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The Lieutenant of Inishmore at the Noel Coward Theatre

The Lieutenant of Inishmore at the Noel Coward Theatre. Image courtesy of Kate Morley PR.

See Poldark star Aidan Turner make his West End debut in Martin McDonagh’s dark comedy The Lieutenant of Inishmore. Turner plays a terrorist who embarks on a quest for revenge when he learns his cat has been injured. 23 Jun-8 Sep. Book now

King Lear at the Duke of York’s Theatre

Sir Ian McKellen stars in King Lear. Credit: Manuel Harlan. Image courtesy of The Corner Shop PR.

Witness Sir Ian McKellen playing one of Shakespeare’s greatest roles when the acclaimed Chichester Festival Theatre production of King Lear comes to London. When an elderly monarch divides his kingdom between his daughters, he loses everything. 11 Jul-3 Nov

Othello at Shakespeare's Globe

Shakespeare’s Globe's Summer  Season 2018 poster. Image courtesy of Shakespeare's Globe.

Experience William Shakespeare’s tale of manipulation and jealousy, as Othello is performed at the iconic Shakespeare’s Globe. Academy Award-winning actor Mark Rylance returns to the London stage to play evil Iago in this production. 20 Jul-13 Oct

Red at Wyndham's Theatre

Red at Wyndham's Theatre. Image courtesy of Kate Morley PR.

See Hollywood star Alfred Molina and Harry Potter’s Alfred Enoch in John Logan’s play, Red. The drama explores the life of artist Mark Rothko and questions what it means to create art. Until 28 Jul. Book now

Killer Joe at Trafalgar Studios

Orlando Bloom stars in Killer Joe. Image courtesy of Premier PR.

See Orlando Bloom take to the stage in the grisly tale of Killer Joe. The Hollywood actor stars as a part-time hitman, whose latest job spirals out of control, in Tracy Letts' thrilling production. Until 18 AugBook now

Foxfinder at the Ambassadors Theatre

Foxfinder at the Ambassadors Theatre. Image courtesy of The Corner Shop PR.

Catch Game of Thrones star Iwan Rheon in award-winning thriller, Foxfinder. William Bloor finds more questions than answers during a hunt for the animals that have ruined a farm’s harvest. 6 Sep-5 Jan. Book now 

Pinter at the Pinter season at the Harold Pinter Theatre

Pinter at the Pinter season. Credit: Martin Rosenbaum. Image courtesy of Martin Shippen.

Enjoy a collection of Harold Pinter’s short pieces during the Pinter at the Pinter season. The line-up of plays feature many stars, including David Suchet, Martin Freeman and Tamsin Greig. 6 Sep-23 Feb. Book now

Antony and Cleopatra at the National Theatre

Experience one of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedies, as Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo perform in Antony and Cleopatra. Based in ancient Rome, the show tells a tale of passion and power. 18 Sep-19 Jan

Company at the Gielgud Theatre

Rosalie Craig stars in Company at the Gielgud Theatre. Credit: Dan Kennedy. Image courtesy of Elliott & Harper.

Witness the London return of Broadway legend Patti LuPone as she stars in Stephen Sondheim’s musical Company. It’s Bobbi’s 35th birthday, but instead of celebrating her achievements, her friends just want to know why she isn’t married yet. 26 Sep-22 DecBook now

The Height of the Storm at Wyndham's Theatre

The Height of The Storm at Wyndham's Theatre. Image courtesy of Target Live.

See Jonathan Pryce in new family drama The Height of the Storm. Learn what happens when an unexpected bunch of flowers and a woman from the past threaten a 50-year-long relationship. 2 Oct-1 DecBook now

A Very Very Very Dark Matter at The Bridge Theatre

A Very Very Very Dark Matter at The Bridge Theatre. Image courtesy of Premier PR.

Catch A Very Very Very Dark Matter, the new play from Martin McDonagh, who also wrote award-winning film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Jim Broadbent plays author Hans Christian Andersen, a man with a secret to hide. 10 Oct-6 Jan

Macbeth at the Barbican

Macbeth at the Barbican. Credit: Richard Davenport. Image courtesy of Royal Shakespeare Company.

See former Doctor Who star Christopher Eccleston play the title role in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Macbeth. When a soldier’s ambition is fed by a supernatural meeting, it leads to tragedy. 15 Oct-18 Jan 

Strictly Ballroom The Musical at the Piccadilly Theatre

Strictly Ballroom The Musical at the Piccadilly Theatre. Image courtesy of Target Live.

Experience the glamour of competition dancing as Baz Luhrmann’s film is transported to the stage in Strictly Ballroom The Musical. Pop singer Will Young plays band leader Wally Strand in this story of a dancer who breaks all the rules. Until 20 OctBook now

True West at the Vaudeville Theatre

See Game of Thrones’ Kit Harington and Johnny Flynn from Genius in Sam Shepard’s critically acclaimed play, True West. When brothers Austin and Lee reunite after not seeing each other for many years, their rivalry reaches new heights. 23 Nov-16 Feb. Book now

Snow White at the London Palladium

Snow White at the London Palladium. Image courtesy of Premier PR

Experience classic British pantomime Snow White as part of your Christmas in London. Dawn French leads a cast of stars that also features America’s Got Talent winner Paul Zerdin. 8 Dec-13 Jan. Book now

When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other at the National Theatre

Cate Blanchett stars in When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other. Credit: Steven Chee. Image courtesy of National Theatre

Catch Cate Blanchett as she makes her National Theatre debut in When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other. Martin Crimp’s new play explores the often violent nature of desire. From Jan 2019

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