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 Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol at the Old Vic Theatre

Matthew Warchus' big-hearted, smash hit production of Charles Dickens' immortal classic returns to The Old Vic, joyously adapted for the stage by Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child).

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A Doll's House

A Doll's House at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre

Calcutta. 1879. Niru, is a young Bengali woman in a mixed-race marriage with an English colonial bureaucrat – Tom. Tom loves Niru, exoticising her as a frivolous plaything to be admired and kept. But Niru has a long-kept secret. And just as she thinks she is almost free of it, it threatens to bring her life crashing down around her. Tanika Gupta reimagines Ibsen’s classic play of gender politics through the lens of British colonialism, offering a bold, female perspective exploring themes of ownership and race.

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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 Right Royale Tea

A Right Royale Tea at the Amba Charing Cross Hotel

Join Lord and Lady Right in A Right Royale Tea – a hilarious immersive comedy afternoon tea performance set in the grandeur of the British aristocracy. Performing at the Amba Hotel Charing Cross on Sundays at 2:30pm. Guests will join the fictitious Lord and Lady Right, and their servants, as they try to raise funds to save their crumbling castle in this unique and original two-hour comedy dining experience. Expect unexpected 1920’s elegance and a stiff-upper lip during a delightful traditional afternoon tea including scones, sandwiches and cakes. With mischievous maids, boisterous butlers, a magical daughter and a sumptuous songstress, what could possibly go wrong?! In A Right Royale Tea, the audience is part of the show – actors mingle and interact with the diners, with each actor portraying a character as the story unfolds. 70% of the performance is improvised, drawing from topical events and audience participation, with the remaining 30% following a scripted narrative. Tally-ho and toodle-pip! What’s included:
2-hour comedy afternoon tea performance
Afternoon tea including scones, sandwiches, cake and tea & coffee

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A Very Expensive Poison

A Very Expensive Poison at the Old Vic Theatre

A shocking assassination in the heart of London. In a bizarre mix of high-stakes global politics and radioactive villainy, a man pays with his life. At this time of global crises and a looming new Cold War, A Very Expensive Poison sends us careering through the shadowy world of international espionage from Moscow to Mayfair. John Crowley (Brooklyn, The Goldfinch) directs Lucy Prebble’s (The Effect, ENRON) reimagining of Luke Harding’s jaw-dropping exposé of the events behind the notorious death of Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko.

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Acosta Danza - Evolution

Acosta Danza - Evolution at the Sadler's Wells

After a critically acclaimed national and international tour, Carlos Acosta’s eclectic Cuban company bring a second programme of ballet and contemporary works to Sadler’s Wells.

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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

Adam Kay - This Is Going To Hurt at the Vaudeville 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 for two weeks only at the Vaudeville Theatre. Absolute sell-out Edinburgh Fringe 2016, 2017 & 2018, Soho Theatre 2017, UK tour and West End 2018 & 2019.
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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Aliens Love Underpants

Aliens Love Underpants at the Borderline

Direct from the West End! Aliens love underpants Of every shape and size But there are no underpants in space So here’s a big surprise!

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater - Programme A: Lazarus / Revelations

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater - Programme A: Lazarus / Revelations at the Sadler's Wells

Having just celebrated their 60th anniversary, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater bring with them a flood of new and exciting works alongside modern classics in three mixed programmes that demonstrate the unparalleled artistry that defined them. Alvin Ailey’s masterpiece, and the company’s signature piece, signs off each one of their shows. Performed as a closing prayer, Revelations veers from grief to elation as it explores African-American cultural heritage and spirituality alongside an emotional score of gospel music and blues.

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater - Programme C: New Moultrie / Members Don't Get Weary / Ella / Revelations

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater - Programme C: New Moultrie / Members Don't Get Weary / Ella / Revelations at the Sadler's Wells

Having just celebrated their 60th anniversary, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater bring with them a flood of new and exciting works alongside modern classics in three mixed programmes that demonstrate the unparalleled artistry that has defined them.

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre - Programme B: EN / The Call / Juba / Revelations

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre - Programme B: EN / The Call / Juba / Revelations at the Sadler's Wells

Having just celebrated their 60th anniversary, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre bring with them a flood of new and exciting works alongside modern classics in three mixed programmes that demonstrate the unparalleled artistry that has defined them. Alvin Ailey’s masterpiece, and the company’s signature piece, signs off each one of their shows. Performed as a closing prayer, Revelations veers from grief to elation as it explores African-American cultural heritage and spirituality alongside an emotional score of gospel music and blues.

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Antigone - The Burial at Thebes

Antigone - The Burial at Thebes at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre

The war has ended. Antigone, daughter of Oedipus, learns her brothers are dead. Forced onto opposing sides, they have killed each other in battle. When Creon, King of Thebes, grants the honour of a burial to one but not the other, Antigone and her sister must choose where their loyalties lie. This epic tale of humanity versus leadership centres on a young woman with the courage to defend her beliefs – whatever the cost.

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Ballet Preljocaj - La Fresque

Ballet Preljocaj - La Fresque at the Sadler's Wells

It’s been seven years since Ballet Preljocaj performed their Snow White at Sadler’s Wells. Continuing his exploration of fairytales, the daring contemporary choreographer Angelin Preljocaj turns his attention to a traditional Chinese tale.

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Birmingham Royal Ballet - Giselle

Birmingham Royal Ballet - Giselle at the Sadler's Wells

True to its 19th century origins and the original steps of Marius Petipa, David Bintley and Galina Samsova’s production of Giselle is the perfect opportunity to see one of the most exquisite examples of this classical ballet in its traditional form.

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Birmingham Royal Ballet - Mixed Programme

Birmingham Royal Ballet - Mixed Programme at the Sadler's Wells

In a thrilling collaboration, dancers of Birmingham Royal Ballet and Ballet Black appear on stage together in a mixed bill featuring Cathy Marston’s National Dance Award-winning The Suit, Twyla Tharp’s sizzling tribute to Old Blue Eyes, Nina Sinatra Songs and a new work from Jack Lister, commissioned as part of Ballet Now.

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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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Brainiac Live!

Brainiac Live! at the Garrick Theatre

Strap on your safety goggles boys and girls! This August Brainiac Live performs at the Garrick Theatre in the heart of the West End. The most outrageous live science show with exploding dustbins, combusting microwaves, live daredevils stunts and all the experiments you’re not allowed to do at home. Based on the popular TV show, come join the fearless Brainiacs as they take you on a breathless ride through the wild world of the weird and wonderful. Watch in amazement from the safety of your seat as the Brainiacs delve fearlessly into the spectacular mysteries of science!

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Captain Corelli's Mandolin

Captain Corelli's Mandolin at the Harold Pinter Theatre

Following a critically acclaimed UK tour, the brand-new stage adaptation of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin transfers to the West End for a strictly limited nine-week season. Cephalonia 1941. Captain Corelli, an enigmatic young Italian officer, is posted to the idyllic Greek island as part of the occupying forces. The Captain is soon thrown together with Dr Iannis’ strong-willed and beautiful daughter Pelagia, who discovers all of the complexities of love, and how it can blossom in the most unexpected and profound way.

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Circus 1903

Circus 1903 at the Royal Festival Hall

Experience all the thrills and daredevil entertainment of a turn-of-the-century circus when CIRCUS 1903 returns to the Southbank Centre this Christmas with new acts for 2019 including the Brazilian Wheel of Death. Sensational puppetry from the award-winning team behind War Horse puts elephants back in the ring as never seen before, alongside a huge cast of the most unique, jaw-dropping and dangerous acts from all four corners of the globe. From strong men to contortionists, acrobats to musicians, knife throwers, high wire and much more, CIRCUS 1903 will amaze, captivate, and transport audiences of all ages to the mesmerising Golden Age of circus.

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Coming Clean

Coming Clean at the Trafalgar Studio Two

Following a critically-acclaimed, sell-out run, the smash-hit play by Kevin Elyo, writer of the landmark drama My Night With Reg, returns to Trafalgar Studios 2 in January for a strictly limited four week season. Tony and Greg seem to have love all figured out. They’re in a committed relationship but with room for a little more on the side whenever it takes their fancy. The only rule? Never sleep with the same man twice. When drop-dead gorgeous Robert walks into their lives, the fragile foundations of their sexual contract are thrown into jeopardy. Funny, fresh and packed with razor-sharp wit, Coming Clean questions the nature of fidelity and the limits of love.

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Dada Masilo - Giselle

Dada Masilo - Giselle at the Sadler's Wells

South African choreographer Dada Masilo is not afraid of reinventing a classic. Her Swan Lake, which opened Sadler’s Wells Sampled in 2014, placed her male Odile in pointe shoes. For Giselle, Masilo places the definitive Romantic heroine in South Africa. Deserted by her lover, Giselle, danced by Masilo herself, is guided by a Sangoma, a traditional healer, in a trailblazing feminist take on the classical ballet.

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Danse Élargie - Dance Expanded

Danse Élargie - Dance Expanded at the Sadler's Wells

Started in 2010 by French choreographer Boris Charmatz, theatre director Emmanuel Demarcy Mota and Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, Danse Élargie takes place over a gruelling two-day marathon at the acclaimed Théâtre de la Ville. Open to all disciplines, and with just two restrictions, the bi-annual contest is a competition like no other. To enter, the work must include at least three performers and come in at under ten minutes.

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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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Death of a Salesman

Death of a Salesman at the Piccadilly Theatre

Following a sold out run at the Young Vic theatre, the smash hit, critically acclaimed production of Death of a Salesman transfers to the Piccadilly Theatre for 10 weeks only.
"I don't say he's a great man…but he's a human being, and a terrible thing is happening to him. So attention must be paid. He's not to be allowed to fall in his grave like an old dog. Attention, attention must finally be paid to such a person."

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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 interactive 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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Dorrance Dance - Myelination and Other Works

Dorrance Dance - Myelination and Other Works at the Sadler's Wells

Game-changer in the world of tap, Michelle Dorrance had dedicated herself to exploring the capabilities of America’s original dance form. In an exhilarating diverse triple bill, her company proves just what tap can do.

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Emanuel Gat Dance - WORKS

Emanuel Gat Dance - WORKS at the Sadler's Wells

Born in Israel and now based in France, the double Bessie Award-winning choreographer Emanuel Gat initially trained as a conductor before shifting his attention to dance.

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Endgame

Endgame at the Old Vic Theatre

Go and get two bicycle-wheels.’ ‘There are no more bicycle-wheels.’ ‘What have you done with your bicycle?’ ‘I never had a bicycle.’ Nothing stirs outside. In a bare room, Hamm, an old, blind tyrant, is locked in a stalemate with his servant Clov. Interrupted only by the nostalgic musings of Hamm’s ancient, dustbin-dwelling parents, this bleakly funny double act cling stubbornly to their routine of casual savagery and mutual dependence. Richard Jones (The Hairy Ape, Into the Woods) directs Beckett’s macabre comedy in which hope and cruelty are the last things to die. Endgame will be presented in a double bill with Samuel Beckett’s rarely seen short play Rough for Theatre II, performed by members of the company.

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Equus

Equus at the Trafalgar Studio One

The critically acclaimed production from English Touring Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East of Peter Shaffer’s award-winning play Equus transfers to the West End for a strictly limited season.

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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 Ambassadors Theatre

‘Ask yourself this. What is it that drew you to this event? If it's to discover what scares you then the answer to that is easy…’ There’s something dark lurking in the theatre. Enter a nightmarish world, full of thrilling twists and turns, where all your deepest fears and disturbing thoughts are imagined live on stage. A fully sensory and electrifying encounter, Ghost Stories is the ultimate twisted love-letter to horror and an edge-of-your-seat theatrical experience like no other. Be it phantoms, poltergeists or simply a ‘bump in the night’, let’s play a game with fear. After exhilarating audiences across the world with record breaking, sell-out productions and a smash hit film, Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson’s worldwide cult phenomenon Ghost Stories is back to haunt the West End- and it’s more spine-tingling and fantastically terrifying than ever

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Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Goldilocks and the Three Bears at the London Palladium

Enter a world of wonder at the home of pantomime, as the magical Goldilocks and the Three Bears come to the West End for Christmas! Following last year’s sold-out production of Snow White, for five weeks only the iconic London Palladium will be transformed into a sensational circus, where everything is possible and anything could (and will) happen. This festive extravaganza is packed with riotous comedy routines, extraordinary special effects, hair-raising stunts, international circus acts and an all-star cast including Paul O’Grady who rejoins Palladium favourites Julian Clary, Paul Zerdin, Nigel Havers and Gary Wilmot alongside Matt Baker (The One Show). Joining the cast will also be a series of speciality acts including internationally renowned illusionist Phil Hitchcock, The Skating Medini (Asia and Dylan Medini) – a dynamic high-speed roller-skating act from one of Italy’s oldest circus families, Sascha Williams – ‘Rola Bola’, from the Belli Family Circus in Germany and Europe’s youngest stunt rider Peter Pavlov and the ‘Globe of Speed’. Dame Betty Barnum and her daughter Goldilocks’ circus is under threat from an evil rival circus owner and, with the help of their madcap circus friends, they’re battling to rescue their Big Top from ruin. Will they succeed? All seems lost, until three brilliant bears join the gang… Roll up, roll up to see panto join the circus, and be swept away by a London Palladium spectacular that’s just right at the home of pantomime!

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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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Hamlet

Hamlet at the Iris Theatre

Join us this summer for an outdoor promenade performance of Shakespeare’s Hamlet in the beautiful grounds of St Paul’s Church in the heart of Covent Garden. Amid the rubble of the old politics a populist King rose to power, promising a return to England’s golden age. But now he is dead, murdered; and in the following bloodbath his brother has seized the throne. A masked figure has been seen, stalking the shadows. There is whisper of a resistance, gathering in the dark. To be or not to be, that is the question - but can the nation’s heir, Hamlet, find the answers? Uphold the state; or join the rebels? Be ready to choose in this thrilling contemporary production of Shakespeare’s greatest play.

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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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Ian McKellen On Stage: With Tolkien, Shakespeare, Others and YOU

Ian McKellen On Stage: With Tolkien, Shakespeare, Others and YOU at the Harold Pinter Theatre

Directed by Sean Mathias “Taking this new Show to 80+ theatres around the country, has been a joyful birthday present to myself. I’ve played mainly in theatres I knew well as a young theatregoer and actor. On my birthday, I was in Bolton Town Hall where my dad used to work. It began last February with 15 theatres in Greater London and will end in Orkney. Soon I will be back in London, for a limited season in the West End, raising much-needed funds for theatre charities. As for the show? Ask someone who’s seen it. Come and find out.” Ian McKellen “The theatre event of the year” - The Telegraph ‘Warmth, wit and wizardry. In a line of 20th century legends including Gielgud and Olivier. Come one, come all and marvel’ - The Telegraph

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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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Leopoldstadt

Leopoldstadt at the Wyndham's Theatre

Vienna in 1900 was the most vibrant city in Europe, humming with artistic and intellectual excitement and a genius for enjoying life. A tenth of the population were Jews. A generation earlier they had been granted full civil rights by the Emperor, Franz Josef. Consequently, hundreds of thousands had fled from the Pale and the pogroms in the East and many found sanctuary in the crowded tenements of the old Jewish quarter, Leopoldstadt. It was not to last. Half a century later, this family, like millions of others, has re-discovered what it means to be Jewish in the first half of the 20th century. LEOPOLDSTADT is a passionate drama of love, family and endurance. It is Stoppard's most humane and heart-breaking play.

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Little Baby Bum

Little Baby Bum at the Borderline

Step into the magical and colourful world of LITTLE BABY BUM. Join Mia, Jacus, Twinkle and their Nursery Rhyme friends at the world premiere of a brand-new LIVE show.

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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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Message in a Bottle

Message in a Bottle at the Peacock Theatre

Message In A Bottle is the spectacular new dance-theatre show from triple Olivier Award nominee, Kate Prince to the iconic hits of 17-time Grammy Award-winning artist Sting including Roxanne, Every Breath You Take, Walking on the Moon, Fields of Gold, Englishman In New York and Shape of My Heart. A village alive with joyous celebrations is suddenly under siege. Everything changes forever. Determined and daring, three parted siblings step out on their own extraordinary adventures. With a mix of exhilarating dance styles, dazzling footwork and breathtaking athleticism set to the music of Sting, Message In A Bottle tells a vital and uplifting story of humanity and hope. Message In A Bottle is the latest masterpiece from the ground-breaking creator behind Some Like it Hip Hop, Into The Hoods, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (choreography) and SYLVIA, and features the astonishing talents of dance storytelling powerhouse, ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company.

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Monstersaurus

Monstersaurus at the Borderline

One day Monty found a book ‘Inventions Very Rare’ Create yourself a monster friend BUT ONLY IF YOU DARE!

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Noises Off

Noises Off at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre

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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Peppa Pig's Best Day Ever

Peppa Pig's Best Day Ever at the Duke of York's Theatre

Peppa Pig is excited to be going on a special day out with George, Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig - it’s going to be her best day ever! Get ready for a road-trip full of fun adventures. From castles to caves, dragons to dinosaurs and ice-creams to muddy puddles – there is something for all of the family and their friends to enjoy, including Miss Rabbit, Mr Bull, Suzy Sheep, Gerald Giraffe and more!

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Peter Gynt

Peter Gynt at the Olivier Theatre, National

An ordinary man. A remarkable journey. Peter Gynt has always set his heart on being special, on being a unique individual, on being unlike anyone else. When he steals the bride from a local wedding, he sets off on a lifetime journey which will take him to Florida, to Egypt, to a mountain of trolls, and finally, only when death approaches, back to his home in Scotland. In this radical new version, David Hare kidnaps Ibsen’s most famous hero and runs away with him into the 21st century. James McArdle takes the title role in this epic story of transformation, following his acclaimed performances in Platonov and Angels in America. He is reunited with David Hare and Jonathan Kent, the partnership behind the triumphant Young Chekhov at Chichester Festival Theatre and the National Theatre.

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Peter Pan

Peter Pan at the Borderline

All children grow up. Except one. This summer, get set for an awfully big adventure as the National Theatre’s “unforgettable and delightful” (Guardian) re-telling of JM Barrie’s classic tale takes flight at Troubadour White City Theatre, a brand new theatre only minutes away from Westfield London.

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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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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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RSC: As You Like It

RSC: As You Like It at the Barbican

Rosalind is banished, and with her best friend Celia by her side, she journeys into exile. But not before catching the eye of love-struck Orlando, who is also forced from The Court into the dappled Forest of Arden.

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RSC: The Taming of the Shrew

RSC: The Taming of the Shrew at the Barbican

In this radical take on Shakespeare’s fierce and energetic comedy of gender, Baptista Minola is seeking to marry off her two sons, the sweet-tempered Bianco and the rebellious Katherine. Cue an explosive courtship and a keenly witty portrayal of hierarchy and control.

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Russell Maliphant Dance Company - Silent Lines

Russell Maliphant Dance Company - Silent Lines at the Sadler's Wells

Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist and two-time Olivier Award-winner Russell Maliphant has long been fascinated by the human body.

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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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Solaris

Solaris at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre

On a space station orbiting Solaris, three scientists have made contact with a new planet. Sent from earth to investigate reports of abnormal activity on-board, Kris Kelvin arrives to find one crew member dead and two who are seeing things that cannot be explained. When her dead lover appears to her, it seems she too has fallen victim to the mystery of this strange planet. Should she return to reality, or is this her chance to turn back time? Have the crew been studying Solaris – or has it been studying them? This psychological thriller asks who we are when we’re forced to confront our deepest fears.

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Soul of Shaolin

Soul of Shaolin at the Troubadour Theatre - Wembley

A mother’s love. A son’s struggle. Playing in London for the first time, Soul of Shaolin is an action-packed theatrical experience featuring over 30 performers in a troupe direct from Shaolin, China. Combining dazzling martial arts expertise with a touching story of loss and redemption, Soul of Shaolin will amaze, excite and inspire the whole family.

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Stephen Fry - Mythos - A Trilogy: Heroes

Stephen Fry - Mythos - A Trilogy: Heroes at the London Palladium

Fry divides his gripping tales of love and war, debauchery and revenge into three full-length shows as Heroes recounts the escapades of Perseus, Heracles and Theseus.

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Stephen Fry - Mythos - A Trilogy: Men

Stephen Fry - Mythos - A Trilogy: Men at the London Palladium

Fry divides his gripping tales of love and war, debauchery and revenge into three full-length shows as Men plunges us into the heat of the Trojan War - and Odysseus's treacherous journey back home.

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Stephen Fry - Mythos A Trilogy: Gods

Stephen Fry - Mythos A Trilogy: Gods at the London Palladium

Fry divides his gripping tales of love and war, debauchery and revenge into three full-length shows as Gods take us from primordial chaos to the creation of the dazzling Greek pantheon.

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Sucker Punch

Sucker Punch at the Theatre Royal Stratford East

1981, South London. Thatcher’s Britain.

Jab. Double jab, cross. Jab, hook to body.

Leon and Troy are best mates trying to figure out their place in the world amid mounting unemployment and simmering racial tensions. After finding solace in Charlie’s gym, they start forging their path into the ruthless world of professional boxing.

Roy Williams’ bruising play examines what it was like to be a young black man in 1980s Britain and asks, how can you fight a system that’s desperate to see you fail?

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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 End of History

The End of History at the Royal Court Theatre

“No talent at all when it comes to cooking – as you will discover – but when it comes to pissing off my children – immense talent – Olympian talent.” Newbury, 1997. Sal is attempting to cook dinner for the family. She and husband David have pulled off a coup and gathered their brood back home for the weekend. Eldest son Carl is bringing his new girlfriend to meet everyone for the first time; middle daughter Polly is back from Cambridge University for the occasion; and youngest Tom will hopefully make it out of detention in time for dinner. Sal and David would rather feed their kids with leftist ideals and welfarism than fancy cuisine. When you’ve named each of your offspring after your socialist heroes, you’ve given them a lot to live up to… “When I was your age I wanted to be in a band and sleep with Mick Jagger – and Jimi Hendrix – so who am I to judge the choices you’ve made so far?”

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The Girl on the Train

The Girl on the Train at the Duke of York's Theatre

Rachel Watson longs for a different life. Her only escape is the perfect couple she watches through the train window every day, happy and in love. Or so it appears. When Rachel learns that the woman she’s been secretly watching has suddenly disappeared, she finds herself as a witness and even a suspect in a thrilling mystery in which she will face bigger revelations than she could ever have anticipated. Adapted from Paula Hawkins’ novel – an international phenomenon selling over twenty million copies worldwide – and starring Samantha Womack, this gripping new play will keep you guessing until the final moment. Samantha Womack has starred extensively in television, film and theatre. She is best known for playing Ronnie Mitchell in BBC1’s EastEnders with leading roles in Mount Pleasant and Game On, and the hit films, The Kingsman series.

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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 Gruffalo

The Gruffalo at the Lyric Theatre

Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

Searching for hazelnuts, Mouse meets the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the high-spirited Snake. Will the story of the terrifying Gruffalo save Mouse from ending up as dinner for these hungry woodland creatures? After all, there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo – is there?

Songs, laughs and monstrous fun for children aged 3 and up and their grown-ups, in the much-loved show that’s toured Britain and the world!

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The Hunchback of Notre Dame at the Iris Theatre

This vibrant, outdoor production of Victor Hugo’s epic tale of injustice, survival and love will be a spectacular adventure for all the family.

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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 Life I Lead

The Life I Lead at the Wyndham's Theatre

Best remembered for playing Mr Banks in Disney's classic film Mary Poppins, David Tomlinson was renowned for playing the classic English gent, forthright, proper, and a loveable fool. His meeting with Walt Disney came to encapsulate his incredible life full of adventure and heartbreak. The man who portrayed one of cinema's most famous patriarchs was defined by his relationship with his own father - a remote eccentric, who was hiding an extraordinary tragicomic secret. THE LIFE I LEAD sees Miles Jupp, one of Britain's leading comics and actors (Mock the Week, The News Quiz, Rev, The Durrells) bring David Tomlinson's remarkable story to life. A richly comic and moving tale of fathers and sons across the generations, THE LIFE I LEAD fills in the blanks behind a very well-known face.

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The Man in the White Suit

The Man in the White Suit at the Wyndham's Theatre

Stephen Mangan and Kara Tointon return to the West End to star in the world premiere of the classic Ealing comedy The Man in the White Suit, adapted and directed by Sean Foley. When Sidney Stratton (Stephen Mangan) invents a fabric that never gets dirty and never wears out, manufacturers and trades unions are terrified by the threat it poses to their industry and their jobs. Only Daphne (Kara Tointon) the mill owner’s daughter, shows Sidney any support as the bosses and workers chase the man in the white suit determined to destroy them both. This fast-moving comedy reunites Stephen Mangan and Sean Foley who also created the Olivier award-winning production Jeeves and Wooster.

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The Night of the Iguana

The Night of the Iguana at the Noel Coward Theatre

Thrown together for one eventful night that pulses with conflicting passions and a surprising edge of humour, a group of tourists including Shannon, a disgraced priest (Clive Owen), and a troubled artist Hannah (Lia Williams) arrive at a remote coastal Mexican hotel run by the beautifully sensual Maxine (Anna Gunn). Tennessee Williams’s last great play THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA comes to the West End starring Clive Owen (Closer, Children of Men), Lia Williams (Kiri, Mary Stuart), Anna Gunn (Deadwood, Breaking Bad) and Julian Glover (Game of Thrones) directed by James Macdonald (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf). One night brings them together, and will leave them forever altered. What path will they choose?

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The Son

The Son at the Duke of York's Theatre

Direct from a sold-out season at Kiln Theatre the five star, hit play, The Son, transfers to the Duke of York’s theatre for ten weeks only from 24 August.

Written by the internationally acclaimed Florian Zeller, lauded by The Guardian as ‘the most exciting playwright of our time’, The Son is directed by the award-winning Michael Longhurst and forms the final part of the critically acclaimed trilogy with The Father and The Mother.

I’m telling you. I don’t understand what’s happening to me.

Nicolas is going through a difficult phase after his parents’ divorce. He’s listless, skipping school, lying and thinks that moving in with his father and his new family may help. A fresh start. When he doesn’t settle there either, he decides that going back to his mother’s may be the answer. When change feels like the only way to survive, what will he do when the options begin to run out?

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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 Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar at the Borderline

The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by author/illustrator Eric Carle has delighted generations of readers since it was first published in 1969 selling more than 43 million copies worldwide. Eric’s well-known books captivated readers with his iconic colourful hand-painted tissue paper collage illustrations and distinctively simple stories, introducing generations of children to a bigger, brighter world – and to their first experience of reading itself.

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The Wolf of Wall Street

The Wolf of Wall Street at the Borderline

Jordan Belfort. Stock-market millionaire at 26. Federal convict at 36. By day, he made thousands of dollars a minute. By night, he spent it as fast as he could. From the Olivier Award winning producers of The Great Gatsby, London’s longest running immersive theatre production, The Wolf of Wall Street is a ground-breaking show charting the remarkable life of the now infamous New York stockbroker. Directed by Alexander Wright (The Great Gatsby, Orpheus & Eurydice) and Designed by Ciaran Bagnall (Othello, RSC), The Wolf of Wall Street places the audience front and centre of this heart-racing story. Experience Jordan’s climb to power and craving for excess as the action unfolds around you in an extraordinary new performance space spread across four floors in Central London. Immerse yourself in the world of Jordan Belfort. Become a Master of the Universe with the brokers who broke Wall Street - or sign up to help the FBI take down some of the most notorious criminal entrepreneurs of our time. Either you are with him or you are against him.

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The Worst Witch

The Worst Witch at the Vaudeville Theatre

Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches is now accepting new students. So make sure you know the Witches’ Code, get yourself a familiar, and let Mildred Hubble show you the ropes! Mildred Hubble is just an ordinary girl who found herself in an extraordinary place: a school for witches. But not everyone is thrilled by Mildred’s unexpected arrival and her less than predictable ways. Can she overcome the objections of stern Miss Hardbroom and the conniving tricks of jealous Ethel Hallow? Now in her final year, accident-prone Mildred and her fellow pupils are about to embark on their most important mission yet, when an old enemy returns with a plan for revenge that threatens not just the Academy, but the whole world… Featuring all of Jill Murphy’s beloved characters, this action-packed new stage adaptation by Emma Reeves (Hetty Feather) is directed by Theresa Heskins (2017 UK Theatre Award for Best Show for Children and Young People) and includes original songs, music, magic and a dose of Mildred’s unique brand of utter pandemonium!

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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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Touching The Void

Touching The Void at the Duke of York's Theatre

Touching The Void will transfer to Duke of York’s Theatre playing Saturday 9 November 2019 – Saturday 29 February 2020 following its critically acclaimed World Premiere in 2018 and a run at Bristol Old Vic in March 2019. Directed by the award-winning Tom Morris (War Horse) and based on Joe Simpson's best-selling memoir, turned BAFTA-winning film, this extraordinary story charts Joe Simpson’s and Simon Yates’ struggle for survival on the perilous Siula Grande mountain in the Peruvian Andes.

Life-affirming and often darkly funny, David Greig’s thrilling adaptation of Touching The Void takes the audience on an epic adventure that asks how far you’d be willing to go to survive.

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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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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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ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company - Some Like It Hip Hop

ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company - Some Like It Hip Hop at the Peacock Theatre

ZooNation’s smash-hit sensation Some Like It Hip Hop thrilled audiences and critics when it opened in 2011, prompting five-star reviews and standing ovations with its infectious “wit, heart and magnificent energy” (The Independent).

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