World class performance
The Lehman Trilogy, National Theatre 4 July – 22 September
Sam Mendes directs the epic story of Lehman Brothers from its beginning in 1844 to its end 63 years later. Stefano Massini’s play, adapted for the National by Ben Power has been stage across Europe. This five-hour saga comes to the Lyttelton Theatre, played out in 3 parts over one evening, charting the extraordinary story of three Jewish brothers who “became the kings of Wall Street” (The Guardian).
Anthony and Cleopatra South Bank 18 September 2018 to 19 January 2019
Ralph Fiennes recommences his one-man journey through the most herculanean roles in theatre as he follows recent forays into Shaw, Ibsen and, indeed, Shakespeare to take on the role of doomed Roman general Antony in Shakespeare’s great historial tragedy. He'll star opposite the always brilliant Sophie Okonedo as his fickle queen.
Twisted Carnivale 26 to 27 October
The Carnivale crew know how to throw a party and this 12-hour Halloween bash looks like one of their best. Expect DJ battles, acrobats, fire breathers, bearded leadies, circus acts and even a wheel of death, all taking place across three rooms with pimped-up sound systems. It all sounds frighteningly entertaining.
War Horse Lyttleton Theatre 8 November 2018 to 5 January 2019
Eleven years after its NT debut, and having played in eleven countries to over seven million people, War Horse returns to the National Theatre to mark the centenary of Armistice Day.
At the outbreak of World War One, Albert’s beloved horse, Joey, is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France. Though not yet old enough to enlist, Albert joins the army, and embarks on a treacherous mission to find his horse and bring him home. Based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, this powerfully moving and imaginative drama is a show of phenomenal inventiveness. At its heart are astonishing life-sized horses, created by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company.
A Christmas Carol The Old Vic 1 December 2018 to 19 January 2019
Esteemed writer Jack Thorne's joyous, atmospheric adaptation of the timeless Charles Dickens classic returns to The Old Vic folowing a successful run last Christmas. This new adaptation comes from the Olivier Award-winning playwright of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Jack Thorne, who returns to the theatre following Woyzeck, alongside Old Vic artistic director Matthew Warchus at the helm.
Wintertime at Southbank Centre
See Southbank Centre transformed into a Nordic-inspired wonderland for Wintertime, the art centre's annual winter festival along the Thames. Enjoy a packed programme of free and ticketed events, including a Christmas market, festive shows and family entertainment. Over the Christmas and New Year's Eve season, the riverside area glows with glittering lights, festive decorations and a huge Christmas tree.