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·         Exposure at the St. James Theatre 

 

The world premiere of a new british musical, young photographer Jimmy Tucker faces the biggest and most exciting challenge of his life when a stranger commissions him to find and shoot the seven deadly sins alive and kicking in modern London. 

In a break-neck race through the night, a series of extraordinary encounters involving girlfriends, family history and the intoxicating cult of celebrity begin to reveal that there’s a whole lot more at stake than just money. Weaving a breathtaking, contemporary score around a dazzlingly witty portrait of the price of fame, Exposure is an electrifying and brilliantly original new musical that is simply unmissable.

Booking period: 16 July to 27 August 2017

Tickets from:  £15.00

 

·         This House at the Garrick Theatre 

 

Following two sell-out seasons at the National Theatre and an upcoming run at Chichester Festival Theatre, James Graham’s critically acclaimed political drama This House transfers to the Garrick Theatre this November.  1974. The UK faces economic crisis and a hung parliament. In a culture hostile to cooperation, it’s a period when votes in the House of Commons are won or lost by one, when there are fist fights in the bars and when sick MPs are carried through the lobby to register their vote. It’s a time when a staggering number of politicians die, and the building creaks under idiosyncrasies and arcane traditions. Set in the engine rooms of Westminster, James Graham’s This House strips politics down to the practical realities of those behind the scenes: the whips who roll up their sleeves and on occasion bend the rules to shepherd and coerce a diverse chorus of MPs within the Mother of all Parliaments.

Booking period: 19 November 2016 to 25 February 2017

Tickets from:  £20.00

 

Royal Shakespeare Company- On Sale:

·         Cymbeline RSC at the Barbican 

Shakespeare’s coming-of-age romance is stunningly retold for the 21st century with Gillian Bevan as Cymbeline, the first woman to take on the role for the Royal Shakespeare Company. Cymbeline rules over a divided dystopian Britain. When Innogen, the only living heir, marries her sweetheart in secret, an enraged Cymbeline banishes him. Behind the throne, a figure plots to seize power by murdering them both. In exile, Innogen’s husband is tricked into believing she has been unfaithful, forcing her away from court on a journey fraught with danger. Melly Still, whose credits include Coram Boy for the National Theatre and The Cunning Little Vixen for Glyndebourne, directs Shakespeare’s late play of power, jealousy, sexuality and identity. 

Booking period:31 October 2016 to 22 December 2016

Tickets from:£45.00

 

·         A Midsummer Night's Dream RSC at the Barbican 

On a Midsummer’s night, four young lovers find themselves wrapped in the mischievous arms of an enchanted forest where sprites lurk and fairies rule. 

With a feuding Fairy King and Queen, Quince and his friends presenting their play within a play, and chief mischief-maker Puck on hand, games of fantasy, love and dreams ensue in Shakespeare’s most beguiling comedy. Part of a nationwide tour, this production combines eighteen RSC professional actors and fourteen amateur theatre companies from around the UK, selected to play Bottom and the Mechanicals. In London, members of Tower Theatre Company perform these popular roles

 

Booking period:17 May 2016 to 21 May 2016

Tickets from: £35.00

 

·         Doctor Faustus RSC at the Barbican

In this remarkable year, celebrating 400 years of the genius of Shakespeare, we bring four diverse Royal Shakespeare Company plays to the Barbican - direct from Stratford-upon-Avon. Two actors enter. Each lights a match and watches it burn. Whoever’s goes out first ‘loses’ and must play the fated doctor, while the other plays the demon Mephistophilis, in this notorious tale of vanity, greed and damnation. Faustus is a solitary scholar who has exhausted the confines of human knowledge. Frustrated with the futility of religion, law and science, he is desperate for a deeper understanding of the universe – and the fame it will bring. Risking everything, he conjures Mephistophilis and asks him to strike a deal with Lucifer. Twenty-four years of absolute knowledge in exchange for his soul. Transferring to London following its successful run at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s home in Stratford-upon-Avon, Maria Aberg’s punchy production updates Marlowe for our times with ritual, cabaret and carnival. Bristling ‘with originality and vision’ (Stage), it sees Sandy Grierson and Oliver Ryan share the roles of the doctor and the demon. Who will play Faustus when you see it?

Booking period: 07 September 2016 to 01 October 2016

Tickets from: £38.00

 

·         The Alchemist RSC at the Barbican

In this remarkable year, celebrating 400 years of the genius of Shakespeare, we bring four diverse Royal Shakespeare Company plays to the Barbican - direct from Stratford-upon-Avon. Following the acclaimed King & Country: Shakespeare’s Great Cycle of Kings and A Midsummer Night’s Dream; this Autumn sees a pairing of works of two of Shakespeare’s contemporaries, in repertoire from 2 September to 1 October. The Alchemist written by one of Shakespeare’s finest contemporaries, Jonson’s savage satire revels in just how vain we humans can be. When London is hit by plague, Lovewit flees to the country, leaving his townhouse in the hands of his trusted butler Jeremy. But no sooner has he left than Jeremy turns the house into a den of criminal activity, recruiting the conman Subtle and prostitute Doll Common to help him rip off half of the city. Now every knock at the front door is another unwitting victim begging to be relieved of their cash. Things could not be going better for the gleeful trio until they receive a very unwelcome visitor. Polly Findlay, one ‘of the brightest talents in British theatre’ (Independent), directs.

Booking period: 02 September 2016 to 01 October 2016

Tickets from: £38.00

 

·         King Lear RSC at the Barbican

King Lear has ruled for many years. As age overtakes him, he decides to divide his kingdom among his children, living out his days without the burden of power. Allowing vanity to cloud his judgement, he believes he can relinquish the crown while enjoying the same authority and respect he has always known. Misjudging his children’s loyalty, he soon finds himself stripped of all the trappings of state he has taken for granted. Alone in the wilderness, he is left to confront his mistakes. Sher, who has made a series of classical stage roles his own, joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1982, playing the Fool in a production of King Lear that transferred from Stratford-upon-Avon to the Barbican. Today he revisits both stages in the title part. 

Booking period: 10 November 2016 to 23 December 2016

Tickets from: £45.00

 

Show Offers- On Sale Now:

 

·         HMS Pinafore at the Hackney Empire opens tomorrow and it has an amazing 27% off.

 

Price Band A Tickets: Was £27.50 Now £20.00, saving 27%

Valid on all performances between 27 April and 1 May 2016 

 

·         How The Other Half Loves at the Theatre Royal Haymarket

 

Price Band A Tickets: Was £57.00 Now £42.50, saving 25%

Valid Monday - Friday and Saturday matinee performances between 14 April and 14 May 2016

 

Price Band F Tickets: Was £15.00 Now £10.00, saving 33%

Valid Monday - Thursday between 26 April and 14 May 2016.

 

·         The Railway Children - Live On Stage at the King's Cross Theatre

 

Premium Tickets: Was £69.50 Now £34.75, saving  50%

Price Band A Tickets: Was £49.50 Now £24.75, saving  50%

Price Band B Tickets: Was £37.50 Now £18.75 saving  50%

Valid on all performances until 31 May 2016

 

 

Show Extension:

 

·         The Wedding Reception at the Kingsway Hall Hotel have extended their booking period until 27 August 2016.


New Shows- On Sale Now:

 

·         Nutcracker at the London Coliseum 

 

Over 100 dancers and musicians bring Nutcracker to life with exquisite dancing, beautiful sets and Tchaikovsky’s glorious score played live. On a sparkling Christmas Eve in a frost-dusted Edwardian London, Clara and her enchanted Nutcracker doll discover a magical world, where she battles with the Mouse King and meets a handsome stranger. As the air grows colder, Clara and her valiant Nutcracker take a hot air balloon ride across London to the glistening Land of Snow where her adventure really begins. From the sound of the orchestra tuning up, to the final bows and cheers, a trip to English National Ballet’s Nutcracker in the splendour of the London Coliseum is an unforgettable Christmas treat.Nutcracker returns in 2016 following hugely successful performances last year, where over 73,000 audience members – young and old – made it part of their holiday celebrations last year.

 

Booking period14 December to 7 January 2017

Tickets from £25.00

 

·         Much Ado About Nothing RSC at the Theatre Royal Haymarket

 

‘Sigh no more, ladies - men were deceivers ever. 

Autumn 1918. A group of soldiers return from the trenches. The world-weary Benedick and his friend Claudio find themselves reacquainted with Beatrice and Hero. As memories of conflict give way to a life of parties and masked balls, Claudio and Hero fall madly, deeply in love, while Benedick and Beatrice reignite their own altogether more combative courtship. Shakespeare’s comic romance plays out amidst the brittle high spirits of a post-war house party, as youthful passions run riot, lovers are deceived and happiness is threatened – before peace ultimately wins out. One of the most popular comedies in the English language, Much Ado About Nothing was possibly known in Shakespeare’s lifetime as Love’s Labour’s Won.Following a 2014 run in Stratford-upon-Avon and a subsequent in Chichester, the RSC Chichester Festival Theatre productions of the heart-warming double bill Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado About Nothing (or Love's Labour's Won) will transfer to the Theatre Royal Haymarket for a limited season.

Booking period: 9 December 2016 to 18 March 2017

Tickets from £20.00

 

 

 

  #Pride And Prejudice at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre 

"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife" As the Bennet sisters haplessly search for love in Jane Austen’s ultimate romantic comedy, it is Mr Darcy who unwittingly finds his match. Following its sell-out run in 2013, Pride and Prejudice returns to the Open Air Theatre ahead of a UK tour.

Booking period: 2 September – 17 September 2016

Tickets from £56.00 

 

·         #Jesus Christ Superstar at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

Celebrating 45 years since Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s seminal musical first hit the stage, Jesus Christ Superstar returns to London in a powerful new production directed by Timothy Sheader. Singer-songwriter Declan Bennett, once a member of Brit Award nominated boy band Point Break, and more recently the lead in the musical Once, will take the role of Jesus. With a legendary score including I Don’t Know How to Love HimGethsemane and Superstar, experience epic storytelling in the remarkable surroundings of Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.

 

Booking period: 15 July – 27 August 2016 

Tickets from £51.00

 

Show Offers: On Sale Now:

 

 

Show Offers- On Sale now:

 

·         The Maids at the Trafalgar Studio One 

 
Premium Price Tickets: Was £69.50 Now £45.00, saving 35% 
Valid Tuesday to Saturday performances between 12 - 30 April 2016.
Book by 12 April 2016  

 

                Price Band A Tickets: Was £52.50 Now £39.50, saving  25% 
                Valid Tuesday to Saturday performances between 12 - 30 April 2016.
Book by 12 April 2016  
 

·         Raz at the Trafalgar Studio Two 

Price Band A Tickets: Was £25.00 Now £17.50, saving 30% 
Valid on all performances between 22 March and 16 April 2016.  
 

·         The Mousetrap at the St. Martin's Theatre 

No Booking Fee Offer: Tickets from £17.50

Valid Monday-Thursday evening performances between 11 April and 19 May 2016. 

 

·         #Show Boat at the #New London Theatre 

No Booking Fee Offer: Tickets from £19.50

Valid Monday - Friday performances and Wednesday and Thursday matinee performances between 9 April and 30 May 2016.

Book between 13 March and 30 May 2016. 

 

·         NEW SHOW - The Remains of Tom Lehrer, Ambassador's Theatre. The satirical songs of Tom Lehrer have delighted and horrified audiences for decades, both through his own rare, acerbic performances and in the revue format of the London and New York hit show Tomfoolery. Now, Adam Kay brings his new take on Lehrer’s songbook to the West End for the first time. Everything from pigeon poisoning to masochistic tango via nuclear oblivion is revisited from the contemporary perspective of this award-winning performer. The acclaimed front man of London Underground Song creators Amateur Transplants has also been heard on BBC Radio Four’s The Now Show, with extensive writing credits including BBC Three sitcom Crims Performance date: 19 April- Tickets from £32.00.

 

·         NEW SHOW: Right Now, Bush Theatre: Written by award-winning Quebecois playwright Catherine-Anne Toupin, Right Now is a play with a dark heart, a disquieting exploration of one woman’s crisis and darkest desires. It walks a delicate line between playful laughter and deep trauma, teasing and thrilling audiences from beginning to end. Directed by Michael Boyd, former Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Booking period: 23 March – 16 April 2016. Tickets from £20.00.

 

On sale soon:

·         Ma Rainey's Black Bottom – National Theatre 

·         Goosebumps Alive – The Vaults, Waterloo

Extensions:

·         St. Paul's Cathedral has extended the booking period to the 31st March 2017. Tickets from £18.00  ( children under 6 go FREE).

 

 

Onsale now!

  #MRS HENDERSON# at the #Noel Coward Theatre#

·         Don't miss Mrs Henderson Presents, the hilarious, brand-new, five-star musical that's had critics in raptures, as it makes its West End debut in February 2016.

·         Tickets from only £20

 

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