How to see the best theatre this Spring (even when the tickets are sold out)

All About Eve in rehearsal with Gillian Anderson. Photography by Jan Versweyveld

There is much to see this year, with many celebrities treading the boards.  Here are our top picks on what to see and how to get tickets when productions have already sold out.

When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other, National Theatre (16 January – 2 March 2019)

With Cate Blanchett and Stephen Dillane, directed by Katie Mitchell, based on the novel Pamela in a new play by Martin Crimp.  The production has sold out but on the day of each performance, a limited number of cheap day tickets are available in person from the Ground Floor Box Office when the National Theatre building opens at 9.30am.

My Name is Lucy Barton, Bridge Theatre (23 January – 16 February 2019)

Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout’s best-selling short novel has been turned into a haunting dramatic monologue which will be delivered by Laura Linney. Directed by Richard Eyre with lighting by Bob Crowley.  Very few tickets left but do note that as the website is frustrating to use – it’s difficult to see what’s available – it’s best to call the booking office directly.

Betrayal, Harold Pinter Theatre (From 5 March – 1 June 2019)

Featuring Tom Hiddleston in what many consider Pinter’s greatest play and directed by Jamie Lloyd (former Associate Director of the Donmar Warehouse), tickets are selling out quickly.

All About Eve at Noel Coward Theatre (from 2 February – 11 May 2019)

Ivo van Hove’s stage production of the 1950 Twentieth Century Fox film stars Gillian Anderson and Lily James, with music by PJ Harvey.  Previews from 2 February but best availability for seats is late March onwards.

Grief is the thing with Feathers, Barbican (25 March – 13 April 2019)

Adapted from Max Porter’s Award winning novel by Enda Walsh, Cillian Murphy stars as the Crow, a sentimental bird drawn to a grieving family.  Tickets sold out quickly for this short run but we suggest contacting the Barbican for daily returns.

All My Sons, Old Vic (15 April – 8 June 2019)

Sally Field, Jenna Coleman and Bill Pullman star in this production about the souring of the American Dream in the 1940s.  Tickets during preview time start at a bargain £8.50.

Death of a Salesman, Young Vic (1 May – 29 June 2019)

Arthur Miller’s classic play is directed by Marianne Elliott and Miranda Cromwell, with Wendell Pierce (from The Wire) as Willy Loman.

The End of History, Royal Court Theatre (27 June – 10 August 2019)

This play about a family reunion for dinner is written by Jack Thorne and directed by John Tiffany.  Their previous collaborations include Let the Right One In, Hope and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.  Say no more!

And looking further ahead to autumn:

Mary Poppins, Prince Edward Theatre 

First the new film comes along and now the musical returns to London this autumn fourteen years after it original opened.  With Richard Eyre directing alongside choreographer Matthew Bourne, set and costume designs by Bob Crowley and even an accompanying book written by Julian Fellowes, expectations are high.  Sign up here for early access to tickets and more information about start dates.

Dear Evan Hansen, Noel Coward Theatre 

Winner of six Tony Awards in 2017 and a Grammy Award in 2018, this musical about a nobody who becomes a somebody after a tragic event, is being keenly awaited.  Start date has not been confirmed but if you want to get early access to tickets before the general public, then sign up here.


How to see the best theatre this spring, even when the tickets are sold out
— Francesca
16th January 2019

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