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By John Ford
at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
Tale of incestuous lust and obsessive revenge.
(from 23 Oct 2014 - Closing on 07 Dec 2014)
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)
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 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 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 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)
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)
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)
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 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)
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 18 Jan 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 - Booking to 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 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)
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 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)
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)
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 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 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)
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)
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 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 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 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)
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)
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 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)
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)
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)
Adapted by Tall Stories theatre company from the book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
at Lyric Theatre
This production 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 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)
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 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)
by Julia Donaldson
at Leicester Square Theatre
'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 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)
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 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)
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 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)
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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