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The date listed is when a show will have its official opening night (Press night). However, shows will also have 'preview' performances before the official opening night. (See info on the right!)

Date West End Shows Opening

01 Jul 2015 GRUFFALO, THE
Created by Tall Stories; Based on the book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
at Lyric Theatre
(previews from 01 Jul 2015)

01 Jul 2015 MEASURE FOR MEASURE
By William Shakespeare
at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
(previews from 20 Jun 2015)

01 Jul 2015 IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, THE
by Oscar Wilde
at Vaudeville Theatre
(previews from 24 Jun 2015)

02 Jul 2015 TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
by Harper Lee, adapted for the stage by Christopher Sergel
at Barbican Theatre
(previews from 24 Jun 2015)

03 Jul 2015 AS IS
By William M. Hoffman
at Trafalgar Studios 2
(previews from 01 Jul 2015)

07 Jul 2015 NUMBER, A
By Caryl Churchill
at Young Vic Theatre (The Maria)
(previews from 03 Jul 2015)

12 Jul 2015 TIDDLER AND OTHER TERRIFIC TALES
Based on the books by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
at Leicester Square Theatre Main House
(previews from 11 Jul 2015)

13 Jul 2015 MENTALISTS, THE
By Richard Bean
at Wyndham's Theatre
(previews from 03 Jul 2015)

14 Jul 2015 CONSTELLATIONS
by Nick Payne
at Trafalgar Studios 1
(previews from 09 Jul 2015)

20 Jul 2015 SINATRA AT THE LONDON PALLADIUM
Featuring the songs of Frank Sinatra
at London Palladium
(previews from 10 Jul 2015)

20 Jul 2015 RICHARD III (in Mandarin)
By William Shakespeare
at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
(previews from 20 Jul 2015)

22 Jul 2015 GREEN DAY'S AMERICAN IDIOT
Music by Green Day, Lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong, Book by Billie Joe Armstrong & Michael Mayer
at Arts Theatre
(previews from 17 Jul 2015)

22 Jul 2015 RICHARD II
By William Shakespeare
at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
(previews from 11 Jul 2015)

22 Jul 2015 BRAINSTORM
by Ned Glasier, Emily Lim and the company
at Temporary Theatre, National Theatre
(previews from 21 Jul 2015)

23 Jul 2015 SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS
Book by Lawrence Kasha and David S. Landay, Music by Gene De Paul, Lyrics by Johnny Mercer, New songs by Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn. Based on the MGM Film and The Sobbin’ Women by Stephen Vincent Benet
at Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park
(previews from 16 Jul 2015)

24 Jul 2015 IMPOSSIBLE
Various
at Noel Coward Theatre
(formerly Albery)

(previews from 24 Jul 2015)

25 Jul 2015 HORRIBLE HISTORIES - BARMY BRITAIN PART 3
By Neal Foster
at Garrick Theatre
(previews from 25 Jul 2015)

27 Jul 2015 JAZZ AGE, THE
By various writers
at Arts Theatre
(previews from 27 Jul 2015)

28 Jul 2015 THREE DAYS IN THE COUNTRY
by Patrick Marber, adapted from A Month in the Country by Ivan Turgenev
at Lyttelton, National Theatre
(previews from 21 Jul 2015)

30 Jul 2015 BAKKHAI
by Euripides in a new version by Anne Carson
at Almeida Theatre (Off West End)
(previews from 23 Jul 2015)

01 Aug 2015 ALIENS LOVE UNDERPANTS
by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort, adapted by Adam Bampton-Smith
at Dominion Theatre
(previews from 01 Aug 2015)

01 Aug 2015 I BELIEVE IN UNICORNS
Adapted from the book by Michael Morpurgo
at Vaudeville Theatre
(previews from 01 Aug 2015)

03 Aug 2015 DEAR LUPIN
By Roger Mortimer & Charlie Mortimer; Adapted by Michael Simkins
at Apollo Theatre
(previews from 30 Jul 2015)

03 Aug 2015 ANNIE JR
music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and a book by Thomas Meehan
at Arts Theatre
(previews from 29 Jul 2015)

04 Aug 2015 SPLENDOUR
by Abi Morgan
at Donmar Warehouse
(previews from 30 Jul 2015)

05 Aug 2015 HERESY OF LOVE, THE
By Helen Edmundson
at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
(previews from 31 Jul 2015)

05 Aug 2015 THREE LITTLE PIGS, THE
by George Stiles and Antony Drewe
at The Palace Theatre
(previews from 05 Aug 2015)

07 Aug 2015 HETTY FEATHER
By Jacqueline Wilson; Adapted for the stage by Emma Reeves
at Duke of York's Theatre
(previews from 06 Aug 2015)

10 Aug 2015 MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
By William Shakesepeare
at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
(previews from 10 Aug 2015)

10 Aug 2015 MY CHILDREN! MY AFRICA!
By Athol Fugard
at Trafalgar Studios 2
(previews from 04 Aug 2015)

12 Aug 2015 A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM - IN NEW ORLEANS
By William Shakespeare; Adapted and edited by Linnie Reedman
at Above The Arts Theatre
(previews from 04 Aug 2015)

17 Aug 2015 MACBETH (in Cantonese)
By William Shakespeare
at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
(previews from 17 Aug 2015)

25 Aug 2015 HAMLET
by William Shakespeare
at Barbican Theatre
(previews from 05 Aug 2015)

26 Aug 2015 OUR COUNTRY'S GOOD
by Timberlake Wertenbaker
at Olivier, National Theatre
(previews from 19 Aug 2015)

01 Sep 2015 PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS
by Duncan Macmillan
at Dorfman, National Theatre
(previews from 25 Aug 2015)

10 Sep 2015 FUTURE CONDITIONAL
by Tamsin Oglesby
at Old Vic Theatre
(previews from 01 Sep 2015)

02 Sep 2015 ORESTEIA
by Aeschylus, adapted by Rory Mullarkey
at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
(previews from 29 Aug 2015)

04 Sep 2015 SONG FROM FAR AWAY
by Simon Stephens
at Young Vic Theatre (Main House)
(previews from 02 Sep 2015)

05 Sep 2015 LORD OF THE FLIES, THE
by William Golding adapted by Nigel Williams
at Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park
(previews from 03 Sep 2015)

09 Sep 2015 CREDITORS
By August Strindberg, in a version by David Greig
at Young Vic Theatre (The Clare)
(previews from 09 Sep 2015)

14 Sep 2015 PHOTOGRAPH 51
by Anna Ziegler
at Noel Coward Theatre
(formerly Albery)

(previews from 05 Sep 2015)

14 Sep 2015 POMONA
by Alistair McDowall
at Temporary Theatre, National Theatre
(previews from 10 Sep 2015)

15 Sep 2015 KINKY BOOTS
Book by Harvey Fierstein, Music & Lyrics by Cyndi Lauper, based on motion picture of the same name
at Adelphi Theatre
(previews from 21 Aug 2015)

17 Sep 2015 JANE EYRE
based on the novel by Charlotte Bronte and devised by the Company
at Lyttelton, National Theatre
(previews from 08 Sep 2015)

24 Sep 2015 NELL GWYNN
By Jessica Swale
at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
(previews from 19 Sep 2015)

29 Sep 2015 FARINELLI AND THE KING
By Claire van Kampen
at Duke of York's Theatre
(previews from 14 Sep 2015)

01 Oct 2015 MEDEA
by Euripides in a new version by Rachel Cusk
at Almeida Theatre (Off West End)
(previews from 25 Sep 2015)

Expected Oct 2015 HUSBANDS AND SONS
by DH Lawrence, adapted by Ben Power
at Dorfman, National Theatre
(previews from Expected Oct 2015)

02 Oct 2015 LA MUSICA
By Marguerite Duras
at Young Vic Theatre (The Maria)
(previews from 24 Sep 2015)

05 Oct 2015 FATHER, THE
By Florian Zeller, in a new translation by Christopher Hampton
at Wyndham's Theatre
(previews from 30 Sep 2015)

06 Oct 2015 CONSENSUAL
By Evan Placey
at Ambassadors Theatre
(previews from 18 Sep 2015)

06 Oct 2015 WUTHERING HEIGHTS
By Emily Bronte; Adapted by Stephanie Street
at Ambassadors Theatre
(previews from 25 Sep 2015)

07 Oct 2015 MERCHANT OF VENICE, THE
By William Shakespeare; Abridged by Tom Stoppard
at Ambassadors Theatre
(previews from 29 Sep 2015)

07 Oct 2015 TEDDY FERRARA
by Christopher Shinn
at Donmar Warehouse
(previews from 01 Oct 2015)

08 Oct 2015 MEASURE FOR MEASURE
by William Shakespeare
at Young Vic Theatre (Main House)
(previews from 02 Oct 2015)

22 Oct 2015 THOMAS TALLIS
By Jessica Swale
at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
(previews from 22 Oct 2015)

23 Oct 2015 CATS
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, based on T. S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats
at London Palladium Theatre
(previews from 23 Oct 2015)

23 Oct 2015 ORPHEUS
By Luigi Rossi
at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
(previews from 23 Oct 2015)

26 Oct 2015 OMEROS
By Derek Walcott
at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
(previews from 26 Oct 2015)

29 Oct 2015 HAIRY APE, THE
by Eugene O'Neill
at Old Vic Theatre
(previews from 17 Oct 2015)

Expected Nov 2015 EVENING AT THE TALK HOUSE
by Wallace Shawn
at Dorfman, National Theatre
(previews from Expected Nov 2015)

Expected Nov 2015 WASTE
by Harley Granville Barker
at Lyttelton, National Theatre
(previews from Expected Nov 2015)

Exp Nov 2015 AS YOU LIKE IT
by William Shakespeare
at Olivier, National Theatre
(previews from Exp Nov 2015)

03 Nov 2015 THE ODYSSEY: MISSING PRESUMED DEAD
By Simon Armitage
at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
(previews from 03 Nov 2015)

05 Nov 2015 ELF THE MUSICAL
Book by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin, with songs by Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin
at Dominion Theatre
(previews from 24 Oct 2015)

07 Nov 2015 WINTER'S TALE, THE
by William Shakespeare
at Garrick Theatre
(previews from 17 Oct 2015)

07 Nov 2015 HARLEQUINADE
by Terence Rattigan
at Garrick Theatre
(previews from 24 Oct 2015)

12 Nov 2015 DAWN FRENCH: 30 MILLION MINUTES
By Dawn French, based on her life and career
at Vaudeville Theatre
(previews from 11 Nov 2015)

16 Nov 2015 THE ILLUSIONISTS – WITNESS THE IMPOSSIBLE
Conceived by Simon Painter
at Shaftesbury Theatre
(previews from 14 Nov 2015)

17 Nov 2015 DERREN BROWN: MIRACLE
by Andy Nyman, Andrew O’Connor & Derren Brown
at The Palace Theatre
(previews from 11 Nov 2015)

25 Nov 2015 PERICLES
by William Shakespeare & George Wilkins
at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
(previews from 19 Nov 2015)

27 Nov 2015 WONDER.LAND
Music by Damon Albarn and Book and Lyrics by Moira Buffini, inspired by Lewis Carroll's 'Alice in Wonderland'
at Olivier, National Theatre
(previews from 27 Nov 2015)

Expected Dec 2015 HERE WE GO
by Caryl Churchill
at Dorfman, National Theatre
(previews from Expected Dec 2015)

02 Dec 2015 BARBARIANS
By Barry Keeffe
at Young Vic Theatre (The Clare)
(previews from 27 Nov 2015)

03 Dec 2015 MACBETH
by William Shakespeare
at Young Vic Theatre (Main House)
(previews from 26 Nov 2015)

08 Dec 2015 CYMBELINE
by William Shakespeare
at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
(previews from 02 Dec 2015)

15 Dec 2015 DR SEUSS'S THE LORAX
by Dr. Seuss adapted by David Greig
at Old Vic Theatre
(previews from 02 Dec 2015)

16 Dec 2015 DICK!
by Stuart Saint
at Leicester Square Theatre Main House
(previews from 15 Dec 2015)

17 Dec 2015 LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES
by Christopher Hampton
at Donmar Warehouse
(previews from 11 Dec 2015)

Expected Jan 2016 MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM
by August Wilson
at Lyttelton, National Theatre
(previews from Expected Jan 2016)

06 Jan 2016 GUYS AND DOLLS
Based on a story and characters by Damon Runyon, music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows
at Savoy Theatre
(previews from 10 Dec 2015)

04 Feb 2016 WINTER'S TALE, THE
by William Shakespeare
at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
(previews from 28 Jan 2016)

26 Feb 2016 TEMPEST, THE
by William Shakespeare
at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
(previews from 17 Feb 2016)

08 Mar 2016 MOTOWN THE MUSICAL
Based on the book 'To Be Loved: The Music, The Magic, The Memories of Motown' by Berry Gordy, featuring music from Motown Records
at Shaftesbury Theatre
(previews from 11 Feb 2016)

17 Mar 2016 PAINKILLER, THE
by Francis Veber in an adaptation by Sean Foley
at Garrick Theatre
(previews from 05 Mar 2016)

25 May 2016 ROMEO AND JULIET
by William Shakespeare
at Garrick Theatre
(previews from 12 May 2016)

30 Jun 2016 BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S
By Truman Capote; Adapted by Richard Greenberg
at Haymarket Theatre Royal
(previews from 30 Jun 2016)

Expected Summer 2016 HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD
by Jack Thorne, based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling
at The Palace Theatre
(previews from Expected Summer 2016)

30 Aug 2016 ENTERTAINER, THE
by John Osborne
at Garrick Theatre
(previews from 20 Aug 2016)

What are Previews?
Generally, previews are performances that allow the director and production team to make changes or for the cast to become settled in their part before the show is attended by theatre critics.

The general public can buy tickets for previews, and in some cases the price is reduced. Generally, you won't find much difference between a show in previews and when it is technically 'opened', although new musicals may have many changes!


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