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.
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.