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Plays in December

Ian McKellen On Stage

Harold Pinter Theatre Until Jan 5, 2020

It's a vital performance, in every sense of the phrase, from a theatrical great who remains full of energy, passion and above all fun.

Ian McKellen On Stage, Harold Pinter Theatre, London
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From Gandalf to King Lear Ian McKellen's long and illustrious career have left many theatre and film fans a gasp at his talent. After spending his 80th year taking this incredible one-man show on an extensive...

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Cyrano de Bergerac

Playhouse Theatre Until Feb 29, 2020

James McAvoy gives a stunningly powerful performance in this piece of pure theatre

Cyrano de Bergerac, Playhouse Theatre, London
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Hollywood heavyweight James McAvoy returns to the West End in 2019 in the Jamie Lloyd (Betrayal, The Ruling Class) helmed revival of Edmond Rostand's 1897 play, Cyrano de Bergerac. Adapted by Martin Crimp,...

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Girl From The North Country

Gielgud Theatre Until Feb 1, 2020

BOB DYLAN's songs have never sounded so HEARTBREAKINGLY PERSONAL & UNIVERSAL. AS CLOSE AS MORTALS COME TO HEAVEN ON EARTH

Girl From The North Country, Gielgud Theatre, London
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The unequivocal songwriting talent of Bob Dylan lends itself to this quietly wonderful play by Connor McPherson. A tribute to his career and legacy in the most perfectly Dylan way possible, Girl From The...

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The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

Bridge Theatre Until Feb 2, 2020

an absolutely spellbinding return to Narnia

The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe, Bridge Theatre, London
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The Bridge Theatre conjures up C.S Lewis' magical world in this critically acclaimed adaptation of his beloved children's novel from Sally Cookson, following sell-out success at Leeds Playhouse. A captivating...

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The Play That Goes Wrong

Duchess Theatre Open Run

Immaculately staged... roused even a staid matinee audience to hysterics

The Play That Goes Wrong, Duchess Theatre, London
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Now eyeing nearly half a decade in the West End, Mischief Theater's bonkers theatrical farce is one of the capital's most consistent audience favourites. The original production from the company, discover...

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Death Of A Salesman

Piccadilly Theatre Until Jan 4, 2020

a riveting and devastating production that breathes new life into the play

Death Of A Salesman, Piccadilly Theatre, London
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After a sell-out run and a five-star critical reception at the Young Vic, the Marianne Elliot and Miranda Cromwell helmed production of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman makes a hotly anticipated West...

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Noises Off

Garrick Theatre Until Jan 4, 2020

a rib-splitting treat

Noises Off, Garrick Theatre, London
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Comedy fans rejoice as Michael Frayn's fantastic farce returns to the West End this autumn for a run at the Garrick Theatre, directed by Jeremy Herrin (Wolf Hall, Labour of Love). A love letter to backstage...

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Witness for the Prosecution

London County Hall Until Mar 29, 2020

Over a year into its, it's better than ever

Witness for the Prosecution, London County Hall, London
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Head into the surrounds of the Grand Chamber of London County Hall for this innovative staging of Agatha Christie's dazzling play that casts you as the jury in the case of the Crown versus Leonard Vole....

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A Taste of Honey

Trafalgar Studios 1 Until Feb 29, 2020

more nimble and resonant than ever

A Taste of Honey, Trafalgar Studios 1, London
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Following its critically acclaimed UK-wide tour, English playwright Shelagh Delaney's career-defining drama returns to the West End for the first time in six decades. A rivetingly real depiction of Northern...

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The Comedy About A Bank Robbery

Criterion Theatre Open Run

It's not what could go wrong; more a question of what could go right!

The Comedy About A Bank Robbery, Criterion Theatre, London
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Not content with dominating the West End with their mega-hit madcap romp The Play That Goes Wrong, Mischief Theatre bring us a criminally fun show, The Comedy About A Bank Robbery, dispelling any myths...

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Ghost Stories

Ambassadors Theatre Until Jan 4, 2020

An immaculately crafted evening of entertainment. Play the game and you'll have a scream.

Ghost Stories, Ambassadors Theatre, London
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Join the lightly cynical parapsychologist Mr Goodman, whose life's work is dis-proving the tales of ghostly activity he investigates. Except there are three cases that have him flummoxed. This is the chillingly...

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The Mousetrap

St Martins Theatre Open Run

The longest running show in the West End

The Mousetrap, St Martins Theatre, London
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In 1952, Agatha Christie's sprawling and intricate new whodunnit, The Mousetrap (based on her radio play, Three Blind Mice), opened in the West End on a very strict condition; no one was to ever give away...

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The Woman in Black

Fortune Theatre Open Run

One of the most brilliantly effective spine-chillers you will ever encounter

The Woman in Black, Fortune Theatre, London
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Celebrating 30 years of frightening audiences in the West End, the spine-chilling adaptation of Susan Hill's gothic novella The Woman in Black, is set as a play within a play. Elderly Arthur Kipps retells...

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Touching The Void

Duke of Yorks Theatre Until Feb 29, 2020

Nail-biting. You feel as if you've been to the ends of the earth without moving from your seat

Touching The Void, Duke of Yorks Theatre, London

Astounding and thrilling, the story of two climbers' fight for survival in the Peruvian Andes, Touching The Void transfers to the West End this winter for a strictly limited run. Based on the memoir by...

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Cat In The Hat

Turbine Theatre Until Jan 11, 2020

Dr Seuss's Cat In The Hat lights up the Turbine this Christmas!

Cat In The Hat, Turbine Theatre, London

After premiering at the National Theatre in 2009 the acclaimed stage adaptation of Dr Seuss's classic Cat In The Hat returns to London this Christmas! The hit family theatre production will light up London's...

Billionaire Boy

Bloomsbury Theatre Until Jan 5, 2020

It promises to be a brilliant show!

Billionaire Boy, Bloomsbury Theatre, London

David Walliam's novels have delighted children, and adults alike, across the world! With two of his previous books (Gangsta Granny, Awful Auntie) getting the stagey make-over it only seems right that Walliams'...

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An Act of God

The Vaults Until Jan 12, 2020

A gut-busting-funny riff on the never-ending folly of mankind.

An Act of God, The Vaults, London

The Almighty bestows her divine presence on stage at The Vaults this Christmas, offering you a chance to discover the motives behind her mysterious ways in this glorious comedy by David Javerbaum. Originally...

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Hunger

Arcola Theatre Until Dec 21, 2019

A bold adaptation of the incredible novel.

Hunger, Arcola Theatre, London

Knut Hamsun's Nobel Prize-winning novel comes to life on stage at the Arcola Theatre this winter. Based on Hamsun's own experiences of poverty, before he became one of Norway's most celebrated authors,...

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Magic Goes Wrong

Vaudeville Theatre Open Run

Penn & Teller and Mischief Theatre combine magical forces for brand new West End comedy.

Magic Goes Wrong, Vaudeville Theatre, London

From the minds behind The Play That Goes Wrong and The Comedy About A Bank Robbery comes a brand new, and disaster-prone, magic show! Co-created between the worlds most iconic magical duo Penn & Teller...

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The Wolf of Wall Street

The Immersive Wolf of Wall Street Until Jan 19, 2020

Make it rain at The Wolf of Wall Street immersive experience!

The Wolf of Wall Street, The Immersive Wolf of Wall Street, London

The story of stockbroker Jordan Belfort comes into vivid life in this brand new and totally immersive experience! A multi-millionaire by the age of 26 and a federal convict by 36 Belfort's story has taken...

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Peter Pan Goes Wrong

Alexandra Palace Until Jan 5, 2020

Technically challenging and hilariously funny. We were in tears of laughter.

Peter Pan Goes Wrong, Alexandra Palace, London

Oh dear, it looks as if the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society is up to its old tricks again, only this time the clumsy theatre troupe have decided to take on J.M Barrie's beloved classic, in only the way...

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Cinderella

The Vaults Until Jan 12, 2020

Festive godsend

Cinderella, The Vaults, London

Think you know the story of Cinderella? Well think again as this totally new production, from the minds behind Not Too Tame and writer Luke Barnes, is sure to surprise you! Join all your favourite Cinderalla...

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I Wanna Be Yours

Bush Theatre Until Jan 18, 2020

A touching portrayal of modern relationships.

I Wanna Be Yours, Bush Theatre, London

Zia Ahmed's debut play gets its premiere at the Bush Theatre this December. Charting the ups and downs of one long-distance relationship I Wanna Be Yours is a touching portrayal of a modern love story...

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The Greatest Play in the History of the World

Trafalgar Studios 2 Until Jan 4, 2020

A love letter to life

The Greatest Play in the History of the World, Trafalgar Studios 2, London

British TV legend Julie Hesmondhalgh (Coronation Street, Broadchurch) is stepping onto the London stage this November as she stars in The Greatest Play in the History of the World. Written by Ian Kershaw...

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Macbeth

National Theatre, Olivier Open Run

Rory Kinnear returns to the National in 2018

Macbeth, National Theatre Olivier, London

Anne-Marie Duff and Rory Kinnear lead Shakespeare's murderous tragedy when it returns to the National in 2018, directed by Rufus Norris. Marking Kinnear's return to the NT since his star turn in 2016's...

The Snow Queen

Park Theatre Until Jan 4, 2020

The Park theatre presents The Snow Queen!

The Snow Queen, Park Theatre, London

It's time to forget Disney's Frozen (for now at least) as the Park Theatre brings you the original Hans Christan Andersen fairytale, that inspired the mega-hit, this Christmastime! From the creative team...

A Kind of People

Jerwood Theatre Downstairs Until Jan 18, 2020

It's familiar territory for Bhatti who is adept at pulling off the veils of respectability to uncover the ugly truths at the heart of relationships.

A Kind of People, Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, London

Emerging British Sikh writer Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti has received much critical acclaim for her contributions to stage, screen and theatre, which also include a previous stint at the Royal Court with heartwarming...

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Master Harold and the Boys

National Theatre, Lyttelton Until Dec 17, 2019

Lucian Msamati, natty in white jacket and black pumps, delivers the words like a poem of possibility. He is such a wonderful actor, really one of our very best, and he is magnificent here, quietly registering every moment of feeling

Master Harold and the Boys, National Theatre Lyttelton, London

Initially banned in his home country upon its release in the early 80s, South African protest playwright Athol Fugard's seminal work Master Harold and the Boys is currently receiving rave reviews at the...

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Measure for Measure

Barbican Theatre Until Jan 16, 2020

It is easily the best Shakespeare production of the Stratford summer.

Measure for Measure, Barbican Theatre, London

Following a critically acclaimed run at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon, RSC artistic director Gregory Doran's visceral iteration of Measure for Measure lights up the Barbican Theatre...

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The Arrival

Bush Theatre Until Jan 18, 2020

Following his hit productions of 'The Brothers Size' and 'Barber Shop Chronicles', director Bijan Sheibani has written his first play.

The Arrival, Bush Theatre, London

A driving force behind the UK theatre scene with critically acclaimed West End shows The Brothers Size, Barbershop Chronicles and Moonlight under his belt, Olivier Award-winning director Bijan Sheibani...

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The Taming of the Shrew

Barbican Theatre Until Jan 18, 2020

Deftly provocative and exuberantly entertaining

The Taming of the Shrew, Barbican Theatre, London

Its the age old battle of the sexes but not as we know it! Rising theatre maker and RSC affiliate Justin Audibert reflects the changing times in his bold new revamp of The Bard's audacious tale of gender,...

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As You Like It

Barbican Theatre Until Jan 16, 2020

The eternal madness of desire is infectiously relayed

As You Like It, Barbican Theatre, London

No RSC season would be complete without a trip into the sumptuous, miasmatic forests of our dear William Shakespeare's fertile mind. Directed by up and coming theatre maker Kimberly Sykes, a riotous new...

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Translations

National Theatre, Olivier Until Dec 18, 2019

A flawless production. A culture-clash masterpiece.

Translations, National Theatre Olivier, London

The National Theatre brings back their exquisite revival of Brian Friel's modern classic following it's sell-out success last year. Starring Ciaran Hinds and Fra Free and directed by Ian Rickson, Translations...

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Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis

Park Theatre Until Jan 4, 2020

Quirky and kinky, and with a rocking Elvis soundtrack, this sweet yet saucy celebration of life's outsiders is the perfect 'adults only' alternative Christmas treat.

Martha Josie and the Chinese Elvis, Park Theatre, London

A comedy with gumption wings its way to London's champion of Off-West End stagecraft The Park Theatre this winter! Winner of the 1998 Pearson Best Play Award, quirky comedy Martha, Josie and The Chinese...

Midnight Movie

Royal Court Theatre Until Dec 21, 2019

Experimental playwright Eve Leigh is becoming an increasingly intriguing voice in UK theatre.

Midnight Movie, Royal Court Theatre, London

Innovative playwright Eve Leigh takes us into the heart of the online experience, namely the identities we create for ourselves in this exciting new venture premiering at the Royal Court this winter. Layering...

Superstar

Southwark Playhouse Until Dec 21, 2019

Going to see this show is an absolute no brainer.

Superstar, Southwark Playhouse, London

Fresh from a fabulously successful sell-out run at Edinburgh Festival, Nicola Wren brings her hilarious one-woman show to the Southwark Playhouse, introducing London audiences to her heart-warming and...

Sherlock Holmes

Venue To Be Confirmed Open Run

Our version of Sherlock Holmes will have all the elements that fans want and expect, but with new twists and turns and plenty of surprises.....

Sherlock Holmes, Venue To Be Confirmed, London

Watson! The Game is afoot! The world's most famous sleuth is about to get a brand-new stage play adaptation on Broadway in 2017, then headed back over to the West End, at a venue yet to be confirmed....

Harry Potter And The Cursed Child

Palace Theatre Open Run

So this is Dickens, with magic. It's a raunchless Game of Thrones with heart. Crucially, it's authentic Potter but, most importantly, it's new. It's not the movie of the book. It's the real deal, live in front of you, so much better than any film could b

Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, Palace Theatre, London

Brace yourselves London, JK Rowling has blessed us with another foray into the Potterverse, announcing that new play 'Harry Potter And The Cursed Child' will apparate into The Palace Theatre sometime next...

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