London Theatre Guide for reviews, tickets and listings
LONDON THEATRE GUIDE - ONLINE
HOME

West End Openings

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

08 Feb 2016 BAD JEWS
By Joshua Harmon
at Haymarket Theatre Royal
(previews from 08 Feb 2016)

11 Feb 2016 END OF LONGING, THE
by Matthew Perry
at Playhouse Theatre
(previews from 02 Feb 2016)

12 Feb 2016 UNCLE VANYA
by Anton Chekhov in a new version by Robert Icke
at Almeida Theatre (Off West End)
(previews from 05 Feb 2016)

12 Feb 2016 NELL GWYNN
by Jessica Swale
at Apollo Theatre
(previews from 04 Feb 2016)

15 Feb 2016 SHOWSTOPPER! THE IMPROVISED MUSICAL
Created by Adam Meggido and Dylan Emery
at Lyric Theatre
(previews from 15 Feb 2016)

15 Feb 2016 HAND TO GOD
By Robert Askins
at Vaudeville Theatre
(previews from 05 Feb 2016)

16 Feb 2016 MRS HENDERSON PRESENTS
Book by Terry Johnson, lyrics by Don Black, music by George Fenton and Simon Chamberlain. Based on the original screenplay by Martin Sherman
at Noel Coward Theatre
(formerly Albery)

(previews from 09 Feb 2016)

17 Feb 2016 WAR OF THE WORLDS, THE
Based on the science fiction story by HG Wells; Adapted by Doreen Wayne; Music by Jeff Wayne; Lyrics by Gary Osborne, Paul Vigrass & Jeff Wayne
at Dominion Theatre
(previews from 08 Feb 2016)

19 Feb 2016 GIRL IS A HALF-FORMED THING, A
By Eimear McBride; Adapted by Annie Ryan
at Young Vic Theatre (The Maria)
(previews from 17 Feb 2016)

23 Feb 2016 CLEANSED
By Sarah Kane
at Dorfman, National Theatre
(previews from 16 Feb 2016)

24 Feb 2016 FATHER, THE
By Florian Zeller in a new translation by Christopher Hampton
at Duke of York's Theatre
(previews from 24 Feb 2016)

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

25 Feb 2016 I SEE YOU
by Mongiwekhaya
at Royal Court Theatre Jerwood Theatre Upstairs
(previews from 25 Feb 2016)

25 Feb 2016 MAIDS, THE
by Jean Genet, in a new version by Benedict Andrews and Andrew Upton
at Trafalgar Studios 1
(previews from 20 Feb 2016)

26 Feb 2016 BEYOND THE FENCE
Book by Benjamin Till and Nathan Taylor, based on Propperwryter, a musical theatre computational plot generation system created by Dr Pablo GervÁas (Complutense University of Madrid). From an original idea generated by the What-if Machine as a result of the Whim Project[1] (Prof Simon Colton, Dr Maria Teresa Llano And Dr Rose Hepworth , Goldsmiths, University of London)
at Arts Theatre
(previews from 22 Feb 2016)

01 Mar 2016 WELCOME HOME, CAPTAIN FOX!
A new version of Jean Anouilh’s Le Voyageur Sans Bagage by Anthony Weigh
at Donmar Warehouse
(previews from 18 Feb 2016)

29 Feb 2016 SOLID LIFE OF SUGAR WATER, THE
By Jack Thorne
at Temporary Theatre, National Theatre
(previews from 26 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)

15 Mar 2016 NOTMOSES
by Gary Sinyor
at Arts Theatre
(previews from 10 Mar 2016)

16 Mar 2016 IF YOU KISS ME, KISS ME
Conceived by Jane Horrocks and Aletta Collins
at Young Vic Theatre (Main House)
(previews from 10 Mar 2016)

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

17 Mar 2016 LIVING WITH THE LIGHTS ON
By Mark Lockyer
at Young Vic Theatre
(previews from 17 Mar 2016)

19 Mar 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 Phoenix Theatre
(previews from 19 Mar 2016)

23 Mar 2016 PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS
By Duncan Macmillan
at Wyndham's Theatre
(previews from 15 Mar 2016)

26 Mar 2016 CARETAKER, THE
by Harold Pinter
at Old Vic Theatre
(previews from 26 Mar 2016)

29 Mar 2016 BRAINSTORM
By Ned Glasier, Emily Lim and the company
at Temporary Theatre, National Theatre
(previews from 29 Mar 2016)

30 Mar 2016 LES BLANCS
By Lorraine Hansberry
at Olivier, National Theatre
(previews from 22 Mar 2016)

Expected Apr 2016 FLICK, THE
By Annie Baker
at Dorfman, National Theatre
(previews from Expected Apr 2016)

04 Apr 2016 SUNSET BOULEVARD
music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and book and lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton
at ENO London Coliseum
(previews from 01 Apr 2016)

05 Apr 2016 X
by Alistair McDowall
at Royal Court Theatre Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
(previews from 30 Mar 2016)

07 Apr 2016 CYPRUS AVENUE
by David Ireland
at Royal Court Theatre Jerwood Theatre Upstairs
(previews from 05 Apr 2016)

12 Apr 2016 BOY
By Leo Butler
at Almeida Theatre (Off West End)
(previews from 05 Apr 2016)

13 Apr 2016 SUICIDE, THE
by Suhayla El-Bushra, after Erdman
at Lyttelton, National Theatre
(previews from 06 Apr 2016)

15 Apr 2016 ANOTHER WORLD: LOSING OUR CHILDREN TO ISLAMIC STATE
Developed with Nicolas Kent from his original idea
at Temporary Theatre, National Theatre
(previews from 15 Apr 2016)

20 Apr 2016 FUNNY GIRL
by Jule Styne and Bob Merrill, book by Isobel Lennart, revised book by Harvey Fierstein
at Savoy Theatre
(previews from 09 Apr 2016)

21 Apr 2016 COMEDY ABOUT A BANK ROBBERY, THE
By Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields.
at Criterion Theatre
(previews from 31 Mar 2016)

21 Apr 2016 DOCTOR FAUSTUS
By Christopher Marlowe, in a version by Colin Teevan
at Duke of York's Theatre
(previews from 09 Apr 2016)

27 Apr 2016 ELEGY
By Nick Payne
at Donmar Warehouse
(previews from 21 Apr 2016)

Expected May 2016 THREEPENNY OPERA, THE
By Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, in a new translation by Simon Stephens
at Olivier, National Theatre
(previews from Expected May 2016)

05 May 2016 MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, A
by William Shakespeare
at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
(previews from 30 Apr 2016)

17 May 2016 MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, A : A PLAY FOR THE NATION
by William Shakespeare
at Barbican Theatre
(previews from 17 May 2016)

17 May 2016 OPHELIAS ZIMMER
by Alice Birch
at Royal Court Theatre Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
(previews from 17 May 2016)

18 May 2016 HUMAN ANIMALS
by Stef SmitH
at Royal Court Theatre Jerwood Theatre Upstairs
(previews from 18 May 2016)

19 May 2016 RUNNING WILD
By Michael Morpurgo; Adapted by Samuel Adamson
at Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park
(previews from 13 May 2016)

19 May 2016 BLUE/ORANGE
by Joe Penhall
at Young Vic Theatre (Main House)
(previews from 12 May 2016)

20 May 2016 TAMING OF THE SHREW, THE
by William Shakespeare
at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
(previews from 13 May 2016)

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

27 May 2016 CUTTIN' IT
by Charlene James
at Young Vic Theatre (Maria Studio)
(previews from 20 May 2016)

20 May 2016 JEKYLL & HYDE
Inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
at Old Vic Theatre
(previews from 20 May 2016)

01 Jun 2016 SUNSET AT THE VILLA THALIA
By Alexi Kaye Campbell
at Dorfman, National Theatre
(previews from Expected May 2016)

07 Jun 2016 GO BETWEEN, THE
based on the novel by L. P. Hartle, music by Richard Taylor, book by David Wood
at Apollo Theatre
(previews from 27 May 2016)

08 Jun 2016 DEEP BLUE SEA, THE
By Terence Rattigan
at Lyttelton, National Theatre
(previews from Expected Jun 2016)

15 Jun 2016 ALADDIN
Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Howard Ashman, Tim Rice & Chad Beguelin, Book by Chad Beguelin
at Prince Edward Theatre
(previews from 27 May 2016)

16 Jun 2016 FLYING LOVERS OF VITEBSK
by Daniel Jamieson
at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
(previews from 16 Jun 2016)

22 Jun 2016 HENRY V
By William Shakespeare
at Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park
(previews from 17 Jun 2016)

23 Jun 2016 MACBETH
by William Shakespeare
at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
(previews from 18 Jun 2016)

24 Jun 2016 CUTTIN’ IT
by Charlene James
at Royal Court Theatre Jerwood Theatre Upstairs
(previews from 24 Jun 2016)

28 Jun 2016 FAITH HEALER
By Brian Friel
at Donmar Warehouse
(previews from 23 Jun 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 Jul 2016 SEAGULL, THE
By Anton Chekhov, in a new version by David Hare
at Olivier, National Theatre
(previews from Expected Jul 2016)

Expected Jul 2016 IVANOV
By Anton Chekhov, in a new version by David Hare
at Olivier, National Theatre
(previews from Expected Jul 2016)

Expected Jul 2016 PLATONOV
By Anton Chekhov, in a new version by David Hare
at Olivier, National Theatre
(previews from Expected Jul 2016)

Expected Nov 2016 PETER PAN
Based on the works of JM Barrie
at Olivier, National Theatre
(previews from Expected Nov 2016)

01 Jul 2016 UNREACHABLE
by Alice Birch
at Royal Court Theatre Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
(previews from 01 Jul 2016)

05 Jul 2016 LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL
By Laine Robertson
at Wyndham's Theatre
(previews from 25 Jun 2016)

06 Jul 2016 GRUFFALO, THE
Created by Tal Stories. Musical adaptation by Olivia Jacobs and Toby Mitchell, of the picture book by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler. Music by Jon Fiber & Andy Shaw
at Lyric Theatre
(previews from 06 Jul 2016)

21 Jul 2016 BODYGUARD, THE
Book by Alex Dinelaris. Based on the Warner Bros. film of the same name with screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan. Features Whitney Houston's hit songs.
at Dominion Theatre
(previews from 15 Jul 2016)

21 Jul 2016 JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
Lyrics by Tim Rice; Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
at Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park
(previews from 15 Jul 2016)

27 Jul 2016 PLOUGH AND THE STARS, THE
By Sean O’Casey
at Lyttelton, National Theatre
(previews from Expected Jul 2016)

30 Jul 2016 HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD PARTS I & II
By Jack Thorne, based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany
at The Palace Theatre
(previews from 07 Jun 2016)

Expected Aug 2016 OUR LADIES OF PERPETUAL SUCCOUR
By Alan Warner; Adaptation of Scottish novel 'The Sopranos'
at Dorfman, National Theatre
(previews from Expected Aug 2016)

04 Aug 2016 YERMA
by Simon Stone after Federico García Lorca
at Young Vic Theatre (Main House)
(previews from 29 Jul 2016)

17 Aug 2016 946 THE AMAZING STORY OF ADOLPHUS TIPS
adapted by Michael Morpurgo and Emma Rice
at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
(previews from 11 Aug 2016)

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

Sep 2016 INN AT LYDDA, THE
by John Wolfson
at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
(previews from Sep 2016)

07 Sep 2016 PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
By Jane Austen; Adapted by Simon Reade
at Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park
(previews from 02 Sep 2016)

17 Sep 2016 TORN
by Nathaniel Martello-White
at Royal Court Theatre Jerwood Theatre Upstairs
(previews from 07 Sep 2016)

20 Sep 2016 TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA, THE
by William Shakespeare
at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
(previews from 20 Sep 2016)

22 Sep 2016 FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS (PARTS 1,2 & 3)
by Suzan-Lori Parks
at Royal Court Theatre Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
(previews from 15 Sep 2016)

23 Sep 2016 IMOGEN
by William Shakespeare
at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
(previews from 17 Sep 2016)

27 Sep 2016 LIBERTINE, THE
By Stephen Jeffreys
at Haymarket Theatre Royal
(previews from 22 Sep 2016)

Expected Oct 2016 PACIFIST'S GUIDE TO THE WAR ON CANCER, A
Book by Bryony Kimmings and Brian Lobel, music by Tom Parkinson, lyrics by Bryony Kimmings
at Dorfman, National Theatre
(previews from Expected Oct 2016)

Expected Oct 2016 RED BARN, THE
By David Hare; Based on Georges Simenon’s novel 'La Main'
at Lyttelton, National Theatre
(previews from Expected Oct 2016)

Expected Oct 2016 AMADEUS
By Peter Shaffer
at Olivier, National Theatre
(previews from Expected Oct 2016)

04 Oct 2016 MERCHANT OF VENICE THE
by William Shakespeare
at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
(previews from 04 Oct 2016)

Expected Dec 2016 LOVE
By Alexander Zeldin
at Dorfman, National Theatre
(previews from Expected Dec 2016)

Expected Dec 2016 HEDDA GABLER
By Henrik Ibsen
at Lyttelton, National Theatre
(previews from Expected Dec 2016)

Expected Jan 2017 MOSQUITOES
By Lucy Kirkwood
at Dorfman, National Theatre
(previews from Expected Jan 2017)

Expected Feb 2017 TWELFTH NIGHT
By William Shakespeare
at Olivier, National Theatre
(previews from Expected Feb 2017)

Expected Apr 2017 CONSENT
By Nina Raine
at Dorfman, National Theatre
(previews from Expected Apr 2017)

Expected Apr 2017 ANGELS IN AMERICA (Double bill: Millennium Approaches and Perestroika)
By Tony Kushner
at Lyttelton, National Theatre
(previews from Expected Apr 2017)

Expected Early 2018 ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA
By William Shakespeare
at Olivier, National Theatre
(previews from Expected Early 2018)

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!


Advertisement


Buy London Theatre Tickets New York Hotels

Topsightseeing London Broadway Theater tickets
Top of page
Return to previous page

DISCLAIMER : Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in these pages. We accept no responsibility for any errors.

© Copyright: all rights reserved
londontheatre.co.uk