are succumbing to the insidious grip of radium poisoning.

BEING MR. WICKHAM

  • Theatre: Jermyn Street Theatre
  • First Preview: June 5, 2024
  • Opening: June 10, 2024
  • Playwright: Adrian Lukis
  • Director: Guy Unsworth
  • Cast: Adrian Lukis

Join Pride and Prejudice’s most roguish gentleman, George Wickham, on the eve of his sixtieth birthday, to lift the sheets on what exactly happened thirty years from where we left him and discover his own version of some very famous literary events. What really happened with Mr. Darcy? Were his feelings for Lizzie real? What about Georgina and Lydia?

BOYS FROM THE BLACKSTUFF

  • Theatre: Garrick Theatre
  • Opening: June 13, 2024
  • Playwright: James Graham
  • Director: Kate Wasserberg
  • Cast: George Caple, Dominic Carter, Helen Carter, Aron Julius, Nathan McMullen, Lauren O'Neil, Jamie Peacock, Barry Sloane, Liam Tobin, Mark Womack

Chrissie, Loggo, George, Dixie and Yosser are used to hard work and providing for their families. But there is no work and there is no money. What are they supposed to do? Work harder, work longer, buy cheaper, spend less? They just need a chance. Life is tough but the lads can play the game. Find jobs, avoid the ‘sniffers' and see if you can have a laugh along the way. 

THE SECRET GARDEN

  • Theatre: Regent's Park Open Air
  • Opening: June 15, 2024
  • Playwright: Holly Robinson, Anna Himali Howard
  • Director: Anna Himali Howard
  • Cast: TBA

Spoilt and abandoned, 10-year-old Mary Lennox is sent from India to Yorkshire, and put into the care of an Uncle she has never met. At Misselthwaite Manor, a broken-hearted house full of secrets and strange noises, Mary discovers a garden as lost and neglected as she is. If she can learn to make friends with robins, grumpy gardeners, and a boy who speaks to animals, Mary might be able to bring more than just the garden back to life.

THE BOUNDS

  • Theatre: Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs
  • First Preview: June 13, 2024
  • Opening: June 17, 2024
  • Playwright: Stewart Pringle
  • Director: Jack McNamara
  • Cast: TBA

The year is 1554, the true Golden Age of English football. It’s the Allen Valley Whitsun Game, and men will die today. This is the big game, and it’s been raging for hours. Percy and Rowan are out in the middle of nowhere, miles from the action, when a stranger joins them, a stranger with tidings that will blow their world apart. Time passes. Night falls. The great chain of being collapses. And they’re losing the bloody football.

KISS ME, KATE

  • Theatre: Barbican Theatre
  • First Preview: June 4, 2024
  • Opening: June 18, 2024
  • Book: Bella and Sam Spewak
  • Music and Lyrics: Cole Porter
  • Director: Bartlett Sher
  • Cast: Stephanie J. Block, Adrian Dunbar, Charlie Stemp, Georgina Onuorah, Josie Benson, Jack Butterworth, Jude Owusu, Carl Au, Jordan Crouch, Gary Milner, James Hume, Alisha Capon, Shani Cator, Maya de Faria, Amelia Kinu Muus, Jacqui Jameson, Lucas Koch, Alex Lodge, Nell Martin, Anna McGarahan, John Stacey, Harrison Wilde, Robin Kent, Barry Drummond, Emily Goodenough, Maddie Harper

Two divorced — and flamboyantly egocentric — performers find themselves starring opposite each other in a musical version of Taming of the Shrew in Cole Porter and Sam and Bella Spewack's tribute to the theatre, in all its greasepaint and glory.

THE MARILYN CONSPIRACY

  • Theatre: Park Theatre
  • First Preview: June 19, 2024
  • Opening: June 24, 2024
  • Playwright: Vicki McKellar, Guy Masterson
  • Director: Guy Masterson
  • Cast: TBA

On Wednesday, 1 August 1962, seven people gathered at Marilyn Monroe’s home to celebrate her new $2m two-picture deal with 20th Century Fox. At 04:30 the following Sunday, 5 August, her apparent suicide was called in to the police and was reported as a drugs overdose. But the truth is far more shocking: She was found unconscious by her housekeeper the night before at 22:35, and subsequently died at 23:40, all after a late visit from a very important guest… The same seven people then regathered in her home on Saturday night – and yet her death was only reported nearly 5 hours later. What did they talk about?

NEXT TO NORMAL

  • Theatre: Wyndham's Theatre
  • First Preview: June 18, 2024
  • Opening: June 26, 2024
  • Book and Lyrics: Brian Yorkey
  • Music: Tom Kitt
  • Director: Michael Longhurst
  • Cast: Caissie Levy, Trevor Dion Nicholas, Jack Ofrecio, Jamie Parker, Jack Wolfe, Eleanor Worthington-Cox

Diana Goodman is a suburban mom struggling with bipolar disorder. Her daughter, Natalie, is a stressed-out overachiever about to snap. And Dan, her exhausted architect husband, is determined to keep everything “normal.” As Diana’s symptoms worsen, and effective treatment remains elusive, the Goodmans must confront their shared griefs and struggles and learn how to finally connect with each other.

STARLIGHT EXPRESS

  • Theatre: Troubadour Wembley Park Theate
  • First Preview: June 8, 2024
  • Opening: June 30, 2024
  • Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • Lyrics: Richard Stilgoe
  • Director: Luke Sheppard
  • Cast: Jeevan Braich, Kayna Montecillo, Jade Marvin, Al Knott, Eve Humphrey, Tom Pigram, Ollie Augustin, Charles Butcher, Renz Cardenas, Catherine Cornwall, Jamie Cruttenden, Kelly Downing, Asher Forth, Sam Gallacher, Lucy Glover, Pablo Gómez Jones, Scott Hayward, Lilianna Hendy, Lewis Kidd, Hannah Kiss, Oscar Kong, Emily Martinez, Deearna McLean, Marianthe Panas, David Peter-Brown, RED, Bethany Rose Lythgoe, Ashley Rowe, Elly Shaw, Gary Sheridan, Jessica Vaux, Jaydon Vijn, Lara Vina Uzcatia, Sharon Wattis, Ashlyn Weekes

Little steam engine Rusty enters a cross-country race against the flashier trains Greaseball and Electra, hoping to impress pretty sidecar Pearl, in this musical look at a fantasy train world from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Richard Stilgoe.

BARNUM

  • Theatre: The Watermill Theatre
  • Opening: July 2, 2024
  • Book: Mark Bramble
  • Lyrics: Michael Stewart
  • Music: Cy Coleman
  • Director: Jonathan O'Boyle
  • Cast: TBA

Step right up and enter the dazzling world of P.T. Barnum, where imagination and ambition know no bounds. Delight at every sight, wonder and miracle as the creator of spectacle comes to town with a sensational show featuring a whole host of characters.

GRACE PERVADES

  • Theatre: Theatre Royal Bath
  • First Preview: June 27, 2024
  • Opening: July 3, 2024
  • Playwright:  David Hare
  • Director: Jeremy Herrin
  • Cast: Ralph Fiennes

Grace Pervades tells the extraordinary story of Henry Irving and Ellen Terry, the greatest stars of the Victorian stage, and Ellen's troubled and brilliant children - Edith Craig and Edward Gordon Craig - who made their own profound contribution to the development of British theatre.

I'M GONNA MARRY YOU TOBEY MAGUIRE

  • Theatre: Southwark Playhouse
  • First Preview: June 28, 2024
  • Opening: July 3, 2024
  • Playwright: Samantha Hurley
  • Director: Tyler Struble
  • Cast: Tessa Albertson

Dealing with an absent father, a neglectful mother, and mean-spirited classmates, Shelby Hinkley's eighth grade is proving to be a hard time. To cope with it all, Shelby focuses on the best thing about 2004: Spiderman. When leading an online fan club is no longer enough, she decides to kidnap and marry Tobey Maguire; but will the actor live up to her happily-ever-after fantasies?

SKELETON CREW

  • Theatre: Donmar Warehouse
  • First Preview: June 28, 2024
  • Opening: July 4, 2024
  • Playwright: Dominique Morisseau
  • Director: Matthew Xia
  • Cast: TBA

As the Great Recession of 2008 begins to decimate industries across America, the once-gleaming “Motor City” has lost its luster. At one of its still-standing auto factories, four colleagues-turned-friends hear rumors that their plant is facing foreclosure. Faye, Dez, Shanita and Reggie all have different stakes in the company should it go under, which they grapple with in the break room as the fear of losing their jobs looms. In the final chapter of her acclaimed Detroit trilogy, Dominique Morisseau wrestles with questions of grief, loyalty and self-preservation while exploring the monumental impact of the Recession-era economy on middle-class life.

HELLO, DOLLY!

  • Theatre: London Palladium
  • First Preview: July 6, 2024
  • Opening: July 18, 2024
  • Book: Michael Stewart
  • Music and Lyrics: Jerry Herman
  • Director: Dominic Cooke
  • Cast: Imelda Staunton, Andy Nyman, Jenna Russell, Tyrone Huntley, Harry Hepple

SHREK THE MUSICAL

  • Theatre: Eventim Apollo
  • Opening: July 19, 2024
  • Book and Lyrics: David Lindsay-Abaire
  • Music: Jeanine Tesori
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: Antony Lawrence, Brandon Lee Sears, Joanne Clifton, Cherece Richards, James Gillan

A benign green ogre and his sidekick Donkey save the land from an evil lord and rescue a lovely princess from a terrible fate. Based on the blockbuster movie and the book by William Steig.

FANGIRLS

  • Theatre: Lyric Theatre Hammersmith
  • First Preview: July 13, 2024
  • Opening: July 23, 2024
  • Book, Music, and Lyrics: Yve Blake
  • Director: Paige Rattray
  • Cast: TBA

Meet Edna: she’s 14, she’s a misfit, and she’s in love with Harry. There’s just one problem: Harry’s in the world’s biggest boy band, has 38 million fans, and doesn’t know she exists. When Harry’s band announces a tour stop in Edna’s hometown of Sydney, Australia, she knows this is her destiny – her one chance to meet him. But how on EARTH will she get Harry’s attention?! And exactly how far is she prepared to go in the name of love?

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF

  • Theatre: Regent's Park Open Air
  • Opening: July 27, 2024
  • Book: Joseph Stein
  • Music: Jerry Bock
  • Lyrics: Sheldon Harnick
  • Director: Jordan Fein
  • Cast: TBA

It’s 1905 in the tiny village of Anatevka where Tevye, a Jewish milkman, lives his life by their proud traditions. For his five daughters, that means a visit from the matchmaker… But as each daughter challenges his beliefs, against the backdrop of a changing world, can Tevye hold on to his roots, or must he bend to the will of his children and learn to embrace the unfamiliar?

A CHORUS LINE

  • Theatre: Sadler's Wells Theatre
  • Opening: July 31, 2024
  • Book: James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante
  • Lyrics: Edward Kleban
  • Music: Marvin Hamlisch
  • Director: Nikolai Foster
  • Cast: TBA

A Chorus Line is a stunning concept musical capturing the spirit and tension of a Broadway chorus audition. Exploring the inner lives and bittersweet ambitions of professional Broadway performers, the show features one powerhouse number after another. Memorable musical numbers include "What I Did for Love, "One," "I Can Do That," "At the Ballet," "The Music and the Mirror," and "I Hope I Get It." A brilliantly complex fusion of song, dance, and compellingly authentic drama, A Chorus Line was instantly recognized as a classic.

A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN

  • Theatre: Sadler's Wells Peacock Theatre
  • Opening: August 20, 2024
  • Book: Randy Johnson
  • Music and Lyrics: Various
  • Director: Randy Johnson
  • Cast: Mary Bridget Davies

With a voice like whiskey and a laugh like pure joy, Janis Joplin took the music scene by storm. Simultaneously rough and vulnerable, Joplin was dubbed the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll, proving music wasn’t just a man’s world anymore. Packed with classic songs (“Piece of My Heart, “Summertime,” “Mercedes Benz”), the show also shines the spotlight on trailblazers who influenced Janis – like Bessie Smith, Etta James and Aretha Franklin.

AS YOU LIKE IT

  • Theatre: Theatre Royal Bath
  • First Preview: August 15, 2024
  • Opening: August 21, 2024
  • Playwright: William Shakespeare
  • Director: Ralph Fiennes
  • Cast: Gloria Obianyo, Harriet Walter

For Rosalind and Orlando, it is love at first sight, but family feuds are destined to keep the young would-be lovers apart. When Rosalind is banished from the court of Duke Frederick, she runs away with her cousin Celia to the Forest of Arden, where they explore new identities and find that the forest is a place where the possibilities for love and connection are infinite.



WHY AM I SO SINGLE?

  • Theatre: Garrick Theatre
  • Opening: August 27, 2024
  • Book, Music and Lyrics: Lucy Moss, Toby Marlow
  • Director: Lucy Moss
  • Cast: Jo Foster, Leesa Tulley, Noah Thomas

Two perpetually single friends can't figure out why they're so single or what to write their next musical about.

WAITING FOR GODOT

  • Theatre: Theatre Royal Haymarket
  • Opening: September 13, 2024
  • Playwright: Samuel Beckett
  • Director: James Macdonald
  • Cast: Lucian Msamati, Ben Winshaw

Vladimir and Estragon wait on a deserted country road to meet a person named Godot. Killing time with hat tricks and half-remembered stories, they dawdle through one of the greatest dramas of the 20th century. In Beckett’s absurd, anarchic world, life is vaudeville and tragedy, philosophy and confusion, all seamlessly woven together with the playwright’s masterful blend of poetry and humor.

THE KING'S SPEECH

  • Theatre: The Watermill Theatre
  • Opening: September 20, 2024
  • Playwright: David Seidler
  • Director: Emma Butler
  • Cast: TBA

This new production of David Seidler’s play The King’s Speech takes an intimate view of one of life’s most unorthodox relationships between Bertie, the soon-to-be-crowned King George VI, and speech therapist Lionel Logue. As Hitler’s threat on Europe encroaches, Bertie fights his own battle to overcome his speech impediment at the time his country needs him most.

G

  • Theatre: Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs
  • First Preview: August 22, 2024
  • Opening: August 29, 2024
  • Playwright: Tife Kusoro
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: TBA

Urban legend has it that Baitface steals the faces and lives of Black Boys. All it takes is walking underneath a pair of trainers suspended on a telephone wire, face uncovered. Khaleem, Joy and Kai are just trying to get through school. On the night of an alleged crime, when the spirit of Baitface the Gullyman rears its head, their lives, identities and friendships begin to disintegrate.

GIANT

  • Theatre: Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
  • First Preview: September 20, 2024
  • Opening: September 26, 2024
  • Playwright: Michael Rosenblatt
  • Director: Nicholas Hytner
  • Cast: John Lithgow, Elliot Levey

It’s the summer of 1983, The Witches is about to hit the shelves and Roald Dahl is making last-minute edits. But the outcry at his recent, explicitly antisemitic article won’t die down. Across a single afternoon at his family home, and rocked by an unexpectedly explosive confrontation, Dahl is forced to choose: make a public apology or risk his name and reputation.

OEDIPUS

  • Theatre: Wyndham's Theatre
  • Opening: October 4, 2024
  • Playwright: Robert Icke, adapted from Sophocles
  • Director: Robert Icke
  • Cast: Mark Strong, Lesley Manville

DR. STRANGELOVE

  • Theatre: Noel Coward Theatre
  • Opening: October 8, 2024
  • Playwright: Armando Ianucci, Sean Foley
  • Director: Sean Foley
  • Cast: Steve Coogan

THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON

  • Theatre: Ambassadors Theatre
  • First Preview: October 10, 2024
  • Opening: TBA
  • Book: Jethro Compton
  • Music: Darren Clark
  • Lyrics: Jethro Compton, Darren Clark
  • Director: Jethro Compton
  • Cast: TBA

Under the light of a full moon, something most curious occurs… Benjamin Button is born old. Bound to the fate of growing younger each day, Benjamin wants nothing more than to live a little life. But will he ever find a place to belong? Only time and tide will tell…

THE FORSYTE SAGA - PARTS 1 AND 2

  • Theatre: Park Theatre
  • First Preview: October 11, 2024
  • Opening: October 18, 2024
  • Playwright: John Galsworthy
  • Director: John Roche
  • Cast: TBA

London, 1886. Wealthy solicitor Soames Forsyte is a man of property, and his beautiful wife Irene is his most prized possession. When he commissions an architect to build him a house in which to keep her, the cracks in their marriage finally begin to show, until something happens so shocking that it tears the Forsyte family apart. Years later, Soames’ daughter Fleur is haunted by the family secret when history begins to repeat itself…

LIZZIE

  • Theatre: Hope Mill Theatre
  • First Preview: October 17, 2024
  • Opening: October 20, 2024
  • Book: Tim Maner
  • Lyrics: Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer, Tim Maner
  • Music: Alan Stevens Hewitt, Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer
  • Director: William Whelton
  • Cast: TBA

Lizzie The Musical explores the life of Lizzie Borden, who was accused of murdering her father and stepmother with an axe in the late summer of 1892 in Fall River, Massachusetts. The musical delves into her complex psyche and speculates on the motivations she may have had: loss of inheritance, history of sexual abuse, oppression, and madness.

THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA

  • Theatre: Dominion Theatre
  • Opening: October 24, 2024
  • Book: Kate Wetherhead
  • Music: Elton John
  • Lyrics: Shaina Taub
  • Director: Jerry Mitchell
  • Cast: Vanessa Williams

Runway magazine. The supreme authority of the high-fashion world, and the new home of assistant Andy Sachs. It’s a position a million people would kill for, but under the sharp stilettos of Runway’s legendary editor-in-chief, Miranda Priestly, the job is no dream. Up against Miranda’s blistering leadership and stratospheric expectations, Andy is pushed to the edge, forced to choose between her career and her own happiness. Based on the hit film and featuring an all-star creative team, The Devil Wears Prada, The Musical is a glamorous and hilarious story about finding your place and discovering what matters most.

OEDIPUS

  • Theatre: Old Vic Theatre
  • First Preview: January 21, 2025
  • Opening: February 4, 2025
  • Playwright: Ella Hickson, adapted from Sophocles
  • Director: Matthew Warchus and Hofesh Schechter
  • Cast: Rami Malek, Indira Varna

 
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