1. Tina: The Tina Turner Musical
Olivier Award winner and acclaimed playwright Katori Hall brings us Tina: The Tina Turner Musical on the life of one of the most successful artists of all time, Tina Turner. Katori Hall is also in the process of turning her play, The Hurt Village, which in 2011 won the 33rd Annual Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, into a feature film. Tina: The Tina Turner musical features music from Tina Turner’s popular and Grammy award winning catalogue. It is directed by Phyllida Lloyd, her previous work includes the theatre direction of Mamma Mia! and The Iron Lady.
Dates: 21 Mar 2018 — 16 Jun 2018
Venue: Aldwych Theatre
2. The B*easts
BAFTA award-winning actress Monica Dolan flexes her writing muscles with her debut play B*easts showing at Bush Theatre following its first run at Edinburgh Fringe festival where it won a Stage Edinburgh Award 2017. The play is a dark tale that explores a world that obsesses over and sexualises children, it focusing on a mother protecting her child in such climate.
Dates: 12th February 2018 – 3rd March 2018
Venue: Bush Theatre
3. Leave Taking
Winsome Pinnock is an impeccable playwright, she was the first black British woman to have a play produced at the National Theatre. This play centres around a single mother from the Caribbean who moves to England with her two daughters with a need to feel rooted in, family secrets and tragedy soon emerges in this soul wrenching play.
Dates: 24th May 2018 to 30th June 2018
Venue: Bush Theatre
4. Home, I’m Darling
With its first June date already sold out, this is no doubt going to be a much talked out play from Critics' Circle Theatre Award winning and Olivier Award nominated playwright, Laura Wade. The play is a dark comedy about sex centred around a woman in the 1950’s. Directed by Tamara Harvey, it is a Theatr Clwyd and National Theatre co-production.
Dates: 25th June 2018 - 14th July 2018
Venue: Theatr Clwyd
5. Collective Rage: A Play in Five Betties
2018 is bound to be a remarkable year for Southwark Playhouse. One of the plays premiering in 2018 is Collective Rage: A Play in Five Betties, written by Jen Silverman. An electrifying play and score influenced by cabaret and female drag, in this play femininity is exploded in fierce glamour. Collective Rage: A Play in Five Betties follows the lives of five very different New York women named Betty. Betty decides to write a play within a play, their lives collide as they fall in love, work, explore loneliness, live rich and realise their different and similar lives while discovering they have been living in the same script too long.
Dates: 24th Jan 2018 – 17th Feb 2018
Venue: Southwark Playhouse