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23rd December 2016
The musical Sleepless, book by Michael Burdett, music by Robert Scott, lyrics by Brendan Cull, adapted from the 1993 rom-com Sleepless In Seattle, with a denouement on the observation deck of the Empire State Building, with Danny Mac, Carley Stenson, Jennie Dale and Cory English, ...
16th December 2016
Richard Marsh and Katie Bonna's Dirty Great Love Story, a comedy about two hopeful, hapless romantics and a catastrophe of good intentions, with Felix Scott and Ayesha Antoine, directed by Pia Furtado, will open at the Arts Theatre, off Charing Cross Road, on 25th January. The...
9th December 2016
Brodsky / Baryshnikov, a one man show based on the poems of Joseph Brodsky, performed (in Russian) by Mikhail Baryshnikov, conceived and directed by Alvis Hermanis, will play at the Apollo Theatre from 3rd to 6th May. The Watermill Theatre Newbury production of Nick Newman and...
25th November 2016
A semi-staged production of the musical Carousel, music by Richard Rodgers, book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein, the doomed love story of a naive mill worker and a glamorous but unreliable roustabout, with Katherine Jenkins and Alfie Boe, directed by Lonnie Price, will play a 5 ...
18th November 2016
The spring season at Donmar Warehouse will include the premiere of Steve Waters's Limehouse, which imagines what happened behind closed doors in the formation of the SDP in 1981, with Paul Chahidi and Debra Gillett, directed by Polly Findlay, opening on 8th March; Bertolt Brecht'...
11th November 2016
A new musical adaptation of Kenneth Grahame's classic tale The Wind In The Willows, book by Julian Fellows, music by George Stiles, lyrics by Anthony Drewe, with Rufus Hound, directed by Rachel Kavanaugh, with choreography by Aletta Collins, which is currently touring, will open ...
4th November 2016
Don Juan In Soho, written and directed by Patrick Marber, which transports Moliere's notorious character who lives only for pleasure to contemporary London, with David Tennant, will open at Wyndham's Theatre on 28th March. The Royal Court Theatre has announced its 2017 season, ...
28th October 2016
The current Menier Chocolate Factory production of Tom Stoppard's Travesties, which imagines James Joyce, Vladimir Lenin and Tristan Tzara meeting in Zurich at the height of the First World War, resulting in calamitous mix-ups and mistaken identities, with Tom Hollander, Freddie ...
21st October 2016
The recent Broadway production of Tennessee Williams's The Glass Menagerie, the story of an overbearing mother and her son, who is torn between an obligation to his family and his desire to break away, in 1930s St Louis, with original cast members Cherry Jones and Brian J Smith joined...
14th October 2016
Edward Albee's The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?, the story of a man whose life is thrown into turmoil when he confesses to falling in love with a goat, with Damian Lewis, directed by Ian Rickson, will open at the Haymarket Theatre on 5th April. The National Theatre has announced further...
30th September 2016
Sam Shepard's Fool For Love, set in a seedy motel room on the edge of the Mojave Desert, where two doomed lovers uncover deep secrets and dark desires, with Adam Rothenberg and Lydia Wilson, directed by Simon Evans, will open at Found111, the former site of the Central St Martin'...
23rd September 2016
Edward Albee's Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?, the darkly comic play detailing the breakdown of the 23 year marriage of a combative couple during a 'quiet evening with friends', with Imelda Staunton and Conleth Hill, directed by James Macdonald, will open at the Harold Pinter Theatre...
16th September 2016
The Royal Shakespeare Company's 2017 season in Stratford upon Avon will include in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre: Julius Caesar, directed by Angus Jackson; Antony And Cleopatra, with Josette Simon, directed by Iqbal Khan; Titus Andronicus, directed by Blanche McIntyre, and Coriolanus...
9th September 2016
Dead Funny, written and directed by Terry Johnson, in which slapstick meets slap and tickle as a couple's marital problems surface during a meeting of the Dead Funny Society, with Katherine Parkinson, Steve Pemberton, Ralf Little, Emily Berrington and Rufus Jones, will open at the...
2nd September 2016
The current Chichester Festival Theatre production of the musical Half A Sixpence, original book by Beverley Cross, music and lyrics by David Heneker, with new book by Julian Fellows, music by George Stiles, lyrics by Anthony Drewe, adapted from H G Wells's novel Kipps, about an ...
26th August 2016
On The Casting Couch: Nick Hancock, Charlie Clements and Danny Walters will head the cast of Michael Head's The Greater Game, opening at Southwark Playhouse on 20th September; and Tamsin Greig, David Calder, Daniel Flynn, Jessica Hynes and Sara Kestelman will head the cast of Tony...
19th August 2016
The Last Tango, a dance show in which a man delves into an attic full of memories, with Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace, featuring rumba, jive, flamenco, salsa and tango, directed by Karen Bruce, which has toured extensively, will play a season at the Phoenix Theatre, opening on...
12th August 2016
The backstage musical 42nd Street, book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble, music by Harry Warren, lyrics by Al Dubin, adapted from the legendary 1933 film in which a chorus girl is instructed to "go out there a youngster and come back a star", directed by Mark Bramble, with choreography...
4th August 2016
Forthcoming productions at Southwark Playhouse, at the Elephant and Castle, will include Tennessee Williams's Confessional, about a group of low life characters in a seedy bar, relocated to a British seaside town, directed by Jack Silver, opening on 7th October; and the premiere ...
29th July 2016
The New York Theatre Workshop production of the musical Lazarus, book by Enda Walsh, music and lyrics by David Bowie, a sequel to Walter Tevis's The Man Who Fell To Earth, about an extraterrestrial who lands on Earth in an attempt to save the people of his planet, which is suffering...
22nd July 2016
E M Forster's A Room With A View, adapted by Simon Reade, the Edwardian comedy of romance and class, with Felicity Kendal, directed by Adrian Noble, will open a prospective pre West End tour at the Theatre Royal Bath on 28th September. Owen McCafferty's Unfaithful, in which a ...
15th July 2016
Madame Tussauds is staging The Game's Afoot, an immersive event set in the world of Sherlock Holmes and Victorian London, in which audiences use their powers of deduction to solve a mystery, written and directed by James Seager, Emma Brunjes and Anthony Spargo. The Case Of The Poisonous...
8th July 2016
It's Official! As previously forecast here, the recent St Ann's Warehouse Brooklyn production of Mark Rylance and Louis Jenkins's Nice Fish, a comic meditation on friendship, solitude and landscape during an ice fishing expedition, with Mark Rylance, Jim Lichtscheidl, Raye Birk, ...
1st July 2016
The autumn season at the Donmar Warehouse will comprise Kemp Powers's One Night In Miami, imagining Cassius Clay celebrating winning the heavyweight title for the first time with Malcolm X, Sam Cooke and Jim Brown, with Sope Dirisu, Francois Battiste, Arinze Kene and David Ajala, ...
24th June 2016
The Menier Chocolate Factory, in Southwark, will stage Tom Stoppard's Travesties, which imagines James Joyce, Vladimir Lenin and Tristan Tzara meeting in Zurich at the height of the First World War, resulting in calamitous mix-ups and mistaken identities, with Tom Hollander, Freddie...
10th June 2016
It's Official! As previously forecast here, the Tony Award winning New York Public Theater production of the hip hop musical Hamilton, written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, inspired by Ron Chernow's biography of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, directed by Thomas Kail, with ...
3rd June 2016
Stephen Daldry's 1992 National Theatre production of J B Priestley's An Inspector Calls, in which a family dinner party is shattered by the arrival of a mysterious police inspector, and his investigations into the death of a young woman, redirected by Julian Webber, will return to...
27th May 2016
The Girls, a musical adaptation of The Calendar Girls, book by Tim Firth from his play based on his screenplay of the 2003 film, about the members of the WI who posed for a calendar naked, but with their modesty preserved by artfully placed cakes, knitting and flower arrangements...
20th May 2016
The current Broadway production of School Of Rock - The Musical, adapted from the 2003 film about an out of work musician who pretends to be a substitute teacher and transforms his students into a rock band, book by Julian Fellowes, music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Glenn Slater...
13th May 2016
The Toneelgroep Amsterdam company will have a residency at the Barbican Theatre next year, directed by Ivo van Hove, comprising the return of Roman Tragedies, the 6 hour multimedia spectacle by Bart Van den Eynde, Jan Peter Gerrits and Alexander Schreuder based on Shakespeare's Coriolanus...
6th May 2016
The 2016/2017 season at the Old Vic Theatre will comprise the premiere of Samuel Beckett's No's Knife, performed by Lisa Dwan, opening on 3rd October; Shakespeare's King Lear, with Glenda Jackson, Jane Horrocks, Rhys Ifans, Simon Manyonda and Harry Melling, directed by Deborah Warner...
29th April 2016
The Birmingham Stage Company production of Horrible Histories: Best Of Barmy Britain, adapted from Terry Deary's series of children's books and directed by Neal Foster, with Neil Foster and Alison Fitzjohn, choreographed by Kenn Oldfield, will play daytime performances at the Apollo...
22nd April 2016
It's Official! As previously forecast here, the current Broadway musical An American In Paris, adapted from the 1951 film about a former GI starting over as a painter in a city rebuilding after the Second World War, featuring a score by George and Ira Gershwin, book by Craig Lucas...
15th April 2016
The Royal Shakespeare Company is to transfer 6 productions from Stratford upon Avon to London. Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus, with Sandy Grierson and Oliver Ryan alternating in the leading roles, directed by Maria Aberg, and Ben Johnson's The Alchemist, directed by Polly Findlay...
1st April 2016
The new season at the Almeida Theatre, in Islington, will include the previously announced Shakespeare's Richard III, with Ralph Fiennes, Vanessa Redgrave, Mark Hadfield, Finbar Lynch and Joanna Vanderham, directed by Rupert Goold, opening on 14th June; the premieres of Adam Brace...
24th March 2016
This year's Opera Holland Park season will run from 7th June to 13th August, and will comprise new productions of Mascagni's Iris, directed by Olivia Fuchs; Puccini's La Boheme, directed by Stephen Barlow; Rossini's La Cenerentola, directed by Oliver Platt; Strauss's Die Fledermaus...
18th March 2016
The television improv show Whose Line Is It Anyway?, with Greg Proops, Colin Mochrie, Josie Lawrence, Jeff Davis and Brad Sherwood, hosted by Clive Anderson, will return to the stage at the London Palladium from 9th to 19th June. The spring season at the Old Red Lion, at the Angel...
11th March 2016
It has been confirmed that the 2014 Broadway production of Harold Pinter's No Man's Land, which features two characters with an ambiguous relationship in uncertain circumstances, with Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, directed by Sean Mathias, will open at Wyndham's Theatre in September...
4th March 2016
The Almeida Theatre, in Islington, will stage Shakespeare's Richard III, with Ralph Fiennes and Vanessa Redgrave, directed by Rupert Goold, opening on 14th June. The revised version of the musical Side Show, book and lyrics by Bill Russell, music by Henry Krieger, additional book...
26th February 2016
The Young Vic's autumn season will include Isango Ensemble's musical A Man Of Good Hope, adapted from Jonny Steinberg's book following a young Somalian refugee heading to South Africa to seek new opportunities, directed by Mark Dornford-May, opening on 13th October; and George S ...
19th February 2016
The Old Vic Theatre will stage Shakespeare's King Lear, with Glenda Jackson in the title role, directed by Deborah Warner, opening in October. Chichester Festival Theatre has announced its summer season. In the Festival Theatre: Henrik Ibsen's An Enemy Of The People, in a version...
12th February 2016
The recent Sheffield Crucible production of the musical Show Boat, book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein, music by Jerome Kern, adapted from Edna Ferber's novel about life on the Mississippi River around the turn of the 20th century, with Gina Beck, Emmanuel Kojo and Rebecca Trehearn...
29th January 2016
Stephen Jeffreys's The Libertine, telling the true story of the Restoration rake and poet John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester, with Dominic Cooper, directed by Terry Johnson, will open at the Haymarket Theatre on 27th September, following a season at the Theatre Royal Bath from 31st...
22nd January 2016
Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus, the story of a man who sells his soul to the devil in return for knowledge and power, with Kit Harington, directed by Jamie Lloyd, will open at the Duke of York's Theatre in April. Curtain Up; Celebrating 40 Years Of Theatre In London And ...
15th January 2016
The Tony Award winning Broadway production of Lanie Robertson's Lady Day At Emerson's Bar And Grill, a one woman bioplay with music about Billie Holiday, performed by Audra McDonald, directed by Lonny Price, will open at Wyndham's Theatre on 5th July. The Royal Shakespeare Company...
8th January 2016
This year's Shakespeare's Globe season will comprise A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Emma Rice, opening on 5th May; The Taming Of The Shrew, directed by Caroline Byrne, opening on 20th May; Macbeth, directed by Iqbal Khan, from 18th June; and the return of The Merchant Of ...