Theatre Breaks for London Plays

London plays may not be as popular as musicals but personally we much prefer a good play.

There are theatre breaks covering all kinds of London plays ranging from the hilarious The Play That Goes Wrong to the terrifying The Woman in Black.

There are long running classics such as Agatha Christie's Mousetrap which has been playing in London for over 60 years and is the world's longest running play. The Woman in Black is also one of the longest running plays having been playing in London for over 30 years.

So whatever kind of play you prefer there is sure to be a London theatre break to suit your taste.

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'Master Harold'... and the boys

'Master Harold'... and the boys at the Lyttelton Theatre, National

1950. Apartheid South Africa. St George's Park Tea Room, Port Elizabeth, 1950. On a long rainy afternoon, employees Sam and Willie practise their steps for the finals of the ballroom dancing championship. Hally arrives from school to hide out in his parents’ tea room. These two men have been unlikely best friends to Hally his whole life. But it is apartheid era South Africa: he’s Master Harold, and they are the boys. Tony Award-winning playwright Athol Fugard’s semi-autobiographical and blistering masterwork explores the nature of friendship, and the ways people are capable of hurting even those they love.

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A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol at the Old Vic Theatre

Matthew Warchus' big-hearted, smash hit production of Charles Dickens' immortal classic returns to The Old Vic, joyously adapted for the stage by Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child).

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A Day in the Death of Joe Egg

A Day in the Death of Joe Egg at the Trafalgar Studio One

Toby Stephens (Oslo, Lost in Space) and Claire Skinner (Outnumbered) make their long-awaited returns to the West End stage in Peter Nichols' (Privates on Parade, Passion Play) frank and moving masterpiece A Day in the Death of Joe Egg.

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A Kind of People

A Kind of People at the Royal Court Theatre

”In this country, you go as far as they let you.” Friday night and someone’s having a party. It seems like a laugh, but not everyone’s having fun.

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A Museum in Baghdad

A Museum in Baghdad at the QA Venue 6 - Non E-Ticket

In 1926, the nation of Iraq is in its infancy, and British archaeologist Gertrude Bell is founding a museum in Baghdad. In 2006, Ghalia Hussein is attempting to reopen the museum after looting during the war. Decades apart, these two women share the same goals: to create a fresh sense of unity and nationhood, to make the world anew through the museum and its treasures. But in such unstable times, questions remain. Who is the museum for? Whose culture are we preserving? And why does it matter when people are dying?

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A Taste Of Honey

A Taste Of Honey at the Trafalgar Studio One

Shelagh Delaney’s ground-breaking British classic A Taste of Honey returns to the West End for the first time in 60 years. Directed by Bijan Sheibani (Barber Shop Chronicles) and designed by Hildegard Bechtler (Antony and Cleopatra), A Taste of Honey is a gritty depiction of working-class life in post-war Britain and an exhilarating portrayal of the vulnerabilities and strengths of the female spirit in a deprived and restless world.

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Acosta Danza - Evolution

Acosta Danza - Evolution at the Sadler's Wells

After a critically acclaimed national and international tour, Carlos Acosta’s eclectic Cuban company bring a second programme of ballet and contemporary works to Sadler’s Wells.

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Adam Kay: This Is Going To Hurt (Secret Diaries Of A Junior Doctor)

Adam Kay: This Is Going To Hurt (Secret Diaries Of A Junior Doctor) at the Garrick Theatre

Award-winning comedian Adam Kay shares entries from his diaries as a junior doctor in this “electrifying” (Guardian) evening of stand-up and music.

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Alexander Whitley Dance Company - Overflow

Alexander Whitley Dance Company - Overflow at the Sadler's Wells

In 2017 New Wave Associate Artist Alexander Whitley combined film and dance for 8 Minutes, a breath-taking journey to the sun. Known for his groundbreaking use of technology, Whitley’s new work delves into what it means to be human in the era of big data. Overflow features a dazzling kinetic light sculpture by Children of the Light with creative technologists Fenyce, costumes by fashion artist Ana Rajcevic and a new score by composer Rival Consoles, who has created music, experimenting with “ambient soundscapes, industrial textures, and high-octane club energy” (Pitchfork), for the Netflix series Black Mirror.

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An Act of God

An Act of God at the Vaults

God is back... and she has a lot to say! After many millennia, and in just 90 minutes, God (award-winning comedian Zoe Lyons as seen on Mock The Week and Celebrity Masterchef) assisted by her devoted angels Gabriel (Matt Tedford, aka ‘Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho’) and Michael (Tom Bowen, Johnny Castle in ‘Dirty Dancing the Musical’) will answer some of the deepest questions that have plagued mankind since creation.

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Anne Teresa De Keersmaker / Rosa & B'Rock Orchestra - The Six Brandenburg Concertos

Anne Teresa De Keersmaker / Rosa & B'Rock Orchestra - The Six Brandenburg Concertos at the Sadler's Wells

Johann Sebastian Bach’s music has influenced so much of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s choreography. Following the performances of Mitten wir im Leben sind/Bach6Cellosuiten at Sadler’s Wells in 2019, De Keersmaeker turns to him once more, this time with a large ensemble of 16 dancers, drawn from multiple generations of Rosas dancers. Twenty-three musicians from the B’Rock Orchestra, conducted by the violinist Amandine Beyer, play the six Brandenburg Concertos live and unabridged, with De Keersmaeker approaching the music as a ready-made score to be danced to.

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Antigone - The Burial at Thebes

Antigone - The Burial at Thebes at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre

The war has ended. Antigone, daughter of Oedipus, learns her brothers are dead. Forced onto opposing sides, they have killed each other in battle. When Creon, King of Thebes, grants the honour of a burial to one but not the other, Antigone and her sister must choose where their loyalties lie. This epic tale of humanity versus leadership centres on a young woman with the courage to defend her beliefs – whatever the cost.

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BalletBoyz - Deluxe

BalletBoyz - Deluxe at the Sadler's Wells

Following their recent, triumphant shows Them/Us, Fourteen Days, Young Men and Life, the multi-award winning BalletBoyz are back and celebrating their 20th anniversary year. Deluxe fuses the work of some of the world’s most exciting and innovative choreographers and composers. Chinese dancer and choreographer Xie Xin (TAO Dance Theatre, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s Eastman) creates a work set to an original score by composer Jiang Shao-feng, whilst Maxine Doyle (Punchdrunk) collaborates with jazz musician and composer Cassie Kinoshi, of the Mercury-nominated SEED Ensemble.

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balletLORENT - The Lost Happy Endings

balletLORENT - The Lost Happy Endings at the Sadler's Wells

balletLORENT returns as part of Family Weekend, Sadler’s Wells’ annual throwing-open of doors with free activities taking place alongside the performance. Based on an original story by former poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy, our National Partner Company’s new production takes us deep into the forest to meet Jub, a fearless girl with six fingers on each hand, who has been tasked with guarding all the happy endings. Narrated by Joanna Lumley, and featuring 19 famous fairy-tale characters including Snow White, Pinocchio, Cinderella and Goldilocks, this is the perfect Easter treat for the long weekend.

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Blithe Spirit

Blithe Spirit at the Duke of York's Theatre

Jennifer Saunders is one of the UK’s most popular comic actresses. Her gleefully funny performance as the eccentric clairvoyant, Madame Arcati, delighted both critics and audiences alike when the production opened in Theatre Royal Bath’s 2019 Summer Season. With a distinguished creative team who have won a plethora of awards between them, this is a Blithe Spirit full of sparkling and spirit-lifting hijinks.

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Boat Show Comedy Club

Boat Show Comedy Club at the QA Venue 6 - Non E-Ticket

London's finest floating comedy club aboard the Tattershall Castle. It's a unique opportunity to enjoy a fantastic night out on a beautiful paddle steamer, which is permanently moored in the West End opposite The London Eye. Our shows have four top comics with the occasional special guest and there are regular intervals so you can keep your drinks topped up. The boat has four air-conditioned bars with fantastic views across the Thames. Shows run on Fridays and Saturdays. The admission price on the weekend also includes entrance to the night-club, which plays a mixture of classic floor fillers and the best new releases...it's perfect for parties or couples who want to laugh, eat and drink on board a boat! 'Guaranteed To Book The Best' The Sunday Times 'Glitzier Than Your Average Night Of Stand-Up' The Evening Standard 'You Feel Like You've Gatecrashed An Exclusive Party'? What's On Stage 'Always Has The Feeling Of A Special Occasion, One Of London's Finest Venues' Chortle

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Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs: The Magic Cutlass

Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs: The Magic Cutlass at the Leicester Square Spiegeltent

Captain Flinn is ready for an adventure! Les Petits theatre company return to the high seas after their hugely successful shows David Walliams’ The First Hippo on the Moon and Adventures in Wonderland.

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Cinderella (alternative pantomime)

Cinderella (alternative pantomime) at the Vaults

The Great British pantomime, staged in a traditional English pub! This unique twist on the Cinderella story sees all the characters you know, love and hate colliding in a local boozer, where the audience are welcomed to the heart of the action to witness pints spilled, mates pulled and hearts poured out on the karaoke.

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Circus 1903

Circus 1903 at the Royal Festival Hall

Experience all the thrills and daredevil entertainment of a turn-of-the-century circus when CIRCUS 1903 returns to the Southbank Centre this Christmas with new acts for 2019 including the Brazilian Wheel of Death. Sensational puppetry from the award-winning team behind War Horse puts elephants back in the ring as never seen before, alongside a huge cast of the most unique, jaw-dropping and dangerous acts from all four corners of the globe. From strong men to contortionists, acrobats to musicians, knife throwers, high wire and much more, CIRCUS 1903 will amaze, captivate, and transport audiences of all ages to the mesmerising Golden Age of circus.

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Coming Clean

Coming Clean at the Trafalgar Studio Two

Following a critically-acclaimed, sell-out run, the smash-hit play by Kevin Elyot, writer of the landmark drama My Night With Reg, returns to Trafalgar Studios 2 in January for a strictly limited four week season. Tony and Greg seem to have love all figured out. They’re in a committed relationship but with room for a little more on the side whenever it takes their fancy. The only rule? Never sleep with the same man twice. When drop-dead gorgeous Robert walks into their lives, the fragile foundations of their sexual contract are thrown into jeopardy. Funny, fresh and packed with razor-sharp wit, Coming Clean questions the nature of fidelity and the limits of love.

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Crystal Pite & Jonathon Young - Kidd Pivot - Revisor

Crystal Pite & Jonathon Young - Kidd Pivot - Revisor at the Sadler's Wells

The joint creators of the Olivier Award-winning Betroffenheit, writer and performer Jonathon Young and Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Crystal Pite, reunite once again with Pite’s company, Kidd Pivot, to turn their brilliant minds to the comic play The Inspector General (known as “Revizor” in Russia).

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Cunningham / Keegan-Dolan / Peck - Nico Muhly: Drawn Lines

Cunningham / Keegan-Dolan / Peck - Nico Muhly: Drawn Lines at the Sadler's Wells

Nico Muhly’s pioneering music, played live by Britten Sinfonia, is the subject of this new triple bill from Julie Cunningham, Michael Keegan-Dolan and Justin Peck. Inspired by murder ballad The Two Sisters, Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Keegan-Dolan interprets dark folk-song arrangement The Only Tune, sung live by Sam Amidon. Cunningham selects Drones, a reflection on the subtle and constant noise in most dwelling places. Peck’s work is accompanied by a new composition and performed by New York City Ballet in their first London performance since 2008. Sadler’s Wells’ Composer Series partners contemporary composer’s music with exceptional contemporary choreographers to create new works.

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Cyrano de Bergerac

Cyrano de Bergerac at the Playhouse Theatre

James McAvoy returns to the West End in an inventive new adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s masterwork by Martin Crimp, with direction by Jamie Lloyd. Fierce with a pen and notorious in combat, Cyrano almost has it all - if only he could win the heart of his true love. There’s just one big problem: he has a nose as huge as his heart. Will a society engulfed by narcissism get the better of De Bergerac - or can his mastery of language set Roxane’s world alight? Fresh from their triumphant Broadway transfer of Betrayal, The Jamie Lloyd Company’s latest production blazes into the Playhouse Theatre with linguistic ingenuity to celebrate Cyrano’s powerful and resonant resistance against overwhelming odds.

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Death of a Salesman

Death of a Salesman at the Piccadilly Theatre

Following a sold out run at the Young Vic theatre, the smash hit, critically acclaimed production of Death of a Salesman transfers to the Piccadilly Theatre for 10 weeks only.
"I don't say he's a great man…but he's a human being, and a terrible thing is happening to him. So attention must be paid. He's not to be allowed to fall in his grave like an old dog. Attention, attention must finally be paid to such a person."

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Dragons and Mythical Beasts

Dragons and Mythical Beasts at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

Calling all brave heroes! Enter into a magical world of myths and legends in this fantastical new interactive show for all the family.

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Endgame

Endgame at the Old Vic Theatre

Go and get two bicycle-wheels.’ ‘There are no more bicycle-wheels.’ ‘What have you done with your bicycle?’ ‘I never had a bicycle.’ Nothing stirs outside. In a bare room, Hamm, an old, blind tyrant, is locked in a stalemate with his servant Clov. Interrupted only by the nostalgic musings of Hamm’s ancient, dustbin-dwelling parents, this bleakly funny double act cling stubbornly to their routine of casual savagery and mutual dependence. Richard Jones (The Hairy Ape, Into the Woods) directs Beckett’s macabre comedy in which hope and cruelty are the last things to die. Endgame will be presented in a double bill with Samuel Beckett’s rarely seen short play Rough for Theatre II, performed by members of the company.

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English National Ballet 70th Anniversary Gala

English National Ballet 70th Anniversary Gala at the London Coliseum

Celebrate the countless dancers, choreographers, artists, musicians, artisans, technicians and audience members who, over 70 years, have been a part of the English National Ballet family, as we and English National Ballet School come together for this once-in-a-lifetime event. In the first half, they present a non-stop programme of some of the most important, enjoyable and iconic works that make up English National Ballet’s history and ground-breaking repertoire.

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Enter Achilles

Enter Achilles at the Sadler's Wells

One pub, eight blokes, a stacked jukebox and a load of pints. It was always going to kick off. Twenty-five years after legendary dance iconoclast Lloyd Newson (DV8) first dragged British pub culture kicking and yelling onto the stage, Rambert and Sadler’s Wells present Newson’s reworking of this landmark physical-theatre production. As pertinent now as it was when first staged in 1995, the production lifts the lid on “the straitjacket of what’s deemed to be masculine” (The Observer), examining the terrors and tenderness of beer-soaked testosterone. “Violent, ugly, politically incorrect and hilarious” (The Australian) Enter Achilles toured 18 countries and was made into a TV film winning many accolades including an International Emmy and Prix Italia. It now returns to the stage with a new cast, selected by Newson, in his first-ever collaboration with another company, the world-renowned Rambert.

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Faulty Towers The Dining Experience

Faulty Towers The Dining Experience at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury

Interactive Theatre International presents… Faulty Towers The Dining Experience Book now for the world’s longest running and most successful tribute to the BBC’s iconic sitcom in London's West End, the one-of-a-kind original that's internationally recognised as ‘outrageously funny’ (BroadwayBaby) and highly acclaimed by audiences and critics alike.

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Faustus: That Damned Woman

Faustus: That Damned Woman at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre

My name is Johanna Faustus. I was born almost four hundred years ago. I gave my soul to achieve the impossible.

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Frank Skinner - Showbiz

Frank Skinner - Showbiz at the Garrick Theatre

Following a sold out 2019 national tour, comedy legend Frank Skinner is bringing his critically acclaimed stand-up show Showbiz to the West End for a strictly limited five week run. The last twelve months have seen Frank perform sold-out runs at both London’s Leicester Square Theatre and the Edinburgh Fringe, making this the must-see comedy event of the new year.

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German Cornejo's Dance Company - Tango After Dark

German Cornejo's Dance Company - Tango After Dark at the Peacock Theatre

The intimate and sensual Tango After Dark delves into the world of authentic Argentine tango. Exquisitely danced choreography is set to the wonderful rhythms of the great tango composer and bandoneon player, Astor Piazzolla. Following its success in 2018, World Tango Champion German Cornejo returns with his superb dance company. Accompanied by two sensational singers and seven musicians playing Piazzolla’s Nuevo Tango, which “lends the dancing an extra drive and sizzle” (The Times), these ten world-class Argentinean dancers will keep your passion for tango burning deep into the night.

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Ghost Stories

Ghost Stories at the Ambassadors Theatre

‘Ask yourself this. What is it that drew you to this event? If it's to discover what scares you then the answer to that is easy…’ There’s something dark lurking in the theatre. Enter a nightmarish world, full of thrilling twists and turns, where all your deepest fears and disturbing thoughts are imagined live on stage. A fully sensory and electrifying encounter, Ghost Stories is the ultimate twisted love-letter to horror and an edge-of-your-seat theatrical experience like no other. Be it phantoms, poltergeists or simply a ‘bump in the night’, let’s play a game with fear. After exhilarating audiences across the world with record breaking, sell-out productions and a smash hit film, Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson’s worldwide cult phenomenon Ghost Stories is back to haunt the West End- and it’s more spine-tingling and fantastically terrifying than ever

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Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Goldilocks and the Three Bears at the London Palladium

Enter a world of wonder at the home of pantomime, as the magical Goldilocks and the Three Bears come to the West End for Christmas! Following last year’s sold-out production of Snow White, for five weeks only the iconic London Palladium will be transformed into a sensational circus, where everything is possible and anything could (and will) happen. This festive extravaganza is packed with riotous comedy routines, extraordinary special effects, hair-raising stunts, international circus acts and an all-star cast including Paul O’Grady who rejoins Palladium favourites Julian Clary, Paul Zerdin, Nigel Havers and Gary Wilmot alongside Matt Baker (The One Show). Joining the cast will also be a series of speciality acts including internationally renowned illusionist Phil Hitchcock, The Skating Medini (Asia and Dylan Medini) – a dynamic high-speed roller-skating act from one of Italy’s oldest circus families, Sascha Williams – ‘Rola Bola’, from the Belli Family Circus in Germany and Europe’s youngest stunt rider Peter Pavlov and the ‘Globe of Speed’. Dame Betty Barnum and her daughter Goldilocks’ circus is under threat from an evil rival circus owner and, with the help of their madcap circus friends, they’re battling to rescue their Big Top from ruin. Will they succeed? All seems lost, until three brilliant bears join the gang… Roll up, roll up to see panto join the circus, and be swept away by a London Palladium spectacular that’s just right at the home of pantomime!

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Groan Ups

Groan Ups at the Vaudeville Theatre

Playing an unruly classroom of kids and anarchic high school teenagers, through to the aches and pains of adulthood, the original Mischief company are back in the West End with their first new play since 2016.

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Horrible Histories - Barmy Britain - Part 5

Horrible Histories - Barmy Britain - Part 5 at the Apollo Theatre

We all want to meet people from history. The trouble is everyone is dead! So BARMY BRITAIN is back with a brand-new show full of crazy new characters and rude new rulers from Britain’s barmy past! Will you conquered by King William? Will you sink or swim with King Henry I? Will Thomas Becket get the chop? Go house hunting with King Henry VIII! Are you scared to scale the Tudor scaffold? Join the gorgeous Georgians as they take over England! Break into Buckingham Palace and hide from the Queen! Watch out for the witch of World War Two! Britain’s favourite history show is back in the West End with a brand-new production! It’s history with the nasty bits left in!

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Ian McKellen On Stage: With Tolkien, Shakespeare, Others and YOU

Ian McKellen On Stage: With Tolkien, Shakespeare, Others and YOU at the Harold Pinter Theatre

Directed by Sean Mathias “Taking this new Show to 80+ theatres around the country, has been a joyful birthday present to myself. I’ve played mainly in theatres I knew well as a young theatregoer and actor. On my birthday, I was in Bolton Town Hall where my dad used to work. It began last February with 15 theatres in Greater London and will end in Orkney. Soon I will be back in London, for a limited season in the West End, raising much-needed funds for theatre charities. As for the show? Ask someone who’s seen it. Come and find out.” Ian McKellen “The theatre event of the year” - The Telegraph ‘Warmth, wit and wizardry. In a line of 20th century legends including Gielgud and Olivier. Come one, come all and marvel’ - The Telegraph

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Jimmy Carr - Terribly Funny

Jimmy Carr - Terribly Funny at the Troubadour Theatre - Wembley

Jimmy’s brand new show contains jokes about all kinds of terrible things. Terrible things that might have affected you or people you know and love. But they’re just jokes - they are not the terrible things. Having political correctness at a comedy show is like having health and safety at a rodeo. Now you’ve been warned, buy a ticket.

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Kunene and the King

Kunene and the King at the Ambassadors Theatre

Don’t miss John Kani’s highly acclaimed play Kunene and the King marking the 25th anniversary of the end of apartheid with a strictly limited London run, following its premiere in Stratford-upon-Avon and a sold-out run in Cape Town. South Africa, 2019. Twenty-five years since the first post-apartheid democratic elections, two men from contrasting walks of life are thrust together to reflect on a quarter century of change. Jack Morris is a celebrated classical actor who’s just been given both a career-defining role and a life-changing diagnosis. Besides his age, Jack has seemingly little in common with his at-home nurse Lunga Kunene, but the two men soon discover their shared passion for Shakespeare, which ignites this ‘rich, raw and shattering head-to-head’ (The Times).

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La Clique

La Clique at the Leicester Square Spiegeltent

The multi-award winning La Clique returns to the West End, a decade on from winning the Best Entertainment Olivier Award for its season at the Leicester Square Hippodrome. Born at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2004, this original and trailblazing Spiegeltent cabaret show has gone on to tour the globe to international acclaim and now returns to the beautiful Leicester Square Spiegeltent with a magnificent collection of extraordinary new artists and unmissable favourites.

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Le Corsaire - English National Ballet

Le Corsaire - English National Ballet at the London Coliseum

Travel to a faraway land for the adventures of a dashing pirate, Conrad, and his feisty girlfriend Medora. Will they outfox villainous schemers and find happiness on the high seas? English National Ballet’s Le Corsaire is “hugely enjoyable entertainment” (The Daily Telegraph). Expect a swashbuckling romp, full of thrilling dancing by an extraordinary cast of performers, with gorgeous decors and costumes created by Hollywood’s Bob Ringwood, all set to a romantic score played live by English National Ballet Philharmonic. English National Ballet is the only UK company to perform this classic story ballet. Their extravagant production, staged by Anna-Marie Holmes, has enthralled audiences and received rave reviews worldwide, including Paris and Tokyo. It returns to the London Coliseum following glorious performances in 2016.

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Leopoldstadt

Leopoldstadt at the Wyndham's Theatre

Vienna in 1900 was the most vibrant city in Europe, humming with artistic and intellectual excitement and a genius for enjoying life. A tenth of the population were Jews. A generation earlier they had been granted full civil rights by the Emperor, Franz Josef. Consequently, hundreds of thousands had fled from the Pale and the pogroms in the East and many found sanctuary in the crowded tenements of the old Jewish quarter, Leopoldstadt. It was not to last. Half a century later, this family, like millions of others, has re-discovered what it means to be Jewish in the first half of the 20th century. LEOPOLDSTADT is a passionate drama of love, family and endurance. It is Stoppard's most humane and heart-breaking play.

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Life of Pi

Life of Pi at the Wyndham's Theatre

After a cargo ship sinks in the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean, there are five survivors stranded on a lifeboat - a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan, a Royal Bengal tiger, and a sixteen year-old boy named Pi. Time is against them, nature is harsh, who will survive? Based on one of the most extraordinary and best-loved works of fiction – winner of the Man Booker Prize, selling over fifteen million copies worldwide – and featuring breath-taking puppetry and state-of-the-art visuals, Life of Pi is a universally acclaimed, smash hit adaptation of an epic journey of endurance and hope.

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Machine de Cirque

Machine de Cirque at the Peacock Theatre

Since 1977 the London International Mime Festival has been showcasing the best in visual theatre with venues all around the capital. This year, the French contemporary circus company Galactik Ensemble comes to The Peacock as part of the festival. Five daredevil acrobats, all graduates of the famous circus school at Rosny sous Bois, try to survive a set that seems to be going out of its way to hurt them. Firecrackers explode, sandbags drop from the flies, walls shift and move and nothing stays still for long.

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Magic Goes Wrong

Magic Goes Wrong at the Vaudeville Theatre

Created with Magic legends Penn & Teller, Mischief Theatre conjure up an evening of grand illusion. In the next ‘Goes Wrong’ comedy to hit the West End, the original Mischief company play a hapless gang of magicians presenting a charity event.

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Message in a Bottle

Message in a Bottle at the Peacock Theatre

Message In A Bottle is the spectacular new dance-theatre show from triple Olivier Award nominee, Kate Prince to the iconic hits of 17-time Grammy Award-winning artist Sting including Roxanne, Every Breath You Take, Walking on the Moon, Fields of Gold, Englishman In New York and Shape of My Heart. A village alive with joyous celebrations is suddenly under siege. Everything changes forever. Determined and daring, three parted siblings step out on their own extraordinary adventures. With a mix of exhilarating dance styles, dazzling footwork and breathtaking athleticism set to the music of Sting, Message In A Bottle tells a vital and uplifting story of humanity and hope. Message In A Bottle is the latest masterpiece from the ground-breaking creator behind Some Like it Hip Hop, Into The Hoods, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (choreography) and SYLVIA, and features the astonishing talents of dance storytelling powerhouse, ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company.

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Modanse

Modanse at the London Coliseum

Internationally acclaimed ballerina Svetlana Zakharova – the Bolshoi’s prima – is famous for thrilling audiences and critics all over the world with her formidable technique and her sparkling dramatic interpretation of classical and contemporary roles. Following Amore, her sell-out 2017 programme, Zakharova returns to the London Coliseum in December with Modanse – a brand-new double bill produced by MuzArts. Zakharova will be joined on stage by a star-studded cast of dancers from the Bolshoi Ballet, including Mikhail Lobukhin, Vaycheslav Lopatin, Denis Savin, Jacopo Tissi and Ana Turazashvili.

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Noises Off

Noises Off at the Garrick Theatre

"The funniest farce ever written." Evening Standard Michael Frayn’s iconic backstage comedy Noises Off transfers to the West End, following a triumphant sell-out season at the Lyric Hammersmith. With technical brilliance and split-second timing, it takes us behind the scenes with a company of actors in a hilarious and heartfelt tribute to the unpredictability of life in the theatre. Hailed as one of the funniest plays of all time, the Olivier Award-winning Noises Off originally premiered at the Lyric Hammersmith in 1982 and instantly became a timeless British comedy. In an exuberant new production by Jeremy Herrin (All My Sons, Wolf Hall,This House), Noises Off arrives at the Garrick Theatre for a strictly limited run, for fans to enjoy and new audiences to discover.

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Northern Ballet - Geisha

Northern Ballet - Geisha at the Sadler's Wells

In his follow-up to the sumptuously sexy Casanova, choreographer and former Northern Ballet dancer Kenneth Tindall turns to another remarkable true story for his brand new full-length ballet. Two young women, bound by vows of friendship, find themselves in the midst of a collision between east and west. As their lives are torn painfully apart, a promise from beyond the grave offers the only chance for redemption. The visually stunning Geisha sees Tindall reunite with Casanova set and costume designer Christopher Oram, and is set to a newly commissioned score from award-winning composer Alexandra Harwood.

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Nutcracker - English National Ballet

Nutcracker - English National Ballet at the London Coliseum

Over 100 dancers and musicians bring Nutcracker to life with exquisite dancing, beautiful sets and Tchaikovsky’s popular score played live. On a sparkling Christmas Eve in a frost-dusted Edwardian London, Clara and her enchanted Nutcracker doll discover a magical world, where she battles with the Mouse King and meets a handsome stranger. As the air grows colder, Clara and her valiant Nutcracker take a hot air balloon ride across London to the glistening Land of Snow where her adventure really begins. From the sound of the orchestra tuning up, to the final bows and cheers, a trip to see the English National Ballet at the London Coliseum is an unforgettable Christmas treat.

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On Bear Ridge

On Bear Ridge at the Royal Court Theatre

“One minute we had customers, the next minute there was no-one.” In a lost village, blurred by redrawn borders, hidden under a crumb on the map, Bear Ridge Stores still stands. After a hundred years, the family butchers and grocers – a place for odds and ends, contraband goods, and the last petrol pump for 30 miles – is now silent. But owners John Daniel and Noni are not leaving.

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Only Fools The (cushty) Dining Experience

Only Fools The (cushty) Dining Experience at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton

It’s the show you’ve all been asking for – and it’s brought to you by the people behind the worldwide smash hit, Faulty Towers The Dining Experience. This fully immersive show transports audiences to The Nags Head to meet the pride of Peckham in a night of wheeling, dealing and eating.

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Pass Over

Pass Over at the QA Venue 6 - Non E-Ticket

A lamppost. Night. Two friends are passing time. Stuck. Waiting for change. Inspired by Waiting for Godot and the Exodus, Antoinette Nwandu fuses poetry, humour and humanity in a rare and politically charged new play which exposes the experiences of young men in a world that refuses to see them.

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Peppa Pig's Best Day Ever

Peppa Pig's Best Day Ever at the Duke of York's Theatre

Peppa Pig is excited to be going on a special day out with George, Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig - it’s going to be her best day ever! Get ready for a road-trip full of fun adventures. From castles to caves, dragons to dinosaurs and ice-creams to muddy puddles – there is something for all of the family and their friends to enjoy, including Miss Rabbit, Mr Bull, Suzy Sheep, Gerald Giraffe and more!

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Peter Pan Goes Wrong

Peter Pan Goes Wrong at the Alexandra Palace

Following their multi award-winning success with The Play That Goes Wrong and The Comedy About A Bank Robbery, Mischief Theatre return with their riotous spin on a timeless classic, the West End smash hit Peter Pan Goes Wrong.

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Poet in da Corner

Poet in da Corner at the Royal Court Theatre

Following its critically acclaimed premiere in 2018, this coming of age story inspired by Dizzee Rascal’s seminal album, returns for a limited run before going on tour. In a strict Mormon household somewhere in the seam between East London and Essex, a girl is given Dizzee Rascal’s ground-breaking grime album Boy in da Corner by her best friend SS Vyper. Precisely 57 minutes and 21 seconds later, her life begins to change – from feeling muted by dyslexia to spitting the power of her words; from being conflicted about her sexuality to finding the freedom to explore; from feeling alone to being given the greatest gift by her closest friend. Step into a technicolour world where music, dance and spoken word collide, and discover how grime allowed Debris Stevenson to redefine herself.

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Potted Panto

Potted Panto at the Southwark Playhouse

Seven classic pantomimes in eighty hilarious minutes! Double Olivier nominees Dan and Jeff return for a fifth festive season of Potted Panto, hot on the heels of their world tour of Harry Potter parody Potted Potter. In a madcap ride through the biggest stories and best-loved characters from the wonderful world of pantomime, our dastardly double act dash from rubbing Aladdin’s lamp to roaming the golden streets of Dick Whittington’s London and making sure that Cinderella gets to the ball. It’s all unmissable fun, whether you’re six or 106.

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Radio & Juliet / Faun / McGregor + Mugler

Radio & Juliet / Faun / McGregor + Mugler at the London Coliseum

On December 7th and 8th, hot on the heels of Gabrielle Chanel with Svetlana Zakharova, MuzArts presents a triple bill like no other – a rare and wonderful treat for ballet fans. The programme heralds the UK premiere of Edward Clug’s Radio & Juliet set to the music of Radiohead with the main parts performed by English National Ballet First Soloist Katja Khaniukova and Principal of the Mariinsky Ballet Denis Matvienko.

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Remembering The Oscars

Remembering The Oscars at the Peacock Theatre

Fresh from their sell-out tour with their highly entertaining and innovative Remembering The Movies, Aljaz and Janette, will be returning with their brand new show Remembering The Oscars. Get ready to celebrate the Oscar winning songs in this exhilarating new dance spectacular with Strictly’s favourite couple, Aljaz and Janette.

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Richard Alston Dance Company - Final Edition

Richard Alston Dance Company - Final Edition at the Sadler's Wells

Since forming in 1994, Richard Alston Dance Company has been extolled for their musicality and lyricism. Over 25 years later, their final ever performances will take place at Sadler’s Wells. Their farewell programme exemplifies Richard Alston’s commitment to new work and extraordinary music. Voices and Light Footsteps is set to music by Baroque composer Claudio Monteverdi. Shine On, uses Benjamin Britten’s On This Island, and features Alston’s frequent collaborator, the pianist Jason Ridgway, as well as singer Katherine McIndoe. Completing the bill is Alston’s Mazur set to Frédéric Chopin, and Martin Lawrance’s latest work, A Far Cry, choreographed to Edward Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro.

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Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

Kimberley Sykes directs Shakespeare’s timeless story of two young people torn apart by a divided society and forbidden love.

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RSC: As You Like It

RSC: As You Like It at the Barbican

Rosalind is banished, and with her best friend Celia by her side, she journeys into exile. But not before catching the eye of love-struck Orlando, who is also forced from The Court into the dappled Forest of Arden.

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RSC: Measure for Measure

RSC: Measure for Measure at the Barbican

When a novice nun is compromised by a corrupt official who offers to save her brother from execution in return for sex, she has no idea where to turn for help.

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RSC: The Taming of the Shrew

RSC: The Taming of the Shrew at the Barbican

In this radical take on Shakespeare’s fierce and energetic comedy of gender, Baptista Minola is seeking to marry off her two sons, the sweet-tempered Bianco and the rebellious Katherine. Cue an explosive courtship and a keenly witty portrayal of hierarchy and control.

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Shen Yun

Shen Yun at the Eventim Apollo

SHEN YUN presents an epic production that expands the theatrical experience across time and space. We invite you on an inspiring journey into one of humanity's greatest treasures — five millennia of Chinese civilization.

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Showstopper The Improvised Musical

Showstopper The Improvised Musical at the Lyric Theatre

Do you want to be the first, and last, to see a brand-new musical? With eleven years as an Edinburgh Festival must-see phenomenon, a critically acclaimed West End run and an Olivier Award to their name, The Showstoppers have blazed a trail in world class improvised comedy and delighted audiences across the globe. Now, as they approach their 1000th performance, this incredible show returns to the Lyric Theatre for a limited run of singular, one-night-only musical extravaganzas.

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Sink The Pink presents ESCAPE FROM PLANET TRASH

Sink The Pink presents ESCAPE FROM PLANET TRASH at the Pleasance Theatre

It's 2050 and in a galaxy not too far from our own, Planet Trash is the most dangerous place in the solar system - the dumping ground for the universe. As the countdown to Christmas begins, the planet faces a new danger, an impending solar flare that threatens to obliterate Planet Trash, and a discarded weapon the Intergalactic Government is desperate to retrieve. All that stands between Planet Trash and complete annihilation is a crack team of unlikely queer space explorers, and Ginger Johnson, the last remaining resident of the doomed planet, who is refusing to return home.

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Snowflake

Snowflake at the QA Venue 6 - Non E-Ticket

Andy’s 43. He loves nostalgic TV and pints down the Kilburn High Road. His daughter Maya is 21. She left home three years ago and hasn’t spoken to him since. This Christmas, Andy knows she’s coming back – Maya knows she’s not. Snowflake is an epic story about generational conflict, fathers and daughters, and whether we’re living in the best or worst of times…

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Spencer Jones: The Things We Leave Behind

Spencer Jones: The Things We Leave Behind at the Soho Theatre

Edinburgh Comedy Award and double BAFTA-nominated professional idiot Spencer Jones is back with his brand-new show.

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Stick Man

Stick Man at the Leicester Square Theatre

Touching, funny and utterly original, Scamp Theatre’s delightful adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s STICK MAN is back at Leicester Square Theatre! What starts off as a morning jog becomes quite the misadventure 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? This award-winning production, from the team behind The Scarecrows’ Wedding, features a trio of top actors and is packed full of puppetry, songs, live music and funky moves! All ages welcome!

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Sucker Punch

Sucker Punch at the Theatre Royal Stratford East

1981, South London. Thatcher’s Britain.

Jab. Double jab, cross. Jab, hook to body.

Leon and Troy are best mates trying to figure out their place in the world amid mounting unemployment and simmering racial tensions. After finding solace in Charlie’s gym, they start forging their path into the ruthless world of professional boxing.

Roy Williams’ bruising play examines what it was like to be a young black man in 1980s Britain and asks, how can you fight a system that’s desperate to see you fail?

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The Ballet Icons Gala

The Ballet Icons Gala at the London Coliseum

The annual Ballet Icons Gala in London has been organised by Ensemble Productions since 2006. The Gala’s programmes pay tribute to the traditions of the legendary Russian and other most prominent ballet schools and its legendary dancers who have been inspiring the ballet world and ballet lovers for centuries. The 2020 Gala will again become a highlight in the ballet lovers’ calendar featuring captivating classical masterpieces and exploring contemporary repertoire created by today’s leading choreographers world-wide.

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The Comedy About A Bank Robbery

The Comedy About A Bank Robbery at the Criterion Theatre

Mischief Theatre’s smash-and-grab hit The Comedy About A Bank Robbery is a fast, fabulous comedy caper and the funniest show in the West End! Book now for this dynamite comedy. It would be criminal to miss it!

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The Covent Garden Comedy Club @ Heaven

The Covent Garden Comedy Club @ Heaven at the Heaven

The Covent Garden Comedy Club @ Heaven is celebrating 17 years of making London laugh in 2019 and is the biggest and most successful independent comedy club in Central London with the best acts in the business. We only book the best comedians from the international circuit, many of whom are television stars. The comedians only perform at the club a few times a year to ensure every show is different. There are 3-4 comedians and a compere in each show.

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The Doctor

The Doctor at the Duke of York's Theatre

Olivier Award winner Juliet Stevenson delivers “one of the performances of the year” (Evening Standard) in the West End transfer of Robert Icke’s sold-out, five-star Almeida Theatre production - from 20th April 2020 at the Duke of York’s Theatre.

First, do no harm.

On an ordinary day, at a private hospital, a young woman fights for her life. A priest arrives to save her soul. Her doctor refuses him entry.

In a divisive time, in a divided nation, a society takes sides.

The latest smash-hit by “Britain’s best director” (Telegraph) is a "provocative, wonderfully upsetting" (Independent) whirlwind of gender, race and identity politics, "one of the peaks of the theatrical year" (Guardian) and a "devastasting play for today" (Financial Times).

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The Gift

The Gift at the Theatre Royal Stratford East

An outrageously quirky comedy about imperialism, cultural appropriation and tea drinking. Brighton, 1852. Sarah, an African girl adopted by Her Royal Highness Queen Victoria and brought up alongside royalty. After perfecting tea etiquette, Sarah is due to return to Africa. Will Sarah do as she’s told? The Present. Sarah, a well-heeled middle-class black woman who lives with her husband and child in Cheshire. Their inquisitive white neighbours unexpectedly pay them a visit, armed with gluten-free muffins and some probing questions.

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The Girl Who Fell

The Girl Who Fell at the Trafalgar Studio Two

The Girl who Fell is a poignant and darkly funny play about loss, guilt and Snapchat from the “provocative and entertaining” Sarah Rutherford (Telegraph), former Writer in Residence at Park Theatre and writer of sell-out hit Adult Supervision.

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The Great Gatsby - Immersive London

The Great Gatsby - Immersive London at the QA Venue 6 - Non E-Ticket

Jay Gatsby invites you to one of his infamous parties. Expect to be immersed in a world of red hot jazz, bootleg liquor and pure jazz age self-indulgence.

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The Greatest Play in the History of the World...

The Greatest Play in the History of the World... at the Trafalgar Studio Two

A man wakes in the middle of the night to discover that the world has stopped. Through the crack in his bedroom curtains he can see no signs of life at all… other than a light in the house opposite where a woman in an over-sized Bowie T-shirt stands, looking back at him. Starring 2018 BAFTA nominee Julie Hesmondhalgh (Coronation Street, Broadchurch), The Greatest Play… is squashed full of exquisite observations and heartbreaking beauty.

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The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe at the The Bridge Theatre

Step through the wardrobe this winter into the magical kingdom of Narnia for the most mystical of adventures in a faraway land. Join Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter as they wave goodbye to wartime Britain and say hello to a talking Faun, an unforgettable Lion and the coldest, cruellest White Witch.

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The Man in the White Suit

The Man in the White Suit at the Wyndham's Theatre

Stephen Mangan and Kara Tointon return to the West End to star in the world premiere of the classic Ealing comedy The Man in the White Suit, adapted and directed by Sean Foley. When Sidney Stratton (Stephen Mangan) invents a fabric that never gets dirty and never wears out, manufacturers and trades unions are terrified by the threat it poses to their industry and their jobs. Only Daphne (Kara Tointon) the mill owner’s daughter, shows Sidney any support as the bosses and workers chase the man in the white suit determined to destroy them both. This fast-moving comedy reunites Stephen Mangan and Sean Foley who also created the Olivier award-winning production Jeeves and Wooster.

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The Mousetrap

The Mousetrap at the St. Martin's Theatre

Agatha Christie's legendary whodunit, THE MOUSETRAP, is still thriving after over 60 years in the West End. The world's longest-running play, this murder mystery masterpiece goes from strength to strength as a new generation of theatregoers are tricked and teased at St. Martin's Theatre. Experience this cracking yarn today - an irresistible treat for amateur sleuths everywhere!

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The Nutcracker - Royal Albert Hall

The Nutcracker - Royal Albert Hall at the Royal Albert Hall

This enchanting production, featuring Tchaikovsky’s ravishing score, is without a doubt the quintessential Christmas treat for all the family. Created specially for the Royal Albert Hall, with gorgeous period costumes, stunning lighting, and dazzling projections by Tony Award-winning 59 Productions, this Christmas classic is brought to life by Birmingham Royal Ballet’s world-class dancers and its orchestra, the Royal Ballet Sinfonia.

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The Play That Goes Wrong

The Play That Goes Wrong at the Duchess Theatre

2017 Broadway World Winner for Best New Play 2017 Broadway.com Winner Favourite New Play 2015 Olivier Award Winner for Best New Comedy 2015 BroadwayWorld UK Winner for Best New Play 2014 WhatsOnStage Award Winner for Best New Comedy The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society are putting on a 1920s murder mystery, but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong... does! The accident-prone thespians battle against all odds to make it through to their final curtain call, with hilarious consequences!

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The Watsons

The Watsons at the Harold Pinter Theatre

Following sold-out runs at both Chichester Festival Theatre and the Menier Chocolate Factory, Laura Wade’s The Watsons transfers to the West End in 2020. Directed by Samuel West, The Watsons played to critical acclaim at Chichester Festival Theatre in 2018 and at the Menier in 2019. “Laura Wade triumphs spinning Jane Austen into major theatrical gold” Variety

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The Wolf of Wall Street

The Wolf of Wall Street at the QA Venue 6 - Non E-Ticket

Jordan Belfort. Stock-market millionaire at 26. Federal convict at 36. By day, he made thousands of dollars a minute. By night, he spent it as fast as he could. From the Olivier Award winning producers of The Great Gatsby, London’s longest running immersive theatre production, The Wolf of Wall Street is a ground-breaking show charting the remarkable life of the now infamous New York stockbroker. Directed by Alexander Wright (The Great Gatsby, Orpheus & Eurydice) and Designed by Ciaran Bagnall (Othello, RSC), The Wolf of Wall Street places the audience front and centre of this heart-racing story. Experience Jordan’s climb to power and craving for excess as the action unfolds around you in an extraordinary new performance space spread across four floors in Central London. Immerse yourself in the world of Jordan Belfort. Become a Master of the Universe with the brokers who broke Wall Street - or sign up to help the FBI take down some of the most notorious criminal entrepreneurs of our time. Either you are with him or you are against him.

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The Woman in Black

The Woman in Black at the Fortune Theatre

Susan Hill’s acclaimed ghost story is brought to dramatic life in Stephen Mallatratt’s ingenious stage adaptation. Now celebrating 3 terrifying decades in the West End, Robin Herford’s gripping production is a brilliantly successful study in atmosphere, illusion and controlled horror.

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Touching The Void

Touching The Void at the Duke of York's Theatre

Touching The Void will transfer to Duke of York’s Theatre playing Saturday 9 November 2019 – Saturday 29 February 2020 following its critically acclaimed World Premiere in 2018 and a run at Bristol Old Vic in March 2019. Directed by the award-winning Tom Morris (War Horse) and based on Joe Simpson's best-selling memoir, turned BAFTA-winning film, this extraordinary story charts Joe Simpson’s and Simon Yates’ struggle for survival on the perilous Siula Grande mountain in the Peruvian Andes.

Life-affirming and often darkly funny, David Greig’s thrilling adaptation of Touching The Void takes the audience on an epic adventure that asks how far you’d be willing to go to survive.

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Translations

Translations at the Olivier Theatre, National

Following a sold-out run in 2018, Ian Rickson’s exquisite production of Brian Friel's masterpiece returns to the National Theatre. Ciarán Hinds (Game of Thrones, Girl from the North Country) reprises his critically acclaimed role of patriarch and schoolmaster, Hugh, whose livelihood and culture are at risk. Owen, the prodigal son, returns to rural Donegal from Dublin. With him are two British army officers. Their ambition is to create a map of the area, replacing the Gaelic names with English. It is an administrative act with radical consequences.

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Uncle Vanya

Uncle Vanya at the Harold Pinter Theatre

In the heat of summer, Sonya (Aimee Lou Wood) and her Uncle Vanya (Toby Jones) while away their days on a crumbling estate deep in the countryside, visited occasionally only by the local doctor Astrov (Richard Armitage). However, when Sonya’s father Professor Serebryakov (Ciarán Hinds) suddenly returns with his restless, alluring, new wife Yelena (Rosalind Eleazar) declaring his intention to sell the house, the polite facades crumble and long repressed feelings start to emerge with devastating consequences.

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Upstart Crow

Upstart Crow at the Gielgud Theatre

Ben Elton brings his critically acclaimed and much adored BBC sitcom UPSTART CROW to its natural home, the stage, with an all-new comic play set to delight London’s West End. Starring David Mitchell, once more donning the bald wig and bardish coddling pouch in his iconic characterisation of Will Shakespeare and Gemma Whelan as the sweet and fragrant Kate.

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War Horse

War Horse at the Troubadour Theatre - Wembley

The National Theatre’s internationally-acclaimed smash-hit War Horse returns to London this autumn for a limited season at the Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre, an exciting new venue located just steps away from Wembley Stadium.

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When the Crows Visit

When the Crows Visit at the QA Venue 6 - Non E-Ticket

…and all the sins of his father and his forefathers came out of his body, through the pores of his skin, in the form of crows. When a son returns home after being accused of a violent crime, a mother is forced to confront the ghosts of her past when the crows visit. Inspired by true events in modern-day India, Anupama Chandrasekhar explores the themes of Ibsen’s Ghosts and the cyclical nature of oppression in a dark and thrilling world premiere.

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Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie

Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie at the London County Hall

YOU HAVE BEEN SUMMONED FOR JURY SERVICE... Step inside the magnificent surroundings of London County Hall and experience the intensity and drama of Agatha Christie’s gripping story of justice, passion and betrayal in a unique courtroom setting.

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