Tom Wells, James Grieve, Grace Hogg-Robinson, Andrew Reed and Faye Christall
Tom Wells, James Grieve, Grace Hogg-Robinson, Andrew Reed and Faye Christall

5) Broken Biscuits

11 to 22 October, Live Theatre, Newcastle


Young playwright Tom Wells reunites with Paines Plough following the critically acclaimed Jumpers for Goalposts.

Live Theatre hosts the world premiere of Wells' coming-of-age comedy, which then tours to Plymouth, Hull, Scarborough, Sheffield, Bristol and Birmingham.


Anne-Marie Duff
Anne-Marie Duff

4) Oil

14 October to 26 November, Almeida Theatre


Carrie Cracknell directs Ella Hickson's new play about the world's relationship with oil, and what you do when you know it's going to run out.

Anne-Marie Duff (Husbands And Sons) leads a cast that also includes Yolanda Kettle (The Deep Blue Sea) and Nabil Elouahabi (Fireworks).


Gbolahan Obisesan and Ronke Adékoluejo in rehearsal for The Mountaintop
Gbolahan Obisesan and Ronke Adékoluejo in rehearsal for The Mountaintop
© Leon Puplett

3) The Mountaintop

12 October to 29 October, Young Vic


The Mountaintop won the Olivier Award for Best New Play in 2010 and is a fictional account of Martin Luther King Jr's life, which looks at the more personal side to the legend.

Directed by Roy Alexander Weise, who won the James Menzies-Kitchin Award to mount the production, it stars Gbolahan Obisesan (Cuttin' It) as King alongside Ronkẹ Adékoluẹjo (The Oresteia).


David Moorst, Sophie Wu, Sam Spruell, Alex Arnold and Ashley McGuire
David Moorst, Sophie Wu, Sam Spruell, Alex Arnold and Ashley McGuire

2) Shopping and F**king

2 October to 4 November, Lyric Hammersmith


Mark Ravenhill's controversial play about consumerism and addiction is revived 20 years after its original production.

Sean Holmes directs a cast including Sam Spruell (Clybourne Park) and Evening Standard Award-winner David Moorst.


Reece Shearsmith and Ken Stott in The Dresser
Reece Shearsmith and Ken Stott in The Dresser
© Hugo Glendinning

1) The Dresser

12 October to 14 January 2017, Duke of York's Theatre


Ken Stott and Reece Shearsmith star in Ronald Harwood's 1980 play about the struggle to keep a regional theatre production on the road during wartime.

It is the first production for Jonathan Church's new company since his departure from Chichester Festival Theatre.