Celebrities to see in West End theatre productions in 2018

15 June 2018 ( 18 September 2018 )

You’re more used to seeing them in TV shows or films, but you can see these famous actors and celebrities close up in West End theatre productions this year.

Mark Rylance


Star of stage and film, Mark Rylance is back at The Globe where he had a successful run as artistic director not so long before a foray into the world of film that earned him an Oscar and a chance to work with Stephen Spielberg. Here he plays Iago, the scheming comrade to the doomed Moorish general, played by US actor Andrew Holland, star of Selma and Moonlight. 

Where: Shakespeare's Globe
When: 20 July 2018 – 13 October 2018
More information: shakespearesglobe.com

Buy tickets from £5 to Othello

Ian McKellen

King Lear

Transferring from the Chichester Festival Theatre, a chance to see Ian McKellen at his glittering best in this critically-acclaimed production of King Lear. He’s played Lear before, as well as most of the iconic Shakespearean roles from Hamlet, to Macbeth and Iago but, described as a superb performance, McKellen has hinted that this may be his last major Shakespearean role.

 Where: Duke of York’s Theatre
When: 11 July 2018 - 3 November 2018
More information: londontheatre.co.uk

Buy tickets from £32 to King Lear

David Suchet

The Lover and The Collection

David Suchet has never been busier since he hung up is Poirot hat, or beret, and having just finished in Arthur Miller’s The Price at the Theatre Royal Bath last month [subs 9 – 25 Aug], he is part of the all-star West End season of Harold Pinter’s one-act plays. Suchet stars with John Macmillan in the double bill of The Lover and The Collection, with all the plays over the season marking the 10th anniversary since Pinter’s death.

Where: The Harold Pinter Theatre
When: 13 September 2018 - 20 October 2018
More information: atgtickets.com

Buy tickets from £15 to The Lover and The Collection

Eileen Atkins and Jonathan Pryce

The Height of the Storm

Two greats come to the stage, as Eileen Atkins stars alongside Jonathan Pryce in a new play by Florian Zeller and translated by Christopher Hampton. This is the story of André and Madeleine who have been in love for over 50 years. When a bunch of flowers arrives unexpectedly and woman from the past turns up, the story of love, family and the fragility of life unfolds.

Where: Wyndham’s Theatre
When: 2 October 2018 - 1 December 2018
More information: delfontmackintosh.co.uk

Buy tickets from £49.75 to The Height of the Storm

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Dawn French

Snow White

The pantomime at the London Palladium has become a must-see event at Christmas, with regulars Julian Clary, Nigel Havers and Gary Wilmot joined this year by Strictly’s Vincent and Flavia and Dawn French as the Wicked Queen. This will be comedian’s debut in pantomime, but one senses she’ll be a natural in the role. This a limited season run, so book ahead for what will be a lavish festive production.

Where: The London Palladium
When: 8 December 2018 -13 January 2019
More information: london-palladium.co.uk

Buy tickets from £22.50 to Snow White

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