Get ready for 2017 with some of the best plays coming to the West End stage this year:
The Glass Menagerie
Where? Duke of York's Theatre
When? 26 January - 29 April 2017
What? Tennessee Williams’ heartbreaking classic transfers to London, following critically acclaimed runs in New York and Edinburgh. Tony Award-winning Broadway star Cherry Jones makes her West End debut in John Tiffany's (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Let the Right One In, Black Watch) visionary staging about a family struggling to survive on hopes and dreams in stylish 1930s St Louis. Also stars Michael Esper (Lazarus), Kate O’Flynn (NT's A Taste of Honey, Port) and Brian J. Smith (Sense 8).
The Kite Runner
Where? Wyndham's Theatre; until 11 March
Where? Playhouse Theatre from 8 June - 29 July 2017
,em>What? Khaled Hosseini’s international best-selling novel has been adapted into a stunning new stage production starring Ben Turner (Casualty). Originally produced by Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company and Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse, this haunting tale of friendship begins in Afghanistan, a divided country on the verge of war. As two childhood friends are torn apart, one man journeys across cultures and continents to confront his past and find redemption.
Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?
Where? Harold Pinter Theatre
When? 22 February - 27 May 2017
What? A new production of Edward Albee's landmark play, starring Olivier and BAFTA award-winner Imelda Staunton (Gypsy, Sweeney Todd); Olivier Award winner Conleth Hill (Game Of Thrones, The Producers), Olivier Award winner Luke Treadaway (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) and Imogen Poots, in her West End debut (Jane Eyre, Me And Orson Wells).
Don Juan In Soho
Where? Wyndham's Theatre
When? 17 March - 10 June 2017
What? Marking 10 years since its acclaimed run at the Donmar Warehouse, David Tennant (Doctor Who, Broadchurch, Much Ado About Nothing) returns to the West End for the first time since 2011 in this savagely funny and filthy play. Loosely based on Molière's tragicomedy Don Juan, this modern update transports the action to contemporary London and follows the final adventures of its debauched protagonist – a cruel seducer who lives only for pleasure.
The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia?
Where? Theatre Royal Haymarket
When? 24 March - 24 June 2017
What? The second Edward Albee offering sees Golden Globe and Emmy award-winner Damian Lewis (American Buffalo, Homeland, Wolf Hall) and Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda, The Hollow Crown, The Crucible, A Raisin in the Sun, Troilus and Cressida) return to the West End in the late American playwright's darkly comic masterpiece, full of Albee's characteristically sharp wit. Former Royal Court Artistic Director Ian Rickson (Jerusalem, Mojo, Old Times, The Weir) directs.
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead
Where? The Old Vic Theatre
When? 25 February - 29 April 2017
What? Daniel Radcliffe, Joshua McGuire and David Haig star in the celebratory 50th anniversary production of the play that made a young Tom Stoppard's name overnight. Returning to The Old Vic half a century after its premiere, David Leveaux directs this mind-bending situation comedy, in which two hapless minor characters of Shakespeare’s Hamlet take centre stage.
Where? Garrick Theatre
When? 1 March - 3 June 2017
What? Two-time Olivier Award winner Griff Rhys Jones stars alongside BAFTA & British Comedy Award winner Lee Mack and Matthew Horne (Gavin & Stacey, Bad Education) in this major revival of Moliere’s classic comedy. Passion and purse strings go head to head in this hilarious new adaptation by director Sean Foley (The Dresser, The Ladykillers, Jeeves and Wooster) and Phil Porter.
Where? Vaudeville Theatre
When? 1 March - 17 June 2017
What? With a starry ensemble cast that includes Amanda Holden (Britain's Got Talent, Cinderella, Shrek), Angela Griffin (Coronation Street, One Man, Two Guvnors), Tracy-Ann Oberman (EastEnders, Boeing-Boeing), Tamzin Outhwaite (EastEnders, How The Other Half Loves) and Nicola Stephenson (Brookside, War Horse). Three-time Olivier Award winner Maria Friedman (Merrily We Roll Along) directs Richard Harris's play, charting the lives of seven women and one man attempting to tap their troubles away at a weekly dancing class.
Where? Apollo Theatre
When? 3 February - 29 April 2017
What? Patrick Marber’s brilliant revival of Tom Stoppard’s Travesties transfers to the West End, following an acclaimed, sell-out run at the Menier Chocolate Factory. This dazzling comedy of art, love and revolution stars Tom Hollander (Pirates of the Caribbean, Pride & Prejudice, Gosford Park, The Night Manager, Doctor Thorne), with Freddie Fox (A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet), Clare Foster (Merrily We Roll Along), Peter McDonald (The Weir), Amy Morgan (Red Velvet) and Forbes Masson (Doctor Faustus).
Where? The Old Vic Theatre
When? 6 May - 24 June 2017
What? John Boyega (Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens) stars in the title role of Georg Büchner's influential work, set in 1980s Berlin. As the Cold War rages on and the world sits at a crossroads between Capitalism and Communism, a young soldier (John Boyega) and the love of his life are desperately trying to build a better future for their child. The multi-award-winning Jack Thorne breathes new life into one of the most extraordinary plays ever written.