The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Noël Coward Theatre
The Michael Grandage Company returns to the West End with this revival of Martin McDonagh’s scabrous and bloody comedy about a dead cat and a merciless Republican paramilitary called ‘Mad’ Padraic. Poldark’s Aidan Turner plays the mad man in question – fans of the TV show who flock to see their hero in the flesh might be in for a shock. From June 23, 2018.
John, National Theatre
American playwright Annie Baker’s The Flick was one of the best productions seen at the National in recent years, and so it will be very interesting to see if this staging of her 2015 drama about a New York couple’s stay in a bizarre guest house matches up to it. January 17 – March 3 2018.
Othello, The Globe
Mark Rylance returns to The Globe to star as Iago alongside André Holland in the title role. The undoubted highlight of Michelle Terry’s first season as artistic director, tickets go on general sale on January 29. July 20 – October 13
Macbeth, Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Christopher Eccleston and Niamh Cusack head to Stratford to star in the RSC’s latest version of ‘the Scottish play’. March 13 – September 18 2018.
Mood Music, Old Vic
Fresh from his success writing Netflix’s superb Mindhunter, British playwright Joe Penhall returns to the theatre with a psychodrama set in a recording studio. April 21 – June 30 2018
Happy Days, Royal Exchange Theatre
Maxine Peake will be (literally) up to her neck in it as she plays Winnie, the buried heroine of Beckett’s classic play. Sarah Frankcom directs this revival at Manchester’s Royal Exchange. May 25 – June 23 2018.
Beginning, Ambassadors Theatre
David Eldridge’s two-hander about a man and woman making a connection in the aftermath of a house party wowed critics and audiences when it opened at the National recently. It’s now heading to the West End for a limited run. January 15 – March 24 2018,
Fleabag, various venues
Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s one-woman show about an over-sexed, drink-fuelled and emotionally incontinent young woman was a big hit back in 2013, going on to even greater success thanks to a very funny TV version. Next year, the play is being revived for a UK tour with Maddie Rice taking on performing duties. The show will stop at venues in Warwick, Hove, Newcastle and more. April 26 – June 9, 2018.
Gut, Traverse Theatre
The Traverse is one of the best places in Scotland to catch new writing, and this new play by Frances Poet, which is described as ‘a psychological thriller that explores who we can trust with our children’, looks like being one to catch. April 20 – May 12
Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Wyndham’s Theatre
After a sell out run in the Bristol Old Vic’s 250th anniversary season, Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville head to the West End to reprise their leading roles in Richard Eyre’s production of Eugene O’Neill’s misery-ridden masterpiece. January 27 – April 7
A Very Very Very Dark Matter, Bridge Theatre
More Martin McDonagh, this time a new play about a dark secret at the heart of Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tales. Jim Broadbent is set to star as Anderson, reuniting with McDonagh after appeared in his play, The Pillowman, at the National Theatre back in 2003. October 10 – December 29
Brighton Rock, various venues
Graham Greene’s novel has been adapted for the stage by Bryony Lavery and the production will enjoy an extended run at York Theatre Royal from February 16 to March 3, before heading out on an extensive tour that will take in Cheltenham, Hull, Birmingham and a number of other places besides. From February 16 – May 26