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Theatre Listings for Winter 2016

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NATIONAL THEATRE
SOUTHBANK
SE1 9PX
020 7452 3000

Hedda Gabler
5 December to 21 March 2017
by Henrik Ibsen, in a new version by Patrick Marber
Just married. Bored already. Hedda longs to be free…
Ivo van Hove (A View from the Bridge) – one of the world’s most exciting directors – makes his National Theatre debut with a modern production of Ibsen’s masterpiece. This vital new version by Patrick Marber features Ruth Wilson in the title role and Rafe Spall as Brack.

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LOVE
6 December to 10 January 2017
by Alexander Zeldin
In the run up to Christmas, three families are placed into cramped temporary accommodation. A middle-aged man and his elderly mum, a young family with a baby on the way, a newly arrived woman from Sudan. Strangers. Forced together. No space is personal.

Peter Pan
To 4 February 2017
by J.M. Barrie
All children, except one, grow up…
This winter, JM Barrie’s much-loved tale takes flight. When Peter Pan, leader of the Lost Boys, loses his shadow during a visit to London, headstrong Wendy helps him re-attach it. In return she is invited to Neverland – where Tinker Bell the fairy, Tiger Lily and the vengeful Captain Hook, await. A co-production with Bristol Old Vic.

Amadeus
To 18 March 2017
by Peter Shaffer
Vienna: the music capital of the world. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, arrives determined to make a splash. Awestruck by his genius, Court Composer Antonio Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy it. Seized by obsessive jealousy he begins a war with Mozart, with music and, ultimately, with God.
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SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE
56 PARK STREET
SE1 9AR
020 7261 9565

The Little Matchgirl and Other Happier Tales
To 22 January 2017
From the story by Hans Christian Andersen and Other Storytellers
Inspired by the beautiful and devastatingly sad Hans Christian Andersen ‘wonder’ tale, The Little Matchgirl, and combining Andersen’s other tales, The Princess and the Pea, The Emperor’s New Clothes and Thumbelina, The Little Matchgirl and Other Happier Tales will reveal a spellbinding world of magic and mystery.

All the Angels
6 December 2016 to 12 February 2017
By Nick Drake
In a Chester pub, a ragtag group of singers is the unlikely first company to perform Handel’s Messiah to a crowd of unappreciative drinkers. So begins the journey of the world’s most popular choral work – a journey full of seemingly insurmountable challenges facing the composer at every turn.

The White Devil
26 January to 16 April 2017
By John Webster
In the shadows of the court and the darkness of the human heart, greed and lust corrupt and breed murderous atrocity. Consumed by a violent passion for that which is forbidden to him, the Duke of Brachiano murders his wife in order to possess another woman, triggering a cycle of violence.

Othello
23 February to 16 April 2017
Othello is incredibly talented and successful, but is subjected to racism, jealousy and suspicion. Only his love, Desdemona, treats him with respect and kindness. His best friend, Iago, watches Othello’s life flourish with unbearable jealousy and plots to undermine his love for Desdemona.

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THE OLD VIC
103 THE CUT
SE1 8NB
020 7928 2651

ART
To 18 February 2017
A global phenomenon celebrating its twentieth anniversary, Art returns to London for a limited run. Director Matthew Warchus reunites the original creative team to revive this award-winning play about friendship, prejudice and tolerance.

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead
25 February to Saturday 29 Apr 2017
Half a century after its premiere on The Old Vic stage, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead, the play that made a young Tom Stoppard’s name overnight, returns to The Old Vic in its 50th anniversary celebratory production. Against the backdrop of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, this mind-bending situation comedy sees two hapless minor characters, Rosencrantz (Daniel Radcliffe) and Guildenstern (Joshua McGuire), take centre stage.
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THE YOUNG VIC
66 THE CUT
SE1 8LZ
020 7922 2922

Once in a Lifetime
To 14 January 2017
By Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman
Harry Enfield makes his stage debut in this classic Broadway comedy, directed by the remarkable Richard Jones. Hollywood, 1930. The first-ever talking motion picture is a smash hit and suddenly every actor needs a voice. Three New Yorkers head west to cash in on the talkies trend by opening an elocution school. But in a city heaving with clueless ingénues, all-powerful studio moguls and neurotic screenwriters, success is trickier than it
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Living With the Lights On
7 to 23 December
Mark Lockyer shares his gripping true story of an actor living life on the edge, from his on-stage meltdown as Mercutio at the RSC to his fiery relationships and ultimate recovery.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
16 February to 1 April 2017
Dark fantasies and nightmarish visions unfold in this bold take on Shakespeare’s unparalleled tale of love, betrayal and desire. Director Joe Hill-Gibbins teams up with designer Johannes Schütz to dive into the subconscious of Shakespeare’s masterpiece and create a new production that heaves with the energy of a wild house party.

See Me Now
11 February to 4 March 2017
A daring new show created and performed by sex workers.
Instructions for Safety in the Sex Workplace
1. Don’t give out your real name
2. Always carry protection
3. Get the money first
London sex workers share their painful, touching and often hilarious stories.

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MENIER CHOCOLATE FACTORY
53 SOUTHWARK STREET
SE1 1RU
020 7378 1713

She Loves Me
25 November 2016 to 4 March 2017
Meet Amalia and Georg, who work as clerks in Maraczek’s Parfumerie — and aren’t exactly the best of friends. They both rapturously write to romantic pen pals. Despite the anonymity of their secret admirers, they live for the love letters that they exchange and the day they will finally meet. The musical version – written by the authors of Fiddler on the Roof – has delighted audiences since its 1963 Broadway premier and features a sparkling score that includes the now-classic songs Ice Cream and A Trip to the Library.
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UNICORN THEATRE
147 TOOLEY STREET
SE1 2HZ
020 7645 0560

Baddies: The Musical is Back!
To 31 December 2017
The Big Bad Wolf’s in trouble – he’s been ripped out of his story and thrown in jail for being too good at being bad. Along with fellow offenders Rumpelstiltskin, The Ugly Sisters and Captain Hook, the Big Bad Wolf is determined to find out who’s decided to change the fairytale rulebook and why.

After a hugely successful sell-out run last Christmas, the baddest musical is back in town.

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