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Plays in New York - January 2017

Our carefully curated selection of the Best Plays in New York for the month of January 2017

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: Closes 18th January 2017

Two British stars of stage and screen will be taking on the roles in one of Shakespeare's darkest dramatic masterpieces. 007 incumbent Daniel Craig will star as the villainous Iago to David Oyelowo's naive Othello, whispering poison in his ear in a calculated tale of revenge and racism. More info

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: Closes 19th March 2017

Cate Blanchett (Carol, Blue Jasmine) leads the cast of this lively Chekhov adaptation, playing a widow whose 40th birthday party descends into chaos as long held regrets and jealousies are revealed. Part farce and part tragedy, The Present examines the disjunct between the life that we live and the one that we dreamed of. More info

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: Closes 19th February 2017

British playwright Anna Jordan brings her 2013 Bruntwood Prize-winning play to the MCC Theater next spring, exploring the themes of lost childhood and the affect it has on adulthood. Premiering in Manchester UK to rave reviews for 'beautiful empathy, and a humanity which stood out to all the judges' as described by the award judges, it has also been shortlisted for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. This new production marks its USA premiere. More info

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: Closes 29th January 2017

The rapid-fire newspaper comedy The Front Page is revived on Broadway, featuring an all star cast. Three-time Tony winner Nathan Lane plays Walter Burns, a hard-boiled newspaper editor whose star reporter Hildy John (John Slattery) stumbles onto the story of a lifetime. Rounding out the cast are screen legend John Goodman, and Tony winners Jefferson Mays and Rosemary Harris. More info

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: Closes 22nd January 2017

Tony winner Richard Greenburg's (Our Mother's Brief Affair) latest drama follows a novelist's artistic awakening at the hands of one of his creative writing class students. The cast is led by screen and stage star Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother). More info

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: Closes 16th February 2017

The Tuskegee Airmen were leading lights in the fight for integration and social equality. They were African American men brought together under the Army Air Corps program in the build up to WWII, a time when Jim Crow laws were still operating in many states. One of Off-Broadway's longest running shows, Black Angels Over Tuskegee tells their story with wit and heart, painting a realistic portrait of six men from the 99th Pursuit Squadron. More info

: Closes 12th March 2017

August Wilson's 1979 two-act play about a gypsy cab station arrives this December for its Broadway premiere, the last of the playwright's works to play the Main Stem. Helmed by actor/director Ruben Santiago-Hudson, this marks his third collaboration on a Wilson play, having previously won a Tony Award for his role in Seven Guitars. This play is celebrated for its ferocious and spirited dialogue between the very different characters, as well as the myriad subplots and relationships. More info

: Closes 30th June 2017

Transferring to the Davenport Theatre this Friday, Shear Madness finds a new home in record time. An old lady has been murdered in her apartment above a hair salon, and it's your job to find her killer! Bursting with boundless energy and an incredibly adept cast of improvising, larger-than-life characters, Shear Madness takes audience participation to a whole new level. Sifting through the clues, you decide which twists and turns the show takes. It's a different mystery experience every single night. More info

: Closes 12th February 2017

New from playwright Damon Chua, Incident at Hidden Temple delves into the often overlooked role that American pilots had to play in China during WWII and how their mistakes came to impact relations between the two countries for decades to come. In an atmospheric film noir style, the story focuses on three women who find themselves at the center of a dangerous mystery with themes that still resonate in today's unstable climate. More info

: Closes 30th April 2017

An autobiographical one-woman show, the writer behind comedy shows like Roseanne, Mad About You and (the Emmy-winning) Rugrats, Monica Piper tackles the ups and downs of being an unwilling New York showbiz kid in this captivating show that has already won over audiences on the West Coast. From reliant Jewish princess to self-reliant comedian, this show charts Piper's rise in comedy from her fame-deluged beginnings, and just why she is one of the front-running female writers in the comedy show genre. More info

: Closes 12th March 2017

Man from Nebraska is a contemplative drama about rediscovering faith, from Pulitzer Prize winner Tracey Letts (August: Osage County). Tony winner Reed Birney (The Humans) stars as Ken, a middle-aged family man from Nebraska whose sudden crisis of faith prompts him to jet off to London, to try and reconnect with God. More info

: Closes 5th February 2017

To mark its 20th Anniversary, Ireland's Druid Theater Company bring Martin McDonagh's jet black comedy back to New York. A boisterous and violent tale of a warring mother and daughter, The Beauty Queen of Leenane was the breakout work for playwright and company alike, and won four Tony Awards in 1998. More info

: Closes 19th February 2017

British stage and screen star Harriet Walter takes on the lead role of magician Prospero, in this brand-new staging of Shakespeare's island-bound drama, this time set in a women's prison. Following its critically celebrated 2012 performances in London as part of Lloyd's highly anticipated all-female Shakespeare trilogy (in conjunction with the Donmar Warehouse), The Tempest will transfer to New York's St. Ann's Warehouse in January 2017 for a limited run of performances. Walter is described as one of Britain's great Shakespearean actresses, having performed as Brutus in Julius Caesar as well! More info

: Closes 12th March 2017

A world premiere production by the winner of the 2016 MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Grant, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, is set to take Broadway by storm when it arrives in late January for a limited two-month run at the Pershing Square Signature Center. Everybody follows hot on the heels of Jacobs-Jenkins' Pulitzer nominated Gloria , which was staged in 2015, and his acclaimed 2010 work Neighbours. Casting for his highly anticipated new play includes David Patrick Kelly of Therese Raquin, Marylouise Burke of Fish in the Dark and Brooke Bloom of Cloud Nine. More info

: 25th January

Performed over 1,200 times across 180 cities since 2002 and Charles Ross has no intention of closing up his hit one-man-show any time soon! One of the few shows sponsored by Lucasfilm itself, Ross' off-Broadway hit quickly gained a cult following thanks to his high-spirited and energetic personality, and uncanny ability to perform multiple characters at the drop of a hat. Having traveled the world over, the show returns to the States on a nationwide tour. A must-see event for wannabe-Wookies! More info

: Closes 18th February 2017

First published in 1933, Miles Malleson's play about infidelity finally gets its world premiere staging Off-Broadway in the closing days of 2016. Produced and staged by Mint Theatre Company, who are renowned for rediscovering lost and previously unseen works, this heartwarming yet poignant play is directed by Jonathan Bank and takes a sympathetic look at a married couple trapped in a rut who decide on drastic action to spice things up in their love life. More info

: Closes 19th February 2017

Two stars from hit Netflix drama Orange Is The New Black are headed Off-Broadway in early 2017! The two Latina actresses, Dascha Polanco and Selenis Leyva who play Dayanara Diaz and Gloria Mendoza respectively leave Litchfield Penitentiary far behind them for the heat of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico in Paola Lazaro's new drama. Amidst the shadows of the old fort, one can escape the masses of tourists and enter a dog-eat-dog world that is truly addictive. More info

: Closes 5th March 2017

A touching romantic comedy that takes place behind the scenes of a Hollywood studio tv show, Fade follows the story of two employees of Latino descent as they traverse a mainly white-dominated workplace. Created by Tanya Saracho, who wrote the acclaimed series How To Get Away With Murder, this two-hander delves deep into the lives of two lower-level workers, a janitor and a junior writer as they bond over their shared heritage and experiences, leading them to a surprising collaboration that they didn't see coming! More info

: Closes 16th April 2017

A razor-sharp tragi-comedy by Alan Hruska, we follow the upheaval and fraught journey of a young chambermaid as she is forced from a comfortable position into poverty and insecurity for love. Helmed by director Rick Lombardo, whose previous works include Albatross at 59E59 in Boston, winning him the 2015 Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Production, this new work will play for a limited season only at New York City Stage 2 from winter 2017. A tale of personal struggle amidst widespread economic turmoil, this will touch many hearts. More info

: Closes 12th March 2017

What begins as a friendly get together of old theater buddies becomes something much more sinister in Wallace Shawn's radical play, which makes its US Premiere at the Pershing Square Signature Center. Leading the cast of this dystopian dark comedy, set in an America where citizens have become state-sponsored assassins, is two-time Tony winner Matthew Broderick (It's Only a Play, The Producers), while Wallace Shawn himself also takes to the stage. More info

: Closes 1st October 2017

The name Phantom Of The Opera may be synonymous with the Andrew Lloyd Webber Broadway blockbuster, but the story traces its origins back to the gothic novel written by French author Gaston Leroux. Now LA-based theatre company Vox Lumiere is set to give the well-known tale new life by combining silent film and live performance to create a fully immersive and interactive theatre experience, the likes of which you've never seen before! More info

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