Bryan Cranston in Network

    Plays to book ahead for

    15 August 2017

    Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Wyndham’s Theatre

    Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville in Long Day’s Journey into Night (Hugo Glendinning)

    The Bristol Old Vic production of Eugene O’Neill’s seminal family drama of regret and recrimination gets a 10-week West End run, starring Jeremy Irons as the fading theatrical giant, James Tyrone, and Lesley Manville as Mary, his drug-addled wife. From January 27, 2018

    Coriolanus, Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Barbican

    A new version of Coriolanus is on its way

    Sope Dirisu, recently seen in the Donmar Warehouse show One Night in Miami, plays the title role in this latest RSC revival of Shakespeare’s bloody Roman history play – it will be performed in Stratford before heading down to London. September 15 – October 14, 2017 at RST, November 6-14, 2017 at Barbican

    The Ferryman, Gielgud Theatre

    Paddy Considine and Genevieve O’Reilly in The Ferryman (Johan Persson)

    Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem follow up is a raucous rural drama and taut historical thriller rolled into one. An ex-IRA man, now living on a farm with his huge extended family, is forced to make life or death choices when the body of his missing brother is discovered after 10 years. Directed by Sam Mendes and starring Paddy Considine, the production’s West End stint has been extended due to the huge demand for tickets. Until January 6, 2018

    Network, National Theatre

    Bryan Cranston

    This stage adaptation of the 1976 film about a TV news anchorman who has a breakdown live on air stars Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston in his UK stage debut. Ivo van Hove, who helmed the recent hit production of A View from the Bridge, directs. From November 4, 2017

    Rita, Sue and Bob Too, Royal Court and Bolton Octagon

    The cast of Rita, Sue and Bob Too (Helen Murray)

    Andrea Dunbar was only 19 when her hit play about a ménage à trois gone wrong premiered at the Royal Court in 1982. A successful film adaptation followed and now it’s being brought back to the stage with original director Max Stafford-Clark marshalling the action once again. September 6-23, 2017 at the Bolton Octagon and January 9-27, 2018 at the Royal Court

    Misalliance, Orange Tree Theatre

    George Bernard Shaw

    The Orange Tree Theatre is one of the London theatre scene’s little gems and has been on a fantastic run of form in recent years. Bernard Shaw is a perennial favourite of the ‘in the round’ venue, and this upcoming production brings one the great playwright’s early comedies back to theatrical life. From December 7, 2017

    Our House, Royal Exchange Manchester

    The Our Town cast

    Thornton Wilder’s meta-theatrical classic about the lives and loves of the inhabitants of a small American town won a Pulitzer Prize in 1938. The Royal Exchange’s artistic director Sarah Frankcom directs this welcome revival. From September 14, 2017