Schedule of Upcoming London Shows: What’s announced and what’s in previews in the West End

//Schedule of Upcoming London Shows: What’s announced and what’s in previews in the West End
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Schedule of Upcoming London Shows: What’s announced and what’s in previews in the West End

• Theatre: Adelphi Theatre
• First Preview: February 8, 2019
• Opening: March 7, 2019
• Book: Jessie Nelson
• Music and Lyrics: Sara Bareilles
• Director: Diane Paulus
• Cast: Katharine McPhee, David Hunter, Marisha Wallace, Laura Baldwin, Peter Hannah, Jack McBrayer, ShaunPrendergast, Kelly Agbowu, Piers Bate, Nicole Raquel Dennis, Michael Hamway, Stephen Leask, Chris McGuigan, Olivia Moore, Nathaniel Morrison, Sarah O’Connor, Leanne Pinder, Shaun Prendergast, Charlotte Riby

Serving up a warm Broadway musical straight from the heart, Waitresstransfers to the West End’s Adelphi Theatre in Spring 2019. Featuring an all-female creative team, Waitress is the story of expert pie maker Jenna, stuck in a small town and a neglected marriage. Dreaming of bigger and better things, Jenna’s life begins to heat up when she meets a compassionate doctor and forms a plan to enter a life-changing baking contest in a nearby county.

• Theatre: Trafalgar Studios 2
• First Preview: March 5, 2019
• Opening: March 7, 2019
• Playwright: Tatty Hennessy
• Director: Lucy Jane Atkinson
• Cast: Gemma Barnett

Following a critically acclaimed run at the Vault Festival and UK tour, Tatty Hennessy’s A Hundred Words For Snow is coming to Trafalgar Studios 2 for a strictly limited four-week run. A Hundred Words For Snow is a warm and witty coming-of-age story set in a melting world. It’s a complex story which discusses grief, courage and polar bears. It’s an epic tale about how one girl goes on a journey through adolescence and the Arctic, discovering herself and also the destruction of the planet.

• Theatre: Trafalgar Studios- Studio 1
• First Preview: February 28, 2019
• Opening: March 12, 2019
• Playwright: Joshua Harmon
• Director: Daniel Aukin
• Cast: Alex Kingston, Ben Edelman, Sarah Hadland, Andrew Woodall, Margot Leicester

Alex Kingston stars in this award-winning and bitingly funny new comedy from the writer of acclaimed hit Bad Jews, direct from New York’s Lincoln Center. Sherri is the Head of Admissions at a private school, fighting to diversify the student intake and she wants you to know about it. When her son is deferred from his university of choice, and his best friend – who ‘ticks more boxes’ – is accepted, Sherri’s personal ambition collides with her progressive values.

• Theatre: Ambassadors Theatre
• First Preview: March 4, 2019
• Opening: March 12, 2019
• Playwright: Anne Washburn, adapted from the stories by Rod Sterling, Charles Beaumont and Richard Matheson
• Director: Richard Jones
• Cast: Oliver Alvin-Wilson, Adrianna Bertola, Neil Haigh, Alisha Bailey, Natasha J Barnes, Nicholas Karimi, Dan Crossley, Dyfan Dwyfor, Lauren O’Neill, Matthew Steer

“You are about to enter another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land of imagination. Next stop, the Twilight Zone… ” Adapted by Anne Washburn, and directed by Olivier Award-winner Richard Jones, The Twilight Zone lands at the Ambassadors Theatre, fresh from a rapturously received, sell-out run at the Almeida Theatre.

• Theatre: Harold Pinter Theatre
• First Preview: March 5, 2019
• Opening: March 13, 2019
• Playwright: Harold Pinter
• Director: Jamie Lloyd
• Cast: Tom Hiddleston, Zawe Ashton, Charlie Cox

Golden Globe and Olivier Award winner Tom Hiddleston stars in the Jamie Lloyd Company’s revival of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal, opening at London’s Harold Pinter Theatre for a strictly limited 12 week season from 5 March 2019. With poetic precision, rich humour and an extraordinary emotional force, Betrayalcharts a compelling seven-year romance, thrillingly captured in reverse chronological order. This production marks the culmination of the Jamie Lloyd Company’s ground-breaking Pinter at the Pinter season.

• Theatre: Southwark Playhouse
• First Preview: March 13, 2019
• Opening: March 15, 2019
• Book, Music and Lyrics: John Gray, in collaboration with Eric Peterson
• Director: Jimmy Walters
• Cast: Charles Aitken, Oliver Beamish

Based on the true story, and brought to life with musical numbers, this production of Billy Bishop Goes to War transfers to Southwark Playhouse from 13 March after a critically acclaimed run at the Jermyn Street Theatre. Billy Bishop, a failing Canadian military college student, overcomes intense prejudice and astonishing danger to receive his wings to become the most successful fighter pilot of his generation. This compelling and darkly comic drama interrogates the nature of heroism and its cost while shining a light on the often-neglected complexities of Britain’s colonial past.

• Theatre: Southwwark Playhouse
• First Preview: March 14, 2019
• Opening: March 18, 2019
• Playwright: James Phillips
• Director: Joe Harmston
• Cast: Ruby Bentall, Stephen Billington, Dario Coates, Katie Eldred, Henry Proffit, Sean Rigby, Eva-Jane Willis

1953. In the midst of the Cold War and with McCarthyisim at its height the world watched as Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were sent to the electric chair for allegedly passing US atomic secrets to the Soviet Union – protesting their innocence to the last. Inspired by this haunting true story, James Phillips‘ multi-award winning play The Rubenstein Kiss comes to Southwark Playhouse in its first London revival. The Rubenstein Kiss is the story of the Rubensteins, a deeply devoted Jewish couple whose Communist idealism leads to their world being torn apart by suspicion and treachery which then echoes through the generations. Phillips’ explosive and affecting drama is the study of conspiracy, betrayal and the interrogation of guilt.

• Theatre: Menier Chocolate Factory
• First Preview: March 14, 2019
• Opening: March 19, 2019
• Playwright: David Hare
• Director: Richard Eyre
• Cast: Martin Huston, Ophelia Lovibond, David Rintoul, Penelope Wilton

In Leningrad in 1956, Valentina Nrovka has been invited to the Hermitage to offer her opinion on the authenticity of a Matisse painting, as she knew the great artist personally. Her daughter Sophia, also a painter, meets her there to seek her mother’s help, both financially and politically. This first London revival of David Hare’s play since its premier at the National Theatre in 1986 explores a mother and daughter’s fight for personal ideals and domestic responsibilities, as well as the choices made both in life and art.

• Theatre: Park Theatre
• First Preview: March 18, 2019
• Opening: March 19, 2019
• Playwright: James Kettle
• Director: Selina Cadell
• 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. A richly comic and moving tale of fathers and sons across the generations, The Life I Lead fills in the blanks behind a very well-known face.

• Theatre: National Theatre- Dorfman Theatre
• First Preview: March 12, 2019
• Opening: March 20, 2019
• Playwright: Bruce Norris
• Director: Pam MacKinnon
• Cast: Glenn Davis, Francis Guinan, Tim Hopper, Aimee Lou Wood, Cecilia Noble, K Todd Freeman, Eddie Torres, Matilda Ziegler

In downstate Illinois, four men convicted of sex crimes against minors share a group home where they live out their lives in the shadow of the offences they committed. A man shows up to confront his childhood abuser — but does he want closure or retribution? This provocative new play zeroes in on the limits of our compassion and what happens when society deems anyone beyond forgiveness.

• Theatre: Vaudeville Theatre
• First Preview: March 8, 2019
• Opening: March 21, 2019
• Playwright: Morgan Lloyd Malcolm
• Director: Nicole Charles
• Cast: Nadia Albina, Anna Andresen, Jackie Clune, Saffron Coomber, Jenni Maitland, Clare Perkins, Carolyn Pickles, Sarah Saggari, Sophie Stone, Charity Wakefield, Amanda Wilkin, Tanika Yearwood.

The untold story of one of literature’s first female voices is finally unearthed in Emilia, Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s electrifying new play transferring to the West End. What started as a limited run of 11 performances at Shakespeare’s Globe has sparked a flame within theatregoers, with the show now blazing into London’s Vaudeville Theatre. The play follows Emilia Bassano: writer, teacher, poet and mother, said to have been ‘The Dark Lady’ of Shakespeare’s sonnets. But her story has gone unknown for centuries – until now.

• Theatre: Hampstead Theatre
• First Preview: March 19, 2019
• Opening: March 25, 2019
• Playwright: Ella Road
• Director: Sam Yates
• Cast: Jade Anouka, Rory Fleck Byrne, Kiza Deen, Mark Lambert, Claudie Cadette, Edward Wolstenholme

Bea meets Aaron. He’s intelligent, handsome, makes her laugh and, most importantly, has a high rating on his genetic profile. What’s not to like? Char has two degrees and is on the brink of landing her dream job but her rating threatens it all… In a ratist world where health, wealth and happiness depend on a single blood test – dictating everything from bank loans to dating prospects – phlebotomy reigns supreme. So how far will people go to beat the system?Following a sold out run Downstairs in 2018, The Phlebotomist transfers to Hampstead Theatre’s main stage.

• Theatre: Shakespeare’s Globe Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
• First Preview: March 21, 2019
• Opening: March 27, 2019
• Playwright: Tom Stuart
• Director: Brendan O’Hea
• Cast: Annette Badland, Richard Bremmer, Richard Cant, Polly Frame, Jonathan Livingstone, Sanchia McCormack, Colin Ryan, Tom Stuart, Beru Tessema, Katie West

A daring new play written specifically for the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in response to Christopher Marlowe’s Edward II, After Edward welcomes us into a chaotic world of pride and shame, with moments of elation, outrageous humour and heart-breaking tenderness. Oh, and Maggie Thatcher. In a play that reminds us of the power of theatre to provoke recognition and reflection, this is Edward II as you’ve never seen him before.

• Theatre: Playhouse Theatre
• First Preview: March 21, 2019
• Opening: March 27, 2019
• Book: Joseph Stein
• Music: Jerry Bock
• Lyrics: Sheldon Harnick
• Director: Trevor Nunn
• Cast: Andy Nyman, Judy Kuhn, Nicola Brown, Harriet Bunton, Dermot Canavan, Stewart Clarke, Joshua Gannon , Matthew Hawksley, Louise Gold, and Molly Osborne

Direct from its sold-out run at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Tony and Olivier award-winning director Trevor Nunn’s revival of the classic Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof transfers to the West End for a strictly limited run. The Playhouse Theatre will be specially transformed into an immersive space. Old traditions and young love collide in this joyous and timely celebration of life. Tevye’s daughters’ unexpected choice of husbands opens his heart to new possibilities, as his close-knit community also feel winds of change blowing through their tiny village.

• Theatre: Hampstead Theatre Downstairs
• First Preview: March 21, 2019
• Opening: March 27, 2019
• Playwright: Kellie Smith
• Director: Anna Ledwich
• Cast: Richard Frame, Natalie Klamar, Allison McKenzie, Finlay Robertson

Having both been deeply scarred by their own parents’ separations, Joe and Anne never imagined they’d find themselves, years later, in the same position. Determined to place the interests of their son Alistair at the centre of their lives apart, they split with the firm objective of maintaining amicable relations at all costs. But a sudden change in circumstance triggers a chain of events that pushes their best intentions to the limit… Before they know it, they are both teetering dangerously close to the edge of an abyss. Kellie Smith’s breakthrough play is a searing exploration of unconditional love and of the personal sacrifices it demands.

• Theatre: Barbican Theatre
• First Preview: March 25, 2019
• Opening: March 28, 2019
• Playwright: Enda Walsh, adapted from the book by Max Porter
• Director: Enda Walsh
• Cast: Cillian Murphy

Cillian Murphy gives a riveting, shape-shifting performance in Enda Walsh’s adaptation of Max Porter’s award-winning novel, a heart-wrenching meditation on love, loss and living. In a London flat, two young boys face the unbearable sadness of their mother’s sudden death. Their father, a scruffy romantic, imagines a future of well-meaning visitors and emptiness. In this moment of despair, they are visited by Crow – antagonist, babysitter, trickster and healer. The sentimental bird is drawn to the grieving family and threatens to stay until they no longer need him.

• Theatre: Park Theatre
• First Preview: March 27, 2019
• Opening: March 29, 2019
• Playwright: Tom Coash
• Director: Pamela Schermann
• Cast: Marc Antolin, James El-Sharawy, Karren Winchester

In present day Cairo, two men are forced to confront their cultural identities, traditions and a repressive government in a gripping search for love and faith. Cry Havoc is a passionate love story between a spirited young Egyptian and an idealistic British writer. Tom Coash’s poignant, intimate play explores the relationship between the Western world and the Islamic Middle East through the eyes of two people asking if love can bridge even the widest cultural divide.

• Theatre: Arcola Theatre
• First Preview: March 21, 2019
• Opening: April 1, 2019
• Book: James Lapine
• Music and Lyrics: William Finn
• Director: Mehmet Ergen
• Cast: Laura Pitt-Pulford, Gary Wilmot, Gabriel Vick, Paul Keating, Sev Keoshgerian, Sophie Hartley Booth, Evie Gibson, Lily Mae Denman, Ian Carlyle, Imelda Warren-Green, Matthew McDonald, Chloe Raphael, Ava Hurley, Ellicia Simondwood, Elodie Salmon, Summer Pelley, Ava Masters, Josselyn Ospina Escobar, Saffia Richards, Yvie Bent

The road to happiness is a bumpy ride. Based on the Oscar-winning film,Little Miss Sunshineis a new musical comedy from Tony Award-winners James Lapine and William Finn. The Hoover family has more than a few troubles, but young Olive has her heart set on winning the Little Miss Sunshine beauty contest. When an invitation to compete comes out of the blue, the Hoovers must pile in to their rickety yellow camper van. Can it survive the 800-mile trip from New Mexico to California – and more importantly, can they? This uplifting, modern classic celebrates the quirks of every family, the potholes in every road, and the power of overcoming our differences. Lapine and Finn’s inventive musical version opens in London in a brand new production directed by Arcola Artistic Director Mehmet Ergen, then takes to the road for a national tour.

• Theatre: National Theatre, Lyttelton
• First Preview: March 26, 2019
• Opening: April 2, 2019
• Playwright: Caryl Churchill
• Director: Lyndsey Turner
• Cast: Lucy Black, Jessica Brindle, Lucy Ellinson, Amanda Hadingue, Liv Hill, Ebony Jonelle, Katherine Kingsley, Wendy Kweh, Amanda Lawrence, Charlotte Lucas, Ashley McGuire, Ashna Rabheru, Roisin Rae, Siobhan Redmond, Nadia Williams, Naomi Yang

Marlene is the first woman to head the Top Girls employment agency. But she has no plans to stop there. With Maggie in at Number 10 and a spirit of optimism consuming the country, Marlene knows that the future belongs to women like her. For the first time, the National Theatre stages Caryl Churchill’s wildly innovative play about a country divided by its own ambitions.

• Theatre: Trafalgar Studios 2
• First Preview: April 2, 2019
• Opening: April 4, 2019
• Playwright: John Godber
• Director: John Godber
• Cast: John Godber, Jane Thornton

When retired miner Don and former private school teacher Carol meet by chance at a support group after both suffering a loss, they both think they’ve found a new beginning. But a bike ride through Europe would test their budding romance, and the road to love is rocky when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object. Join the pair on a hilarious and heartfelt journey that leads them to reconcile the past, debate the present and worry about the future. Whether they’re saddle sore in Southampton, blistered in Bordeaux or frazzled in Florence, one thing is for sure – it takes two to tandem!

• Theatre: Lyric Theatre Hammersmith
• First Preview: March 29, 2019
• Opening: April 5 2019
• Playwright: Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman
• Director: Jeremy Dyson, Andy Nyman, Sean Holmes
• Cast: Garry Cooper, Simon Lipkin, Preston Nyman, Richard Sutton

Following record breaking sell out shows, a West End transfer, productions in China, Australia, Canada, Italy, Germany and a smash hit film, the original terrifying live production is back. Experience Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson’s worldwide cult phenomenon in the theatre where it all began. Keep telling yourself it’s only a show.

• Theatre: Park Theatre
• First Preview: April 3, 2019
• Opening: April 5 2019
• Playwright: Alexis Michalik, translated by Pamela Hargreaves
• Director: Ché Walker
• Cast: Ché Walker, Summer Strallen, Victor Gardener, Emma Pallant, Declan perring, Rio Kai

Ageing thespian Richard is preparing to direct his first theatre class in a maximum security prison, assisted by his former-actress ex-wife Jane and an inexperienced social worker called Alice. When only two inmates turn up he decides to go ahead with the class nonetheless – and so begins a captivating and darkly comic exploration of life, within the walls. Written by the multi Molière Award-winning Alexis Michalik the critically acclaimed Intra Muros will enjoy its UK Premiere at Park Theatre. Full of Michalik’s trademark sharp wit and extraordinary method of storytelling, including a live on-stage DJ; this multi-faceted, provocative comedy drama questions our concept of time and its effect on the human spirit.

• Theatre: Royal Court Theatre- Jerwood Theatre Upstairs
• First Preview: April 3, 2019
• Opening: April 8, 2019
• Playwright: Abhishek Majumdar
• Director: Debbie Hannan
• Cast: Paul Chan, Tuyen Do, Zachary Hing, Daniel York Loh, Kwong Loke, Richard Rees, Gabby Wong, Millicent Wong

In a remote Tibetan village, Deshar, a young runaway has disowned her father Tsering and become a Buddhist nun. In Lhasa, Chinese Commander Deng is working for the future of the country, unable to meet the needs of his wife and daughter. When Deshar carries out an act of defiance it reverberates across the whole country and a new freedom struggle is born with life changing consequences for Deshar, Deng and their families.

• Theatre: The Other Palace
• First Preview: April 4, 2019
• Opening: April 9, 2019
• Playwright: Henry Filloux-Bennett, based on the book by Nigel Slater
• Director: Jonnie Riordan
• Cast: TBA

Nigel Slater’s Toast is a new play based on his award-winning autobiography. Vividly recreating suburban England in the 1960s, Nigel Slater’s childhood is told through the tastes and smells he grew up with. From making the perfect sherry trifle, waging war over cakes through to the playground politics of sweets and the rigid rules of restaurant dining, this is a moving and evocative tale of love, loss and…toast.

• Theatre: The Bridge Theatre
• First Preview: April 6, 2019
• Opening: April 11, 2019
• Playwright: Christopher Hampton
• Director: Jonathan Kent
• Cast: Maggie Smith

A new play by Christopher Hampton, drawn from the life and testimony of Brunhilde Pomsel, directed by Jonathan Kent. Brunhilde Pomsel’s life spanned the twentieth century. She struggled to make ends meet as a secretary in Berlin during the 1930s, her many employers including a Jewish insurance broker, the German Broadcasting Corporation and, eventually, Joseph Goebbels. Christopher Hampton’s play is based on the testimony she gave when she finally broke her silence to a group of Austrian filmmakers, shortly before she died in 2016. Maggie Smith, alone on stage, plays Brunhilde Pomsel.

• Theatre: Almeida Theatre
• First Preview: April 8, 2019
• Opening: April 16, 2019
• Playwright: Anton Checkhov, in a version by Cordelia Lynn
• Director: Rebecca Frecknall
• Cast: Pearl Chanda, Lois Chimimba, Alexander Eliot, Patsy Ferran, Annie Firbank, Elliot Levey, Eric MacLennan, Peter McDonald, Freddie Meredith, Sonny Poon Tip, Shubham Saraf, Akshay Sharan, Alan Williams, Rita Zmitrowicz

1901. Moscow. In a drawing room, on a summer day, three sisters look for a new start. Olga, the eldest. Masha, the middle child. Irina, the youngest. 2019. London. In a drawing room, on a summer day, three sisters look for a new start. Olga, the eldest. Masha, the middle child. Irina, the youngest. The clock strikes. Life is not yet over. Following her critically acclaimed production of Summer and Smoke, Almeida Associate Director Rebecca Frecknall directs Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters, in a new adaptation by Cordelia Lynn.

• Theatre: Donmar Warehouse
• First Preview: April 6, 2019
• Opening: April 17, 2019
• Book: Neil Simon
• Music: Cy Coleman
•Lyrics: Dorothy Fields
• Director: Josie Rourke
• Cast: Anne-Marie Duff, Arthur Darvill, Lizzy Connolly, Lauren Drew, Jo Eaton-Kent, Will Haswell, Charlotte Jaconelli, Stephen Kenedy, Debbie Kurup, Martin Maarquez, Ryan Reid, Amy Ellen Richardson, Danielle Steers, Shaq Taylor

New York, 1967. Charity Hope Valentine is a dance hall hostess who runs her a heart like a hotel – you’ve got men checking in and out all the time.” At the raw end of a long line of users and losers, she meets Oscar, a mild-mannered tax accountant, and Charity Hope Valentine once again puts her faith into love. Josie Rourke returns to the work of Cy Coleman, who wrote the music for City of Angels, with the Broadway classic Sweet Charity. With choreography from the world-renowned Wayne McGregor, Rourke reunites with Anne-Marie Duff as Charity, and Arthur Darvill makes his Donmar debut as Oscar, for her farewell production as Donmar Artistic Director.

• Theatre: Old Vic Theatre
• First Preview: April 15, 2019
• Opening: April 23, 2019
• Playwright: Arthur Miller
• Director: Jeremy Herrin
• Cast: Sally Field, Bill Pullman, Jenna Coleman, Colin Morgan, Bessie Carter, Oliver Johnstone, Kayla Meikle, Sule Rimi, Gunnar Cauthery

America, 1947. Despite hard choices and even harder knocks, Joe and Kate Keller are a success story. They have built a home, raised two sons and established a thriving business. But nothing lasts forever and their contented lives, already shadowed by the loss of their eldest boy to war, are about to shatter. With the return of a figure from the past, long buried truths are forced to the surface and the price of their American dream is laid bare.

• Theatre: Southwark Playhouse
• First Preview: April 17, 2019
• Opening: April 23, 2019
• Playwright: Jerry Sterner
• Director: Katharine Farmer
• Cast: Michael Brandon, Lin Blakely, Amy Burke, Rob Locke, Mark Rose

The Wire and Cable Company of New England is a sleepy family-run business – that is until Larry-the-Liquidator threatens to bring a little corporate pillage to the village. With a jam-today approach to both doughnuts and investments, Larry is accustomed to grabbing life by the assets. But CEO Jorgy has a different approach. Will his small town ideas stack up against booming Wall Street? In this darkly funny 80’s play, it all comes down to whether ‘values’ have their price.

• Theatre: Theatre Royal Stratford East
• Opening: April 24, 2019
• Playwright: Sabrina Mahfouz, adapted from the books by Malorie Blackman
• Director: Esther Richardson
• Cast: Heather Agyepong, Billy Harris, Doreene Blackstock, Jack Condon, Daniel Copeland, Lisa Howard, Chris Jack, Kimisha Lewis

Sephy and Callum sit together on a beach. They are in love. It is forbidden. Sephy is a Cross and Callum is a Nought. Between Noughts and Crosses there are racial and social divides. A segregated society teeters on a volatile knife edge. As violence breaks out, Sephy and Callum draw closer, but this is a romance that will lead them into terrible danger. This gripping Romeo and Juliet story by acclaimed writer Malorie Blackman and adapted by Sabrina Mahfouz is a captivating drama of love, revolution and what it means to grow up in a divided world.

• Theatre: Southwark Playhouse
• First Preview: April 19, 2019
• Opening: April 24, 2019
• Music: Fats Waller
• Book: Murray Horowitz and Richard Maltby Jr.
• Director: Tyrone Huntley
• Cast: Adrian Hansel, Renée Lamb, Carly Mercedes-Dyer, Landi Oshinowo, Wayne Robinson

Celebrating the legendary jazz musician Fats Waller and his energetic, exuberant and effervescent music, Ain’t Misbehavin’ steps back into the 1920’s and the raunchy nightclubs of Manhattan. Join an extraordinary group of performers on a journey through a defining period of American musical history, the Harlem Renaissance – where musicians were free to experiment with new styles, and joints were jumpin’ with talented dancers, singers and instrumentalists jamming to a new beat known as swing. Directed by Tyrone Huntley in his directorial debut, and choreographed by Oti Mabuse in her theatrical choreographing debut, this new production will mark the first London revival in almost 25 years.

• Theatre: Park Theatre
• First Preview: April 24, 2019
• Opening: April 26, 2019
• Playwright: Ben Alderton
• Director: Roland Reynolds
• Cast: TBA

Political leaders Ned Contraband and David Carter ruthlessly battle it out to get into government. Whether it’s propaganda, ridicule, hacking, leaking, bullying, blackmail, coalition or negotiation – no tactic is too low. Which party has the best pitch? Who do we set up for failure? Why are we in this situation in the first place? And who is this peculiar janitor talking in riddles? One thing is clear: the system is very much broken. But who’s going to fix it? Hell Yes I’m Tough Enough is a political satire by Fragen Theatre Company taking a tongue-in-cheek look at the unjust, corrupt and farcical pantomime that is British Politics.

• Theatre: London Coliseum
• First Preview: April 26, 2019
• Opening: April 30, 2019
• Book: Dale Wasserman
• Music: Mitch Leigh
• Lyrics: Joe Darion
• Director: Lonny Price
• Cast: Kelsey Grammer, Danielle de Niese, Cassidy Janson, Nicholas Lyndhurst

Dream the impossible dream… The award-winning musical Man of La Mancha returns to London, starring Kelsey Grammer and Danielle de Niese. Featuring the iconic song ‘Dream the Impossible Dream’, Man of La Mancha is inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’s masterpiece Don Quixote. Chivalry abounds in this classic tale of knighthood, love, loyalty and adventure.

• Theatre: The Young Vic
• First Preview: April 17, 2019
• Opening: May 1, 2019
• Playwright: Helen Edmundson, adapted from the novel by Andrea Levy
• Directors: Rufus Norris
• Cast: CJ Beckford, Jacqueline Boatswain, Phoebe Frances Brown, Chereen Buckley, Cavan Clarke, Shiloh Coke, Beatie Edney, Gershwyn Eustache Jnr, Adam Ewan, David Fielder, Amy Forrest, Leah Harvey, John Hastings, Stephanie Jacob, Sandra James-Young, Natey Jones, Trevor Laird, Aisling Loftus, Johann Myers, Andrew Rothney

Andrea Levy’s epic, Orange Prize-winning novel bursts to new life on the Olivier stage. A company of 40 tells a story which journeys from Jamaica to Britain, through the Second World War to 1948 – the year the HMT Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury. Adapted for the stage by Helen Edmundson, Small Island follows three intricately connected stories. Hortense yearns for a new life away from rural Jamaica, Gilbert dreams of becoming a lawyer, and Queenie longs to escape her Lincolnshire roots. Hope and humanity meet stubborn reality as the play traces the tangled history of Jamaica and the UK.

• Theatre: Barbican Theatre
• First Preview: April 27, 2019
• Opening: May 1, 2019
• Playwright: Julia Leigh
• Director: Anne-Louise Sarks
• Cast: Maxine Peak

Maxine Peake stars in this adaptation of Julia Leigh’s book, which follows the emotionally-powerful journey one woman takes through IVF treatment, directed by Anne-Louise Sarks. When a woman rekindles an early love in her late 30’s her whole life changes. Deciding they want a child together, she and her new husband make a visit to the IVF clinic. So begins a long and costly journey of medical procedures, nightly injections, rituals and the oscillation between high hopes and the depths of despair.

• Theatre: Duke of York’s Theatre
• First Preview: April 24, 2019
• Opening: May 2, 2019
• Playwright: Henrik Ibsen, adapted by Duncan Macmillan
• Director: Ian Rickson
• Cast: Hayley Atwell, Tom Burke, Giles Terera, Lucy Briers, Jake Fairbrother, Peter Wight

Ibsen’s political drama Rosmersholm arrives in the West End starring Strike’s Tom Burke and Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Hayley Atwell, in a timely new adaptation by Duncan Macmillan. The play follows John Rosmer (Burke), former clergyman and heir to an influential dynasty – a paragon of principle. With his country mired in political turmoil, and a rabid press baying for blood, Rosmer is at his lowest ebb following the suicide of his wife. Residing in Rosmersholm, his grand family manor, he confides in his childhood friend and long-term infatuation, the free-thinking Rebecca West (Atwell). But their relationship comes to poison both of them, and it soon becomes clear that Rosmer is torn between the hope of future prosperity – and the lingering ghosts of his past.

• Theatre: Hampstead Theatre
• First Preview: April 26, 2019
• Opening: May 2, 2019
• Playwright: Howard Brenton
• Director: Edward Hall
• Cast: TBA

About to be fired from her cleaning job for stealing a volume of Euripides, Jude turns her employer’s outrage to shock by translating the ancient Greek on the spot. The employer, a Classics teacher, knows great talent when she sees it and the encounter kick-starts Jude’s lifelong ambition to study at Oxford University. Entirely self-taught and possessing an astonishing gift for languages, Jude will stop at nothing to achieve her dream – but she remains oblivious to the hidden barriers that her background has placed in her path… Howard Brenton’s latest play, loosely inspired by Thomas Hardy’s novel Jude the Obscure, is a modern day tale of unexpected genius and of our struggle to accommodate extraordinary talent. Jude will be directed by Edward Hall – his final directorship as Artistic Director of Hampstead Theatre.

• Theatre: Charing Cross Theatre
• First Preview: May 2, 2019
• Opening: May 8, 2019
• Book: Didier Van Cauwelaert
• Music: Michel Legrand
• Lyrics: Jeremy Sams, from the original French by Didier Van Cauwelaert
• Director: Hannah Chissick,
• Cast: TBA

Paris, 1950 – a shy, unassuming civil servant, Dusoleil, lives alone and works diligently in a dreary office. To pass the time, he writes letters to his mother and daydreams about the beautiful Isabelle, who is kept locked away by her controlling husband. When Dusoleil miraculously gains the ability to walk through walls, he not only begins to lead a double life, stealing from the rich and giving to the poor to right the wrongs of his war-impoverished Parisian neighbours, but also gains the self-confidence to woo Isabelle and, just for a while, live the life he has always longed for.

• Theatre: The Young Vic
• First Preview: May 1, 2019
• Opening: May 9, 2019
• Playwright: Arthur Miller
• Directors: Marianne Elliott and Miranda Cromwell
• Cast: Ian Bonar, Trevor Cooper, Sharon D. Clarke, Martins Imhangbe, Arinzé Kene, Joseph Mydell, Nenda Neurer, Wendell Pierce, Jennifer Saayeng, Matthew Seadon-Young, Maggie Service

Award-winning director Marianne Elliott brings her unique vision to one of the greatest plays of the twentieth century, seen through the eyes of an African American family. Wendell Piercemakes his UK stage debut as Willy Loman, with Olivier Award-winning Sharon D. Clarke as Linda Loman and Arinzé Kene as Biff Loman.

• Theatre: Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
• First Preview: April 23, 2019
• Opening: May 10, 2019
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Directors: Sarah Bedi and Federay Holmes
• Cast: Sarah Amankwah, Philip Arditti, Nina Bowers, Jonathan Broadbent, Leaphia Darko, Steffan Donnelly, Colin Hurley, John Leader, Sophie Russell, Helen Schlesinger, Michelle Terry

Two Harrys: Harry Hotspur and Prince Hal. Sons to enemy fathers: Sir Henry Percy and King Henry IV. Hotspur is preparing to lead an army against the King – incensed at the King’s dismissal of the Percy family’s demands. But Hal is occupied in the pubs and streets of Eastcheap with his companion Sir John Falstaff, uninterested in his inheritance and in the fate of his country. In a polarised England, each person must choose which truth to believe, and which cause to call their own.

• Theatre: Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
• First Preview: April 25, 2019
• Opening: May 10, 2019
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Directors: Sarah Bedi and Federay Holmes
• Cast: Sarah Amankwah, Philip Arditti, Nina Bowers, Jonathan Broadbent, Leaphia Darko, Steffan Donnelly, Colin Hurley, John Leader, Sophie Russell, Helen Schlesinger, Michelle Terry

As King Henry IV lies dying and the rebels maintain their unrest, Falstaff, returned war-hero, and closest confidant of Prince Hal, is engaged to recruit for the King’s army. Falstaff is tired of war, he longs for it to be over, to return to the taverns of Eastcheap, and once the old King is dead, take his place in the court of his ‘sweet Prince’, King Henry V. A nation at war with itself. A battleground between old friendships and new duties. And Falstaff stands at the heart of these conflicts.

• Theatre: Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
• First Preview: April 30, 2019
• Opening: May 10, 2019
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Directors: Sarah Bedi and Federay Holmes
• Cast: Sarah Amankwah, Philip Arditti, Nina Bowers, Jonathan Broadbent, Leaphia Darko, Steffan Donnelly, Colin Hurley, John Leader, Sophie Russell, Helen Schlesinger, Michelle Terry

There’s trouble brewing between England and France…As King Henry V attempts to prove himself a worthy ruler, he brazenly lays claim to parts of France. When France mocks his claim, he leads the English forces across the Channel. England is at war.

• Theatre: Park Theatre
• First Preview: May 9, 2019
• Opening: May 13, 2019
• Playwright: Jonathan Maitland
• Director: Lotte Wakeham
• Cast: TBA

It was the dinner that changed history: the night in February 2016 when Boris Johnson decided to vote ‘leave’. Guests included fellow MP Michael Gove, media mogul Evgeny Lebedev and, for Boris at least, the spirits of prime ministers past – Margaret Thatcher, Winston Churchill and Tony Blair. Fast forward to post-Brexit Britain, 2029: a country divided. Boris is back in the political wilderness and has ambitions to make Britain great again, but what are his true intentions? Navigating a career in politics and the media, Boris remains as divisive as ever and in an unexpected turn of events, soon finds himself mired – yet again – in controversy. Written by Jonathan Maitland, this timely comedy drama offers an insight into the mind of one of the most divisive politicians of our time.

• Theatre: Hampstead Theatre Downstairs
• First Preview: May 3, 2019
• Opening: May 14, 2019
• Playwright: Roy Williams
• Director: Denis Lawson
• Cast: TBA

In a pub in South London ‘The Firm’ reunite for the first time in twelve years. Once they were a notorious criminal gang. Today, they’re older, wiser and wistful – their lives changed beyond recognition. But when an uninvited guest turns up to their reunion with an intriguing proposition and an explosive secret, they’re tempted to try their hands at one last job… Will they escape their pasts unscathed? Roy Williams’ gripping play is a tale of growing up, lifelong loyalties and how sometimes, it is possible to choose your own family.

• Theatre: Menier Chocolate Factory
• First Preview: May 9, 2019
• Opening: May 15, 2019
• Playwright: Tennessee Williams
• Director: Tamara Harvey
• Cast: TBA

Lady is trapped in a loveless marriage, surrounded by intolerant people, living a boring small-town life. But when a wild-eyed charismatic drifter appears, a new life of love and passion suddenly seem possible. Everything will change as certainty, conformity and tradition are ripped apart. Tennessee Williams’ Deep South American drama is directed by Theatr Clwyd’s Artistic Director Tamara Harvey.

• Theatre: Royal Court Theatre- Jerwood Theatre Upstairs
• First Preview: May 14, 2019
• Opening: May 15, 2019
• Playwright: Selina Thompson
• Director: Dawn Walton
• Cast: Selina Thompson

In February 2016, two artists got on a cargo ship, and retraced one of the routes of the Transatlantic Slave Triangle – from the UK to Ghana to Jamaica, and back. Their memories, their questions and their grief took them along the bottom of the Atlantic and through the figurative realm of an imaginary past. It was a long journey backwards, in order to go forwards. This show is what they brought back. Part of artist Selina Thompson’s wider body of work looking at Black British identity, the award-winning salt. focuses on grief, home, afropressism, the Black Atlantic, the forgetting of the UK’s colonial history and the impact that has on the daily life of Caribbean communities in the UK today.

• Theatre: Royal Court Theatre- Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
• First Preview: May 10, 2019
• Opening: May 16, 2019
• Playwright: Anchuli Felicia King
• Director: Nana Dakin
• Cast: TBA

In Singapore, Clearday has developed from a small start-up company to a leading international cosmetic brand in less than a year. But when a draft of the company’s latest skin cream advert is leaked, the video goes viral globally for all the wrong reasons. YouTube views are in the thousands and keep climbing; anger is building on social media; and journalists are starting to cover the story. This is an international PR nightmare; the company cannot be seen to be racist- they’ve got to get it taken down before America wakes up.

• Theatre: Southwark Playhouse
• First Preview: May 15, 2019
• Opening: May 17, 2019
• Book: Jethro Compton, based on the short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald
• Music and Lyrics: Darren Clark
• Director: Jethro Compton
• Cast: Matt Burns, Rosalind Ford, Joey Hickman, Philippa Jogg, James Marlowe

Discover a sleepy fishing harbour at the end of the First World War – home to a most curious story of one man, and the timeless tale of a love that defies all odds. Born in the most unusual circumstances, Benjamin Button is an old man, not at the end of his life, but at the beginning. Trapped in a body where he doesn’t belong, locked away from the world and branded a monster, Benjamin dreams of freedom and adventure. And more than anything, he dreams of love. But just as he gives up hope, resigning himself to a life of solitude, a miracle occurs – a local girl, by the name of Elowen Keene. But, as we all know, time and tide wait for no man, and as the decades pass, their lives begin to move in reverse. And when war calls Benjamin across the seas, time is not their only enemy.

• Theatre: National Theatre- Dorfman Theatre
• First Preview: May 11, 2019
• Opening: May 21, 2019
• Playwright: Ella Hickson, Ben and Max Ringham
• Director: Natalie Abrahami
• Cast: Nathalie Armin, Max Bennett, Jamie Bradley, Phoebe Fox

1968. East Berlin. Anna and Hans are married, in love and moving up in the world – but it is a world ruled by suspicion. Who can be trusted when everyone is listening? Created by playwright Ella Hickson and sound designers Ben and Max Ringham, this tense new thriller is directed by Natalie Abrahami. It uses individual audio headsets to give the audience intimate access to events as they unfold over one evening, in East Berlin. Can we ever escape our past?

• Theatre: Piccadilly Theatre
• First Preview: May 11, 2019
• Opening: May 22, 2019
• Playwright: Stefano Massini, English adaptation by Ben Power
• Director: Sam Mendes
• Cast: Adam Godley, Ben Miles, Simon Russell Beale

Following a sold-out run at the National Theatre, The critically acclaimed The Lehman Trilogy will transfer to the Piccadilly Theatre in the West End from May 2019. Beginning in 1844, The Lehman Trilogy charts the formation of the Lehman Brothers bank, as a young man from Bavaria with a big dream made a splash in New York with the help of his two brothers. From here, the play skips 163 years of banking history, and tells of the establishment of the bank, and its doomed fate which led to the biggest global financial collapse in history, affecting each and every one of us.

• Theatre: Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
• First Preview: May 16, 2019
• Opening: May 22, 2019
• Playwright: Thornton Wilder
• Director: Ellen McDougall
• Cast: TBA

Birth; marriage; death. And everything in between. Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play celebrates what it means to be human, the bonds that hold communities together, and our relationships with the ancient past and the eternal tomorrow.

• Theatre: Theatre Royal Stratford East
• First Preview: May 17, 2019
• Opening: May 23, 2019
• Playwright: August Wilson
• Director: Nadia Fall
• Cast: Lenny Henry

1980s Pittsburgh, a city in decay. Against the backdrop of Reagan’s America, King, an ex-con, is trying to rebuild his life and start a family. He’s got hopes and dreams of opening a video store and building a new life. If only he can get ten thousand dollars together, if only he can catch a break. In his dusty backyard he plots and plans with his friend Mister, but is this all a pipe dream? Featuring Lenny Henry as smooth-talking hustler Elmore, August Wilson’s touching and angry King Hedley II is a quest for redemption for one man and a whole community.

• Theatre: Lyric Theatre Hammersmith
• First Preview: May 21, 2019
• Opening: May 23, 2019
• Book and Lyrics: Carl Grose
• Music: Charles Hazlewood
• Director: Mike Shepherd
• Cast: TBA

Kneehigh are wildly excited to be returning to the Lyric with their trail-blazing and much celebrated theatrical tour-de-force Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs). Based on The Beggar’s Opera, John Gay’s classic musical satire, Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs) is busting with wit, wonder and weirdness. Kneehigh’s extraordinary cast of actor musicians shoot, hoot and shimmy their way through this twisted morality tale of our times.

• Theatre: Park Theatre London
• First Preview: May 21, 2019
• Opening: May 24, 2019
• Playwright: Tom Glover
• Director: TBA
• Cast: Kevin Tomlinson

Quentin Tarantino meets Last of the Summer Wine in this wickedly funny, high octane comedy about growing old passionately and disgracefully. When unscrupulous, over-confident salesman Simon Sudgebury comes knocking on the door of the seemingly timid Flora Parkin, hoping to scare her into buying an expensive alarm system, little does he realise what he is about to let himself in for. Feisty, charismatic 75 year old Flora and her gentle 72 year old ‘toy boy’ lover George are not what they first appear!

• Theatre: National Theatre- Lyttelton Theatre
• First Preview: May 16, 2019
• Opening: May 28, 2019
• Playwright: Githa Sowerby
• Director: Polly Findlaay
• Cast: Roger Allam, Justine Mitchell

In a Northern industrial town, John Rutherford rules both factory and family with an iron will. But even as the furnaces burn relentlessly at the Glassworks, at home his children begin to turn against him. Githa Sowerby’s astonishing play was inspired by her own experience of growing up in a family-run factory in Gateshead. Writing in 1912, when female voices were seldom heard on British stages, she now claims her place alongside Ibsen and Bernard Shaw with this searing depiction of class, gender and generational warfare.

• Theatre: Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
• First Preview: May 17, 2019
• Opening: May 28, 2019
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Nicole Charles and Elle While
• Cast: TBA

Double-meanings, disguises and dirty laundry abound as Sir John Falstaff sets about improving his financial situation by wooing Mistress Page and Mistress Ford. But the ‘Merry Wives’ quickly cotton on to his tricks and decide to have a bit of fun of their own at Falstaff’s expense…The story goes that Elizabeth I was so taken with the character of Falstaff in Henry IV that she asked Shakespeare to write a comedy about the disreputable knight falling in love. The resultant play is the only comedy that Shakespeare set in his native land, and with its dexterous mingling of verbal and physical humour, The Merry Wives of Windsor inaugurated a tradition that reaches right down to the contemporary English sitcom.

• Theatre: Wyndhams Theatre
• First Preview: May 16, 2019
• Opening: May 29, 2019
• Playwright: Kenneth Lonergan
• Director: Sam Yates
• Cast: Matthew Broderick, Elizabeth McGovern

Written by Kenneth Lonergan, the Academy Award-winning writer of Manchester By The Sea, The Starry Messenger is a bittersweet story of love, hope and finding our place in the universe. The show centres on Mark Williams, an astronomer at New York City’s Planetarium, whose life is spiralling downwards. With his marriage under pressure, his job under threat, and his thoughts consumed with grief, Mark’s head is lost to the celestial universe. But although Mark doesn’t believe in faith or divine intervention, the universe has other ideas. And when Angela, a young single mother, unexpectedly enters Mark’s life, he finds himself set on an uplifting new path. But along the way, he’ll be forced to re-evaluate his life, his faith – and his place amongst the stars.

• Theatre: Young Vic- The Maria
• First Preview: June 1, 2019
• Opening: June 5, 2019
• Playwright: Okwui Okpokwasili
• Director: Peter Born
• Cast: Okwui Okpokwasili

Part theatre, part dance and part visual art installation, Okwui Okpokwasili’s Bronx Gothicdelves into her memories of growing up in the Bronx, before emerging into a breathtaking exploration of girlhood. Created in collaboration with Peter Born, in this UK premiere, Bronx Gothic draws on inspiration from West African griot storytelling and the epistolary style of the Victorian novel to ask what it means to be brown in a world that values whiteness.

• Theatre: Southwark Playhouse
• First Preview: June 5, 2019
• Opening: June 11, 2019
• Playwright: S. Asher Gelman
• Director: Tom O’Brien
• Cast: TBA

Josh and Alex are a married couple in an open relationship. But after young Darius shares their bed for a night, a new intimate connection begins to form, and all three men must come head to head with one another’s notions of love, intimacy, and commitment. Premiering in the UK after a multiple-extended hit run Off-Broadway. The climax is just the beginning…

• Theatre: Bridge Theatre
• First Preview: June 3, 2019
• Opening: June 12, 2019
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Nicholas Hytner
• Cast: TBA

Shakespeare’s great comedy plunges its audience into the heart of an enchanted forest, a place of change and infinite possibility. In the Bridge’s immersive production, you sit close up to the action, or follow it on foot into a dream world of feuding fairies and uncontrollable desire.

• Theatre: Gielgud Theatre
• First Preview: June 7, 2019
• Opening: June 12, 2019
• Playwright: Lynne Nottage
• Director: Lynette Linton
• Cast: Martha Plimpton

This massively acclaimed production of Pulitzer Prize-winning play Sweat, based on interviews with residents of a poverty-stricken city in America, makes a West End transfer. Sweat tickets were quick to sell out at the Donmar Warehouse, so audiences will be pleased to have another chance to catch this brilliantly received production at the Gielgud Theatre. Sweat is based on writer Lynn Nottage’s experience of living in Reading, Pennsylvania – officially one of the poorest cities in the USA – in 2011. The show follows a city suffering from the collapse of industry – full of heart and passion, but struggling to contend with the effects of de-industrialisation.

• Theatre: London Coliseum
• Opening: June 14, 2019
• Book: Alexander Dinelaris
• Music and Lyrics: Emilio & Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
• Director: Jerry Mitchell
• Cast: TBA

Gloria and Emilio Estefan’s smash-hit musical comes to London in 2019 direct from Broadway for a strictly limited season. On Your Feet! is the inspiring true love story of Emilio and Gloria and charts their journey from its origins in Cuba, onto the streets of Miami and finally to international superstardom.

• Theatre: London Coliseum
• Opening: June 14, 2019
• Book: Craig Lucas
• Music and Lyrics: Adam Guettel
• Director: Daniel Evans
• Cast: Renée Fleming, Dove Cameron, Rob Houchen, Marie McLaughlin, Liam Tamne, Celinde Schoenmaker, Matthew Woodyatt, Simbi Akande, Danny Becker, Nicholas Duncan, Chlöe Hart, Molly Lynch, Rhona McGregor, Tom Partridge, and Monica Swayne

Be transported to sun-drenched Italy by the London premiere of Broadway hit musical The Light in the Piazza, starring Renée Fleming and Dove Cameron. The production is directed by multiple Olivier Award winner Daniel Evans and performed by Opera North’s 40-piece onstage orchestra. Florence. Summer 1953. As American Margaret Johnson and her daughter Clara take in the city’s wonders, a fateful gust of wind whisks Clara’s hat into the hands of local dreamer Fabrizio Naccarelli… and it’s amore at first sight. But Clara isn’t quite what she appears, and soon they must all confront a secret that’s been kept in the shadows for far too long.

• Theatre: Park Theatre
• First Preview: June 13, 2019
• Opening: June 17, 2019
• Playwright: Meghan Kennedy
• Director: Lisa Blair
• Cast: TBA

The Muscolinos have raised three proud and passionate daughters. Each of them bonded by a fierce love for one another and harbouring a secret longing that could tear the family apart. When an earth-shattering event rocks their Park Slope neighbourhood, life comes to a screeching halt and the sisters are forced to confront their conflicting visions for the future in this gripping, provocative and poignant portrait of love in all its danger and beauty.

• Theatre: Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
• First Preview: June 14, 2019
• Opening: June 17, 2019
• Music: Engelbert Humperdinck
• Director: Timothy Sheader
• Cast: TBA

Following last season’s production of The Turn of the Screw, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre continues their collaboration with English National Opera, with Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. In the unique environment of Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, experience the Grimm Brothers’ fairytale anew in this operatic retelling, sung in English. Ben Glassberg conducts members of the ENO Orchestra, with direction by Open Air Theatre Artistic director Timothy Sheader.

• Theatre: Garrick Theatre
• First Preview: June 7, 2019
• Opening: June 19, 2019
• Playwright: David Mamet
• Director: David Mamet
• Cast: John Malkovich, Doon Mackichan, Ioanna Kimbook

Hollywood is a hell hole. Everything in Hollywood is for sale except the awards, which are for rent. Bitter Wheat is a play about a depraved Hollywood mogul. It rips the pashmina off the suppurating wound which is show business, and leaves us better human beings, and fitter to once more confront the horror of life. Our hero, Barney Fein, is a bloated monster – a studio head, who like his predecessor, the minotaur, devours the young he has lured into his cave. His fall from power to shame is a mythic journey which has been compared to The Odyssey by people who claim to have read that book. A new play starring John Malkovich in his return to the stage after 33 years, written and directed by David Mamet.

• Theatre: Park Theatre
• First Preview: June 18, 2019
• Opening: June 24, 2019
• Playwright: Tuyen Do
• Director: Kristine Landon-Smith
• Cast: TBA

Mai is impulsive, intelligent, independent and growing up fast. As well as realising from a young age that her family are nursing deep wounds and secrets, she also has to navigate her dual identity as a second generation immigrant. Having escaped war-torn Vietnam, her family’s individual journeys and memories have left scars that Mai was too young to understand. Embracing their silence, Mai’s camera becomes a conduit through which her journey of discovery begins. Summer Rolls by critically-acclaimed actress Tuyen Dois a sweeping family saga that examines the Nguyen family’s life in Britain. This marks a seminal moment as the first British Vietnamese play to be staged in the United Kingdom.

• Theatre: Trafalgar Studios 2
• First Preview: June 25, 2019
• Opening: June 28, 2019
• Playwright: Michael Dennis
• Director: Andrew Keates
• Cast: Marina Sirtis

A love letter to British sci-fi television, Michael Dennis’ Dark Sublimestars Star Trek: The Next Generation actress Marina Sirtis in her West End debut. Dark Sublime is a play which explores what happens when a mega-fan, Oli, arrives at the door of Marianne, a now-forgotten sci-fi TV icon whose career highlights seem well behind her. All Oli wants is an autograph from Marianne, and all she wants is a second chance at stardom – something more substantial than a half-remembered role on a cult TV show. But, with enough time and space, their sudden encounter might just lead to both their wishes coming true, as they begin to explore one another’s worlds.

• Theatre: Almeida Theatre
• First Preview: June 17, 2019
• Opening: TBA
• Playwright: Thomas Vinterberg and Tobias Lindholm, adapted by David Farr
• Director: Rupert Goold
• Cast: TBA

In a small town in northern Denmark, the children celebrate Harvest Festival. In the forest by the water the men of the lodge stand naked in the cold. This is their country. This is their song. In the shadows a lonely child gives a strange man her heart. The hunt begins. Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goolddirects The Hunt by David Farr, based on the critically acclaimed Danish film thriller Jagten, by Thomas Vinterberg and Tobias Lindholm.

• Theatre: The Old Vic
• First Preview: Spring, 2019
• Opening: Spring 2019
• Playwright: Lucy Prebble, based on the book by Luke Harding
• Director: TBA
• Cast: TBA

A modern-day assassination in the heart of London. In the strange coming together of high-stakes global politics and radioactive villainy, a man pays with his life. At this time of unnerving global crises and rumblings of a new Cold War, A Very Expensive Poisonsends us careering through the shadowy world of international espionage from the townhouses of Fitzrovia to the brothels of Soho. With dazzling inventiveness, Lucy Prebble reimagines Luke Harding’s jaw-dropping exposé of the events behind the tragic death of Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko.

• Theatre: Lyric Theatre Hammermsith
• First Preview: June 27, 2019
• Opening: July 2, 2019
• Playwright: Michael Frayn
• Director: Jeremy Herrin
• Cast: TBA

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: TBA

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: TBA

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
• Opening: July 4, 2019
• Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber
• Lyrics: Tim Rice
• Director: Timothy Sheader
• Cast: TBA

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: TBA

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: Shaftesbury Theatre
• Opening: July 6, 2019
• Cast: TBA

Returning to the West End for a second time due to popular demand, The Illusionistsfeatures 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: TBA

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: Jonathan Coy, Caroline Deyga, James McArdle, Ann Louise Ross

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 Harekidnaps 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: Young Vic- The Clare
• Opening: July 10, 2019
• Playwright: Hattie Naylor
• Director: Caitriona Shoobridge
• Cast: TBA

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 Shoobridgedirects 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: Sheridan Smith

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: TBA

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: 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

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 Owenthis July. Set in a dilapidated Mexican hotel, it follows the interactions between a promiscuous widow, a clergyman and a spinster.

• Theatre: Soho Theatre
• First Preview: July 18, 2019
• Opening: July 21, 2019
• Book, Music and Lyrics: Max Vernon
• Director: Jonathan O’Boyle
• Cast: TBA

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: The Young Vic
• First Preview: July 29, 2019
• Opening: August 1, 2019
• Playwright: Idris Elba and Kwame Kwei-Armah
• Director: Kwame Kwei-Armah
• Cast: TBA

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, andKwame 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: 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: TBA

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 Groothuisand 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: TBA
• Cast: TBA

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: TBA

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.

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