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SOUTH PACIFIC

  • Theatre: Sadler's Wells Theatre
  • Opening: August 2, 2022
  • Book: Oscar Hammerstein II, Joshua Logan
  • Music: Richard Rodgers
  • Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II
  • Director: Daniel Evans
  • Cast: Julian Ovenden, Gina Beck, Rob Houchen, Joanna Ampil, Sera Maehara

Chichester Festival Theatre’s critically acclaimed, landmark production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific transfers to Sadler’s Wells this summer for a strictly limited season.

ALL OF US

  • Theatre: National Theatre (Olivier)
  • First Preview: July 27, 2022
  • Opening: August 4, 2022
  • Playwright: Francesca Martinez
  • Director: Ian Rickson
  • Cast: Includes Oliver Alvin-Wilson, Chris Anderson, Bryan Dick, Kevin Hely, Francesca Martinez, Francesca Mills, Wanda Opalinska, Christopher-John Slater

Jess has a job she loves, great friends and a sharp sense of humour. So, when the life she has worked hard to build is threatened, she decides to take a stand. This powerful and timely drama explores life, love and the struggle to survive for those who don’t fit in during a time of austerity.

CRUISE

  • Theatre: Apollo Theatre
  • Opening: August 13, 2022
  • Playwright: Jack Holden
  • Director: Bronagh Laga
  • Cast: Jack Holden, John Patrick Elliott

When he’s diagnosed with HIV in 1984, Michael is told he’ll have four years to live – at most. So, with the clock ticking, he and his partner Dave decide to sell their house, flog the car, and spend everything they have to party like it’s the last days of Rome. When Dave dies two years later, Michael doubles down on his hedonistic ways, spending what little he has on drink and drugs.

INTO THE WOODS

  • Theatre: Theatre Royal Bath
  • First Preview: August 17, 2022
  • Opening: August 24, 2022
  • Book: James Lapine
  • Music: Stephen Sondheim
  • Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim
  • Director: Terry Gillam and Leah Hausman
  • Cast: Julian Bleach, Audrey Brisson, Nicola Hughes, Rhashan Stone, Alex Young, Gillian Bevan, Nathanael Campbell, Maria Conneely, Lauren Conroy, Phoebe Fildes, Samuel Holmes, Charlotte Jaconelli, Henry Jenkinson, Barney Wilkinson


Several of childhood's most familiar fairy tales ("Little Red Riding Hood," "Cinderella," "Rapunzel," "Jack and the Beanstalk," etc.) are shown to be part of a single story, as woven together by librettist James Lapine and composer Stephen Sondheim. The result is a psychological parable about parents, children and growing up.

RIDE

  • Theatre: Charing Cross Theatre
  • Opening: August 25, 2022
  • Music, Book, and Lyrics: Freya Catrin Smith and Jack Williams
  • Director: Sarah Meadows
  • Cast: Liv Andrusier, Yuki Sutton, Amy Parker

It’s 1895 and Annie Londonderry has returned victorious to America, hailed as the first woman ever to cycle around the world. She’s pioneering, she’s plucky, and she’s pitching her story to the men who run the newspapers. From the infamous wager that set her journey in motion, to her freewheeling adventures with captains, cowboys, and customs officials, Annie just knows her tales will spin readers into a frenzy. But as she approaches rough terrain, and unexpected paths throw her off balance, can Annie regain her footing, or will she confront the past she left behind?

MRS. DOUBTFIRE

  • Theatre: Manchester Opera House
  • Opening: September 2, 2022
  • Book: Karey Kirkpatrick and John O'Farrell
  • Music and Lyrics: Karey Kirkpatrick and Wayne Kirkpatrick
  • Director: Jerry Zaks
  • Cast: Gabriel Vick, Laura Tebbutt, Carla Dixon Hernandez, Cameron Blakely, Marcus Collins, Dominic Andersen, Vanessa Fisher, Ian Talbot, Aiesha Naomi Pease, George Nearn Stuart, Charlie Tumbridge, Fred Wilcox, Jessica Bowerman, Darcey Dean, Angelica Peal Scott

After losing custody in a messy divorce, Daniel Hillard creates the kindly alter ego of Scottish nanny Euphegenia Doubtfire in a desperate attempt to stay in their lives. A hilarious and heartfelt story about holding onto your loved ones against all odds, Mrs. Doubtfire is the musical comedy we need right now — one that proves we’re better together.

ANTIGONE

  • Theatre: Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
  • Opening: September 3, 2022
  • Playwright: Inua Ellams
  • Director: Max Webster
  • Cast: Pandora Colin, Rhianna Dorris, Sandy Grierson, Zainab Hasan, Nadeem Islam, Abe Jarman, Tony Jayawardena, Oliver Johnstone, Munir Khairdin, Susan Lawson-Reynolds, Eli London, Shazia Nicholls, Mervin Noronha, Razak Osman, Joseph Prouse, Nadia Sohawon, Riley Woodford, Lydia Bakelmun

A torn family. A hostile state. One heroic brother. One misguided son. One conflicted sister, and the second is on the run. A blistering retelling of the epic story from the writer of Barber Shop Chronicles, Inua Ellams.

THE TWO POPES

  • Theatre: Rose Theatre
  • First Preview: September 9, 2022
  • Opening: September 13, 2022
  • Playwright: Anthony McCarten
  • Director: James Dacre
  • Cast: Anton Lesser, Nicholas Woodeson

Nine years ago, Pope Benedict XVI stunned the world by resigning, the first Pope in 700 years to do so. What drove this archconservative to break with sacred tradition and make way for a former tango club bouncer and football-loving reformer with the common touch, to become Pope Francis?

ROSE

  • Theatre:  Park Theatre
  • Fist Preview: September 13, 2022
  • Opening: September 15, 2022
  • Playwright: Martin Sherman
  • Director: Scott Le Crass
  • Cast: Maureen Lipman

Blending the personal with the political, this sharply drawn portrait of a feisty Jewish woman traces Rose’s story from the devastation of Nazi-ruled Europe to conquering the American dream. Rose reflects on what it means to be a survivor. Her remarkable life began in a tiny Ukranian village, took her to Warsaw's ghettos and a ship called The Exodus, and finally to the boardwalks of Atlantic City, the Arizona canyons, and salsa-flavoured nights in Miami beach.

THE CRUCIBLE

  • Theatre: National Theatre (Olivier)
  • Fist Preview: September 14, 2022
  • Opening: September 22, 2022
  • Playwright: Arthur Miller
  • Director: Lyndsey Turner
  • Cast: Fisayo Akinade, Brendan Cowell, Rachelle Diedericks, Erin Doherty, Nick Fletcher, Karl Johnson, Matthew Marsh, Gracie McGonigal, Eileen Walsh

Arthur Miller's tale of the Salem witch trials, in which a group of girls accuse upstanding women in the town of witchcraft to divert suspicion from their own activities, has been seen as an allegory for Senator Joseph McCarthy's anti-Communist crusades of the 1950s.

EUREKA DAY

  • Theatre: Old Vic Theatre
  • First Preview: September 6, 2022
  • Opening: September 23, 2022
  • Playwright: Jonathan Spector
  • Director: Katy Rudd
  • Cast: Helen Hunt

An illness is spreading through the progressive and painstakingly accepting Eureka Day School – and it's more than the mumps. When the outbreak threatens to become an epidemic, it's a race to see what will destroy this community first:the disease or each other. Despite the safe-space mentality, gluten-free scones from the local bakery, and open marriages that have moved beyond monogamy, secrets and lies still run rampant and childhood vaccinations ignite fury. An explosive comedy that skewers sanctimony and the nature of our politics, Eureka Day asks:when does "us"become "them"?

THE UPSTART CROW

  • Theatre: Gielgud Theatre
  • Opening: September 23, 2022
  • Playwright: Ben Elton
  • Director: Sean Foley
  • Cast: David Mitchell, Gemma Whelan

The Upstart Crow opened at the Gielgud Theatre in February 2020 to an array of glowing reviews and sold out performances. Now, one plague and an Olivier Award nomination later, this all-new comedy is back, starring David Mitchell who will resume his West End debut in Ben Elton’s stage adaptation of the critically acclaimed BBC TV sitcom, Upstart Crow. Rejoining Mitchell on stage will be Gemma Whelan as the sweet and fragrant Kate, along with a troupe of players to be announced.

BLUES FOR AN ALABAMA SKY

  • Theatre: National Theatre (Lyttleton)
  • Fist Preview: September 20, 2022
  • Opening: September 27, 2022
  • Playwright: Pearl Cleage
  • Director: Lynette Linton
  • Cast: Ronke Adekoluejo, Osy Ikhile, Sule Rimi, Giles Terera, Samira Wiley

Harlem, 1930. Where the Blues are getting bluer and the gin is running dry. A free-spirited Cotton Club singer has just been fired with nowhere left to go but down. So, she turns to her best friend, an extravagant costume designer with plans to dress Josephine Baker in Paris. Maybe they can run away together. Or maybe the handsome southerner that just came knocking can offer an even better life. But the saxophone dreams of Harlem rarely end as smoothly as they start.

JOHN GABRIEL BORKMAN

  • Theatre: The Bridge Theatre
  • First Preview: September 24, 2022
  • Opening: September 29, 2022
  • Playwright: Henrik Ibsen, New Version by Lucinda Coxon
  • Director: Nicholas Hytner
  • Cast: Simon Russell Beale

John Gabriel Borkman, once an illustrious entrepreneur, has been brought low by a prison sentence for fraud. As he paces alone in an upstairs room, bankrupt and disgraced, he is obsessed by dreams of his comeback. Downstairs, his estranged wife plots the restoration of the family name. When her sister arrives unannounced, she triggers a desperate showdown with the past.

IPHIGENIA IN SPLOTT

  • Theatre: Lyric Theatre Hammersmith
  • First Preview: September 26, 2022
  • Opening: October 1, 2022
  • Playwright: Gary Owen
  • Director: Rachel O'Riordan
  • Cast: Sophie Melville

Effie’s life spirals through a mess of drink, drugs and drama every night, and a hangover worse than death the next day - till one night gives her the chance to be something more.

THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE

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

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: 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.

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.

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: TBA

...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.

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: TBA

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…

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: Brett Smock

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.

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST

  • Theatre: Rose Theatre
  • Opening: November 1, 2022
  • Playwright: Oscar Wilde
  • Director: Denzel Westley Sanderson
  • Cast: TBA

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.

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.

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

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: TBA

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


 
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