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Last updated : 24th November 2017

A new version of the 2009 Donmar Warehouse production of John Logan's Red, a bioplay about the abstract artist Mark Rothko's struggle to accept his success, with Alfred Molina returning to the role of Rothko, joined by Alfred Enoch, directed by Michael Grandage, will open at Wyndham's Theatre on 15th May.

Martin McDonagh's The Lieutenant Of Inishmore, a bloody black farce in the Celtic urban violence tradition, about a cat loving IRA dissident, with Aiden Turner, directed by Michael Grandage, will open at the Noel Coward Theatre on 4th July.

Forthcoming shows at the Bush Theatre in Shepherds Bush will include The Believers Are But Brothers, written, performed and co-directed by Javaad Alipoor, examining the world of online extremism, anonymity and hate speech, co-directed by Kirsty Housely, opening on 26th January; The B*easts, written and performed by Monica Dolan, exploring the sexualisation of children in modern culture, directed by John Hoggarth, opening on 15th February; and the premieres of Arinze Kene's Misty, a blend of gig theatre, spoken word, and live art exploring the city of London, directed by Omar Elerian, opening on 21st March; and Winsome Pinnock's Leave Taking, about a second generation immigrant family, directed by Madani Younis, opening on 31st May.

Hull Truck Theatre's new season will include with the premiere of James Graham's The Culture - A Farce In Two Acts, a satirical look at Hull's time as UK City of Culture, directed by Mark Babych, from 26th January; Compton MacKenzie's Whisky Galore, about Scottish islanders hiding the whisky they have liberated from a wrecked ship during the Second World War, with an all female cast, directed by Kevin Shaw, from 2nd May; and Lucy Beaumont's Clown Klub, about a group of people putting together a clown act for a TV talent show, directed by Mark Babych, from 14th June.

The Phil Willmott Company will stage a season at the Union Theatre, in Southwark, comprising George Bernard Shaw's Heartbreak House, charting events at country house party weekend involving an eccentric old sea captain, his two impossible daughters, and a variety of husbands, suitors and long lost relations, from 3rd January; Carmen!, a musical theatre adaptation of Bizet's opera, from 7th February; and Anton Chekov's The Cherry Orchard, picturing rural Russia at the brink of the Revolution, in March, all directed by Phil Willmott.

The spring season at the Queen's Theatre in Hornchurch will comprise Patrick Hamilton's Rope, in which two students commit murder for the thrill of it, directed by Douglas Rintoul, from 15th February; Diane Samuels's Kindertransport, the story of a 9 year old girl transported from Germany to Manchester in 1938, as part of the evacuation of around 10,000 unaccompanied Jewish children, directed by Anne Simon, from 8th March; and the musical Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert, adapted by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott from the 1994 Australian film, about three drag queens on a road trip to Alice Springs, using existing disco songs, directed by Douglas Rintoul, with choreography by Darragh O'Leary, from 27th April.