Terry Johnson's revival of Stephen Jeffreys' play The Libertine opens at the Haymarket Theatre on Tuesday 27 September 2016, following previews from Thursday 22 September. Set in the 1670s, this play tells the true story of the hedonistic John Wilmot, the second Earl of Rochester, who is forced to reconsider everything he thinks and feels when a chance encounter with an actress at the Playhouse sends him reeling. The Libertine stars Dominic Cooper in the title and will play for a strictly limited season up to Saturday 3 December 2016.
Jamie Lloyd's revival of Christopher Marlowe's play Doctor Faustus starring Kit Harington opens at the Duke of York's Theatre on Monday 25 April 2016, following public previews from Wednesday 9 April. Faustus makes a pact with the Devil, selling his soul in return for the ability to perform absolutely anything he pleases with the power of black magic. This fatal decision catapults him into an intoxicating world of celebrity, as he becomes a world-renowned conjuror, international heartthrob and friend of the rich, famous and powerful. But what is the cost of his insatiable thirst for wealth and fame? This staging has been adapted by Colin Teevan and has been updated with anumber of new scenes that promise to offer a fresh, new perspective on this classic story that highlights our modern celebrity-obsessed society and desire for instant gratification. Kit Harington - best known for playing the role of 'Jon Snow' in the hugely popular television series Game of Thrones - will play the title character in this production which will have a strictly limited run of just eight weeks, up to Saturday 4 June 2016.
It's been confirmed that Gordon Greenberg's acclaimed revival of Frank Loesser's classic musical comedy Guys and Dolls, which closes at the Savoy Theatre on Saturday 12 March 2016, will now continue it's West End run by transferring to the Phoenix Theatre from Saturday 19 March 2016. Sarah Brown, the upright but uptight 'mission doll,' out to reform the evildoers of New York's Time Square; Sky Masterson, the slick, high-rolling gambler who woos her on a bet... and ends up falling in love; Adelaide, the chronically ill nightclub performer whose condition is brought on by the fact she's been engaged to the same man for 14 years; Nathan Detroit, her devoted fiance, desperate as always to find a spot for his infamous floating crap game. Originally seen at the Chichester Festival Theatre last year, this production had transferred to London's Savoy Theatre in December 2015 for an initially limited three month season before the musical Funny Girl opens at the Savoy Theatre. Guys and Dolls is currently booking at the Phoenix Theatre up to Saturday 30 October 2016.
It has been announced that David Essex will lead the live stage cast in Jeff Wayne's The War of the Worlds when it opens at the Dominion Theatre on Wednesday 17 February 2016, following previews from Monday 8 February. Following eight years of acclaimed arena tours, this musical production has been reimagined and is brought to spectacular theatrical life for its world stage premiere at the Dominion Theatre. David Essex leads a cast that includes Jimmy Nail, Daniel Bedingfield, Heidi Range, Michael Praed and Madalena Alberto. In addition Liam Neeson appears on screen only as a 3D holograph. The War of the Worlds plays for a limited season at the Dominion Theatre up to Saturday 30 April 2016.
Lanie Robertson's play with songs Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill opens at the Wyndham's Theatre on Tuesday 5 July 2016, following public previews from Saturday 25 June 2016. Audra McDonald reprises her Tony Award-winning performance as the legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday in Lonny Price's acclaimed staging which played for an extended six month season in New York during 2014. Set in a small bar in Philadelphia late one night in 1959, where, a few months before her death, Billie Holiday is performing a concert, this play sees Audra McDonald sing a number of songs made famous by Holiday including 'God Bless the Child'. Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill will play a strictly limited two month season up to Saturday 3 September 2016.
It has been announced that the world stage premiere production of the new British stage musical Bend It Like Beckham, which opened at the Phoenix Theatre on 24 June 2015, will close on Saturday 5 March 2016 after a run of just over eight months. Based on the popular British film, this stage musical version has been co-adapted and directed for the stage by the film's original co-writer and director, Gurinder Chadha. When the talented teenage girl footballer Jess is spotted playing football in Southall, a world of opportunities opens up before her. But as the day of her sister's traditional Indian wedding approaches, Jess needs to pick sides. When the show opened Dominic Maxwell in the Times highlighted how Gurinder Chadha " converts the 2002 film that made her name into a winning stage musical," while Henry Hitchings in the London Evening Standard said that "you don't need to have seen the movie, or even be keen on football, to appreciate its warmth and freshness." Bend It Like Beckham continues to play up to Saturday 5 March 2016.
Following an acclaimed and extended season last year at the Arts Theatre, Michael Longhurst's production of Joshua Harmon's new play Bad Jews returns to London for a limited season, opening at the Haymarket Theatre on Monday 8 February 2016 for a six week seasson. A beloved grandfather has died and a treasured family heirloom with religious significance is up for grabs. But which of the three grandchildren are most deserving of it? A cramped Manhattan apartment becomes the setting for a viciously hilarious quarrel about family, faith and legacy. When this production was originally seen last year Fiona Mountford in the London Evening Standard highlighted that "Joshua Harmon, aided by a nimblefooted production from director Michael Longhurst, offers a witty, splendidly written 100-minute attack on long-simmering family tensions" while Dominic Maxwell in the Times described it as being a "sure-footed mix of big laughs and knotty themes." Bad Jews will play up to Saturday 19 March 2016.
Following an acclaimed run last year at the Wyndham's Theatre, it has now been confirmed that James Macdonald's production of Florian Zeller new black comedy The Father will return to the West End, running for a strictly limited five week season at the Duke of York's Theatre from Wednesday 24 February 2016 with Kenneth Cranham reprising his role as 'Andre' - Now 80 years old, Andre was once a tap dancer. He lives with his daughter Anne and her husband Antoine. Or was he an engineer whose daughter Anne lives in London with her new lover, Pierre? The thing is, he is still wearing his pyjamas, and he canít find his watch. He is starting to wonder if he's losing control. When this production was seen in May 2015 Holly Williams in the Independent highlighted that "Kenneth Cranham gives a terrific performance as Andre, an old man suffering Alzheimer's whoís alternately gruffly difficult, cheerily charming, and pitiably confused," and Henry Hitchings in the London Evening Standard praised "Florian Zellerís stunning play" as being "quietly devastating." The Father will play a strictly limited season up to Saturday 26 March 2016.