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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

03 Mar 2015 GAME
by Mike Bartlett
at Almeida Theatre (Off West End)
(previews from 23 Feb 2015)

03 Mar 2015 CLARENCE DARROW
By David W Rintels
at Old Vic Theatre
(previews from 03 Mar 2015)

04 Mar 2015 BE BOP A LULA!
Featuring the music of Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, Billy Fury and Roy Orbison
at Ambassadors Theatre
(previews from 04 Mar 2015)

13 Mar 2015 LORD OF THE DANCE - DANGEROUS GAMES
music by Gerard Fahy
at Dominion Theatre
(previews from 13 Mar 2015)

17 Mar 2015 FATHER, THE
By August Strindberg, in a version by Laurie Slade
at Trafalgar Studios 2
(previews from 11 Mar 2015)

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

22 Mar 2015 MEL BROOKS LIVE IN LONDON
By Mel Brooks
at Prince Of Wales Theatre
(previews from 22 Mar 2015)

23 Mar 2015 HARVEY
by Mary Chase
at Haymarket Theatre Royal
(previews from 17 Mar 2015)

24 Mar 2015 RULES FOR LIVING
by Sam Holcroft
at Dorfman, National Theatre
(previews from 13 Mar 2015)

25 Mar 2015 BAD JEWS
By Joshua Harman
at Arts Theatre
(previews from 18 Mar 2015)

31 Mar 2015 SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET
music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler from an adaptation by Christopher Bond
at London Coliseum
(previews from 30 Mar 2015)

31 Mar 2015 OPPENHEIMER
By Tom Morton-Smith
at Vaudeville Theatre
(previews from 27 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)

15 Apr 2015 GYPSY
Music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by Arthur Laurents
at Savoy Theatre
(previews from 28 Mar 2015)

17 Apr 2015 CARMEN DISRUPTION
reimagining of Bizet’s Carmen by Simon Stephens
at Almeida Theatre (Off West End)
(previews from 10 Apr 2015)

21 Apr 2015 AH, WILDERNESS!
by Eugene O'Neill
at Young Vic Theatre (Main House)
(previews from 14 Apr 2015)

22 Apr 2015 GOLEM
by Suzanne Andrade
at Trafalgar Studios 1
(previews from 14 Apr 2015)

23 Apr 2015 LIGHT SHINING IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE
by Caryl Churchill
at Lyttelton, National Theatre
(previews from 15 Apr 2015)

24 Apr 2015 VOTE, THE
By James Graham
at Donmar Warehouse
(previews from 24 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?)

27 Apr 2015 AMERICAN BUFFALO
By David Mamet
at Wyndham's Theatre
(previews from 16 Apr 2015)

29 Apr 2015 EVERYMAN
a new adaptation by Carol Ann Duffy
at Olivier, National Theatre
(previews from 22 Apr 2015)

30 Apr 2015 MERCHANT OF VENICE, THE
by William Shakespeare
at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
(previews from 23 Apr 2015)

01 May 2015 BEYOND CARING
by Alexander Zeldin
at Temporary Theatre, National Theatre
(previews from 28 Apr 2015)

05 May 2015 AUDIENCE, THE
by Peter Morgan
at Apollo Theatre
(previews from 21 Apr 2015)

11 May 2015 HAY FEVER
By Noel Coward
at Duke of York's Theatre
(previews from 29 Apr 2015)

11 May 2015 BEYOND BOLLYWOOD
Written by Rajeev Goswami, with lyrics by Irfan Siddiqui and featuring an original score by Salim-Sulaiman
at London Palladium Theatre
(previews from 08 May 2015)

18 May 2015 WORLD FACTORY

at Young Vic Theatre (The Maria)
(previews from 11 May 2015)

14 May 2015 HIGH SOCIETY
Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter, Book by Arthur Kopit (Additional Lyrics by Susan Birkenhead), Based on the play 'The Philadelphia Story' by Philip Barry
at Old Vic Theatre
(previews from 30 Apr 2015)

19 May 2015 ELEPHANT MAN, THE
by Bernard Pomerance
at Haymarket Theatre Royal
(previews from 19 May 2015)

20 May 2015 AS YOU LIKE IT
by William Shakespeare
at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
(previews from 15 May 2015)

21 May 2015 PETER PAN
By J M Barrie
at Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park
(previews from 15 May 2015)

26 May 2015 BEAUX' STRATAGEM, THE
by George Farquhar
at Olivier, National Theatre
(previews from 19 May 2015)

27 May 2015 TEMPLE
By Steve Waters
at Donmar Warehouse
(previews from 21 May 2015)

28 May 2015 JUST JIM DALE
by Jim Dale
at Vaudeville Theatre
(previews from 26 May 2015)

01 Jun 2015 KING JOHN
by William Shakespeare
at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
(previews from 01 Jun 2015)

03 Jun 2015 BEAUTIFUL THING
By Jonathan Harvey
at Arts Theatre
(previews from 03 Jun 2015)

10 Jun 2015 RED LION, THE
by Patrick Marber
at Dorfman, National Theatre
(previews from 03 Jun 2015)

15 Jun 2015 WE WANT YOU TO WATCH
by RashDash and Alice Birch
at Temporary Theatre, National Theatre
(previews from 11 Jun 2015)

17 Jun 2015 MOTHERF**KER WITH THE HAT, THE
by Stephen Adly Guirgis
at Lyttelton, National Theatre
(previews from 10 Jun 2015)

23 Jun 2015 AN OAK TREE
by Tim Crouch
at Temporary Theatre, National Theatre
(previews from 23 Jun 2015)

24 Jun 2015 SEAGULL, THE
by Anton Chekhov in a new version by Torben Betts
at Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park
(previews from 19 Jun 2015)

24 Jun 2015 BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM THE MUSICAL
Book by Paul Mayeda Berges and Gurinder Chadha; Original music by Howard Goodall and lyrics by Charles Hart; Adapted from the film of the same name
at Phoenix Theatre
(previews from 15 May 2015)

26 Jun 2015 TRIAL, THE
by Franz Kafka adapted by Nick Gill
at Young Vic Theatre (Main House)
(previews from 19 Jun 2015)

01 Jul 2015 GRUFFALO, THE
Created by Tall Stories; Based on the book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
at Lyric Theatre
(previews from 01 Jul 2015)

Expected July 2015 THREE DAYS IN THE COUNTRY
by Patrick Marber, adapted from A Month in the Country by Ivan Turgenev
at Lyttelton, National Theatre
(previews from Expected July 2015)

01 Jul 2015 MEASURE FOR MEASURE
by William Shakespeare
at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
(previews from 20 Jun 2015)

01 Jul 2015 IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, THE
by Oscar Wilde
at Vaudeville Theatre
(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)

07 Jul 2015 NUMBER, A
By Caryl Churchill
at Young Vic Theatre (The Maria)
(previews from 03 Jul 2015)

13 Jul 2015 MENTALISTS, THE
By Richard Bean
at Wyndham's Theatre
(previews from 03 Jul 2015)

20 Jul 2015 SINATRA AT THE LONDON PALLADIUM

at London Palladium
(previews from 10 Jul 2015)

20 Jul 2015 RICHARD III (in Mandarin)
by William Shakespeare
at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
(previews from 20 Jul 2015)

22 Jul 2015 RICHARD II
by William Shakespeare
at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
(previews from 11 Jul 2015)

22 Jul 2015 BRAINSTORM
by Ned Glasier, Emily Lim and the company
at Temporary Theatre, National Theatre
(previews from 21 Jul 2015)

23 Jul 2015 SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS
Book by Lawrence Kasha and David S. Landay, Music by Gene De Paul, Lyrics by Johnny Mercer, New songs by Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn. Based on the MGM Film and The Sobbin’ Women by Stephen Vincent Benet
at Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park
(previews from 16 Jul 2015)

Expected Aug 2015 PEOPLE, PLACE AND THINGS
by Duncan Macmillan
at Dorfman, National Theatre
(previews from Expected Aug 2015)

Exp Aug 2015 OUR COUNTRY'S GOOD
by Timberlake Wertenbaker
at Olivier, National Theatre
(previews from Exp Aug 2015)

01 Aug 2015 I BELIEVE IN UNICORNS
adated from the book by Michael Morpurgo
at Vaudeville Theatre
(previews from 01 Aug 2015)

05 Aug 2015 HERESY OF LOVE, THE
by Helen Edmundson
at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
(previews from 31 Jul 2015)

17 Aug 2015 MACBETH (in Cantonese)
by William Shakespeare
at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
(previews from 17 Aug 2015)

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

Expected Sep 2015 JANE EYRE
based on the novel by Charlotte Bronte and devised by the Company
at Lyttelton, National Theatre
(previews from Expected Sep 2015)

02 Sep 2015 ORESTEIA
by Aeschylus, adapted by Rory Mullarkey
at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
(previews from 29 Aug 2015)

04 Sep 2015 SONG FROM FAR AWAY
by Simon Stephens
at Young Vic Theatre (Main House)
(previews from 03 Sep 2015)

05 Sep 2015 LORD OF THE FLIES, THE
by William Golding adapted by Nigel Williams
at Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park
(previews from 03 Sep 2015)

15 Sep 2015 KINKY BOOTS
Book by Harvey Fierstein, Music & Lyrics by Cyndi Lauper, based on motion picture of the same name
at Adelphi Theatre
(previews from 21 Aug 2015)

24 Sep 2015 NELL GWYNN
by Jessica Swale
at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
(previews from 19 Sep 2015)

Expected Oct 2015 HUSBANDS AND SONS
by DH Lawrence, adapted by Ben Power
at Dorfman, National Theatre
(previews from Expected Oct 2015)

02 Oct 2015 LA MUSICA
By Marguerite Duras
at Young Vic Theatre (The Maria)
(previews from 24 Sep 2015)

08 Oct 2015 MEASURE FOR MEASURE
by William Shakespeare
at Young Vic Theatre (Main House)
(previews from 02 Oct 2015)

Expected Nov 2015 EVENING AT THE TALK HOUSE
by Wallace Shawn
at Dorfman, National Theatre
(previews from Expected Nov 2015)

Expected Nov 2015 WASTE
by Harley Granville Barker
at Lyttelton, National Theatre
(previews from Expected Nov 2015)

Exp Nov 2015 WONDER.LAND
Music by Damon Albarn and Book and Lyrics by Moira Buffini, inspired by Lewis Carroll's 'Alice in Wonderland'
at Olivier, National Theatre
(previews from Exp Nov 2015)

Exp Nov 2015 AS YOU LIKE IT
by William Shakespeare
at Olivier, National Theatre
(previews from Exp Nov 2015)

05 Nov 2015 ELF THE MUSICAL
Book by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin, with songs by Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin
at Dominion Theatre
(previews from 24 Oct 2015)

Expected Dec 2015 HERE WE GO
by Caryl Churchill
at Dorfman, National Theatre
(previews from Expected Dec 2015)

03 Dec 2015 MACBETH
by William Shakespeare
at Young Vic Theatre (Main House)
(previews from 26 Nov 2015)

16 Dec 2015 DICK!
by Stuart Saint
at Leicester Square Theatre Main House
(previews from 15 Dec 2015)

Expected Jan 2016 MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM
by August Wilson
at Lyttelton, National Theatre
(previews from Expected Jan 2016)

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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