In a fit of groundless jealousy, Leontes wrecks his marriage, defies the gods, destroys his family and ruins himself. Othello To 13 October by William Shakespeare Iago, a junior officer secretly enraged by Othello, exploits his General’s ambiguous position and ingenuous nature, driving him into a passionate and overpowering jealousy. THE OLD VIC 103 THE CUT, SE1 8NB Wise Children 8 October to 10 November by Angela Carter A big, bawdy tangle of theatrical joy and heartbreak, Wise Children is a celebration of show business, family, forgiveness and hope. A Christmas Carol 27 November to 19 January by Charles Dickens and adapted by Jack Thorne Matthew Warchus’big-hearted, smash hit production of Charles Dickens’immortal classic A Christmas Carol returns to The Old Vic. MENIER CHOCOLATE FACTORY 53 SOUTHWARK STREET, SE1 1RU Pack of Lies 20 September to 17 November by Hugh Whitemore The Jacksons are a nice middle aged English couple. All is blissful in their world until a detective from Scotland Yard asks to use their house as an observation station to foil a Soviet spy ring operating in the area. SOUTHWARK PLAYHOUSE 77-85 NEWINGTON CAUSEWAY, SE1 6BD The Sweet Science of Bruising 3 October to 27 October by Joy Wilkinson London, 1869. Four very different Victorian women are drawn into the dark underground world of female boxing by the eccentric Professor Sharp. The Trench 10 October to 17 November by Oliver Lansley Inspired by the true story of a miner who became entombed underground in a collapsed tunnel during World War One. BRIDGE THEATRE SOUTHBANK, SE1 9PX A Very Very Very Dark Matter 12 October to 6 January 2019 by Martin McDonagh In a townhouse in Copenhagen works Hans Christian Andersen, a teller of exquisite and fantastic children’s tales beloved by millions. Company – A Musical Comedy 26 September to 22 December by Stephen Sondheim and George Furth Marianne Elliott directs Company, Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s legendary musical comedy about life, love and marriage. NATIONAL THEATRE SOUTHBANK, SE1 9PX Exit the King To 6 October by Eugène Ionesco Patrick Marber directs his new version of Exit the King with a cast including Rhys Ifans in the title role and Indira Varma as his first Queen. The Prisoner 12 September to 4 October by Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne Peter Brook and his long-time collaborator Marie-Hélène Estienne return to London with a provocative study of what it means to be free. The Lehman Trilogy To 20 October by Stefano Massini Sam Mendes directs Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles who play the Lehman Brothers, their sons and grandsons. Antony & Cleopatra From 18 September to 19 January by William Shakespeare Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo play the famous fated couple. SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE 56 PARK STREET, SE1 9AR The Winter’s Tale To 14 October by William Shakespeare Theatre Listings ENTERTAINMENTS | C U L T U R E | 18 THE RIVER MAGAZINE | Autumn 2018