Theatre News

Opening: Oh! What a Lovely War, Secret Theatre: Show 4, 1984, and Tracy Letts' Superior Donuts

London openings this week include the 50th anniversary production of Joan Littlewood’s production at Theatre Royal, Stratford East

Opening Monday

A Midsummer Night's Dream

10 February 2014

(Previews from 6 February 2014)

Bristol Old Vic's Artistic Director Tom Morris and Handspring Puppet Company reunite to realise one of Shakespeare’s most popular and fantastical plays, at the Barbican Centre until 15 February 2014.

Black Coffee

10 February 2014

Robert Powell plays Hercule Poirot in the first play ever written by Agatha Christie. It plays at the Richmond Theatre until 15 February 2014 before continuing on tour and ending at the Belgrade Theatre in May.

Opening Tuesday

Oh! What a Lovely War

11 February 2014

(Previews from 1 February 2014)

The revival of this 1963 musical satire starring Caroline Quentin, marks not one, but three anniversaries; the 100th anniversary of the Great War, the 50th anniversary of the original production and what would have been the 100th birthday of director Joan Littlewood. Playing at the Theatre Royal, Stratford East until 15 March 2014.

Opening Wednesday

Secret Theatre Show 4

12 February 2014

(Previews from 8 February 2014)

Just as the other three shows in the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith's Secret Theatre season, there is little known of this "hush hush" production which leaves the audience expecting the unexpected and runs until 8 March 2014.

Donkeys' Years

12 February 2014

(Previews from 6 February 2014)

Starring Jemma Redgrave. Twenty-five years after graduation, six former students return to their university college for a reunion dinner. While their lives may have had varying degrees of success, all are connected by a common past. Locked in college for the night, the graduates begin to relive their youth, with all its chaotic friendships and feuds. At Rose Theatre Kingston until 22 February 2014.

Opening Thursday


13 February 2014

(Previews from 8 February 2014)

A new adaption of George Orwell's book illustrating war, a widespread government, and public mind control plays at the Almeida Theatre until 29 March 2014.

Sizwe Banzi is Dead

13 February 2014

(Previews from 6 February 2014)

One of the classic plays of the 20th century, this story of apartheid-era South Africa migrant worker Sizwe Banzi comes to the The Young Vic for a sold-out run until 15 March 2014.

Opening Friday

Superior Donuts

14 February 2014

(Previews from 11 February 2014)

Tracy Letts' original play about Arthur Przybyszewski's family donut shop which struggles to compete with the more modern businesses in town, plays at the Southwark Playhouse until 8 March 2014.