London Theatre News

World Premiere of Conor McPherson's Girl From the North Country runs 12 July to 7 Oct 2017

The World Premiere production of Conor McPherson's new play - which he also directs - Girl From the North Country will run at the Old Vic Theatre from Wednesday 12 July through to Saturday 7 October 2017.
Featuring classic songs by Bob Dylan, the play is set in Duluth, Minnesota in the midst of the Great Depression. A family adrift, their future on a knife edge. Lost and lonely people drifting through rooms of their guesthouse. But Nick Laine thinks he's seen a way out...

Lisa Dwan "a phenomenal performer" in No's Knife

Joe Murph's stage presentation of the World Stage Premiere of Samuel Beckett's monologue No's Knife - featuring Lisa Dawn - opened at the Old Vic Theatre on Monday 3 October 2016.
No's Knife is a stage adaptation of 13 prose pieces by Samuel Beckett's 13 prose pieces written under the title Texts for Nothing.
When this production opened Henry Hitchings in the London Evening Standard though it was ""an enigmatic and demanding seventy minutes," and Dominic Maxwell in the Times highlighted that "Lisa Dwan once again proving herself a phenomenal performer."
No's Knife continues up to Saturday 15 October 2016.

Vincent & Flavia in The Last Tango: "100% Strictly... entertaining, feelgood dance"

Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace's brand new dance show The Last Tango opened on Wednesday 28 September 2016 at the Phoenix Theatre.
TV's Strictly Come Dancing's favourites Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace present their third and final West End stage dance show for a stictly limited West End season.
When this production opened Lyndsey Winship in the London Evening Standard described it as being "slick, cute and retro, with comic skits and a live soundtrack of easy listening numbers. In other words: 100% Strictly... Effortlessly entertaining, feelgood dance." Neil Norman in the Daily Express said that "Vincent's flowing footwork is a well-oiled mechanism that rarely slips out of gear. Flavia is always a joy to watch with her willowy arms and shimmying derrière."
The Last Tango continues up to Saturday 3 December 2016.

Dr. Seuss's The Lorax returns 15 October 2017

'Back by public demand' - it has been announced that, following a Christmas season last year, Max Webster's stage production of Dr. Seuss's The Lorax will return to the Old Vic for a three week season from Saturday 15 October 2017.
"I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees!" Dr. Seuss' classic tale The Lorax tells of a moustachioed and cantankerous critter who’s on a mission to protect the earth from the greedy, tree-chopping, Thneed-knitting businessman known only as The Once-ler. Adapted from the children's book by David Greig with music and lyrics by Charlie Fink, this family show is recommended for everyone aged six and above.
When the show was seen last year, Dominic Cavendish in the Daily Telegraph praised the "inventive direction from Max Webster, superb choreography from Drew McOnie and cute puppetry supervised by Finn Caldwell," while Paul Taylor in the Independent hailed it being a "deliriously engaging show, adapted in brilliantly bouncy and mad-with-a-method verse by the playwright David Greig." Dr. Seuss' s The Lorax will run up to Sunday 5 November 2017.

"Dominic Cooper is totally commanding as The Libertine"

Terry Johnson's revival of Stephen Jeffreys' play The Libertine opened at the Haymarket Theatre on Tuesday 27 September 2016.
Set in the 1670s, this play tells the true story of the hedonistic John Wilmot, the second Earl of Rochester, who is forced to reconsider everything he thinks and feels when a chance encounter with an actress at the Playhouse sends him reeling - the cast features Dominic Cooper in the title role.
When this production opened Michael Billington in the Guardian thought that "Dominic Cooper is totally commanding as Rochester... The play may be too lewd for prudes, but it offers an invigorating, warts-and-all portrait of a self-destructive sceptic," and Ian Shuttleworth in the Financial Times siad that "Terry Johnson and his cast relish the sheer filth of Rochester's oeuvre."
The Libertine continues up to Saturday 3 December 2016.

After nine years, Jersey Boys to close 26 March 2017

After a sensational nine year West End run across two theatres, the producers of the hit musical Jersey Boys, currently playing at the Piccadilly Theatre, have announced that it will finally close on Saturday 26 March 2017.
Jersey Boys follows the story of a group of working class boys from the wrong side of the tracks who became one of the biggest pop music phenomenons of all time - Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Follow the rags to rock to riches tale of four blue collar kids working their way from the streets of Newark in New Jersey to the heights of stardom. Featuring such hits as Big Girls Don't Cry; Sherry; Oh, What a Night; Can't Take My Eyes Off of You; and many more.
This West End production originally opened at the Prince Edward Theatre in March 2008 before transfering to its current home at the Piccadilly Theatre in March 2014.

David Walliams' Gangsta Granny opens 1 August 2017 Live on Stage

Following an extensive UK tour, the Birmingham Stage Company's live stage version of David Walliams' children's book Gangsta Granny will open in London's West End at the Garrick Theatre on 1 August 2017, following public previews from 26 July.
It's Friday night and Ben knows that means only one thing - staying with Granny! There will be cabbage soup, cabbage pie and cabbage cake and Ben knows one thing for sure - it's going to be sooooooooo boring! But what Ben doesn't know is that Granny has a secret - and Friday nights are about to get more exciting than he could ever imagine, as he embarks on the adventure of a lifetime with his very own Gangsta Granny!
This production will play mostly afternoon performances, with evening performances on Saturdays and Sundays.
Gangsta Granny plays for a limited season up to Sunday 3 September 2017.

Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen in No Man's Land: "A brilliant revival - unmissable."

Sean Mathias revival of Harold Pinter's play No Man's Land starring Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart opened at London's Wyndham's Theatre on Tuesday 20 September 2016.
After meeting on Hampstead Heath, two aging writers, Hirst and Spooner return home for a late-night session of witty banter, sinister power games and the worship of alcohol, watched over by Hirst's henchmen, Briggs and Foster.
When this production opened Dominic Cavendish in the Daily Telegraph hailed "Sean Mathias's brilliant revival of Harold Pinter's 1975 masterpiece - unmissable" while in The Daily Express Neil Norman praised how "Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen spar like veterans, drawing out the humour and the pathos from characters who are drowning in their own mortality."
No Man's Land continues up to Saturday 17 December 2016.

Amanda Holden in Stepping Out opens 14 March 2017

A major revival of Richard Harris' tap dance comedy Stepping Out will open at the Vaudeville Theatre on 14 March 2017, following pubic previews from 1 March.
Setin a in a low-rent dance studio where we meet seven women and one man attempting to tap their troubles away at a weekly dancing class. Over the course of several months we meet the group, and all of them have a story to tell. Mavis, a former professional chorus girl, tries her hardest to teach them some basic tap moves - but then they are asked to take part in a charity gala....
The cast features Amanda Holden as 'Vera' along with Tamzin Outhwaite as 'Mavis' and Tracy-Ann Oberman as 'Maxine' and the show is directed by Maria Friedman.
Stepping Out is playing a 14 week season up to Saturday 17 June 2017.

Imelda Staunton in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? opens 9 March 2017

James Macdonald's revival of Edward Albee's classic play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? opens at the Harold Pinter Theatre on Thursday 9 March 2017, following public previews from Wednesday 22 February.
George and Martha have been married 23 years. He teaches at a small New England College run by Martha's father. At one time, George's future as a possible successor to his father in law was bright. But it didn't happen. Now, as Martha says he's just 'a bog' in the history department. On a particularly bitter night Nick a good-looking young biology professor and his wife Honey arrive for a nightcap and soon become blood sport during a booze-drenched evening with George and Martha. Written in 1962, this Tony Award winning play is a brittle, darkly comic look at marriage and relationships.
This revival features Imelda Staunton as 'Martha' and Conleth Hill as 'George'.
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? plays a 12 week season up to Saturday 27 May 2017.

Potted Panto returns from 10 December to 8 January 2017

Seven classic pantomimes for the price of one - that's the children's show Potted Panto which returns to London for it's fourth Christmas seasson from Saturday 10 December 2016 at the Garrick Theatre.
Featuring CBBC presenters Dan and Jeff who take a madcap ride through the biggest stories and best-loved characters from panto. Our dastardly double act dash from rubbing Aladdin's lamp to roaming the golden streets of Dick Whittington's London. Searching for Cinderella's lost slipper, they try to wake Sleeping Beauty before the giant climbs down Jack's beanstalk to squash Snow White's seven dwarves.
Potted Panto plays a limited Christmas season of special daytime performances up to Sunday 8 January 2017.

Mark Rylance's Nice Fish extends three weeks

Although it does not even start preview performances until Tuesday 15 November 2016 - Mark Rylance's Nice Fish has already announced a three week extension to it's limited eight week - the, now eleven week season, will play up to Saturday 11 February 2017.
Written for the stage by Mark Rylance and Louis Jenkins from the writings of Louis Jenkins, Nice Fish is set on a frozen Minnesota lake at the end of the 'season' when the ice is beginning to creak and groan. Two men are out on the ice angling for answers to life's larger questions.
Claire van Kampen's acclaimed New York staging comes to the West End with the entire New York cast of Mark Rylance, Jim Lichtscheidl, Kayli Carter, Bob Davis and Raye Birk.
Nice Fish will play an extended limited season up to Saturday 11 February 2017.

Gary Barlow's musical comedy The Girls opens 21 February 2017

It has been announced that the Gary Barlow and Tim Firth's new musical comedy The Girls will opened at the Phoenix Theatre on Tuesday 21 February following public previews from Tuesday 28 January.
Based on the true story about the Women's Institute's Calendar Girls - a group of extraordinary women, members of a very ordinary Yorkshire Women's Institute or WI, who spark a global phenomenon by persuading one another to pose for a charity calendar with a difference!
The cast includes Joanna Riding, Claire Moore, Michele Dotrice, Claire Machin, Sophie-Louise Dann and Debbie Chazen. Directed by Tim Firth this production comes into London's West End following an acclaimed season at The Grand Theatre in Leeds.
The Girls is currently booking up to Saturday 22 April 2017.

Terry Johnson's Dead Funny opens 3 November 2016

It has been announced that a brand new production of Terry Johnson's award-winning 1994 comedy Dead Funny will open at the Vaudeville Theatre on Thursday 3 November 2016, following public previews from Thursday 27 October.
The death of comedian Benny Hill sets off a chain of events in Terry Johnson's exploration of sexual repression, male impotence and the English sense of humour. Eleanor wants what Richard won't give her. Richard wants to be left in peace. Benny would rather rest in peace, but for tonight, at least, his fans won't let him.
The cast features Katherine Parkinson, Steve Pemberton and Ralf Little and the production will be directed by the playwright himself, Terry Johnson. When this comedy premiered in 1994 it won the Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for 'Best New Play'.
Dead Funny at the Vaudeville Theatre will play for a limited three month season up to Saturday 4 February 2017.

Ed Harris in Sam Shepard’s Buried Child opens 1 December 2016

Scott Elliot's acclaimed New York revival of Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Buried Child starring Ed Harris transfer to London's West End, opening at the Trafalgar Studios on Thursday 1 December 2016, following public previews from Monday 14 November.
Dodge and Halie are barely hanging on to their farmland and their sanity while looking after their two wayward grown sons. It’s a curious homecoming for Vince, their grandson that nobody seems to remember; particularly as his girlfriend can’t stop laughing at his apple-pie dream of a childhood house – until she steps inside that is, and meets the half-crazed relatives. Violence is never far from the surface in this claustrophobic domestic world, and the unexpected reunion triggers catastrophe. A piercing, darkly comic portrait of a family rent asunder, set in America's heartland.
The cast features Ed Harris as 'Dodge' and Amy Madigan as 'Halie' who both reprise their roles from New York, in LOndon they are joined by Jeremy Irvine as 'Vince'.
Buried Child will play a strictly limited season up to Saturday 18 February 2017.

"Exhilarating" Kite Runner opens in London 10 January 2017

Following a couple of successful regional tours, Giles Croft's stage production of Khaled Hosseini's best-selling novel The Kite Runner opens in the West End at the Wundham's Theatre on Tuesday 10 January 2017, following public preview from Wednesday 21 December.
For childhood friends, Amir and Hassan, it's a beautiful afternoon in Kabul, Afghanistan. The skies are full of the excitement and joy of a kite-flying tournament. But neither boy can foresee what will happen that afternoon - an event that is to shatter both their lives.
Adapted for the stage by Matthew Spangler, this production features Ben Turner as 'Amir'.
When seen on tour Patrick Marmion in The Daily Mail said that, "as the hero and narrator Amir, Ben Turner is outstanding" and Sam Marlowe in The Times highlighted that, although "Giles Croft's production sometimes feels rushed and lacking in weight... where it captures the book's soaring hope and compassion it is exhilarating."
The Kite Runner will play a strictly limited 11 week season up to Saturday 11 March 2017.