Once a play opens and the glowing reviews come rolling in, there’s always a mad dash to grab a ticket to catch it. For those that book ahead, however, there’s no need to join the sharp-elbowed throng, plus there’s that warm glow of smugness to enjoy at knowing you were ahead of the curve. So, without further ado, here are six productions that opening in the coming months, but can be booked right now…
Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, October 3 – November 4
A production that sees playwright Simon Stephens, who has written a new version of Chekhov’s magnificent play, reunited with actor Lesley Sharpe, who previously starred in Stephens’ Harper Reagan at the National in 2008.
Gielgud Theatre, June 20 – October 7
It’s current Royal Court run sold out as soon as it went on sale, but Jez Butterworth’s first large-scale post-Jerusalem play is transferring to the West End. Tickets are currently available, but, thanks to the five-star reviews for this story of frustrated love and hidden violence in rural Ireland, that might not be the case for too long, so don’t delay in booking up your seats
Girl from the North Country
Old Vic, July 10 – October 7
Conor McPherson, writer of The Weir, has set his latest play in the US amid the Great Depression. The headline news is that Bob Dylan has allowed a selection of his songs to soundtrack the production.
Swan Theatre, June 2 – September 6
The RSC is staging it’s first ever Oscar Wilde production in Stratford-Upon-Avon – and they’ve picked Wilde’s one act tragedy inspired by the biblical story to get them started. The blurb promises the production will ‘revel in the beauty of this poetic masterpiece’.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Apollo Theatre, July 13 – October 7
This latest revival of Tennessee’s Williams’ classic play sees the Young Vic venture into the West End. Hopes are clearly high that the star power of Sienna Miller and Jack O’Connell will pull in the punters.
Chichester Festival Theatre, November 3 – December 2
Playwright James Graham has enjoyed great success with House of Commons-set play, This House. Now he’s moving from politics to popular entertainment with a drama that focuses, intriguingly, on Charles Ingram, ‘the coughing Major’, who infamously cheated on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?