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WORD-PLAY

  • Theatre: Royal Court Theatre
  • First Preview: September 29, 2022
  • Opening: October 4, 2022
  • Playwright: Rabiah Hussain
  • Director: Nimmo Ismail
  • Cast: Kosar Ali, Mariam Haque, Maimuna Memon, Laurence Ubong Williams, Ragevan Vasan

In the Downing Street Press Office an emergency meeting has been called. The Prime Minister has been ad-libbing on live tv (again) and his words are going viral. There are accusations of Islamophobia, and demands for an apology; but as the team debates what to do next, it’s already too late. His words have found their way to dinner parties, bus journeys and newspaper columns across the nation – and not everyone is angry.

THE BAND'S VISIT

  • Theatre: Donmar Warehouse
  • First Preview: September 24, 2022
  • Opening: October 6, 2022
  • Book: Itamar Moses
  • Music and Lyrics: David Yazbek
  • Director: Michael Longhurt
  • Cast: Alon Moni Aboutboul, Miri Mesika, Sharif Afifi, Jason Alder, Marc Antolin, Harel Glazer, Levi Goldmeir, Ido Gonen, Michal Horowicz, Emma Kingston, Shira Kravitz, Nitai Levi, Yali Topol Margalith, Ashley Margolis, Carlos Mendoza de Hevia, Peter Polycarpou, Ant omero, Idlir Shyti, Maya Kristal Tenenbaum, Sargon Yelda, Baha Yetkin

In an Israeli desert town where every day feels the same, something different is suddenly in the air. Dina, the local café owner, had long resigned her desires for romance to daydreaming about exotic films and music from her youth. When a band of Egyptian musicians shows up lost at her café, she and her fellow locals take them in for the night. Under the spell of the night sky, their lives intertwine in unexpected ways, and this once sleepy town begins to wake up.

THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE

  • Theatre: Rose Theatre
  • First Preview: October 1, 2022
  • Opening: October 6, 2022
  • Playwright: Bertolt Brecht, adapted by Steve Waters
  • Director: Christopher Haydon
  • Cast: Carrie Hope Fletcher, Jonathan Slinger

In a refugee camp, a fight breaks out over lost land. To seek resolution, a singer tells the fable of ‘The Chalk Circle’: in the midst of a bloody revolution, a servant girl risks all to raise the abandoned child of the Governor and his wife. Years later, when the Governor’s wife returns seeking her son, a rogue judge turns justice on its head. Can the test of the Chalk Circle determine which of the two women is the boy’s real mother?

THE BOY WITH TWO HEARTS

  • Theatre: National Theatre (Dorfman)
  • Fist Preview: October 1, 2022
  • Opening: October 5, 2022
  • Playwright: Hamid Amiri, Hessam Amiri, Phil Porter
  • Director: Amit Sharma
  • Cast: Shamail Ali, Dana Haqjoo, Farshid Rokey, Ahmad Sakhi, Elaha Soroor, Géhane Strehler

Herat, Afghanistan, 2000. When a young mother speaks out against the Taliban, she and her husband are forced to flee their home and country with their three sons. Embarking on a long and terrifying journey across Russia and through Europe, they seek final refuge in the UK. But, as their eldest son’s life-threatening heart condition worsens and requires urgent surgery, their escape soon becomes a race against time.

MY NEIGHBOUR TOTORO

  • Theatre: Barbican Theatre
  • Opening: October 8, 2022
  • Playwright: Tom Morton-Smith
  • Music: Joe Hisaishi
  • Director: Phelim McDermott
  • Cast: Haruka Abe, Li-Leng Au, Boaz Chad, Nino Furuhata, Andrew Futaishi, Zachary Hing, Susan Momoko Hingley, Yojiro Ichikawa, Arina Ii, Haruka Kuroda, Marian Lee, Matthew Leonhart, Mei Mac, Aki Nakagawa, Kanako Nakano, Ami Okumura Jones, Michael Phong Le, Tobi Poster-Su, Si Rawlinson, Dai Tabuchi, Jacqueline Tate, Shaofan Wilson

Exploring the magical fantasy world of childhood and the transformative power of imagination, My Neighbour Totoro follows one extraordinary summer in the lives of sisters Satsuki and Mei as they are swept up in exciting adventures with their new neighbours – transported to a long-forgotten realm of spirits, sprites, and natural wonder.

THE DOCTOR

  • Theatre: Duke Of York's Theatre
  • First Preview: September 29, 2022
  • Opening: October 9, 2022
  • Playwright: Robert Icke, adapted from Arthur Schitzler
  • Director: Robert Icke
  • Cast: Juliet Stevenson

On an ordinary day, at a private hospital, a young woman fights for her life. A priest arrives to save her soul. Her doctor refuses him entry. In a divisive time, in a divided nation, a society takes sides.

BUT I'M A CHEERLEADER

  • Theatre: The Turbine Theatre
  • Fist Preview: October 7, 2022
  • Opening: October 11, 2022
  • Book: Bill Augustin
  • Lyrics: Bill Augustin
  • Music: Andrew Abrams
  • Director: Tania Azavedo
  • Cast: Megan Hill, Jessica Aubrey, Louis Amir Hook, Kenneth Avery-Clark, Inez Budd, Georgina Hagen, Freddie Love, Michael Mather, Patrick Munday, Julian Quijano, Noel Sullivan, Ash Weir, Josie Kemp, Ciaran Spencer

Megan is an all-American high school cheerleader with a perfect life—until her friends and family reveal they suspect her of being a lesbian, and send her to True Directions rehabilitation camp to set her straight.

GOOD

  • Theatre: Harold Pinter Theatre
  • Fist Preview: October 6, 2022
  • Opening: October 12, 2022
  • Playwright: C.P. Taylor
  • Director: Dominic Cooke
  • Cast: David Tennant, Fenella Woolgar, Elliot Levey

John Halder is a good man. But John Halder must adapt to survive. How is it possible to be a good person when things are falling apart?

PEAKY BLINDERS: THE REDEMPTION OF THOMAS SHELBY

  • Theatre: Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre
  • Opening: October 12, 2022
  • Playwright: Steven Knight
  • Director: Benoit Swan Pouffer
  • Cast: Guillaume Quéa, Prince Lyons, Naya Lovel, Seren Williams

...You young men of the Tunnelling brigade, you are all dead. Not counted among the dead because your bodies were not buried with the dead. But dead inside... A new dance theatre event, delving into the story of Tommy Shelby and the Peaky Blinders, written by the creator of the global hit television series.

MARVELLOUS

  • Theatre: Soho Place
  • Opening: October 15, 2022
  • Playwright: Neil Baldwin, MalcolmClarke
  • Director: Theresa Heskins
  • Cast: Suzanne Ahmet, Charlie Bence, Gareth Cassidy, Alex Frost, Michael Hugo, Jerone Marsh-Reid, Daniel Murphy

Growing up in the 1950’s in less enlightened times, Neil Baldwin was not expected to be a success. But Neil decided he was destined to do wonderful things and that his life was going to be marvellous. And it is. He hitchhiked across the country, became a famous clown, got an honorary degree from Keele University, was appointed Stoke City’s legendary kit man, appeared on the Queen’s New Year Honours list and accepted a BAFTA award for the film made about his life. A friend to anyone he meets, he became a local hero and an inspiration to the world. A reminder to us all not to let anything stand in the way of your dreams, just go out and make them happen.

A SINGLE MAN

  • Theatre: Park Theatre
  • First Preview: October 19, 2022
  • Opening: October 21, 2022
  • Playwright: Simon Reade, adapted from the book by Christopher Isherwood
  • Director: Philip Wilson
  • Cast: Theo Fraser Steele, Freddie Gaminara, Miles Molan, Phoebe Pryce

California, 1962. College professor George is grieving the death of his long-term partner Jim. As a middle-aged gay Englishman living in the Los Angeles suburbs, he is an outsider in every way. Haunted by his past and unable to move forward, we follow him on one very ordinary day. But for George, this is going to be a day like no other…

KING HAMLIN

  • Theatre: Park Theatre
  • First Preview: October 19, 2022
  • Opening: October 21, 2022
  • Playwright: Gloria Williams
  • Director: Lara Genovese
  • Cast: Harris Cain, Andrew Evans, Inaam Barwani, Kiza Deen

Hamlin, Quinn and Nic are young friends trying to get ahead in inner city London. After his dad dies, Hamlin’s goal is to finish school, get a good job, and build a better life for himself and his mum, Mama H. When live-wire Quinn and troubled Nic offer Hamlin easy money in return for some county line drug trafficking, his dreams, his mother's hopes and the friendship of the three are put to the test. Will Hamlin stand his ground or end up on the wrong side of the tracks?

TAMMY FAYE

  • Theatre: Almeida Theatre
  • First Preview: October 13, 2022
  • Opening: October 26, 2022
  • Book: James Graham
  • Music: Elton John
  • Lyrics: Jake Shears
  • Director: Rupert Goold
  • Cast: Katie Brayben, Andrew Rannells, Zubin Varla, Kelly Agbowu, Amy Booth-Steel, Ashley Campbell, Peter Caulfield, Danny Collins, Richard Dempsey, Fred Haig, Georgia Louise, Robyn Rose, Nicholas Rowe, Martin Sarreal, Steve John Shepherd, Gemma Sutton

From a studio in South Carolina, Tammy Faye and Jim Bakker revolutionised religion. Preaching to millions 24 hours a day, Tammy just wants to put the fun back into faith. But a new wave of ministers wants you not to just feel God in your heart, but in your homes, in your schools and in the law too. This true story is a testament of faith, resilience and the temptations of success.

FROM HERE TO ETERNITY

  • Theatre: Charing Cross Theatre
  • Opening: October 29, 2022
  • Book: Bill Oakes
  • Music: Stuart Brayson
  • Lyrics: Tim Rice
  • Director: Philip Wilson
  • Cast: Jonny Amies, Jonathon Bentley, Desmonda Cathabel, Leonard Cook, Kyerron Dixon-Bassey, Sarah Drake, Dominic Adam Griffin, Cassius Hackforth, Robin Hayward, Callum Henderson, James Mateo-Salt, Rhys Nuttall, Jack Ofrecio, Jaden Oshenye, Eve Polycarpou, Adam Rhys-Charles, Carley Stenson, Alan Turkington, Joseph Vella

Set in Hawaii in the weeks before the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, this epic tale follows the powerful story of two U.S soldiers, the soulful Private Prewitt and ardent Sergeant Warden, as they embark on doomed and dangerous love affairs with the wrong women. As the infamous date of December 7th approaches, the claustrophobic world of the four lovers and the desperation of the soldiers of G Company splinter amidst an escalating war.

MARY

  • Theatre: Hampstead Theatre
  • First Preview: October 21, 2022
  • Opening: October 31, 2022
  • Playwright: Rona Munro
  • Director: Roxana Silbert
  • Cast: Douglas Henshall, Rona Morison, Brian Vernel

It’s 1567. Meet James Melville, an intelligent, charismatic and skilled diplomat who is also one of the most loyal servants of Mary Stuart, the troubled Queen of Scots. It’s a time of political turmoil and the shocking crimes he has witnessed have shaken him. Now he needs to decide who’s guilty, who’s innocent, and who is too dangerous to accuse.

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST

  • Theatre: Rose Theatre
  • Opening: November 1, 2022
  • Playwright: Oscar Wilde
  • Director: Denzel Westley Sanderson
  • Cast: Phoebe Campbell, Valintine Hanson, Joanne Henry, Daniel Jacob, Adele James, Abiola Owokoniran, Anita Reynolds, Justice Ritchie

Subtitled A Trivial Comedy for Serious People, Oscar Wilde's last and greatest play concentrates all his incredible wit and observation into a dazzling satire of Victorian attitudes. All the tricks of romantic comedy and farce are employed to present us with a portrait of the most absurd people we will ever meet – ourselves.

AUSTENTATIOUS: AN IMPROVISED JANE AUSTEN NOVEL

  • Theatre: Arts Theatre
  • Opening: November 1, 2022
  • Cast: The revolving cast includes Rachel Parris, Cariad Lloyd, Joseph Morpurgo, Andrew Hunter Murray

The all-star Austentatious cast improvise a hilarious new Jane Austen novel every night! Inspired entirely by a title from the audience and performed in period costume with live musical accompaniment - it’s a riotous, razor-sharp show where swooning is guaranteed.

RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA

  • Theatre: Hope Mill Theatre
  • First Preview: November 1, 2022
  • Opening: November 6, 2022
  • Book: Douglas Cater Beane
  • Music: Richard Rodgers
  • Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II
  • Director: Joseph Houston
  • Cast: Grace Mouat, Jacob Fowler

Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella is the Tony Award®-winning musical from the creators of South Pacific and The Sound of Music that delights audiences with its surprisingly contemporary take on the classic tale.

THE SEX PARTY

  • Theatre: Menier Chocolate Factory
  • First Preview: November 4, 2022
  • Opening: November 15, 2022
  • Playwright: Terry Johnson
  • Director: Terry Johnson
  • Cast: Will Barton, Amanda Donohoe, Lisa Dwan, John Hopkins, Timothy Hutton, Jason Merrells, Pooya Mohseni, Molly Osborne, Kelly Price

Four couples gather in a suburban London home for an evening of wine, cheese, and more intimate pleasures. Some are curious, some are more familiar, and one is rather unexpected. Thus a promising evening is poised to go beyond anyone’s expectations.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

  • Theatre: Old Vic Theatre
  • First Preview: November 12, 2022
  • Opening: November 23, 2022
  • Playwright: Jack Thorne
  • Director: Matthew Warchus
  • Cast: Owen Teale, Melissa Allan, Merryl Ansah, Raffaella Covino, Billy Cullum, Roger Dipper, Geraint Downing, Jenny Fitzpatrick, Julie Jupp, Alastair Parker, Dominic Sibanda, Sebastien Torkie, Samuel Townsend, Meesha Turner, Lydia White

RAYMOND BRIGGS' FATHER CHRISTMAS

  • Theatre: Lyric Theatre Hammersmith
  • Opening: November 23, 2022
  • Adaption: Pins and Needles, based on the book by Raymond Briggs
  • Director: Emma Earle
  • Cast: TBA

Join Santa as he awakes from a dream of sun, sea and sand only to find it is the busiest day of the year: Christmas Eve. Watch as he prepares for his Christmas deliveries, feeds his reindeer and finally takes flight into the snowy night.

ELF THE MUSICAL

  • Theatre: Dominion Theatre
  • First Preview: November 14, 2022
  • Opening: November 24, 2022
  • Book: Bob Martin and Thomas Meehan
  • Music: Matthew Sklar
  • Lyrics: Chad Beguelin
  • Director: Philip Wm. McKinley
  • Cast: Simon Lipkin, Georgina Castle

Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh realities that his father is on the naughty list and his half-brother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.

BEST OF ENEMIES

  • Theatre: Noel Coward Theatre
  • First Preview: November 14, 2022
  • Opening: November 28, 2022
  • Playwright: James Graham
  • Director: Jeremy Herrin
  • Cast: David Harewood, Zachary Quinto, Deborah Alli, Emilio Doorgasingh, Clare Foster, Tom Godwin, John Hodgkinson, Syrus Lowe, Kevin McMonagle, Sam Otto, David Boyle, Lincoln Conway, Vivienne Ekwulugo, Jamie Hogarth, Saaj Raja

1968 – a year of protest that divided America. As two men fight to become the next President, all eyes are on the battle between two others: the cunningly conservative William F. Buckley Jr., and the iconoclastic liberal Gore Vidal. Beliefs are challenged and slurs slung as these political idols feud nightly in a new television format, debating the moral landscape of a shattered nation. Little do they know they’re about to open up a new frontier in American politics, and transform television news forever…

OTHELLO

  • Theatre: National Theatre (Lyttleton)
  • First Preview: November 23, 2022
  • Opening: November 30, 2022
  • Playwright: William Shakespeare
  • Director: Clint Dyer
  • Cast: Giles Terera, Jack Bardoe, Kristy J Curtis, Rory Fleck Byrne, Tanya Franks, Paul Hilton, Gareth Kennerley, Martin Marquez, Rosy McEwan, Amy Newton, Steffan Rizzi, Jay Simpson

Iago, an evil lieutenant, gets revenge on his superior officer, Othello, by making him murderously suspicious of his wife, Desdemona.

WICKIES: THE VANISHING MEN OF EILEAN MOR

  • Theatre: Park Theatre
  • First Preview: November 30, 2022
  • Opening: December 3, 2022
  • Playwright: Paul Morrissey
  • Director: Shilpa T-Hyland
  • Cast: TBA

On 26th December 1900, a small ship was making its way to the Flannan Islands in the remote Outer Hebrides. Its destination was the lighthouse at Eilean Mor; a remote island which (apart from its lighthouse keepers) was completely uninhabited. When the ship arrived on the island, the lighthouse was unlocked and two of three oil skinned coats belonging to the men were missing. The fire was out – and had been for some days – the kitchen area had half eaten food, the chairs were overturned, and the clock had stopped. More importantly, the lighthouse lamp was out. The three men had vanished. Wickies is based on the true story of James Ducat, Thomas Marshall and Donald MacArthur: a supernatural thriller that seeks to unravel the enduring mystery of the Vanishing Men of Eilean Mor.

ORLANDO

  • Theatre: Garrick Theatre
  • First Preview: November 25, 2022
  • Opening: December 5, 2022
  • Playwright: Neil Bartlett, adapted from Virginia Woolf
  • Director: Michael Grandage
  • Cast: Emma Corrin

Orlando tells a story like no other. Born in the reign of Elizabeth I, its hero-heroine journeys through five centuries and a myriad of encounters in search of the answer to just one question; how do any of us find the courage to truly be ourselves?

HEX

  • Theatre: National Theatre (Olivier)
  • First Preview: November 26, 2022
  • Opening: December 6, 2022
  • Book: Tanya Ronder
  • Music: Jim Fortune
  • Lyrics: Rufus Norris
  • Director: Rufus Norris
  • Cast: TBA

Deep in the wood, a lonely fairy longs for someone to bless. When she is summoned to the palace to help the princess sleep, her dream turns into a nightmare and her blessing becomes a curse. Soon, she is plunged into a frantic, hundred-year quest to somehow make everything right.

KERRY JACKSON

  • Theatre: National Theatre (Dorfman)
  • Fist Preview: November 30, 2022
  • Opening: December 7, 2022
  • Playwright: April De Angelis
  • Director: Indhu Rubasingham
  • Cast: Fay Ripley

El Barco is the newest tapas restaurant in fashionable Walthamstow Village, and it’s Kerry Jackson’s pride and joy. Wearing her working-class roots as a badge of honour, Kerry navigates the local characters in a bid to make the business a success – without losing herself in the process.

NEWSIES

  • Theatre: Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre
  • First Preview: November 29, 2022
  • Opening: December 8, 2022
  • Book: Harvey Fierstein
  • Music: Alan Menken
  • Lyrics: Jack Feldman
  • Director: Matt Cole
  • Cast: TBA

Based on the 1992 Disney film, Newsies is the tale of newsboy Jack Kelly, who dreams of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. When Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies his army of newsies to strike.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

  • Theatre: Rose Theatre
  • First Preview: December 2, 2022
  • Opening: December 8, 2022
  • Playwright: Morgan Lloyd Malcolm
  • Director: Rosie Jones
  • Cast: TBA

It’s a cold Christmas Eve on the snowy streets of Victorian London, and preparations for another meagre Christmas are well underway - but not for Ebenezer Scrooge. The cruellest, wealthiest woman in town; Scrooge hates charity, she hates carol singers, and most of all… she hates Christmas.

DOLLY PARTON'S SMOKY MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS CAROL

  • Theatre: Queen Elizabeth Hall @ Southbank Centre
  • Opening: December 8, 2022
  • Book: David H. Bell
  • Music: Dolly Parton
  • Lyrics: Dolly Parton
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: TBA

Set during the 1930s in the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee, this incredibly heartwarming and truly unforgettable production imagines Ebenezer Scrooge as the owner of a mining company town, where his callous greed blinds him to the joys and gifts of the season. As a Christmas Eve snowstorm approaches, Scrooge is visited by his deceased business partner and three ghosts who compel him to see life anew and discover that love is the greatest and most precious gift we have.

WHO'S HOLIDAY

  • Theatre: Southwark Playhouse
  • First Preview: December 7, 2022
  • Opening: December 9, 2022
  • Playwright: Matthew Lombardo
  • Director: Kirk Jameson
  • Cast: Miz Cracker

Residing in a beat up trailer in the snowy hills of Mount Crumpit, a now middle aged Cindy Lou Who prepares to host a Christmas Eve party for her friends as she recalls that fated night when she first met the Grinch, and the strange turn of events her life has taken for the past 40 years.


DERREN BROWN: SHOWMAN

  • Theatre: Apollo Theatre
  • Opening: December 9, 2022
  • Created and Performed by Derren Brown

Derren Brown, the multi award-winning master of mind control and psychological illusion is back, bringing his critically acclaimed production Showman to the West End for the very first time. Fresh from a sold out tour of the UK and Ireland, his new, interactive show, has received the most off-the-chart reviews of his career.

MOTHER GOOSE

  • Theatre: Duke Of York's Theatre
  • Opening: December 15, 2022
  • Playwright: Jonathan Harvey
  • Director: Cal McCrystal
  • Cast: Ian McKellen, John Bishop, Mel Giedrove, Simbi Akande, Sharon Ballard, Adam Brown, Oscar Conlon-Morrey, Gabriel Fleary, Shailan Gohl, Richard Leeming, Karen Mavundukure, Genevieve Nicole

Meet Mother Goose and her husband Vic. Running an Animal Sanctuary for waifs and strays, they live a wholesome life inside an abandoned Debenhams. But when a magical goose comes a-knocking, will fame & fortune get the better of them?! Will Ma’s feathers get ruffled? Will Pa tell everyone to get stuffed?! And is their humble life about to turn fowl? Get ready for fairies with hefty vocal chords, puppets with tap dance qualifications and impeckably constructed mayhem that will quack up the whole family.

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE

  • Theatre: Almeida Theatre
  • First Preview: December 10, 2022
  • Opening: December 20, 2022
  • Playwright: Tennessee Williams
  • Director: Rebecca Frecknall
  • Cast: Lydia Wilson, Paul Mescal, Anjana Vasan, Dwane Walcott

ALLEGIANCE

  • Theatre: Charing Cross Theatre
  • First Preview: January 7, 2023
  • Opening: January 17, 2023
  • Book: Jay Kuo, Lorenzo Thione, Marc Acito
  • Music and Lyrics: Jay Kuo
  • Director: Tara Overfield Wilkinson
  • Cast: George Takei, Telly Leung

Inspired by the childhood of George Takei, Allegiance is a moving and uplifting story of love, war, and heroism set during the Japanese American internment of World War II. It follows the story of the Kimura family in the weeks and years after the attack on Pearl Harbor, as they are relocated from their farm in Salinas, California to the Heart Mountain internment camp in the rural plains of Wyoming.

JUST FOR US

  • Theatre: Menier Chocolate Factory
  • First Preview: January 11, 2023
  • Opening: January 18, 2023
  • Playwright: Alex Edelman
  • Director: Adam Brace
  • Cast: Alex Edelman

Alex Edelman's one-man show features personal tales of Edelman's Olympic athlete brother AJ, having an unconventional holiday season, and Edelman's personal experiences with anti-Semitism; the stand-up comedian goes into his decision to crash a New York City gathering of White Nationalists incognito, and the aftermath of that encounter.

WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF

  • Theatre: Theatre Royal Bath
  • First Preview: January 13, 2023
  • Opening: January 18, 2023
  • Playwright: Edward Albee
  • Director: Lindsay Posner
  • Cast: Elizabeth McGovern

It’s 2AM and George and Martha are just getting started. The middle-aged married couple, a once-promising historian and his boss’s frustrated daughter, welcome a younger professor and his wife for a nightcap—only to ensnare them in increasingly dangerous rounds of fun and games. An unblinking portrait of two American marriages, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is Edward Albee’s explosively comedic and harrowingly profound masterpiece.

DIRTY DANCING

  • Theatre: Dominion Theatre
  • Opening: January 21, 2023
  • Playwright: Eleanor Bergstein
  • Director: Federico Bellone
  • Cast: Michael O'Reilly, Kira Malou, Carlie Milner, Lynden Edwards, Lori Haley Fox, Lizzie Ottley, Samuel Bailey, Michael Remick, Thomas Sutcliffe, Colin Charles, Mark Faith, Mimi Rodrigues Alves, Danielle Cato, Danielle Lockwood, Marie Finlayson, Sasha Woodward, James McHugh, Benjamin Harrold, Rishard-Kyro Nelson, Niko Wirachman, Patricia Wilkins, Charlotte Oliffe, Sophia McAvoy, Lee Nicholson, Oliver Adam-Reynolds, Austin Wilks, Miles Russell, Tom Parsons, James William-Pattison, Simon Williams, Christopher Fry

Dirty Dancing is back! Exploding with heart-pounding music, breathtaking emotion and sensationally sexy dancing. Seen by millions across the globe this worldwide smash hit tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds, who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives.

THE LEHMAN TRILOGY

  • Theatre: Gillian Lynne Theatre
  • Fist Preview: January 24, 2023
  • Opening: February 8, 2023
  • Playwright: Stefano Massini, Ben Power
  • Director: Sam Mendes
  • Cast: TBA

On a cold September morning in 1844, a young man from Bavaria stands on a New York dockside dreaming of a new life. He is soon joined by his two brothers and an American epic begins with a small store in Alabama. One hundred and sixty-three years later, the firm they establish—Lehman Brothers—spectacularly collapses into bankruptcy and triggers the largest financial crisis in history. Told in three epic parts over one evening, The Lehman Trilogy is a modern theatrical classic.

WOMEN, BEWARE THE DEVIL

  • Theatre: Almeida Theatre
  • First Preview: February 11, 2022
  • Opening: February 22, 2022
  • Playwright: Lulu Raczka
  • Director: Rupert Goold
  • Cast: TBA

England, 1640. A war is brewing. Rumours are flying. A household is in crisis…and the Devil’s having some fun. For Lady Elizabeth nothing is more important than protecting her family’s legacy and their ancestral home. When that comes under threat, she elicits the help of Agnes, a young servant suspected of witchcraft. But Agnes doesn’t want to be a witch, she wants to be a Lady, and no one will get in her way.

CHARLOTTE & THEODORE

  • Theatre: Theatre Royal Bath
  • First Preview: February 16, 2023
  • Opening: February 22, 2023
  • Playwright: Ryan Craig
  • Director: Terry Johnson
  • Cast: Kris Marshall

Cancel culture, gender politics, trans rights, online abuse and power struggles are all at play on a University campus which is more like a battleground, where every well-intentioned thought and deed can have unexpected and long-lasting consequences. It is here that we meet two idealistic academics, Lotty and Teddy, as they pick their way through the political and social minefield to embark on a decade long romance.

OKLAHOMA!

  • Theatre: Wyndham's Theatre
  • First Preview: February 16, 2023
  • Opening: February 228, 2023
  • Book and Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II
  • Music: Richard Rodgers
  • Director: Daniel Fish
  • Cast: TBA

Based on Lynn Riggs' Green Grow the Lilacs,this musical Western tells the story of rambunctious cowboy Curly and his courtship of the equally headstrong Laurey against the backdrop of the Oklahoma territory where the "corn is as high as an elephant's eye." Songs from this groundbreaking musical include "Surrey With the Fringe on Top," "People Will Say We're in Love," "Out of My Dreams," "Oh What a Beautiful Mornin'" and the title song.

MARJORIE PRIME

  • Theatre: Menier Chocolate Factory
  • First Preview: March 9, 2023
  • Opening: March 15, 2023
  • Playwright: Jordan Harrison
  • Director: Dominic Dromgoole
  • Cast: TBA

It’s the age of artificial intelligence, and 86-year-old Marjorie — a jumble of disparate, fading memories — has a handsome new companion who’s programmed to feed the story of her life back to her. What would we remember, and what would we forget, if given the chance?

AIN'T TOO PROUD- THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS

  • Theatre: Prince Edward Theatre
  • First Preview: March 31, 2023
  • Opening: TBA
  • Book: Dominique Morisseau
  • Music: The Temptations
  • Director: Des McAnuff
  • Cast: TBA

Follow The Temptations’ extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame—how they met, how they rose, the groundbreaking heights they hit, and how personal and political conflicts threatened to tear the group apart as the United States fell into civil unrest.

THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES

  • Theatre: Almeida Theatre
  • First Preview: April 4, 2023
  • Opening: TBA
  • Book:Lynn Nottage
  • Music: Duncan Sheik
  • Lyrics: Susan Birkenhead
  • Director: Whitney White
  • Cast: TBA 

South Carolina, 1964. Lily Owens, a restless white teenager, struggles with her merciless father and the haunting memory of her mother's death. When Rosaleen, her black caregiver, is beaten and jailed for asserting her right to vote, Lily's rebellious spirit is ignited. She and Rosaleen escape on an adventure where they are taken in by a trio of black beekeeping sisters. While Lily tries to unlock the secrets of her past, she and Rosaleen find solace in the mesmerizing world of bees and spirituality in this extraordinary tale of awakening, fellowship, and healing.

MISS SAIGON

  • Theatre: Sheffield Theatres
  • First Preview: July 8, 2023
  • Opening: July 13, 2023
  • Book: Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schönberg
  • Music: Claude-Michel Schönberg
  • Lyrics: Richard Maltby, Jr., Alain Boublil
  • Director: Robert Hastie and Anthony Lau
  • Cast: Joanna Ampil

Set in 1975 during the final days of the of the Vietnam War, Miss Saigon is an epic love story about the relationship between Chris, an American GI and Kim, a young Vietnamese woman. They are separated when the country falls, until she returns to his life years later, in this musical inspired by the opera Madame Butterfly.

 
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