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THE BOUNDS

  • Theatre: Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs
  • First Preview: June 13, 2024
  • Opening: June 17, 2024
  • Playwright: Stewart Pringle
  • Director: Jack McNamara
  • Cast: Soroosh Lavasani, Ryan Nolan, Lauren Waine, Harry Weston, Wilbur Bonabeare

The year is 1554, the true Golden Age of English football. It’s the Allen Valley Whitsun Game, and men will die today. This is the big game, and it’s been raging for hours. Percy and Rowan are out in the middle of nowhere, miles from the action, when a stranger joins them, a stranger with tidings that will blow their world apart. Time passes. Night falls. The great chain of being collapses. And they’re losing the bloody football.

KISS ME, KATE

  • Theatre: Barbican Theatre
  • First Preview: June 4, 2024
  • Opening: June 18, 2024
  • Book: Bella and Sam Spewak
  • Music and Lyrics: Cole Porter
  • Director: Bartlett Sher
  • Cast: Stephanie J. Block, Adrian Dunbar, Charlie Stemp, Georgina Onuorah, Josie Benson, Jack Butterworth, Jude Owusu, Carl Au, Jordan Crouch, Gary Milner, James Hume, Alisha Capon, Shani Cator, Maya de Faria, Amelia Kinu Muus, Jacqui Jameson, Lucas Koch, Alex Lodge, Nell Martin, Anna McGarahan, John Stacey, Harrison Wilde, Robin Kent, Barry Drummond, Emily Goodenough, Maddie Harper

Two divorced — and flamboyantly egocentric — performers find themselves starring opposite each other in a musical version of Taming of the Shrew in Cole Porter and Sam and Bella Spewack's tribute to the theatre, in all its greasepaint and glory.

MY FATHER'S FABLE

  • Theatre: Bush Theatre
  • First Preview: June 15, 2024
  • Opening: June 21, 2024
  • Playwright: Faith Omole
  • Director: Rebekah Murrell
  • Cast: Rakie Ayola, Theo Ogundipe, Tiwa Lade, Gabriel Akuwudike

Peace didn’t know what she needed when her father died. Then she found Bolu, her half-brother from Nigeria she didn’t know existed. Filled with grief and a thousand questions, his arrival feels like something clicking into place. Despite her mother’s concerns and encouraged by her partner, Peace invites Bolu to England. But questions about this stranger’s intentions and his mysterious past hang heavy in the air. Desperate to keep her fractured family – and herself – together, Peace must face the fact that the answers she desperately seeks might just lead to everything falling apart.

THE MARILYN CONSPIRACY

  • Theatre: Park Theatre
  • First Preview: June 19, 2024
  • Opening: June 24, 2024
  • Playwright: Vicki McKellar, Guy Masterson
  • Director: Guy Masterson
  • Cast: Susie Amy, Declan Bennett, Angela Bull, David Calvitto, Genevieve Gaunt, Vicki McKellar, Sally Mortemore, Maurey Richards

On Wednesday, 1 August 1962, seven people gathered at Marilyn Monroe’s home to celebrate her new $2m two-picture deal with 20th Century Fox. At 04:30 the following Sunday, 5 August, her apparent suicide was called in to the police and was reported as a drugs overdose. But the truth is far more shocking: She was found unconscious by her housekeeper the night before at 22:35, and subsequently died at 23:40, all after a late visit from a very important guest… The same seven people then regathered in her home on Saturday night – and yet her death was only reported nearly 5 hours later. What did they talk about?

THE CONSTITUENT

  • Theatre: Old Vic Theatre
  • First Preview: June 13, 2024
  • Opening: June 25, 2024
  • Playwright: Joe Penhall
  • Director: Matthew Warchus
  • Cast: James Corden, Anna Maxwell Martin, Zachary Hart, Seán Donegan, Zara Tomkinson, George Evans

An MP with an instinct for compassion. An ex-serviceman with a life in free fall. And a parliamentary protection officer who’s having none of it.  Monica is a hard-working opposition backbencher whose ideals of public office are tested by the demands of a man in crisis.

THE SECRET GARDEN

  • Theatre: Regent's Park Open Air
  • First Preview: June 15, 2024
  • Opening: June 25, 2024
  • Playwright: Holly Robinson, Anna Himali Howard
  • Director: Anna Himali Howard
  • Cast: Theo Angel, Richard Clews, George Fletcher, Amanda Hadingue, Molly Hewitt-Richards, Jack Humphrey, Avita Jay, Hannah Khalique-Brown, Patrick Osborne, Sharan Phull, Archana Ramaswamy, Brydie Service

Spoilt and abandoned, 10-year-old Mary Lennox is sent from India to Yorkshire, and put into the care of an Uncle she has never met. At Misselthwaite Manor, a broken-hearted house full of secrets and strange noises, Mary discovers a garden as lost and neglected as she is. If she can learn to make friends with robins, grumpy gardeners, and a boy who speaks to animals, Mary might be able to bring more than just the garden back to life.

NEXT TO NORMAL

  • Theatre: Wyndham's Theatre
  • First Preview: June 18, 2024
  • Opening: June 26, 2024
  • Book and Lyrics: Brian Yorkey
  • Music: Tom Kitt
  • Director: Michael Longhurst
  • Cast: Caissie Levy, Trevor Dion Nicholas, Jack Ofrecio, Jamie Parker, Jack Wolfe, Eleanor Worthington-Cox

Diana Goodman is a suburban mom struggling with bipolar disorder. Her daughter, Natalie, is a stressed-out overachiever about to snap. And Dan, her exhausted architect husband, is determined to keep everything “normal.” As Diana’s symptoms worsen, and effective treatment remains elusive, the Goodmans must confront their shared griefs and struggles and learn how to finally connect with each other.

SLAVE PLAY

  • Theatre: Noël Coward Theatre
  • Opening: June 29, 2024
  • Playwright: Jeremy O. Harris
  • Director: Robert O'Hara
  • Cast: Kit Harrington, Olivia Washington, Fisayo Akinade, Aaron Heffernan, James Cusati-Moyer, Chalia La Tour, Annie McNamara, Irene Sofia Lucio

At the MacGregor Plantation, nothing is as it seems, and yet everything is as it seems. It’s an antebellum fever-dream as three interracial couples converge to rip open history at the intersection of race, love, and sexuality in 21st-century America. It's a world where the sex is as raw as the emotions, and the twists as salacious as the truth. Don’t dare shy away from this production that “reimagines the possibilities of what theatre can give us” (The New York Times).

STARLIGHT EXPRESS

  • Theatre: Troubadour Wembley Park Theate
  • First Preview: June 8, 2024
  • Opening: June 30, 2024
  • Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • Lyrics: Richard Stilgoe
  • Director: Luke Sheppard
  • Cast: Jeevan Braich, Kayna Montecillo, Jade Marvin, Al Knott, Eve Humphrey, Tom Pigram, Ollie Augustin, Charles Butcher, Renz Cardenas, Catherine Cornwall, Jamie Cruttenden, Kelly Downing, Asher Forth, Sam Gallacher, Lucy Glover, Pablo Gómez Jones, Scott Hayward, Lilianna Hendy, Lewis Kidd, Hannah Kiss, Oscar Kong, Emily Martinez, Deearna McLean, Marianthe Panas, David Peter-Brown, RED, Bethany Rose Lythgoe, Ashley Rowe, Elly Shaw, Gary Sheridan, Jessica Vaux, Jaydon Vijn, Lara Vina Uzcatia, Sharon Wattis, Ashlyn Weekes

Little steam engine Rusty enters a cross-country race against the flashier trains Greaseball and Electra, hoping to impress pretty sidecar Pearl, in this musical look at a fantasy train world from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Richard Stilgoe.

MNEMONIC

  • Theatre: National Theatre (Olivier)
  • First Preview: June 22, 2024
  • Opening: July 2, 2024
  • Playwright: Simon McBurney and Complicité
  • Director: Simon McBurney
  • Cast: Richard Katz, Kostas Phillippoglou

A body is found in the ice, and a woman is looking for her father while a man searches for his lost lover. This story is as much about origins as it is about memory, and remembering what is lost. Mnemonic asks: what is our place in the natural world? How have human relationships with the environment shaped patterns of migration? Who are we, and where do we come from?

BARNUM

  • Theatre: The Watermill Theatre
  • Opening: July 2, 2024
  • Book: Mark Bramble
  • Lyrics: Michael Stewart
  • Music: Cy Coleman
  • Director: Jonathan O'Boyle
  • Cast: Matt Rawle, Monique Young, Penny Ashmore, Fergus Rattigan, Tania Mathurin, Emma Jane Morton, Tom Sowinski, Tom Sterling, Josh Barnett, Charis Alexandra, Jessica Jolleys, Elena Bluck, Kaine Hatukai, Laura Sillett, Kiera Brunton, Dan Holland, Emily Odunsi, Andre Rodrigues

Step right up and enter the dazzling world of P.T. Barnum, where imagination and ambition know no bounds. Delight at every sight, wonder and miracle as the creator of spectacle comes to town with a sensational show featuring a whole host of characters.

GRACE PERVADES

  • Theatre: Theatre Royal Bath
  • First Preview: June 27, 2024
  • Opening: July 3, 2024
  • Playwright:  David Hare
  • Director: Jeremy Herrin
  • Cast: Ralph Fiennes

Grace Pervades tells the extraordinary story of Henry Irving and Ellen Terry, the greatest stars of the Victorian stage, and Ellen's troubled and brilliant children - Edith Craig and Edward Gordon Craig - who made their own profound contribution to the development of British theatre.

I'M GONNA MARRY YOU TOBEY MAGUIRE

  • Theatre: Southwark Playhouse
  • First Preview: June 28, 2024
  • Opening: July 3, 2024
  • Playwright: Samantha Hurley
  • Director: Tyler Struble
  • Cast: Tessa Albertson, Kyle Birch, Anders Hayward

Dealing with an absent father, a neglectful mother, and mean-spirited classmates, Shelby Hinkley's eighth grade is proving to be a hard time. To cope with it all, Shelby focuses on the best thing about 2004: Spiderman. When leading an online fan club is no longer enough, she decides to kidnap and marry Tobey Maguire; but will the actor live up to her happily-ever-after fantasies?

SKELETON CREW

  • Theatre: Donmar Warehouse
  • First Preview: June 28, 2024
  • Opening: July 4, 2024
  • Playwright: Dominique Morisseau
  • Director: Matthew Xia
  • Cast: Tobi Bamtefa, Branden Cook, Pamela Nomvete, Racheal Ofori

As the Great Recession of 2008 begins to decimate industries across America, the once-gleaming “Motor City” has lost its luster. At one of its still-standing auto factories, four colleagues-turned-friends hear rumors that their plant is facing foreclosure. Faye, Dez, Shanita and Reggie all have different stakes in the company should it go under, which they grapple with in the break room as the fear of losing their jobs looms. In the final chapter of her acclaimed Detroit trilogy, Dominique Morisseau wrestles with questions of grief, loyalty and self-preservation while exploring the monumental impact of the Recession-era economy on middle-class life.

YOUR LIE IN APRIL

  • Theatre: Harold Pinter Theatre
  • First Preview: June 28, 2024
  • Opening: July 5, 2024
  • Book: Riko Sakaguchi, Rinne Groff
  • Music: Frank Wildhorn
  • Lyrics: Carly Robyn Green, Tracy Miller
  • Director: Nick Winston
  • Cast: Zheng Xi Yong, Mia Kobayashi, Rachel Clare Chan, Dean John-Wilson, Ernest Stroud, Jojo Meredith, Chris Fung, Eu Jin Hwang, Daniel Nardone, Ericka Posadas, Lucy Park, Gracie Lai, Imogen Law Hing Choy, Ria Tanaka

Your Lie In April, is an adaption of a manga favourite story, brings to life the poignant story of Kōsei Arima, a young piano prodigy, and his inability to play following his mother’s death. He strikes a friendship with violinist Kaori Miyazono and she slowly encourages him to perform again.

THE BAKER'S WIFE

  • Theatre: Menier Chocolate Factory
  • First Preview: July 6, 2024
  • Opening: July 17, 2024
  • Book: Joseph Stein
  • Music and Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz
  • Director: Gordon Greenberg
  • Cast: Lucie Jones, Clive Rowe, Bobbie Chambers, Mark Extance, Josefina Gabrielle, Jack Gardner, Hana Ichijo, Michael Matus, Robyn Rose, David Season-Young, Matthew Season-Young, Joaquin Pedro Valdes

The arrival of a new Baker and his younger wife turns a provincial French village upside down in this cult classic musical from the legendary Stephen Schwartz and Joseph Stein.

HELLO, DOLLY!

  • Theatre: London Palladium
  • First Preview: July 6, 2024
  • Opening: July 18, 2024
  • Book: Michael Stewart
  • Music and Lyrics: Jerry Herman
  • Director: Dominic Cooke
  • Cast: Imelda Staunton, Andy Nyman, Jenna Russell, Tyrone Huntley, Harry Hepple

SHREK THE MUSICAL

  • Theatre: Eventim Apollo
  • Opening: July 19, 2024
  • Book and Lyrics: David Lindsay-Abaire
  • Music: Jeanine Tesori
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: Antony Lawrence, Todrick Hall, Joanne Clifton, Cherece Richards, James Gillan

A benign green ogre and his sidekick Donkey save the land from an evil lord and rescue a lovely princess from a terrible fate. Based on the blockbuster movie and the book by William Steig.

FANGIRLS

  • Theatre: Lyric Theatre Hammersmith
  • First Preview: July 13, 2024
  • Opening: July 23, 2024
  • Book, Music, and Lyrics: Yve Blake
  • Director: Paige Rattray
  • Cast: Eve De Leon Allen, Miracle Chance, Jasmine Elcock, Max Gill, Thomas Grant, Max James Hodge, Terique Jarrett, Lena Pattie Jones, Debbie Kurup, Mary Malone, Gracie McGonigal, Nicky Wong Rush

Meet Edna: she’s 14, she’s a misfit, and she’s in love with Harry. There’s just one problem: Harry’s in the world’s biggest boy band, has 38 million fans, and doesn’t know she exists. When Harry’s band announces a tour stop in Edna’s hometown of Sydney, Australia, she knows this is her destiny – her one chance to meet him. But how on EARTH will she get Harry’s attention?! And exactly how far is she prepared to go in the name of love?

THE GRAPES OF WRATH

  • Theatre: National Theatre (Lyttelton)
  • First Preview: July 17, 2024
  • Opening: July 25, 2024
  • Playwright: Frank Galati, adapted from John Steinbeck
  • Director: Carrie Cracknell
  • Cast: Cherry Jones

The Joads, a family of sharecroppers in Oklahoma, are driven west by the Depression and the drought of the Dust Bowl, in Frank Galati's adaptation of the John Steinbeck novel.

FANTASTICALLY GREAT WOMEN WHO CHANGED THE WORLD

  • Theatre: The Other Palace
  • First Preview: July 20, 2024
  • Opening: July 25, 2024
  • Book: Chris Bush
  • Lyrics: Chris Bush, Miranda Cooper
  • Music: Miranda Cooper, Jennifer Decilveo
  • Director: Amy Hodge
  • Cast: TBA

Join Jade as she breaks away from her group and finds herself in the Gallery of Greatness, where she meets the incredible wonder women: Frida Kahlo, Rosa Parks, Marie Curie and Emmeline Pankhurst to name just a few.

A CHORUS LINE

  • Theatre: Sadler's Wells Theatre
  • Opening: July 31, 2024
  • Book: James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante
  • Lyrics: Edward Kleban
  • Music: Marvin Hamlisch
  • Director: Nikolai Foster
  • Cast: TBA

A Chorus Line is a stunning concept musical capturing the spirit and tension of a Broadway chorus audition. Exploring the inner lives and bittersweet ambitions of professional Broadway performers, the show features one powerhouse number after another. Memorable musical numbers include "What I Did for Love, "One," "I Can Do That," "At the Ballet," "The Music and the Mirror," and "I Hope I Get It." A brilliantly complex fusion of song, dance, and compellingly authentic drama, A Chorus Line was instantly recognized as a classic.

WHEN IT HAPPENS TO YOU

  • Theatre: Park Theatre
  • First Preview: July 31, 2024
  • Opening: August 3, 2024
  • Playwright: Tawni O'Dell
  • Director: Jez Bond
  • Cast: Amanda Abbington

From New York Times best-selling author Tawni O’Dell comes the powerful true story of a mother desperately trying to hold her family together after a devastating event changes the course of their lives.

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF

  • Theatre: Regent's Park Open Air
  • First Preview: July 27, 2024
  • Opening: August 6, 2024
  • Book: Joseph Stein
  • Music: Jerry Bock
  • Lyrics: Sheldon Harnick
  • Director: Jordan Fein
  • Cast: Adam Dannheisser, Lara Pulver, Liv Andrusier, Natasha Jules Bernard, Greg Bernstein, Noa Bodgner, Ralph Bogard, Lawrence Boothman, Hannah Bristow, Georgia Bruce, Georgia Dixon, Jonathan Dryden Taylor, David Freedman, Helen Goldwyn, Dickon Gough, Thomas-Lee Kidd, Beverly Klein, Daniel Krikler, Darya Topol Margalith, Gregor Milne, Raphael Papo, Alex Pinder, Michael S. Siegel, Alex Tranter, Dan Wolff, Dylan Saffer

It’s 1905 in the tiny village of Anatevka where Tevye, a Jewish milkman, lives his life by their proud traditions. For his five daughters, that means a visit from the matchmaker… But as each daughter challenges his beliefs, against the backdrop of a changing world, can Tevye hold on to his roots, or must he bend to the will of his children and learn to embrace the unfamiliar?

THE WIZARD OF OZ

  • Theatre: Gillian Lynne Theatre
  • Opening: August 15, 2024
  • Book: L. Frank Baum
  • Lyrics: E.Y. Harburg, Tim Rice
  • Music: Harold Arlen, Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • Director: Nikolai Foster
  • Cast: Aston Merrygold, Femi Akinfolarin, The Vivienne, Allan Stewart, Alex Bourne, Aviva Tulley, Benjamin Yates, Nic Greenshields, Emily Bull, Abigail Matthews, David Burrows, Adam Craig, Cole Dunn, Tyler Ephraim, Olivia Kate Holding, Thomas Kalek, Sadie Levett, Kelsie-Rae Marshall, Martin McCarthy, Rose Ouellette, Fanja Parent, Alexandra Regan, Nathan Routledge, Sydney Spencer

THE 39 STEPS

  • Theatre: Trafalgar Theatre
  • Opening: August 16, 2024
  • Playwright: John Buchan, adapted by Patrick Barlow from an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon
  • Director: Nicola Samer
  • Cast: Tom Byrne, Safeena Ladha, Eugene McCoy, Maddie Rice, Jacob Daniels, Hannah Parker

Part espionage thriller and part slapstick comedy, the production features four actors who portray all the characters and all the action from the 1935 Alfred Hitchcock film, including the chase atop the Flying Scotsman train, a bi-plane crash and the death-defying finale in London’s Palladium Theatre.

A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN

  • Theatre: Sadler's Wells Peacock Theatre
  • Opening: August 20, 2024
  • Book: Randy Johnson
  • Music and Lyrics: Various
  • Director: Randy Johnson
  • Cast: Mary Bridget Davies, Sharon Sexton

With a voice like whiskey and a laugh like pure joy, Janis Joplin took the music scene by storm. Simultaneously rough and vulnerable, Joplin was dubbed the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll, proving music wasn’t just a man’s world anymore. Packed with classic songs (“Piece of My Heart, “Summertime,” “Mercedes Benz”), the show also shines the spotlight on trailblazers who influenced Janis – like Bessie Smith, Etta James and Aretha Franklin.

AS YOU LIKE IT

  • Theatre: Theatre Royal Bath
  • First Preview: August 15, 2024
  • Opening: August 21, 2024
  • Playwright: William Shakespeare
  • Director: Ralph Fiennes
  • Cast: Gloria Obianyo, Harriet Walter

For Rosalind and Orlando, it is love at first sight, but family feuds are destined to keep the young would-be lovers apart. When Rosalind is banished from the court of Duke Frederick, she runs away with her cousin Celia to the Forest of Arden, where they explore new identities and find that the forest is a place where the possibilities for love and connection are infinite.

WHY AM I SO SINGLE?

  • Theatre: Garrick Theatre
  • Opening: August 27, 2024
  • Book, Music and Lyrics: Lucy Moss, Toby Marlow
  • Director: Lucy Moss
  • Cast: Jo Foster, Leesa Tulley, Noah Thomas

Two perpetually single friends can't figure out why they're so single or what to write their next musical about.

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  • Theatre: Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs
  • First Preview: August 22, 2024
  • Opening: August 29, 2024
  • Playwright: Tife Kusoro
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: TBA

Urban legend has it that Baitface steals the faces and lives of Black Boys. All it takes is walking underneath a pair of trainers suspended on a telephone wire, face uncovered. Khaleem, Joy and Kai are just trying to get through school. On the night of an alleged crime, when the spirit of Baitface the Gullyman rears its head, their lives, identities and friendships begin to disintegrate.

THE REAL THING

  • Theatre: Old Vic Theatre
  • First Preview: August 22, 2024
  • Opening: September 3, 2024
  • Playwright: Tom Stoppard
  • Director: Max Webster
  • Cast: James McArdle

Playwright Henry and actress Annie fall in love while cheating on their spouses, then marry and cheat on each other, unable to let his intense intellect and her intense emotions keep them from appreciating their love.

THE REAL ONES

  • Theatre: Bush Theatre
  • First Preview: September 6, 2024
  • Opening: September 12, 2024
  • Playwright: Waleed Akhtar
  • Director: Anthony Simpson-Pike
  • Cast: TBA

Best friends Zaid and Neelam shared a dream: get away, make it as playwrights, build a future where they’re free to be themselves. Together, always. Years later, things are far from what they expected. Zaid’s life has kinda stalled – half out the closet, living at home and still chasing the dream. While Neelam’s has taken a completely different path, as she chooses to prioritise her own happiness. As their lives pull further apart and a mess of things left unsaid hangs between them, it becomes less and less clear if they’ll ever find a way back to each other.

THE STORY OF MY LIFE

  • Theatre: Stage Door Theatre
  • First Preview: September 4, 2024
  • Opening: September 13, 2024
  • Music and Lyrics: Neil Bartram
  • Book: Brian Hill
  • Director: Robert McWhire
  • Cast: TBA

WAITING FOR GODOT

  • Theatre: Theatre Royal Haymarket
  • Opening: September 13, 2024
  • Playwright: Samuel Beckett
  • Director: James Macdonald
  • Cast: Lucian Msamati, Ben Winshaw

Vladimir and Estragon wait on a deserted country road to meet a person named Godot. Killing time with hat tricks and half-remembered stories, they dawdle through one of the greatest dramas of the 20th century. In Beckett’s absurd, anarchic world, life is vaudeville and tragedy, philosophy and confusion, all seamlessly woven together with the playwright’s masterful blend of poetry and humor.

A FACE IN THE CROWD

  • Theatre: Young Vic Theatre
  • First Preview: September 10, 2024
  • Opening: September 17, 2024
  • Book: Sarah Ruhl
  • Music and Lyrics: Elvis Costello
  • Director: Kwame Kwei-Armah
  • Cast: Ramin Karimloo, Anoushka Lucas

When local radio producer Marcia Jeffries interviews drunk drifter “Lonesome Rhodes” in his jail cell, she immediately sees his potential and gives him a slot on her show. But as Lonesome's fans grow more clamorous and the politicians start taking notice, Marcia realizes she has unleashed a force she can no longer control.

THE KING'S SPEECH

  • Theatre: The Watermill Theatre
  • Opening: September 20, 2024
  • Playwright: David Seidler
  • Director: Emma Butler
  • Cast: TBA

This new production of David Seidler’s play The King’s Speech takes an intimate view of one of life’s most unorthodox relationships between Bertie, the soon-to-be-crowned King George VI, and speech therapist Lionel Logue. As Hitler’s threat on Europe encroaches, Bertie fights his own battle to overcome his speech impediment at the time his country needs him most.

CORIOLANUS

  • Theatre: National Theatre (Olivier)
  • First Preview: September 11, 2024
  • Opening: September 24, 2024
  • Playwright: William Shakespeare
  • Director: Lyndsey Turner
  • Cast: David Oyelowo, Luke Aquilina, Anushka Chakravarti, Anton Cross, Patrick Elue, Peter Forbes, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Conor McLeod, Jordan Metcalfe, Richard Pryal, Jordan Rhys, Stephanie Street, John Vernon

Unrivalled in the art of war, undefeated on the field of battle, Coriolanus is Rome’s greatest soldier. When a legendary victory brings the opportunity of high office, he is persuaded to stand for election. But while populist politicians tell the people what they want to hear, Coriolanus refuses to play the game. As Rome’s most celebrated warrior becomes its most dangerous enemy, the future of the city and its hero hang in the balance.

BUYER & CELLAR

  • Theatre: King's Head Theatre
  • First Preview: September 18, 2024
  • Opening: September 24, 2024
  • Playwright: Jonathan Tolins
  • Director: Kirk Jameson
  • Cast: Rob Madge

Meet Alex, an out-of-work actor who finds himself working beneath Barbra Streisand’s Malibu home in her legendary basement shopping mall. A big hit in New York and London, Buyer & Cellar is an outrageous comedy about the price of fame, the cost of things, and the oddest of odd jobs.

THE LEHMAN TRILOGY

  • Theatre: Gillian Lynne Theatre
  • Opening: September 24, 2024
  • Playwright: Stefano Massini, adapted by Ben Power
  • Director: Sam Mendes
  • Cast: John Heffernan, Aaron Krohn, Howard W. Overshown, Cat Beveridge, Anyssa Neumann

On a cold September morning in 1844, a young man from Bavaria stands on a New York dockside dreaming of a new life in the new world. He is joined by his two brothers, and an American epic begins. 163 years later, the firm they establish - Lehman Brothers - spectacularly collapses into bankruptcy, triggering the largest financial crisis in history.

GIANT

  • Theatre: Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
  • First Preview: September 20, 2024
  • Opening: September 26, 2024
  • Playwright: Michael Rosenblatt
  • Director: Nicholas Hytner
  • Cast: John Lithgow, Elliot Levey

It’s the summer of 1983, The Witches is about to hit the shelves and Roald Dahl is making last-minute edits. But the outcry at his recent, explicitly antisemitic article won’t die down. Across a single afternoon at his family home, and rocked by an unexpectedly explosive confrontation, Dahl is forced to choose: make a public apology or risk his name and reputation.

MACBETH

  • Theatre: Harold Pinter Theatre
  • Opening: October 1, 2024
  • Playwright: William Shakespeare
  • Director: Max Webster
  • Cast: David Tennant, Cush Jumbo, Moyo Akandé, Annie Grace, Brian James O’Sullivan, Casper Knopf, Cal MacAninch, Kathleen MacInnes, Alasdair Macrae, Rona Morison, Noof Ousellam, Raffi Phillips, Jatinder Singh Randhawa, Ros Watt, Benny Young

When three witches deliver some surprising prophecies, Macbeth hatches a plan to murder the king and claim the throne for himself. Provoked by his wife and preoccupied with greed, Macbeth begins his tragic descent into madness.

A TUPPERWARE OF ASHES

  • Theatre: National Theatre (Dorfman)
  • First Preview: September 25, 2024
  • Opening: October 2, 2024
  • Playwright: Tanika Gupta
  • Director: Pooja Ghai
  • Cast: Raj Bajaj, Natalie Dew, Marc Elliott, Stephen Fewell, Shobna Gulati, Avita Jay, Meera Syal, Zubin Varla

An ambitious Michelin-Star chef, Queenie is used to having the last word. But when her children notice gaps in her memory and her grip on reality loosening, they are faced with an impossible choice. As Raj, Gopal and Kamala battle to reconcile their life-long duty to their mother, the ramifications of their decision take on a heartbreaking permanence.

JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK

  • Theatre: Gielgud Theatre
  • First Preview: September 21, 2024
  • Opening: October 3, 2024
  • Playwright: Sean O'Casey
  • Director: Matthew Warchus
  • Cast: Mark Rylance, J. Smith-Cameron

Jack Boyle is out of work and determined to stay that way. He postures and drinks with his sidekick Joxer while his long-suffering wife Juno struggles to support their family and maintain their dilapidated tenement flat. Their son Johnny, crippled fighting in the revolution, cowers indoors to avoid the bitter new civil war, while his sister Mary considers her options for the future. When a handsome visitor arrives with news of an inheritance, the family begins to plan their new life, but their apparent salvation soon reveals itself to be the cause of their ruin.

OEDIPUS

  • Theatre: Wyndham's Theatre
  • Opening: October 4, 2024
  • Playwright: Robert Icke, adapted from Sophocles
  • Director: Robert Icke
  • Cast: Mark Strong, Lesley Manville

THE DUCHESS

  • Theatre: Trafalgar Theatre
  • Opening: October 5, 2024
  • Playwright: John Webster, adapted by Zinnie Harris
  • Director: Zinnie Harris
  • Cast: Jodie Whittaker

Recently widowed and in search for a new lease of life, the Duchess defies her family’s wishes by remarrying beneath her class. However, when her brothers, driven by insurmountable greed and rage, discover her second marriage they unleash a series of cruel and devastating punishments against her that repress her power. But will their vicious atrocities come back to haunt them?

THE OTHER PLACE

  • Theatre: National Theatre (Lyttelton)
  • First Preview: September 27, 2024
  • Opening: October 8, 2024
  • Playwright: Alexander Zeldin
  • Director: Alexander Zeldin
  • Cast: Lee Braithwaite, Emma D'Arcy, Jeremy Killick, Tobias Menzies, Nina Sosanya

Two sisters reunite on the anniversary of the death of their father. Their uncle has remodelled their family home, in an attempt at a fresh start. But one sister’s sudden reappearance threatens to shatter this fragile idyll as she demands justice for the pain she carries. Amid the debris and the new extension, guilt, grief and greed battle it out in the family’s competing dreams of their future. When we are faced with the suffering of others, even those closest to us, can we look away?

DR. STRANGELOVE

  • Theatre: Noel Coward Theatre
  • Opening: October 8, 2024
  • Playwright: Armando Ianucci, Sean Foley
  • Director: Sean Foley
  • Cast: Steve Coogan

THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON

  • Theatre: Ambassadors Theatre
  • First Preview: October 10, 2024
  • Opening: TBA
  • Book: Jethro Compton
  • Music: Darren Clark
  • Lyrics: Jethro Compton, Darren Clark
  • Director: Jethro Compton
  • Cast: TBA

Under the light of a full moon, something most curious occurs… Benjamin Button is born old. Bound to the fate of growing younger each day, Benjamin wants nothing more than to live a little life. But will he ever find a place to belong? Only time and tide will tell…

STATUES

  • Theatre: Bush Theatre
  • First Preview: October 9, 2024
  • Opening: October 14, 2024
  • Playwright: Azan Ahmed
  • Director: Esme Allman
  • Cast: Azan Ahmed

Days after his father’s passing, English teacher Yusuf discovers a dusty mixtape that changes everything he knew about a man who barely spoke. Turns out, Mustafa spent the 90s rapping about pretty girls and Kilburn life, plotting dreams of superstardom with his best friend Omar. How did this passionate wordsmith become a silent statue? Yusuf’s mourning is overtaken by a journey into the past. Threaded together by Omar’s thumping beats and his father’s bars, Yusuf uncovers secrets that turn his world upside-down.

THE FORSYTE SAGA - PARTS 1 AND 2

  • Theatre: Park Theatre
  • First Preview: October 11, 2024
  • Opening: October 18, 2024
  • Playwright: John Galsworthy
  • Director: John Roche
  • Cast: TBA

London, 1886. Wealthy solicitor Soames Forsyte is a man of property, and his beautiful wife Irene is his most prized possession. When he commissions an architect to build him a house in which to keep her, the cracks in their marriage finally begin to show, until something happens so shocking that it tears the Forsyte family apart. Years later, Soames’ daughter Fleur is haunted by the family secret when history begins to repeat itself…

LIZZIE

  • Theatre: Hope Mill Theatre
  • First Preview: October 17, 2024
  • Opening: October 20, 2024
  • Book: Tim Maner
  • Lyrics: Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer, Tim Maner
  • Music: Alan Stevens Hewitt, Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer
  • Director: William Whelton
  • Cast: TBA

Lizzie The Musical explores the life of Lizzie Borden, who was accused of murdering her father and stepmother with an axe in the late summer of 1892 in Fall River, Massachusetts. The musical delves into her complex psyche and speculates on the motivations she may have had: loss of inheritance, history of sexual abuse, oppression, and madness.

THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA

  • Theatre: Dominion Theatre
  • Opening: October 24, 2024
  • Book: Kate Wetherhead
  • Music: Elton John
  • Lyrics: Shaina Taub
  • Director: Jerry Mitchell
  • Cast: Vanessa Williams, Georgie Buckland, Amy Di Bartolomeo, Matt Henry

Runway magazine. The supreme authority of the high-fashion world, and the new home of assistant Andy Sachs. It’s a position a million people would kill for, but under the sharp stilettos of Runway’s legendary editor-in-chief, Miranda Priestly, the job is no dream. Up against Miranda’s blistering leadership and stratospheric expectations, Andy is pushed to the edge, forced to choose between her career and her own happiness. Based on the hit film and featuring an all-star creative team, The Devil Wears Prada, The Musical is a glamorous and hilarious story about finding your place and discovering what matters most.

WOLVES ON ROAD

  • Theatre: Bush Theatre
  • First Preview: November 9, 2024
  • Opening: November 14, 2024
  • Playwright: Beru Tessema
  • Director: Daniel Bailey
  • Cast: TBA

Manny dreams of being a big dog – but right now he’s hocking fake designer goods, living with his mum and dealing with her new boyfriend. The glittery skyscrapers of Canary Wharf he sees out the window every day have never seemed so far away. But when his best friend offers him a way to make money faster than he could ever imagine, he pulls his whole family into a world that’s almost too good to be true.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

  • Theatre: Old Vic Theatre
  • First Preview: November 9, 2024
  • Opening: November 20, 2024
  • Playwright: Jack Thorne, adapted from Charles Dickens
  • Director: Matthew Warchus
  • Cast: TBA

Transporting audiences to a bitterly chilly Christmas Eve night, a hard-hearted miser is visited by four ghosts, who take him on a journey to worlds past, present and future. But will Scrooge save himself from the results of a lifetime of fear and selfishness, now that he can see the ramifications of his lonely existence?

TENDER

  • Theatre: Bush Theatre
  • First Preview: November 19, 2024
  • Opening: November 25, 2024
  • Playwright: Eleanor Tindall
  • Director: Emily Aboud
  • Cast: TBA

Ivy has life sorted; she’s got a flat, a boyfriend and she knows exactly where it’s all headed. Except there is this thing that she tries not to think about. The thing she left in her childhood bedroom. Ash is having the time of her life. Fresh from leaving a bad relationship, she’s got no idea what’s next. But there’s something about her new flat. The wallpaper pulses and sometimes it sounds like a heartbeat. Two women. A chance meeting. Giddy kisses they never should have shared. Tender is the story of two people who find each other without even knowing they were looking.

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST

  • Theatre: National Theatre (Lyttelton)
  • First Preview: November 20, 2024
  • Opening: November 28, 2024
  • Playwright: Oscar Wilde
  • Director: Max Webster
  • Cast: Sharon D Clarke, Ncuti Gatwa, Hugh Skinner, Richard Cant, Amanda Lawrence

Being sensible can be excessively boring. At least Jack thinks so. While assuming the role of dutiful guardian in the country, he lets loose in town under a false identity. Meanwhile, his friend Algy takes on a similar facade. Unfortunately, living a double life has its drawbacks, especially when it comes to love. Hoping to impress two eligible ladies, the gentlemen find themselves caught in a web of lies they must carefully navigate.

BALLET SHOES

  • Theatre: National Theatre (Olivier)
  • First Preview: November 23, 2024
  • Opening: December 5, 2024
  • Playwright: Noel Streatfeild, Kendall Feaver
  • Director: Katy Rudd
  • Cast: TBA

In a crumbling house full of dinosaur bones and fossils, three adopted sisters – Pauline, Petrova and Posy – are learning who they are and what they want to be. Under the watchful eyes and guidance of their guardian Sylvia, Nana, and some unlikely lodgers, they fight to pursue their individual passions. But in a world that wasn’t built for women with big ambitions, can they forge a future, keep their family together, and even learn a dance or two along the way?

OEDIPUS

  • Theatre: Old Vic Theatre
  • First Preview: January 21, 2025
  • Opening: February 4, 2025
  • Playwright: Ella Hickson, adapted from Sophocles
  • Director: Matthew Warchus and Hofesh Schechter
  • Cast: Rami Malek, Indira Varna

MY NEIGHBOUR TOTORO

  • Theatre: Gillian Lynne Theatre
  • First Preview: March 8, 2025
  • Opening: March 20, 2025
  • Playwright: Tom Morton-Smith
  • Director: Phelim McDermott
  • Cast: TBA

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.

 
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