August through December
“Her Naked Skin,” National. Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s new drama about suffragettes is the first play by a female dramatist in the giant Olivier theater. Lesley Manville stars, Howard Davies directs.
“They’re Playing Our Song,” Menier Chocolate Factory. The first London revival of the Neil Simon/ Marvin Hamlisch/Carole Bayer Sager show stars Connie Fisher, who shot to fame in “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?” Her co-star is TV impressionist-turned-musical-lead Alistair McGowan. Fiona Laird directs.
“Piaf,” Donmar. Elena Roger, a sensation in “Evita,” stars in Jamie Lloyd’s revival of Pam Gems’ biodrama-tuner.
“Gigi,” Open Air, Regent’s Park. New a.d. Timothy Sheader directs, Stephen Mear choreographs Lisa O’Hare, Millicent Martin and Topol in Lerner & Loewe.
“Dorian Gray,” Sadler’s Wells. Matthew Bourne’s take on Oscar Wilde’s novel directly after its preem at the Edinburgh Intl. Festival.
“Lipsynch,” Barbican. World preem of the nine-hour epic from Robert Lepage. A certainty for the international festival circuit.
“Rain Man,” Apollo. Josh Hartnett and Adam Godley take on the roles made famous by Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman in yet another screen-to-stage adaptation. David Grindley directs.
“Eurobeat,” Novello. Ten-week season for cult comedy from Australia and U.K. tour based on the so-serious-it’s-silly Eurovision Song Contest. Interactive musical; auds vote for acts.
“War Horse,” National. Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris’ smash-hit awards-magnet returns.
“Now or Later,” Royal Court. In Christopher Shinn’s new play, tension mounts in the Democrats’ camp as controversial pictures of the president-elect’s son surface on the Internet. Dominic Cooke directs.
“365,” Lyric Hammersmith. David Harrower’s (“Blackbird”) National Theater of Scotland study of children in state care comes in from the Edinburgh Intl. Festival. Vicky Featherstone directs.
“Ivanov,” Wyndham’s. Michael Grandage’s Donmar West End season opens with Kenneth Branagh back on the boards in Chekhov’s early comedy newly translated by Tom Stoppard.
“IN-I,” National. Juliette Binoche and hot U.K. dancer-choreographer Akram Khan create, co-direct and perform a dance-theater work.
“Flamenco Flamen’ka,” Apollo. Parisian dance hit comes to London for a two-month season. Craig Revel Horwood helms.
“Creditors,” Donmar. Alan Rickman directs this rare Strindberg in a new version by David Greig.
“Waste,” Almeida. Samuel West directs Harley Granville Barker’s play about a politician whose mistress has an abortion. Written in 1907, banned for 36 years.
“The Norman Conquests,” Old Vic. Helmer Matthew Warchus (“Boeing-Boeing”) sticks with comedy. Alan Ayckbourn’s 1973 masterpiece is composed of three comedies about the same six people having secret affairs. Each one is set in a different part of the house: “Table Manners” in the dining room, “Living Together” in the living room and no prizes for guessing the location of “Round and Round the Garden.” Designer Rob Howell has turned the theater into in-the-round space mirroring Ayckbourn’s own theater, for which they were written.
“No Man’s Land,” Duke of York’s. Rupert Goold directs Michael Gambon and David Bradley in this Pinter revival from Dublin’s Gate theater.
“Mine,” Hampstead. Polly Teale directs her own play about a couple who adopts a child from a troubled mother.
“The White Devil,” Menier Chocolate Factory. Not every show here is a tuner: Webster’s great Jacobean tragedy is directed by Jonathan Munby.
“Oedipus the King,” National. Jonathan Kent directs Ralph Fiennes in Sophocles’ tragedy.
“Othello,” Lyric Hammersmith. Radical physical theater take from the hot Frantic Assembly theater company. Directed and choreographed by Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett.
“Imagine This,” New London. Timothy Sheader directs this U.S. tuner set in the Warsaw ghetto. Music by Shuki Levy, book & lyrics by Glenn Berenbeim and David Goldsmith.
“The Family Reunion,” Donmar. Jeremy Herrin directs T.S. Eliot’s rarely staged verse drama, kicking off the venue’s tribute to the poet.
“The Pride,” Royal Court Upstairs. Thesp-turned-scribe Alexi Kaye Campbell’s intense three-hander examines male and female sexuality. Jamie Lloyd directs.
“In a Dark, Dark House,” Almeida. European preem for Neil LaBute three-hander. Michael Attenborough directs a newly rewritten version.
“Wig Out!,” Royal Court. Hot on the heels of its U.S. preem, Tarell Alvin McCraney’s drag queen drama receives a British production helmed by Dominic Cooke.
“Hamlet,” Novello. One-sixth of the entire U.K. population has been glued to David Tennant’s weekly TV appearance as the title character in the BBC’s “Doctor Who.” But the Scottish actor has an extensive legit career including several lead roles at the RSC. He rejoins the company as the Dane, with Patrick Stewart playing his dodgy dad, in Gregory Doran’s new production.
“Twelfth Night,” Wyndham’s. Michael Grandage directs Derek Jacobi as Malvolio in Shakespeare’s comedy.
“Godiva,” King’s Head. World preem for rediscovered 1950s tuner by Vivian Ellis and Guy Bolton about minstrels and nudity, medieval style.