Another rainy and wet January day, another new year post. It’s partly for my own good, to see what I’m treating myself to this year and partly a brief overview of some of the hottest tickets coming up this year.
Some have been well-publicised for months, some have already sold out their previews, but others will emerge as dark horses and will enthral us a few weeks into their run. Nevertheless, here’s five to look out for this year.
This compelling play by Harold Pinter tells the tale of three friends trapped in a farmhouse together, reminiscing on old times together. However there are three sides to every story in this narrative and the ensuing drama is compelling and enjoyable. With Rufus Sewell as the male lead, Kristin Scott Thomas and Lia Williams will alternate the female leads – á la Cumberbatch and Lee Miller in Frankenstein. All of this promises for a very interesting and gripping play.
Runs from 12 January for 12 weeks at the Harold Pinter Theatre. Book Tickets here.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
The hugely successful novel was made into a hugely successful National Theatre production, which is transferring to the Apollo theatre from March until August. This popular and unique production deserves such a run and all those who missed its brief run at the National have snapped up many tickets already. The story of fifteen-year-old Christopher who finds a dead dog in his neighbour’s garden is humorous and endearing, a must-see.
Tickets available now from the Apollo website.
The Book of Mormon
The infamous irreverent musical finally arrives in London whilst simultaneously continuing its run on Broadway. Written by Matt Stone and Trey Parker of South Park/Team America: World Police fame, all I know is that it’s about two Mormon missionaries sent to Uganda to ‘spread the good word,’ however find this isn’t as easy as they anticipated. I’m not entirely sure what I’m going to make of it – I hate South Park but love Team America and I don’t know how this kind of humour is going to translate to the West End. However, previews are sold out, tickets are going fast, rave reviews from New York have pushed many – me included – to buy tickets before they go. I urge you to do the same because whether you love it or hate it, you’re bound to have something to say when you leave the theatre. Runs from 25 February until 6 June, though I wouldn’t be surprised if this was extended.
Tickets can be bought from The Book of Mormon’s website.
Much Ado About Nothing
Along with Macbeth, it’s my favourite Shakespeare and I look forward to every new casting of Benedick and Beatrice with interest. In the last production I saw, last year at the Globe, Joseph Marcell, better known as Geoffrey the butler from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, played Beatrice’s father. It was a magical moment, hearing Geoffrey’s voice recite Shakespeare. This time around they’ve got Mufasa to be Benedick – yes, James Earl Jones, Darth Vader himself will be Benedick – whilst the compelling Vanessa Redgrave takes on Beatrice. Despite criticism that Earl Jones and Redgrave are too old to play the troubled lovers, this is a wonderful play with what is sure to be an entrancing cast, certainly not one to miss.
Runs at The Old Vic from 7 September until 16 November. Book on The Old Vic’s website.
Michael Grandage Company
A series of five plays all starring great acting talents got underway last month with Simon Russell Beale starring in Privates on Parade. Judi Dench and Ben Whishaw star in a new play, Peter and Alice from March until June and Daniel Radcliffe in The Cripple of Inishmaan from June until August. This is followed by David Walliams and Sheridan Smith in A Midsummer Night’s Dream from September until November, then completing the line-up is Jude Law in Henry V from November until February next year. Phew. It’s a busy and star-studded year for the Noel Coward Theatre.
Tickets for all five shows are on sale now, get yours before it’s too late from the Michael Grandage Company website.