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: London Palladium
• First Preview: December 9, 2017
• Opening: December 13, 2017
• Playwright: Alan McHugh
• Director: Michael Harrison
• Cast: Julian Clary, Elaine Paige, Ashley Banjo & Diversity, Paul Zerdin, Nigel Havers, Gary Wilmot, Charlie Stemp

Hot on the heels of Cinderella, pantomime returns to the iconic London Palladium for Christmas 2017. This enchanting new production of Dick Whittington will open on Saturday 9 December, produced by Qdos Entertainment, the world’s biggest pantomime producer, and the team behind Cinderella. Elaine Paige (Queen Rat), Ashley Banjo and Diversity (The Sultan and his Entourage), Gary Wilmott (Sarah the Cook) and Charlie Stemp (Dick Whittington) will join the previously announced Julian Clary (Spirit of the Bells), Paul Zerdin (Idle Jack) and Nigel Havers (Captain Nigel) in the line-up, with the latter three all returning to the Palladium pantomime for 2017.With an all-star cast, spectacular sets and plenty of laughs, you’ll need to book early to secure the best seats for the greatest pantomime adventure of them all!

• Theatre: National Theatre- Lyttelton Theatre
• First Preview: December 1, 2017
• Opening: December 13, 2017
• Playwright: Dennis Kelly, with songs and score from the Walt Disney film by Leigh Harline, Ned Washington & Paul J Smith,
adapted by Martin Lowe
• Director: John Tiffany
• Cast: Stuart Angell, Trieve Blackwood-Cambridge, Audrey Brisson, Stephanie Bron, James Charlton, Joe Idris-Roberts, Chris Jarman, Rebecca Jayne-Davies, Sarah Kameela Impey, David Kirkbride, Anabel Kutay, David Langham, Michael Lin, Annette McLaughlin, Jack North, Dawn Sievewright, Clemmie Sveaas, Michael Taibi, Scarlet Wilderink, Jack Wolfe

On a quest to be truly alive, Pinocchio leaves Geppetto’s workshop with Jiminy Cricket in tow. Their electrifying adventure takes them from alpine forests to Pleasure Island to the bottom of the ocean.This spectacular new production is brought to the stage by an extraordinary team including the director of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and the writer of Matilda the Musical. Featuring unforgettable music and songs from the Walt Disney film including "I’ve Got No Strings", "Give a Little Whistle" and "When You Wish upon a Star" in dazzling new arrangements, Pinocchio comes to life as never before.

• Theatre: Ambassadors Theatre
• Opening: December 13, 2017
• Playwright: Jonathan Rockefeller, adapted from the books by Eric Carle
• Director: Jonathan Rockefeller
• Cast: Andrew Cullimore, Tim Dal Cortivo, Sarah Hamilton, Adam Ryan

The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by author and illustrator Eric Carle has delighted generations of readers since it was first published in 1969 selling more than 43 million copies worldwide. Eric's well-known books captivated readers with his iconic colorful hand-painted tissue paper collage illustrations and distinctively simple stories, introducing generations of children to a bigger, brighter world - and to their first experience of reading itself. The timeless classic has now made its way off the page and is back onto the West End stage this December. Created by Jonathan Rockefeller, this critically acclaimed production of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show features a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets, faithfully adapting four of Eric Carle's stories: The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, Mister Seahorse, The Very Lonely Firefly and of course, the star of the show - The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

• Theatre: Donmar Warehouse
• First Preview: December 7, 2017
• Opening: December 14, 2017
• Playwright: Amy Herzog
• Director: Michael Longhurst
• Cast: Imogen Poots, James Norton, Malachi Kirby, Faith Alabi

Americans Zack and Abby are bright, young and recently married. He’s a doctor combating infant disease. She’s an actress, also teaching yoga. It’s just before Christmas and they’re living the expat highlife in bohemian Belleville, Paris. It’s all a little too perfect. Amy Herzog's acclaimed play about a romantic dream gone sour receives its UK premiere. Michael Longhurst directs at the Donmar for the first time.

• Theatre: Young Vic
• First Preview: December 7, 2017
• Opening: December 15, 2017
• Playwright: Joe Murphy & Joe Robertson
• Director: Stephen Daldry & Justin Martin
• Cast: Raphael Acloque, Ammar Haj Ahmad, Mohammad Amiri, Trevor Fox, Michael Gould, Ansu Kabia, Alex Lawther, Jo McInnes, John Pfumojena, Rachel Redford, Rachid Sabitri, Mohamed Sarrar, Ben Turner, Nahel Tzegai

Okot wants nothing more than to get to the UK. Beth wants nothing more than to help him. Meet the hopeful, resilient residents of “The Jungle”– just across the Channel, right on our doorstep. Join refugees and volunteers from around the world over fresh baked naan and sweet milky chai at the Afghan Café. From Good Chance Theatre, an immersive new play where worlds collide. In the worst places, you meet the best people. A Young Vic and National Theatre production, commissioned by the National Theatre.

• Theatre: Theatre Royal Haymarket
• First Preview: December 13, 2017
• Opening: December 15, 2017
• Director: Mitch Sebastian
• Cast: Garrett Phillips, Nigel Casey, David Hayes

Drift back in time to the glamorous, glitzy nights of Vegas in the company of three of the world’s most popular entertainers - Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis - performing at the famous Sands hotel with the fabulous Burrelli Sisters and The Rat Pack Big Band.This spectacular production - with a very special Christmas theme until 6 January - celebrates the incredible singing talent of three world-famous performers, and some of the finest music and song that has ever been recorded.

• Theatre: Sadler's Wells Theatre
• First Preview: December 9, 2017
• Opening: December 17, 2017
• Director: Matthew Bourne
• Cast: Cordelia Braithwaite, Ashley Shaw, Will Bozier, Andrew Monaghan, Dominic North, Paris Fitzpatrick, Liam Mower, Madelaine Brennan, Michela Meazza, Anjali Mehra, Alan Vincent, Dan Wright.

Matthew Bourne's interpretation of the classic fairy tale, has, at its heart, a true war-time romance. A chance meeting results in a magical night for Cinderella and her dashing young RAF pilot, together just long enough to fall in love before being parted by the horrors of the Blitz. With Lez Brotherston's sumptuous costumes and sets, which won an Olivier Award for his original designs, and lighting by Olivier Award-winning Neil Austin, Cinderella will be performed in surround sound, designed by Paul Groothuis and featuring a specially commissioned recording played by a 60 piece orchestra. Matthew Bourne's vivid storytelling has never been more heart-stopping and touching, and will take the audience into the heart of Prokoviev's magnificent score, and the sights and sounds of war-torn London.

• Theatre: Trafalgar Studios
• First Preview: December 5, 2017
• Opening: December 18, 2017
• Book by Carl Grose
•Music by Tim Philips and Marc Teitler
• Lyrics by Carl Grose, Tom Morris, Tim Phillips and Marc Teitler
• Director:Tom Morris
• Cast: Louis Maskell, Julian Bleach, Sanne den Besten, Sean Kingsley, Ewan Black

Drawing audiences into its fantastical world - with a dark heart - The Grinning Man is based on Hugo's book The Man Who Laughs, telling the dark tale of a strange new act with a terrible secret. One day, a strange new act arrives at the fairground. At first paraded as a freak, and then celebrated as a star, can he find true love in the sightless girl, the only person who can see him for what he is? Helped by an old man, a lone wolf and a blind girl, his story must be told.

• Theatre: Southwark Playhouse
• First Preview: December 15, 2017
• Opening: December 19, 201
• Book Music and Lyrics by Leon Parris
• Director: Mark Perry
• Cast: Brian Gilligan, Lizzii Hills, Jodie Jacobs, TJ Lloyd, Chris McGuigan, Matthew McKenna, Carl Mullaney, Mark Newham, Amy Perry, Marc Pickering, Emma Ralston

With supervillains Doctor Gloom and General Blight attempting world domination, who can we call? Superman’s on holiday. Spiderman’s not picking up. Our only option – our very, very last option – is Bananaman. Bananaman, the Man-of-Peel, is a unique member of the superhero ranks. This handsome hero may have a jaw line you can see from space and sport the snazziest of tight lycra outfits, but he’s also got “the muscles of 20 men and the brain of 20 mussels.” (Which isn’t much.)

• Theatre: Vaudeville Theatre
• First Preview: December 15, 2017
• Opening: December 19, 201
• Author: Tall Stories, From the Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde
• Director: Olivia Jacobs, with Toby Mitchell
• Cast: Lauren Silver, Matt Jopling, Steve McCourt, Tom Jude

The hauntingly beautiful fairy tales of Oscar Wilde are retold with original live music, imaginative storytelling and a generous dash of comedy in Wilde Creatures. A live band of storytelling musicians bring characters from "The Happy Prince", "The Nightingale and the Rose" and "The Birthday of the Infanta" to life, as they try to decide on the new statue. Will it be the pompous Mayor, the haughty Princess or the love-sick Student?

• Theatre: Victoria Palace Theatre
• First Preview: December 6, 2017
• Opening: December 21, 2017
• Book, Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda
• Director: Thomas Kail
• Cast: Jamael Westman, Michael Jibson, Christine Allado, Rachelle Ann Go, Tarinn Callender, Rachel John, Jason Pennycooke, Cleve September, Giles Terera, Obioma Ugoala, Ash Hunter, Jade Albertsen, Curtis Angus, Jonathan Bishop, Courtney-Mae Briggs, Jack Butterworth, Jon-Scott Clark, Kelly Downing, Leslie Garcia Bowman, Lia Given, Greg Haney, Leah Hill, Barney Hudson, Waylon Jacobs, Miriam-Teak Lee, Phoebe Liberty, Alexzandra Sarmiento, Marsha Songcome, Christopher Tendai, Lindsey Tierney

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award-sweeping modern musical masterpiece Hamilton makes a long-awaited London premiere at the refurbished Victoria Palace Theatre. Following the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, a West Indies immigrant who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War, going on to become America's first Treasury Secretary and forging the country's financial system. Hamilton’s score fuses hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B and Broadway to tell the tale of a leading figure at a crucial juncture for America. Winner of 11 Tony Awards including Best Musical, the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album, Hamilton's juggernaut success has seen it garner swathes of critical and audience acclaim, with the show now re-opening the Victoria Palace Theatre to eager anticipation.

• Theatre: Vaudeville Theatre
• Opening: January 3, 2018
• Playwright: Oscar Wilde, adapted for the stage by Frank McGuinness
• Director: Mark Rosenblatt
• Cast: Simon Callow

Simon Callow stars in Classic Spring's De Profundis, as part of their Oscar Wilde Season at the Vaudeville Theatre. Wilde’s letter to Lord Alfred Douglas relates Wilde and Bosie’s relationship and extravagant lifestyle which eventually led to Wilde's conviction and imprisonment for gross indecency. Read live on stage by a single actor, Wilde’s words and wisdom sing from the page of this letter written from his prison cell.

• Theatre: Noel Coward Theatre
• First Preview: December 12, 2017
• Opening: January 11, 2018
• Playwright: Conor McPherson
• Music by Bob Dylan
• Director: Conor McPherson
• Cast: Hannah Azuonye, Mary Doherty, David Ganly, Ciaran Hinds, Shirley Henderson, Adam James, Karl Johnson, Arinze Kean, Emmanuel Kojo, Tim McMullan, Debbie Kurup

Conor McPherson’s critically acclaimed play of hope, heartbreak and soul, incorporating classic songs from the catalogue of Bob Dylan, Girl From The North Country receives a second West End run due to phenomenal demand.

• Theatre: Southwark Playhouse
• First Preview: January 10, 2018
• Opening: January 12, 2018
• Playwright: Glenn Waldron
• Director: Simon Stokes
• Cast: Simon Darwen, Becci Gemmell, Tala Gouveia, Andy Rush

An office away-day. A newly recruited sales team for a pharmaceutical company learns the ropes. But does their work really make a difference? What exactly is the drug they are selling? Change is swiftly coming and they are asking all the wrong questions…Directed by Simon Stokes, science and civilization collide in Glenn Waldron’s darkly funny play. Fiendishly original, The Here and This and Now interrogates office workplace culture and the cataclysmic consequences of antibiotic resistance.

• Theatre: Shakespeare's Globe- Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
• First Preview: January 11, 2018
• Opening: January 17, 2018
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Caroline Byrne
• Cast: Paige Carter, Nigel Cooke, Imogen Doel, Martina Laird, Buchan Lennon, Louise Mai Newberry, Shaun Mason, Will Merrick, Rob Pickavance, Hannah Ringham, Ellora Torchia

Helena has lost and buried her father. Now an orphan – and an outsider – she pines for the love of Bertram, the son of her adopted family. He too is reeling from the death of his father. Will grief unite or divide them? When Bertram leaves to become the King’s ward, Helena risks her life to win his love, but only succeeds in driving him away. What follows is the story of one woman on a mission: a new kind of heroine who is prepared to stop at nothing to get what she wants. Set in a decaying world where kings are dying and wars are brewing, this is a knotty tale of young rebellion and boundless determination.

• Theatre: Harold Pinter Theatre
• First Preview: January 9, 2018
• Opening: January 18, 2018
• Playwright: Harold Pinter
• Director: Ian Rickson
• Cast: Toby Jones, Zoë Wanamaker, Stephen Mangan, Pearl Mackie, Peter Wright, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor

Stanley Webber (Toby Jones) is the only lodger at Meg (Zoë Wanamaker) and Petey Boles’ sleepy seaside boarding house. The unsettling arrival of enigmatic strangers Goldberg (Stephen Mangan) and McCann disrupts the humdrum lives of the inhabitants and their friend Lulu (Pearl Mackie), and mundanity soon becomes menace when a seemingly innocent birthday party turns into a disturbing nightmare.

• Theatre: National Theatre- Olivier Theatre
• First Preview: January 11, 2018
• Opening: January 18, 2018
• Playwright: Peter Shaffer
• Director: Michael Longhurst
• Cast: Adam Gillen, Lucian Msamati

Following its sold-out run in 2016/17, Amadeus returns to the Olivier in 2018. Vienna: the music capital of the world. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, arrives determined to make a splash. Awestruck by his genius, court composer Antonio Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy it. Seized by obsessive jealousy he begins a war with Mozart, with music and, ultimately, with God.

• Theatre: Southwark Playhouse
• First Preview: January 17, 2018
• Opening: January 19, 2018
• Playwright: Mikhail Durnenkov
• Director: Gordon Anderson
• Cast: Sarah Hadland, Mark Quartley Hannad Britland

In twelve twisted parables for the modern age, Durnenkov taps into the fears and strangeness of our daily lives – sexual gamesmanship, what to do with aging parents, those lying politicians, tensions at the airport, those lying journalists, infidelity and the absurdity implant.

• Theatre: Vaudeville Theatre
• First Preview: January 12, 2018
• Opening: January 22, 2018
• Playwright: Oscar Wilde
• Director: Kathy Burke
• Cast: Samantha Spiro, Kevin Bishop, Jennifer Saunders

Multi-award-winning actor, director, comedian and playwright Kathy Burke directs hilarious marital comedy Lady Windermere’s Fan in Classic Spring's Oscar Wilde season. ‘You gave me this fan today; it was your birthday present. If that woman crosses my threshold, I shall strike her across the face with it.’ The day of Lady Windermere’s birthday party, and all is perfectly in order. Until her friend Lord Darlington plants a seed of suspicion. Is her husband having an affair? And will the other woman really attend the party?

• Theatre: Ambassadors Theatre
• First Preview: January 15, 2018
• Opening: January 23, 2018
• Playwright: David Eldridge
• Director: Polly Findlay
• Cast: Justine Mitchell, Sam Troughton

It’s the early hours of the morning and Danny’s the last straggler at Laura’s party. The flat’s in a mess. And so are they. One more drink?Following a critically acclaimed run at the National Theatre, Justine Mitchell and Sam Troughton will reprise their roles as Laura and Danny in this season’s must-see smash-hit at the Ambassadors Theatre for 10 weeks only.

• Theatre: National Theatre- Dorfman Theatre
• First Preview: January 17, 2018
• Opening: January 24, 2018
• Playwright: Annie Baker
• Director: James Macdonald
• Cast: Marylouise Burke, Tom Mothersdale, Anneika Rose, June Watson

The week after Thanksgiving. A Bed and Breakfast in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. A cheerful host welcomes a young couple struggling to salvage their relationship, while thousands of inanimate objects look on. An uncanny new play by Annie Baker, whose Pullitzer Prize-winning The Flick had a sold-out run at the National in 2016. James Macdonald directs.

• Theatre: Duke of York's Theatre
• First Preview: January 13, 2018
• Opening: January 25, 2018
• Playwright: Friedrich Schiller
• Director: Robert Icke
• Cast: Juliet Stevenson, Lia Williams, Alexander Cob, Rudi Dharmalingam, Vincent Franklin, David Jonsson, John Light, Carmen Munroe, Eileen Nicholas, Daniel Rabin, Sule Rimi, Alan Williams

Two queens. One in power. One in prison. It's all in the execution. Following a critically acclaimed, sold-out season at the Almeida Theatre in 2016-17, Robert Icke’s new adaptation of Mary Stuart transfers to the Duke of York’s Theatre in London’s West End from 13 January 2018 for a limited run. Schiller's political tragedy takes us behind the scenes of some of British history's most crucial days. Playing both Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart, Juliet Stevenson (Hamlet) and Lia Williams (Oresteia) trade the play's central roles, decided at each performance by the toss of a coin.

• Theatre: Young Vic
• First Preview: January 19, 2018
• Opening: January 26, 2018
• Playwright: Tarell Alvin McCraney
• Director: Bijan Sheibani
• Cast: Jonathan Ajayi, Sope Dirisu, Anthony Welsh

Ritual and reality intertwine in the sparkling, award-winning debut play by Oscar-winning writer of Moonlight Tarell Alvin McCraney. The African-American working class meets Yoruba mythology when the Brothers Size reconnect after a spell in prison. Bijan Sheibani directs the long-awaited revival of this deeply moving fable about the rarely spoken bond between brothers.

• Theatre: Southwark Playhouse
• First Preview: January 24, 2018
• Opening: January 29, 2018
• Playwright: Jen Silverman
• Director: Charlie Parham
• Cast: Genesis Lynea, Lucy McCormick, Beatriz Romilly, Sara Stewart, Nina Wadia

Betty is rich; Betty is lonely; Betty’s busy working on her truck; Betty wants to talk about love, but Betty needs to hit something. Meanwhile, Betty decides to stage a production of that play-within-a-play from…what’s it called again? Summer’s Midnight Dream? In Collective Rage, the lives of five very different New York women named Betty collide at the intersection of anger, sex and “theat-ah.” As they meet, fall in love, rehearse, revel and rage, they realize that they’ve been stuck reading the same scripts for far too long.

• Theatre: The Bridge Theatre
• First Preview: January 20, 2018
• Opening: January 30, 2018
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Nicholas Hytner
• Cast: David Calder, Michelle Fairley, David Morrissey, Ben Whishaw

Caesar returns in triumph to Rome and the people pour out of their homes to celebrate. Alarmed by the autocrat's popularity, the educated élite conspire to bring him down. After his assassination, civil war erupts on the streets of the capital. Nicholas Hytner’s production will be in promenade, thrusting its audience into the street party that greets Caesar's return, the congress that witnesses his murder, the rally that assembles for his funeral and the chaos that explodes in its wake. Ben Whishaw and Michelle Fairley play Brutus and Cassius, leaders of the coup, David Calder plays Caesar and David Morrissey is Mark Antony, who brings Rome back under control after the conspirators’ defeat.

• Theatre: The Other Place
• First Preview: January 22, 2018
• Opening: January 30, 2018
• Book, Music and Lyrics: Ben Adams and Chris Wilkins
• Director: Ian Talbot
• Cast: TBA

After a successful debut concert performance at the London Palladium last year, Eugenius! receives a fully-fledged run at The Other Palace in 2018. Eugenius! boasts a totally originally score – Ben Adams and Chris Wilkins’ homage to all the great sounds of the ‘80s – plus a scintillating script that makes you laugh, cry, and punch the air shouting “Go Eugenius!”. This is a show where geeks rule, dreams come true, and everyone finds the superhero inside themselves – you’ve just gotta know where to look.

• Theatre: Old Vic Theatre
• First Preview: January 30, 2018
• Opening: February 3, 2018
• Playwright: Alan Ayckbourn
• Director: Annabel Bolton
• Cast: Clare Burt, Jake Davies, Erin Doherty, Thusitha Jayasundera, Richard Katz, Joanne McGuiness, Sophie Melville, Clare Lawrence Moody, Weruche Opia, Martin Quinn, Letty Thomas, Sian Thomas, Finty Williams

The Divide, presented in two parts, is a tale that unflinchingly explores a dystopian society of repression, insurrection and forbidden love. The show is directed by Annabel Bolton, an Associate Director of The Old Vic. The Divide is set in the aftermath of a deadly contagion which, a century from now, has decimated the English population and rendered contact between men and women fatal. Under the dictates of an elusive Preacher, an unthinkable solution is enforced. Separated by the divide, the adult survivors are segregated by gender, as men wear white as a mark of their purity, and women – still infected – are clothed in black as a sign of their sin. Brother and sister Elihu (Jake Davies) and Soween (Erin Doherty) grow up learning the ways of their tightly controlled society. As they begin to glimpse the cracks in the system, Elihu falls for Giella (Weruche Opia), the daughter of two radical mothers, risking fatal disease and threatening to ignite a bloody revolution. The Divide is a vision of a dystopian future defined by brutal repression and forbidden love.

• Theatre: Wyndham's Theatre
• First Preview: January 27, 2018
• Opening: February 6, 2018
• Playwright: Eugene O'Neill
• Director: Richard Eyre
• Cast: Jeremy Irons, Lesley Manville, Matthew Beard, Rory Keenan, Jessica Regan

Following its sold out run as part of Bristol Old Vic's 250th Anniversary season, Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville reprise their roles in Richard Eyre's acclaimed production of Eugene O'Neill's Pulitzer prize-winning masterpiece, Long Day's Journey Into Night. Haunted by the past but unable to face the truth of the present, the Tyrones and their two sons test the bonds of a family caught in a cycle of love and resentment. As day turns to night and the family indulge in their vices, the truth unravels leaving behind a quartet of ruined lives.

• Theatre: Shakespeare's Globe- Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
• First Preview: February 2, 2018
• Opening: February 7, 2018
• Playwright: John Dryden
• Director: Barrie Rutter
• Cast: Barrie Rutter

An aging emperor and his governor rage at the loss of their youth and beauty. Two fratricidal sons are spurred from victory in war to the warfare of love. And all four are besotted with the same Captive Queen. Barrie Rutter, artistic director of Northern Broadsides, assembles a cast of actors in this wry exploration of the folly of old age, the allure of power, and the bewildering effects of lust and desire.

• Theatre: Donmar Warehouse
• First Preview: February 8, 2018
• Opening: February 13, 2018
• Playwright: Peter Gill
• Director: Robert Hastie
• Cast: Jonathan Bailey, Ben Batt, Lucy Black, Brian Fletcher, Lesley Nicol, Katie West, Matthew Wilson

A cottage, 1960s Yorkshire. The York Mystery plays are in rehearsal. Farmhand George strains against his roots as a new world opens up to him. Peter Gill’s influential play about two young men in love is a touching reflection on the rival forces of family, class and longing.

• Theatre: Royal Court Theatre- Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
• First Preview: February 8, 2018
• Opening: February 14, 2018
• Playwright: Dennis Kelly
• Director: Lyndsey Turner
• Cast: Carey Mulligan

An unexpected meeting at an airport leads to an intense, passionate, head-over-heels relationship. Before long they begin to settle down, buy a house, juggle careers, have kids – theirs is an ordinary family. But then their world starts to unravel and things take a disturbing turn. Girls & Boys marks the first collaboration between writer Dennis Kelly and director Lyndsey Turner.

• Theatre: Theatre Royal, Haymarket
• First Preview: February 9, 2018
• Opening: February 21, 2018
• Playwright: Bryony Lavery
• Director: Jonathan Munby
• Cast: Suranne Jones, Jason Watkins, Nina Sosanya

One sunny evening a young girl walks to visit her Grandma, she never arrives.... A play about retribution, remorse and redemption, Frozen explores the interwoven lives of three strangers as they try to make sense of the unimaginable. Suranne Jones and Jason Watkins will star in Frozen, Bryony Lavery's Award-Winning play. This psychological thriller about a mother whose child goes missing is directed by Jonathan Munby and will play a strictly limited twelve-week season at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from Friday 9 February 2018.

• Theatre: Charing Cross Theatre
• First Preview: February 18, 2018
• Opening: February 26, 2018
• Playwright: Colin Higgins
• Director:Thom Southerland
• Cast: Sheila Hancock

Harold and Maude is an idiosyncratic fable told though the eyes of the most unlikely pairing: a compulsive, self-destructive young man who attends funerals for entertainment and a devil-may-care, septuagenarian bohemian. Through Colin Higgin’s tale, we experience a way of seeing the world that looks directly into darkness, stresses our needs humour, the freedom to create and kindness while concluding that cynicism and despair are dead ends. Equal parts dark comedy and romantic innocence, Harold and Maude dissolves the line between darkness and light along with ones that separate people by class, gender and age.

• Theatre: Southwark Playhouse
• First Preview: February 23, 2018
• Opening: February 28, 2018
• Book: Roger O. Hirson
• Music and Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz
• Director: Jonathan O’Boyle
• Cast: TBA

A soul-searching exploration of one man’s journey to find himself, his place and purpose in life, Pippin is a musical about an ordinary man on an extraordinary journey. Featuring a stunning score including classics “Magic to Do” and “Corner of the Sky,” Pippin was originally directed by the great Bob Fosse. This new production spreads a darkness over the innocent tale of the exciting life and adventures of young Prince Pippin, told by a mysterious troupe of Victorian Vaudeville players who promise the audience ‘a finale you will remember for the rest of your lives…’

• Theatre: The Old Vic
• Frst Preview: February 21, 2018
• Opening: March 1, 2018
• Playwright: Ingmar Bergman, adapted for the stage by Stephen Beresford
• Director: Max Webster
• Cast: Penelope Wilton, Catherine Walker, Kevin Doyle, Sargon Yelda, Jonathan Slinger, Lolita Chakrabarti

Renowned filmmaker Ingmar Bergman's magical masterpiece Fanny & Alexander receives its world stage premiere at The Old Vic in a new translation by BAFTA Award-winning writer Stephen Beresford. Amongst the gilded romance and glamour of 1900s Sweden, siblings Fanny and Alexander’s world is turned upside down when their widowed mother remarries the iron-willed local bishop. As creative freedom and rigid orthodoxy clash, a war ensues between imagination and austerity in this magical study of childhood, family and love.

• Theatre: National Theatre-Olivier Theatre
• Frst Preview: February 26, 2018
• Opening: March 6, 2018
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Rufus Norris
• Cast: Rory Kinnear, Anne-Marie Duff

The ruined aftermath of a bloody civil war. Ruthlessly fighting to survive, the Macbeths are propelled towards the crown by forces of elemental darkness. Shakespeare’s most intense and terrifying tragedy is directed by Rufus Norris. Rory Kinnear and Anne-Marie Duff play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.

• Theatre: Almeida Theatre
• First Preview: February 24, 2018
• Opening: March 7, 2018
• Playwright: Tennessee Williams
• Director: Rebecca Frecknall
• Cast: Patsy Ferran

"The girl who said 'no' — she doesn't exist anymore, she died last summer — suffocated in smoke from something on fire inside her." In the heat of summer – under the wings of an angel – Alma meets John. Trapped between desire and fear in a life of obligation, her world turns upside down in the search for salvation. Featuring an ensemble cast, Rebecca Frecknall directs Summer and Smoke, Tennessee Williams’ intoxicating classic about love, loneliness and self-destruction.

• Theatre: Empire Cinema, Haymarket
• First Preview: March 2, 2018
• Opening: March 11, 2018
• Playwright: Noël Coward, adapted by Emma Rice
• Director: Emma Rice
• Cast: Jim Sturgeon, Isabel Pollen, Lucy Thackeray, Beverly Rudd, Jos Slovick, Dean Nolan, Katrina Kleve, Peter Dukes

Noël Coward’s Brief Encounter is remembered as one of the most haunting love stories ever. This award-winning Kneehigh production has triumphed in the West End, toured the globe and opened to dazzling reviews on Broadway. It has won the hearts of audiences and critics alike.

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

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: 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: Young Vic
• First Preview: March 2, 2018
• Opening: March 28, 2018
• Playwright: Matthew Lopez
• Director: Stephen Daldry
• Cast: TBA

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: Dominion Theatre
• Opening: April 2, 2018
• Book, Music and Lyrics: Jim Steinman
• Director: Jay Scheib
• Cast: TBA

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: Southwark Playhouse
• First Preview: March 28, 2018
• Opening: April 4, 2018
• Playwright: William Wycherley
• Director: Luke Fredericks
• Cast: TBA

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: Linda Bassett

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. James Macdonald returns to the Donmar to direct Linda Bassett in the role of Lady Wishfort.

• Theatre: Noel Coward Theatre
• First Preview: March 31, 2018
• Opening: April 10, 2018
• Playwright: James Graham
• Director: Daniel Evans
• Cast: TBA

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: Picadilly Theatre
• First Preview: March 16, 2018
• Opening: April 12, 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: 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: National Theatre- Lyttelton Theatre
• First Preview: April 18, 2018
• Opening: April 25, 2018
• Playwright: Rodney Ackland
• Director: Joe Hill-Gibbins
• Cast: TBA

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: TBA

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: The Old Vic
• First Preview: April 21, 2018
• Opening: May 2, 2018
• Playwright: Joe Penhall
• Director: Roger Michell
• Cast: TBA

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: The Bridge Theatre
• First Preview: April 28, 2018
• Opening: May 8, 2018
• Playwright: Barney Norris
• Director: Laurie Sansom
• Cast: TBA

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: 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: 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 25, 2018
• Opening: May 29, 2018
• Music: John Kander
• Lyrics: Fred Ebb
• Book: Terrence McNally
• Director: Adam Lenson
• Cast: TBA

The award-winning musical The Rink skates into Southwark Playhouse for a strictly limited season from May 2018, 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: 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: 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: 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

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

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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

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: 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.

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