Highlights of the London theater season

A look at the upcoming crowded period

Aug. 1: “The Enchantment,” Cottesloe at the National. Brit premiere for a little-known Scandinavian play by Victoria Benedictsson, the inspiration for Miss Julie. Paul Miller directs.

Aug. 3: “Holding Fire!,” Globe. New play by Jack Shepherd set in 1837 Victorian England. Mark Rosenblatt directs.

Aug. 7: “Buddy,” Duchess. The Buddy Holly musical returns.

Aug. 8: “Grease,” Piccadilly. David Ian gets out David Gilmore’s production again.

Aug. 28: “The Emperor Jones,” Olivier at the National. Thea Sharrock remounts her acclaimed, tiny Gate theater production in the giant Olivier.

Sept. 4: “All About My Mother,” Old Vic. Samuel Adamson adapts Almodovar’s movie to open Kevin Spacey’s fourth season.

Sept. 6: “Awake and Sing!,” Almeida. Michael Attenborough directs Stockard Channing in Odets’ classic.

Sept. 6: “We the People,” Globe. World premiere of Eric Schlosser’s play, about the Philadelphia Convention of 1787. Charlotte Westenra directs,

Sept. 7: “The Bacchae,” Lyric Hammersmith. Alan Cumming as Dionysus in the National Theater of Scotland production of Euripides’ tragedy, directed by John Tiffany.

Sept. 10: “Nicholas Nickleby,” Chichester Festival Theater. Revival of the David Edgar’s adaptation of Dickens.

Sept. 11: “A Disappearing Number,” Barbican. New show from Complicite, conceived and directed by Simon McBurney.

Sept. 12: “Bad Girls,” Garrick. Transfer from regional theater of prison-set musical from a British TV show. Maggie Norris helms again.

Sept. 13: “The Member of the Wedding,” Young Vic. Matthew Dunster directs a rare revival of Carson McCullers’ tale.

Sept. 24: “Parade,” Donmar. Rob Ashford directs a scaled-down version of the Jason Robert Brown/Alfred Uhry musical.

Sept. 27: “Rhinoceros,” Royal Court Downstairs. Dominic Cooke directs Ionesco’s classic about apathy. Two-play season with “The Arsonists,” opening in November.

Sept. 28: “Rough Crossings,” Lyric Hammersmith. Rupert Goold helms Caryl Phillips’ adaptation of historian Simon Schama’s story about a plantation slave and the British Naval Office at the end of the War of Independence.

Oct. 3: “Dealer’s Choice,” Menier Chocolate Factory. Samuel West directs revival of Patrick Marber’s play, a story of poker and fathers and sons.

Oct. 9: “The Country Wife,” Theater Royal Haymarket. Wycherley’s Restoration comedy opens the new Theater Royal Haymarket Company helmed in year one by Jonathan Kent.

Oct. 10: “Glengarry Glen Ross,” Apollo. James Macdonald directs Jonathan Pryce and Aiden Gillen in Mamet’s great play.

Oct. 13: “The Brothers Size,” Young Vic. U.K. preem for Tarell Alvin McCraney’s breakthrough. Bijan Sheibani directs.

Oct. 17: “War Horse,” Olivier at the National. Their big Christmas show:

Oct. 18: “Water,” Lyric Hammersmith. Filter join forces with Lyric a.d. David Farr using video and live perf to tell twin personal stories to dramatize ideas arising from climate change.

Oct. 30: “Hairspray,” Shaftesbury. London finally gets the Turnblad family. Michael Ball drags up for Edna.

Oct. 31: “Cloud Nine,” Almeida. Thea Sharrock directs a revival of Caryl Churchill’s comedy.

Nov. 6: “The Arsonists,” Royal Court Downstairs. Ramin Gray directs Alistair Beaton’s new version of Max Frisch’s unnerving European classic about guests who burn down their hosts’ home.

Nov. 8: “Casanova,” Lyric Hammersmith. Told By An Idiot company and poet Carol Ann Duffy reimagine the great seducer, now played by brilliant Hayley Carmichael.

Nov. 15: “Desperately Seeking Susan,” Gielgud. Susan Seidelman’s movie meets Blondie’s greatest hits. Angus Jackson directs.

Nov. 27: “King Lear,” New London. West End berth at the end of RSC’s world tour of Trevor Nunn’s production, with Ian McKellen in magnificent form.

Nov. 28: “The Seagull,” New London. Frances Barber stars in production twinned with “King Lear.”

Nov. 29: “A Christmas Carol” and “The Magic Flute,” Young Vic. Twin productions by South African music theater company taking on Charles Dickens and Mozart’s pantomime. Mark Dornford May directs.

Dec. 4: “Othello,” Donmar. Michael Grandage directs Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ewan McGregor and Kelly Reilly in the great jealousy play.

Dec. 5: Untitled Anthony Neilson play, Soho. New RSC play, written and directed by Neilson. Improvised/workshopped with the company.

Dec 7: “Beauty and the Beast,” Lyric Hammersmith. Told By An Idiot team again with the Lyric. The inventive Paul Hunter directs the classic fairy tale.

Dec. 9: “Cinderella,” Old Vic. Stephen Fry pens a panto.

Dec. 12: “Tintin,” the Playhouse. Rufus Norris’ 2005 hit comes in from tour. David Grieg’s sparky adaptation of “Tintin in Tibet.”

Dec. 19: “Marianne Dreams,” Almeida. Will Tuckett helms the Almeida’s first family show, Moira Buffini’s adaptation of Catherine Storr’s novel.

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