What a way to kick off 2018 – our Theatre Editor Daniel Perks picks the shows he’s most looking forward to over the next 3 months:

January kicks off a new year with a new feature! Happy New Year to all our Miro readers out there and welcome to 2018. Let’s kick things off with some theatre, shall we? Now that our journalists have picked the best shows of 2017, it seems the perfect time to look at what the next few months are offering up.

So, let’s fast forward and see what exciting productions are in store for us at Miro over the next three months, until 31 March 2018.

VAULT Festival

My favourite London theatre festival is back folks, bigger and bolder than ever! Now in its sixth year, it’s around for eight weeks (24 January – 18 March 2018) in The Vaults underneath London’s Waterloo Station. 300 shows will celebrate the best of new writing, immersive experience and late-night entertainment, from comedy and cabaret to theatre and music. Here are the three shows that I’m most looking forward to seeing:

Theatre January March 2018

Chivaree Circus’ Becoming Shades

Becoming Shades: The headliners of VAULT Festival are one not to be missed. Playing across all eight weeks, this dark, immersive circus journey takes its audience into the underworld and back. A perfect production for the twisting tunnels of The Vaults, Chivaree Circus reimagine the myth of Persephone with live music, acrobatics, physical theatre and dance. For someone who loves collaborative, multi-disciplinary pieces, this is sure to kick things off with a bang!

To read more about Becoming Shades, which plays at VAULT Festival from 21 January – 18 March 2018, follow the company on Twitter (@Chivaree_Circus) or visit the festival’s website – www.vaultfestival.com

Theatre January March 2018

Cat Loud’s To The End Of The World!

To The End Of The World!: Cabaret singer Cat Loud was one of my highlights of last year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017, a performance full of sass and cynicism. So, to hear that she’s down in London with a new show is the perfect kickstart to 2018. This is billed as gig-theatre cabaret, a toast to humanity’s impending doom, a rallying cry and a simple invitation to be honest. Sounds like the perfect show for a subterranean paradise.

To read more about To The End Of The World!, which plays at VAULT Festival from 31 January – 4 February 2018, follow Cat on Twitter (@ThatCatLoud) or visit the festival’s website – www.vaultfestival.com

Theatre January March 2018

Tamar Broadbent and Emma Pritchard’s Split

Split: Another favourite of mine, comedian Tamar Broadbent, is teaming up with Emma Pritchard to take us back to our school days. It’s a perfect show for millennials looking to cringe at their embarrassing teenage years and, if Tamar’s past form is anything to go by, sure to be full of comedic songs that leave me in stitches.

To read more about Split, which plays at VAULT Festival from 28 February – 4 March 2018, follow the show on Twitter (@SplitThePlay) or visit the festival’s website – www.vaultfestival.com

Other Festivals

It may be my favourite, and I may be spending a large number of my evenings sat in damp, dingy tunnels (nothing new there then), but VAULT Festival is not the only showcase of work to take place in these next three months.

Little Pieces Of Gold Suzette Coon

Little Pieces of Gold Festival

Little Pieces of Gold, curated by Artistic Director Suzette Coon, returns to Southwark Playhouse for an evening of new writing on 4 February 2018. Eight plays by nine emerging playwrights, directed by eight upcoming directors, it promises to be a great opportunity to witness the genesis of next generation’s theatre makers. Suzette has been running these festivals since 2010 and has programmed upcoming playwrights such as James Fritz, Milly Thomas and Vinay Patel.

To read more about Little Pieces of Gold, which plays at Southwark Playhouse on 4 February 2018, follow Suzette on Twitter (@SuzetteCoon) or visit the company’s website – www.littlepiecesofgold.co.uk

Theatre January March 2018

The Yard Theatre’s NOW 18 festival

Another great festival of new radical theatre plays over these next three months. Over at The Yard Theatre, NOW 18 brings five weeks of double bill productions from contemporary performance artists.

I’m particularly excited to check out Week 2, which features a collaboration between Tomas Jefanovas and Christopher Brett Bailey, as well as the return of Rosana Cade and Eilidh MacAskill, who typically perform as riot duo Double P*ssy Clit Fuck. Week 2 promises high intensity, sensory overloads, verbal gymnasts, visual innovators and unique soundscapes. More please!

Other highlights of the festival include Rachel Mars’s return with Your Sexts Are Shit and Emma Frankland’s show on Hormone Replacement Therapy, Hearty. The latter, playing in week 5, is doubled with a feminist piece by Anton Mirto, The Army. A ritualistic showing of resilience and dysfunctionality, it’s exactly the kind of production that the Yard Theatre welcomes with open arms.

To read more about NOW 18, which plays at the Yard Theatre from 16 January – 17 February 2018, follow the theatre on Twitter (@YardTheatre) or visit their website – theyardtheatre.co.uk

Off-West End and Fringe Theatre

From festivals to theatres, the fringe and the Off-West End scene both kick off 2018 with gusto. Below are a couple of highlights from venues that promise a year of innovation, new writing and thought-provoking productions.

First up is the Royal Court, with the second half of their Autumn/ Winter season. We see Anoushka Warden’s debut play, My Mum’s A Twat, a funny and frank account of rebellion by a teenager when her mother decides to join a cult, play in the upstairs theatre at the same time as the controversial Rita, Sue and Bob Too plays in the main space. Co-produced by Out Of Joint Theatre, the play’s former director Max Stafford-Clarke has been replaced after the sexual harassment allegations in October 2017. And that’s just in January!

To read more about the Royal Court season, follow the theatre on Twitter (@RoyalCourt) or visit their website – royalcourttheatre.com

Next are two productions that the King’s Head Theatre are involved in. The first is their second West End transfer of 2018, Strangers In Between, which plays at Trafalgar Studios from 10 January – 3 Febraury 2018. Originally playing at the King’s Head Theatre in 2016, the show returned in 2017 for an extended run; it now joins La Bohème in a double bill of transfers from London’s oldest pub theatre to Trafalgar Square. Second is Steven Berkoff’s East, which first played at the King’s Head Theatre in 1975 and now opens its 2018 season, the last before the theatre moves into a temporary home ahead of its permanent relocation to the multimillion pound Islington Square development.

To read more about the King’s Head Theatre season, follow the theatre on Twitter (@KingsHeadThtr) or visit their website – www.kingsheadtheatre.com