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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

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)

27 Nov 2014 SLEEPING BOOTY
by Stuart Saint
at Leicester Square Theatre Lounge
(previews from 25 Nov 2014)

28 Nov 2014 ROOM ON THE BROOM
Adapted by Tall Stories theatre company from the book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
at Lyric Theatre
(previews from 26 Nov 2014)

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

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

04 Dec 2014 WIND IN THE WILLOWS, THE
Based on the novel by Kenneth Grahame; Music by Martin Ward; Narration by Andrew Motion
at Vaudeville 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 MISS HAVISHAM'S EXPECTATIONS
by Di Sherlock adapted from Charles Dickens
at Trafalgar Studios 2
(previews from 09 Dec 2014)

12 Dec 2014 SIKES AND NANCY
by James Swanton, adapted from Charles Dickens
at Trafalgar Studios 2
(previews from 09 Dec 2014)

12 Dec 2014 POTTED SHERLOCK
By Daniel Clarkson and Tom Clarkson
at Vaudeville Theatre
(previews from 08 Dec 2014)

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

15 Dec 2014 MERCHANT OF VENICE, THE
by William Shakespeare
at Almeida Theatre (Off West End)
(previews from 05 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)

16 Dec 2014 VARIETYSOUP
Created by Slightly Fat Features
at Leicester Square Theatre Main House
(previews from 15 Dec 2014)

05 Jan 2015 TREE
by Daniel Kitson
at Old Vic Theatre
(previews from 05 Jan 2015)

08 Jan 2015 DONKEY HEART
By Moses Raine
at Trafalgar Studios 2
(previews from 07 Jan 2015)

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 18 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 BULL
by Mike Bartlett
at Young Vic Theatre (The Maria)
(previews from 08 Jan 2015)

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

23 Jan 2015 MY NIGHT WITH REG
by Kevin Elyot
at Apollo Theatre
(previews from 17 Jan 2015)

26 Jan 2015 TAKEN AT MIDNIGHT
by Mark Hayhurst
at Haymarket Theatre Royal
(previews from 15 Jan 2015)

27 Jan 2015 DARA
by Shahid Nadeem, adapted by Tanya Ronder
at Lyttelton, National Theatre
(previews from 20 Jan 2015)

27 Jan 2015 RULING CLASS, THE
by Peter Barnes
at Trafalgar Studios 1 Theatre
(previews from 16 Jan 2015)

28 Jan 2015 HARD PROBLEM, THE
by Tom Stoppard
at Dorfman, National Theatre
(previews from 21 Jan 2015)

29 Jan 2015 DI AND VIV AND ROSE
By Amelia Bullmore
at Vaudeville Theatre
(previews from 22 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)

11 Feb 2015 MAN: THREE PLAYS BY TENNESSEE WILLIAMS ( Auto-da-Fe, The Strangest Kind of Romance and Summer at the Lake.)
by Tennessee Williams
at Young Vic Theatre (The Clare)
(previews from 11 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)

16 Feb 2015 VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE, A
By Arthur Miller
at Wyndham's Theatre
(previews from 11 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)

23 Feb 2015 CLOSER
By Patrick Marber
at Donmar Warehouse
(previews from 12 Feb 2015)

23 Feb 2015 NETHER, THE
By Jennifer Haley
at Duke of York's Theatre
(previews from 30 Jan 2015)

24 Feb 2015 BEAUTIFUL - THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL
book by Douglas McGrath with words and music by Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil
at Aldwych Theatre
(previews from 10 Feb 2015)

25 Feb 2015 MAN + SUPERMAN
by Bernard Shaw
at Lyttelton, National Theatre
(previews from 17 Feb 2015)

26 Feb 2015 LIPPY
by Bush Moukarzel and Mark O’Halloran
at Young Vic Theatre (The Maria)
(previews from 19 Feb 2015)

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

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

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

20 Mar 2015 SINATRA 100

at London Palladium Theatre
(previews from 20 Mar 2015)

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

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)

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

24 Jun 2015 BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM
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)

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 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)

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

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)

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)

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

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