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1984
By George Orwell; A new adaptation created by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan
at Playhouse Theatre
April, 1984. Comrade 6079, Winston Smith, thinks a thought and starts a diary. But Big Brother is always watching, and the door to Room 101 can swing open in the blink of an eye.
(from 12 Jun 2015 - Booking to 05 Sep 2015)
AMERICAN BUFFALO
By David Mamet
at Wyndham's Theatre
As three small-time crooks, Donny Dubrow, Walter 'Teach' Cole and Bobby plan one big-time heist, a tragedy of errors spins this razor-sharp and darkly funny play into a blistering account of divided loyalties, insatiable greed… and a coveted Buffalo nickel.
(from 16 Apr 2015 - Booking to 27 Jun 2015)
AN EVENING WITH LUCIAN FREUD
By Laura-Jane Foley
at Leicester Square Theatre (Lounge)
A one-woman play with video cameos which takes us inside Lucian Freud's studio and lays bare the fascinating and complex character of one of the greatest artists of the 20th century.
(from 19 May 2015 - Closing on 06 Jun 2015)
AN OAK TREE
by Tim Crouch
at Temporary Theatre, National Theatre
An intricate story of loss and suggestion performed by two people: the playwright himself and a different second actor at each performance – an actor who will have neitherseen nor read a word of the play they’re in until they’re in it.
(from 23 Jun 2015 - Closing on 11 Jul 2015)
AS YOU LIKE IT
by William Shakespeare
at Olivier, National Theatre

(from Exp Nov 2015 - Booking to )
AUDIENCE, THE
by Peter Morgan
at Apollo Theatre
For sixty years Elizabeth II has met each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a weekly audience at Buckingham Palace - a meeting like no other in British public life - it is private. Both parties have an unspoken agreement never to repeat what is said. Not even to their spouses. The Audience breaks this contract of silence - and imagines a series of pivotal meetings between the Downing Street incumbents and their Queen.
(from 21 Apr 2015 - Booking to 25 Jul 2015)
BAKKHAI
by Euripides in a new version by Anne Carson
at Almeida Theatre (Off West End)
Pentheus has banned the wild, ritualistic worship of the god Dionysos. A stranger arrives to persuade him to change his mind. Euripides’ electrifying tragedy is a struggle to the death between freedom and restraint, the rational and the irrational, man and god.
(from 23 Jul 2015 - Closing on 19 Sep 2015)
BRAINSTORM
by Ned Glasier, Emily Lim and the company
at Temporary Theatre, National Theatre
A fearless company of teenagers investigate the workings of the adolescent brain in a new piece from one of the UK’s leading companies making theatre with young people.
(from 21 Jul 2015 - Closing on 25 Jul 2015)
CARETAKER, THE
by Harold Pinter
at Old Vic Theatre
Disturbed handyman Aston has invited an irascible tramp to stay with him at his brother’s jumbled London flat. At first it seems that the manipulative guest will take advantage of his vulnerable host. But when Aston’s brother Mick arrives, an enigmatic power struggle emerges between the three men that is in equal parts menacing, touching and darkly comic.
(from Expected 2016 - Closing on )
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 24 Oct 2015)
DEATH OF A SALESMAN
by Arthur Miller
at Noel Coward Theatre
(formerly Albery)

In the land of the free, each man is in charge of his own destiny. Willy Loman knows and cherishes this truth. After a life of honest hard work, it's Willy's birthright to retire with his loving wife and watch his two athletic, handsome sons continue his legacy.
(from 09 May 2015 - Closing on 18 Jul 2015)
DR SEUSS'S THE LORAX
by Dr. Seuss adapted by David Greig
at Old Vic Theatre
Inspired by Dr. Seuss’s classic tale, The Lorax tells of a moustachioed and cantankerous critter who’s on a mission to protect the earth from the greedy, tree-chopping, Thneed-knitting businessman known only as The Once-ler.
(from 02 Dec 2015 - Closing on 16 Jan 2016)
ELEPHANT MAN, THE
by Bernard Pomerance
at Haymarket Theatre Royal
Based on the real life of Joseph Merrick, The Elephant Man tells the story of a 19th-century British man who became a star of the traveling freak show circuit.
(from 19 May 2015 - Closing on 08 Aug 2015)
ENTERTAINER, THE
by John Osborne
at Garrick Theatre
Set against the backdrop of post-war Britain, John Osborne's modern classic conjures the seedy glamour of the old music halls for an explosive examination of public masks and private torment.
(from 20 Aug 2016 - Booking to 12 Nov 2016)
EVENING AT THE TALK HOUSE
by Wallace Shawn
at Dorfman, National Theatre

(from Expected Nov 2015 - Booking to )
EVERYMAN
a new adaptation by Carol Ann Duffy
at Olivier, National Theatre
Everyman is successful, popular and riding high when Death comes calling. He is forced to abandon the life he has built and embark on a last, frantic search to recruit a friend, anyone, to speak in his defence. But Death is close behind, and time is running out. Everyman asks whether it is only in death that we can understand our lives.
(from 22 Apr 2015 - Closing on 30 Aug 2015)
FARINELLI AND THE KING
By Claire van Kampen
at Duke of York's Theatre
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 14 Sep 2015 - Closing on 05 Dec 2015)
FUTURE CONDITIONAL
by Tamsin Oglesby
at Old Vic Theatre
Future Conditional tackles the conundrum of British schooling through a myriad of characters including parents, teachers, and Alia, a prodigiously clever young Afghan refugee and the newest member of Britain’s Education Research Board.
(from 01 Sep 2015 - Closing on 03 Oct 2015)
HAIRY APE, THE
by Eugene O'Neill
at Old Vic Theatre
The Hairy Ape tells the story of Yank, a labourer who revels in his status as the strongest stoker on a transatlantic ocean liner. But when Yank is called a ‘filthy beast’ by the overbred daughter of a steel merchant, he experiences an awakening of consciousness that leads him on a journey through the wealthy neighbourhoods and disenfranchised underbelly of New York society.
(from 17 Oct 2015 - Closing on 21 Nov 2015)
HAMLET
by William Shakespeare
at Barbican Theatre
As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to revenge his father’s death but paralysed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state.
(from 05 Aug 2015 - Closing on 31 Oct 2015)
HARD PROBLEM, THE
by Tom Stoppard
at Dorfman, National Theatre
Hilary, a young psychology researcher at a brain science institute, is nursing a private sorrow and a troubling question at work, where psychology and biology meet. If there is nothing but matter, what is consciousness?
(from 21 Jan 2015 - Booking to 27 May 2015)
HERE WE GO
by Caryl Churchill
at Dorfman, National Theatre

(from Expected Dec 2015 - Booking to )
HERESY OF LOVE, THE
By Helen Edmundson
at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
A telling of the life of seventeenth-century Mexican nun and playwright Juana Ines de la Cruz.
(from 31 Jul 2015 - Closing on 05 Sep 2015)
HETTY FEATHER
By Jacqueline Wilson; Adapted for the stage by Emma Reeves
at Duke of York's Theatre
Hetty Feather is a story-telling adventure. It is the first historical work by Wilson that makes the trials of nineteenth century life accessible to children through her compelling heroine. 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 06 Aug 2015 - Closing on 06 Sep 2015)
HUSBANDS AND SONS
by DH Lawrence, adapted by Ben Power
at Dorfman, National Theatre

(from Expected Oct 2015 - Booking to )
JANE EYRE
based on the novel by Charlotte Bronte and devised by the Company
at Lyttelton, National Theatre
From her beginnings as a destitute orphan, Jane Eyre’s spirited heroine faces life’s obstacles head-on, surviving poverty, injustice and the discovery of bitter betrayal before taking the ultimate decision to follow her heart.
(from 08 Sep 2015 - Booking to 25 Oct 2015)
KING JOHN
By William Shakespeare
at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
Richard the Lionheart is dead. His less than heroic brother, John, is determined to keep his grasp on the English throne, in spite of the stronger claims of his nephew, the young Prince Arthur. Increasingly threatened by Arthur’s supporters at home and in France, John finds the answer to his woes: he will blind the boy with hot irons.
(from 01 Jun 2015 - Closing on 27 Jun 2015)
LA MUSICA
By Marguerite Duras
at Young Vic Theatre (The Maria)
An estranged husband and wife return to the town where they once lived to finalise their divorce. Meeting by chance in a hotel bar they spend the night struggling to understand each other, caught between desire and recrimination.
(from 24 Sep 2015 - Closing on 17 Oct 2015)
LIGHT SHINING IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE
by Caryl Churchill
at Lyttelton, National Theatre
Light Shining in Buckinghamshire tells the story of the men and women who went into battle for the soul of England. It speaks of the revolution we never had and the legacy it left behind.
(from 15 Apr 2015 - Closing on 22 Jun 2015)
LORD OF THE FLIES, THE
by William Golding adapted by Nigel Williams
at Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park
With a group of schoolboys stranded on a desert island, what starts as an adventure becomes a struggle for survival as superstition and immorality sees the community slide into a darkly sinister world.
(from 03 Sep 2015 - Closing on 12 Sep 2015)
MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM
by August Wilson
at Lyttelton, National Theatre

(from Expected Jan 2016 - Booking to )
MACBETH
by William Shakespeare
at Young Vic Theatre (Main House)
Betrayal, jealousy and suspicion reign in Scotland as Shakespeare’s tragedy of the desperate desire for power is redrawn in an ambitious new staging.
(from 26 Nov 2015 - Booking to 16 Jan 2016)
MACBETH (in Cantonese)
By William Shakespeare
at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
When three witches tell Macbeth that he is destined to occupy the throne of Scotland, he and his wife kill the first man standing in their path, the virtuous King Duncan. But to maintain his position, Macbeth must keep on killing – first Banquo, his old comrade-in-arms; then, as the atmosphere of guilt and paranoia thickens, anyone who seems to threaten his tyrant’s crown.
(from 17 Aug 2015 - Closing on 23 Aug 2015)
MASTER BUILDER, THE
by Henrik Ibsen adapted by David Hare
at Old Vic Theatre
Halvard Solness, a master architect, has spent his lifetime building the tallest spires in the land. But when Hilde, a radiant country girl, descends unexpectedly into his world, age is confronted by youth, and a series of revelations builds to a vertiginous climax.
(from Expected Feb 2016 - Closing on )
MEASURE FOR MEASURE
By William Shakespeare
at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
Vincentio, Duke of Vienna, departs from his kingdom suddenly and inexplicably, resigning power to his deputy Angelo in his absence. Under Angelo's rule, a vigorous campaign against lechery and sexual licence begins.
(from 20 Jun 2015 - Closing on 17 Oct 2015)
MEASURE FOR MEASURE
by William Shakespeare
at Young Vic Theatre (Main House)
In a Vienna heaving with sex and corruption, even the authorities are up to no good. The Duke has left deputy Angelo to clean up the city’s reputation, whilst he observes in disguise. Abusing his power, Angelo forces young nun Isabella to choose between saving her brother’s life or breaking her vow of chastity.
(from 02 Oct 2015 - Booking to 07 Nov 2015)
MEDEA
by Euripides in a new version by Rachel Cusk
at Almeida Theatre (Off West End)
Medea’s marriage is breaking up. And so is everything else. Testing the limits of revenge and liberty, Euripides’ seminal play cuts to the heart of gender politics and asks what it means to be a woman and a wife.
(from 25 Sep 2015 - Closing on 14 Nov 2015)
MERCHANT OF VENICE, THE
By William Shakespeare
at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
The tale of the Shylock the Jew who battles to reclaim his pound of flesh.
(from 23 Apr 2015 - Closing on 07 Jun 2015)
MOTHERF**KER WITH THE HAT, THE
by Stephen Adly Guirgis
at Lyttelton, National Theatre
Things are looking up for Jackie. He's out of jail and staying clean thanks to his sponsor. He might even have found a job. And of course there's Veronica, who he's loved since 8th grade. Nothing could come between them - except a hat.
(from 10 Jun 2015 - Booking to 20 Aug 2015)
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 19 Dec 2015)
NELL GWYNN
By Jessica Swale
at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
This new play charts the rise and rise of brilliant wit and charmer Nell Gwynn, from lowly satsuma-seller in the pit, to leading actress on the stage, to King's escort in the Royal Box.
(from 19 Sep 2015 - Closing on 17 Oct 2015)
NUMBER, A
By Caryl Churchill
at Young Vic Theatre (The Maria)
When Bernard discovers he’s not an only child – as he was brought up to believe – but one of a number of clones, he must confront his father, Salter, and his own fears. Caryl Churchill puts the ethical implications of great scientific leaps under the spotlight as Bernard is left reeling from the news and Salter questions the choices he’s made.
(from 03 Jul 2015 - Closing on 08 Aug 2015)
OMEROS
By Derek Walcott
at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
The piece transplants Achille, Hector and Helen to a St Lucian fishing village, underscoring their domestic dramas with broader themes of colonialism, ritual and untamed nature.
(from 26 Oct 2015 - Closing on 31 Oct 2015)
ORESTEIA
by Aeschylus in a new version created by Robert Icke
at Almeida Theatre (Off West End)
Orestes’ parents are at war. A family drama spanning several decades, a huge, moving, bloody saga, Aeschylus’ greatest and final play asks whether justice can ever be done – and continues to resonate more than two millennia after it was written.
(from 29 May 2015 - Closing on 18 Jul 2015)
ORESTEIA
by Aeschylus, adapted by Rory Mullarkey
at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
Before setting out for the Trojan War, King Agamemnon sacrificed his daughter Iphigenia. Many years later, when Agamemnon returns to his palace, his adulterous Queen Clytemnestra takes her revenge by brutally murdering him and installing her lover on the throne. How will the gods judge Orestes, their estranged son, who must avenge his father’s death by murdering his mother?
(from 29 Aug 2015 - Closing on 16 Oct 2015)
OUR COUNTRY'S GOOD
by Timberlake Wertenbaker
at Olivier, National Theatre
Observed by a lone, mystified Aboriginal Australian, the first convict ship arrives in Botany Bay in 1788, crammed with England’s outcasts. Colony discipline in this vast and alien land is brutal. Three proposed public hangings incite an argument: how best to keep the criminals in line, the noose or a more civilised form of entertainment?
(from 19 Aug 2015 - Booking to 17 Oct 2015)
PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS
by Duncan Macmillan
at Dorfman, National Theatre
Emma was having the time of her life. Now she’s in rehab. Her first step is to admit that she has a problem. But the problem isn’t with Emma, it’s with everything else. She needs to tell the truth. But she’s smart enough to know that there’s no such thing. When intoxication feels like the only way to survive the modern world, how can she ever sober up?
(from 25 Aug 2015 - Booking to 10 Oct 2015)
PETER PAN
By J M Barrie
at Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park
Using Barrie's original script, this is the classic British tale of the boy who refuses to grow up and the Darling family's adventure in Neverland.
(from 15 May 2015 - Closing on 14 Jun 2015)
PHOTOGRAPH 51
by Anna Ziegler
at Noel Coward Theatre
(formerly Albery)

Does Rosalind Franklin know how precious her photograph is? In the race to unlock the secret of life it could be the one to hold the key. With rival scientists looking everywhere for the answer, who will be first to see it and more importantly, understand it?
(from 05 Sep 2015 - Closing on 21 Nov 2015)
POMONA
by Alistair McDowall
at Temporary Theatre, National Theatre
Ollie’s sister is missing. Searching Manchester in desperation, she finds all roads lead to Pomona, an abandoned concrete island at the heart of the city. Here at the centre of everything, journeys end and nightmares are born.
(from 10 Sep 2015 - Closing on 10 Oct 2015)
RED LION, THE
by Patrick Marber
at Dorfman, National Theatre
Small-time semi-pro football, the non-league. A world away from the wealth and the television cameras. A young player touched with brilliance arrives from nowhere. An ambitious manager determines to make him his own. And the old soul of the club still has dreams of glory. A new play about the dying romance of the great English game - and the tender, savage love that powers it.
(from 03 Jun 2015 - Booking to 30 Sep 2015)
RICHARD II
By William Shakespeare
at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
King Richard banishes his noblemen and seizes their land to fuel his own wars. As anger mounts, a battle for the soul of England begins and one man's divine right to rule is called into question
(from 11 Jul 2015 - Closing on 18 Oct 2015)
RICHARD III (in Mandarin)
By William Shakespeare
at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
Tragedy depicting the Machiavellian rise to power and subsequent short reign of Richard III of England.
(from 20 Jul 2015 - Closing on 25 Jul 2015)
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
at Garrick Theatre
Shakespeare's heartbreaking tale of forbidden love.
(from 12 May 2016 - Booking to 13 Aug 2016)
RULES FOR LIVING
by Sam Holcroft
at Dorfman, National Theatre
Everyone creates their own coping strategies or rules for living. But what happens when an extended family gathers in the kitchen for a traditional Christmas and they each follow those rules, rigidly?
(from 13 Mar 2015 - Booking to 08 Jul 2015)
SEAGULL, THE
by Anton Chekhov in a new version by Torben Betts
at Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park
As guests assemble at a country house for the staging of an avant-garde open air play, artistic temperaments ignite a more entertaining drama behind the scenes, with romantic jealousies, self-doubt and the ruthless pursuit of happiness confusing lives, loves and literature.
(from 19 Jun 2015 - Closing on 11 Jul 2015)
SONG FROM FAR AWAY
by Simon Stephens
at Young Vic Theatre (Main House)
Returning home to Amsterdam after the death of his brother, a young man (played by Eelco Smits) attempts to reconnect with his sibling through a series of letters.
(from 02 Sep 2015 - Booking to 19 Sep 2015)
TEMPLE
By Steve Waters
at Donmar Warehouse
A fictional account, inspired by the Occupy London movement in 2011.
(from 21 May 2015 - Closing on 25 Jul 2015)
THE ODYSSEY: MISSING PRESUMED DEAD
By Simon Armitage
at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
This modern retelling of Homer's epic follows a government minister on a diplomatic mission to Istanbul, who becomes Europe's most wanted man after a bar brawl. Suddenly plunged into the past, he must grapple his way back to the present and to his family, fighting for survival against unworldly beings and unnatural phenomena.
(from 03 Nov 2015 - Closing on 14 Nov 2015)
THOMAS TALLIS
By Jessica Swale
at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
Jessica Swale's exploration of the life and work of the celebrated English composer follows him through the religious and political shifts of four Tudor monarchies
(from 22 Oct 2015 - Closing on 08 Nov 2015)
THREE DAYS IN THE COUNTRY
by Patrick Marber, adapted from A Month in the Country by Ivan Turgenev
at Lyttelton, National Theatre
Russia. A beautiful country estate. The mid-nineteenth century. A handsome new tutor brings reckless, romantic desire to an eccentric household. Over three days one summer the young and the old will learn lessons in love: first love and forbidden love, maternal love and platonic love, ridiculous love and last love. The love left unsaid and the love which must out.
(from 21 Jul 2015 - Booking to 21 Oct 2015)
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)
TRIAL, THE
by Franz Kafka adapted by Nick Gill
at Young Vic Theatre (Main House)
In his thirtieth year K. lives a waking nightmare. Visited at home by state agents on his birthday, accused of an unspecified crime, K. is bewildered by spiraling layers of bureaucracy – and the more sinister motives which lurk beneath them.
(from 19 Jun 2015 - Booking to 22 Aug 2015)
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 13 Feb 2016)
WASTE
by Harley Granville Barker
at Lyttelton, National Theatre

(from Expected Nov 2015 - Booking to )
WE WANT YOU TO WATCH
by RashDash and Alice Birch
at Temporary Theatre, National Theatre
This is about pornography. This is an interview. This is an intervention. This is an interrogation. We’re recording now. We want to pull its plug out. We want to stop its heartbeat. We want to blow its brains out and begin again. We know exactly what we’re doing. We’re not stupid.
(from 11 Jun 2015 - Closing on 11 Jul 2015)
WINTER'S TALE, THE
by William Shakespeare
at Garrick Theatre
Shakespeare's timeless tragicomedy of obsession and redemption is reimagined in a new production
(from 17 Oct 2015 - Booking to 16 Jan 2016)
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 16 Jan 2016)
WORLD FACTORY

at Young Vic Theatre (The Maria)
Delving into the murky history and contemporary reality of the garment industry, World Factory provokes a conversation about consumer capitalism and ethical trade in relation to China. Audiences become factory managers, calling the shots on profits, products and workers - and are asked to decide for themselves what success means.
(from 11 May 2015 - Closing on 30 May 2015)
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