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10 plays I'm really looking forward to seeing in London 2018

Julius Caesar, Bridge TheatrePrompted by the Daily Telegraph's rather uninspiring and quite frankly lazy list of upcoming theatre treats - three plays which have already opened? Oh come on - here's my list of what I'm already really excited about seeing in the first half of 2018*.

1. My Mum's A Twat, Royal Court Theatre - Patsy Ferran, I love Patsy Ferran and this is the first of two plays she's doing in 2018 and it's a solo piece *insert big smile here*

2. Julius Caesar, Bridge Theatre - Ben Whishaw playing Brutus alongside David Morrissey and Michelle Fairley and the chance to mingle with the Roman mob? Already booked to see it twice.

3. The Brothers Size, Young Vic - Written by Tarell Alvin McCraney who also penned Oscar best picture winner Moonlight (which I loved) and starring Sope Dirisu who was brilliant in One Night In Miami at the Donmar and the RSC's Coriolanus.

4. Dry Powder, Hampstead Theatre - The brilliant Hayley Atwell returns to the stage, last saw her in The Pride, Trafalgar Studios

5. Boys and Girls, Royal Court Theatre - Another fav of mine Carey Mulligan returns for a solo Dennis Kelly play and I'm really looking forward to seeing her in small theatre rather than the West End.

6. Summer and Smoke, Almeida Theatre - More Patsy Ferran, this time in a Tennessee Williams.

7. Macbeth, National Theatre - Rory Kinnear and Anne-Marie Duff, what more is there to say?

8. The Way of the World, Donmar Warehouse - I have very fond memories of seeing a production of this at the Sheffield Crucible. It'll hopefully be full of fun, frolics, big costumes and wigs - and Linda Bassett is starring.

9. The Inheritance, Young Vic - 2018's Angels in America, surely? And its directed by Stephen Daldry.

10. Lieutenant of Inishmore, Noel Coward - Poldark (Aiden Turner) in a Martin McDonagh play? Yes please, thank you.


This was on the Daily Telegraph's list too but as a big Martin McDonagh fan I'm naturally excited about A Very Very Very Dark Matter, his new play at the Bridge Theatre starring Jim Broadbent, although it feels like it's way too soon to be excited about a play I'm not seeing until October...

* My list doesn't include plays for which the tickets have yet to go on sale...