Schedule of Upcoming London Shows

London News   Schedule of Upcoming London Shows
What's announced and what's in previews in the West End.

• Theatre: Southwark Playhouse
• First Preview: March 14, 2018
• Opening: March 15, 2018
• Playwright: Tristan Bernays
• Director: Sharon Burrell
• Cast: Mark Arends, Frances Grey

Old Fools is the story of Tom and Viv, their love and the life they’ve shared together – from first spark to dying light. But not necessarily in that order. Directed by Sharon Burrell, it is a surprising and touching tale about a couple, one of whom is suffering from Alzheimer’s, and their enduring efforts to hold their relationship together through the years.

• Theatre: National Theatre- Dorfman Theatre
• First Preview: March 10, 2018
• Opening: March 19, 2018
• Playwright: Francis Turnly
• Director: Indhu Rubasingham
• Cast: Kae Alexander, Rosalind Chao, Tuyen Do, Vincent Lai, Vincent Lai, Frances Mayli McCann, Kirsty Rider, Leo Wan

On a Japanese beach, teenage sisters Hanako and Reiko are caught up in a storm. Reiko survives while Hanako is lost to the sea. Their mother, however, can’t shake the feeling her missing daughter is still alive, and soon family tragedy takes on a global political dimension. Francis Turnly’s epic new thriller is directed by Indhu Rubasingham in a co-production with the Tricycle Theatre.

• Theatre: Hampstead Theatre
• First Preview: March 12, 2018
• Opening: March 19, 2018
• Book and Lyrics: Tony Kushner
• Music: Jeanine Tesori
• Director: Michael Longhurst
• Cast: Sharon D Clarke, Naana Agyei-Ampuda, Alastair Brookshaw, Me’sha Bryan, Angela Caesar, Sue Kelvin, Teddy Kempner, Ako Mutchell, Abiona Omonua, Vincent Pirillo, Carole Stennett, Sharon Rose, Lauren Ward, T’Shan Williams

1963. In quiet Lake Charles, Louisiana, the destruction of a Confederate statue might just signal that change is in the air… But, whatever the progress of the civil rights movement, in the Gellman household things seem just the same – for now at least. Eight year old Noah, heartbroken by the death of his mother and his father’s remarriage, sneaks down to the basement to spend time with the black maid he idolises, Caroline Thibodeaux: Caroline who runs everything. Whilst the basement may seem a fantastical place - even the appliances have a voice of their own - Caroline’s work there is repetitive and badly paid. But when Mrs Gellman comes up with a way for her to take a little more money home, the consequences for Caroline and Noah’s relationship are not what anybody might have expected…

• Theatre: Lyric Theatre Hammersmith
• First Preview: March 15, 2018
• Opening: March 20, 2018
• Playwright: Sean O'Casey
• Director: Sean Holmes
• Cast: Ian Lloyd Anderson, Niall Buggy, Charlie Cassen, John Currivan, Phelim Drew, Hilda Fay, Liam Heslin, Julie Maguire, Janet Moran, Ciaran O'Brien, Kate Stanley Brennan, Adam Strawford, Nyree Yergainharsian

Following a sell-out season at the Abbey Theatre as part of the 100th anniversary celebrations of the 1916 Easter Rising, as well as a successful Irish and US tour, The Plough and the Stars, comes to the Lyric as a co-production with the Abbey Theatre. Set amid the tumult of the Easter Rising, The Plough and the Stars is the story of ordinary lives ripped apart by the idealism of the time.

• Theatre: Menier Chocolate Factory
• First Preview: March 8, 2018
• Opening: March 21, 2018
• Playwright: Manuel Puig, in a new version by José Rivera and Allan Baker
• Director: Laurie Sansom
• Cast: Samuel Barnett, Declan Bennett

A provocative tale of love, victimisation, fantasy and the friendship that develops between two strikingly different men imprisoned together in a Latin American jail. Kiss of the Spider Woman by Manuel Puig, features a new adaptation by José Rivera and Allan Baker. Originally a novel, this electrifying story has also been adapted into an Oscar winning film and a musical.

• Theatre: Royal Court Theatre- Jerwood Theatre Upstairs
• First Preview: March 21, 2018
• Opening: March 22, 2018
• Playwright: Testament
• Director: Dawn Walton
• Cast: Tyrone Huggins, Trevor Laird, Tonderai Munyevu, Dorcas Sebuyange

Thomas, Matthew and Richard walk. They walk the first Saturday of every month. Walking and talking. But this walk…Maybe they should have cancelled, but they needed the walk today. Out in the Peaks, they find themselves forced to walk backwards through two thousand years before they can move forwards.

• Theatre: Park Theatre
• First Preview: March 20, 2018
• Opening: March 23, 2018
• Playwright: Philip Ridley
• Director: Robert Chevara
• Cast: Louise Jameson, Thomas Mahy

Davey has seen something he can never forget. Anita has been forced to flee her home. Tonight, they meet for the first time... and their lives will change forever. Philip Ridley's modern classic was a huge success when it premiered at the Hampstead Theatre in 2001, and a West End smash in 2007. Thrilling, heartbreaking and darkly humorous by turns, it is now seen as one of the most powerful explorations of hate crime - and society's need to crush 'difference' - ever written.

• Theatre: Phoenix Theatre
• Opening: March 26, 2018
• Book: Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins
• Music: John Kander
• Lyrics: Fred Ebb
• Director: Walter Bobbie
• Cast: Cuba Gooding Jr., Sarah Soetaert, Josefina Gabrielle, Ruthie Henshall, Paul Rider

Chicago is 21 and bringing the real razzle-dazzle back to London! The sexiest, sassiest, most sophisticated musical in history is celebrating its 21st year in style at the Phoenix Theatre from 26th March 2018 and it’s more dangerously seductive than ever.

• Theatre: Shakespeare's Globe/ Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
• Opening: March 27, 2018
• Playwright: Joel Horwood and Emma Rice, adapted from the stories of Hans Christian Andersen
• Director: Emma Rice
• Cast: Niall Ashdown, Edie Edmundson, Jon Gingell, Alex Heane, Guy Hughes, Kezrena James, Dave Johnsy, Katy Owen, Karl Queensborough, Elizabeth Westcott

Inspired by the beautiful and devastatingly sad Hans Christian Andersen tale, "The Little Match Girl", and combining Andersen’s other tales, "The Princess and the Pea", "The Emperor’s New Clothes" and "Thumbelina", The Little Matchgirl and Other Happier Tales reveals a spellbinding world of magic and mystery. Steeped in the metaphor and meaning that runs through the veins of Andersen’s enduring stories, this will be a night to delight, transport and surprise.

• Theatre: Arts Theatre
• First Preview: March 16, 2018
• Opening: March 27, 2018
• Music: Marvin Laird
• Book and Lyrics: Joel Paley
• Director:Richard Fitch
• Cast: Jason Gardiner, Tracie Bennett, Harriet Thorpe, Lara Denning, Kim Maresca, Fifi Bloomsbury Khier, Charlotte Breen, Anya Evans, Lucy Simmonds

How far would you go to get what you want? Ruthless! The Musical tells the story of the beautiful and talented 8 year old Tina Denmark who will do anything to play the lead in her school play… ANYTHING! Ruthless! started Off-Broadway 25 years ago and discovered young performers including Britney Spears and Natalie Portman. The show famously spoofs Broadway musicals from Gypsy to Mame as well as iconic films including The Bad Seed and All About Eve.

• Theatre: Young Vic
• First Preview: March 2, 2018
• Opening: March 28, 2018
• Playwright: Matthew Lopez
• Director: Stephen Daldry
• Cast: Hugo Bolton, Robert Boulter, Andrew Burnap, Hubert Burton, John Benjamin Hickey, Samuel H. Levine, Syrus Lowe, Michael Marcus, Vanessa Redgrave, Kyle Soller, Luke Thallon, Michael Walters

You have to wonder why there isn't a word in the English language for the fireworks that go off in your brain when you finally kiss someone you've wanted for years. Or for the intimacy and tenderness you feel as you hold the hand of a suffering friend. A generation after the worst of the AIDS crisis, what is it like to be a young gay man in New York? How many words are there now for the different kinds of pain, the different kinds of love? Stephen Daldry directs this hilarious and profound heart-breaker – a major world premiere in two parts by New York playwright Matthew Lopez.

• Theatre: Ambassadors Theatre
• Opening: March 28, 2018
• Music and Lyrics: The Small Faces
• Book: Carol Harrison
• Director: Carol Harrison
• Cast: Carol Harrison, Chris Simmons

Having already won critical acclaim at the Arts Theatre, All Or Nothing makes the switch to the West End’s Ambassadors Theatre this Spring for a further eagerly anticipated limited season. The show follows four East London locals with humour, attitude, passion and, above all, talent. They became the Small Faces and were rocketed into the big time, only to discover the path to success is paved with exploitation, betrayal and, ultimately, tragedy.

• Theatre: Dominion Theatre
• Opening: April 2, 2018
• Book, Music and Lyrics: Jim Steinman
• Director: Jay Scheib
• Cast: Andrew Polec, Christina Bennington, Rob Fowler, Sharon Sexton, Alex Thomas-Smith, Danielle Steers, Wayne Robinson, Giovanni Spanó, Patrick Sullivan

Following a hugely successful run at the London Coliseum in the summer of 2017, Jim Steinman's epic rock and roll theatrical fantasy Bat Out of Hell: The Musical will make its hugely anticipated return to London at the Dominion Theatre in April 2018. Join the eternally young Strat and his wild gang, The Lost, as they roam the streets of Obsidian, a post-apocalyptic Manhattan, ruled by the wicked and tyrannical Falco. When Strat first sets eyes on Falco's daughter, Raven, who has been locked away in the palace towers, he sets out to rescue her from her evil father's clutches in a full throttle tale of teenage love, youthful rebellion and living the rock and roll dream

• Theatre: Park Theatre
• First Preview: March 28, 2018
• Opening: April 3, 2018
• Playwright: David Haig
• Director: John Dove
• Cast: David Haig, Malcolm Sinclair, Laura Rogers

A remarkable real-life tale, Olivier Award winner David Haig’s acclaimed play Pressure follows two warring Allied meteorologists tasked with predicting the weather conditions for the D Day landings. Pressure arrives at the Park Theatre in Spring 2018 as part of a UK tour. The play was originally commissioned by The Lyceum in Edinburgh as a co-production with Chichester Festival Theatre, premiering in Edinburgh in 2014 before playing an acclaimed run in Chichester.

• Theatre: Southwark Playhouse
• First Preview: March 28, 2018
• Opening: April 4, 2018
• Playwright: William Wycherley
• Director: Luke Fredericks
• Cast: Daniel Cane, Mabel Clements, Eddie Eyre, Siubhan Harriosn, Joshua Hill, Leo Staar, Nancy Sullivan

With this original adaptation, Morphic Graffiti thrust William Wycherley’s The Country Wife into the excesses and seductions of late 1920’s London: a city exploding with a heavy mix of jazz, gin and scandalous affairs. With the decadence of the London social scene and the creative and sexual revolution of the ‘Bright Young Things’ movement, it won’t just be the hemlines that are rising at Southwark this spring.

• Theatre: Donmar Warehouse
• First Preview: March 29, 2018
• Opening: April 5, 2018
• Playwright: William Congreve
• Director: James Macdonald
• Cast: Fisayo Akinade, Alex Beckett, Gabrielle Brooks, Phoebe Frances Brown, Haydn Gwynne, Sarah Hadland, Jenny Jules, Simon Manyonda, Caroline Martin, Time Mison, Justine Mitchell, Christian Patterson, Geoffrey Streatfeild, Nathan Welsh

Family, money, desire: the rules of the game, the way of the world. Lady Wishfort’s sprawling, dysfunctional family are riven by desire – there’s everything to lose and six thousand pounds to gain. Congreve’s glorious ensemble of characters battle it out in this exposing, satirical comedy where everyone needs to win just to get by.

• Theatre: Noel Coward Theatre
• First Preview: March 31, 2018
• Opening: April 10, 2018
• Playwright: James Graham
• Director: Daniel Evans
• Cast: Sharon Ballard, Keir Charles, Greg Haiste, Mark Meadows, Henry Pettigrew, Gavin Spokes, Stephanie Street, Jay Villiers, Lizzie Winkler, Sarah Woodward

Following his hit plays Ink and Labour of Love, James Graham’s latest work Quiz opens at the Noel Coward Theatre in 2018. Quiz takes an in-depth look at our love for a good TV quiz show, from Mastermind to The Price is Right, before telling the story of the infamous ‘coughing Major’ Charles Ingram, who cheated his way to the top prize on ITV quiz show Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

• Theatre: Vaudeville Theatre
• Opening: April 10, 2018
• Composed and Adapted by Guy Chambers from the story by Oscar Wilde
• Director: Bill Buckhurst
• Cast: Jeff Nicholson, Laila Zaidi, Rose Shalloo, Izuka Hoyle, Scott Sutcliffe, Jacob Fisher, Olly Dobson, Natasha Cottriall, Laura Sillett

A new folk opera by Guy Chambers, entitled The Selfish Giant, will enchant theatregoers young and old alike with its magical musical world. The Selfish Giant has a beautiful garden, but he won’t let any of the children play in it. Winter comes and never leaves. The Giant looks over his garden from his tall window. What will he do?

• Theatre: Duke of York's Theatre
• First Preview: April 5, 2018
• Opening: April 12, 2018
• Playwright: David Hare
• Director: Jeremy Herrin
• Cast: Roger Allam, Nancy Carroll

David Hare’s critically acclaimed play The Moderate Soprano will make its West End premiere this spring at the Duke of York’s Theatre. The two great passions in John Christie’s life were opera and a beautiful young soprano, Audrey Mildmay, with whom he was completely smitten. Together with his formidable drive, they fuelled what many first saw as a monumental folly in the South Downs. Glyndebourne was triumphantly born amidst stiff manhattans, rolling lawns and the sound of sheep from across the HaHa. It was to become revered the world over.

• Theatre: Royal Court Theatre- Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
• First Preview: April 7, 2018
• Opening: April 13, 2018
• Playwright: Thomas Eccleshare
• Director: Hamish Pirie
• Cast: Michele Austin, Jason Barnett, Mark Bonnar, Jane Horrocks, Shaniqua Okwok, Brian Vernel

Harry and Max weren’t satisfied with their first attempt at parenthood, so they’re giving it a second go. Only this time they’ve got a 30-day money back guarantee and an easy-to-follow construction manual. They’re certain, as long as they follow it step-by-step, he’s going to be perfect. Thomas Eccleshare makes his Royal Court debut with this production directed by Royal Court Associate Director Hamish Pirie.

• Theatre: Barbican Centre
• Opening: April 14, 2018
• Playwright: Simon McBurney, adapted from the novel Amazon Beaming by Petru Popescu
• Director: Simon McBurney
• Cast: Simon McBurney

This is the true story of National Geographic photographer Loren McIntyre lost in a remote area of Brazil in 1969, leading to a startling encounter that is to change his life forever. Simon McBurney’s solo performance threads scenes of his own life with details of McIntyre’s hallucinogenic journey, plunging the audience into a visceral inner voyage. As the mesmerising tale reaches its climax, this extraordinary tour de force asks urgent questions: about how we live and what we believe to be true.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

• Theatre: Royal Court Theatre- Jerwood Theatre Upstairs
• First Preview: April 18, 2018
• Opening: April 24, 2018
• Playwright: Anthony Neilson
• Director: Anthony Neilson
• Cast: TBA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

• Theatre: Vaudeville Theatre
• First Preview: April 20, 2018
• Opening: May 3, 2018
• Playwright: Oscar Wilde
• Director: Jonathan Church
• Cast: Edward Fox, Freddie Fox, Frances Barber

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

• Theatre: Park Theatre
• First Preview: May 2, 2018
• Opening: May 5, 2018
• Playwright: Robert Schenkkan
• Director: Jez Bond
• Cast: TBA

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

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

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

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

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

• Theatre: Hampstead Theatre
• First Preview: April 30, 2018
• Opening: May 9, 2018
• Playwright: Rajiv Jospeh
• Director: Lisa Spirling
• Cast: TBA

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

• Theatre: Gate Theatre
• First Preview: May 3, 2018
• Opening: May 14, 2018
• Director: Ellen McDougall
• Cast: Peter Brathwaite, Katie Bray

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

• Theatre: Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
• First Preview: May 17, 2018
• Opening: May 24, 2018
• Playwright: J.M. Barrie
• Director: Timothy Sheader & Liam Steel
• Cast: TBA

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

• Theatre: Southwark Playhouse
• First Preview: May 23, 2018
• Opening: May 25, 2018
• Playwright: Judy Upton
• Director: Rob Drummer
• Cast: Tanya Burr

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

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

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

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

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

• Theatre: Theatre Royal Haymarket
• First Preview: May 25, 2018
• Opening: May 29, 2018
• Playwright: Molière, adapted by Christopher Hampton
• Director: Gerald Garutti
• Cast: Paul Anderson, Audrey Fleurot

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

• Theatre: Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
• First Preview: May 25, 2018
• Opening: May 30, 2018
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Barrie Rutter
• Cast: TBA

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

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

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

• Theatre: Lyric Theatre Hammersmith
• First Preview: May 25, 2018
• Opening: May 31, 2018
• Playwright: Co-created by Scott Graham for Frantic Assembly, Karl Hyde and Simon Stephens
• Director: Scott Graham
• Cast: TBA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre and English National Opera rediscover Benjamin Britten's The Turn of the Screw. The story of unearthly encounters at a remote country house, and of a young governess desperate to protect her children, finds chilling new levels of suspense in this unique outdoor production at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.

• Theatre: Royal Court Theatre - Jerwood Theatre Upstairs
• First Preview: June 20, 2018
• Opening: June 26, 2018
• Playwright: Cordelia Lynn
• Director: James Macdonald
• Cast: TBA

During an attack on London, 20 year old Imogen joins a campaign offering refuge to victims. Before her family have even had a chance to have a reasonable discussion, John is at their door. He is different to them. He isn’t what they expected. And although they’d never admit it to themselves, he isn’t necessarily what they want.

• Theatre: Young Vic
• First Preview: June 18, 2018
• Opening: June 27, 2018
• Music: Jeanine Tesori
• Book and Lyrics: Lisa Kron
• Director: Sam Gold
• Cast: TBA

Winner of 5 Tony Awards, this electrifying Broadway version of Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel took America by storm. Meet Alison at three stages of her life. Memories of her 1970s childhood in a funeral home merge with her college love life and her coming out. Looking back on her complex relationship with her father, Alison finds they had more in common than she ever knew...

• Theatre: Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
• First Preview: June 22, 2018
• Opening: June 27, 2018
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Blanch McIntyre
• Cast: TBA

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

• Theatre: Barbican Centre
• Opening: June 28, 2018
• Cast: Taylor Mac

Fabulous and fearless, Taylor Mac reframes the social history of America through three decades of song in this no-holds-barred extravaganza of music, art, activism and hugely entertaining mass ritual. Joined onstage by a 24-piece orchestra and host of local special guests, Mac has created a Pulitzer Prize-nominated, once-in-a-lifetime, immersive performance in a quest to chronicle how communities grow stronger as they are being torn apart.

• Theatre: Hampstead Theatre
• First Preview: June 22, 2018
• Opening: June 28, 2018
• Playwright: Jemma Kennedy
• Director: Laurie Sansom
• Cast: TBA

Serena and Jeff have one last chance: Genesis Incorporated, whose glowing testimonials and bespoke treatments surely justify a final roll of the dice. Meanwhile, Bridget has put her future literally on ice while she focuses on her high-flying career and on finding Mr Right. And all Miles wants is a steady salary so he can buy a property in Zone 4 – oblivious to the fact that, in a different kind of currency, he’s actually the richest of them all…

• Theatre: Gielgud Theatre
• First Preview: June 14, 2018
• Opening: June 30, 2018
• Playwright: Mike Poulton, adapted from the novels by Robert Harris
• Director: Gregory Doran
• Cast: Richard McCabe, Joseph Kloska, Nicholas Boulton, Guy Burges, Daniel Burke, Jade Croot, Peter De Jersey, Joe Dixon, John Dougall, Michael Grady-Hall, Oliver Johnstone, Paul Kemp, Patrick Knowles, Hywel Morgan, David Nicolle, Siobhan Redmond, Patick Romer, Christopher Saul, Eloise Secker, Simon Thorp

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

• Theatre: London Palladium
• First Preview: June 11, 2018
• Opening: July 3, 2018
• Music: Richard Rodgers
• Book and Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II
• Director: Bartlett Sher
• Cast: Kelli O'Hara, Ken Watanabe, Ruthie Ann Miles

The multi award-winning production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King And I comes to conquer the iconic London Palladium in Spring 2018, along with original Broadway cast members Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe. With a glittering score of treasured songs including "Whistle A Happy Tune", "Getting To Know You", and "Shall We Dance", and featuring a company of over 50 world-class performers, The King And I is a testament to the lavish heritage of gloriously romantic musical theatre.

• Theatre: Noel Coward Theatre
• First Preview: June 23, 2018
• Opening: July 4, 2018
• Playwright: Martin McDonagh
• Director: Michael Grandage
• Cast: Aidan Turner, Denis Conway, Will Irvine, Brian Martin, Daryl McCormack, Julian Moore-Cook, Charlie Murphy, Chris Walley

Michael Grandage directs a rare revival of Martin McDonagh’s critically acclaimed, brilliant satire on terrorism, The Lieutenant of Inishmore. Stage and screen actor Aidan Turner, best known for playing the title role in the BBC hit series Poldark, plays Mad Padraic, a terrorist deemed too violent to be a member of the IRA, in this hilarious, acute observation of violence in contemporary culture.

• Theatre: Lyric Theatre
• First Preview: July 4, 2018
• Opening: July 7, 2018
• Music and Lyrics: Benji Bower
• Director: Sally Cookson
• Cast: TBA

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

• Theatre: Rengent's Park Open Air Theate
• First Preview: July 6, 2018
• Opening: July 11, 2018
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Max Webster
• Cast: TBA

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

• Theatre: National Theatre- Lyttelton Theatre
• First Preview: July 4, 2018
• Opening: July 12, 2018
• Playwright: Stefano Massini, English adaptation by Ben Power
• Director: Sam Mendes
• Cast: Ben Miles, Adam Godley, Simon Russell Beale

On a cold September morning in 1844, a young man from Bavaria stands on a New York dockside. Dreaming of a new life in the new world, he is soon joined by his two brothers and an American epic begins. 163 years later the firm they establish, Lehman Brothers, spectacularly collapses into bankruptcy, and triggers the largest financial crisis in history. This is the story of a family and a company that changed the world. Stefano Massini’s vast and poetic play unfolds over three parts in a single evening, opening in July 2018.

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

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

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

A normal day. A person stands in the market square watching the world go by. What happens next verges on the ridiculous. There’s ice cream. Sunshine. Shops. Some dogs. A wedding. Bombs. Candles. Blood. Lightning. Sandwiches. Snipers. Looting. Gunshots. Babies. Actors. Azaleas. Famine. Fountains. Statues. Atrocities. And tanks. (Probably). Rory Mullarkey’s new play asks whether things really are getting worse. And if we care.

• Theatre: The Bridge Theatre
• First Preview: July 11, 2018
• Opening: July 19, 2018
• Playwright: Alan Bennett
• Director: Nicholas Hytner
• Cast: TBA

The Beth, an old fashioned cradle-to-grave hospital serving a town on the edge of the Pennines, is threatened with closure as part of an NHS efficiency drive. Meanwhile, a documentary crew eager to capture its fight for survival follows the daily struggle to find beds on the Dusty Springfield Geriatric Ward, and the triumphs of the old people’s choir (newest member: the Pudsey Nightingale).

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

Acting legend Sir Ian McKellen takes to the West End stage in one of William Shakespeare’s greatest roles as he stars in King Lear. King Lear tells the story of a monarch as blind to his children's true natures as he is to his subjects' needs. He divides his kingdom between his two elder daughters — only to be discarded to a world verging on chaos. Battling the elements from within and without, Lear journeys to the brink of madness.

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

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

• Theatre: National Theatre- Dorfman Theatre
• First Preview: July 2018 (TBA)
• Opening: TBA
• Playwright: Laura Wade
• Director: Tamara Harvey
• Cast: Katherine Parkinson

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

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

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

• Theatre: Vaudeville Theatre
• First Preview: July 20, 2018
• Opening: August 2, 2018
• Playwright: Oscar Wilde
• Director: TBA
• Cast: TBA

Widely considered one of the funniest plays in English, Wilde’s much loved masterpiece The Importance Of Being Earnest throws love, logic and language into the air to make one of theatre’s most dazzling firework displays. The Importance Of Being Earnest plays as part of Classic Spring’s celebratory Oscar Wilde season at the Vaudeville.

• Theatre: Apollo Theatre
• First Preview: August 2, 2018
• Opening: August 4, 2018
• Playwright: Terry Deary
• Director: Neal Foster
• Cast: TBA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

• Theatre: Royal Court Theatre - Jerwood Theatre Upstairs
• First Preview: September 5, 2018
• Opening: September 11, 2018
• Playwright: Robert Alan Evans
• Director: Lucy Morrison
• Cast: TBA

“Why you always got to dig things up?” A cabin deep in the woods. A lost boy buried in the snow. A lone woman. And her wolf. “You think you could keep him? You know where that ends up. Don’t you. You no good with kids.” Robert Alan Evans returns to the Royal Court with this new play directed by Lucy Morrison.

• Theatre: Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
• First Preview: September 15, 2018
• Opening: September 20, 2018
• Playwright: Matt Hartley
• Director: Adele Thomas
• Cast: TBA

1665. As the plague runs rife through London, Reverend William Mompesson arrives in Eyam, Derbyshire, to lead the parish. But Eyam is no sleepy backwater; it is a village at war with itself. The community has dissolved, and neighbour feuds with neighbour under the watchful eye of a ruthless landowner bent on maintaining his grip on the village. When the plague arrives in Eyam, the villagers are tasked with examining their civil responsibility, as they must decide whether to stay quarantined, or flee and risk spreading the deadly disease.

• Theatre: Royal Court Theatre- Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
• First Preview: September 21, 2018
• Opening: September 25, 2018
• Writer: Debris Stevenson
• Music: Michael 'Mikey J' Asante
• Director: Benji Reid
• Cast: Debris Stevenson

What happens if you fight against the odds, against the opinions and attitudes that surround you, to achieve the life you want – and then realise it’s not what you need? Step into a pirate radio station, a teenage bedroom and a house party as an outsider battles to find her voice. Thirteen years after encountering the early days of London’s grime scene, Debris Stevenson uses music, movement, lyrics and poetry to recall how it gave her permission to redefine success and become a poet.

• Theatre: National Theatre- Olivier Theatre
• First Preview: September 2018 (TBA)
• Opening: TBA
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Simon Godwin
• Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Sophie Okonedo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

• Theatre: Southwark Playhouse
• First Preview: October 10, 2018
• Opening: October 16
• Playwright: Oliver Lansley
• Directors: James Seager and Oliver Lansley
• Cast: TBA

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

• Theatre: Arts Theatre
• First Preview: October 15, 2018
• Opening: October 18, 2018
• Playwright: Ian Hislop and Nick Newman
• Director: Caroline Leslie
• Cast: TBA

The Wipers Times, the extraordinary story of a hilarious satirical newspaper created in the mayhem of the Somme, returns to the Arts Theatre. The Wipers Times tells the true story of events which occurred when two officers stumbled across a printing press in the Belgian town of Ypres (often mispronounced ‘Wipers’ by British soldiers). From the muddy surroundings of the trenches, they decided to create a newspaper for the troops. But rather than penning another sombre journal, they created a subversively sharp-witted, canny – and very funny – newspaper designed to lift their colleagues’ spirits.

• Theatre: The Bridge Theatre
• First Preview: October 10, 2018
• Opening: October 19, 2018
• Playwright: Martin McDonagh
• Director: Matthew Dunster
• Cast: Jim Broadbent

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

• Theatre: Royal Court Theatre- Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
• First Preview: October 25, 2018
• Opening: October 31, 2018
• Playwright: Debbie Tucker Green
• Director: Debbie Tucker Green
• Cast: TBA

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

• Theatre: National Theatre - Olivier Theatre
• Opening: November 8, 2018
• Playwright: Michael Morpurgo, adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford
• Director: Marianne Elliot and Tom Morris
• Cast: Marcus Adolphy, Adam Barlow, Peter Becker, Joëlle Brabban, Lucas Button, Jasper William Cartwright, Jo Castleton, Chris Charles, Jonathan Charles, Sebastian Charles, Anna Chessher, Nicky Cross, Thomas Dennis, Bob Fox, Max Gallagher, Chris Garner, Andrew Hodges, Lewis Howard, William Ilkley, Ben Ingles, Billy Irving, Elan James, Kiran Landa, Gwilym Lloyd, Jack Lord, Stephen Love, Toyin Omari-Kinch, Samuel Parker, Tom Quinn, Domonic Ramsden, Arinder Sadhra, Tom Stacy, Elizabeth Stretton, and Simon Victor.

At the outbreak of World War One, Joey, young Albert’s beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France. He’s soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary odyssey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man’s land. But Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home.

• Theatre: Lyric Theatre Hammersmith
• First Preview: November 17, 2018
• Opening: November 24, 2018
• Cast: TBA

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

• Theatre: Royal Court Theatre- Jerwood Theatre Upstairs
• First Preview: November 28, 2018
• Opening: December 4, 2018
• Playwright:Ellie Kendrick
• Director: Abbi Greenland and Helen Goalen
• Cast: TBA

A hole in the ground. Three women are forcing their way out. They’re singing. They’re moving. They’re taking up space. And they refuse to apologize. Using word, music and movement in equal parts, Ellie Kendrick’s debut play asks how power is created and is directed by Helen Goalen and Abbi Greenland (from the award-winning company RASHDASH).

• Theatre: Sadler's Wells Theatre
• Opening: December 4, 2018
• Composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
• Director: Matthew Bourne
• Cast: TBA

Swan Lake returns with a fresh look for the 21st century. Retaining the iconic elements of the original, Matthew Bourne and award-winning designers Lez Brotherston (set and costumes) and Paule Constable (lighting) will create an exciting re-imagining of the classic production. Thrilling, audacious and emotive, this Swan Lake is perhaps best known for replacing the female corps-de-ballet with a menacing male ensemble, shattering convention and taking the dance world by storm.

• Theatre: Royal Court Theatre- Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
• First Preview: December 6, 2018
• Opening: December 12, 2018
• Playwright: Mark Ravenhill
• Director: Vicky Featherstone
• Cast: TBA

After 45 years as a dedicated teacher, Edward is looking forward to the imminent celebration to mark his retirement. But his home is under siege. A mob of angry students have gathered. A brick has been thrown through the window, he and his wife haven’t left the house for six days, and now his estranged daughter has arrived with her own questions.

• Theatre: The Bridge Theatre
• First Preview: January 23, 2019
• Opening: January 30, 2019
• Playwright: Lucinda Coxon, based ont he novel by Harriet Lane
• Director: Nicholas Hytner
• Cast: TBA

Frances works on the books pages of a Sunday newspaper. She’s quiet and capable, but nobody takes much notice: her face is pressed to the window, on the outside, looking in. One evening, driving back to London after visiting her infuriating parents, she comes across an upturned car crumpled on the side of the road. She waits with the injured driver, Alys Kyte, until the ambulance arrives. Later, when Alys’s famous family gets in touch, Frances finds herself for the first time ushered into the world on the other side of the window. And she begins to wonder: what would it take to become a player?

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