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By George Orwell, a new adaptation created by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan
at Playhouse Theatre
April, 1984. 13:00. Comrade 6079, Winston Smith, thinks a thought, starts a diary, and falls in love. But Big Brother is always watching.
(from 28 Apr 2014 - Booking to 19 Jul 2014)
by Tim Crouch
at Royal Court Theatre Downstairs
Tells the story of a raid – on a house, a life, a reality and a legacy.
(from 13 Jun 2014 - Closing on 05 Jul 2014)
By Arthur Miller
at Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park
Joe Keller is alleged to have supplied World War II fighter planes with defective engines, leading to the deaths of innocent pilots - a crime for which his business partner took the fall.
(from 15 May 2014 - Closing on 07 Jun 2014)
by Suzanne Andrade
at Lyttelton, National Theatre
Seamlessly synchronizing live music, performance and storytelling with film and animation - a theatrical journey of startling originality, like a giant graphic novel burst into life.
(from 23 May 2014 - Closing on 26 May 2014)
by Julian Mitchell
at Trafalgar Studios 1 Theatre
What would lead a man to betray his country? What would lead a boy to betray his friends?
(from 26 Mar 2014 - Booking to 21 Jun 2014)
By William Shakespeare
at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
Cleopatra, the alluring and fascinatingly ambiguous Queen of Egypt, has bewitched the great Mark Antony, soldier, campaigner and now one of the three rulers of the Roman Empire. When Antony quarrels with his fellow leaders and throws in his lot with Cleopatra, his infatuation threatens to split the Empire in two.
(from 17 May 2014 - Closing on 24 Aug 2014)
By Stephen Sachs
at Duchess Theatre
Maude, a fifty-something unemployed bartender, has bought a painting for a few bucks from the thrift store. Despite almost trashing it, she now thinks it’s a Jackson Pollock worth millions. In fact she’s certain it is. But when world-class art expert, Lionel Percy, flies over from New York and arrives at her trailer park home in Bakersfield to authenticate the painting, he really has no idea what he is about to discover.
(from 10 May 2014 - Closing on 30 Aug 2014)
By Enda Walsh
at Lyttelton, National Theatre
The lives of two men unravel quickly over the course of 90 minutes. Where are they? Who are they? What is this room, and what might be beyond the walls?
(from 11 Sep 2014 - Closing on 11 Oct 2014)
by Simon Stephens
at Royal Court Theatre Downstairs
The last week of a massive international tour and rock star Paul, is at the height of his fame. As the inevitability of the end of the road looms closer, and a return home becomes a reality, for Paul, the music is starting to jar.
(from 03 Apr 2014 - Closing on 31 May 2014)
A new dramatisation of Hilary Mantel’s novels by Mike Poulton
at Aldwych Theatre
Tells the compelling story of the political rise to power of Thomas Cromwell from blacksmith’s boy to Henry VIII’s right hand man.
(from 07 May 2014 - Closing on 06 Sep 2014)
by Anton Chekhov, in a new version by Simon Stephens
at Young Vic Theatre (Main House)
A family resists the loss of their ancestral home as the old world order threatens to crumble around them.
(from 10 Oct 2014 - Closing on 29 Nov 2014)
by David W Rintels
at Old Vic Theatre
A one man tour-de-force in which the larger than life Clarence Darrow relives some of his pivotal experiences, including the infamous Scopes ‘Monkey’ and ‘Thrill Killers’ trials which established his reputation as a courtroom giant and civil rights hero.
(from 28 May 2014 - Closing on 15 Jun 2014)
by Arthur Miller
at Old Vic Theatre
This classic American drama is set during the Salem witch trials. The Crucible tells the story of one man’s fight to save his identity in a repressive Puritan community where intolerance collides with lust and superstition, fuelling widespread hysteria with tragic results.
(from 24 Jun 2014 - Booking to 13 Sep 2014)
based on the novel by Mark Haddon, adapted by Simon Stephens
at Gielgud Theatre
Christopher, fifteen years old, stands beside Mrs Shears’ dead dog. It has been speared with a garden fork, it is seven minutes after midnight and Christopher is under suspicion....
(from 24 Jun 2014 - Booking to 14 Feb 2015)
By Howard Brenton
at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
First World War, Jack Twigg, 19 years old, enlists in the London Regiment and goes on a journey he never imagined – nor did the rest of the world.
(from 12 Sep 2014 - Closing on 10 Oct 2014)
by Sophocles in a version by Frank McGuinness
at Old Vic Theatre
Set in the city of Argos a few years after the Trojan war, it is based around the character of Electra, and the vengeance that she and her brother Orestes take on their mother Clytemnestra and step father Aegisthus for the murder of their father, Agamemnon.
(from 20 Sep 2014 - Closing on 20 Dec 2014)
by Ross Collins, in a version adapted by Ben Power
at New London Theatre
The story of one little girl and her larger-than-life friend is brought to life with puppetry and theatrical ingenuity.
(from 30 Jun 2014 - Closing on 06 Sep 2014)
by Andrew Sherlock
at Leicester Square Theatre Main House
A window into the private world of the music entrepreneur Brian Epstein, whose stellar career as Beatles Manager made him a household name yet whose controversial personal life remained very much in the closet.
(from 30 Jul 2014 - Closing on 06 Sep 2014)
By David Greig
at Young Vic Theatre (The Maria)
Explores the impact of a harrowing politically motivated crime on a small community and asks how far forgiveness can stretch in the face of brutality.
(from 10 Jul 2014 - Closing on 02 Aug 2014)
Based on the film. Adapted for the stage by original screen writer James Dearden
at Haymarket Theatre Royal
The famous story of obsession and revenge explores how a chance meeting in a bar and a casual encounter quickly becomes a living nightmare for Dan Gallagher, a successful New York lawyer, and his young family.
(from 11 Mar 2014 - Booking to 21 Jun 2014)
by Brian Friel , after the novel by Ivan Turgenev
at Donmar Warehouse
Over the course of a summer, political ideals are tested by filial duty and the arrival of Anna, a mysterious visitor whose presence stirs the heart and threatens a friendship
(from 05 Jun 2014 - Closing on 26 Jul 2014)
By Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman
at Arts Theatre
'Three men gather, each with an uncanny tale to tell: their chilling stories will bleed off the stage and into your dreams. '
(from 13 Feb 2014 - Booking to 17 Aug 2014)
created by 1927, written by Suzanne Andrade
at Young Vic Theatre (Main House)
Golem explores the question of technology and its misuse: the danger lies not in machine acting more like man, but in man acting more like machine.
(from 09 Dec 2014 - Closing on 17 Jan 2015)
by David Lindsay-Abaire
at Noel Coward Theatre
(formerly Albery)

If you were born in South Boston you've started life on the wrong side of the tracks, so just making ends meet will need all the energy you can muster. Imelda Staunton plays sharp-tongued single mother Margie, who will do anything it takes to pay the bills after losing yet another job. Hearing that an old boyfriend who has made good is in town, she decides to corner him - old loyalties should be good for something.
(from 10 Apr 2014 - Closing on 14 Jun 2014)
by William Shakespeare
at Barbican Theatre
with Benedict Cumberbatch as Hamlet
(from 05 Aug 2015 - Closing on 31 Oct 2015)
By William Shakespeare
at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
Learning of his father’s death, Prince Hamlet comes home to find his uncle married to his mother and installed on the Danish throne. At night, the ghost of the old king demands that Hamlet avenge his ‘foul and most unnatural murder’.
(from 23 Apr 2014 - Closing on 26 Apr 2014)
By Moira Buffini
at Vaudeville Theatre
The monarch Liz.. Her most powerful subject Maggie. Handbags, hairspray and sensible shoes. One believed there was no such thing as society. The other had vowed to serve it.
(from 03 Apr 2014 - Booking to 02 Aug 2014)
by Samuel Beckett
at Young Vic Theatre (Main House)
Winnie is a middle-aged woman buried up to her waist in a great mound of earth. Day and night are no more, the hours of waking and sleeping are signified by the ringing of a bell, and so it is that Winnie confronts her existential despair with absurd diversions and distractions, lurches of optimism and fragments of memories. Her dogged efforts to resist hopelessness and despair remain as potent a reminder of human resilience as when the play was first written in 1961.
(from 13 Feb 2015 - Booking to 21 Mar 2015)
by William Shakespeare
at Barbican Theatre
King Henry’s health is failing but he is uncertain Hal is a worthy heir. Meanwhile, Falstaff is sent to the countryside to recruit fresh troops, where he gleefully indulges in the business of lining his own pockets. As the King’s health continues to worsen, Hal must choose between duty and loyalty to an old friend.
(from 02 Dec 2014 - Closing on 24 Jan 2015)
by William Shakespeare
at Barbican Theatre
With his crown under threat from enemies both foreign and domestic, Henry IV prepares for war.
(from 29 Nov 2014 - Closing on 24 Jan 2015)
By Harold Brighouse
at Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park
An unlikely love story that combines comedy with romance as it follows the lives and loves of boot-maker Henry Horatio Hobson and his three daughters.
(from 12 Jun 2014 - Closing on 12 Jul 2014)
By David Eldridge
at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
Saladin’s great army have corrected a great wrong by taking Jerusalem back for Islam, after the barbaric slaughter of their people one hundred years ago. But for Muslim and Christian alike Jerusalem is a Holy City. Across England and Outremer, nobles answer the call to arms from Richard the Lionheart to march on Jerusalem in the third crusade and retake the Holy City from Saladin.
(from 19 Jul 2014 - Closing on 24 Aug 2014)
Created Nadia Fall. Music by Tom Green and Shakka Philip
at The Shed, National Theatre
Homelessness amongst young people in the UK is at a record high, so when the big society doesn't work where do you go? An inner city high rise hostel, Target East, offers a roof.
(from 26 Mar 2014 - Closing on 30 Apr 2014)
by Polly Stenham
at The Shed, National Theatre
Secluded, isolated, the perfect desert island escape. Just what Robert and the family need. But beyond the white sand and beautiful sunsets, dark clouds gather. A storm is coming.
(from 31 May 2014 - Closing on 02 Aug 2014)
by Jasper Rees and Jonathan Guy Lewis
at Trafalgar Studios 2 Theatre
A man wakes up at forty to a broken marriage, a beckoning bedsit, and the realisation that he has done nothing to make himself memorable. Resuming his old French horn, he sets himself an impossible task: to perform a Mozart concerto in front of a paying audience of horn fanatics.
(from 01 Apr 2014 - Booking to 03 May 2014)
The James Plays are a trio of new history plays by Rona Munro
at Olivier, National Theatre
James I explores the complex character of the colourful Stewart king – poet, lover and law-maker.
(from 10 Sep 2014 - Closing on 28 Oct 2014)
JAMES II: DAY OF THE INNOCENTS (Part of The James Plays)
The James Plays are a trio of new history plays by Rona Munro
at Olivier, National Theatre
A violent royal playground is depicted in James II: a terrifying arena of sharp teeth and long knives.
(from 15 Sep 2014 - Closing on 29 Oct 2014)
JAMES III: THE TRUE MIRROR (Part of The James Plays)
The James Plays are a trio of new history plays by Rona Munro
at Olivier, National Theatre
Charismatic, cultured and obsessed with grandiose schemes that his nation can ill afford, James III is by turns loved and loathed.
(from 19 Sep 2014 - Closing on 29 Oct 2014)
By William Shakespeare
at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
When Caesar returns to Rome from the wars a virtual dictator, Brutus and his republican friends resolve that his ambition must be curbed – which in Rome can mean only one thing: the great general must be assassinated.
(from 20 Jun 2014 - Closing on 11 Oct 2014)
by Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti
at Royal Court Theatre Upstairs
The Gill family living room. Culture clashes, sibling rivalries and endless cups of chah.
(from 11 Jun 2014 - Closing on 28 Jun 2014)
by Mike Bartlett
at Almeida Theatre (Off West End)
Mike Bartlett reunites with Artistic Director of the Almeida Theatre, Rupert Goold in this brand new 'future history play'.
(from 03 Apr 2014 - Closing on 31 May 2014)
by William Shakespeare
at Olivier, National Theatre
An aged king decides to divide his kingdom between his three daughters, according to which of them is most eloquent in praising him. His favourite, Cordelia, says nothing.
(from 14 Jan 2014 - Closing on 02 July 2014)
KING LEAR - Small Touring Production
By William Shakespeare
at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
Old King Lear, weary of royal duties, proposes to break up his kingdom and divide it among his three daughters. But this rash generosity is cruelly repaid and Lear discovers too late the false values by which he has lived – and, in turn, the suffering common to all humanity.
(from 06 Aug 2014 - Closing on 23 Aug 2014)
By Simon Armitage
at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
The Greeks are laying siege to Troy to win back their abducted queen, Helen. But as the conflict drags on, and despite battlefields scarlet with blood, opposing forces have reached a bitter stalemate. Desperate and exhausted, both Gods and mortals squabble amongst themselves for the spoils of war and the hand of victory.
(from 10 Jun 2014 - Closing on 28 Jun 2014)
Based on the Swedish novel and cult-hit film by John Ajvide Lindqvist, adapted by Jack Thorne
at Apollo Theatre
When a series of brutal killings plagues a neighbourhood, two young misfits make a deep connection, sensing in each other a kindred spirit. But the shocking truth tests their loyalty - and love - beyond all imaginable limits.
(from 26 Mar 2014 - Booking to 27 Sep 2014)
by John Marston
at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
A usurping Duke, allied to a disloyal wife and surrounded by panderers, flatterers and sycophants, threatens the stability and security of a whole society.
(from 03 Apr 2014 - Closing on 19 Apr 2014)
by Euripides, new version by Ben Power
at Olivier, National Theatre
Medea is a wife and a mother. For the sake of her husband, Jason, she has left her home and borne two sons in exile. But when he abandons his family for a new life, Medea faces banishment and separation from her children. Cornered, she begs for one day’s grace. It’s time enough. She exacts an appalling revenge and destroys everything she holds dear.
(from 14 Jul 2014 - Closing on 04 Sep 2014)
by Agatha Christie
at St Martin's Theatre
A group of people gathered together in a remote part of the countryside discover there is a murderer in their midst. The question is which one of them is the guilty party.
(from 25 Mar 1974 - Booking to 03 Jan 2015)
by Anne Washurn
at Almeida Theatre (Off West End)
The European premiere of this 'post electric play' in which a group of survivors recall their favourite episode of 'The Simpsons' that gets passed on through generations, eventually becoming myth.
(from 05 Jun 2014 - Closing on 19 Jul 2014)
by Jennifer Haley
at Royal Court Theatre Downstairs
The Nether offers complete freedom - a virtual wonderland that provides total sensory immersion. Just log in, choose an identity and indulge your every desire. But when a young detective uncovers a disturbing brand of entertainment, she triggers an interrogation into the darkest corners of imagination.
(from 17 July 2014 - Closing on 09 Aug 2014)
by Amir Nizar Zuabi, conceived by Corinne Jaber
at Young Vic Theatre (The Maria)
Tells the story of one woman’s journey back to Syria as she searches for a lost love amidst war and bloody violence.
(from 09 Apr 2014 - Closing on 03 May 2014)
By William Shakespeare
at Leicester Square Theatre Lounge
Venice's most successful warrior oblivious to one soldier's ruthless obsession with his total destruction. Newly married to a woman half his age, in the midst of his happiness, he little reckons on the wrath of his soldier Iago, passed over for promotion and hell bent on revenge. Love has the power to destroy.
(from 02 Apr 2014 - Closing on 26 Apr 2014)
by Jon Robin Baitz
at Old Vic Theatre
Exploring family politics, love, loss and redemption.
(from 13 Mar 2014 - Closing on 24 May 2014)
by Vivienne Franzmann
at Royal Court Theatre Upstairs
Pink loves Rolly. Rolly loves Pink. And Pink loves getting bombed off her face. Sisters from the same nest. Both trapped in a tiny rotting world. Both cuffed to a past that refuses to release them. One wants out. The other needs her in. Trouble is that when you complete each other, you’re nothing on your own.
(from 27 Mar 2014 - Closing on 03 May 2014)
By Richard Bean
at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
In the southern Pacific Ocean on the remote island of Pitcairn, the infamous mutineers of The Bounty, led by Fletcher Christian (or should it be Titreano?), begin to establish a new society alongside their Tahitian followers. Tensions quickly swell as the British settlers refuse to relinquish the vices of their past.
(from 22 Sep 2014 - Closing on 11 Oct 2014)
by James Graham
at Donmar Warehouse
Explores how governments and corporations collect and use our personal information, and what that means for our security, our identity and our future. Provoked by the recent revelations of Edward Snowden, Privacy draws on interviews with journalists, politicians and analysts, and asks the audience directly: how much do we give away when we share?
(from 10 Apr 2014 - Closing on 31 May 2014)
By Lope de Vega
at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
Federico, bastard son of the Duke of Ferrara, falls in love with Cassandra, his father’s intended bride, and she with him. When the truth of their ‘dishonourable’ union comes to light, the Duke exacts a pitiless revenge.
(from 01 Sep 2014 - Closing on 06 Sep 2014)
Devised by Belarus Free Theatre
at Young Vic Theatre (The Maria)
Tells real-life stories from people living in war zones, in dictatorships, in unjust and unequal societies across the globe. It is also the story of people who cannot go home - environmental migrants, people displaced by natural disasters.
(from 12 Jun 2014 - Closing on 05 Jul 2014)
by William Shakespeare
at Trafalgar Studios 1 Theatre
A new production of Shakespeare's Richard III as part of the second season of Trafalgar Transformed at the Trafalgar Studios.
(from 01 Jul 2014 - Booking to 27 Sep 2014)
Adapted for the stage by Lee Hall from the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard
at Noel Coward Theatre
(formerly Albery)

Plagued by debt, tormented by writer’s block and in desperate need of a new hit, promising new playwright Will Shakespeare finds his muse in the form of passionate young noblewoman, Viola De Lesseps. Their forbidden love soon draws everyone, including Queen Elizabeth herself, into the drama and inspires Will to write the greatest love story of all time, Romeo and Juliet.
(from 02 Jul 2014 - Booking to 25 Oct 2014)
by Sean O’Casey
at Lyttelton, National Theatre
Ireland, World War One. Dashing Harry Heegan leads his football team to victory, arriving home in swaggering celebration before he grabs his kit and heads for the trenches. A nightmare world awaits.
(from 15 Apr 2014 - Closing on 03 Jul 2014)
By David Hare
at Wyndham's Theatre
Schoolteacher Kyra Hollis rekindles her love for the charismatic Tom Sergeant one cold London evening. As they begin to reignite former passions, they are forced apart by their opposing ideologies.
(from 06 Jun 2014 - Booking to 23 Aug 2014)
by Alan Ayckbourn
at Olivier, National Theatre
A 'riotous exposure' of entrepreneurial greed.
(from 01 Apr 2014 - Closing on 27 Aug 2014)
by Tennessee Williams
at Young Vic Theatre (Main House)
Follows the downward spiral of Blanche DuBois and her collision with the visceral, animal Stanley Kowalski.
(from 23 Jul 2014 - Booking to 06 Sep 2014)
By Shelagh Delaney
at Lyttelton, National Theatre
When her mother Helen runs off with a car salesman, feisty teenager Jo takes up with a black sailor who promises to marry her, before he heads off for the seas, leaving her pregnant and alone. Art student Geoff moves in and assumes the role of surrogate parent until, misguidedly, he sends for Helen and their unconventional setup unravels. Set in post-war Salford
(from 10 Feb 2014 - Closing on 11 May 2014)
THREE SISTERS (Performed in Russian with English surtitles)
by Anton Checkov
at Wyndham's Theatre
Performed in original Russian with English surtitles.
(from 24 Apr 2014 - Closing on 03 May 2014)
By Judith Kerr, adapted by David Wood
at Lyric Theatre
When Sophie and her mummy welcome the hungry Tiger to tea, he proceeds to eat all the sandwiches, buns, biscuits and more. And even manages to the drink all the water in the tap! What will Sophie’s Daddy say when he gets home?
(from 02 Jul 2014 - Closing on 07 Sep 2014)
By William Shakespeare
at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
Returning to Rome from a war against the Goths, the general Titus Andronicus brings with him the queen Tamora and her three sons as prisoners of war.
(from 24 Apr 2014 - Closing on 13 Jul 2014)
by Harper Lee, adapted for the stage by Christopher Sergel
at Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park
Jem and Scout’s idyllic childhood innocence is shattered by the realisation that prejudice rules their town when their father defends a young black man falsely accused of raping a white woman and the family becomes a target of gossip and abuse.
(from 28 Aug 2014 - Closing on 13 Sep 2014)
by Robert Louis Stevenson, adaptation by Bryony Lavery
at Olivier, National Theatre
Follows Young Jim Hawkins and his motley crew across the ocean in their search for hidden pirate spoils.
(from 22 Dec 2014 - Booking to 21 Jan 2015)
by Reginald Rose
at Garrick Theatre
Twelve jurors have murder on their minds and a life in their hands as they decide the fate of a young delinquent accused of killing his father. But what appears to be an open and shut case soon becomes a dilemma for the twelve, as their prejudices and preconceived ideas about the accused, the trial and each other turn the tables every which way, until the nail-biting climax...
(from 07 Nov 2013 - Booking to 14 Jun 2014)
UNCLE VANYA (Performed in Russian with English surtitles)
by Anton Checkov
at Wyndham's Theatre
Performed in original Russian with English surtitles.
(from 23 Apr 2014 - Closing on 03 May 2014)
by Peter Brook and Marie-Helene Estienne
at Young Vic Theatre (Main House)
Brings together neurological research and Persian verse to transport us from the familiar to the extraordinary on a kaleidoscopic journey into the wonders of the human brain.
(from 20 Jun 2014 - Closing on 12 Jul 2014)
by Arthur Miller
at Young Vic Theatre (Main House)
Eddie Carbone is the tragic hero in the run of everyday life: the man who betrays his principles and the trust of those around him to pursue an obsessive desire.
(from 04 Apr 2014 - Closing on 07 Jun 2014)
based on a novel by Michael Morpurgo, adapted by Nick Stafford
at New London Theatre
At the outbreak of World War One, Joey, young Albert’s beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France. But Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home.
(from 28 Mar 2009 - Booking to 14 Feb 2015)
by Conor McPherson
at Wyndham's Theatre
In Brendan’s pub, isolated above the town, the men are gathering for their daily pint. The arrival of a stranger in their midst – a woman - spurs them to impress her with stories. They are stories of souls past and of spirits very much present. But one story is more chilling and more real than any of the men could have foreseen.
(from 16 Jan 2014 - Closing on 19 Apr 2014)
A new dramatisation of Hilary Mantel’s novels by Mike Poulton
at Aldwych Theatre
Tells the story of the political rise to power of Thomas Cromwell from blacksmith’s boy to Henry VIII’s right hand man.
(from 01 May 2014 - Closing on 06 Sep 2014)
by Stephen Mallatratt from the novel by Susan Hill
at Fortune Theatre
Arthur Kipps , a junior solicitor, is summoned to attend the funeral of Mrs Alice Drablow, the house's sole inhabitant, unaware of the tragic secrets which lie hidden behind the shuttered windows.
(from 07 Jun 1989 - Booking to 10 Jan 2015)
by David Henry Hwang
at The Shed, National Theatre
Yellow Face straddles the line between reality and fiction, questioning what race really means, looking at how politics and media interact in our society and, ultimately, asking us to reflect on who we really are.
(from 05 May 2014 - Closing on 24 May 2014)
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