Theatre Breaks for London Plays

London plays may not be as popular as musicals but personally we much prefer a good play.

There are theatre breaks covering all kinds of London plays ranging from the hilarious 39 Steps to the terrifying The Woman in Black.

There are long running classics such as Agatha Christie's Mousetrap which has been playing in London for over 50 years and is the world's longest running play. The Woman in Black is also one of the longest running plays having been playing in London for over 20 years.

Then there are revivals of some old classics such as An Inspector Calls and Waiting for Godot and some fantastic new plays like War Horse.

So whatever kind of play you prefer there is sure to be a London theatre break to suit your taste.

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A Hundred Words for Snow

A Hundred Words for Snow at the Trafalgar Studio Two

Rory’s Dad was an explorer. Well, not literally. Literally he was a Geography teacher. But inside, she knows, he was Bear Grylls. And when he dies suddenly in an accident, Rory knows he needs her help to make one last expedition.

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

Shakespeare's fantastical fable of desire, confusion, jealousy and growing up. "Lord, what fools these mortals be!" Through live music, playful adventure and physical invention, see the lovers' world transformed into a place of magic, laughter and healing, as we journey into the woods.

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A Simple Space - The Belly

A Simple Space - The Belly at the The Belly

Seven acrobats push their physical limits without reserve; this performance is simultaneously raw, frantic and delicate. Supported by driving live percussion and presented so intimately that you can feel the heat, hear every breath, and be immersed in every moment.

A Simple Space evokes real responses in audiences, something visceral rather than cerebral.

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Actually

Actually at the Trafalgar Studio Two

Amber and Tom are in the first year at their elite American university. Their paths cross and they connect in ways that seem innocent enough at first. But after they hook up at a party and spend the night together things start to become more clouded. They agree on the drinking, they agree on the attraction, but what actually happened between them? This deeply felt, funny and thought-provoking play comes from the award-winning playwright Anna Ziegler (Photograph 51). With wit and urgency, ACTUALLY investigates the highly charged topic of sexual consent, the complex intersection of race and gender politics, our crippling desire to fit in, and the three sides to every story. “Undeniably funny, poignant and profound”- New York Magazine “Gripping. Beautifully rendered and complex” - LA Times “Explosive, timely and riveting”- The Boston Globe

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Adam Kay - This is Going to Hurt (Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor)

Adam Kay - This is Going to Hurt (Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor) at the Garrick Theatre

Award-winning comedian Adam Kay shares entries from his diaries as a junior doctor in this “electrifying” (Guardian) evening of stand-up and music. Absolute sell-out Edinburgh Fringe 2016, 2017 & 2018, Soho Theatre 2017, UK tour and Duchess Theatre 2018. The accompanying book, ‘This is Going to Hurt’ is a Sunday Times bestseller, and is being turned into a major BBC series. Copies will be available to purchase and for signature after the performance.

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Admissions

Admissions at the Trafalgar Studio One

Alex Kingston (ER, Doctor Who) and Sarah Hadland (Miranda) star in Admissions, the five star award-winning ‘Bold New Comedy’ (Sunday Express) The Sunday Times calls ‘Provocative. Outrageous. Entirely gripping’. Sherri is Head of Admissions at a private school, a liberal who is fighting to diversify the student intake and a mother who wants the best for her son. When her son is deferred from his university of choice, and his best friend - who 'ticks more boxes' - is accepted, her personal ambition collides with her progressive values and she is forced to make a choice between her beliefs and what’s right for her son. Written by Joshua Harmon (Bad Jews), Admissions has ‘the force of a bulldozer and the precision of a scalpel’ (Metro) and this ‘Sharp. Thoughtful’ (Evening Standard) new play will leave you questioning the status quo.

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All About Eve

All About Eve at the Noel Coward Theatre

Ivo van Hove directs Gillian Anderson and Lily James in his new adaptation of All About Eve, a razor-sharp, unsettling exposé of the eternal obsession at the heart of show-business. BAFTA Award-winner Monica Dolan will join the cast in the role of Karen, alongside Julian Ovenden as Bill, Sheila Reid as Birdie and Rhashan Stone as Lloyd. Further casting to be announced.

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All My Sons

All My Sons at the Old Vic Theatre

You don’t realise how people can hate, Chris, they can hate so much they’ll tear the world to pieces…’ America, 1947. Despite hard choices and even harder knocks, Joe and Kate Keller are a success story. They have built a home, raised two sons and established a thriving business.

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An Evening with Dom Joly

An Evening with Dom Joly at the O2 Academy Islington

Spend an evening with TV personality and comedian, Dom Joly, as Matt Stocks hosts a live Q&A where they’ll discuss the stories behind Trigger Happy TV and much more.

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An Evening with Harry Redknapp

An Evening with Harry Redknapp at the Royal Albert Hall

Harry Redknapp, the 2018 series winner of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! and famous football manager will be telling stories from his football days and his time in the jungle.

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Aracaladanza - Play

Aracaladanza - Play at the Sadler's Wells

The multi award-winning Spanish-based company dedicated to producing magical shows for family audiences, Aracaladanza, have been favourites at Sadler’s Wells since their Family Weekend debut in 2008. Using costume design, music, light, rhythm and movement, they bring the audience into a dreamlike universe, filled with possibilities.

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Barber Shop Chronicles

Barber Shop Chronicles at the Roundhouse

One day. Six cities. A thousand stories. Following two sell-out runs at the National Theatre and a world tour, Inua Ellams’ acclaimed Barber Shop Chronicles comes to the Roundhouse this summer. Newsroom, political platform, local hotspot, confession box, preacher-pulpit and football stadium. For generations, African men have gathered in barber shops to discuss the world. These are places where the banter can be barbed and the truth is always telling.

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Betrayal

Betrayal at the Harold Pinter Theatre

With poetic precision, rich humour and an extraordinary emotional force, Betrayal charts a compelling seven-year romance, thrillingly captured in reverse chronological order. The complexi-ties of the human heart are explored in this, “the greatest, and the most moving, of all Pinter’s plays” (The Daily Telegraph). Betrayal was first produced by the National Theatre in 1978. The orig-inal cast featured Pinter at the Pinter company members Penelope Wilton and Michael Gambon.

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Bitter Wheat

Bitter Wheat at the Garrick Theatre

Hollywood is a hell hole. Everything in Hollywood is for sale except the awards, which are for rent. Bitter Wheat is a play about a depraved Hollywood mogul.

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Blunderland Variety Show

Blunderland Variety Show at the Spiegeltent

Direct from Brooklyn’s most notorious nightclub, BLUNDERLAND is an acid trip down the rabbit hole for a variety show unlike any other. This hedonistic party of queer underground excess features the finest acts in international circus, cabaret, and burlesque, tinged with an unmistakable glow of club kid euphoria and arthouse weird.

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Chores

Chores at the The Belly

Chores a runaway success story in 2018, winning Audience Favourite at Prague Fringe, selling out and adding extra shows at Brighton Fringe, was a runner-up for Best Children's Show at Perth FRINGEWORLD 2018 and won the Weekly Award for Best Children's Show at Adelaide Fringe. Now, Chores is set to thrill audiences at Underbelly Southbank Festival!

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Dark Sublime

Dark Sublime at the Trafalgar Studio Two

Oli arrives at the door of Marianne, a now-forgotten sci-fi TV icon, impatient to make an impression, to make a friend. Marianne, a jobbing actress, knows about waiting – for the phone to ring, for her best friend to see her differently, for her turn at something more substantial than a half-remembered role on a cult TV show. He wants an autograph; she doesn’t want anything from him - or so she thinks. Yet as they start to explore each other’s worlds, they begin to discover what every good relationship needs: time and space.

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Dinosaur World Live

Dinosaur World Live at the Troubadour Theatre - Wembley

DINOSAUR WORLD LIVE STAMPEDES INTO WEMBLEY Dare to experience the dangers and delights of Dinosaur World Live in this roarsome interactve show for all the family. Grab your compass and join our intrepid explorer across unchartered territories to discover a pre-historic world of astonishing (and remarkably life-like) dinosaurs. Meet a host of impressive creatures, including every child’s favourite flesh-eating giant, the Tyrannosaurus Rex, a Triceratops, Giraffatitan, Microraptor and Segnosaurus!

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Elmer the Patchwork Elephant

Elmer the Patchwork Elephant at the Spiegeltent

Based on the classic children’s book series by David McKee, that celebrates its 30th Birthday in 2019, Elmer the Patchwork Elephant Show, is a celebration of individuality and the power of laughter! Elephants, as everyone knows, are big, have trunks, and are grey. But Elmer is a patchwork of brilliant colours! His fun- loving and cheerful personality keeps everyone in a playful mood, until the day he gets tired of being different and tries to blend in with the herd.

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Emilia

Emilia at the Vaudeville Theatre

400 years ago Emilia Bassano wanted her voice to be heard. It wasn’t. Could she have been the “Dark Lady” of Shakespeare’s sonnets? What of her own poems? Why was her story erased from history? Emilia and her sisters reach out to us across the centuries with passion, fury, laughter and song. Listen to them. Let them inspire and unite us. Celebrate women’s voices through the story of this trailblazing, forgotten woman. Stand up and be counted.

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Faulty Towers The Dining Experience

Faulty Towers The Dining Experience at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury

When the audience become diners in the ‘Faulty Towers’ restaurant, pretty much anything can happen – because two-thirds of the show is improvised. The fun starts as guests wait to be seated. It then hurtles along in a 2-hour tour de force of gags and shambolic service as Basil, Sybil and Manuel serve a ‘70s-style 3-course meal together with a good dollop of mayhem. Expect the unexpected!

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Ghost Stories

Ghost Stories at the Lyric Hammersmith

Following record breaking sell out shows, a West End transfer, productions in China, Australia, Canada, Italy, Germany and a smash hit film, the original terrifying live production is back.

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Groan Ups

Groan Ups at the Vaudeville Theatre

Playing an unruly classroom of kids and anarchic high school teenagers, through to the aches and pains of adulthood, the original Mischief company are back in the West End with their first new play since 2016.

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Home, I'm Darling

Home, I'm Darling at the Duke of York's Theatre

Following a sold-out run at the National Theatre, Laura Wade’s ‘piercingly funny’ (Time Out) new play transfers to the West End for 11 weeks only. Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd, Humans) reprises her acclaimed role as Judy, in Laura Wade’s fizzing comedy about one woman’s quest to be the perfect 1950’s housewife.

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Horrible Histories - Barmy Britain - Part 4

Horrible Histories - Barmy Britain - Part 4 at the Apollo Theatre

We all want to meet people from history! The trouble is everyone is dead! So it’s time to prepare yourselves for Horrible Histories live on stage with the smash hit production of Barmy Britain – Part Four!
Would you be shaken or stirred by Richard III? Mount a mutiny against King Henry VIII! See Mary Tudor knock the spots off Mary Queen of Scots! Will Queen Elizabeth I endure her terrible teeth? Would you be hanged by King James I for being a witch? Peep into the world of Samuel Pepys and help Georgian detectives find the headless man! Take a trip into the night with the night soil men and discover how to survive the first ever train ride! After seven sensational years in the West End, Barmy Britain is back!

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Jason Byrne - Wrecked But Ready

Jason Byrne - Wrecked But Ready at the The Belly

Jason Byrne returns with his brand-new show, Wrecked But Ready. After 23 consecutive years, Jason is wrecked but he is as ever ready (which is a battery, but he’s more Duracell than Eveready). In particular, the past year has been extremely testing for the wrecked Jason, but despite all this, he’s waiting to spill it out on stage.
No one show is the same, expect all the usual spontaneous fun, come along and witness ‘the outright King of live comedy” (Times).

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Le Corsaire - English National Ballet

Le Corsaire - English National Ballet at the London Coliseum

Travel to a faraway land for the adventures of a dashing pirate, Conrad, and his feisty girlfriend Medora. Will they outfox villainous schemers and find happiness on the high seas?
English National Ballet’s Le Corsaire is “hugely enjoyable entertainment” (The Daily Telegraph). Expect a swashbuckling romp, full of thrilling dancing by an extraordinary cast of performers, with gorgeous decors and costumes created by Hollywood’s Bob Ringwood, all set to a romantic score played live by English National Ballet Philharmonic.
English National Ballet is the only UK company to perform this classic story ballet. Their extravagant production, staged by Anna-Marie Holmes, has enthralled audiences and received rave reviews worldwide, including Paris and Tokyo. It returns to the London Coliseum following glorious performances in 2016.

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London Comedy Allstars - The Spiegeltent

London Comedy Allstars - The Spiegeltent at the Spiegeltent

Join us every Saturday night for a huge line up of the best comedy talent on offer. London Comedy Allstars is your one-stop shop for the biggest laughs, the best location and your new favourite night out. Southbank will be non-stop LOLs.
Line ups TBA. Past acts include Josie Long, Ed Gamble, Phil Wang, Jayde Adams, Suzi Ruffell and more.

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Magic Goes Wrong

Magic Goes Wrong at the Vaudeville Theatre

Created with Magic legends Penn & Teller, Mischief Theatre conjure up an evening of grand illusion. In the next ‘Goes Wrong’ comedy to hit the West End, the original Mischief company play a hapless gang of magicians presenting a charity event.

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Magical Bones Unboxed

Magical Bones Unboxed at the The Belly

As seen on ITV1’s This Morning, BBC1’s Bafta Awards 2018, SKY’s Around the World in 80 Tricks and star of the west-end hit magic show Impossible- Break-dancin’ magician Magical Bones returns to the Underbelly South Bank, to unbox a brand-new set of explosive street magic. Bones’ originality stands alone, so look forward to back-flip card tricks, back spinning whilst solving a rubik’s cube, as well as intricate sleight of hand effortlessly combined with jaw-dropping break-dance moves. Come and experience an awe-inspiring journey that includes lots of laughter & smiles, with tons of genuine ‘OMG!’ moments along the way!

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Monski Mouse's Baby Cabaret

Monski Mouse's Baby Cabaret at the Spiegeltent

Join Monski Mouse and friends: Richard Crawley, Amy Gwilliam and London cabaret superstar, Dusty Limits, for a live musical cabaret of nursery classics, reworked song, puppetry and fun for 0-5s and parents/carers. Come ready to sing-along!

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Morgan & West's Utterly Spiffing Spectacular Magic Show for Kids

Morgan & West's Utterly Spiffing Spectacular Magic Show for Kids at the Spiegeltent

Time travelling magicians Morgan & West present a jaw dropping, heart stopping, brain busting, opinion adjusting, death defying, mind frying, spirit lifting, paradigm shifting, outlook changing, furniture rearranging magic extravaganza!
Morgan & West have fooled Penn & Teller (Fool Us ITV 1), competed to be the Next Great Magician(ITV 1), and even attempted to escape The Slammer (CBBC).
Witness a mountain of mysterious magic, a hatful of hyper-reality, and of course a truck full of tricks and tea. Mixing brain boggling illusion and good old fashioned tom-foolery, Morgan & West present a show for all the family, where magic and silliness abound! Fun for ages five to 105!

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Night of the Living Dead LIVE!

Night of the Living Dead LIVE! at the Pleasance Theatre

THEY’RE COMING TO GET YOU, LONDON Based on George A. Romero’s unparalleled 1968 film, one of the most iconic and influential releases of all time, Night of the Living Dead™ Live! comes to London for the first time ever! A bunch of strangers are holed up in a farmhouse in rural Pennsylvania. Hoards of the undead are approaching. Who will make it out alive? Night of the Living Dead™ Live! skirts the line between the horrific and the hysterical. It’s the only production officially authorised by the Romero estate, paying loving homage to the film and recreating all those iconic scenes, alongside lots of new material for newcomers and hardcore fans alike. Get amongst the gore by choosing one of our special on-stage seats in Splatter Zone One, or if you like your zombies at arms length, pick seats in one of our Supposedly Safe Zones. Expect laughs, brains, blood, guts, braaiiins, music and BRAAAAIIIINNNSS.

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Noises Off

Noises Off at the Lyric Hammersmith

Michael Frayn’s award-winning Noises Off premiered at the Lyric Hammersmith in 1982 and instantly became an iconic British comedy. With technical brilliance and split-second timing, it takes us behind the scenes with a company of actors in a hilarious and heartfelt tribute to the unpredictability of life in the theatre. Hailed as one of the funniest plays of all time, Noises Off makes its triumphant return to the Lyric almost 40 years on, in a bold new production by Jeremy Herrin (Wolf Hall/This House) for fans to enjoy and new audiences to discover.

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Nutcracker - English National Ballet

Nutcracker - English National Ballet at the London Coliseum

Over 100 dancers and musicians bring Nutcracker to life with exquisite dancing, beautiful sets and Tchaikovsky’s popular 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 see the English National Ballet at the London Coliseum is an unforgettable Christmas treat.

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Only Fools, The (cushty) Dining Experience

Only Fools, The (cushty) Dining Experience at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton

It’s the show you’ve all been asking for – and it’s brought to you by the people behind the worldwide smash hit, Faulty Towers The Dining Experience. This fully immersive show transports audiences to The Nags Head to meet the pride of Peckham in a night of wheeling, dealing and eating.

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Our Town

Our Town at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

Birth; marriage; death. And everything in between. "Do any human beings ever realise life as they live it? Every - every, minute?" Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning play celebrates what it means to be human, the bonds that hold communities together, and our relationships with the ancient past and the eternal tomorrow.

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Phil Wang

Phil Wang at the The Belly

Phil Wang is one of the UK’s most exciting stand-up comedians and has appeared on shows including Live at the Apollo (BBC2), Have I Got News For You (BBC1), Would I Lie to You? (BBC1), Jack Dee’s Inauguration Helpdesk (BBC2), 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (C4) and Drunk History (Comedy Central). He has also written and starred in two series of Daphne Sounds Expensive for Radio 4 with his Foster’s Newcomer Award nominated sketch trio, Daphne. Phil will appear as part of Netflix’s upcoming series of fifteen-minute stand-up comedy specials later this year. An internationally-acclaimed live act, Phil has performed four solo stand-up shows as well as international performances at festivals including Montreal Just for Laughs Festival and Melbourne International Comedy Festival. His latest critically-acclaimed live show, Kinabalu, sold out at the Edinburgh Festival in 2017 and his subsequent national tour was extended through 2018. ‘Hugely entertaining…a unique and properly funny stand-up comic.’

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Police Cops in Space

Police Cops in Space at the The Belly

Multi-award-winning company, Police Cops, fresh from a sell-out run at Edinburgh Fringe and winners of ‘Amused Moose Outstanding Show Award 2018’, bring you a comedy blockbuster; an 80’s low-fi sci-fi set in the most dangerous place on Earth… Space!

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Present Laughter

Present Laughter at the Old Vic Theatre

I knew how deep your longing must be to have someone really to love you, to be with you, when I saw that dreadful prostitute come out of the spare room.’ ‘That was not a prostitute. It was the husband of one of my dearest friends!’ Matthew Warchus directs Andrew Scott in Noёl Coward’s provocative comedy, Present Laughter. The cast also includes Luke Thallon, Sophie Thompson, Suzie Toase and Indira Varma.

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Richard III

Richard III at the Alexandra Palace

John Haidar directs Tom Mothersdale as Shakespeare’s most notorious and complex villain, Richard III. This inventive new staging is a co-production between Headlong, Alexandra Palace and Bristol Old Vic with Royal & Derngate Northampton and Oxford Playhouse.

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Rod Stewart

Rod Stewart at the MK Stadium

Best loved for his unmistakable voice and incredible versatility, Rod Stewart's career has spanned over four decades, making him one of the music world's longest serving artists. With his most famous hits including Maggie May and Tonight's The Night, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. Able to turn his hand to anything from rock to folk to standard classics, Rod's gravelly voice and distinctive interpretations have made him one of our most famous and well-loved artists.

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Rosmersholm

Rosmersholm at the Duke of York's Theatre

‘Now I see that love is selfish. It makes you a country of two. At war with the rest of the world.’ An election looming. A country on the brink. A rabid press baying for blood. At the centre of the storm is Rosmersholm, the grand house of an influential dynasty. This is where the future will be decided by John Rosmer – a man torn between the idealised hope of the future and the ghosts of his past.

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Sh!t Faced Showtime - Guys n Dolls

Sh!t Faced Showtime - Guys n Dolls at the The Belly

From the professional piss-heads behind the hit show Sh!t-Faced Shakespeare comes the all singing, all dancing, all drinking, younger sister, Sh!t-Faced Showtime.

We’re back this Summer with our own New York tale of Guy meets Doll; A hilarious cocktail of gangsters, gamblers and missionaries, all mixed up with one special ingredient; A cast member who’s genuinely sozzled. We’ll be nicely passing out the whisky for four hours to one lucky actor before curtain-up. What could possibly go right?

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Shakespearience

Shakespearience at the Spiegeltent

Five-star smash-hit Shakespearience returns! The Bard’s best-loved works burst into life in this high-octane, whistle-stop tour of three of Shakespeare’s plays, the perfect introduction for the next generation of budding Romeos and Juliets.
Join Shakespeare's “Men” as they fly through Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet and Twelfth Night in a whirlwind hour of mischievous storytelling. With tons of audience interaction, more than a dash of mayhem and a star turn from one lucky adult (shhh, don’t tell!), Shakespearience is the perfect treat for all the family!

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She Persisted - English National Ballet

She Persisted - English National Ballet at the Sadler's Wells

In 2016, English National Ballet made headlines when they commissioned three female choreographers to create work that both celebrated and promoted women’s voices in dance. In their follow up to She Said, She Persisted, the Sadler’s Wells Associate Company revives Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s biopic of Frida Kahlo, Broken Wings and Pina Bausch’s “epic, harrowing and ecstatic” (The Guardian) Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring). And, for her first main-stage commission, Stina Quagebeur, a first artist with the company, takes inspiration from Henrik Ibsen’s play A Doll’s House in her new work, Nora.

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Showstopper The Improvised Musical

Showstopper The Improvised Musical at the Lyric Theatre

Olivier Award 2016 winners The Showstoppers are back in the West End transforming audience suggestions into all-singing, all-dancing shows with unpredictable and hilarious results.

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Sunday Encounters: Anne Reid interviews Derek Jacobi

Sunday Encounters: Anne Reid interviews Derek Jacobi at the Theatre Royal Haymarket

Two of the most celebrated British icons of stage and screen, Sir Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid meet on stage in conversation for the first time. With gilded acting careers spanning several decades, Jacobi and Reid are universally known for their remarkable performances in theatre and television. And yet, the pair met only recently when they were brought together on the set of Sally Wainwright’s phenomenal BBC One romantic drama series, Last Tango In Halifax. This led to them recording a debut album, You Are The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me – a gorgeous collection of duets from The Great American Songbook.

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Sunday Encounters: Carlos Acosta in conversation with Mike Parkinson Jr

Sunday Encounters: Carlos Acosta in conversation with Mike Parkinson Jr at the Theatre Royal Haymarket

For one night only, Carlos Acosta, the greatest male ballet dancer of our generation is in conversation with Mike Parkinson, youngest son of Sir Michael Parkinson. Born in 1973 the 11thchild of an impoverished family in one of Havana’s poorest districts, Acosta went on to conquer the elite art form. His story is as improbable and enthralling as his dancing so expect captivating dialogue and possibly a short dance demonstration.

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Sunday Encounters: Curious Arts Curate Curious London

Sunday Encounters: Curious Arts Curate Curious London at the Theatre Royal Haymarket

Join us for the day at the Theatre Royal Haymarket for ‘London Curious’ on Sunday 19th May, where a series of curious adventures with the legendary Iain Sinclair and other leading cultural and social historians, and psycho-geographers, will take you into the heart of our great and teeming metropolis.

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Sunday Encounters: Dame Patricia Routledge: Facing the Music - A Life in Musical Theatre

Sunday Encounters: Dame Patricia Routledge: Facing the Music - A Life in Musical Theatre at the Theatre Royal Haymarket

It is still one of the best kept secrets in show business that Patricia Routledge trained not only as an actress but also as a singer and had considerable experience and success in musical theatre, both in this country and in the USA.

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Sunday Encounters: Michael Morpurgo 75th Anniversary Tour

Sunday Encounters: Michael Morpurgo 75th Anniversary Tour at the Theatre Royal Haymarket

Michael Morpurgo began writing stories in the early ‘70s, inspired by the children he taught in his primary school class in Kent. He has written over 130 books, including The Butterfly Lion,Kensuke’s Kingdom, Private Peaceful and War Horse, which was adapted for a hugely successful stage production by the National Theatre and then, in 2011, for a film directed by Steven Spielberg.

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Sunday Encounters: Misha Glenny - McMafia

Sunday Encounters: Misha Glenny - McMafia at the Theatre Royal Haymarket

Misha Glenny is an Award-winning journalist and author, his international bestselling book, McMafia, was recently turned into the hit BBC TV series of the same name. Alternately very funny and very frightening, Misha Glenny lifts the lid on global organized crime and its corrupt political networks.

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Sunday Encounters: Simon Schama: Wordy The Tour

Sunday Encounters: Simon Schama: Wordy The Tour at the Theatre Royal Haymarket

Can words still pack a punch in the reign of Twitter? Have the carriers of thought, the deliverers of argument, the elements of poetry, the sounds that make us human – lost their force in the age of short attention span? Simon Schama has lived in the house of words for half a century – as historian, art critic, broadcaster and journalist. He has spun the web of words in big books and tight essays; he’s done stand up in Chicago and live cook shows on TV. Now he has a new collection of writing on everything from Falstaff to Leonard Cohen, pomegranates to populism. You can hear his words on stage at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on June 2nd. Presented by Fane Productions as part of the ‘Sunday Encounters at the Haymarket’ season

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Sweat

Sweat at the Gielgud Theatre

The Pulitzer Prize-winning play SWEAT by Lynn Nottage is transferring to the West End's Gielgud Theatre for 50 performances only following a sold-out run at the Donmar Warehouse. Based on interviews with residents of the rustbelt town of Reading, Pennsylvania, this 'breathtaking new play' (The Guardian) delivers 'a knock-out blow of theatrical force' (Daily Telegraph) as it examines the lives of factory workers facing de-industrialisation. As friendships strain under fear, anger and racial tensions, a devastating outcome awaits the divided community.

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The Amazing Bubble Man

The Amazing Bubble Man at the The Belly

Louis Pearl has been thrilling audiences worldwide for over 30 years with the art, magic, science and fun of bubbles.
An Edinburgh Fringe favorite, he has sold out there for the last eleven years. Louis explores the breathtaking dynamics of bubbles, combining comedy and artistry with audience participation and enough spellbinding bubble tricks to keep everyone mesmerized. From square bubbles to rocket bubbles, tornado bubbles to flying saucer bubbles, the Amazing Bubble Man conjures shrieks of laughter and gasps of amazement from all ages.

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The American Clock

The American Clock at the Old Vic Theatre

‘For them the clock would never strike midnight, the dance and the music could never stop…’ The American Clock turns, fortunes are made and lives are broken. In New York City in 1929, the stock market crashed and everything changed.

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The Bay at Nice

The Bay at Nice at the Menier Chocolate Factory

In Leningrad in 1956, Valentina Nrovka has been invited to the Hermitage to offer her opinion on the authenticity of a Matisse painting, as she knew the great artist personally. Her daughter Sophia, also a painter, meets her there to seek her mother’s help, both financially and politically. This first London revival of David Hare’s play since its premier at the National Theatre in 1986 explores a mother and daughter’s fight for personal ideals and domestic responsibilities, as well as the choices made both in life and art.

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The Comedy About A Bank Robbery

The Comedy About A Bank Robbery at the Criterion Theatre

Mischief Theatre’s smash-and-grab hit The Comedy About A Bank Robbery is a fast, fabulous comedy caper and the funniest show in the West End! Book now for this dynamite comedy. It would be criminal to miss it!

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at the Piccadilly Theatre

The smash-hit National Theatre production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time returns to London for a strictly limited season, following an acclaimed UK and International tour.

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The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby at the Gatsby's Drugstore

“The honour would be entirely mine if you would attend my little party.” It’s the roaring twenties – an era of bootleg liquor, red hot jazz and hedonistic pleasures. Jay Gatsby has invited you to one of his infamous parties and that’s not an invite you want to turn down. Step into a heart-racing immersive adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald’s seminal jazz-age novel which puts you in the heart of the action. Slip on your dancing shoes and watch the story unfold around you in this unique theatrical performance. The cocktails are flowing, the music is playing, the party is in full swing and there’s the chance of more than a little scandal. Immerse yourself in one of the greatest stories of the 20th Century.

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The Illusionists

The Illusionists at the Shaftesbury Theatre

This mind-blowing spectacular showcases the jaw-dropping talents of five of the most incredible Illusionists on earth. Back in London by popular demand for a strictly limited season next Summer.

THE ILLUSIONISTS has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage. This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions.

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The Lehman Trilogy

The Lehman Trilogy at the Piccadilly Theatre

Following a sold-out run at the National Theatre, the NT and Neal Street Productions' critically acclaimed production of The Lehman Trilogy transfers to the West End for 12 weeks only. Sam Mendes (The Ferryman, Skyfall) directs Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles who reprise their acclaimed roles as the Lehman Brothers, and their sons and grandsons.

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The Merry Widow

The Merry Widow at the London Coliseum

The Merry Widow is Franz Leh&aapos;r‘s comic masterpiece, played out in a stream of memorable melodies including the familiar ‘Vilja Song’ and ‘Merry Widow Waltz’.

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The Mousetrap

The Mousetrap at the St. Martin's Theatre

Agatha Christie's legendary whodunit, THE MOUSETRAP, is still thriving after over 60 years in the West End. The world's longest-running play, this murder mystery masterpiece goes from strength to strength as a new generation of theatregoers are tricked and teased at St. Martin's Theatre. Experience this cracking yarn today - an irresistible treat for amateur sleuths everywhere!

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The Night of the Iguana

The Night of the Iguana at the Noel Coward Theatre

Golden Globe-winner Clive Owen (Closer, Children of Men) returns to the West End for the first time in 18 years to play Rev. T. Lawrence Shannon in THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA, in a new production directed by James Macdonald. Featuring an all-star cast including Lia Williams (Kiri, Mary Stuart) as Hannah Jelkes, Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad) as Maxine Faulk and Julian Glover (Game of Thrones) as Nonno.

Set in the strange limbo of 1940, in a hot and humid Mexico, a group of travellers meet at the run-down Costa Verde Hotel, where Tennessee Williams’ play brings them together in an epic battle between flesh and spirit, captivity and freedom, art and faith, heightened by a tropical rain-storm.

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The Play That Goes Wrong

The Play That Goes Wrong at the Duchess Theatre

2017 Broadway World Winner for Best New Play 2017 Broadway.com Winner Favourite New Play 2015 Olivier Award Winner for Best New Comedy 2015 BroadwayWorld UK Winner for Best New Play 2014 WhatsOnStage Award Winner for Best New Comedy The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society are putting on a 1920s murder mystery, but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong... does! The accident-prone thespians battle against all odds to make it through to their final curtain call, with hilarious consequences!

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The Price

The Price at the Wyndham's Theatre

David Suchet delivers a comic tour de force as a silver-tongued 90 year old furniture dealer in Arthur Miller’s ‘masterpiece’ (Daily Telegraph), The Price. Two brothers , Victor and Walter Franz, one a New York cop nearing retirement, the other a successful surgeon meet for the first time in sixteen years to sell their family furniture stored in the attic of a condemned New York brownstone . Revelation follows stunning revelation as each brother realises the price they have paid for heart breaking decisions made decades earlier.

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The Scary Bikers

The Scary Bikers at the Trafalgar Studio Two

A new comedy about life, love and staying on your bike! When retired miner Don and former private school teacher Carol meet by chance after both suffering a loss, they thought they’d found a new beginning. But a bike ride through Europe would test their budding romance, and the road to love is rocky when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object. Join them on their hilarious and heartfelt journey, as they reconcile the past, debate the present and worry about the future. Whether they’re saddle sore in Southampton, blistered in Bordeaux or frazzled in Florence, one thing is for sure – it takes two to tandem!

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The Showstoppers Kids Show - The Spiegeltent

The Showstoppers Kids Show - The Spiegeltent at the Spiegeltent

Here at The Showstoppers’ Kids Show we take your ideas and turn them into marvellous, musical interactive adventures.
You decide where the story is set, who we meet and where we go. Harry Potter on the moon? Done! Peppa Pig and the Gruffalo meet dinosaurs inside a dolls house? No worries!
VERY IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR GROWN UPS!: Children (and ONLY children!) are in charge in – no cheating please! Kids get to decide who our heroes are and what happens next in every story. All they need to do is shout out their ideas and The Showstoppers will bring them to life, right there on the spot. They can even join in!
If your children could create their very own dream musical show, where would they start? A magical castle under the sea? A spooky graveyard? And who would the characters be? A super hero? A crocodile? A fairy? From their imaginations straight onto the stage – we’ll bring their ideas to life.

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The Starry Messenger

The Starry Messenger at the Wyndham's Theatre

In the vastness of the universe are we all just lonely souls under the same night sky? Hollywood star and multiple Tony Award-winning Broadway legend Matthew Broderick makes his West End debut in The Starry Messenger by Kenneth Lonergan, Academy Award-winning writer of Manchester-By-The-Sea.

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The Thinking Drinkers

The Thinking Drinkers at the The Belly

The Thinking Drinkers are back on tour with a brand-new, hilarious, intoxicating bar-hop through history. Enjoy five free drinks as the award-winning experts take you from the symposiums of Ancient Greece to the classic British boozer via Wild West saloons, Victorian gin palaces and the secret Speakeasy. You'll learn a lot, you'll laugh a lot and, don't forget, you get five free drinks.

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The Twilight Zone

The Twilight Zone at the Ambassadors Theatre

You are about to enter another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land of imagination. Next stop, the Twilight Zone… Adapted by Anne Washburn (Mr Burns) and directed by Olivier Award-winner Richard Jones, this “piercingly smart” (Time Out) production of the acclaimed CBS Television series lands at the Ambassador’s Theatre, fresh from a rapturously received, sell-out run at the Almeida Theatre.

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The Woman in Black

The Woman in Black at the Fortune Theatre

Susan Hill’s acclaimed ghost story is brought to dramatic life in Stephen Mallatratt’s ingenious stage adaptation. Now celebrating 3 terrifying decades in the West End, Robin Herford’s gripping production is a brilliantly successful study in atmosphere, illusion and controlled horror.

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TOAST

TOAST at the The Other Palace

Following a phenomenal sell-out run at the Traverse part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival Toast now makes its West End debut… Nigel Slater’s Toast is a new play based on his award-winning autobiography. Vividly recreating suburban England in the 1960s, Nigel Slater’s childhood is told through the tastes and smells he grew up with. From making the perfect sherry trifle, waging war over cakes through to the playground politics of sweets and the rigid rules of restaurant dining, this is a moving and evocative tale of love, loss and...toast.

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Transit

Transit at the The Belly

Transit is about the life of a troupe; the ups and downs of touring, about friendship and the fun of being together and sharing experiences. Transit is also about how life is changing and evolving, and how one of these days, the circus will be nothing more than a series of experiences that will have shaped us, and memories that will remain with us forever. So for tonight, we are behaving as if it’s our last show together. A new dynamism is released, the zest of the moment. Tonight we are sharing this energy with you. When there is no tomorrow, we are no longer afraid; there’s no more uncertainties and misgivings! In a show, everything is possible! So we dare to dream; we plunge head first into the present, trusting everything to chance, everything, every single thing!

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Trash Test Dummies

Trash Test Dummies at the The Belly

Winners of the best Children’s presentation at the Adelaide Fringe Festival 2016 and 2015, and runners up for children’s choice ward 2016 the Trash Test Dummies are as full of laughs as their bins are full of surprises. “Delightfully intelligent, highly entertaining
Returning from a sell out Season at the Edinburgh Fringe with rave reviews, this award winning, sidesplitting slapstick comedy routine takes the household wheelie bin to new heights, and delivers a dump-truck full of hilarity! “Circus and acrobatic show perfect for families.
Nominees of the 2015 Perth Fringe World Circus Award, and winners of the Gas works Circus Showdown 2014, the Trash Test Dummies is a family friendly, circus comedy show like no other. “Dungeree’d Dummies from down under create an adventure playground out of dustbins.
Leigh Rhodes, Thomas McDonald and Amy Nightingale-Olsen are highly skilled circus performers that can trash talk with the best of them. These dexterous dummies take the audience on a journey into their playful imagination, where they invite them to take a fresh look at the humble household wheelie bin."Three men took to the stage with their wheelie bins, what happened next blew our minds.

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Twirlywoos

Twirlywoos at the Spiegeltent

From the producers of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show and Sarah and Duck Live on Stage comes another enchanting show for young audiences.
Toodloo, Great BigHoo, Chickedy, Chick and Peekaboo welcome young fans in a brand-new theatrical adventure, as the Twirlywoos embark on a new adventure onboard their Big Red Boat.
Expect mischief, music and plenty of surprises as they share the delight of discovery. With beautifully inventive puppetry the show promises a cast full of all your favourite characters from the hit TV show.

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Variety Club 4 Kids

Variety Club 4 Kids at the Spiegeltent

The very best variety acts from all around the world do their awe inspiring and death defying performances for an audience of children (aged 6+) and their families…but without the rude bits!

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Victoria - Northern Ballet

Victoria - Northern Ballet at the Sadler's Wells

Queen Victoria’s irrepressible love for Albert sparked a royal dynasty, but his untimely death brought the world’s most powerful woman to her knees with grief. Northern Ballet’s reputation for outstanding narrative works has been sealed by their sensational streak of award-winning and critically acclaimed productions. Choreographed by Cathy Marston (Jane Eyre), their latest creation Victoria reveals the life of one of history’s most intriguing women – a life so fascinating that her daughter Beatrice tried to rewrite history. Retold 200 years after Victoria’s birth, this major new production features dramaturgy by Uzma Hameed (Wayne McGregor’s Woolf Works) and an original score by Philip Feeney (Jane Eyre).

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Vincent River

Vincent River at the Trafalgar Studio Two

Louise Jameson and Thomas Mahy star in Robert Chevara’s acclaimed production of Philip Ridley’s Vincent River.
Davey has seen something he can never forget. Anita has been forced to flee her home. Tonight, they meet for the first time... and their lives will change forever.
Philip Ridley’s modern classic was a huge success when it premiered at Hampstead Theatre in 2001, and a West End smash at Trafalgar Studios in 2007. This year, it returns to Studio 2 as a new production direct from the Park Theatre.
Thrilling, heartbreaking and darkly humorous by turns, it is now seen as one of the most powerful explorations of hate crime - and society’s need to crush ‘difference’ - ever written.

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War Horse

War Horse at the Troubadour Theatre - Wembley

The National Theatre’s internationally-acclaimed smash-hit War Horse returns to London this autumn for a limited season at the Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre, an exciting new venue located just steps away from Wembley Stadium.

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Where Is Peter Rabbit?

Where Is Peter Rabbit? at the Theatre Royal Haymarket

Hop onto your seats and immerse yourself in the magical world of Beatrix Potter. Watch with delight as your favourite stories and most beloved characters are brought to life in this theatrical spectacular, with beautifully handcrafted puppets, enchanting original songs and a sprinkle of magic. Look out for the ferocious Mr. McGregor, reach heady heights with Jemima Puddle-Duck, do the laundry with Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle and of course, fall in love with the mischievous Peter Rabbit.

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Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie

Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie at the London County Hall

YOU HAVE BEEN SUMMONED FOR JURY SERVICE... Step inside the magnificent surroundings of London County Hall and experience the intensity and drama of Agatha Christie’s gripping story of justice, passion and betrayal in a unique courtroom setting.

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Yummy

Yummy at the Spiegeltent

After touring the globe, the legendary cabaret YUMMY is making it's London debut! Join the ever fabulous and award-winning ensemble as they take you on the most delicious and unpredictable ride of your life.
Winners of "Best Production" and "Best Ensemble" (Cabaret) at the 2018 Green Room Awards, YUMMY has become synonymous with breath-taking drag, music, circus, and burlesque. The show is outrageous as it is avant garde, and is known for its refreshing new style.
Featuring an unbelievable cast including: Valerie Hex (Taylor Mac, Glory Box, and BRIEFS), Karen From Finance (International drag super star), Zelia Rose (#1 Burlesque Artist in the World, 21st Century Burlesque), Hannie Helsden (La Soireé, Burly Q Club), Jandruze (Dark MOFO, Discordia), Benjamin "Bendy Ben" Hancock (Chunky Move, Lucy Guerin Inc), and Joni in the Moon (Western Australian Music Awards Pop Song of the Year, 2016). Come and join the stars of YUMMY as they lead a new wave of outrageous, joyful, and innovative cabaret.

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