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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 - Closing on 03 Feb 2015)
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)
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)
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 13 Apr 2015)
by Clara Brennan
at Trafalgar Studios 2
The story of Louis, Belinda and their 30 years of overwhelming affection, wine, words and dance.
(from 05 Feb 2015 - Closing on 07 Mar 2015)
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)
by Mike Bartlett
at Young Vic Theatre (The Maria)
Bull sees three desperate colleagues fight for their jobs. Cruel one-upmanship and playground tactics abound in this black comedy. The set offers the audience the chance to cheer and boo the opponents from close quarters, as office politics are played out in an office-come-bullfighting ring.
(from 08 Jan 2015 - Closing on 07 Feb 2015)
reimagining of Bizet’s Carmen by Simon Stephens
at Almeida Theatre (Off West End)
In the opulent grandeur of a European city, a renowned singer abandons the opera house for the truth of the streets. A gorgeous prostitute. A tough-talking taxi driver. A global trader. A teenage dreamer. Everyone’s looking for something.
(from 10 Apr 2015 - Closing on 23 May 2015)
By Thomas Middleton & William Rowley
at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
Ferocious tale of madness and passion. Betrothed to Alonzo but in love with Alsemero, Beatrice-Joanna enters a bloody pact with De Flores, who agrees to murder her fiance, but then demands her virginity in recompense. When Alsemero begins to question his beloved's chastity, she concocts a byzantine scheme to avoid detection that ultimately undoes her.
(from 15 Jan 2015 - Closing on 01 Mar 2015)
By Patrick Marber
at Donmar Warehouse
Dan rescues Alice. Anna photographs Dan. Larry meets Anna online. Alice rescues Larry. This is London at the end of the twentieth century, where lives collide and fates change in an instant. Strangers become lovers and lovers become strangers...
(from 12 Feb 2015 - Closing on 04 Apr 2015)
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 23 May 2015)
by Shahid Nadeem, adapted by Tanya Ronder
at Lyttelton, National Theatre
1659. Mughal India. The imperial court, a place of opulence and excess; music, drugs, euniches and harems. Two brothers, whose mother's death inspired the Taj Mahal, are heirs to this Muslim empire. Now they fight ferociously for succession.
(from 20 Jan 2015 - Closing on 04 Apr 2015)
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)
By Moses Raine
at Trafalgar Studios 2
Moscow, now. A small flat. One family, three generations, the same hangover. Life after communism is utterly different and yet somehow eerily familiar. Petya’s dodging the draft, Sasha’s jumping with every ring of the bell, Ivan’s brought a mysterious stranger home, and now their guest Thomas is asking questions. Who do you trust? The state may not be spying on you, but can you say the same for your nearest and dearest?
(from 07 Jan 2015 - Closing on 31 Jan 2015)
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)
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)
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 08 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)
by Mike Bartlett
at Almeida Theatre (Off West End)
In a housing crisis, a young couple is offered a home of their own. But at what price? Mike Bartlett's latest play invites us to spy on a family as they explore a dangerous new way to live.
(from 23 Feb 2015 - Closing on 04 Apr 2015)
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 - Booking to 15 Mar 2015)
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)
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)
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 - Closing on 10 Jan 2015)
by William Shakespeare
at Barbican Theatre
with Benedict Cumberbatch as Hamlet
(from 05 Aug 2015 - Closing on 31 Oct 2015)
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)
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 16 Apr 2015)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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 - Booking to 31 Jan 2015)
by William Shakespeare
at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
Explores a tangled world of ruthless politicking and fatal power struggles
(from 01 Jun 2015 - Closing on 28 Jun 2015)
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)
by Bush Moukarzel and Mark O’Halloran
at Young Vic Theatre (The Maria)
Lippy imagines the circumstances which led to four women’s decision to starve themselves to death. Based on real life events, the piece asks why they chose this fate, exploring the human need to tell stories.
(from 19 Feb 2015 - Closing on 21 Mar 2015)
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)
MACBETH (in Cantonese)
by William Shakespeare
at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
Described as the ‘alchemist of minimalist theatre’, the Tang Shu-wing company works with pared-back staging, voice and movement to release the energies of classic texts.
(from 17 Aug 2015 - Closing on 23 Aug 2015)
by Bernard Shaw
at Lyttelton, National Theatre
Jack Tanner, celebrated radical thinker and rich bachelor seems an unlikely choice as guardian to the alluring heiress, Ann. But she takes it in her assured stride and, despite the love of a poet, she decides to marry and tame this dazzling revolutionary...
(from 17 Feb 2015 - Closing on 17 May 2015)
MAN: THREE PLAYS BY TENNESSEE WILLIAMS ( Auto-da-Fe, The Strangest Kind of Romance and Summer at the Lake.)
by Tennessee Williams
at Young Vic Theatre (The Clare)
Auto-da-Fe, The Strangest Kind of Romance and Summer at the Lake. In each play, we see the devastating consequences of scapegoating those on the fringes of society.
(from 11 Feb 2015 - Closing on 21 Feb 2015)
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)
by William Shakespeare
at Almeida Theatre (Off West End)
One of Shakespeare's most controversial plays transported to the bright lights of Las Vegas in a whirlwind of glitter, gambling and greenbacks.
(from 05 Dec 2014 - Closing on 14 Feb 2015)
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)
by Di Sherlock adapted from Charles Dickens
at Trafalgar Studios 2
Wrestling with love, loss and ageing our heroine replays episodes from the novel from her perspective – at times darkly funny as she explodes the stereotype with laudanum-fuelled relish. Drawing on the text of Great Expectations, biographical material from Dickens’ own life and original material by writer-director Di Sherlock, Miss Havisham's Expectations discusses what it means to be a woman both then and now.
(from 09 Dec 2014 - Closing on 03 Jan 2015)
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)
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)
By Jennifer Haley
at Duke of York's Theatre
The Nether offers complete freedom - a new virtual wonderland providing total sensory immersion. Just log in, choose an identity and indulge your every desire. An intricate crime drama and a haunting thriller set in the year 2050, The Nether follows an investigation into the complicated, disturbing morality of identity in the digital world, and explores the consequences of making dreams a reality.
(from 30 Jan 2015 - Booking to 25 Apr 2015)
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)
by Aeschylus
at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
Documenting the bitter cycle of violent retribution that afflicts the House of Atreus as a consequence of Agamemnon's sacrifice of his daughter Iphigenia, the Oresteia dramatises the shift away from the natural law of the individual blood vendetta and towards a self-governing polis founded on principles of fair trial and punishment.
(from 29 Aug 2015 - Closing on 16 Oct 2015)
By J M Barrie
at Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park
Using Barrie's original script, this 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)
By Daniel Clarkson and Tom Clarkson
at Vaudeville Theatre
A romp through the canon of Arthur Conan Doyle.
(from 08 Dec 2014 - Closing on 11 Jan 2015)
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)
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)
Adapted by Tall Stories theatre company from the book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
at Lyric Theatre
Tells the story of a friendly witch, her cat and three loveable animals who take to the skies on a broom and face a fearsome dragon in this magical, musical adventure.
(from 26 Nov 2014 - Closing on 11 Jan 2015)
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 18 Apr 2015)
by Anton Chekhov in a new bersion 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)
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 18 Apr 2015)
by James Swanton, adapted from Charles Dickens
at Trafalgar Studios 2
Swanton, dressed entirely in black, enacts the compellingly and terrible story of Dickens’ most famous murder.
(from 09 Dec 2014 - Closing on 03 Jan 2015)
by Stuart Saint
at Leicester Square Theatre Lounge
The Evil Mangelina is wreaking havoc over our precious, perverted pantoland, ruling with an unruly and slippery iron fist - Ouch mama!
(from 25 Nov 2014 - Closing on 17 Jan 2015)
by Julia Donaldson
at Leicester Square Theatre Main House
'Stick Man lives in the family tree with his Stick Lady Love and their stick children three...’ But the world outside the family tree is a dangerous place for Stick Man. A dog wants to play fetch with him, a swan builds a nest with him and he even ends up on a fire! How will Stick Man ever get back to the family tree?
(from 08 Nov 2014 - Closing on 04 Jan 2015)
by Mark Hayhurst
at Haymarket Theatre Royal
Hayhurst casts light on a universal theme as the mother of brilliant German Jewish lawyer Hans Litten fights for his release against the seemingly impossible might of the Nazi regime.
(from 15 Jan 2015 - Closing on 14 Mar 2015)
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)
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)
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 - Closing on 08 Apr 2015)
by Daniel Kitson
at Old Vic Theatre
It’s early evening in the middle of autumn, it’s just starting to get dark and on a quiet residential street a man with a picnic basket, arrives late, at a tree.
(from 05 Jan 2015 - Closing on 31 Jan 2015)
By Arthur Miller
at Wyndham's Theatre
In Brooklyn, longshoreman Eddie Carbone welcomes his Sicilian cousins to the land of freedom. But when one of them falls for his beautiful niece, they discover that freedom comes at a price. Eddie’s jealous mistrust exposes a deep, unspeakable secret – one that drives him to commit the ultimate betrayal.
(from 11 Feb 2015 - Booking to 11 Apr 2015)
By James Graham
at Donmar Warehouse
The General Election, 7 May 2015: 20.30-22.00. A fictional London polling station. Set in the final ninety minutes of polling day 2015, live and in real time.
(from 24 Apr 2015 - Closing on 07 May 2015)
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 24 Oct 2015)
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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