18 London theatre shows not to miss in 2018

Our pick of the best upcoming theatre shows in London in 2018
Rosalie Craig stars as Bobbi in 'Company'
© Dan Kennedy Rosalie Craig stars as Bobbi in 'Company'
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Want to know what the theatre tickets you should be buying 2018? Head straight here for our critics' guide – updated throughout the year – to the London theatre shows you need to book for, from West End musicals to cool off-West End plays. 

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London theatre shows 2018

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Sylvia, Old Vic
Theatre, Musicals

Sylvia

icon-location-pin Southwark
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Kate Prince's latest show is her most serious-sounding work to date, a ‘modern musical’ about the life of suffragette Sylvia Pankhurst. It's probably a bit early to be calling it a British answer to 'Hamilton', especially as the dance elements will presumably be at the fore. But it's certainly an enticing prospect.

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Foxfinder
Theatre, Drama

Foxfinder

icon-location-pin Covent Garden
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Well this is great news: Dawn King’s brilliant dystopian thriller ‘Foxfinder’ hits the West End with ‘Game of Thrones’ sadist Iwan Rheon (aka Ramsay Bolton) starring as as William Bloor, the titular ‘Foxfinder’, raised from birth to hunt down the titular creatures in a decaying, superstitious future England.

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Antony & Cleopatra, National Theatre, Ralph Fiennes
Theatre, Shakespeare

Antony & Cleopatra

icon-location-pin South Bank
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Ralph Fiennes recommences his one-man journey through the most herculanean roles in theatre as he stars opposite Sophie Okonedo in Shakespeare’s great tragedy of starcross'd older lovers.

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Pinter at the Pinter
Theatre, Drama

Pinter at the Pinter

icon-location-pin Soho
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Martin Freeman, Tamsin Greig, David Suchet, Jane Horrocks, and Harold Pinter’s former protégée Danny Dyer will be amongst the constellation of stars gathering for super-director Jamie Lloyd’s massively ambitious new season at – where else? – the Harold Pinter Theatre…

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Rosalie Craig stars as Bobbi in 'Company'
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Theatre, Musicals

Company

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Stephen Sondheim's witty, endlessly charming musical about a bachelor in New York is getting a revival by West End heavyweight Marianne Elliott. Except for the first time ever, its central character Bobby will be a woman. Rosalie Craig will play Bobbi, opposite legendary Broadway star Patti LuPone. 

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Hayley Atwell
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Theatre, Shakespeare

Measure for Measure

icon-location-pin Covent Garden
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In a production of Shakespeare’s dark moral satire so high concept it's somewhere in the ionosphere, stars Hayley Atwell and Jack Lowden will alternate the roles of puritanical deputy duke of Venice Angelo and his virtuous victim Isabella…

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'Twelfth Night' at Young Vic Theatre
Theatre, Musicals

Twelfth Night

icon-location-pin Southwark
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Kwame Kwei-Armah is kicking off his first season at the helm of the Young Vic with something he prepared earlier: a musical version of 'Twelfth Night' that premiered in New York, made with composer Shaina Taub. He'll rope in a sizable (the US version had a whopping 150 performers) cast of amateur performers to tell a quirky, warm-hearted reimagining of Shakespeare's story, set to Taub's score that mixes Motown girlgroup sounds with jazz and R&B, brass bands and Beyoncé. Kwame Kwei-Armah and Oskar Eustis direct. Casting tba.

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The Wild Duck, Almeida
Theatre, Drama

The Wild Duck

icon-location-pin Barnsbury
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After a frankly frighteningly good production of 'Hamlet' last year, as well as rave-reviewed, West End-transferring productions of 'Mary Stuart' and '1984, Robert Icke is back at the Almeida Theatre. This time he's creating a new version of legendary Norwegian playwright Ibsen's 1885 masterpiece 'The Wild Duck'…

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Wise Children, Emma Rice
Theatre, Drama

Wise Children

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The inaugural production for Emma Rice’s post-Shakespeare’s Globe company Wise Children is Rice’s stage adaptation of Angela Carter’s great late novel of the same name, which follows a bizarre theatrical dynasty headed by dancers Dora and Nora Chance…

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Jim Broadbent will star in 'A Very Very Very Dark Matter' at the Bridge Theatre
Theatre, Comedy

A Very Very Very Dark Matter

icon-location-pin Bermondsey
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Another Martin McDonagh outing for 2018, this time a new one. 'A Very Very Dark Matter' stars Jim Broadbent in the story of Hans Christian Anderson, the Danish storyteller whose fairytales mixed magic with moments of pure horror. 

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Macbeth, Niamh Cusack and Christopher Eccleston
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Theatre, Shakespeare

Macbeth

icon-location-pin Barbican
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The National Theatre's recent dud of a ‘Macbeth’ has set the stage for a more robust 2018 production of the Scottish play. And the RSC has gladly obliged with this imposing-looking production from Polly Findlay, starring Christopher Eccleston in his RSC debut as murderous nobleman Macbeth, and Niamh Cusack as Lady M. 

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'White Teeth' at Kiln Theatre
Theatre, Drama

White Teeth

icon-location-pin Kilburn
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Zadie Smith's novel is a stunningly complex, warm look at multiple generations in North London's cultural 'melting pot'. It's partially set in the community that surrounds Kiln Theatre (formerly The Tricycle) so what better venue for this ambitious new stage version? 

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'Chekhov's First Play' at Battersea Arts Centre
Theatre, Experimental

Chekhov's First Play

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Dead Centre's meta-theatrical excavation of Chekhov comes to Battersea Arts Centre after a hit premiere in Dublin, and national tour. Dead Centre are the young Irish company behind unsettling, haunting play 'Lippy' at the Young Vic, about the true story of four women who were found dead after an apparent suicide pact. 'Chekhov's First Play' takes a tangled, lost work by the Russian master as the starting point for an exploration of authorship and performance. 

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'Hadestown' comes to the National Theatre in November 2018
Theatre, Musicals

Hadestown

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Ooh, this is one to get excited about: hit indie musical 'Hadestown' is coming to the NT, as it warms up for a run on Broadway. 

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'Thunderbirds: Beyond the Horizon ' at The Buzz, London
Theatre, Interactive

Thunderbirds: Beyond the Horizon

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Much-loved retro kids' telly stalwarts 'Thunderbirds' have inspired this ambitious immersive sci-fi adventure, which will open new Elephant & Castle venue The Buzz…

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Magic Mike Live
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Theatre, Comedy

Magic Mike Live

icon-location-pin Covent Garden
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Or to give it its full name, ‘Channing Tatum Presents Magic Mike Live’, this spin-off from the beloved stripper comedy that made Tatum a household name is co-directed by the man himself (alongside choreographer Alison Faulk). The deal is… well, we're not totally sure what the deal is, but it's billed as ‘a 360-degree dance and acrobatic spectacular’…

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Fiddler on the Roof, Menier Chocolate Factory
Theatre, Musicals

Fiddler on the Roof

icon-location-pin Southwark
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Menier Chocolate Factory's wintry treat to theatre fans is a new production of the beloved Stein and Harnick musical, directed by Trevor Nunn…

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True West, Kit Harrington, Johnny Flynn
Theatre, Drama

True West

icon-location-pin Charing Cross
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The late Sam Shepard’s 1980 drama about a pair of feuding brothers crumbling in the California desert finally makes it to the West End, starring ‘Game of Thrones’ heartthrob Kit Harrington, and the multi-talented actor, composer and songwriter Johnny Flynn.

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