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The date listed is when a show will have its official opening night (Press night). However, shows will also have 'preview' performances before the official opening night. (See info on the right!)

Date West End Shows Opening

01 Sep 2014 PUNISHMENT WITHOUT REVENGE (GLOBE TO GLOBE) (PERFORMED IN SPANISH)
By Lope de Vega
at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
(previews from 01 Sep 2014)

03 Sep 2014 LITTLE REVOLUTION
By Alecky Blythe
at Almeida Theatre (Off West End)
(previews from 26 Aug 2014)

03 Sep 2014 LORD OF THE DANCE - DANGEROUS GAMES
music by Gerard Fahy
at London Palladium Theatre
(previews from 01 Sep 2014)

04 Sep 2014 COMEDY OF ERRORS, THE
By William Shakespeare
at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
(previews from 30 Aug 2014)

08 Sep 2014 FAME FOREVER
Conceived and developed by David De Silva, music by Steve Margoshes, book and lyrics by Ben H Winters
at Lyric Theatre
(previews from 08 Sep 2014)

08 Sep 2014 LAND OF OUR FATHERS
by Chris Urch
at Trafalgar Studios 2
(previews from 03 Sep 2014)

09 Sep 2014 MY PERFECT MIND
Created by Told by an Idiot, written by Kathryn Hunter, Paul Hunter and Edward Petherbridge
at Young Vic Theatre (The Maria)
(previews from 03 Sep 2014)

11 Sep 2014 KING CHARLES III
by Mike Bartlett
at Wyndham's Theatre
(previews from 02 Sep 2014)

14 Sep 2014 PLAY THAT GOES WRONG, THE
By Mischief Theatre company members Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields
at Duchess Theatre
(previews from 05 Sep 2014)

15 Sep 2014 WOLF FROM THE DOOR, THE
by Rory Mullarkey
at Royal Court Theatre - Jerwood Theatre Upstairs
(previews from 10 Sep 2014)

15 Sep 2014 FORBIDDEN BROADWAY
by Gerard Alessandrini
at Vaudeville Theatre
(previews from 09 Sep 2014)

16 Sep 2014 CHARACTER
By Florence Vincent
at Leicester Square Theatre (The Lounge)
(previews from 16 Sep 2014)

16 Sep 2014 BALLYTURK
By Enda Walsh
at Lyttelton, National Theatre
(previews from 11 Sep 2014)

17 Sep 2014 DOCTOR' SCROGGY'S WAR
By Howard Brenton
at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
(previews from 12 Sep 2014)

22 Sep 2014 EVITA
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Lyrics by Tim Rice
at Dominion Theatre
(previews from 16 Sep 2014)

22 Sep 2014 PITCAIRN
By Richard Bean
at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
(previews from 22 Sep 2014)

23 Sep 2014 TEH INTERNET IS SERIOUS BUSINESS
by Tim Price
at Royal Court Theatre - Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
(previews from 17 Sep 2014)

25 Sep 2014 SNAKES! THE MUSICAL
Written and devised by Will Guppy, Thom Sellwood, Marina Waters; Music composed by Mark Andrewes and Julian Ng
at Leicester Square Theatre (The Lounge)
(previews from 25 Sep 2014)

25 Sep 2014 JAMES I: THE KEY WILL KEEP THE LOCK (Part of The James Plays)
The James Plays are a trio of new history plays by Rona Munro
at Olivier, National Theatre
(previews from 10 Sep 2014)

25 Sep 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
(previews from 15 Sep 2014)

25 Sep 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
(previews from 19 Sep 2014)

26 Sep 2014 GREAT BRITAIN
by Richard Bean
at Haymarket Theatre Royal
(previews from 10 Sep 2014)

29 Sep 2014 URINETOWN THE MUSICAL
Music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann; Book and lyrics by Greg Kotis
at Apollo Theatre
(previews from 29 Sep 2014)

01 Oct 2014 ELECTRA
by Sophocles in a version by Frank McGuinness
at Old Vic Theatre
(previews from 22 Sep 2014)

01 Oct 2014 DIRTY BUTTERFLY
by Debbie Tucker Green
at Young Vic Theatre (The Clare)
(previews from 01 Oct 2014)

02 Oct 2014 SPEED-THE-PLOW
by David Mamet
at Playhouse Theatre
(previews from 24 Sep 2014)

07 Oct 2014 SELFIE
by Peter Morris, adapted from Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray
at Ambassadors Theatre
(previews from 17 Sep 2014)

07 Oct 2014 PRIVATE PEACEFUL
by Simon Reade; based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo
at Ambassadors Theatre
(previews from 23 Sep 2014)

08 Oct 2014 MACBETH
by William Shakespeare, adapted by Ed Hughes.
at Ambassadors Theatre
(previews from 19 Sep 2014)

09 Oct 2014 HENRY IV
by William Shakespeare
at Donmar Warehouse
(previews from 03 Oct 2014)

13 Oct 2014 HERE LIES LOVE
Concept and lyrics by David Byrne, music by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, and additional music by Tom Gandey and J Pardo
at Dorfman, National Theatre
(previews from 30 Sep 2014)

14 Oct 2014 TRIALS OF OSCAR WILDE, THE
By Merlin Holland and John O’Connor
at Trafalgar Studios 2
(previews from 13 Oct 2014)

15 Oct 2014 EAST IS EAST
By Ayub Khan Din
at Trafalgar Studios 1 Theatre
(previews from 04 Oct 2014)

16 Oct 2014 CHERRY ORCHARD, THE
by Anton Chekhov, in a new version by Simon Stephens
at Young Vic Theatre (Main House)
(previews from 10 Oct 2014)

17 Oct 2014 OUR TOWN
By Thornton Wilder
at Almeida Theatre (Off West End)
(previews from 10 Oct 2014)

19 Oct 2014 BOBBY SOCKS AND BLUE JEANS

at London Palladium Theatre
(previews from 19 Oct 2014)

20 Oct 2014 SCOTTSBORO BOYS, THE
Music and lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb, book by David Thompson
at Garrick Theatre
(previews from 04 Oct 2014)

21 Oct 2014 NEVILLE'S ISLAND
By Tim Firth
at Duke of York's Theatre
(previews from 10 Oct 2014)

23 Oct 2014 TIS A PITY SHE'S A WHORE
By John Ford
at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
(previews from 23 Oct 2014)

23 Oct 2014 MEMPHIS THE MUSICAL
Based on a concept by George W. George. Book & lyrics by Joe DiPietro. Music & lyrics by David Bryan
at Shaftesbury Theatre
(previews from 09 Oct 2014)

28 Oct 2014 SUNNY AFTERNOON
Music and Lyrics by Ray Davies, Book by Joe Penhall, Original story by Ray Davies
at Harold Pinter Theatre
(previews from 04 Oct 2014)

29 Oct 2014 ROMEO AND JULIET
by William Shakespeare, adapted for young audiences by Ben Power
at Temporary Space, National Theatre
(previews from 29 Oct 2014)

03 Nov 2014 DANCE ‘TIL DAWN
Book by Ed Curtis
at Aldwych Theatre
(previews from 23 Oct 2014)

04 Nov 2014 JOHN
a new verbatim dance-theatre work by Lloyd Newson
at Lyttelton, National Theatre
(previews from 30 Oct 2014)

05 Nov 2014 MADE IN DAGENHAM - THE MUSICAL
Book by Richard Bean, music by David Arnold, lyrics by Richard Thomas. Based on motion picture of the same name.
at Adelphi Theatre
(previews from 09 Oct 2014)

06 Nov 2014 2071
by Duncan Macmillan and Chris Rapley
at Royal Court Theatre - Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
(previews from 05 Nov 2014)

11 Nov 2014 NOT ABOUT HEROES
by Stephen MacDonald
at Trafalgar Studios 2
(previews from 10 Nov 2014)

12 Nov 2014 WHITE CHRISTMAS
Music and lyrics by Irving Berlin; Book by David Ives and Paul Blake
at Dominion Theatre
(previews from 08 Nov 2014)

13 Nov 2014 FAR AWAY
by Caryl Churchill
at Young Vic Theatre (The Clare)
(previews from 07 Nov 2014)

18 Nov 2014 BEHIND THE BEAUTIFUL FOREVERS
by David Hare based on the book by Katherine Boo
at Olivier, National Theatre
(previews from 10 Nov 2014)

18 Nov 2014 DUSK
devised by David Harradine and Samantha Butler
at Young Vic Theatre (The Maria)
(previews from 13 Nov 2014)

19 Nov 2014 GOD BLESS THE CHILD
by Molly Davies
at Royal Court Theatre - Jerwood Theatre Upstairs
(previews from 12 Nov 2014)

02 Dec 2014 HOPE
by Jack Thorne
at Royal Court Theatre - Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
(previews from 26 Nov 2014)

02 Dec 2014 WIND IN THE WILLOWS, THE
based on the novel by Kenneth Grahame. Music by Martin Ward
at Vaudeville Theatre
(previews from 26 Nov 2014)

03 Dec 2014 3 WINTERS
by Tena Stivicic
at Lyttelton, National Theatre
(previews from 26 Nov 2014)

10 Dec 2014 TREASURE ISLAND
by Robert Louis Stevenson, adaptation by Bryony Lavery
at Olivier, National Theatre
(previews from 03 Dec 2014)

11 Dec 2014 HENRY IV PART I
by William Shakespeare
at Barbican Theatre
(previews from 29 Nov 2014)

11 Dec 2014 HENRY IV PART 2
by William Shakespeare
at Barbican Theatre
(previews from 02 Dec 2014)

11 Dec 2014 CATS
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, based on T. S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats
at London Palladium Theatre
(previews from 06 Dec 2014)

11 Dec 2014 KNIGHT OF THE BURNING PESTLE, THE
By Francis Beaumont
at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
(previews from 11 Dec 2014)

11 Dec 2014 WAY BACK HOME, THE
by Rory Mullarkey after Oliver Jeffers book. Music by Joanna Lee.
at Young Vic Theatre (The Maria)
(previews from 11 Dec 2014)

12 Dec 2014 GOLEM
created by 1927, written by Suzanne Andrade
at Young Vic Theatre (Main House)
(previews from 09 Dec 2014)

16 Dec 2014 CITY OF ANGELS
Music by Cy Coleman, Lyrics by David Zippel & Book by Larry Gelbart
at Donmar Warehouse
(previews from 05 Dec 2014)

12 Jan 2015 WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
Music & Lyrics by David Yazbek, Book by Jeffrey Lane; Based on the original film by Pedro Almodovar
at Playhouse Theatre
(previews from 20 Dec 2014)

13 Jan 2015 LIBERIAN GIRL
by Diana Nneka Atuona
at Royal Court Theatre - Jerwood Theatre Upstairs
(previews from 07 Jan 2015)

15 Jan 2015 CHANGELING, THE
By Thomas Middleton & William Rowley
at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
(previews from 15 Jan 2015)

03 Feb 2015 L'ORMINDO
Music by Francesco Cavalli, Libretto by Giovanni Faustini, English translation by Christopher Cowell.
at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
(previews from 03 Feb 2015)

10 Feb 2015 HOW TO HOLD YOUR BREATH
by Zinnie Harris
at Royal Court Theatre - Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
(previews from 04 Feb 2015)

13 Feb 2015 IT'S A BIRD... IT'S A PLANE... IT'S SUPERMAN!
Music by Charles Strouse, Lyrics by Lee Adams, and Book by David Newman & Robert Benton
at Leicester Square Theatre Main House
(previews from 10 Feb 2015)

19 Feb 2015 FIREWORKS (Al'ab Nariya)
by Dalia Taha
at Royal Court Theatre - Jerwood Theatre Upstairs
(previews from 12 Feb 2015)

19 Feb 2015 HAPPY DAYS
by Samuel Beckett
at Young Vic Theatre (Main House)
(previews from 13 Feb 2015)

20 Feb 2015 FARINELLI AND THE KING
By Claire van Kampen
at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
(previews from 11 Feb 2015)

18 Mar 2015 BROKEN HEART, THE
By John Ford
at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
(previews from 12 Mar 2015)

09 Apr 2015 DIDO, QUEEN OF CARTHAGE
By Christopher Marlowe
at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
(previews from 09 Apr 2015)

14 Apr 2015 ROALD DAHL'S THE TWITS
by Roald Dahl, adapted by Enda Walsh
at Royal Court Theatre - Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
(previews from 07 Apr 2015)

27 Apr 2015? MAD WORLD MY MASTERS, A
by Thomas Middleton; edited by Sean Foley and Phil Porter
at Barbican Theatre
(previews from 27 Apr 2015?)

01 Jul 2015 IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, THE
by Oscar Wilde
at To be confirmed
(previews from 24 Jun 2015)

02 Jul 2015 TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
by Harper Lee, adapted for the stage by Christopher Sergel
at Barbican Theatre
(previews from 24 Jun 2015)

25 Aug 2015 HAMLET
by William Shakespeare
at Barbican Theatre
(previews from 05 Aug 2015)

What are Previews?
Generally, previews are performances that allow the director and production team to make changes or for the cast to become settled in their part before the show is attended by theatre critics.

The general public can buy tickets for previews, and in some cases the price is reduced. Generally, you won't find much difference between a show in previews and when it is technically 'opened', although new musicals may have many changes!


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