Schedule of Upcoming London Shows

• Theatre: Ambassadors Theatre
• First Preview: June 15, 2019
• Opening: July 2, 2019
• Book: Jake Brunger
• Lyrics: Jake Brunger and Pippa Cleary
• Music: Pippa Cleary
• Director: Luke Sheppard
• Cast: Rosemary Ashe, Lara Denning, John Hopkins, Andrew Langtree, Amy Ellen Richardson, Ian Talbot, Holly Ashton, Matthew Craig, Nicholas Antoniou-Tibbitts, Aaron Gelkoff, Michael Hawkins, Rufus Kampa, Molly May Gibson, Matilda Hopkins, Rebecca Nardin, Riya Vyas, Jack Gale, Aaron Shaw, Charlie Stripp, Kobi Watson, Regan Garcia, Albert Green, Cuba Kamanu, Jeremiah Davan Waysome

The book that inspired every teenager to write their own diary has become a musical, as Adrian Mole makes his West End debut in The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ – The Musical! Sue Townsend’s The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ – The Musical has already had two incredibly successful runs at Leicester’s Curve theatre and the Menier Chocolate Factory. Now the socially awkward teenager is moving into the Ambassadors Theatre for a limited season from 15 June until 12 October 2019.

• Theatre: Lyric Theatre Hammermsith
• First Preview: June 27, 2019
• Opening: July 2, 2019
• Playwright: Michael Frayn
• Director: Jeremy Herrin
• Cast: Lois Chimimba, Jonathan Cullen, Deborah Gillett, Amy Morgan, Enyi Okoronkwo, Lloyd Owen, Daniel Rigby, Simon Rouse, Meera Syal

Noises Off premiered at the Lyric Hammersmith in 1982 and instantly became an iconic British comedy. With technical brilliance and split-second timing, it takes us behind the scenes with a company of actors in a hilarious and heartfelt tribute to the unpredictability of life in the theatre. Hailed as one of the funniest plays of all time, Noises Off makes its triumphant return to the Lyric almost 40 years on, in a bold new production by Jeremy Herrin for fans to enjoy and new audiences to discover.

• Theatre: Royal Court Theate- Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
• First Preview: June 27, 2019
• Opening: July 3, 2019
• Playwright: Jack Thorne
• Director: John Tiffany
• Cast: Zoe Boyle, Laurie Davidson, David Morrissey, Kate O’Flynn, Lesley Sharp, Sam Swainsbury

Newbury, 1997. Sal is attempting to cook dinner for the family. She and husband David have pulled off a coup and gathered their brood back home for the weekend. Eldest son Carl is bringing his new girlfriend to meet everyone for the first time; middle daughter Polly is back from Cambridge University for the occasion; and youngest Tom will hopefully make it out of detention in time for dinner. Sal and David would rather feed their kids with leftist ideals and welfarism than fancy cuisine. When you’ve named each of your offspring after your socialist heroes, you’ve given them a lot to live up to…

• Theatre: Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
• First Preview: June 28, 2019
• Opening: July 3, 2019
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Sean Holmes
• Cast: Peter Bourke, Rachel Hannah Clarke, Victoria Elliott, Jocelyn Jee Esien, Nadine Higgin, Ciaran O’Brien, Faith Omole, Ekow Quartey, Billy Seymour, Amanda Wilkin, Jacoba Williams

Four sparring lovers take refuge in the woods, only to find themselves in the midst of a dispute between the king and queen of the fairies. With the roguish Puck causing havoc, what could possibly go wrong? Shakespeare’s evergreen comedy is a tale of order and chaos, love and fantasy. It glitters with dramatic poetry and is full of mischief, misunderstanding and merriment.

• Theatre: Barbican Theatre
• First Preview: July 4, 2019
• Opening: July 9, 2019
• Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber
• Lyrics: Tim Rice
• Director: Timothy Sheader
• Cast: Robert Tripolino, Ricardo Afonso, Sallay Garnett, Matt Cardle, Cavin Cornwall, Nathan Amzi, Samuel Buttery, Matthew Harvey, Tim Newman, Daniel Bailey, Bernadette Bangura, Robert Bannon, Cyrus Brandon, Melanie Bright, Georgia Carling, Dale Evans, Rosie Fletcher, Luke Hall, Simon Hardwick, Zac Hawkins, Dayle Hodge, Stevie Hutchinson, Cleopatra Joseph, Rachel Moran, Billy Nevers, Tinovimbanashe Sibanda and Elliotte Williams-N’Dure

Following two sell-out seasons at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar returns to London for a limited season. Originally written as a rock opera album, Jesus Christ Superstar made its explosive debut on the Broadway stage in 1971. The show transferred to the West End the following year where it ran for eight years and went on to become one of the most enduring musicals of its time. Its rock musicians, contemporary design and thrilling choreography make this energetic and emotionally charged production unforgettable.

• Theatre: Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
• First Preview: June 28, 2019
• Opening: July 5, 2019
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Dominic Hill
• Cast: Remy Beasley, Gabrielle Brooks, Liz Crowther, Michael Elcock, Kieran Hill, Amber James, Matthew James Hinchliffe, Mei Mac, Myra McFadyen, Lee Mengo, Joshua Miles, Pierro Niel-Mee, Tomo Ogbaro, Simon Oskarsson, Yana Penrose, Emily Rose-Salter, Gareth Snook, Susan Wokoma

Shakespeare’s fantastical fable of desire, confusion, jealousy and growing up. Through live music, playful adventure and physical invention, see the lovers’ world transformed into a place of magic, laughter and healing, as we journey into the woods.

• Theatre: Southwark Playhouse
• First Preview: July 3, 2019
• Opening: July 5, 2019
• Book, Muisc and Lyrics: Alex James Ellison and Tom Lees
• Director: Alex James Ellison
• Cast: Luke Bayer, Dan Buckley, Aoife Clesham, Hiba Elchikhe, Alex James Ellison

Fiver, a new musical by Alex James Ellison and Tom Lees, follows the story of a humble five pound note as it passes through the hands and pockets of people in London. Often unnoticed and obviously unaware, the fiver is present for significant moments in each person’s life – whether it be an appreciation of their skills as a street performer; the start or end of a relationship; or the simple realisation that they can afford a bed for the night. The diverse characters in Fiver are explored through a broad variety of musical styles as we follow our unusual hero through the ups and down of what is – to a fiver – just a normal day.

• Theatre: Shaftesbury Theatre
• Opening: July 6, 2019
• Cast: James More, Enzo, Yu Ho-Jin, Adam Trent, Chris Cox, Paul Dabek, Jonathan Goodwin

Returning to the West End for a second time due to popular demand, The Illusionists features astonishing acts and outrageous tricks from five of the top illusionists in the world. Well-received by critics on a global scale, the show has been praised as a high-tech magic extravaganza, as well as deliciously, self-knowingly over the top and brain-bendingly spectacular – genuinely satisfying family entertainment that should not be missed. Expect jaw-dropping events to unfold.

• Theatre: Royal Court Theate- Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
• First Preview: July 4, 2019
• Opening: July 8, 2019
• Playwright: Jasmine Lee-Jones
• Director:Milli Bhatia
• Cast: Tia Bannon, Danielle Vitalis

Holed up in her bedroom Cleo’s ignored 22 calls from Kara and has cut off contact with the rest of the world. It doesn’t mean that she’s been silent though – she’s got a lot to say. On the internet, actions don’t always speak louder than words…

• Theatre: National Theatre- Olivier Theatre
• First Preview: June 27, 2019
• Opening: July 9, 2019
• Playwright: Henrik Ibsen, in a new version by David Hare
• Director: Jonathan Kent
• Cast: Tamsin Carroll, Anya Charlotra, Jonathan Coy, Lauren Ellis-Steele, Oliver Ford Davies, Caroline Deyga, Andrew Fraser, Guy Henry, Dani Heron, Ryan Hunter, Isabelle Joss, James McArdle, Lorne MacFayden, Adam McNamara, Martin Quinn, Ann Louise Ross, Nabil Shaban, and Jatinder Singh Randhawa

Peter Gynt has always set his heart on being special, on being a unique individual, on being unlike anyone else. When he steals the bride from a local wedding, he sets off on a lifetime journey which will take him to Florida, to Egypt, to a mountain of trolls, and finally, only when death approaches, back to his home in Scotland. In this radical new version, David Hare kidnaps Ibsen’s most famous hero and runs away with him into the 21st century. James McArdle takes the title role in this epic story of transformation.

• Theatre: Harold Pinter Theatre
• First Preview: July 4, 2019
• Opening: July 10, 2019
• Playwright: Rona Munro, based on the novel by Louis de Bernières
• Director: Melly Still
• Cast: Alex Mungnaioni, Madison Clare, Fred Fergus, Ryan Donaldson, Joseph Long, Ashley Gayle, Graeme Dalling, John Sandeman, Eliot Giuralarocca, Luisa Guerreiro, Kezrena James, Eve Polycarpou, Stewart Scudamore, Kate Spencer, Elizabeth Mary Williams

The first major theatrical adaptation of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, the world-famous story of romance in the face of the Second World War, arrives in the West End. Based on Louis de Bernières’ best-selling novel, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin is adapted by the award-winning playwright Rona Munro and the Olivier and Tony Award-nominated director Melly Still. The show received its world premiere at the Rose Theatre Kingston earlier this year, and now returns to strum London’s heartstrings once more.

• Theatre: National Theatre- Dorfman
• First Preview: July 5, 2019
• Opening: July 10, 2019
• Playwright: Ben Weatherill
• Director: Tim Hoare
• Cast: Sarah Gordy, Penny Layden, Nicky Priest

Following a sold-out run at the Bush Theatre last year, Sarah Gordy returns to play Kelly for a limited run of this radical and heartfelt new play. Jellyfish is the story of a first kiss, chips by the beach and coming of age with Down’s Syndrome in a seaside town. It’s a unique romance across uncharted waters which asks: does everyone really have the right to love as they choose?

• Theatre: Young Vic- The Clare
• Opening: July 10, 2019
• Playwright: Hattie Naylor
• Director: Caitriona Shoobridge
• Cast: Alex Austin

Four-year-old Ivan would rather face living on the streets of Moscow than stay home. Now, to survive he faces new challenges; from young gangs of boys to the police, and his own hunger. But all is not lost as Ivan finds family amongst the other outcasts around him – the dogs. Genesis Award winner Caitriona Shoobridge directs this one-person play exploring the need for kindness and trust, when despite being betrayed by the people around you, family can still be forged in the face of adversity.

• Theatre: London Palladium
• First Preview: June 26, 2019
• Opening: July 11, 2019
• Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber
• Lyrics: Tim Rice
• Director: Laurence Connor
• Cast: Jac Yarrow, Sheridan Smith, Jason Donovan, Michael Pickering, Richard Carson, Femi Akinfolarin, Casey Al-Shaqsy, JR Ballantyne, Lydia Bannister, Thalia Burt, Michael Cortez, Vanessa Fisher, Ahmed Hamad, Blythe Jandoo, Matt Krzan, Kelsie-Rae Marshall, Billy Mitchell, Georgina Parkinson, Emily Ann Potter, Matthew Rowland, Harriet Samuel-Grey, Carl Spencer, Joshua Steel, Hannah Taylor, Jack Wilcox

50 years on from its release as a concept album, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will have us all dreaming again at the London Palladium. Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat tells the story of Jacob’s favourite son, Joseph, and his eleven brothers. Sold into slavery out of the jealousy of his kin, Joseph finds himself in Egypt, where his reputation burgeons under Potiphar. But when he rejects the advances of Potiphar’s wife, Joseph is thrown into jail, where he discovers a unique ability to interpret dreams. Can he use this to resolve Egypt’s family and reunite with his family once more?

• Theatre: Lyric Theatre
• First Preview: July 3, 2019
• Opening: July 12, 2019
• Playwrights: Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
• Director: Olivia Jacobs
• Cast: Rebecca Newman, Elliot Rodriguez, Jake Addley, Ashley Sean-Cook, Sharlie Hodsdon

Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book, The Gruffalo. The famous book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler sees a mouse take a stroll through the deep dark wood, searching for hazelnuts, Mouse meets the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the high-spirited Snake. Will the story of the terrifying Gruffalo save Mouse from ending up as dinner for these hungry woodland creatures? After all, there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo – is there?

• Theatre: Park Theatre
• Opening: July 15, 2019
• Playwrights: Jez Bond and Mark Cameron
• Directors: Jez Bond and Mark Cameron
• Cast: Patrick Ryecart, Natasha Cottriall, Candida Gubbins, Lewis Bruniges, Omar Ibrahim, Will Barton, and Featuring the voices of Judi Dench and Ian McKellen and a different celebrity guest at every performance!

An isolated manor, a storm brewing and a stranger at the door. The clichés flow as freely as the suspicious liquor in the library, but this murder mystery spoof has one hell of a twist. Whodunnit [Unrehearsed] not only features the voices of Ian McKellen and Judi Dench, but also a different celebrity in each performance stepping in as the Inspector without any rehearsal and without ever having seen the script.

• Theatre: Noël Coward Theatre
• First Preview: July 6, 2019
• Opening: July 16, 2019
• Playwright: Tennessee Williams
• Director: James Macdonald
• Cast: Clive Owen, Julian Glover, Anna Gunn, Lia Williams, Alisdair Baker, Timothy Blore, Emma Canning, Karin Carlson, Ian Drysdale, Manuel Pacific, Faz Singhateh, Finty Williams, Penelope Woodman, Madeleine Day, Mufrida Hayes, Andrew McDonald, David Young

The Night of the Iguana, the classic play written by acclaimed American playwright Tennessee Williams, returns to the West End at the Noel Coward Theatre starring Clive Owen this July. Set in a dilapidated Mexican hotel, it follows the interactions between a promiscuous widow, a clergyman and a spinster.

• Theatre: Park Theatre
• First Preview: July 16, 2019
• Opening: July 19, 2019
• Playwright: Christopher Durang
• Director: Lydia Parker
• Cast: Layo-Christina Akinlude, Meaghan Martin, Stefan Menaul, Adrian Richards, Kate Sumpter

Tony Award-winning playwright Christopher Durang explores the entertainment industry through biting satire and surreal comedy. At once a celebration of show business and a touching reflection on what it means to be an artist, we are offered snapshots of the eccentric and absurd. From Tennessee Williams to Euripides, tossing in a bit of Beckett, no renowned playwright is safe. Classic plays are warped and distorted – the outcome is both shocking and hilarious.

• Theatre: Theatre Royal Haymarket
• Opening: July 20, 2019
• Concept: Roger Glossop, based on the stories by Beatrix Potter
• Director: Sheila Carter
• Cast: Featuring the voices of Myleen Klass, Griff Rhys Jones

Hop your way into the Theatre Royal Haymarket and delve into the musical, magical world of Beatrix Potter in Where Is Peter Rabbit?, the critically acclaimed family show bouncing back into the West End. Based on the beloved tales of Beatrix Potter, and featuring all your favourite characters from the books, Where Is Peter Rabbit? brings the stories to life on the West End stage with beautifully handcrafted puppets, a sprinkle of magic, and 14 delightful original songs (with lyrics by Sir Alan Ayckbourn).

• Theatre: Soho Theatre
• First Preview: July 18, 2019
• Opening: July 21, 2019
• Book, Music and Lyrics: Max Vernon
• Director: Jonathan O’Boyle
• Cast: Andy Mientus, Declan Bennett, Victoria Hamilton-Barritt, Carly Mercedes Dyer, Derek Hagen, Tyrone Huntley, Gary Lee, Cedric Neal, John Partridge, Joseph Prouse

A provocative new musical, The View UpStairs is inspired by the true story of the 1973 arson attack, the largest single attack against the LGBTQ+ community until the Pulse Nightclub shootings in Florida in 2016. Filled with a collection of beautiful love songs and power rock ballads, this is a musical about friendship, community, how far we’ve come and how far we still have yet to go. It is a story of hope; and it’s a rainbow rollercoaster you do not want to miss.

• Theatre: Menier Chocolate Factory
• First Preview: July 12, 2019
• Opening: July 23, 2019
• Book: Marsha Norman
• Music and Lyrics: Jason Robert Brown
• Director: Trevor Nunn
• Cast: Jenna Russell, Ed Baker-Duly, Georgia Brown, Maddison Bulleyment, Shanay Holmes, Gillian Kirkpatick, Paul F. Monaghan, David Perkins, Dale Rapley

Francesca is an Italian immigrant housewife living a happy existence on a farm in the American Midwest. However, when her family go off to the Iowa State Fair, she meets Robert Kincaid, a National Geographic photographer on assignment filming bridges in the area. Their initial friendship develops into a brief but passionate affair which has devastating consequences on all of their lives. Winner of the Tony Awards for Best Original Score and Best Orchestrations, this is some of Jason Robert Brown’s most ravishing and unforgettable music.

• Theatre: Kiln Theatre
• First Preview: July 18, 2019
• Opening: July 25, 2019
• Conception: Sheldon Epps
• Director: Susie McKenna
• Cast: Sharon D. Clarke, Debbie Kurup, Clive Rowe, Gemma Sutton

The Olivier and Tony Award nominated musical sees its first major London revival in 30 years. Directed by Susie McKenna and starring Olivier Award winners Sharon D. Clarke and Clive Rowe, Blues in the Night is a scorching compilation of 26 hot and torchy blues numbers that frame the lives and loves of four residents of a downtown hotel. Featuring soul-filled songs by blues and jazz icons Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen and many more, this will be a sizzling night to remember.

• Theatre: Vaudeville Theatre
• First Preview: July 24, 2019
• Opening: July 28, 2019
• Playwright: Emma Reeves, based on the books by Jill Murphy
• Director: Theresa Heskins
• Cast: Rosie Abraham, Danielle Bird, Molly-Grace Cutler, Meg Forgan, Rachel Heaton, Rebecca Killick, Emma Lau, Megan Leigh Mason, Polly Lister, Lauryn Redding, Consuela Rolle

Families are flocking to the West End to witness Mildred Hubble’s thrilling adventures at Miss Cackle’s Academy, in the stage adaptation of The Worst Witch. Flying into London’s Vaudeville Theatre for 7 weeks only – just in time for the summer holidays – The Worst Witch is based on Jill Murphy’s original books, adapted for the theatre by Emma Reeves (who also adapted the stories for the award-winning television programme). Set in a school for up-and-coming witches, you’re invited to prep your potions and pick out your wands, because The Worst Witch tickets are sure to be sought out by families far and wide.

• Theatre: Duke of York’s Theatre
• First Preview: July 23, 2019
• Opening: July 30, 2019
• Playwright: Adapted from the Novel by Paula Hawkins by Rachel Wagstaff and Duncan Abel
• Director: Anthony Banks
• Cast: Samantha Womack, Alex Ferns, Lowenna Melrose, Kristy Oswald, Adam Jackson Smith, Philip McGinley, Marc Elliott, Phillipa Flynn, Matt Concannon

Rachel Watson longs for a different life. Her only escape is the perfect couple she watches through the train window every day, happy and in love. Or so it appears. When Rachel learns that the woman she’s been secretly watching has suddenly disappeared, she finds herself as a witness and even a suspect in a thrilling mystery in which she will face bigger revelations than she could ever have anticipated. Adapted from Paula Hawkins’ novel – an international phenomenon selling over twenty million copies worldwide – and starring Samantha Womack, this gripping new play will keep you guessing until the final moment.

• Theatre: National Theatre- Dorfman Theatre
• First Preview: July 25, 2019
• Opening: July 31, 2019
• Book and Lyrics: Andy Stanton
• Music: Jim Fortune
• Director: Amy Hodge
• Cast: Richard Cant, Steve Furst, Keziah Joseph, Helena Lymbery, Kate Malyon, Gary Wilmot

Based on the hilariously anarchic, award-winning children’s books, Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear – the Musical! promises to be an all-singing, all-dancing, occasionally-burping extravaganza for children and adults alike. Author Andy Stanton creates the book and lyrics, with music by Jim Fortune. Full of outlandish characters and joyful, utterly idiotic songs, this production is definitely not your average family fare.

• Theatre: Garrick Theatre
• Opening: July 31, 2019
• Director: Andy Joyce
• Cast: Andy Joyce, Rik Warren, Maggie Frazer

Laughter, mayhem and science collide in Brainiac Live, the outrageous live science show in the West End based on the popular TV show! Those picking up Braniac Live! tickets at the Garrick Theatre better strap on their safety goggles, because the show promises combusting microwaves, supercharged spinning chairs, the ultimate Airzooka challenge – and, of course, exploding dustbins!

• Theatre: Trafalgar Studios 1
• First Preview: July 6, 2019
• Opening: TBA
• Playwright: Peter Shaffer
• Director: Ned Bennett
• Cast: Robert Fitch, Keith Gilmore, Ethan Kai, Norah Lopez Holden, Ira Mandela Siobhan, Zubin Varla

The critically acclaimed production from English Touring Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East of Peter Shaffer’s award-winning play Equus transfers to the West End for a strictly limited season. Inspired by a true story, Peter Shaffer’s transfixing psychological thriller is re-imagined by award-winning director Ned Bennett.

• Theatre: The Young Vic
• First Preview: July 29, 2019
• Opening: August 1, 2019
• Playwright: Idris Elba and Kwame Kwei-Armah
• Director: Kwame Kwei-Armah
• Cast: Christian Bradley, Lucy Briggs-Owen, Sinéad Cusack, Kurt Egyiawan, Alfred Enoch, Anna-Kay Alicia Gayle, Joan Iyiola, Anthony Matsena, Daniella May, Patrice Naiambana, Mbulelo Ndabeni, Andile Sotiya.

Tree takes you on a thrilling journey in search of the soul and spirit of contemporary South Africa. Created by Idris Elba, whose album Mi Mandela provides the soundtrack, and Kwame Kwei-Armah, this major world-premiere production, performed in the round, is also directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah. Music, dance and film combine with an exciting cast to explore the past, present and future of this country at a crossroads – all through the eyes of one young man on a journey of healing.

• Theatre: Park Theatre
• First Preview: July 30, 2019
• Opening: August 1, 2019
• Playwright: Bianca Bagatourian
• Director: Ché Walker
• Cast: Daniel Benzali, Alvaro Flores, Wayne Gidden, Lanna Joffrey, Sophia Mackay, Claire Lebowitz King

Howard Zinn was an American historian, professor and social activist, widely considered one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century. His book, A People’s History of the United States, has sold two million copies and become required reading in schools worldwide. The Time of Our Lies explores Zinn’s personal history, including being a soldier who dropped bombs on Rouen, France in WWll. This fateful moment troubled him for the rest of his days and shaped the man who would become a moral compass for the United States in ways that are more relevant today than ever before.

• Theatre: Apollo Teatre
• Opening: August 1, 2019
• Playwright: Terry Deary
• Director: Matthew Scott
• Cast: Anthony Spargo, Neal Foster

It’s time to prepare yourselves for Horrible Histories live on stage, as last summer’s remarkable show returns: it’s 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 by 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: Sadler’s Wells
• Opening: August 7, 2019
• Music: Sergei Prokofiev
• Director: Matthew Bourne
• Cast: Cordelia Braithwaire, Harrison Dowzell, Paris Fitzpatrick, Bryony Harrison, João Carolino, Andrew Monaghan, Seren Williams, Bryony Wood

Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet is a passionate and contemporary re-imagining of Shakespeare’s classic love story. Confined against their will by a society that seeks to divide, our two young lovers must follow their hearts as they risk everything to be together. Bursting with youth, vitality and Matthew Bourne’s trademark storytelling, London’s brightest young dance talent join the New Adventures company, with direction and choreography by Matthew Bourne, design by Lez Brotherston, lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Paul Groothuis and new orchestrations of the Sergei Prokofiev score by Terry Davies, played live by the New Adventures Orchestra.

• Theatre: Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
• Opening: August 7, 2019
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Federay Holmes and Elle While
• Cast: Stacy Abalogun, Lily Bevan, Peter Bray, Scott Brooksbank, Yarit Dor, James Garnon, Bettrys Jones, Jack Laskey, Nadia Nadarajah, Simon Scardifield, Kudzai Sitima, Sophie Stone, Tanika Yearwood

The Globe’s acclaimed production from 2018 returns this summer. A firm favourite among Shakespeare’s comedies and featuring some of his best-loved characters, As You Like It runs the glorious gamut of pastoral romance. A series of mistaken identities and mishaps in the Forest of Arden ultimately sees new friendships formed, and families and lovers reunited.

• Theatre: Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
• First Preview: August 2, 2019
• Opening: August 8, 2019
• Music: Andrew Llyod Webber
• Lyrics: Tim Rice
• Director: Jamie Lloyd
• Cast: Samantha Pauly, Ektor Rivera, Trent Saunders, Frances Mayli McCann, Alexander Barria, Felipe Bejarano, Alex Cardall, Russell Dickson, Lauren Drew, Hannah Fairclough, Chris Fung, Chloe Hart, Travis Kerry, Jessica Lee, Dale Mathurin, Peter Nash, Sarah Naudi, Mireia Mambo, Marsha Songcome, Bree Smith, Monixa Swayne, Olvier Tester Amy Thornton, Jon Tsouras, Rodney Vubya

From a life of poverty to the First Lady of Argentina, Eva Peron was hailed as the spiritual leader of the nation. Seen as the champion of the poor, her ambition, glamour and power made her the world’s first major political celebrity, winning the adoration of the people. With a chart-topping score including “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina”, “Oh What A Circus”, “You Must Love Me”, and “Another Suitcase in Another Hall”, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre presents Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic musical, Evita.

• Theatre: Trafalgar Studios 2
• First Preview: August 6, 2019
• Opening: August 8, 2019
• Playwright: Anna Ziegler
• Director: Oscar Toeman
• Cast: Yasmin Paige, Simon Manyonda

Playful, poignant and profound, Anna Ziegler’s new play Actually makes a West End switch this summer, posing challenging questions about the nature of consent. Actually is the story of Amber and Tom, two first-year students at the elite American university of Princeton. When their paths cross, they connect in seemingly innocent ways. But after they hook up and spend the night together, things become more clouded, and the highly charged topic of sexual consent comes to the fore – they agreed on the drinking and the attraction, but what events Actually went down between the two of them? And, if unspoken, can it really be called consent?

• Theatre: Gielgid Theatre
• Opening: August 10, 2019
• Music: Claude-Michel Schönberg
• Lyrics: Alain Boublil and Herbert Kretzmer
• Cast: Alfie Boe, John Owen-Jones, Michael Ball, Matt Lucas, Carrie Hope Fletcher, Katy Secombe, Rob Houchen, Bradley Jaden

Boublil & Schönberg’s musical crusade arrives at the Gielgud for a limited sixteen-week run while its London home, The Queen’s Theatre, undergoes essential maintenance. The Gielgud Theatre production thus runs from 10 August – 30 November 2019. Slightly different to the production at the Queen’s Theatre, this version of Les Misérables will be a fully-staged concert version of the classic musical. In an intimate setting, a magnificent orchestra of over 65 musicians will be accompanying the actors through the music that conquered the world.

• Theatre: Park Theatre
• First Preview: August 15, 2019
• Opening: August 16, 2019
• Playwright: Taz Skylar and Ross Berkeley Simpson
• Director: Toby Clarke
• Cast: Jahannah James, Sarah Naudi, Taz Skylar

Warheads is a punchy urban drama based on a true story. The play oscillates between multiple time lines. We get to see glimpses of the child that was Miles Weppler before he signed up for the army. The man he’s become post war. We get an intimate view into what motivates a young man towards the military, what motivates him to stay in the military, and why he wants to stay in the military at any cost.

• Theatre: Charing Cross Theatre
• First Preview: August 15, 2019
• Opening: August 19, 2019
• Music and Lyrics: Michael John LaChiusa
• Director: Dom O’Hanlon
• Cast: Trudi Camilleri, Will Arundell, Emily Juler, Emma Ralston, Tom Blackmore, Conor McFarlane, Andrew Carter

Pint of Wine Theatre Company’s acclaimed production of Michael John LaChiusa’s Queen Of The Mist comes to the Charing Cross Theatre for a strictly limited seven-week season from 15 August to 5 October 2019. Queen Of The Mist, which received its UK premiere in a sold-out run at the Jack Studio Theatre in April, is based on the astounding and outrageous true story of Anna Edson Taylor, who in 1901 on her 63rd birthday set out to be the first person to survive a trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel of her own design. With a soaring score that incorporates turn of the century themes with LaChiusa’s insightful and engaging style, this award-winning musical is the story of how one woman risked death so that she could live.

• Theatre: Almeida Theatre
• First Preview: August 12, 2019
• Opening: August 20, 2019
• Playwright: Freely adapted from Arthur Schnitzler’s Professor Bernhardi by Robert Icke
• Director: Robert Icke
• Cast: Oliver Alvin-Wilson, Nathalie Armin, Paul Higgins, Mariah Louca, Pamela Nomvete, Daniel Rabin, Joy Richardson, Kristy Rider, Juliet Stevenson, Naomi Wirthner, Ria Zmitrowicz

Almeida Associate Director Robert Icke and Juliet Stevenson reunite at the Almeida for their third collaboration, following Mary Stuart and Hamlet. The cast also includes Ria Zmitrowicz who returns to the Almeida following Dance Nation and Three Sisters.

• Theatre: Park Theatre
• First Preview: August 15, 2019
• Opening: August 21, 2019
• Playwright: Eugene O’Hare
• Director: Alice Hamilton
• Cast: Mark Hadfield

Beezer and O’Rourke live on the fringes of society in a dingy London flat, struggling to make ends meet. Despite living life at the bottom of the heap, the savage banter of their dysfunctional friendship keeps the pair afloat. When their dodgy landlord, Dollar, makes them a ‘business’ proposition, O’Rourke finds himself selling out for the cost of a few months’ rent. The price? Take care of a mystery special package. Just for a few months. Easy job. Easy money. As the weight of a heavy conscience becomes too much to bear, the outlook for tomorrow becomes increasingly dark, with a storm brewing on the horizon.

• Theatre: Donmar Warehouse
• First Preview: August 16, 2019
• Opening: August 21, 2019
• Playwright: Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
• Director: Ola Ince
• Cast: Jaimi Barbakoff, Monica Dolan, CHarles Furness, Edward Hogg, Steven Mackintosh, Isabella Pappas, Orlando Roddy, Oliver Savell, Tafline Steen

The Lafayette family gather at their late father’s home in Arkansas to bury the hatchet and prepare the former plantation for its Estate Sale. Until, that is, they make a discovery which changes everything. Branden Jacobs-Jenkins takes on the rich tradition of American family drama in his gripping play about ghosts and the legacies we are left with. Ola Ince directs Appropriate in its UK premiere at the Donmar.

• Theatre: National Theatre- Olivier Theatre
• First Preview: August 22, 2019
• Opening: August 27, 2019
• Playwright: Kate Grenville, adapted for the stage by Andrew Bovell
• Director: Neil Armfield
• Cast: TBA

A deeply moving and unflinching journey into Australia’s dark history. Adapted from Kate Grenville’s acclaimed novel, this multi-award-winning production from Sydney Theatre Company tells the story of two families divided by culture and land. Neil Armfield directs a large ensemble cast, with live music by composer Iain Grandage. This hauntingly poetic production was conceived in collaboration with Aboriginal artists and is performed in Dharug as well as English.

• Theatre: Wyndham’s Theatre
• First Preview: August 20, 2019
• Opening: August 28, 2019
• Playwright: Phoebe Waller-Bridge
• Director: Vicky Jones
• Cast: Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Following a sold-out run in New York, Fleabag, Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s award-winning comedic play, directed by Vicky Jones, comes home to London for 30 performances only from 20th August. The play that inspired the hit television series, Fleabag is a rip-roaring look at some sort of woman living her sort of life. Fleabag may seem oversexed, emotionally unfiltered and self-obsessed, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. With family and friendships under strain and a guinea pig café struggling to keep afloat, Fleabag suddenly finds herself with nothing to lose.

• Theatre: Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre- Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
• First Preview: August 23, 2019
• Opening: August 29, 2019
• Playwright: Ben Jonson
• Director: Blanche McIntyre
• Cast: TBA

Roll up, roll up! It’s the height of summer and all of London has come out to play. Leave your morals at the door and lose yourself in our carnival of excess. Make sure to keep your wits about you, though – one wrong turn, and you might end up getting more than you bargained for… London’s most notorious fair comes to life this summer, spilling out of the candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse into the wider Globe site, in Ben Jonson’s raucous comedy. Featuring a dizzying array of characters and a kaleidoscope of sights and sounds, Bartholomew Fair is an extraordinarily exuberant panorama of London life.

• Theatre: Duke of York’s Theatre
• First Preview: August 24, 2019
• Opening: September 2, 2019
• Playwright: Florian Zeller, in a translation by Christopher Hampton
• Director: Michael Longhurst
• Cast: Amanda Abbington, Laurie Kynaston, John Light, Amaka Okafor

Florian Zeller’s remarkable trilogy of plays culminates in The Son, transferring to the West End following the smash-hit successes of The Father and The Mother. Translated once again by Christopher Hampton, The Son premiered in London at the Kiln Theatre earlier this year, directed by Michael Longhurst. Now, the full cast – comprising Amanda Abbington, Laurie Kynaston, John Light and Amaka Okafor – reprise their acclaimed performances as the show plays at the Duke of York’s Theatre in London’s West End.

• Theatre: National Theatre- Lyttelton Theatre
• First Preview: August 22, 2019
• Opening: September 3, 2019
• Playwright: Simon Woods
• Director: Simon Godwin
• Cast: Lindsay Duncan, Alex Jennings

It’s a summer’s morning in 1988 and Tory politician Robin Hesketh has returned home to the idyllic Cotswold house he shares with his wife of 30 years, Diana. But all is not as blissful as it seems. Diana has a stinking hangover, a fox is destroying the garden, and secrets are being dug up all over the place. As the day draws on, what starts as gentle ribbing and the familiar rhythms of marital sparring quickly turns to blood-sport. Simon Godwin directs Simon Woods’ witty and devastating portrait of the governing class. Lindsay Duncan and Alex Jennings return to the National Theatre to play Diana and Robin.

• Theatre: The Old Vic
• First Preview: August 19, 2019
• Opening: September 5, 2019
• Playwright: Lucy Prebble, based on the book by Luke Harding
• Director: John Crowley
• Cast: TBA

A shocking assassination in the heart of London. In a bizarre mix of high-stakes global politics and radioactive villainy, a man pays with his life. At this time of global crises and a looming new Cold War, A Very Expensive Poison sends us careering through the shadowy world of international espionage from Moscow to Mayfair. John Crowley directs Lucy Prebble’s reimagining of Luke Harding’s jaw-dropping exposé of the events behind the notorious death of Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko.

• Theatre: The Other Palace
• First Preview: August 30, 2019
• Opening: September 5, 2019
• Music and Lyrics: William Finn
• Book: William Finn and James Lapine
• Director: Tara Overfield-Wilkinson
• Cast: Natasha J Barnes, Daniel Boys, Matt Cardle, Gemma Knight-Jones, Laura Pitt-Pulford, Oliver Savile

The double Tony Award winning Falsettos is a hilarious and poignant look at a modern family revolving around the life of a gay man Marvin, his wife, his lover, his soon to be bar mitzvahed son, their psychiatrist, and the lesbians neighbours. Originally created under the spectre of the AIDS crisis, this ground-breaking musical about family dynamics manages to remain buoyant and satirically perceptive even as it moves towards its heartbreaking conclusion.

• Theatre: Royal Court Theatre- Jerwood Theatre Upstais
• First Preview: September 3, 2019
• Opening: September 5, 2019
• Playwright: Tim Crouch
• Directors: Karl James and Andy Smith
• Cast: Tim Crouch, Shyvonne Ahmmad, Susan Vidler

The writer manipulates a group of people to sit together and believe in something that isn’t true. The book he’s written predicts it all: the equations, the black hole and all the words we’ll speak until the end. On this last day, at this last hour, a defector finds her voice and returns. In this new play, presented through stage action and illustrated text, audience and actors turn the book’s pages together, they study the images and they sometimes share the words out loud.

• Theatre: Southwark Playhouse
• First Preview: September 4, 2019
• Opening: September 6, 2019
• Playwright: Chloe Moss
• Directors: Charlotte Peters
• Cast: TBA

Peta is new in town and ready for whatever London has to throw at her. She’s looking for romance, for friendship, for exciting people to lead her on big adventures. But being an independent woman in the new millennium isn’t easy, especially when there’s a constant reminder of the life you’re trying to escape. With each new encounter, Peta flirts with what might have been, but has the journey to London put enough distance between her and her past? This is the first major revival of this fascinating and funny play from Susan Smith Blackburn Prize-winning playwright Chloe Moss

• Theatre: Piccadilly Theatre
• First Preview: September 4, 2019
• Opening: September 11, 2019
• Concept: John McColgan
• Director: John McColgan

Following sold out performances at the London Palladium, Heartbeat of Home is delighted to be returning to the West End this September. This heart–stopping tour de force features the dynamic vibrant components of traditional Irish, Latin, Hip-Hop, Afro-Cuban and Contemporary music and dance combined in a new and exciting fusion.

• Theatre: Lyric Theatre Hammersmith
• First Preview: September 6, 2019
• Opening: September 11, 2019
• Playwright: Henrik Ibsen, in a new adaptation by Tanika Gupta
• Director: Rachel O’Riordan
• Cast: Anjana Vasan

Tanika Gupta reimagines Ibsen’s classic play of gender politics through the lens of British colonialism, offering a bold, female perspective exploring themes of ownership and race. Rachel O’Riordan makes her directorial debut as Artistic Director of the Lyric, in a production that gives new urgency to the forces that drive our heroine to choose between society’s expectations and her own identity.

• Theatre: Southwark Playhouse
• First Preview: September 6, 2019
• Opening: September 11, 2019
• Book, Music, Lyrics and Orchestrations: Dave Malloy
• Director: Alex Sutton
• Cast: Rebecca Caine, Norton James, Georgia Louise, Tom Noyes, Keith Ramsay, Tim Walton

Based on a true story of Rachmaninoff’s sessions of hypnotherapy, Preludes is an extraordinary new musical by three-time Tony Award-nominee Dave Malloy. It examines the crippling debilitation and harm the world can do to people, and how the dramatic and musical process can be used as therapy to restore them back into the fullest of creative lives. Using live piano and electronics, Malloy uses a hybrid of his own and Rachmaninoff’s compositions to create a dream-like world that takes us to the darkest recesses of Rachmaninoff’s mind.

• Theatre: Peacock Theatre
• Opening: September 11, 2019
• Book: David De Silva
• Music: Steve Margoshes
• Lyrics: Jacques Levy
• Director: Nick Winston
• Cast: Keith Jack, Mica Paris, Jorgie Porter

Remember the name! The show that’s gonna live forever, Fame The Musical returns to London’s Peacock Theatre with its triumphant 30th anniversary tour production. Based on the 1980 pop culture film phenomenon, Fame follows the lives of students at New York’s High School For The Performing Arts. Navigating their way through the highs and lows, the romances and the heartbreaks and the ultimate elation of a performer’s life, the students strive for stardom.

• Theatre: Wyndham’s Theatre
• Opening: September 16, 2019
• Playwright: James Kettle
• Directors: Selina Cadell and Didi Hopkins
• Cast: Miles Jupp

Best remembered for playing Mr Banks in Disney’s classic film Mary Poppins, David Tomlinson was renowned for playing the classic English gent, forthright, proper, and a loveable fool. His meeting with Walt Disney came to encapsulate his incredible life full of adventure and heartbreak. The man who portrayed one of cinema’s most famous patriarchs was defined by his relationship with his own father – a remote eccentric, who was hiding an extraordinary tragicomic secret.

• Theatre: Dominion Theatre
• First Preview: September 6, 2019
• Opening: September 17, 2019
• Book: John Weidman
• Music: David Shire
• Lyrics: Richard Maltby Jr.
• Director: Morgan Young
• Cast: Jay McGuiness, Wendi Peters, Kimberly Walsh, Matthew Kelly, Lori Haley Fox, Edward Handoll, Harrison Dadswell, Jamie O’Connor, Jake Simon, Jobe Hart, Austen Phelan, Theo Wilkinson, Charlie Bull, Colin Burnicle, Christie-Lee Crosson, Vicki Davids, Alex Fobbester, Leanne Garretty, Stuart Hickey, Matt Holland, Tash Holway, Ross McLaren, Richard Murphy, Eddie Myles, Katharine Pearson, Anton Fosh, Gemma Fuller, Gary Murphy and Katy Osborne. There will be two teams of children in the musical, made up from Olufemi Alaka, Coco Cousin-Brown, Asher Ezeguiel, Ellis Griffiths, Imogen Law Hing Choy, Noah Leggott, Amaya Lucas, Cassia McCarthy, Ophelia Parsons, Bailey Razdan, Lucinda Wicks, Chanel Zinyemba

Something Big is happening at the Dominion Theatre this autumn. The family favourite Tom Hanks film is hitting the West End stage as a musical, starring The Wanted’s Jay McGuiness! Revisiting the hilarious and heart-warming story of a boy who magically becomes an adult overnight – bringing childlike innocence and imagination to the world of business – Big The Musical tickets are sure to be in huge demand, as the show makes its West End premiere.

• Theatre: National Theatre- Dorfman
• First Preview: September 9, 2019
• Opening: September 17, 2019
• Playwright: Alexander Zeldin
• Director: Alexander Zeldin
• Cast: Nick Holder, Dayo Koleosho, Susan Lynch, Cecilia Noble, Bobby Stallwood, Hind Swareldahab, Alan Williams

In a run-down community hall on the edge of town, a woman has been cooking lunch for those in need. A choir is starting up, run by a volunteer who’s looking for a new beginning. A mother is seeking help in her fight to keep her young daughter from being taken into care. An older man sits silently in the corner, the first to arrive, the last to leave. Outside the rain is falling. Faith, Hope and Charity is the culmination of a trilogy that began with Beyond Caring and followed by LOVE. Alexander Zeldin’s new play promises to be another uncompromising theatrical experience that goes to the heart of our uncertain times.

• Theatre: Park Theatre
• First Preview: September 18, 2019
• Opening: September 19, 2019
• Playwright: Lesley Storm
• Director: Clive Brill
• Cast: TBA

Mrs Alicia Christie maintains a beautiful home, with a clever husband and devoted children. This surely makes her an upstanding society woman… What would you do to protect your family? Would you lie? Would you pretend to be a completely different person to the one everyone knows? Would you forsake all your beliefs? Would you go to jail? One woman. One crime. One decision.

• Theatre: Harold Pinter Theatre
• Opening: September 20, 2019
• Director: Sean Mathias
• Cast: Ian McKellen

Don’t miss this chance to spend time with Ian McKellen On Stage, as he talks Tolkien, Shakespeare, Others… and YOU! To celebrate his 80th Birthday, Ian has been touring the UK playing 80 of his favourite theatres, all to raise money for British Theatre. Now, Ian completes his epic journey by returning to the West End for a strictly limited run of the show that has been loved by audiences young and old, all around the country. From Gandalf to Lear, Widow Twankey to Richard III, join Ian as he revisits an incredible career of over 50 years of stage and screen, with a nod to his most iconic and beloved roles in this intimate performance. Watch as he brings these well-known characters to life performing short scenes, and listen to never-before heard anecdotes of a life in showbusiness.

• Theatre: Bridge Theatre
• First Preview: September 14, 2019
• Opening: September 25, 2019
• Playwright: Nancy Harris
• Director: Nicholas Hytner
• Cast: Zoë Wanamaker, Zrinka Cvitešić

As their husbands clash over an international crisis, the first ladies of France and America find themselves alone together in a side room. Friends or enemies? When the stakes are so high, can they trust each other? Can they trust their husbands? Zoë Wanamaker is re-united with director Nicholas Hytner for her Bridge debut and Zrinka Cvitešić returns to the London stage after her Olivier award-winning performance in Once.

• Theatre: Royal Court Theatre- Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
• First Preview: September 18, 2019
• Opening: September 25, 2019
• Playwright: Caryl Churchill
• Director: James Macdonald
• Cast: TBA

A girl made of glass. Gods and murders. A serial killer’s friends. Three stories by Caryl Churchill.

• Theatre: Park Theatre
• First Preview: September 18, 2019
• Opening: September 24, 2019
• Playwright: Evan Placey
• Director: Max Lindsay
• Cast: Tracy-Ann Oberman

Brenda, a single Jewish mother (Tracy-Ann Oberman) tries to manage her professional life whilst ushering youngest son, Jason, off to school. His elder brother remains asleep upstairs. This could be a day like any other, if older brother Matthew wasn’t under house arrest. Pursued by the media and tormented by guilt, Brenda tries to to hold her family together as the world is set to tear them apart. Based on a true story, Evan Placey’s powerful and provocative drama questions what it takes for for a mother to stop loving her son.

• Theatre: The Young Vic
• First Preview: September 19, 2019
• Opening: September 25, 2019
• Playwright: Federico García Lorca, adapted by Marina Carr
• Director: Yaël Farber
• Cast: Bríd Brennan, Scarlett Brookes, Gavin Drea, Aoife Duffin, Annie Firbank, Olwen Fouéré, Roger Jean Nsengiyumva, Faaiz Mbelizi, Steffan Rhodri, Thalissa Teixeira, David Walmsley

What do you do when the day that’s supposed to be the happiest of your life becomes a living nightmare? A repressed, passionate love affair rears its head on the day two young people tie the knot. What is done cannot be undone. Multiple award-winning director Yaël Farber, brings Federico García Lorca’s most famous tragedy Blood Wedding to the Young Vic in a new version by Marina Carr.

• Theatre: Menier Chocolate Factory
• First Preview: September 20, 2019
• Opening: September 30, 2019
• Playwright: Laura Wade, adapted from the unfinished novel by Jane Austen
• Director: Samuel West
• Cast: TBA

The Watsons is making its London premier at the Menier Chocolate Factory after a sell-out season at the Chichester Festival Theatre last year. What happens when the writer loses the plot? Emma Watson is nineteen and new in town. She’s been cut off by her rich aunt and dumped back in the family home. Emma and her sisters must marry, fast. If not, they face poverty, spinsterhood, or worse: an eternity with their boorish brother and his awful wife. Luckily there are plenty of potential suitors to dance with, from flirtatious Tom Musgrave to castle-owning Lord Osborne, who’s as awkward as he is rich. So far so familiar. But there’s a problem: Jane Austen didn’t finish the story. Who will write Emma’s happy ending now? Based on her incomplete novel, this sparklingly witty play looks under the bonnet of Jane Austen and asks: what can characters do when their author abandons them?

• Theatre: National Theatre- Lyttelton
• First Preview: September 21, 2019
• Opening: October 1, 2019
• Playwright: Athol Fugard
• Director: Roy Alexander Weise
• Cast: Hammed Animashaun, Anson Boon, Lucian Msamati

1950. Apartheid South Africa. St George’s Park Tea Room, Port Elizabeth. On a long rainy afternoon, employees Sam and Willie practice their steps for the finals of the ballroom dancing championship. Hally arrives from school to hide out in his parents’ tea room. These two men have been unlikely best friends to Hally his whole life. But it is apartheid era South Africa: he’s Master Harold, and they are the boys. Tony Award-winning playwright Athol Fugard’s semi-autobiographical and blistering masterwork explores the nature of friendship, and the ways people are capable of hurting even those they love.

• Theatre: Wyndham’s Theatre
• First Preview: September 26, 2019
• Opening: October 8, 2019
• Playwright: Sean Foley
• Director: Sean Foley
• Cast: Stephen Mangan, Kara Tointon, Sue Johnston

Stephen Mangan and Kara Tointon return to the West End to star in the world premiere of the classic Ealing comedy The Man in the White Suit, adapted and directed by Sean Foley. When Sidney Stratton (Stephen Mangan) invents a fabric that never gets dirty and never wears out, manufacturers and trades unions are terrified by the threat it poses to their industry and their jobs. Only Daphne (Kara Tointon) the mill owner’s daughter, shows Sidney any support as the bosses and workers chase the man in the white suit determined to destroy them both.

• Theatre: Vaudeville Theatre
• First Preview: September 20, 2019
• Opening: October 10, 2019
• Playwright: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields
• Director: Kristy Patrick Ward
• Cast: Dave Hearn, Henry Lewis, Charlie Russell Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields, Nancy Zamit, Bryony Corrigan

The creators of The Play That Goes Wrong and The Comedy About A Bank Robbery kick off a one-year residency at the Vaudeville Theatre with Groan Ups, a brand-new comedy all about growing up. Are we the same people at 30 as we were at 13? Does school life determine our future? Do we ever grow out of our school crush? Playing an unruly classroom of kids and anarchic high school teenag-ers, through to the aches and pains of adulthood, the original Mischief Theatre company are back in the West End with their first new play since 2016.

• Theatre: Royal Court Theatre- Jerwood Theatre Upstairs
• First Preview: October 10, 2019
• Opening: October 14, 2019
• Playwright: Sabrina Mahfouz
• Director: Stef O’Driscoll
• Cast: Sabrina Mahfouz

British Egyptian Sabrina Mahfouz grew up with ambitions of being a spy. She has two passports, speaks two languages and has a cultural understanding of two very different countries. But when it came to applying for MI6, it turned out she wasn’t quite British enough. So now she’s on her own intelligence mission – to explore who really holds the power in and over the Middle East. In a world long obsessed with access to oil, will water soon become the natural resource that dictates control, or has it been all along? Directed by Stef O’Driscoll, the production journeys across twelve different countries using theatre, poetry and music to share stories of women across the continent. From the British Imperialist ownership of natural resources, to the environmental urgency of the present, water has shaped lives, policies and fortunes – and it will shape all of our futures.

• Theatre: Lyric Theatre Hammersmith
• First Preview: October 10, 2019
• Opening: October 14, 2019
• Playwright: David Greig, adapted from Stanislaw Lem’s novel
• Director: Matthew Lutton
• Cast: Keegan Joyce, Jade Ogugua, Fode Simbo, Hugo Weaving

Sent from earth to investigate reports of abnormal activity on-board, Kris Kelvin arrives to find one crew member dead and two who are seeing things that cannot be explained. When her dead lover appears to her, it seems she too has fallen victim to the mystery of this strange planet. Should she return to reality, or is this her chance to turn back time? Have the crew been studying Solaris – or has it been studying them? This psychological thriller asks who we are when we’re forced to confront our deepest fears. David Greig adapts Stanisław Lem’s cult science fiction novel for the stage.

• Theatre: Almeida Theatre
• First Preview: October 7, 2019
• Opening: October 15, 2019
• Playwright: Maxim Gorky, Adapted by Mike Bartlett
• Director: Tinuke Craig
• Cast: TBA

It’s 8am and a revolt is underway. The father is dying. The son is spying. The wife is cheating. The uncle is stealing. The mother is scheming. The dynasty is crumbling. One house. One fortune. One victor. Tinuke Craig makes her Almeida debut with a new production of Maxim Gorky’s savagely funny play, adapted by multi award-winning playwright Mike Bartlett.

• Theatre: Donmar Warehouse
• First Preview: October 11, 2019
• Opening: October 16, 2019
• Playwright: Alice Birch
• Director: Maria Aberg
• Cast: TBA

She can’t stay awake. She sold drugs. She’s good at interrogations. She drinks in the mornings. She ate a rabbit. She smashed up a shop. She stabbed a man. She used a hammer. She had a baby. She can’t find her mother. She’s covered in blood and doesn’t know why. This striking play from Alice Birch takes a kaleidoscopic view of what happens when a woman goes to prison. This striking new play from Alice Birch, directed by Maria Aberg, takes a kaleidoscopic view of what happens when a woman goes to prison. [BLANK] receives its full-length premiere to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Clean Break, the leading theatre company working with women affected by the criminal justice system.

• Theatre: Park Theatre
• First Preview: October 15, 2019
• Opening: October 16, 2019
• Playwright: Kate Barton
• Director: Kate Valentine
• Cast: Caroline Lawrie

In a chilling parallel to our modern world of influencers peddling protein shakes and diet pills, Fast is the true story of ‘Dr’ Linda Hazzard who advocated a fasting cure that gripped the press and divided a nation. Complex, beguiling and utterly driven, was Hazzard vilified as a woman in a man’s world or were there darker forces at play?

• Theatre: Trafalgar Studios 2
• First Preview: October 15, 2019
• Opening: October 17, 2019
• Playwright: Sarah Rutherford
• Director: TBA
• Cast: TBA

Sam’s dead at fifteen. It’s a social media thing. Or is someone to blame? Mother and chaplain Thea is battling the fallout from her daughter’s suicide. Sam misbehaved online, and Thea did something she will always regret. Blamed by herself and others, she embarks on a mission to comprehend what Sam went through and where, if anywhere, she is now. She’s joined by offbeat teen twins Lenny and Billie, plus Gil — a lost soul whose life collides with theirs in a way that will change everything. The most dangerous step towards understanding Sam’s death is right around the corner, and Thea’s awakening is not at all what she, or anyone, could imagine. The Girl who Fell is a poignant and darkly funny play about loss, guilt and Snapchat fromSarah Rutherford, former Writer in Residence at Park Theatre and writer of the sell-out hit Adult Supervision.

• Theatre: National Theatre- Olivier Theatre
• First Preview: October 15, 2019
• Opening: October 21, 2019
• Playwright: Brian Friel
• Director: Ian Rickson
• Cast: Ciarán Hinds, Seamus O’Hara

Following a sold-out run in 2018, Ian Rickson’s production of Brian Friel’s masterpiece returns. Ciarán Hinds reprises his critically acclaimed role of patriarch and schoolmaster, Hugh, whose livelihood and culture are at risk. Brian Friel’s modern classic is a powerful account of nationhood, which sees the turbulent relationship between England and Ireland play out in one quiet community.

• Theatre: The Old Vic
• First Preview: October 14, 2019
• Opening: October 22, 2019
• Playwright: Duncan Macmillan
• Director: Matthew Warchus
• Cast: Claire Foy, Matt Smith

The ice caps are melting, there’s overpopulation, political unrest; everything’s going to hell in a handcart – why on earth would someone bring a baby into this world? Directed by Matthew Warchus, Claire Foy and Matt Smith make their Old Vic debuts in Duncan Macmillan’s hilarious emotional rollercoaster of a play, as a couple wrestle with our planet’s biggest dilemmas.

• Theatre: Royal Court Theatre- Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
• First Preview: October 24, 2019
• Opening: October 28, 2019
• Playwright: Ed Thomas
• Directors: Ed Thomas and Vicky Featherston
• Cast: Rakie Ayola, Jason Hughes, Rhys Ifans, Sion Daniel Young

In a lost village, blurred by redrawn borders, hidden under a crumb on the map, Bear Ridge Stores still stands. After a hundred years, the family butchers and grocers – a place for odds and ends, contraband goods, and the last petrol pump for 30 miles – is now silent. But owners John Daniel and Noni are not leaving. They are defiantly drinking the remaining whiskey and remembering good times, when everyone was on the same side and the old language shone. Outside in the dark, a figure is making their way towards them. A semi-autobiographical story about the places we leave behind, the indelible marks they make on us, and the unreliable memories we hold onto.

• Theatre: Barbican Theatre
• First Preview: October 26, 2019
• Opening: October 29, 2019
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Directors: Kymberly Sykes
• Cast: David Ajao, Charlotte Arrowsmith, Patrick Brennan, Graeme Brookes, Antony Byrne, Richard Clews, Tom Dawze, Amelia Donkor, Laura Elsworthy, Sandy Grierson, Emily Johnstone, Karina Jones, Alex Jones, Sophie Khan Levy, Lucy Phelps, Sophie Stanton, Aaron Thiara, Leo Wan

Turning the classic Shakespearean tale – and giving it a modern twist – is Kimberley Sykes’ playful and imaginative take on As You Like It by the Royal Shakespeare Company. All the world really is a stage with this production, which combines physical comedy, music, puppetry and storytelling, to entice the audience right to the heart of the action.

• Theatre: National Theatre- Dorfman Theatre
• First Preview: October 21, 2019
• Opening: October 30, 2019
• Playwright: Annie Baker
• Director: Annie Baker
• Cast: Matt Bardock, Arthur Darvill, Imogen Doel, Hadley Fraser, Conleth Hill, Sinéad Matthews, Stuart McQuarrie, Bill Milner

Following acclaimed runs of The Flick and John, Pulitzer Prize-winner Annie Baker returns to the National Theatre with her latest extraordinary play. Their phones switched off, a group of peope sit around a table telling, categorising and theorising stories. This is a world that is both familiar and fantastical. Their real purpose is never quite clear, but they continue on, searching for the monstrous. Part satire, part sacred rite, The Antipodesasks what value stories have for a world in crisis.

• Theatre: Southwark Playhouse
• First Preview: October 30, 2019
• Opening: November 1, 2019
• Playwright: Samuel Bailey
• Director: TBA
• Cast: TBA

Instead of GCSEs, Cain, Riyad and Jonjo got sentences. Locked up in a young offenders’ institution, they trade sweets, chat shit, kill time – and await fatherhood. Grace’s job is to turn these teenagers into parents, ready to take charge of their futures. But can they grow up quickly enough to escape the system? Winner of the 2019 Papatango New Writing Prize from 1406 entries, Samuel Bailey’s debut full production tenderly and honestly examines the young men society shuts away.

• Theatre: Piccadilly Theatre
• First Preview: October 24, 2019
• Opening: November 4, 2019
• Playwright: Arthur Miller
• Directors: Marianne Elliott and Miranda Cromwell
• Cast: Wendell Pierce, Sharon D. Clarke

Following a sold out run at the Young Vic theatre, the smash hit, critically acclaimed production of Death of a Salesman transfers to the Piccadilly Theatre for 10 weeks only. Following her recent award-winning successes on Company and Angels in America, Marianne Elliott co-directs Death of a Salesman with Miranda Cromwell, who worked as Associate Director on both shows. Together, they bring a unique vision to one of the greatest plays of the twentieth century, seen through the eyes of an African-American family.

• Theatre: Park Theatre
• First Preview: October 31, 2019
• Opening: November 5, 2019
• Playwright: Eugene O’Hare
• Director: Phillip Breen
• Cast: Miriam Margolyes, Mark Hadfield

Following the sell-out hit Madame Rubinstein in 2017, Miriam Margolyes returns to Park Theatre in the World Premiere black comedy Sydney & The Old Girl. Nell and Sydney Stock are at war – and it’s mutually assured destruction. After 50 years cooped up in the same shabby East London house where ghosts of a hard life still linger, the points scored in never ending arguments continue to bind the pair together. And then, there is the not so simple matter of the inheritance… As the twisted game between mother and son reaches breaking point, Irish care worker Marion Fee finds herself an unwitting pawn, played from both sides. Nell will stop at nothing for her bitter triumph over Sydney – but he has his own plans on how to end this once and for all.

• Theatre: Barbican Theatre
• First Preview: November 5, 2019
• Opening: November 7, 2019
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Justin Audibert
• Cast: Joseph Arkley, Charlotte Arrowsmith, Hannah Azuonye, Melody Brown, Richard Clews, James Cooney, Amelia Donkor, Laura Elsworthy, Amanda Harris, Emily Johnstone, Alex Jones, Alexander Mushore, Michael Patrick, Claire Price, Sophie Stanton, Aaron Thiara, Amy Trigg, Leo Wan

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s unique interpretation of The Taming Of The Shrew turns Shakespeare’s battle of the sexes on its head; this is the 1590s with women in charge. Reimagined by Justin Audibert, The Taming Of The Shrew sees Baptista Minola seeking to marry off her two sons: the sweet-tempered Bianco, and the rebellious Katherine. But an explosive courtship is soon in the offing, and Shakespeare’s witty portrayal of hierarchy and power unfolds like you’ve never seen it before. The show cites Naomi Alderman’s novel The Power as inspiration, and is directed by Audibert, transporting the tale to a matriarchal world resplendent with sumptuous Elizabethan costumes.

• Theatre: Prince Edward Theatre
• First Preview: October 23, 2019
• Opening: November 13, 2019
• Book: Julian Fellows
• Music and Lyrics: Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman; Additional new songs by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe
• Director: Richard Eyre, Co-direction by Matthew Bourne
• Cast: Zizi Strallen, Charlie Stemp, Petula Clark, Joseph Millson

Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed stage musical of Mary Poppins has delighted audiences around the world since its world premiere in 2004, and is set to return to the West End at the Prince Edward Theatre in 2019. Featuring music and lyrics by the Sherman Brothers, with additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, it is based on the much loved children’s books by P. L. Travers and the 1964 Disney film of the same name. Julian Fellowes’ book blends the original stories with the much loved film to create a new and iconic stage adventure.

• Theatre: Duke of York’s Theatre
• First Preview: November 09, 2019
• Opening: November 14, 2019
• Playwright: David Grieg, Adapted from the memoir by Joe Simpson
• Director: Tom Morris
• Cast: TBA

Following its critically acclaimed, sold out World Premiere in 2018, Touching The Void transfers to the Duke of York’s Theatre for a strictly limited season beginning November 9. Directed by the award-winning Tom Morris and based on Joe Simpson’s best-selling memoir, turned BAFTA-winning film, this extraordinary story charts Joe Simpson’s and Simon Yates’ struggle for survival on the perilous Siula Grande mountain in the Peruvian Andes. Life-affirming and often darkly funny, David Greig’s thrilling adaptation of Touching The Void takes the audience on an epic adventure that asks how far you’d be willing to go to survive.

• Theatre: Barbican Theatre
• First Preview: November 12, 2019
• Opening: November 14, 2019
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Gregory Doran
• Cast: David Ajao, Joseph Arkley, Hannah Azuonye, Patrick Brennan, Melody Brown, Graeme Brookes, Antony Byrne, James Cooney, Tom Dawze, Sandy Grierson, Amanda Harris, Karina Jones, Sophie Khan Levy, Alexander Mushore, Michael Patrick, Lucy Phelps, Claire Price, Amy Trigg

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Artistic Director, Gregory Doran, directs a new production of Measure For Measure – a play which has never felt more urgent. Measure For Measure centres on a novice nun, who becomes the love interest of a corrupt official. But her beliefs are soon compromised when the official offers to save her brother from execution… in return for sex. With no idea of where to turn for help, she becomes desperate. And when she threatens to expose him, he tells her that nobody would believe her. Written by Shakespeare in the early 1600s, Measure For Measure is a drama whose story and themes feel even more pertinent today.

• Theatre: Park Theatre
• First Preview: November 13, 2019
• Opening: November 15, 2019
• Playwright: Olivia Olsen
• Director: Robin Herford
• Cast: TBA

Anna Akhmatova, the most celebrated poet of her generation, has lost her first husband to the purges and her son to state prison, where he awaits execution. Now, Stalin, the tyrant responsible for the murder of everyone close to her, wants a favour… Based on true events, Stray Dogs depicts the story of one of the most extraordinary women of the 20th century, as she must choose between her duty to her son, her country, her art and herself. This urgent and relevant play explores the nature of tyranny and how it affects both the political landscape of the past and the present.

• Theatre: Bridge Theatre
• First Preview: November 9, 2019
• Opening: November 18, 2019
• Playwright: Conceived by Saly Cookson, Adapted by Adam Peck from the book by C.S. Lewis.
• Director: Sally Cookson
• Cast: TBA

The London Theatre Company by special arrangement with Elliott & Harper Productions and Catherine Schreiber, presents the much-celebrated Leeds Playhouse production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. This critically acclaimed production reunites director Sally Cookson with designer Rae Smith, writer in the room Adam Peck, movement director Dan Canham, lighting designer Bruno Poet, sound designer Ian Dickinson and music by Benji Bower all of whom originally brought the show to life in 2017 breaking box office records at Leeds Playhouse.

• Theatre: Noël Coward Theatre
• First Preview: October 29, 2019
• Opening: November 19, 2019
• Book: Steven Levenson
• Music: Justin Paul
• Lyrics: Benj Pasek
• Director: Michael Greif
• Cast: TBA

Dear Evan Hansen is the hit Broadway musical about a teenage boy who suffers from social anxiety, and finds it difficult to talk to people and make friends. However, following a tragic event involving one of his classmates, he finds himself drawn closer a group of people for the first time in his life.

• Theatre: Shaftesbury Theatre
• First Preview: November 2, 2019
• Opening: November 20, 2019
• Music: Max Martin, with new arrangements by Bill Sherman
• Book: David West Read
• Director: Luke Sheppard
• Cast: Miriam-Teak Lee, Cassidy Janson, Oliver Tompsett, Arun Blair-Mangat, Melanie La Barrie , Jordan Luke Gage, Tim Mahendran, David Bedella, Jocasta Almgill, Josh Baker, Alishia-Marie Blake, Ivan De Freitas, Rhian Duncan, Danielle Fiamanya, Kieran Lai, Nathan Lorainey-Dineen, Jaye Marshall, Grace Mouat, Antoine Murray-Straughan, Kerri Norville, Christopher Parkinson, Dillon Scott-Lewis, Kirstie Skivington, Alex Tranter

& Juliet is the irreverent and fun-loving new West End musical that asks: what if Juliet’s famous ending was really just her beginning? What if she decided to choose her own fate? This is Juliet’s story now. So don’t tell her how it ends… Soaring with pop anthems including “…Baby One More Time”, “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)”,” Love Me Like You Do” and “Can’t Feel My Face”, & Juliet is a riotous blast of fun and glorious music that proves when it comes to love, there’s always life after Romeo…

• Theatre: Lyric Theatre Hammersmith
• First Preview: November 16, 2019
• Opening: November 23, 2019
• Director: Tinuke Craig
• Cast: TBA

Those ugly step-sisters will have Cinders cleaning all year in preparation, so come along and help her scrub up for a well-deserved date with Prince Charming. Expect the usual Lyric twist on Wicked Stepmothers, Fairy Godmothers, glass slippers, pumpkins, mice and more. You shall go to the ball with this festive fairy tale treat. Word has it that if you leave it too late to book, you might turn into a pumpkin…

• Theatre: National Theatre- Olivier Theatre
• First Preview: November 12, 2019
• Opening: November 26, 2019
• Playwright: April De Angelis, adapted from Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels
• Director: Melly Still
• Cast: Justin Avoth, Adam Burton, Niamh Cusack, Martin Hyder, Cathryn McCormack, Victoria Moseley, Emily Mytton, Jonah Russell, Ira Mandela Siobhan, Badria Timimi, Emily Wachter, Toby Wharton

Based on the celebrated novels by Elena Ferrante – published in over 50 countries – My Brilliant Friend is an epic story of love, violence, ambition and self-destruction. Following a sold-out run at Rose Theatre Kingston, the acclaimed two-part adaptation by April De Angelis is reworked for the Olivier stage by Melly Still. Niamh Cusack and Catherine McCormack return to play Lenu and Lila

• Theatre: Royal Court Theatre- Jerwood Theatre Upstairs
• First Preview: November 27, 2019
• Opening: December 3, 2019
• Playwright: Eve Leigh
• Director: Rachel Bagshaw
• Cast: TBA

A girl fights for her life in a lift. New Window. A protest in Trafalgar Square. New Window. A naked man in a bathtub. New Window. Janelle Monae, dancing. The possibilities are endless. Even at 2am. That’s the thing about being Extremely Online: there’s no limit on where you can go. Directed by Rachel Bagshaw, the production will creatively combine Spoken English, BSL, captioning and audio description, and all shows will be performed in a relaxed environment. Midnight Movie will also be meeting an online audience each night, through the night.

• Theatre: Sadler’s Wells Theatre
• Opening: December 3, 2019
• Music: Bernard Herrmann
• Concept: Matthew Bourne, based on the film by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
• Director: Matthew Bourne
• Cast: TBA

A sell-out for its world premiere in 2016, Matthew Bourne’s triumphant adaptation of the legendary film returns to London, having won two Olivier Awards and dazzled audiences across the UK and the USA. The Red Shoes is a tale of obsession, possession and one girl’s dream to be the greatest dancer in the world. Victoria Page lives to dance but her ambitions become a battleground between the two men who inspire her passion.

• Theatre: The Old Vic
• Opening: November 23, 2019
• Opening: December 4, 2019
• Playwright: Jack Thorne, based on the book by Charles Dickens
• Director: Matthew Warchus
• Cast: TBA

Matthew Warchus’ big-hearted, smash hit production of Charles Dickens’ immortal classic returns to The Old Vic, joyously adapted for the stage by Jack Thorne. The Old Vic’s A Christmas Carol fills the auditorium to the brim with mince pies, music and merriment. A unique staging immerses the audience in this uplifting story.

• Theatre: The Young Vic
• First Preview: November 28, 2019
• Opening: December 5, 2019
• Playwright: Jackie Sibblies Drury
• Director: Nadia Latif
• Cast: TBA

Following a ground-breaking, sell-out run in New York, Jackie Sibblies Drury’s Fairview is an interrogation of our subtly destructive preconceptions. This radical examination of power is directed by Young Vic’s Genesis Fellow / Associate Director, Nadia Latif. It’s Grandma’s birthday and the Frasier family have gathered to celebrate. Beverly just wants everything to run smoothly, but Tyrone has missed his flight, Keisha is freaking out about college and Grandma has locked herself in the bathroom.

• Theatre: Lyric Theatre
• First Preview: November 29, 2019
• Opening: December 5, 2019
• Book: Kes Gray and Jim Field
• Music: Luke Bateman
• Lyrics: Richy Hughes
• Director: Emma Earle
• Cast: TBA

Based on Kes Gray and Jim Field’s best-selling, beloved books, Oi Frog & Friends! is bounding into London’s Lyric Theatre. Are you sitting comfortably? It’s a new day at Sittingbottom school and Frog is looking for a place to sit, but Cat has other ideas and Dog is doing as he’s told. Little do any of them know that chaos is coming…

• Theatre: Park Theatre
• First Preview: December 4 2019
• Opening: December 6, 2019
• Playwright: Charles Way, adapted from the story by Hans Christian Andersen
• Director: Abigal Andersen
• Cast: TBA

From the team who brought you last year’s Christmas family hit Peter Pan – Julie Clare Productions (with two Olivier Award-winning shows to their name) are delighted to be joining forces with Park Theatre to bring you Charles Way’s delightful adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen classic. The sparkling Snow Queen is beckoning young and old to this glittering spectacle.

• Theatre National Theatre- Lyttelton Theatre
• First Preview: December 3, 2019
• Opening: December 10, 2019
• Playwright: Anton Chekhov, in a new version by Inua Ellams
• Director: Nadia Fall
• Cast: Ronke Adekoluejo, Jude Akuwudike, ken Nwosu, Racheal Ofori, Sule Rimi, Natalie Simpson

Chekhov’s iconic characters are relocated to Nigeria in this bold new adaptation. Owerri, 1967, on the brink of the Biafran Civil War. Lolo, Nne Chukwu and Udo are grieving the loss of their father. Months before, two ruthless military coups plunged the country into chaos. Fuelled by foreign intervention, the conflict encroaches on their provincial village, and the sisters long to return to their former home in Lagos. Following his smash-hit Barber Shop Chronicles, Inua Ellams returns to the National Theatre with this heartbreaking retelling, directed by Nadia Fall.

• Theatre National Theatre- Dorfman Theatre
• First Preview: December 3, 2019
• Opening: December 11, 2019
• Playwright: Joel Horwood, based on the novel by Neil Gaiman
• Director: Katy Rudd
• Cast: Samuel Blenkin, Josie Walker

A modern myth from the brilliant imagination of Neil Gaiman, creator of Good Omens, the epic American Gods, Coraline, Stardust and the Sandman series. Returning to his childhood home, Alex finds himself standing beside the duck pond of the old Sussex farmhouse where he used to play. He’s transported to his 11th birthday, spring half term. When his dad was struggling to make ends meet and his friend Lettie claimed it wasn’t a pond, but an ocean… Plunged into a magical world, Alex and Lettie’s survival depends on their ability to reckon with dark, ancient forces that threaten to destroy everything around them. Adapted by Joel Horwood and directed by Katy Rudd, this adventure will excite, unsettle and thrill those brave enough to face its hidden depths.

• Theatre: Royal Court Theatre- Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
• First Preview: December 5 2019
• Opening: December 11, 2019
• Playwright: Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti
• Director: TBA
• Cast: TBA

Friday night on the fringes of the city and someone’s having a party. It seems like a laugh, but not everyone’s having fun. Gary and Nicky have been together since school. Gary’s going for a promotion so he can get his family out of their council flat and give Nicky everything she deserves. Anjum and Mo are used to aiming for the best. And doing whatever it takes to get it. Gary’s sister Karen is more interested in having a life than fighting for any cause. Mark is just…always there. And Victoria, Victoria wants to dance with somebody… Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti‘s new play, set amidst a contemporary British community, asks how it’s possible to get on when the odds are stacked against you.

• Theatre: Donmar Warehouse
• First Preview: December 6, 2019
• Opening: December 11, 2019
• Playwright: Mike Lew
• Director:Michael Longhurst
• Cast: Daniel Monks

As winter formal gives way to glorious spring fling, Richard – the class loser – lusts for power at Roseland High. After years of torment due to his hemiplegia, Richard plots the ultimate rise in power: to become president of his senior class. But like all teenagers, and all despots, he is faced with the hardest question of all: is it better to be loved, or feared? Mike Lew’s darkly comic take on Shakespeare’s Richard III has its UK debut. Donmar Artistic Director Michael Longhurst directs a cast including Daniel Monks as Richard.

• Theatre: London Palladium
• First Preview: December 7, 2019
• Opening: December 11, 2019
• Music: Gary Hind
• Director: Michael Harrison
• Cast: Matt Baker, Julian Clary, Paul O’Grady, Gary Wilmot, Paul Zerdin, Phil Hitchcock, The Skating Medini (Asia and Dylan Medini, Sascha Williams, Peter Pavlolv

Roll up, roll up, for all the fun of a spectacular, star-studded, London Palladium pantomime: it’s Goldilocks And The Three Bears! The fourth annual Palladium pantomime in a row sees Dame Betty Barnum and her daughter Goldilocks fighting to save their circus, which is under threat from an evil rival circus owner. Luckily for them, they’ve got some madcap circus friends to save their Big Top from ruin.

• Theatre: Park Theatre
• First Preview: December 11, 2019
• Opening: December 13, 2019
• Playwright: Charlotte Jones
• Director: Robert Wolstenholme
• Cast: TBA

Josie’s tired. Tired of the Bolton winter. Tired of looking after daydreaming daughter Brenda. Tired of working as a dominatrix to make ends meet. Too tired to celebrate turning forty. But her favourite client Lionel insists on a birthday party and, knowing Josie’s a huge Elvis fan, invites a very special guest. Just as hips start swinging, somebody no-one expected arrives and skeletons come tumbling out of the closet… Writer of Humble Boy Charlotte Jones’ hilarious and heartfelt comedy about finding a place to fit in won the 1998 Pearson Best Play Award and, on its twenty-first anniversary, receives its first ever London production.

• Theatre: Gielgud Theatre
• First Preview: December 10, 2019
• Opening: December 16, 2019
• Playwright: Conor McPherson
• Music: Bob Dylan
• Director: Conor McPherson
• Cast: Colin Bates, Katie Brayben, Anna Jane Casey, David Ganly, Steffan Harri, Rachel John, Sidney Kean, Finbar Lynch, Donald Sage Mackay, Gloria Obianyo, Ferdy Roberts, Gemma Sutton, Shaq Taylor, Daniel Bailey, Nicholle Cherrie, Simon Gordon, David Haydn, Wendy Somerville, Alan Vicary

Conor McPherson’s critically acclaimed musical of hope, heartbreak and soul, incorporating classic songs from the catalogue of Bob Dylan, Girl From The North Country returns to the West End this Christmas. Having premiered to rapturous reception at The Old Vic in July 2017, before receiving a second West End run in 2018, Girl From The North Country is brought to life by glorious ensemble featuring soul-stirring solos. Its return to the West End comes before its official Broadway premiere in 2020.

• Theatre: Vaudeville Theatre
• First Preview: December 14, 2019
• Opening: January 8, 2020
• Playwright: Penn & Teller, Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields
• Director: Adam Meggido
• Cast: TBA

Created with Magic legends Penn & Teller, Mischief Theatre conjure up an evening of grand illusion. In the next ‘Goes Wrong’ comedy to hit the West End, the original Mischief company play a hapless gang of magicians presenting a charity event. As the accidents spiral out of control, so does their fundraising target!

• Theatre: Trafalgar Studios 2
• First Preview: January 8, 2020
• Opening: January 10, 2020
• Playwright: Kevin Elyot
• Director: TBA
• Cast: TBA

Following a critically-acclaimed, sell-out run, the smash-hit play by Kevin Elyot, writer of the landmark drama My Night With Reg, returns to Trafalgar Studios 2 in January for a strictly limited four week season. Tony and Greg seem to have love all figured out. They’re in a committed relationship but with room for a little more on the side whenever it takes their fancy. The only rule? Never sleep with the same man twice. When drop-dead gorgeous Robert walks into their lives, the fragile foundations of their sexual contract are thrown into jeopardy. Funny, fresh and packed with razor-sharp wit, Coming Clean questions the nature of fidelity and the limits of love.

• Theatre: Royal Court Theatre- Jerwood Theatre Upstairs
• First Preview: January 15, 2020
• Opening: January 21, 2020
• Playwright: Miriam Battye
• Director: Lucy Morrison
• Cast: TBA

Tosh and Lou. 22 scenes. In a space they have created, using a language they have created, the two girls theorise. Other friends have come, got boyfriends and gone. So what. Tosh and Lou have each other. They’re not interested in becoming clichés. They’ll never be like the other girls. And Tosh is going to keep it that way. Miriam Battye developed Scenes with Girls whilst taking part in a Royal Court Writers’ Group. The production will be directed by Royal Court Associate Director Lucy Morrison.

• Theatre: Royal Court Theatre- Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
• Opening: January 30, 2020
• Playwright: Debris Stevenson, Jammz
• Director: Ola Ince
• Cast: TBA

Following it’s critically acclaimed premiere in 2018, this coming of age story inspired by Dizzee Rascal’s seminal album, returns for a limited run and a UK tour. In a strict Mormon household somewhere in the seam between East London and Essex, a girl is given Dizzee Rascal’s ground-breaking grime album Boy in da Corner by her best friend SS Vyper. Precisely 57 minutes and 21 seconds later, her life begins to change – from feeling muted by dyslexia to spitting the power of her words; from being conflicted about her sexuality to finding the freedom to explore; from feeling alone to being given the greatest gift by her closest friend. Step into a technicolour world where music, dance and spoken word collide, and discover how grime allowed Debris Stevenson to redefine herself.

• Theatre: The Old Vic
• First Preview: January 27, 2020
• Opening: February 4, 2020
• Playwright: Samuel Beckett
• Director: Richard Jones
• Cast: Alan Cumming, Daniel Radcliffe

Nothing stirs outside. In a bare room, Hamm, an old, blind tyrant confined to a wheelchair, is locked in a stalemate with his servant Clov. Interrupted only by the nostalgic musings of Hamm’s ancient parents, this bleakly funny double act cling stubbornly to their routine of casual savagery and mutual dependence. Richard Jones directs Beckett’s macabre comedy in which hope and cruelty are the last things to die. Endgame will be presented in a double bill with Samuel Beckett’s rarely seen short play Rough for Theatre II, performed by members of the company.

• Theatre: Trafalgar Studios 2
• First Preview: Februrary 5, 2020
• Opening: February 10, 2020
• Music: Giacomo Puccini
• Director: TBA
• Cast: TBA

Radically distilled to sixty minutes each and sung in English, this revolutionary new production tears up the opera rule book for a whole new generation. Experience two enthralling tales of love, heartbreak and deception as they’ve never been told before in an evening suitable for newcomers and diehard fans alike. The future of Opera starts here.

• Theatre: Donmar Warehouse
• First Preview: February 6, 2020
• Opening: February 11, 2020
• Playwright: Caryl Churchill
• Director: Lyndsey Turner
• Cast: TBA

In a cottage far away, a child wakes to the sound of screaming. Who will tell her what’s really going on? And where will the discoveries she makes that night take her in the years to come? Caryl Churchill’s dazzling play about a world sliding into chaos receives a new production at the Donmar, twenty years on from its explosive premiere. Lyndsey Turner directs.

• Theatre: Wyndham’s Theatre
• First Preview: January 25, 2020
• Opening: February 12, 2020
• Playwright: Tom Stoppard
• Director: Patrick Marber
• Cast: TBA

Vienna in 1900 was the most vibrant city in Europe, humming with artistic and intellectual excitement and a genius for enjoying life. A tenth of the population were Jews. A generation earlier they had been granted full civil rights by the Emperor, Franz Josef. Consequently, hundreds of thousands had fled from the Pale and the pogroms in the East and many found sanctuary in the crowded tenements of the old Jewish quarter, Leopoldstadt. Tom Stoppard’s new play, directed by Patrick Marber, is an intimate drama with an epic sweep; the story of a family who made good. It was not to last. Half a century later, this family, like millions of others, has re-discovered what it means to be Jewish in the first half of the 20th century.

• Theatre: Dominion Theatre
• First Preview: February 5, 2020
• Opening: February 25, 2020
• Book: Philip LaZebnik
• Music and Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz
• Director: Scott Schwartz
• Cast: TBA

A new stage musical based on the DreamWorks animated motion picture The Prince of Egypt is set to open in the West End at the Dominion Theatre from February 5. Featuring songs such as Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey’s hit “When You Believe” , plus “Deliver Us”, “All I Ever Wanted” and “Through Heaven’s Eyes”, The Prince of Egypt is based on the book of Exodus and tells the story of Moses, who was born a child of Israel, and brought up in Egypt after he was found by Pharoah’s wife in a wicker basket floating on the Nile.

• Theatre: Young Vic Theatre
• First Preview: February 6, 2020
• Opening: TBA
• Playwright: Henrik Ibsen, adapted by Stef Smith
• Director: Elizabeth Freestone
• Cast: TBA

Ibsen’s brutal portrayal of womanhood caused outrage when it was first performed in 1879. Originally produced at Citizens Theatre, this bold new production by one of Scotland’s most exciting playwrights reframes the drama in three different time periods. The fight for women’s suffrage, the swinging sixties and modern day intertwine in this urgent, poetic play that asks how far have we really come in the past 100 years?

• Theatre: Lyric Theatre Hammersmith
• First Preview: March 5, 2020
• Opening: March 11, 2020
• Playwright: Mike Bartlett
• Director: Rachel O’Riordan
• Cast: TBA

What happens when the children you think you’ve done everything for, believe you haven’t done enough? A family go to war over their personal politics in Mike Bartlett’s funny and scathing look at the opposing values of two very different generations. Rachel O’Riordan directs a major revival of this award-winning play that feels more relevant than ever.

• Theatre: Royal Court- Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
• First Preview: March 4, 2020
• Opening: TBA
• Playwright: E.V. Crowe
• Director: Vicky Featherstone
• Cast: TBA

Viv has lost a shoe. They’re her work shoes, her weekend shoes, her only pair of shoes, and she doesn’t know what to do. Viv has lost a shoe. They’re her work shoes, her weekend shoes, her only pair of shoes, and she doesn’t know what to do.

• Theatre: Lyric Theatre Hammersmith
• First Preview: April 18, 2020
• Opening: April 23, 2020
• Playwright: Sophocles, translated by Seamus Heaney
• Director: Roy Alexander Wise
• Cast: TBA

This epic tale of humanity versus leadership centres on a young woman with the courage to defend her beliefs – whatever the cost. Roy Alexander Weise directs Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney’s bold translation of Sophocles’ Antigone, in a large scale production featuring a chorus of young performers from the Lyric Ensemble.

• Theatre: London Coliseum
• First Preview: April 23, 2020
• Opening: April 29, 2020
• Book: Thomas Meehan and Mark O’Donnell
• Music: Marc Shaiman
• Lyrics: Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman
• Director: Jack O’Brien
• Cast: Michael Ball

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

• Theatre: Royal Court- Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
• First Preview: April 2, 2020
• Opening: TBA
• Playwright: Al Smith
• Director: Hamish Pirie
• Cast: TBA

A leading British doctor with a radical plan to save the NHS and a Silicon Valley billionaire with a radical plan to halt climate change, meet outside an abandoned train on a salt flat in South America. A landscape so bright in its whiteness that it isn’t easy to look at, and so uninterrupted in its flatness there’s no echo. For Kimsa and his daughter who live there, the arrival of these strangers initially seems like an opportunity. Until they both stake their claim on the land, each following their ruthless pursuit of ‘the greater good’.

• Theatre: Young Vic Theatre
• First Preview: April 14, 2020
• Opening: TBA
• Words, Music and Libretto: Nmon Ford
• Director: Charles Randolph- Wright
• Cast: Nmon Ford

Blurring the lines of opera, house music and theatre, Nmon Ford’s Orfeus makes its World Premiere at the Young Vic, directed by Charles Randolph-Wright. Set in the near future, this unique production blends music genres and performance into a timeless version of Ovid’s legend. Orfeus confronts his true nature to save the beautiful poet Euridice from his father Pluto, the fascist ruler of a dystopian empire. Grammy award-winning Nmon Ford plays Orfeus.

• Theatre Royal Court- Jerwood Theatre Upstairs
• First Preview: April 9, 2020
• Opening: TBA
• Playwright: Sami Ibrahim
• Director: Omar Elerian
• Cast: TBA

The year is 2024, and Reem and her husband Sayeed are here to share a ‘Serious Play about Palestine’. Things are tense. People are on the edge. The Third Intifada is right around the corner. But on a contested piece of land near their village of Beit al-Qadir, this couple is about to go dogging. Don’t worry, you’re allowed to laugh.

• Theatre Royal Court- Jerwood Theatre Upstairs
• First Preview: May 20, 2020
• Opening: TBA
• Playwright: Pablo Manzi, Translated by William Gregory
• Director: Sam Pritchard
• Cast: TBA

A lecturer in Chile. A study group in the USA. A torture instructor in Argentina. A hangman in Mexico. A woman who won’t stop dancing in Paraguay. Pablo Manzi’s darkly comic odyssey across the Americas explores whether violence brings us closer together and what it takes to walk past on the other side of the street. Developed on a residency at the Royal Court in 2017, A Fight Against…marks the English language debut of one of Chile’s most significant new voices.

• Theatre: Royal Court- Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
• First Preview: May 29, 2020
• Opening: TBA
• Playwright: Alistair McDowall
• Director: Vicky Featherstone
• Cast: TBA

1863. An asylum. A woman locked in a windowless cell, with no memory as to who she is, or how she arrived there. When spiritualist medium Mrs Lyall requires a new assistant, this nameless woman seems the perfect candidate. But as the woman’s past begins to reveal itself, so do new powers neither are prepared for. The Glow was the 2018 Pinter Commission, an award given annually by Lady Antonia Fraser to support a new commission at the Royal Court Theatre.

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

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

• Theatre: The Old Vic
• First Preview: June 18, 2020
• Opening: June 30, 2020
• Book: Bill Forsyth and David Greig
• Music and Lyrics: Mark Knopfler
• Director: John Crowley
• Cast: TBA

Ambitious Texan oil executive Mac MacIntyre arrives in Scotland on a mission to buy a small seaside village and replace it with a refinery. It’s the deal of a lifetime, but Mac soon finds that putting a price on this beautiful spot is more complicated than he bargained for. Before the locals get rich, they must decide what their home is worth. The hit comedy film Local Hero takes to the stage as John Crowley directs a new musical adaptation by Bill Forsyth and David Greig with music and songs by the legendary Mark Knopfler.

• Theatre: Royal Court- Jerwood Theatre Upstairs
• First Preview: June 29, 2020
• Opening: TBA
• Playwright: Sarah Hanly
• Director: Alice Fitzgerald
• Cast: TBA

Sinéad Murphy has learnt to orgasm with an electric toothbrush; she’s getting together with boys in car parks at church discos; and she’s doing so well in exams, her teachers think she’s cheating. She’s also struggling to manage a big secret, and there’s only one person she can talk to about it. Purple Snowflakes and Titty Wanks is written and performed by Sarah Hanly, and directed by Alice Fitzgerald.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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