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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The Wild Duck, Almeida
Theatre, Drama

The Wild Duck

icon-location-pin Almeida Theatre, 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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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 Bridge Theatre, 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 Centre, 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 Kiln Theatre, 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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'Hadestown' comes to the National Theatre in November 2018
Theatre, Musicals

Hadestown

icon-location-pin National Theatre, South Bank
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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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Magic Mike Live
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Theatre, Comedy

Magic Mike Live

icon-location-pin Hippodrome Live, 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 Menier Chocolate Factory, 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 Vaudeville Theatre, 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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Camera
Theatre, Drama

The Cane

icon-location-pin Royal Court Theatre, Belgravia
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Mark Ravenhill's pioneering 1996 debut play 'Shopping and Fucking' was at the shocking forefront of '90s in-yer-face theatre: his more recent Royal Court work includes the equally brutal 2008 war story collection 'Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat' and his 2009 Berlin Wall drama 'Over There'. Now he's back with 'The Cane', a story of a teacher besieged by furious students. Royal Court boss Vicky Featherstone directs.

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Letitia Wright, The Convert
Theatre, Drama

The Convert

icon-location-pin Young Vic, Southwark
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Danai Gurira might have hit the movie bigtime with her recent role in 'Black Panther', but she's also got an impressive track record as a playwright. She's landed strong reviews both sides of the Atlantic for knotty, hard-hitting plays like 'Eclipsed', which followed the wives of a Liberian warlord. Now, 'The Convert' is getting a new production at the Young Vic, after having its UK premiere at Gate Theatre. Gurira’s ‘Black Panther’ co-star Letitia Wright heads up the cast, alongside Paapa Essiedu and Ivanno Jeremiah.

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The Tragedy of Richard the Second, Almeida
Theatre, Drama

The Tragedy of King Richard the Second

icon-location-pin Almeida Theatre, Barnsbury
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After turning his hand to a stylish, flamboyantly weird take on 'Edward II' at the National Theatre in 2013, director Joe Hill-Gibbins is taking on another renaissance history play with homoerotic undertones. This time, acting legend Simon Russell Beale will star as a king who's power is coming under threat…

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