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Fringe & Other London shows playing now or in the near future!

Fringe & Other London shows
By Peter Darney
at King's Head Pub Theatre
A graphic, gripping, funny and frank verbatim drama exposing the gay Chill-Out scene. From surgeons to students, couples to kink; guys that love it and lost guys longing to be loved. An original look into a drug-fuelled, hedonistic, highly secret world of Chem-Sex, Grindr and instant gratification.
(from 01 Oct 2015 - Closing on 24 Oct 2015)
By Kayser A Foyz
at The Space
An unbreakable bond ties together three brothers and one woman as they navigate the uncertainties of love, life and making different choices.
(from 24 Nov 2015 - Closing on 28 Nov 2015)
AMALUNA (Cirque du Soleil)
by Diane Paulus
at Royal Albert Hall
Amaluna invites the audience to a mysterious island governed by Goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon. Their queen, Prospera, directs her daughter’s coming-of-age ceremony in a rite that honours femininity, renewal, rebirth and balance which marks the passing of these insights and values from one generation to the next.
(from 15 Jan 2016 - Closing on 14 Feb 2016)
Music by Charles Strouse; Lyrics by Martin Charnin; Book by Thomas Meehan
at New Wimbledon Theatre
Set in 1930s New York during The Great Depression, brave young Annie is forced to live a life of misery and torment at Miss Hannigan's orphanage. Determined to find her real parents, her luck changes when she is chosen to spend Christmas at the residence of famous billionaire, Oliver Warbucks. Spiteful Miss Hannigan has other ideas and hatches a plan to spoil Annie's search...
(from 10 Nov 2015 - Closing on 14 Nov 2015)
by Jules Verne, adapted by Laura Eason
at St James Theatre
The majestically mysterious, fabulously wealthy Phileas Fogg wagers his life’s fortune that he can circumnavigate the globe in just eighty days. Join Fogg and his loyal valet, Passepartout, as they voyage from the misty alleys of Victorian London to the exotic subcontinent and the wild west in a race against the clock. A cast of eight play more than 100 characters in this high-spirited, imagination-filled escapade for all the family.
(from 26 Nov 2015 - Closing on 16 Jan 2016)
book by Jeff Whitty and music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx
at Richmond Theatre
Meet Princeton, a bright-eyed graduate who comes to New York City with big dreams and a tiny bank account. Soon discovering that the only neighborhood in his price range is Avenue Q, he finds himself moving in with some truly quirky characters.
(from 27 Oct 2015 - Closing on 31 Oct 2015)
Book and Lyrics by Nancy Harris; Music and Lyrics by Marc Teitler; Story by Nancy Harris and Marc Teitler
at Unicorn Theatre
Imagines what happens when five notorious villains from well-known fairytales - the Big Bad Wolf, Rumpelstiltskin, the Ugly Sisters and Captain Hook - are under threat of being thrown out of their own tales by the Council of Bedtime Stories who want to rebrand them.
(from 03 Nov 2015 - Closing on 24 Dec 2015)
Words by Greg Freeman, Music by Annabelle Brown
at Southwark Playhouse
Enter the Tabard Inn in Borough, 1380 and meet landlady Rose Bailey. Times are tough for Rose; rent is extortionate and she is being forced to pay a crippling tax by the local Marshalsea court, whilst the local gentry enjoy a bacchanalian orgy of consumption. Sit down, have a drink and delight in an evening of intoxicating tales and lively song about the country’s greatest and much loved outlaw.
(from 26 Nov 2015 - Closing on 26 Dec 2015)
By Barrie Keeffe
at Former Central Saint Martins School of Art
Follows the fluctuating fortunes of its three male characters on a journey that is as humorous as it is brutal, to the soundtrack of The Clash, the Sex Pistols and the Jam.
(from 29 Sep 2015 - Closing on 07 Nov 2015)
By Tim Cook
at Drayton Arms Theatre
Set during a power cut in a block of flats, neighbours Mark and Tracy agree to keep each other company until the electricity returns. But when the sun doesn’t rise the next morning they suspect something more sinister is occurring.
(from 06 Oct 2015 - Closing on 17 Oct 2015)
By Kiran Millwood Hargrave
at Theatre N16
The story of two young non-British girls on a boat - one of whom has lost her life.
(from 19 Oct 2015 - Closing on 05 Nov 2015)
by E V Crowe
at The Yard
Broke and losing hope fast, this story is about Brenda and Robert. Brenda doesn't think she's a person. Robert thinks he knows what it will take to change her mind. He's ready to try anything.
(from 22 Sep 2015 - Closing on 17 Oct 2015)
By Phil Willmott
at Above the Stag
A chance encounter at a railway station in 1945 leads two men to consider how much they must sacrifice in order to be together. This evocative, heartbreaking production invites us to consider how far we’ve come and how much we’ve still in common with our grandfather’s generation.
(from 14 Oct 2015 - Closing on 15 Nov 2015)
by Harvey Fierstein
at Southwark Playhouse
Set in 1962 in the Catskills mountains of New York, Casa Valentina centres on a group of heterosexual men who escape from the city to spend their weekend dressed as female alter egos.
(from 10 Sep 2015 - Closing on 10 Oct 2015)
adapted from the novel by M.R James
at Wilton's Music Hall
An adaption of M.R. James' classic thriller this hour-long production will feature just two performers, one hand-made puppet and a soundtrack of original music.
(from 27 Oct 2015 - Closing on 31 Oct 2015)
By Charles Dickens, book and lyrics by Ben Horslen and John Risebero, and music by Christopher Peake
at Middle Temple Hall
Combining the ghostly tale of miser Ebenezer Scrooge with a score of original songs inspired by the carols of a traditional Victorian Christmas.
(from 22 Dec 2015 - Closing on 30 Dec 2015)
by Tom Wells
at Lyric Hammersmith
Grab your glittery Converse and put the pumpkin into top gear as Cinderella heads to the biggest party of the season to meet a very charming Prince. Following the success of Jack and the Beanstalk and Dick Whittington and his Cat, Award winning playwright Tom Wells pens another traditional panto with plenty of festive fun in true Lyric style.
(from 21 Nov 2015 - Closing on 03 Jan 2016)
by Mark Jagasia
at Arcola Theatre Studio 1
The Daily Clarion is Britain’s worst newspaper. Power-crazed editor Morris Honeyspoon (Greg Hicks) spends his weekends dressed as Julius Caesar, and life at his beloved paper is a masterclass in incompetence and deceit. But as political storm clouds gather over an uneasy country, it seems the Clarion‘s worst crimes are about to be exposed. While Honeyspoon searches for an office traitor, washed-up foreign correspondent Verity Stokes (Clare Higgins) masterminds a murderous day of reckoning...
(from 20 Oct 2015 - Closing on 14 Nov 2015)
By Various
at The Space
A president shot by an invisible killer. A plane vanishing into thin air. A man who awakes to find The Beatles never broke up ... When it comes to the unexplained and mysterious, tales of the infinitely curious have haunted our dreams for centuries.
(from 27 Oct 2015 - Closing on 30 Oct 2015)
by Clementine the Living Fashion Doll
at Rosemary Branch
Clementine is no ordinary doll. One night she made a wish on a falling star to be a ?real girl?... and the next day she could walk, talk, sing, dance, act, and present TV! Now the sparkly diva a mere 15 inches tall - is to make her London Christmas stage debut with her a feature-length show.
(from 08 Dec 2015 - Closing on 10 Jan 2016)
Book by Jonathan Harvey and music and lyrics by Pet Shop Boys
at Union Theatre
Set against the backdrop of Soho’s pulsing clubland, tells the story of Dave, just off the boat from Ireland and determined to make something of himself.
(from 21 Oct 2015 - Closing on 28 Nov 2015)
By T.S Eliot
at The Print Room
Edward and Lavinia Chamberlayne have organised a cocktail party for their friends. The only problem is, four days before the party, Lavinia leaves Edward. Resolved to go ahead with party preparations, Edward must navigate his way through the evening without answering questions on Lavinia’s disappearance. That is, until Lavinia unexpectedly turns up, with a mysterious guest in tow. What ensues is an examination of the Chamberlaynes' relationship, through the lens of mysticism and emotional deconstruction.
(from 14 Sep 2015 - Closing on 10 Oct 2015)
by Nathanael West, adapted by Joss Bennathan
at Brockley Jack Studio Theatre
Three vaudevillian performers create the epic story of Lemuel Pitkin, an impoverished yet eternally optimistic young man who sets out to make his fortune at the height of the Great Depression. What could possibly go wrong?
(from 27 Oct 2015 - Closing on 14 Nov 2015)
By Ben Musgrave
at Southwark Playhouse (Little Space)
England trembles in the grip of a devastating epidemic. But in a brutally remote coastal village, quiet Derek waits for love and life to really begin. Then Lydia arrives. She burns brightly - incandescently. Beyond Derek's wildest dreams. And she is hiding something ...
(from 01 Oct 2015 - Closing on 24 Oct 2015)
by Daniel Dingsdale
at Park 90
When a radio DJ overshares his sexual exploits on air, children's television presenter Becky Watson's life tumbles into a media storm. PR guru Richard Powell steps in to diffuse the situation, but he's already dealing with a fame-hungry reality star, struggling actress and aggressive tabloid journalist. Can he spin any publicity into good publicity?
(from 29 Sep 2015 - Closing on 24 Oct 2014)
Written by Carl Grose. Music by Charles Hazlewood.
at Shoredicth Town Hall
Mayor Goodman has been assassinated. Contract killer Macheath has just married Pretty Polly Peachum and Mr and Mrs Peachum aren't happy. Not one bit. A re-working of John Gay’s satire, The Beggar’s Opera.
(from 02 Dec 2015 - Closing on 12 Dec 2015)
By Roy Hudd
at Wilton's Music Hall
Classic pantomime of Dick Whittington
(from 01 Dec 2015 - Closing on 31 Dec 2015)
By Ben Crocker
at The Questors Theatre (In the Judi Dench Playhouse)
A pantomime for the whole family ... go on a magical journey with Dick and his amazing cat.
(from 12 Dec 2015 - Closing on 02 Jan 2016)
by Stuart Saint
at Leicester Square Theatre Main House
Once again, our hero DICK! and his promiscuous pussy Dave the Cat are embarking on a chaotic caper through perverted pantoland. Led by Miss Dusty O as the batty yet glamours SoHoHo sex club owner Sofonda Cox, familiar favourites Fairy Bell-End, Alice Fitznicely and the delinquent, delicious diva Queen Runt are reunited and run riot through the heart of the West End in yet another camp and carnal romp.
(from 15 Dec 2015 - Closing on 30 Dec 2015)
by Donald Margulies
at Park 200
Dinner with Friends is a portrayal of relationships that explores our dependency on our friends as well as our loved ones. Follow Beth, Tom, Karen and Gabe, whose lives, once inextricably linked, start to come undone.
(from 27 Oct 2015 - Closing on 28 Nov 2015)
by Anthony Horowitz
at Menier Chocolate Factory
So what happens when Saddam Hussein turns up on your doorstep and announces he is staying for dinner? Political and personal issues are top of the menu, but behind the kitchen door something else far more sinister is cooking…
(from 10 Sep 2015 - Closing on 14 Nov 2015)
Music and lyrics by David Yazbek and book by Jeffrey Lane
at New Wimbledon Theatre
Prepare to be transported to the luxurious lap of the French Riviera where the decadent world of sophisticated conman Lawrence Jameson is set to come crashing down with the arrival of larger-than-life Freddy Benson - a conman of an entirely different order.
(from 20 Oct 2015 - Closing on 24 Oct 2015)
by Patrick Marmion
at Arcola Theatre
Laing’s radical ideals are in crisis. Kingsley Hall has fallen into disrepair, local residents are up in arms, and Ronnie's South African colleague, revolutionary wild man David Cooper, is flipping out on the roof having taken an acid trip to the future. With his own personal life going down the pan and his mental state heading the same way, Ronnie decides to take his own trip to the future to save the Philadelphia Association and secure his legacy. But will this push him over the edge and can he make it back before Sean Connery comes for dinner?
(from 17 Nov 2015 - Closing on 12 Dec 2015)
by Kandinsky
at New Diorama Theatre
Based on the true story of Hong Kong’s Serial Dog Killer the story has now been transported to London’s dog-walking heartlands Hampstead Heath and expanded beyond the realms of murder mystery to explore the relationships and interactions between owners and their dogs, with four human actors each portraying multiple breeds of dog, and, in doing so, illuminating and questioning the near-human roles dogs sometimes play in our lives.
(from 29 Sep 2015 - Closing on 17 Oct 2015)
Adapted by Nell Leyshon; From the Story by Daphne du Maurier
at Queen's Theatre Hornchurch
John and Laura Baxter travel to Venice hoping to save their troubled marriage after the loss of their young daughter, Christine. Amidst the romance of the city, they start to come to terms with their tragedy and it seems a new chapter is beginning. But then, strange things start to happen… The couple meet a pair of elderly ‘psychic’ sisters who claim to be able to see Christine and urgently warn them to leave the city. And just who is the figure in red who mysteriously keeps appearing?
(from 23 Oct 2015 - Closing on 14 Nov 2015)
By Ruby Rae Spiegel
at Jermyn Street Theatre
Set in the girls' locker room of a Florida high school, exploring an unlikely friendship that is put to the most extreme of tests. Tackling issues surrounding sexuality and the pressures of youth.
(from 03 Nov 2015 - Closing on 21 Nov 2015)
By Chris Cowey, Madpan Entertainments Ltd and Kim Weild
at Charing Cross Theatre
With original music by the legendary artist Dusty Springfield, audiences will see and hear Springfield on stage using the most up-to-date 3-D technology and digital media. Combined with a musical theatre format of live performance, music and dance, Dusty follows the highs and lows of Springfield?s rise from middle class suburban London to the recording of her seminal album Dusty in Memphis.
(from 25 May 2015 - Closing on 21 Nov 2015)
By Martin Mulgrew
at The Proud Archivist
The play explores the two women's final hours in their respective cells being questioned by the interrogators and gives a feminine perspective on the Great War. It eschews the "brave Tommy" and "grieving wife/mother" picture of the war and looks at the war through the eyes of these two remarkable women.
(from 20 Oct 2015 - Closing on 24 Oct 2015)
by Tanya Ronder
at Bush, The
This is a new family drama about the power of the individual in a world obscured by politics.
(from 11 Sep 2015 - Closing on 24 Oct 2015)
By Diego Sosa
at The Cockpit Theatre
FAUSTAFF is the story of Gily Jacoby, a successful writer that has become world famous, thanks to a pact she’s made with the devil. This has granted her the ability to see the ill future of couples so that she can write the successful novels that have turned her into a best seller author. The price, however, is far too high. Her heartbreaks, ambitions and dreams turn out to be somewhat different than what she had expected. The result: a tragic twirl that will lead her into madness and the fulfilment of her own prophecies.
(from 17 Nov 2015 - Closing on 06 Dec 2015)
By Phil Davies
at Hampstead Theatre Downstairs
The revelations of child grooming in Rochdale, Rotherham, Oxford and other towns have dismayed and astounded us all. How could it happen? Tia's mouthy attitude and confident swagger hide a vulnerable young girl whose tough start in life dangerously draws her to AJ. Older, good-looking and charismatic, AJ shows her a kindness that she¹s never known. Kindness that comes with a price.
(from 24 Sep 2015 - Closing on 24 Oct 2015)
By Eugene O’Neil
at Jermyn Street Theatre
An autobiographical tale of male pride, family jealousy and maternal longing.
(from 06 Oct 2015 - Closing on 31 Oct 2015)
by Tom Holloway
at Bush, The
Under an agreement between the British and Australian Governments, between 1945 and 1968, over three thousand British children were told they were orphans and sent to Australia on a promise of warmth, fresh air, abundant food and boundless opportunity. Instead they arrived to deprived institutions where neglect and abuse were the norm.
(from 08 Dec 2015 - Closing on 16 Jan 2016)
By Emily Hall
at Corinthia Hotel
A black cab pulls up to the kerb on Whitehall Place. A woman pays the driver and takes six steps up to where a footman is holding the door open for her; her heels create a faint echo on the marble floor as she passes a stunning floral display. The scent of camellias hangs in the air and is gone by the time she reaches the reception ...
(from 25 Jan 2015 - Closing on 03 Feb 2016)
by Jule Styne and Bob Merrill, book by Isobel Lennart
at Menier Chocolate Factory
Charts the rise of Fanny Brice’s career as one of Broadway’s biggest stars by way of the Ziegfeld Follies, as well as her doomed romance with Nicky Arnstein.
(from 20 Nov 2015 - Closing on 05 Mar 2016)
By Will Mortimer
at Hampstead Theatre Downstairs
Josh and Lydia are captivated by the arrival of fellow student Charlotte. Not only is she exceptionally smart, gaining top marks in all her essays and offering fresh insight during seminars, she’s also significantly older and curiously private. Where’s she from and what’s her history? Why has she enrolled at university now? As the relationship between the undergraduates deepens so does the mystery surrounding Charlotte…
(from 30 Oct 2015 - Closing on 28 Nov 2015)
By Angela Dyson
at White Bear Theatre
Moira arrives, accompanied by an enigmatic young man, to surprise Edward, her politician husband, in an awkward encounter at the home of his mistress Ann, an Oxford Don. A battle of wills (and wits) ensues and culminates with a rather unexpected offer.
(from 06 Oct 2015 - Closing on 17 Oct 2015)
by Colette and Anita Loos
at Tabard Theatre
Paris, 1900. Bright, vivacious Gigi lives the carefree life of a schoolgirl in a family of modest means. She particularly enjoys card games with her much-older friend Gaston, a wealthy playboy. But her life is a bit different from that of an ordinary sixteen-year-old. Gigi is the next generation of a family of courtesans. Her grandmother and Aunt Alicia, the family matriarch, are determined that Gigi succeed where her mother failed. When Gaston notices more about Gigi than her eagerness to play cards, aunt and grandmother set their sights on an arrangement. Gigi has other ideas about her future. Will she prove as adept at romance as at cards?
(from 28 Oct 2015 - Closing on 21 Nov 2015)
By F.Scott Fitzgerald; Adapted by Stephen Sharkey
at Greenwich Theatre
The energy and excess of the rip-roaring twenties is brought to the stage with live music in this evocation, whilst remaining faithful to the timeless language and spirit of F. Scott Fitzgerald's original.
(from 06 Oct 2015 - Closing on 10 Oct 2015)
by George Brant
at Park 90
A female pilot’s world is turned upside down when her unexpected pregnancy removes her from the freedom of the sky and places her in the confines of motherhood and the drone control room.
(from 27 Oct 2015 - Closing on 21 Nov 2015)
Music and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman; Based on the 1988 film of the same name
at Churchill Theatre
It’s Baltimore 1962, where Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, is on a mission to follow her dreams and dance her way onto national TV. Tracy’s audition makes her a local star and soon she is using her new-found fame to fight for equality, bagging local heartthrob Link Larkin along the way.
(from 02 May 2016 - Closing on 07 May 2016)
Music and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman; Based on the 1988 film of the same name
at New Wimbledon Theatre
It’s Baltimore 1962, where Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, is on a mission to follow her dreams and dance her way onto national TV. Tracy’s audition makes her a local star and soon she is using her new-found fame to fight for equality, bagging local heartthrob Link Larkin along the way.
(from 02 Nov 2015 - Closing on 07 Nov 2015)
By Tom Stoppard
at Hampstead Theatre Main Stage
London 1988. The Cold War is approaching its endgame and somebody in spymaster Elizabeth Hapgood’s network is leaking secrets. Is her star Double Agent a Triple? The trap she sets becomes a hall of mirrors in which betrayal is personal and treachery a trick of the light.
(from 04 Dec 2015 - Closing on 16 Jan 2016)
By Red Cape Black Cape Theatre
at Theatre N16
Hell + Other People: Associate demon Evan is having a bad shift. He missed target, he's up for demotion, and - worst of all - the air con's on the blink again. How's he supposed to work in 3000°C heat anyway? Something's got to give…
A Fistful of Hunny: Christopher’s childhood animal ‘friends’ are back. They’ve brought threats, baseball bats, and an offshore bank account ready to be wired millions. Screw the wood, this lot are dreaming of a hundred-acre island... Tonight’s the night when the Pooh hits the fan.
(from 04 Oct 2015 - Closing on 08 Oct 2015)
by Howard Barker
at Arcola Theatre Studio
Love, truth, sex and war collide in this double bill by Howard Barker.
(from 25 Nov 2015 - Closing on 19 Dec 2015)
By Hugh Roberts
at Hen and Chickens Theatre
Izzy wants an answer, Bilbo wants a job and Roo just wants another drink. When five students start playing the infamous 'I Have Never' drinking game, it takes a sinister turn as three years worth of secrets come flooding out. No amount of drugs or drink will help these unsuspecting twenty-somethings forget their last night in the bubble that is uni.
(from 20 Oct 2015 - Closing on 24 Oct 2015 )
Conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda with music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda and a book by Quiara Alegría Hudes
at King's Cross Theatre
A journey into Washington Heights, one of Manhattan's most vibrant communities – a place where the coffee is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music.
(from 03 Oct 2015 - Closing on 01 Nov 2015)
by Susie McKenna
at Hackney Empire
Set in the kingdom of Hackneydale, Hackney Empire’s production follows the story of young Jack who is tempted by a mysterious stranger into swapping the family’s trusty old cow for a handful of magic beans. An offer surely happy-go-lucky Jack can’t refuse?
(from 21 Nov 2015 - Closing on 03 Jan 2016)
by Rebecca Lenkiewicz
at Arcola Theatre
Walkern, 1712. After decades free from witch hunts, Walkern’s cunning woman Jane Wenham is blamed for a tragic death – and charged with witchcraft. A terrifying ordeal begins, as the village is torn between those who want to save her life, and those who claim to want to save her soul.
(from 05 Jan 2016 - Closing on 30 Jan 2016)
Kathy Kirby: Icon by Tom O'Brien and David Cantor / I Play For Me by David Cantor
at White Bear Theatre
Kathy Kirby : Icon - Charts 60s singer Kathy Kirby’s story.
I Play For Me - Tells the fictional story of Elliot Figueroa, a trailblazing 1960s musician whose temperamental side comes hand-in-hand with his raw talent and, who on the brink of success, realises that everything comes at a cost.
(from 20 Oct 2015 - Closing on 08 Nov 2015)
By Frank Marcus
at London Theatre Workshop
Gin-swilling, cigar chomping June Buckridge has played beloved 'Sister George' in the popular BBC Radio Drama, Applehurst, for six years. But being the star of the show doesn't stop BBC executives deciding to kill her off in an attempt to revive the show's falling ratings.
(from 29 Oct 2015 - Closing on 21 Nov 2015)
by Andrew Shepherd and Leopold Lewis
at Park 90
Featuring a host of characters from Hamlet, Ophelia and Shylock to Ellen Terry, Bram Stoker and George Bernard Shaw, The Knight From Nowhere is a funny, touching and vibrant tale of the champion of Shakespeare and the first actor to be knighted.
(from 24 Nov 2015 - Closing on 19 Dec 2015)
Text by Antonio Abati
at Wilton's Music Hall
Based on the work of seventeenth-century poet Antonio Abati, and set to music to an unknown composer, l'Ospendale is a satire on patients, doctors and medical practices.
(from 10 Nov 2015 - Closing on 21 Nov 2015)
at Southbank Centre, La Soiree Spiegeltent
Featuring burlesque, circus sideshow and variety acts from around the world.
(from 27 Oct 2015 - Closing on 16 Jan 2016)
by Gerald Armin and Peter Rowe, book by Anne Beattes. Based on the original play by Melanie Mintz. Additional Material Jack Heifner Songs by Ellie Greenwich and Friends
at Waterloo East Theatre
The true-life story of Ellie Greenwich, one of the greatest female songwriters to emerge from New York's songwriting hit factory, The Brill Building. We follow her life from humble beginnings to become one of the most established and well respected female songwriters and producers of the 60s music industry, an industry that was predominately a man's world. Working with such luminaries of the music industry as Leiber and Stoller, Jeff Barry and Phil Spector; Ellie Greenwich wrote, co wrote and produced some of the greatest songs to emerge from the 60s era, songs that remain pop classics to this day.
(from 07 Oct 2015 - Closing on 31 Oct 2015)
by Pamela Carter
at The Yard
We meet our young lads as civilians and watch them transform into soldiers. They finish their training and are unleashed into an unknown peacetime. But what do soldiers do when there's no one to fight?
(from 27 Oct 2015 - Closing on 21 Nov 2015)
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Book by Hugh Wheeler
at Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre
Based on Ingmar Bergman's comedy of manners, Smiles of a Summer Night, this musical is set in 1900 Sweden and explores the tangled web of affairs centered around actress Desirée Armfeldt and the men who love her
(from 06 Oct 2015 - Closing on 31 Oct 2015)
By Michael Finnissy and Andrew G Marshall
at Landor Theatre
What happens next in the iconic Puccini story? The son of Madam Butterfly has travelled to America to meet his father for the first time but he's brought the ghost of his mother too. The play blends the music and myths from the original opera with a new score.
(from 04 Nov 2015 - Closing on 22 Nov 2015)
Created by Tony Middleton 'Sonic'
at Grand Royale London Hyde Park
Experience close-up magic like never before in a show featuring the finest sleight of hand and indulge in the style and opulance of the Victorian masters of magic.
(from Apr 2014 - Booking to 02 Oct 2015)
By David Grindley, Bill Keenan, Sebastian Rex, Isabel Dixon
at The Space
David lives with Cerebral Palsy, which affects his speech and movement, and has spent his life in a wheelchair. In 2014, David decided to share his experiences. With his love of theatre playing a part in so much of his life, there was no better way to tell his story than onstage
(from 06 Oct 2015 - Closing on 10 Oct 2015)
By Marius von Maybenburg
at Unicorn Theatre
Benjamin won't do swimming at school. His mum thinks he's on drugs or has body issues. But Benjamin has found God and mixed-sex swimming lessons offend him. So begins the teenager's journey towards religious extremism.
(from 16 Sep 2015 - Closing on 10 Oct 2015)
Music by Tchaikovsky, devised, directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne
at Sadler's Wells
As Aurora grows into a young woman, we move forwards in time to the more rigid, uptight Edwardian era; a mythical golden age of long Summer afternoons, croquet on the lawn and new dance crazes. Years later, awakening from her century long slumber, Aurora finds herself in the modern day; a world more mysterious than any Fairy story!
(from 01 Dec 2015 - Closing on 24 Jan 2016)
By Shishir Kurup; Adapted from William Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice
at The Cockpit Theatre
Fallen Bollywood star Jeetendra comes to London to try his luck with Pushpa, a young Gujarati heiress.
(from 06 Oct 2015 - Closing on 25 Oct 2015)
Based on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
at King's Head Pub Theatre
Unique alternative take on the tale of Snow White, replete with an all-powerful Magic Mirror, a schizophrenic Dwarf and a dark, mysterious Wicked Step-Dame.
(from 03 Dec 2015 - Closing on 09 Jan 2016)
By Starri Hauksson
at Drayton Arms Theatre
Follows a young man named Andri who, after a tragic loss, has withdrawn from society and seemingly given up on life. We watch as Andri struggles with the ghosts from the past, as well as his own existence and relationships in the present.
(from 20 Oct 2015 - Closing on 31 Oct 2015)
By Ian Kelly
at Hampstead Theatre Main Stage
In Georgian London no one is more famous than Samuel Foote. Satirist, impressionist and dangerous comedian, he has become a celebrity in a city, and at the moment in time, when the concept of selling personality was born. He even has the ear of the king.
(from 14 Sep 2015 - Closing on 17 Oct 2015)
by Zodwa Nyoni
at Arcola Theatre Studio 2
Ishmael has fled from his home in Zimbabwe, where a fresh wave of homophobia threatens his life. In Leeds is the prospect of sanctuary, and of a new life among strangers. But will those strangers accept him? The clock is ticking, and his fate is being decided... can Ishmael find a place to call home again?
(from 06 Jan 2016 - Closing on 30 Jan 2016)
By Slyvia Freedman
at King's Head Pub Theatre
Sybil, much-married caretaker of a business centre, is full of ideas for escaping from her situation. When Hugo a manipulative adventurer launches a new business she inveigles her way in, getting herself appointed director of a company set up for Perkins an inventor, along with Hugo’s long-suffering artist girlfriend Imogen and Howard the manager of the centre whose significant other is his dog.
(from 30 Sep 2015 - Closing on 24 Oct 2015)
Music Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, book and lyrics by Nancy Holson, arrangements by Bruce Kiesling and Paul Rigano
at Pleasance Theatre
A story of magic, far away places, fairy tale kingdoms, of love, friendship, family and most importantly imagination
(from 08 Dec 2015 - Closing on 03 Jan 2016)
by Richard Bean
at Upstairs at the Gatehouse
Brighton, 1963. Change is in the air. Down onhis luck, Francis Henshall finds himself employed by small-time crook Roscoe Crabbe, in town to collect a debt from his fiancée's gangster father. But Roscoe is really Rachel, posing as her own dead brother, herself in love with Stanley Stubbers (her brother's killer and Francis’s other gaffer). With the distractions of a pneumatic book keeper, a self-important actor and the criminal fraternity, not to mention his own mammoth appetite to contend with, how long can Francis keep his guvnors apart?
(from 06 Oct 2015 - Closing on 10 Oct 2015)
By William Shakespeare
at Barons Court Pub Theatre
General Othello leads her battle weary squadron in the hope of happier times to come - unaware of the threat within their midst. A modern interpretation of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy of jealousy and revenge.
(from 06 Oct 2015 - Closing on 18 Oct 2015)
By Caroline Reid
at Leicester Square Theatre
Pam Ann is back and she means business (class). Hilarious, often shocking and totally politically incorrect, Pam Ann keeps things lively and nail bitingly unpredictable as she takes off her pristine white gloves and delivers an unrelenting barrage of 'shoot-from-the-lip' observations.
(from 30 Sep 2015 - Closing on 07 Nov 2015)
Adapted by Samuel Orange, from the novel by Oscar Wilde
at The House of Orange
As guests at Mr. Gray's townhouse in The Royal Borough of Greenwich, you are invited on a journey through time, space and imagination, from aristocratic Victoriana to the decadent underworld of a gothic nightmare and beyond.
(from 10 Sep 2015 - Closing on 23 Dec 2015)
by Greg Kotis
at St James Theatre
Life on the farm is hard. Under a pot-bellied sky, Tom and Tina, with just the help of hired hand Tim, are struggling for survival and it's taking its toll. Troubles simmer dangerously as they search for solace, then gun-toting Teddy arrives and things go from bad to worse.
(from 21 Oct 2015 - Closing on 21 Nov 2015)
By Jacqui Honess-Martin
at Hampstead Theatre Downstairs
Gabby has a first class honours degree and an MA but somehow is stuck – for the third year running – counting Norwegian Spruce. Betty wishes she was ice skating with her mates at Somerset House rather than ‘gaining work experience’. Joe is nursing a broken hand, and heart, by lugging trees. Taj can’t decide whether he’s in love with Gabby or Betty. And they’re all being driven out of their minds by Michael Bublé’s Feliz Navidad on repeat…
(from 10 Dec 2015 - Closing on 16 Jan 2016)
by Owen Sheers
at The Bush Attic Space
Pink Mist tells the story of three young Bristol men deployed to Afghanistan. Returning to the women in their lives who must now share the physical and psychological aftershocks of their service, Arthur, Hads and Taff find their journey home is their greatest battle.
(from 21 Jan 2016 - Closing on 13 Feb 2016)
By Peter Hamilton
at Old Red Lion Theatre
Playground is about a fragmented, broken society. It's about the lost, the damaged and the disappointed. About rattling about in the nightmarish modern world. It takes the form of a murder mystery. It takes place in a park. Someone's been decapitating children with a fret-saw. Someone's been reading Enid Blyton. Something has gone badly wrong.
(from 13 Oct 2015 - Closing on 17 Nov 2015)
by Selma Dimitrijevic
at Hen and Chickens Theatre
Centred around ideas of existence and reality, A Prayer tracks an intimate exchange between a man and God, and challenges its audience to find its own interpretation of belief in an increasingly isolated society.
(from 27 Oct 2015 - Closing on 07 Nov 2015 )
Based on the movie of the same name
at New Wimbledon Theatre
The adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship and end up finding more than they could have ever dreamed of.
(from 05 Oct 2015 - Closing on 10 Oct 2015)
by David Auburn
at Tabard Theatre
Catherine has sacrificed her education and social life to care for her brilliant but unstable mathematician father. The return of her controlling sister and the flirtations of Hal, a former graduate student of her father’s complicate matters when he discovers a ground breaking mathematical proof amongst Robert’s incoherent scribbling.
(from 29 Sep 2015 - Closing on 24 Oct 2015)
featuring the songs of Leslie Bricusse
at St James Theatre
Pure Imagination celebrates the songs of Leslie Bricusse, one of the most prolific and well loved film and musical theatre songwriters of our time.
(from 24 Sep 2015 - Closing on 17 Oct 2015)
By Stephen Lowe based on the book by Robert Tressell, adapted by Neil Gore
at CLF Art Cafe
Shares with its audience a year in the life of a group of painters and decorators, as they renovate a three-storey town house for Mayor Sweater. It traces their struggle for survival in a complacent and stagnating Edwardian England. These workers are the "philanthropists" who throw themselves into back-breaking work for poverty wages in order to generate profit for their masters.
(from 05 Oct 2015 - Closing on 31 Oct 2015)
adapted by Mike Kenny based on E. Nesbit's novel The Railway Children
at King's Cross Theatre
The Railway Children tells the story of Bobbie, Peter and Phyllis, three children whose lives change dramatically when their father is mysteriously taken away. They move from London to a cottage in rural Yorkshire with their mother, where they befriend the local railway porter, Perks, and embark on a magical journey of discovery, friendship and adventure.
(from 16 Dec 2014 - Closing on 03 Jan 2016)
Book, Music & Lyrics by Jez Bond & Mark Cameron
at Park 200
With original music and bonkers comedy, there’s plenty of fun, magic and surprise in store for all. So step inside, grab a herbal bishop and experience the wonderful world of Waa. After all, the princess needs you; she can’t wait to escape from her tower.
(from 03 Dec 2015 - Closing on 02 Jan 2016)
Adapted by Pins and Needles
at Lyric Hammersmith Studio
Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas follows Santa as he awakes from a dream of sun, sea and sand only to find it is the busiest day of the year: Christmas Eve. This timeless festive story bursts into life with live music, playful puppets and a masterfully magical set.
(from 20 Nov 2015 - Closing on 24 Dec 2015)
by Steve Thompson
at Park 200
Canary Wharf. As the curtain comes down on the recession, four wildly different bond traders put their limits to the test. The coarse tactics of big swinging dick, Donny, are challenged when a younger fresher new arrival fights to stake a claim in the bank. With Jess wrapping clients around her little finger, bright Cambridge grad Spoon has to catch up fast. Struggling to paper over the cracks of a family life in suburbia, seasoned trader PJ lags behind. In glass buildings that never sleep, is there a glass ceiling and what will it take for it to shatter?
(from 23 Sep 2015 - Closing on 24 Oct 2015)
Devised by the Company
at Hoxton Hall
Using live performed testimonies and stories of people researched locally, Outside Edge's new devised theatre performance reflects the splintered, chaotic and at times absurdly comic world of people who have been affected by addiction, chemical or otherwise.
(from 29 Sep 2015 - Closing on 17 Oct 2015)
Book & Lyrics by Barry English, Music by Keith Herrmann
at Landor Theatre
Sex, love and money: what happens when you strike the wrong balance between these three? Romance, Romance is a comedic look at the many twists and turns of any romantic relationship.
(from 08 Oct 2015 - Closing on 31 Oct 2015)
By William Shakespeare; Adapted by Immersion Theatre
at Brockley Jack Studio Theatre
Inspired by the brutality of the Kent miners’ strike, the tragic story of forbidden love and bitter rivalry is relocated to 1980’s England.
(from 20 Oct 2015 - Closing on 24 Oct 2015)
By Alex Martinez
at King's Head Pub Theatre
An ex-soldier casts an unflinching and at times darkly humorous eye over his childhood, its impact on his relationships, his experiences of war, and the three key events that have dramatically changed his life. He is still fighting, but it's a different war now...
(from 02 Nov 2015 - Closing on 08 Nov 2015)
by Paul Anthony Morris
at Arcola Theatre Studio
Sarai has been promised that she will be the founder of a new nation, its sovereignty established upon an old land. But first she must contend with the most formidable of forces – famine, disease, persecution and civil war. Her courage and wisdom will be tested to its limits...
(from 21 Oct 2015 - Closing on 07 Nov 2015)
By Larry Mollin
at Leicester Square Theatre (The Lounge)
Hecht is 71, balding, urbane and cynical, and with an appreciation for the finer things in life. But his relationship with his daughter is difficult and, against her father’s wishes, Jenny joins the revolutionary, avant garde theatre troupe, The Living Theatre, and lives with them in a commune in New York.
(from 28 Oct 2015 - Closing on 29 Nov 2015)
By Michelle Inniss
at Stratford Circus Arts
Evangeline is waiting, she has been waiting a long time. She waits for the Black Swan to glide through the station and show her a little warmth and kindness. She waits for Shirley the daughter she let walk away all those years ago. Will her daughter ever return to her and can Shirley ever forgive the mother that let her go?
(from 08 Oct 2015 - Closing on 11 Oct 2015)
Book & Lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire, Music by Jeanine Tesori, Based on the stories of William Steig and the DreamWorks animated feature film
at New Wimbledon Theatre
Join our unlikely hero and his loyal steed Donkey as they embark on a quest to rescue the beautiful (if slightly temperamental) Princess Fiona from a fire breathing, love-sick dragon. Add the diminutive Lord Farquaad, a gang of fairytale misfits, and a biscuit with attitude, and you’ve got the biggest, brightest musical comedy around!
(from 20 Jan 2016 - Closing on 31 Jan 2016)
By Lucy Maycock
at Battersea Arts Centre
Song of Riots uses text, song, physical theatre and the poetry of William Blake to tell a coming-of-age story of two boys. One, a prince from a fairy tale – the only child of a King and a Queen. The other, a kid from the inner city – the only son of Polish immigrants. Both boys need to leave home. Both are out in the night. Both are looking to find golden opportunities. When they meet, a riot breaks out.
(from 13 Oct 2015 - Closing on 17 Oct 2015)
By John Finnemore
at Shaw Theatre
A mixture of favourite sketches from John Finnemore's Radio 4 Souvenir Programme.
(from 30 Sep 2015 - Closing on 11 Oct 2015)
By Lucy Roslyn
at King's Head Pub Theatre
Huntsville prison, Texas, 1959; Elyese Dukie is on Death Row for murdering her husband and her lover. Tomorrow she goes to court for the last time. But tonight Elyese reveals the one thing she won't tell the court or the string of psychiatrists sent to diagnose her: that she is not alone in her cell... John Hayes is in there with her.
(from 28 Oct 2015 - Closing on 22 Nov 2015)
By Kat Roberts
at Pleasance Theatre
About the loss of a child; about how in the wake of any interminable loss, we find ways to connect and survive; an exploration of love, honesty, family and grief.
(from 10 Nov 2015 - Closing on 29 Nov 2015)
By Robert Harling
at Queen's Theatre Hornchurch
Beautician Truvy’s regulars include the town stalwart M'Lynn and her fragile daughter Shelby, new-in-town shy girl Annelle, curmudgeonly Ouiser and former first lady Clairee. They are thrown together in pursuit of looking their best, and they form supportive friendships and strong bonds that will see them through births, deaths and marriages. When severely tested, the women show their steel-like strength, supporting each other as the darkest hours descend.
(from 18 Sep 2015 - Closing on 10 Oct 2015)
by David Rogers, based upon the screenplay "The Sting" by David Ward
at Wilton's Music Hall
Based on the 1973 caper film of the same name, in which two outraged, small-time con men set out to outwit a powerful mob leader and, to the accompaniment of Scott Joplin's ragtime, the Big Con unfolds.
(from 09 Sep 2015 - Closing on 17 Oct 2015)
By Anthony Neilson
at White Bear Theatre
An examination of a troubled young couple, Abby and Stu, who learn they are about to have a child – but who find themselves unable to decide if they will, or should, keep it.
(from 29 Sep 2015 - Closing on 17 Oct 2015)
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Book and Lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton, Based on the Billy Wilder Film
at Bridewell Theatre (St Bride Foundation)
Sunset Boulevard weaves a magnificent tale of faded glory and unfulfilled ambition. Silent movie star Norma Desmond longs for a return to the big screen, having been discarded by tinsel town with the advent of "talkies". Her glamour has faded in all but her mind. When she meets struggling Hollywood screenwriter Joe Gillis in dramatic circumstances, their subsequent passionate and volatile relationship leads to a tragic conclusion.
(from 06 Oct 2015 - Closing on 10 Oct 2015)
by Sarah Page
at Finborough Theatre
Coco, Mari and Helena are The Sweethearts, a manufactured girl band who are rarely off the front page of the tabloids. In need of some positive publicity, they travel to Afghanistan to do a special gig for the troops at Camp Bastion before the base is handed over to Afghan officials. A group of battle weary soldiers, chosen to protect these three beautiful celebrities, eagerly await their arrival. But when there's an attack on the base, The Sweethearts and the soldiers are thrown together and forced to wait it out in very close quarters...
(from 22 Sep 2015 - Closing on 17 Oct 2015)
By William Shakespeare
at London Theatre Workshop
Set on a remote island, where Prospero, the rightful Duke of Milan, plots to restore his daughter Miranda to her rightful place using illusion and skillful manipulation. He conjures up a storm, the eponymous tempest, to lure his usurping brother Antonio and the complicit King Alonso of Naples to the island. There, his machinations bring about the revelation of Antonio's lowly nature, the redemption of the King, and the marriage of Miranda to Alonso's son, Ferdinand.
(from 07 Oct 2015 - Closing on 24 Oct 2015)
By David Hare
at Hampstead Theatre Main Stage
Nobody can doubt John Christie’s passion or his formidable will: he wooed his opera singer wife with a determination befitting a man who won the Military Cross. Now, in 1934, this Etonian science teacher’s admiration for the works of Wagner leads him to embark on an ambitious project: the construction of an Opera House on his estate in Sussex.
(from 23 Oct 2015 - Closing on 28 Nov 2015)
By Ray Rackham
at London Theatre Workshop
Taking place during three significant and distinct moments in Judy Garland’s career, Through the Mill charts her rise from teenager to MGM movie star, from “has-been” to concert hall darling and her short-lived career as a television personality.
(from 01 Dec 2015 - Closing on 19 Dec 2015)
Adapted from the story by Hans Christen Andersen by Mandy Holliday
at Charing Cross Theatre
Brian the Brave, a penniless solider is returning from the war. He acquires a magic tinderbox and embarks on a quest to find his true love. This enchanting, fun-filled musical features an array of wonderful, colourful characters, cleverly combining classical music and story-telling with comedy, lots of audience interaction.
(from 12 Dec 2015 - Closing on 02 Jan 2016)
By Jon Bradfield and Martin Hooper
at Above the Stag
Once upon a time, a slave boy called Cinders lived with his murderous stepmother and her daughters in a little landlocked kingdom. Now although this kingdom lacked democracy and had been banned from Eurovision on behavioural grounds, it boasted a prince whose balls were the envy of the world. Indeed, there was no happier sight in all the kingdom than the prince’s balls in full swing. The Prince took great pleasure and care in arranging his balls, which he liked to hold in all the fine rooms of the castle. And Cinders really fancied the Prince. But they would never meet… would they?
(from 26 Nov 2015 - Closing on 16 Jan 2016)
by Sarah Waters, Adapted by Laura Wade
at Lyric Hammersmith
It’s 1887 and Nancy Astley sits in the audience at her local music hall: she doesn’t know it yet, but the next act on the bill will change her life. Tonight is the night she’ll fall in love… with the thrill of the stage and with Kitty Butler, a girl who wears trousers. Giddy with desire and hungry for experience, Nancy follows Kitty to London where unimaginable adventures await.
(from 18 Sep 2015 - Closing on 24 Oct 2015)
by William Shakespeare
at New Wimbledon Theatre (Studio)
Victorious Titus Andronicus returns to Rome a war hero, but his home has changed in his absence. There are daggers in every smile, and the empire is bleeding from within. Soon the Andronicus family are being picked off one by one, innocent bystanders in a grubby, merciless game of thrones. Titus must fight to save his children, his sanity and his legacy, before all is lost.
(from 20 Oct 2015 - Closing on 14 Nov 2015)
By James Rushbrooke
at Southwark Playhouse (Little Space)
In the not-too-distant future, the world is better than ever. Diseases and disorders have been wiped out. But 12 year old Jess doesn't belong. She slipped through the net and there's something dangerous in her DNA, something that must be 'cured'. Charlie is watching Jess. He'll do whatever it takes to keep society safe.
(from 28 Oct 2015 - Closing on 21 Nov 2015)
By William Shakespeare
at Rose Playhouse
Four versions of the show will play in rep - all female, all male, cast play their own gender and cast play the opposite gender
(from 06 Oct 2015 - Closing on 30 Oct 2015)
By Jim Cartwright
at Chickenshed Studio Theatre
Over the course of a single evening in a typical local pub, prepare to become intimately acquainted with your less than genial hosts, and the colourful characters who regularly pull up a stool.
(from 07 Oct 2015 - Closing on 24 Oct 2015 )
by Robert Holtom, Marietta Kirkbride, Atar Hadari, Don Grimme, Conor Carroll
at The Bread & Roses Theatre
Welcome onboard the year 2015. It's dark, disturbing but often very funny. Please sit back and try to relax as five new playwrights guide you through the trials and turbulences of the 21st century. There are no emergency exits.
(from 13 Oct 2015 - Closing on 17 Oct 2015)
By Paul Murphy
at Theatre503 Pub Theatre
As violence sweeps the city, a young couple flee to an isolated Nordic research facility. On the brink of discovering the cure for a devastating disease, cracks start to appear in their marriage as they are forced to choose between conflicting allegiances to love and science.
(from 30 Sep 2015 - Closing on 24 Oct 2015)
By Ben Jonson
at Jack Studio Theatre
Volpone is a rich and idle Venetian with one passion: his gold, two talents: deception and acting, and one favourite amusement: exposing the hypocrisy and greed of his fellowmen. With the indefatigable help of his servant Mosca, he pretends to be at death's door in order to cozen the greedy parasites who gather around his deathbed in the hope to inherit his fortune. But the scavengers should beware the wily old fox who in turn should beware Mosca the Fly!
(from 29 Sep 2015 - Closing on 17 Oct 2015)
By Michael Rosen
at Stratford Circus Arts
A family go on an expedition of a lifetime - running down the grassy bank, wading through the cold river, squelching over the oozy mud, stumbling into the dark forest, then peering into a cave....
(from 02 Dec 2015 - Closing on 26 Dec 2015)
Written by Ross Clark
at Union Theatre
Memorials to the soldiers who fought and died in WWI grace almost every town in the UK, but 306 names are conspicuous by their absence - men who were executed by their own side. Considered to be deserters or weak-minded, many were suffering from what we know now as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
(from 16 Sep 2015 - Closing on 17 Oct 2015)
Book by Douglas Carter Beane. Music and Lyrics by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar
at Southwark Playhouse
Kira, the magical and beautiful Greek muse, descends from the heavens of Mount Olympus for Venice Beach, California, on a quest to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny, to achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time - the first roller disco... Well hey, it is 1980! But, when Kira falls into forbidden love with the mortal Sonny, her jealous sisters take advantage of the situation and chaos abounds.
(from 16 Oct 2015 - Closing on 21 Nov 2015)


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