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by Duncan Macmillan and Chris Rapley
at Royal Court Theatre - Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
Climate change is a matter of importance to everyone, but what to do about it is mired in controversy. What's needed is a conversation. What do we owe future generations? How can we protect our children and grandchildren?
(from 05 Nov 2014 - Closing on 15 Nov 2014)
3 WINTERS
by Tena Stivicic
at Lyttelton, National Theatre
From the remnants of monarchy to Communism, democracy, war and the EU: Croatia 1945–2011. Set against a country in turmoil, 3 WINTERS creates the portrait of an eclectic family, held together by the courage to survive.
(from 26 Nov 2014 - Booking to 11 Jan 2015)
BALLYTURK
By Enda Walsh
at Lyttelton, National Theatre
The lives of two men unravel quickly over the course of 90 minutes. Where are they? Who are they? What is this room, and what might be beyond the walls?
(from 11 Sep 2014 - Closing on 11 Oct 2014)
BEHIND THE BEAUTIFUL FOREVERS
by David Hare based on the book by Katherine Boo
at Olivier, National Theatre
India is surging with global ambition. But beyond the luxury hotels surrounding Mumbai airport lies a makeshift slum, full of people with plans of their own. Zehrunisa and her son Abdul aim to recycle enough rubbish to fund a proper house.
(from 10 Nov 2014 - Booking to 14 Jan 2014)
BRING UP THE BODIES
A new dramatisation of Hilary Mantel’s novels by Mike Poulton
at Aldwych Theatre
Tells the compelling story of the political rise to power of Thomas Cromwell from blacksmith’s boy to Henry VIII’s right hand man.
(from 07 May 2014 - Closing on 04 Oct 2014)
BROKEN HEART, THE
By John Ford
at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
An exalted love struggling to exist in a world of selfishness, jealousy and tawdry court politics.
(from 12 Mar 2015 - Closing on 18 Apr 2015)
CHANGELING, THE
By Thomas Middleton & William Rowley
at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
Ferocious tale of madness and passion.
(from 15 Jan 2015 - Closing on 01 Mar 2015)
CHERRY ORCHARD, THE
by Anton Chekhov, in a new version by Simon Stephens
at Young Vic Theatre (Main House)
A family resists the loss of their ancestral home as the old world order threatens to crumble around them.
(from 10 Oct 2014 - Closing on 29 Nov 2014)
CRUCIBLE, THE
by Arthur Miller
at Old Vic Theatre
This classic American drama is set during the Salem witch trials. The Crucible tells the story of one man’s fight to save his identity in a repressive Puritan community where intolerance collides with lust and superstition, fuelling widespread hysteria with tragic results.
(from 21 Jun 2014 - Booking to 13 Sep 2014)
CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME, THE
based on the novel by Mark Haddon, adapted by Simon Stephens
at Gielgud Theatre
Christopher, fifteen years old, stands beside Mrs Shears’ dead dog. It has been speared with a garden fork, it is seven minutes after midnight and Christopher is under suspicion....
(from 24 Jun 2014 - Booking to 14 Feb 2015)
DIDO, QUEEN OF CARTHAGE
By Christopher Marlowe
at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
Inspired by Virgil’s Aeneid is an intense tale of meddling gods, public duty and tragic love played out against the aftermath of the Trojan War.
(from 09 Apr 2015 - Closing on 18 Apr 2015)
DIRTY BUTTERFLY
by Debbie Tucker Green
at Young Vic Theatre (The Clare)
Dirty Butterfly explores fragmented truths and twisted relationships.
(from 01 Oct 2014 - Closing on 11 Oct 2014)
DOCTOR' SCROGGY'S WAR
By Howard Brenton
at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
First World War, Jack Twigg, 19 years old, enlists in the London Regiment and goes on a journey he never imagined – nor did the rest of the world.
(from 12 Sep 2014 - Closing on 10 Oct 2014)
DUSK
devised by David Harradine and Samantha Butler
at Young Vic Theatre (The Maria)
Dusk is an adventure that explores the meaning of home, family, change and reunion. Combining film and live performance, it has its young audience at its heart.
(from 13 Nov 2014 - Closing on 29 Nov 2014)
EAST IS EAST
By Ayub Khan Din
at Trafalgar Studios 1 Theatre
Pakistani chip-shop owner George Khan - Genghis to his kids - is determined to give his children a strict Muslim upbringing against the unforgiving backdrop of 1970s Salford. Household tension reaches breaking point as their long-suffering English mother, Ella, gets caught in the cross fire - her loyalties divided between her marriage and the free will of her children.
(from 04 Oct 2014 - Booking to 03 Jan 2015)
ELECTRA
by Sophocles in a version by Frank McGuinness
at Old Vic Theatre
Set in the city of Argos a few years after the Trojan war, it is based around the character of Electra, and the vengeance that she and her brother Orestes take on their mother Clytemnestra and step father Aegisthus for the murder of their father, Agamemnon.
(from 22 Sep 2014 - Closing on 20 Dec 2014)
ELEPHANTOM, THE
by Ross Collins, in a version adapted by Ben Power
at New London Theatre
The story of one little girl and her larger-than-life friend is brought to life with puppetry and theatrical ingenuity.
(from 30 Jun 2014 - Closing on 06 Sep 2014)
EPSTEIN: THE MAN WHO MADE THE BEATLES
by Andrew Sherlock
at Leicester Square Theatre Main House
A window into the private world of the music entrepreneur Brian Epstein, whose stellar career as Beatles Manager made him a household name yet whose controversial personal life remained very much in the closet.
(from 30 Jul 2014 - Closing on 06 Sep 2014)
FAR AWAY
by Caryl Churchill
at Young Vic Theatre (The Clare)
A four-hander play focusing on themes of manipulation and denial.
(from 07 Nov 2014 - Closing on 29 Nov 2014)
FARINELLI AND THE KING
By Claire van Kampen
at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
Set in eighteen-century Spain and Italy, tells the true story of Farinelli, the world’s most famous castrato, and his decision to trade fame and fortune for a live of servitude at the court of King Philip V.
(from 11 Feb 2015 - Closing on 07 Mar 2015)
FIREWORKS (Al'ab Nariya)
by Dalia Taha
at Royal Court Theatre - Jerwood Theatre Upstairs
A Palestinian town eleven year-old Lubna and twelve year-old Khalil are playing on the empty stairwell in their apartment block. As the siege intensifies outside, fear for their safety becomes as crippling as the conflict itself.
(from 12 Feb 2015 - Closing on 14 Mar 2015)
GHOST STORIES
By Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman
at Arts Theatre
'Three men gather, each with an uncanny tale to tell: their chilling stories will bleed off the stage and into your dreams. '
(from 13 Feb 2014 - Closing on 18 Jan 2015)
GOD BLESS THE CHILD
by Molly Davies
at Royal Court Theatre - Jerwood Theatre Upstairs
'Badger Do Best' has landed, bringing with it a new world of rules and regulations. But the kids are fighting back. Tired of being guinea pigs in yet another government scheme can the class of 4N bring down the education regime set to pacify them? After years working in the classroom, Molly Davies imagines a mutiny of eight year olds.
(from 12 Nov 2014 - Closing on 20 Dec 2014)
GOLEM
created by 1927, written by Suzanne Andrade
at Young Vic Theatre (Main House)
Golem explores the question of technology and its misuse: the danger lies not in machine acting more like man, but in man acting more like machine.
(from 09 Dec 2014 - Closing on 17 Jan 2015)
GREAT BRITAIN
by Richard Bean
at Haymarket Theatre Royal
Richard Bean’s fast and furious new play is an anarchic satire about the press, the police and the political establishment.
(from 10 Sep 2014 - Booking to 10 Jan 2015)
HAMLET
by William Shakespeare
at Barbican Theatre
with Benedict Cumberbatch as Hamlet
(from 05 Aug 2015 - Closing on 31 Oct 2015)
HAPPY DAYS
by Samuel Beckett
at Young Vic Theatre (Main House)
Winnie is a middle-aged woman buried up to her waist in a great mound of earth. Day and night are no more, the hours of waking and sleeping are signified by the ringing of a bell, and so it is that Winnie confronts her existential despair with absurd diversions and distractions, lurches of optimism and fragments of memories. Her dogged efforts to resist hopelessness and despair remain as potent a reminder of human resilience as when the play was first written in 1961.
(from 13 Feb 2015 - Booking to 21 Mar 2015)
HENRY IV
by William Shakespeare
at Donmar Warehouse
What makes a King? What makes a father? Shakespeare’s monumental history play travels to the heart of family, duty and country.
(from 03 Oct 2014 - Closing on 29 Nov 2014)
HENRY IV PART 2
by William Shakespeare
at Barbican Theatre
King Henry’s health is failing but he is uncertain Hal is a worthy heir. Meanwhile, Falstaff is sent to the countryside to recruit fresh troops, where he gleefully indulges in the business of lining his own pockets. As the King’s health continues to worsen, Hal must choose between duty and loyalty to an old friend.
(from 02 Dec 2014 - Closing on 24 Jan 2015)
HENRY IV PART I
by William Shakespeare
at Barbican Theatre
With his crown under threat from enemies both foreign and domestic, Henry IV prepares for war.
(from 29 Nov 2014 - Closing on 24 Jan 2015)
HETTY FEATHER
by Jacqueline Wilson, adapted for the stage by Emma Reeves
at Vaudeville Theatre
Join Hetty as she takes on Victorian London and overcomes all in her search to find her real mother and a true family of her own.
(from 05 Aug 2014 - Booking to 06 Sep 2014)
HOPE
by Jack Thorne
at Royal Court Theatre - Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
How do you save 22 million pounds? Mark and Hilary, the leaders of the Council are about to find out in this political play attacking the squeeze on local government.
(from 26 Nov 2014 - Closing on 10 Jan 2015)
HOW TO HOLD YOUR BREATH
by Zinnie Harris
at Royal Court Theatre - Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
Starting with a seemingly innocent one night stand, this play dives into our recent European history. An epic look at the true cost of principles and how we live now.
(from 04 Feb 2015 - Closing on 21 Mar 2015)
JAMES I: THE KEY WILL KEEP THE LOCK (Part of The James Plays)
The James Plays are a trio of new history plays by Rona Munro
at Olivier, National Theatre
James I explores the complex character of the colourful Stewart king – poet, lover and law-maker.
(from 10 Sep 2014 - Closing on 28 Oct 2014)
JAMES II: DAY OF THE INNOCENTS (Part of The James Plays)
The James Plays are a trio of new history plays by Rona Munro
at Olivier, National Theatre
A violent royal playground is depicted in James II: a terrifying arena of sharp teeth and long knives.
(from 15 Sep 2014 - Closing on 29 Oct 2014)
JAMES III: THE TRUE MIRROR (Part of The James Plays)
The James Plays are a trio of new history plays by Rona Munro
at Olivier, National Theatre
Charismatic, cultured and obsessed with grandiose schemes that his nation can ill afford, James III is by turns loved and loathed.
(from 19 Sep 2014 - Closing on 29 Oct 2014)
JOHN
a new verbatim dance-theatre work by Lloyd Newson
at Lyttelton, National Theatre
JOHN is a new verbatim dance-theatre work by Lloyd Newson, Artistic Director of DV8 Physical Theatre. Newson interviewed more than 50 men, asking them frank questions initially about love and sex. One of those men was John.
(from 30 Oct 2014 - Closing on 13 Jan 2015)
JULIUS CAESAR
By William Shakespeare
at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
When Caesar returns to Rome from the wars a virtual dictator, Brutus and his republican friends resolve that his ambition must be curbed – which in Rome can mean only one thing: the great general must be assassinated.
(from 20 Jun 2014 - Closing on 11 Oct 2014)
KING CHARLES III
by Mike Bartlett
at Wyndham's Theatre
Mike Bartlett reunites with Artistic Director of the Almeida Theatre, Rupert Goold in this brand new 'future history play'.
(from 02 Sep 2014 - Closing on 29 Nov 2014)
LAND OF OUR FATHERS
by Chris Urch
at Trafalgar Studios 2
Land Of Our Fathers is set on the eve of the 1979 General Election. The play depicts the dramatic two weeks of a community of Welsh miners trapped down a collapsed coalmine.
(from 03 Sep 2014 - Closing on 04 Oct 2014)
LIBERIAN GIRL
by Diana Nneka Atuona
at Royal Court Theatre - Jerwood Theatre Upstairs
Between 1989 and 2003 the Civil War in Liberia saw over 200,000 people killed, a million others displaced into refugee camps, and over 15,000 children recruited into 'Small Boys Units'. This play tells one teenage girl's story of survival.
(from 07 Jan 2015 - Closing on 31 Jan 2015)
LITTLE REVOLUTION
By Alecky Blythe
at Almeida Theatre (Off West End)
In the summer of 2011, London was burning. Alecky Blythe took her Dictaphone to the streets.
(from 26 Aug 2014 - Closing on 04 Oct 2014)
MACBETH
by William Shakespeare, adapted by Ed Hughes.
at Ambassadors Theatre
Ed Hughes adapts and directs Shakespeare’s Macbeth, setting it in the German and Austro-Hungarian Empires in 1910-14, in the build-up to the First World War.
(from 19 Sep 2014 - Closing on 26 Nov 2014)
MEDEA
by Euripides, new version by Ben Power
at Olivier, National Theatre
Medea is a wife and a mother. For the sake of her husband, Jason, she has left her home and borne two sons in exile. But when he abandons his family for a new life, Medea faces banishment and separation from her children. Cornered, she begs for one day’s grace. It’s time enough. She exacts an appalling revenge and destroys everything she holds dear.
(from 14 Jul 2014 - Closing on 04 Sep 2014)
MOUSETRAP, THE
by Agatha Christie
at St Martin's Theatre
A group of people gathered together in a remote part of the countryside discover there is a murderer in their midst. The question is which one of them is the guilty party.
(from 25 Mar 1974 - Booking to 27 Jun 2015)
MY PERFECT MIND
Created by Told by an Idiot, written by Kathryn Hunter, Paul Hunter and Edward Petherbridge
at Young Vic Theatre (The Maria)
This is a hilarious and haunting celebration of the resilience of the human spirit through the prism of Shakespeare’s great tragedy.
(from 03 Sep 2014 - Closing on 27 Sep 2014)
NOT ABOUT HEROES
by Stephen MacDonald
at Trafalgar Studios 2
An exploration of courage, of humanity and a timeless celebration of friendship set against the brutality of war.
(from 10 Nov 2014 - Closing on 06 Dec 2014)
OUR TOWN
By Thornton Wilder
at Almeida Theatre (Off West End)
We grow-up, we fall in love, we have families and we die. That is our story. Performed on a bare stage with minimal props, two people fall in love, marry, and live out their lives as a small American town becomes an allegory for everyday life.
(from 10 Oct 2014 - Closing on 29 Nov 2014)
PITCAIRN
By Richard Bean
at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
In the southern Pacific Ocean on the remote island of Pitcairn, the infamous mutineers of The Bounty, led by Fletcher Christian (or should it be Titreano?), begin to establish a new society alongside their Tahitian followers. Tensions quickly swell as the British settlers refuse to relinquish the vices of their past.
(from 22 Sep 2014 - Closing on 11 Oct 2014)
PRIVATE PEACEFUL
by Simon Reade; based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo
at Ambassadors Theatre
Private Peaceful relives the life of Private Tommo Peaceful, a young First World War soldier awaiting the firing squad at dawn. Inspired by the many soldiers court-martialled and shot for cowardice during the Great War, this is Simon Reade’s rarely-performed ensemble version of Michael Morpurgo’s award-winning book.
(from 23 Sep 2014 - Closing on 21 Nov 2014)
PUNISHMENT WITHOUT REVENGE (GLOBE TO GLOBE) (PERFORMED IN SPANISH)
By Lope de Vega
at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
Federico, bastard son of the Duke of Ferrara, falls in love with Cassandra, his father’s intended bride, and she with him. When the truth of their ‘dishonourable’ union comes to light, the Duke exacts a pitiless revenge.
(from 01 Sep 2014 - Closing on 06 Sep 2014)
RICHARD III
by William Shakespeare
at Trafalgar Studios 1 Theatre
A new production of Shakespeare's Richard III as part of the second season of Trafalgar Transformed at the Trafalgar Studios.
(from 01 Jul 2014 - Booking to 27 Sep 2014)
ROALD DAHL'S THE TWITS
by Roald Dahl, adapted by Enda Walsh
at Royal Court Theatre - Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
Mischievously adapted from one of the world's most loved books, Enda Walsh turns The Twits upside down and brings this revolting revolution to the Royal Court Theatre stage.
(from 07 Apr 2015 - Closing on 31 May 2015)
ROMEO AND JULIET
by William Shakespeare, adapted for young audiences by Ben Power
at Temporary Space, National Theatre
A modern city. A deadly feud. And a pair of star-crossed lovers. Set against a vibrant urban backdrop, bursting with excitement, colour, dancing and live song, a company of eight recreate the most famous love story of all time.
(from 29 Oct 2014 - Closing on 14 Nov 2014)
SELFIE
by Peter Morris, adapted from Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray
at Ambassadors Theatre
The story of eternal youth, self-obsession and self-destruction will be set in a decadent future of advancing technology where a female 'Dorian' has to choose between artifice and reality.
(from 17 Sep 2014 - Closing on 12 Nov 2014)
SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE
Adapted for the stage by Lee Hall from the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard
at Noel Coward Theatre
(formerly Albery)

Plagued by debt, tormented by writer’s block and in desperate need of a new hit, promising new playwright Will Shakespeare finds his muse in the form of passionate young noblewoman, Viola De Lesseps. Their forbidden love soon draws everyone, including Queen Elizabeth herself, into the drama and inspires Will to write the greatest love story of all time, Romeo and Juliet.
(from 02 Jul 2014 - Booking to 10 Jan 2015)
SPEED-THE-PLOW
by David Mamet
at Playhouse Theatre
When a hugely bankable star agrees to appear in a sure-fire commercial hit, film producers Bobby Gould and Charlie Fox are convinced this is the break of a lifetime. That is until Karen, a temporary secretary, derails the dream.
(from 24 Sep 2014 - Booking to 29 Nov 2014)
STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, A
by Tennessee Williams
at Young Vic Theatre (Main House)
Follows the downward spiral of Blanche DuBois and her collision with the visceral, animal Stanley Kowalski.
(from 23 Jul 2014 - Booking to 19 Sep 2014)
TEH INTERNET IS SERIOUS BUSINESS
by Tim Price
at Royal Court Theatre - Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
A 16-year-old London schoolboy and an 18-year-old recluse in Shetland meet online, pick a fight with the FBI and change the world forever.
(from 17 Sep 2014 - Closing on 25 Oct 2014)
TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA, THE
By Judith Kerr, adapted by David Wood
at Lyric Theatre
When Sophie and her mummy welcome the hungry Tiger to tea, he proceeds to eat all the sandwiches, buns, biscuits and more. And even manages to the drink all the water in the tap! What will Sophie’s Daddy say when he gets home?
(from 02 Jul 2014 - Closing on 07 Sep 2014)
TIS A PITY SHE'S A WHORE
By John Ford
at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
Tale of incestuous lust and obsessive revenge.
(from 23 Oct 2014 - Closing on 07 Dec 2014)
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
by Harper Lee, adapted for the stage by Christopher Sergel
at Barbican Theatre
Jem and Scout’s idyllic childhood innocence is shattered by the realisation that prejudice rules their town when their father defends a young black man falsely accused of raping a white woman and the family becomes a target of gossip and abuse.
(from 24 Jun 2015 - Closing on 25 Jul 2015)
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
by Harper Lee, adapted for the stage by Christopher Sergel
at Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park
Jem and Scout’s idyllic childhood innocence is shattered by the realisation that prejudice rules their town when their father defends a young black man falsely accused of raping a white woman and the family becomes a target of gossip and abuse.
(from 28 Aug 2014 - Closing on 13 Sep 2014)
TREASURE ISLAND
by Robert Louis Stevenson, adaptation by Bryony Lavery
at Olivier, National Theatre
Follows Young Jim Hawkins and his motley crew across the ocean in their search for hidden pirate spoils.
(from 03 Dec 2014 - Booking to 19 Feb 2015)
TRIALS OF OSCAR WILDE, THE
By Merlin Holland and John O’Connor
at Trafalgar Studios 2
14 February 1895 was the triumphant opening night of The Importance of Being Earnest and the zenith of Oscar Wilde's career. Less than 100 days later he found himself a common prisoner and sentenced to two years hard labour. But what happened during the trials and what did Wilde say?
(from 13 Oct 2014 - Closing on 08 Nov 2014)
WAR HORSE
based on a novel by Michael Morpurgo, adapted by Nick Stafford
at New London Theatre
At the outbreak of World War One, Joey, young Albert’s beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France. But Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home.
(from 28 Mar 2009 - Booking to 14 Feb 2015)
WOLF FROM THE DOOR, THE
by Rory Mullarkey
at Royal Court Theatre - Jerwood Theatre Upstairs
Rory Mullarkey imagines a wild road trip across Middle England where Lady Catherine and her young protegee Leo, enlist every tearoom, hot yoga class and WI group on a mission to change the country forever.
(from 10 Sep 2014 - Closing on 01 Nov 2014)
WOLF HALL
A new dramatisation of Hilary Mantel’s novels by Mike Poulton
at Aldwych Theatre
Tells the story of the political rise to power of Thomas Cromwell from blacksmith’s boy to Henry VIII’s right hand man.
(from 01 May 2014 - Closing on 04 Oct 2014)
WOMAN IN BLACK, THE
by Stephen Mallatratt from the novel by Susan Hill
at Fortune Theatre
Arthur Kipps , a junior solicitor, is summoned to attend the funeral of Mrs Alice Drablow, the house's sole inhabitant, unaware of the tragic secrets which lie hidden behind the shuttered windows.
(from 07 Jun 1989 - Booking to 25 Jul 2015)
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