From classical Christmas tales to modern scripts, there is something for everyone this winter season. With award winning production teams and star studded casts in place, tickets for the following will get snapped up fast
Words Camilla Clarkson
The National Theatre has got some cracking productions lined up this winter season. First up on the list, is Network. The play is based on Paddy Chayefsky’s hit film that scooped up four academy awards in 1976 and portrays a dystopian media landscape, where opinion trumps fact. Add Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) and Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey) to the stage rendition and we’re in for a gripping ride. Tickets are selling fast.
From 4th November 2017
Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle
Theatre royalty comes together for the West End premiere of award winning playwright Simon Stephens’ drama, Heisenberg. It’s the inaugural show from new theatre company Elliott & Harper; director Marianne Elliott (War Horse, Angels in America) and producer Chris Harper (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time). The play received great critical acclaim when it made its debut in New York and now, with Kenneth Cranham and Anne-Marie Duff set to star in the main roles this play – in which human connection is explored against all odds – is not to be missed.
From 3rd October
Dance fans will know that it’s not Christmas without a stunning production from Matthew Bourne. Whether you’re a dance fan or not the master story-teller and choreographer is back at Sadler’s Wells with the most famous of love stories, Cinderella, that shouldn’t be missed. Set in London during the Second World War it is one of Bourne’s most beloved productions and this year it forms part of the company’s 30th celebrations. Following the sell out success of The Red Shoe’s last year it’s worth booking tickets now.
From 9th December
What could be better than a production of the classic fairytale Pinocchio, complete with music and songs from Walt Disney’s film? It has to be a new, magical performance conjured up by John Tiffany, the director behind Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Matilda the Musical. It’s guaranteed to be a spectacular production; one for the whole family to enjoy over the winter months.
From 1st December
A Christmas Carol
One of Charles Dickens’ most famous literary characters, Ebenezer Scrooge, played by Rhys Ifans, is brought to life in this original adaptation by Jack Thorne, writer behind Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Transported to worlds past, present and future, audiences are reminded of what a lifetime of fear and selfishness can lead to. An uplifting tale in the build up to Christmas.
From 18th November