La Bohème

Can true love conquer all? Ralph and Mimi seem to think so. But as their tumultuous affair snowballs, and romance turns to addiction, are they heading for a collision with disaster? Set in Dalston in the present day, this radical new interpretation of Puccini’s La Bohème looks like it will make hearts race.

Begins Dec 06. Trafalgar Studios.

A Christmas Carol

You know the story – on a bitter Christmas Eve night a cold-hearted miser is visited by four ghosts. Ebenezer Scrooge travels to the world’s of past, present, and future, witnessing what a lifetime of fear and selfishness has led to. Starring Rhys Ifans and written by Jack Thorne, this adaptation of a Dickens classic has already got critics tongues wagging.

20 Nov 2017 – 20 Jan 2018. Old Vic.

Girls & Boys

Carey Mulligan stars in Dennis Kelly’s latest one-man-show, where a random-chance meeting at an airport in the queue for an EasyJet flight leads to a head-over-heels romance and subsequent marriage and kids. But when the dream unravels, where do you have to turn?

 8 Feb – 10 March 2018. Royal Court Theatre.

Amadeus

See through the eyes of Court Composer Salieri an alternative view of Mozart’s untimely death for a second time; Amadeus smashed the National Theatre in a sell-out run in 2016 as it set to return to kick off 2018. Awestruck by his genius, court composer Antonio Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy it. Seized by obsessive jealousy he begins a war with Mozart, with music and, ultimately, with God.

Begins January 11. National Theatre.

Macbeth

Leading the 2018 season at the National Theatre is Shakespeare’s Macbeth, helmed by NT director Rufus Norris, who is also considered within theatre circles to actually be ‘inexperienced’ in Shakespeare. Nevertheless led by Anne-Marie Duff and Rory Kinnear, this performance is unlikely to play it safe, and to sell out fast.

Begins 26 Feb. National Theatre. 

Pinocchio

One well known puppet’s quest to become a real boy will be brought to life at the National Theatre this winter. Dennis Kelly directs his electrifying adventure from the alpine forests to the depths of the sea, and all the places in-between, with a team that  including the director of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and the writer of Matilda the Musical.

From 1 Dec. Lyttelton Theatre.

The Grinning Man

Forgo festive fun in favour of a macabre musical by Tony Award-winning director of War Horse Tom Morris. Transferring to the West End from the Bristol Old Vic, The Grinning Man, a disfigured hero named Grinpayne, loved by a blind girl, tells his musical tale so strange and so tragic that not even he knows how it will end.

Begins 05 Dec. Trafalgar Studio’s.

Belleville

James Norton and Imogen Poots play newlyweds in Bohemian Paris in the UK premiere of hit play Belleville. Written by one of American theatre’s young talents Amy Herzog, Belleville treads the fine lines of tension that arise in relationships, creating a markedly human play that captures the drama, disappointments and desperation of everyday life.

07 Dec 2017 – 03 Feb 2018. Donmar Warehouse.

Hamilton

Not much need be said about the record breaking musical that has taken the theatre world by storm. Hamilton is coming to the West End this December, after being held up by the redevelopment of the theatre. If you’re lucky enough to have got tickets, then congratulations, the rest of us will have to rely on the weekly lottery.

Begins 6 Dec. Victoria Palace Theatre.

 Network

Paddy Chayefsky’s seminal 1976 movie ‘Network’ is still considered to be way ahead of it’s time, cleverly and eerily shadowing reality TV and post-truth politics with its nightmarish vision of a telly anchor gone rogue. Breaking Bad favourite Bryan Cranston is directed by Avant-garde man-of-the-moment Ivo Van, with a script adapted by Lee Hall.

Begins Dec 17. National Theatre.