NINE NIGHT

14 Whitehall, Westminster, London SW1A 2DY, UK
Embankment Charing Cross Charing Cross

After a sold-out run at the National Theatre, Natasha Gordon’s debut play Nine Night transfers to Trafalgar Studios directed by Roy Alexander Weise. The play depicts the Jamaican tradition of holding a nine night wake, telling the story of three generations of one family with comedy and grief in equal measure.

1st December 2018 - 23rd February 2019

SWEAT

41 Earlham St, London WC2H 9LX, UK
Covent Garden

Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Sweat is premiering in the UK at the Donmar Warehouse. Lynn was inspired to write the play following her time spent with the people of Reading, Pennsylvania, one of the poorest cities in the US and a place scarred by racial tension and the collapse of the steel industry, so the drama examines what happens when the American Dream doesn’t quite come true.

7th December 2018 - 26th January 2019

THE CONVERT

66 The Cut, Waterloo, London SE1 8LZ
Southwark Waterloo East

Black Panther’s Letitia Wright appears in her co-star Danai Gurira’s play The Convert, which explores the themes of identity and faith. Set in 19th century Zimbabwe, the piece tells the story of Jekesai, who finds herself working for Catholic priest Chilford after fleeing a forced marriage. He has the chance to convert her, but at what cost?

7th December 2018 - 26th January 2019

THE TELL-TALE HEART

National Theatre, Upper Ground, London, UK
Waterloo Waterloo Embankment

Edgar Allen Poe’s classic tale gets a contemporary twist thanks to Anthony Neilson in what is his National Theatre debut. His darkly comic version of The Tell-Tale Heart sees a playwright struggling with writer’s block form a relationship with her landlady that soon becomes suffocating.

5th December 2018 - 9th January 2019

THE TRAGEDY OF KING RICHARD THE SECOND

1 Almeida St, London N1 1TA, UK
Highbury & Islington Highbury & Islington Highbury & Islington

Simon Russell Beale takes on the title role in this re-imagining of Shakespeare’s Richard II at the Almeida. Directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins, who’s got form doing modernised takes on Shakespeare (he directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Measure for Measure at the Young Vic), this contemporary version of the tale of the weak and wasteful King Richard II, should be pretty thrilling.

10th December 2018 - 2nd February 2019

HADESTOWN

National Theatre, Upper Ground, London, UK
Waterloo Waterloo

Ahead of opening on Broadway, new musical Hadestown is on for a short run at the National Theatre. Singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell has teamed up with director Rachel Chavkin to transform Mitchell’s concept album into a musical that fuses New Orleans jazz, American folk and the ancient story of Orpheus and Eurydice. Some have called it the new Hamilton so the hype is real.

2nd November 2018 - 26th January 2019

HOW TO CATCH A KRAMPUS

Carpenters Mews, North Road, London N7 9EF, UK
Caledonian Road

If you’re looking for an alternative to the traditional Christmas show, then this is it. Drag collective Sink the Pink present How To Catch A Krampus, inspired by classic British horror and London’s bawdy theatrical past, which they’re billing as a cross between Sweeney Todd, Black Mirror and The Wicker Man, with wigs.

13th November - 23rd December 2018

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF

53 Southwark St, London SE1 1RU, UK
London Bridge London Bridge

Trevor Nunn is directing this revival of the famous musical at the Menier Chocolate Factory, with Oliver Award-winning Andy Hyman heading up the cast as Teyve. This classic tells the story of Tevye and his efforts to maintain his Jewish traditions as he faces the actions of his daughters as well as those of the Tsar of Russia.

Until 9th March 2019

TRUE WEST

404 Strand, London WC2R 0NH, UK
Covent Garden

GoT’s Kit Harington and Vanity Fair’s Johnny Flynn take on the roles as brothers Austin and Lee, in the West End premiere of Sam Shepard’s True West. Set in the California desert, the play sees the brothers pitted against each other as Lee, who comes back into Austin’s life just as he has sold a movie script to producer Saul Kimmer, decides he wants a piece of the action too.

23rd November 2018 - 16th February 2019

EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE

Shaftesbury Ave, Soho, London W1D 7EZ, UK
Piccadilly Circus Leicester Square

inspired by a documentary about 16-year-old Jamie Campbell who wanted to become a drag queen and following a sell-out run at the Sheffield Crucible, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is a big hit in the West End. With songs from Dan Gillespie Sells and a showstopping performance from John McCrea, it’s a feel good story of a boy who just wants to go to prom in a dress

Until 6th April 2019

I’M NOT RUNNING

National Theatre, Upper Ground, London, UK
Embankment Waterloo Waterloo

David Hare is back at the National with another political play, this time diving into the last 20 years of the Labour Party. Doctor and health campaigner Pauline Gibson, played by Sian Brooke, finds herself with a chance to run as a political candidate after she crosses path with her Labour Party loyalist ex-boyfriend. But will she do it?

2nd October 2018 - 31st January 2019

COMPANY

Gielgud Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, UK
Piccadilly Circus

Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical Company, set during lead character Bobbie’s 35th birthday party, is revived by Marianne Elliot and she’s certainly put her own stamp on it, casting a woman (Rosalie Craig) as Bobbie for the first time and the show will also feature a same-sex couple for the first time too. Broadway legend Patti LuPone and Mel Giedroyc are also in the cast so it’s good’un.

26th September 2018 - 30th March 2019

THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS

77-85 Newington Causeway, London SE1 6BD, UK
Elephant & Castle Elephant & Castle

The traditional Christmas story gets a dark twist with Anthony Neilson’s black comedy The Night Before Christmas, revived by director Alex Sutton. As Gary tries to sort out some toys for his son he has to grapple with his ex-wife, a warehouse break-in, a prostitute, a junkie elf and his grumpy best mate.

28th November – 29th December 2018

A VERY VERY VERY DARK MATTER

3 Potters Fields Park, London SE1 2SG
London Bridge London Bridge

Following his smash hit Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Martin McDonagh is back at the theatre with his new play A Very Very Very Dark Matter. It’s a reimagining of the life of Hans Christian Andersen, played by Jim Broadbent, but this is McDonagh so it’s gonna be a little bit twisted.

12th October 2018 - 6th January 2019

WICKED

Apollo Victoria Theatre, Wilton Road, London, UK
Victoria Victoria

The award-winning Wicked, London’s 14th longest running show, is based on Gregory Maguire’s 1995 novel ‘Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West’, which is set in the land of Oz way before Dorothy and the gang got there in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The show tells the story of an unlikely friendship between two sorcery students at Shiz University, who eventually become Glinda the Good Witch and the Wicked Witch of the West. The Apollo Victoria Theatre is handily just next to Victoria station, and if you fancy a trip to watch Wicked with guests visiting London then Super Break have combined a deal for stall tickets and one night’s stay at the Royal National Hotel, with prices starting at only £98 per person, running until the end of December.

THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME

16 Denman St, Soho, London W1D 7DY
Piccadilly Circus

After an award-winning initial run at the National and on the West End, and a transfer to the US, Marianne Elliot’s production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is back in London, this time at the Piccadilly Theatre. Based on Mark Haddon’s bestseller, the play follows Christopher John Francis Boone on his investigation of the death of his neighbour’s dog Wellington.

Until 27th April 2019

WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION

County Hall, Belvedere Rd, South Bank, London SE1 7GP, UK
Waterloo Waterloo

The Olivier Award-nominated Witness for the Prosecution brings Agatha Christie’s famous tale to life in a whole new way thanks to its staging in the debating chamber of County Hall. The set design is so well executed that you do really feel like you’re sitting in criminal court, which adds a new level of tension to the testimonies of Leonard Vole, accused of murdering a wealthy widow, and the witness trying to send him down.

Until 31st March 2019

THE BOOK OF MORMON

Coventry St, London W1D 6AS, UK
Piccadilly Circus Leicester Square

If you like your musicals to be wildly politically incorrect and funny as hell, The Book of Mormon is the one for you. Created by Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the minds that brought you South Park, the show follows two Mormon missionaries on their journey to convert Ugandan natives to their religion. The lyrics may inappropriate, bordering on offensive, but the songs are bloody catchy and you won’t be able to stop laughing.

HAMILTON

Victoria St, Westminster, London SW1E 5EA, UK
Victoria Victoria

Hip-hop meets history in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s epic musical about the US Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an Caribbean immigrant who fights in the War of Independence and becomes the country’s first Treasury Secretary. Even if you think you don’t care about American history, you’ll find yourself rapping about the 1776 the Declaration of Independence and Aaron Burr for weeks afterwards. Do whatever it takes to get tickets, it’s worth it.

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG

3-5 Catherine Street, London WC2B 5LA, UK
Covent Garden

The award-winning The Play That Goes Wrong, which stated life at fringe venue in London with only four punters in the house, has had a remarkable run in the West End and shows no signs of slowing down. The show is (shockingly) about a drama society putting on a play that goes wrong, collapsing sets and all, and it’s an absolute riot.

Until 27th October 2019

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