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New York Plays in May 2015

Our selection of the best plays in New York for the month of May 2015

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: Closes 21st June 2015

After a sold-out run in London's West End, David Hare's Skylight makes its Broadway debut with Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan as Kyra and Tom, former lovers on the verge of re-awakening their long lost connection. But the years between them are not the only obstacles to a reunion, preconceived notions and warring opinions ignite a dynamic debate in this comedic and wickedly clever show. More info

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: Closes 24th May 2015

Academy Award winner Anne Hathaway returns to the stage for the first time in six years in this timely one-woman show. Written by George Brant, and directed by Tony winner Julie Taymor, Grounded centers on Hathaway's unnamed fighter pilot, whose life begins to unravel when she's reassigned to the military's drone program. More info

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: Closes 28th June 2015

After wowing on London's West End, and winning an Olivier to add to her Academy Award for playing Queen Elizabeth II, Helen Mirren dons the crown once again to bring The Audience to Broadway. Directed by Stephen Daldry and written by Peter Morgan, this luminous play imagines the private weekly meetings held between Her Majesty and the Prime Minister of the day, leading to some very interesting observations! More info

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Hand to God centers on Jason, a shy boy whose teenage angst is channelled into his hand puppet Tyrone, during the rehearsal for a church theater group. Robert Askins' black comedy transfers to Broadway with its cast intact, including Obie winner Steven Boyer in the lead dual roles of Jason and his button-eyed alter ego. More info

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: Closes 18th October 2015

London's National Theatre is proud to present the Broadway debut of its sensational new play, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Based on Mark Haddon's best-selling book of the same name, this mesmerising production uses extraordinary lighting, set design and props to tell this unusual and utterly unforgettable story. A powerful story told in a considerate and highly unique way, plays like Curious Incident don't come around very often. More info

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: Closes 5th July 2015

From humble beginnings to right hand man of the King, Wolf Hall is the story of Thomas Cromwell. History has not been very kind to him; his cunning and fixing has cast him as a Machiavellian character, pulling the strings of the Tudor administration to ensure his own survival. This first part of the story sees the rise of Cromwell from his humble beginnings from a working-class family to becoming the right-hand man of Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, who was adviser to King Henry VIII. Managing to sidestep Wolsley's fall from grace, he eventually takes his place as the most powerful of Henry's ministers, making some dangerous courtly enemies in the process. More info

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: Closes 18th July 2015

Curb Your Enthusiasm creator Larry David makes his acting and playwriting Broadway debut with Fish in the Dark. Produced by Scott Rudin (Book of Mormon) and directed by Anna D. Shapiro (August: Osage County), the play centers around a death in the family. More info

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: Closes 7th June 2015

Due to phenomenal demand, this starry revival of Terence McNally's comedy extends its run until June 2015. Set on the opening night of a new Broadway show, It's Only a Play is a by turns biting and affectionate send up of the theatrical world. Among the cast are Broadway favorites Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, who star alongside T. R. Knight and Stockard Channing. More info

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A witty adaptation of Hitchcock's spy adventure, The 39 Steps returns to New York to dazzle audiences all over again. Following the adventures of daring hero Richard Hannay, the play features a cast of only four, who use costume changes, props and every ounce of their theatrical talent to play over a hundred different characters. More info

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: Closes 14th June 2015

Eighty-five year-old Miss Ruby was a once famous burlesque dancer in New Orleans' French Quarter, where she made her name. Now living at the run-down Hummingbird Hotel, a once glamorous salon that attracts many different members of society, she decides that she'd like to hold her funeral. Before she dies. Airline Highway refers to the infamous road that runs through New Orleans where the Hummingbird stands; the play is a moving tribute to the outcasts in society who make our lives that little more interesting and colorful. More info

: Closes 5th July 2015

The second part of Mike Poulton's two plays in rep, the story of Thomas Cromwell picks up where we left off in Part 1, as he reaches the apex of power at Henry VIII's right hand. Cromwell's scheming has worked and Anne Boleyn is now the new Queen. But by splitting from the Catholic church, England is now unprotected and isolated in Europe. With no male heir forthcoming, the King's affections are wandering elsewhere. How can the ambitious manipulator keep his position in a newly precarious court, where suspicion reigns more than ever?

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: Closes 2nd August 2015

The four-time Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actor Jim Parsons, better known to most as gawky theoretical physicist Sheldon Cooper from the hit TV show The Big Bang Theory, is set to return to Broadway this Spring in his most controversial role yet - God. Parsons takes on the starring role in this adaptation of David Javerbaum's fearless and critically claimed satire/"autobiography" 'The Last Testament: A Memoir by God'. More info

: Closes 16th August 2015

Following on from the success of Bad Jews, Roundabout Theatre and Joshua Harmon collaborate again on Significant Other, a touching new play about trying to find Mr Right. It's directed by Trip Cullman (Punk Rock). More info

: Closes 12th July 2015

Ronald Keaton's one man show arrives at the New World Stages, following rave reviews during its Chicago debut last year. Set on the eve of Churchill's 1946 'Iron Curtain' speech, the play finds the wartime leader regaling a small gathering of friends and admirers with his extraordinary life story. More info

: Closes 10th May 2015

Peter Sarsgaard (Blue Jasmine, The Slap) takes on the career-defining role of The Dane in Classic Stage Company's new production. Considered perhaps the greatest tragedy ever written, Hamlet centers on the bloodthirsty struggle for the Danish throne. Austin Pendleton directs, with Penelope Allen and Tony winner Stephen Spinella also among the cast. More info

Mary-Louise Parker (Weeds) and Kenneth Walsh (The Aviator) star in this brand new play which begins with a young woman planting a kiss on the neck of a total stranger. Commissioned by the Manhattan Theatre Club, Heisenberg is playwright Simon Stephen's follow up to the enormously successful The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time. More info

: Closes 10th May 2015

One of crime master Agatha Christie's most fiendish works comes to the Clurman Theatre this April. The story begins on a foggy night in South Wales, with Michael Starkwedder driving his car off the road and into a ditch. Seeking assistance, he heads to the nearby house of the Warwicks, but his eyes are greeted with a terrible sight as he steps through the door. Richard Warwick lies dead on the floor, and his wife Laura is standing over his body with a smoking gun in hand! More info

: Closes 7th June 2015

Following the incredible success of Hand to God, Robert Askins returns to the Manhattan Theatre Club with his new comedy Permission, which takes a similarly sideways glance at religion in the 21st Century. It revolves around staid married couple Eric and Cyndy who decide to try out the controversial practise of Christian Domestic Discipline, a real life method of maintaining a healthy relationship by way of corporal punishment. More info

: Closes 31st May 2015

After a successful run last year, Sit Down, Shut Up & Eat returns to the Snapple Theater Center for a return engagement in 2015. The laugh-filled production is written by and stars four seasoned New York comedians, and combines their smoothly delivered patter with the format of an Off-Broadway play. More info

: Closes 1st July 2015

Neil LaBute's follow up 2014's The Money Shot will receive its world premiere in May at The Second Stage Theatre. The Way We Get By will mark the New York stage debut of Amanda Seyfried, who has previously stunned in the big screen adaptations of Les Miserables and Mamma Mia. More info

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