This month we publish Tony Kushner's revelatory new version of Friedrich Dürrenmatt's gobsmacking revenge play, The Visit, or The Old Lady Comes to Call, as it opens at the National Theatre in London with Lesley Manville and Hugo Weaving in starring roles.

We've got brand new editions of Caryl Churchill's apocalyptic Far Away, first seen in 2000 and now returning to the London stage with a major new production at the Donmar Warehouse, and Stef Smith's reworking of Ibsen, Nora : A Doll's House, at the Young Vic.

There are new plays from Frantic Assembly, Paines Plough, Manchester's Royal Exchange and London's Theatre503, and a selection of the best plays from VAULT Festival, now in full swing at venues around Waterloo. Check out our writers' picks from the VAULT Festival lineup, over on our blog.

Plus, a playful journey into the world of autism from Dublin's Abbey Theatre; a gripping procedural about the hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper, at New Diorama Theatre; a wild comedy about flamingoes from Lily Bevan; and a play about the end of the world, incorporating an actual, interactive pub quiz, from Box of Tricks. If everyone's ready, we'll start Round Three...
OUT NOW & COMING SOON
The Visit
The Visit
Friedrich Dürrenmatt
adapt. Tony Kushner

 
A masterpiece of modern German-language theatre, in a new version by Tony Kushner (Angels in America). Premiering at the National Theatre, London, this month, starring Lesley Manville and Hugo Weaving.
Plays from VAULT 5
Plays from VAULT 5

A new collection of five of the best plays from this year's exciting VAULT Festival in London. Includes brilliant new work by Tatty Hennessy, Charlotte Chimuanya, Rosa Hesmondhalgh, Isabel Dixon and Écoute Theatre.
The Incident Room
The Incident Room
Olivia Hirst & David Byrne
 
A 'beautifully crafted' (Guardian) play that goes behind the scenes to investigate the hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper. A hit at last year's Edinburgh Fringe, now transferring to New Diorama Theatre, London.
What I (Don't) Know About Autism
What I (Don't) Know About Autism
Jody O'Neill
 
A funny and insightful exploration of autism, combining narrative, song, dance and direct address in a play that celebrates autistic identity. Premiered this month by Dublin's Abbey Theatre.
Far Away
Far Away
Caryl Churchill

Caryl Churchill's dazzling play about a world sliding into chaos, in a new edition published alongside the Donmar Warehouse revival this month. 'A sliver of genius' Independent. 'You know you are in the hands of a master' Sunday Times
Nora : A Doll's House
Nora : A Doll's House
Stef Smith after Ibsen

The fight for women's suffrage, the Swinging Sixties and the modern day intertwine in Stef Smith's urgent, poetic twist on Ibsen, published in a new edition alongside the Young Vic revival this month.
Wuthering Heights
Wuthering Heights
Emily Brontë
adapt. Andrew Sheridan

Andrew Sheridan's gripping reinvention of Emily Brontë's novel is a ferocious celebration of passion and desire. Premiering at Manchester's Royal Exchange this month.
Meat
COMING SOON:
Meat
Gillian Greer

Old wounds and new truths are exposed in a play about class, consent and transgressions buried in the past. A finalist in Theatre503's International Playwriting Award, and premiering there this month.
I Think We Are Along
I Think We Are Alone
Sally Abbott
 
Frantic Assembly premiere Sally Abbott's uplifting play about love and forgiveness as part of the company's twenty-fifth anniversary celebrations, in a touring production co-directed by Kathy Burke and Scott Graham.
Zoo
Zoo
Lily Bevan
 
Lily Bevan's wildly inventive comedy about courage, female friendship and flamingos, at VAULT Festival this month. This edition also includes twelve of her acclaimed comic monologues for women.
The Last Quiz Night on Earth
The Last Quiz Night on Earth
Alison Carr

An innovative comedy-drama about the end of the world, featuring a fully interactive pub quiz for the audience to participate in. Coming to a pub/theatre/community venue near you on Box of Tricks' UK tour.
Run Sister Run
COMING SOON:
Run Sister Run
Chloë Moss

Chloë Moss's new play, a story of two sisters spanning four decades, is premiered by Paines Plough at Sheffield Theatres this month, before coming to Soho Theatre, London, in March.
BLOG POST: THE BEST OF VAULT FESTIVAL 2020
VAULT Festival blog
'I think Ross Kemp captured the feeling pretty well when he said: 'You will never know what that means to me. That is everything. EVERY. THING.''

Writers of the five plays selected for the anthology Plays from VAULT 5 on their plays, and what VAULT Festival – which is on in London until 22 March – means to them. Plus, their picks from the festival lineup.

Read more on our blog >>.
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The Welkin
February's selected title is Lucy Kirkwood's dazzling new drama The Welkin, currently premiering at the National Theatre. Set in 18th-century Suffolk, it follows a jury of twelve matrons as they deliberate over the fate of a young woman accused of the cruel murder of a child.

'Brilliant, brave, bold and intelligent theatre' WhatsOnStage

'A mighty play: magnificent in its scope, depth and intricacy' Financial Times

'Ungoverned, furious, larky, layered... sheer, gutsy audacity' Evening Standard

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NEW EBOOKS
Out this month in ebook: six modern Spanish and Catalan plays, first seen at the Royal Court Theatre in their Voices from Spain season in 1997.

Sergi Belbel's Caresses is a disturbing picture of contemporary society against a background of urban alienation.

Juan Mayorga's The Scorched Garden is about a group of inmates locked up in a mental hospital since the Spanish Civil War.

In David Planell's Bazaar, undercurrents of racism surface poisonously during the course of a hilarious attempt to get an accident video shown on TV.

Antonio Onetti's Bleeding Heart is set in contemporary Seville, where a naive, middle-aged transvestite encounters a petty thief nicknamed 'sour face'.

Lluïsa Cunillé's Roundabout is a fascinating study of obsession and delusion.

In Paloma Pedrero's Wolf Kisses, a young woman returns to her rural village home to await her Parisian lover, despite the hostility of the villagers.

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