Six new shows hit the stage in London this year, thanks to a mammoth creative collaboration between eight of our best producing venues, for a theatrical celebration of the city's diverse culture and people.
World Stages London presents stories from the UK, India, China, France, South Africa, Germany, Estonia, Brazil, Cuba, Nigeria, Israel/Palestine and the USA.
The powerhouse producing partners behind it — Battersea Arts Centre, Bush Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith, Royal Court Theatre, Sadler’s Wells, Somerset House, Theatre Royal Stratford East and Young Vic — are working with top international talent to bring world-class shows to London's cosmopolitan audience.
Jung Chang's incredible true story, Wild Swans starts this special season. The international bestseller has been adapted for the stage with the help of the author, and presents her incredible journey through 20th century China, "from the early days of Communist hope and struggle, through the chaos and confusion of Mao’s Cultural Revolution, to the birth of a superpower." Opens 13 April - 13 May at the Young Vic. Book now.
What happens when the severed head of a woman is found washed up on the banks of the Thames? Three Kingdoms investigates human trafficking and the European vice trade across England, Germany and
Estonia in a play performed in three languages by an international cast. Opens 3-19 May at Lyric Hammersmith. Book now.
People will be gathering in little-known Caledonian Park, Islington in May for outdoor, site specific show BABEL. Developed over 2 years with input from 1,000 Londoners it explores language, culture, ethnicity and human identity and involves an amazing 500 performers. Runs from 8-20 May. Book now.
Peter Brook returns to the Young Vic with a new musical version of Can Themba's The Suit at the Young Vic. An unusual punishment meted out to a disloyal wife in a South African township is the show's starting point from 21 May-16 June. Book now.
What happened on the mountain between Abraham and Isaac as the crux of one family is what The Beloved at Bush Theatre explores. Three world religions draw on this story but what happened to the family at the heart of it? Runs from 21 May-9 June. Book now.
Can't choose what to see? Book for two or more different shows and get a 10% multibuy discount.
Find out more about the World Stages London shows at www.worldstageslondon.org.uk.