The comedian Bill Bailey returns to London with his new show Limboland which opens at the Vaudeville Theatre on Monday 14 December 2015. The gap between how we imagine our lives to be and how they really are is the subject the show this time. With his trademark intelligence and sharp wit, he tells tales of finding himself in this halfway place as he rails against a world that doesn’t match up to our expectations and contemplates the true nature of happiness. Also included is his version of the protest song, a heart-rending country and western ballad played on a Bible, and a fabulously downbeat version of Happy Birthday. Limboland with Bill Bailey will play for a four week season up to Sunday 10 January 2016.
Following a successful West End season last summer, Emma Reeves' acclaimed stage version of Jacqueline Wilson's children's book Hetty Feather will return to London for a strictly limited run of just 40 performances at the Duke of York's Theatre from Thursday 6 August 2015. Featuring circus skills and a huge heart, this adventure story based in Victorian London follows Hetty's escape from the Foundling Hospital and promises to be a real treat for the whole family. When this production was seen last year Dominic Maxwell in the Times said: "I was gripped, wowed, amused... by this spectacular stage adaptation." Hetty Feather will play for 40 daytime performances - including on Sundays - up to Sunday 6 September 2015.
Following a summer season in London last year, Dani Parr's stage production of Michael Morpurgo's I Believe in Unicorns featuring Danyah Miller will return to the West End for 42 performances at the Vaudeville Theatre from Saturday 1 August 2015. The story centres around Tomas who loves playing in the mountains where he lives, but hates reading books and going to school. Then, one day, everything changs when he meets the Unicorn Lady in his local library. An enchanting and interactive show, especially suitable for those ages five and above, set in a library full of books that hold more than stories within their pages. I Believe in Unicorns will play daytime performances up to Sunday 30 August 2015.
Following a sell-out run at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in London, John Dove's production of Claire van Kampen's acclaimed new play Farinelli and the King, starring Mark Rylance, transfers to the West End's Duke of York's Theatre on Monday 11 May 2015, following public previews from Wednesday 29 April. Based on true events, the play deals with what happened in the 1730s when Farinelli, the world’s most famous castrato, spent time as part of the Royal Court of Spain. Dominic Maxwell in the Times hailed it as being a "warmingly eccentric, bewitchingly musical historical comedy-drama" and in the Daily Express Neil Norman described it as being "a beautifully realised theatrical version of true 18th century events... an evening of real enchantment." This production will feature music played live by musicians on Baroque instruments and, just as at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, the Duke of York's Theatre will be lit almost exclusively by the glow of candlelight. Farinelli and the King plays for a limited season up to Saturday 1 August 2015