Killer Joe

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Orlando Bloom returns to the West End stage for the first time in over 10 years to star in Killer Joe, the first play by award-winning American playwright Tracy Letts. Bloom stars as Joe Cooper, a policeman and assassin for hire who is ordered by the Smith family to kill an elderly relative so they can line their own pockets with the insurance money.
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Booking until 18 August 2018

Nine Night

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After a sold-out, smash-hit run at the National’s Dorfman Theatre, Natasha Gordon’s debut play Nine Night transfers to the West End’s Trafalgar Studios. Receiving rave reviews from audiences and critics alike, the exuberant, funny and touching production follows a family celebrating the traditional Jamaican Nine Night Wake. With themes of food, music and mourning, the remarkable story is relatable for all generations.

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Box Office:0844 871 7632
Access Booking:0844 871 7677
Group Booking:020 7206 1174
Stage Door:020 7321 5400

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History

Formerly the Whitehall Theatre, Trafalgar Studios is the contemporary venue that opened in 2004 and is best known for hosting plays with star casts. Split into two, the venue includes Trafalgar Studios 1 and 2, both with differing seating capacities. The former opened in 2004 with the RSC’s Othello, whilst the latter opened in 2005 with Cyprus.

Throughout its early years, the theatre hosted a variety of short run plays and small-scale musicals, including Sweeney Todd (2004), Losing Louis (2005), A New Way to Please You (2005) and the RSC season from 2005-2006, which included plays Sir Thomas More, Sejanus: His Fall and Believe What You Will.

Polly Teale’s adaptation of Jane Eyre (2006) followed, as well as Speaking Like Magpies (2006), Bent (2006-2007), Elling (2007), Dealer’s Choice (2007-2008), Fat Pig (2008), Entertaining Mr Sloane (2009), End of the Rainbow (2010), starring Tracie Bennett, A Christmas Carol (2010-2011), Ordinary Days (2011), Three Days in May (2011-2012) and Yes, Prime Minister (2012).

Trafalgar Studios truly stepped on the map in 2013 with the first of Jamie Lloyd’s season, Trafalgar Transformed, which saw productions Macbeth, starring James McAvoy, Harold Pinter’s The Hothouse, starring Simon Russell Beale and The Pride, starring Mathew Horne. 2013 concluded with the Olivier Award-winning Ghosts, which transferred from the Almeida.

2014 saw Jamie Lloyd continue his season at the theatre, presenting plays such as Another Country, Richard III, starring Martin Freeman and East is East (2014-2015), as well as The Ruling Class (2015), with James McAvoy.

Further plays throughout 2015 included Strindberg’s The Father, Golem, James Freedman: Man of Steal, Constellations, starring Rafe Spall, and Robert Icke’s Olivier Award-winning Oresteia.

Toward the end of 2015, Jamie Lloyd returned for a second Trafalgar Transformed season, directing plays including The Homecoming, starring Gemma Chan and The Maids, starring Uzo Aduba, Laura Carmichael and Zawe Ashton.

Subsequent productions have included Jesse Eisenberg’s self-written comedy The Spoils (2016), starring himself alongside Kunal Nayyar and Katie Brayben, The Naked Magicians (2016), Buried Child (2016-2017), starring Ed Harris and Amy Madigan and The Philanthropist (2017), starring Simon Bird and Lily Cole. Hollywood actress Stockard Channing stars in dark comedy Apologia through Autumn 2017.

2018 saw Tom Morris' new musical The Grinning Man transfer from Bristol Old Vic, followed by Hollywood star Orlando Bloom in dark comedy Killer Joe. The year continues with a transfer of the National Theatre's popular production Nine Night.

Past Shows

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The Grinning Man
(closed 5 May 2018)
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Apologia
(closed 18 Nov 2017)
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The Philanthropist
(closed 22 Jul 2017)

 
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Buried Child
(closed 4 Mar 2017)
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The Naked Magicians
(closed 24 Sep 2016)
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The Spoils
(closed 13 Aug 2016)

 
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The Maids
(closed 21 May 2016)
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The Homecoming
(closed 13 Feb 2016)
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Oresteia
(closed 7 Nov 2015)

 
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Constellations
(closed 31 Jul 2015)
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James Freedman: Man of Steal
(closed 4 Jul 2015)
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Golem
(closed 22 May 2015)