News Archive

30th December 2011
Elsewhere, it is customary at this time to look back over the past year, and review triumphs and failures. Well we don't do that because we're more interested in the future than the past, so the tradition here is to look forward to what will happen in the West End - all based on ...
16th December 2011
Forthcoming productions at the Bush Theatre in Shepherds Bush will include Nancy Harris's Our New Girl, a psychological drama about the darker side of parenthood, with Kate Fleetwood, Denise Gough and Mark Bazeley, directed by Charlotte Gwinner, opening on 17th January; and Ishy ...
9th December 2011
Booking has opened for The Society Of London Theatre's 11th Get Into London Theatre initiative, designed to encourage new and young theatregoers to experience the wealth of theatrical fare to be found all over London. Discounted tickets are available for 56 shows, including opera...
2nd December 2011
In addition to the already announced Globe To Globe Festival, featuring all 37 Shakespeare plays being performed in 37 different languages, Shakespeare's Globe's 2012 season will run from 7th June to 14th October under the title of The Play's The Thing, comprising Richard III and...
25th November 2011
The Royal Shakespeare Company productions of Much Ado About Nothing, with Meera Syal, directed by Iqbal Khan, and Julius Caesar, with Adjoa Andoh, Ray Fearon, Paterson Joseph, Jeffery Kissoon and Joseph Mydell, directed by Gregory Doran, will transfer from Stratford to London, playing...
18th November 2011
The Steppenwolf Theatre Company Chicago production of Lisa D'Amour's Detroit, about American middle class neighbours riding out the economic downturn in suburbia, directed by Austin Pendleton, will play at the National Theatre in May with a new British cast. The Theatre Royal ...
11th November 2011
The National Theatre has confirmed its winter season, which will include in the Olivier: Oliver Goldsmith's She Stoops To Conquer, the Georgian comedy of class, courtship, mistaken identity and dysfunctional families, with Sophie Thompson, Steve Pemberton, Katherine Kelly, Harry ...
4th November 2011
It's Official! As previously forecast here, the current Chichester Festival Theatre production of the musical Sweeney Todd, book by Hugh Wheeler, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, the Victorian melodrama about the demon barber of Fleet Street, with Michael Ball, Imelda Staunton...
27th October 2011
The stage version of the 1935 film Top Hat, a backstage musical of mistaken identity, featuring a score by Irving Berlin, adapted by Matthew White and Howard Jacques, from the screenplay by Dwight Taylor and Allan Scott, with Summer Strallen, Tom Chambers, Martin Ball, Vivien Parry...
21st October 2011
The spring season in Sheffield Theatres will include in the Crucible: William Congreve's Restoration comedy The Way Of The World, directed by Lyndsey Turner opening on 7th February; Michael Frayn's Democracy, about the relationship between West German chancellor Willy Brandt and ...
14th October 2011
Noel Coward's Hay Fever, with Lindsay Duncan, Jeremy Northam, Kevin McNally and Olivia Colman, directed by Howard Davies, will open at the Noel Coward Theatre on 23rd February. It is the story of a weekend at the country retreat of a bohemian actress, her writer husband, and their...
7th October 2011
The Peter Hall Company/Theatre Royal Bath production of Alan Bennett's The Madness Of George III, the epic play combining drama, politics and humour into a vivid theatrical portrait of 18th century English history, with David Haig, Clive Francis, Beatie Edney and Madhav Sharma, directed...
30th September 2011
The Almeida Theatre in Islington has announced its 2012 season, which will comprise: Federico Garcia Lorca's The House Of Bernarda Alba, about sibling rivalry and a clandestine affair in a household of sexually repressed women, in a new version by Emily Mann, relocating the setting...
23rd September 2011
Ben Brown's Three Days In May, a political thriller set in 10 Downing Street during 1940, when the government had to decide between surrendering to Germany or escalating the war, with Warren Clarke as Winston Churchill, and Jeremy Clyde, Robert Demeger, James Alper, Dicken Ashworth...
16th September 2011
The National Theatre is to stage Oliver Goldsmith's She Stoops To Conquer, the Georgian comedy of class, courtship, mistaken identity and dysfunctional families, with Sophie Thompson, Steve Pemberton and Katherine Kelly, directed by Jamie Lloyd, in January. It has been confirmed...
9th September 2011
The World Shakespeare Festival, part of next year's Cultural Olympiad, running from 23rd April to 25th November, overseen by the Royal Shakespeare Company, will feature 70 productions and exhibitions, involving over 50 arts organisations, and thousands of British and international...
2nd September 2011
The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has launched a campaign to debunk the 'conspiracy theories' surrounding the authorship of Shakespeare's works, given fresh impetus by the film Anonymous, which opens next month. The organisation has launched 60 Minutes With Shakespeare, an audio website...
26th August 2011
Once again there is an extravagance of premieres in the 30th Dance Umbrella, running from 1st to 29th October, presenting the best of national and international contemporary dance performing at venues across London. Highlights include: Emanuel Gat Dance with Brilliant Corners, set...
19th August 2011
The Christmas season at the Arts Theatre, off Charing Cross Road, will comprise A Christmas Carol, with Simon Callow using an adaptation of Charles Dickens's own performing version of the classic story, directed by Tom Cairns, from 8th December to 14th January, presented by Riverside...
12th August 2011
The autumn season at Sadler's Wells's Peacock Theatre will include the return of Havana Rakatan, the Cuban dance spectacular, opening on 13th September; ZooNation's Some Like It Hip Hop, conceived, directed and choreographed by Kate Prince, music and lyrics by DJ Walde, Josh Cohen...
5th August 2011
It's Official! As previously forecast here, Backbeat, a play with music adapted from the 1994 film about the Beatles early years in Hamburg, centring on the relationship between Stuart Sutcliffe, the band's original bassist, John Lennon, and Astrid Kirchherr, the beatnik German photographer...
29th July 2011
It's Official! As previously forecast here, Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night, a semiautobiographical work about a family as they battle their demons of alcohol and drug addiction during a long summer's day, with David Suchet, directed by Anthony Page, will open at the...
22nd July 2011
Ariel Dorfman's Death And The Maiden, about a woman who kidnaps and holds prisoner a man she believes tortured her 15 years earlier, with Thandie Newton, directed by Jeremy Herrin, will open at the Comedy Theatre on 24th October. The producers are Creative Management and Productions...
15th July 2011
It's Official! As previously forecast here, James Goldman's 1965 play The Lion In Winter, about a Christmas family celebration of Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry II, will receive its West End premiere, with Joanna Lumley and Robert Lindsay, directed by Trevor Nunn, opening at the ...
8th July 2011
The Society Of London Theatre is presenting the 14th Kids Week in the West End, designed to introduce young people to the theatregoing experience, with thousands of free tickets and special events. Once again this year it has double the fun, as it is extended to a fortnight, running...
1st July 2011
The National Theatre is to stage the premiere of Stephen Beresford's The Last Of The Haussmans, about a former hippy who, now a mother, has to live with the consequences of her misspent youth, with Julie Walters, directed by Howard Davies, next summer. Decade, a site specific ...
24th June 2011
The Live Theatre Newcastle production of Lee Hall's The Pitmen Painters, inspired by William Feaver's book telling the true story of a group of Ashington coal miners in the 1930s who invited a professor to give them art appreciation classes, directed by Max Roberts, previously seen...
17th June 2011
New York TheatreNet: Once again there was a strong showing of British talent in this year's New York Tony Awards, with War Horse taking 6, including Play, Director (Play) - Marianne Elliot and Tom Morris, and Special Award - Handspring Puppet Company; and Mark Rylance taking Actor...
10th June 2011
Graham Linehan's stage adaptation of The Ladykillers, the legendary 1950s Ealing comedy film about a criminal gang posing as musicians in the house of a dotty old lady, with Peter Capaldi, James Fleet, Ben Miller, Stephen Wight, Clive Rowe and Marcia Warren, directed by Sean Foley...
3rd June 2011
The National Theatre has announced new productions in its autumn season. In the Olivier, Arnold Wesker's The Kitchen, set among the immigrant workforce backstage at a West End restaurant in the 1950s, with Tom Brooke, directed by Bijan Sheibani, opening on 7th September; Bach's St...
27th May 2011
The Royal Opera House will screen productions in over 600 cinemas around the world during its 2011/2012 season. The Royal Opera productions of Gounod's Faust and Verdi's Rigoletto will be shown live, as will the Royal Ballet productions of The Sleeping Beauty, Romeo And Juliet and...
20th May 2011
It has been confirmed that the Royal Shakespeare Company production of the musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's Matilda, book by Dennis Kelly, music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, about a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers, with Bertie Carvel, Paul ...
13th May 2011
It has been confirmed that the Menier Chocolate Factory in Southwark will stage the British premiere of the musical Road Show, book by John Weidman, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, with David Bedella, Michael Jibson, Jon Robyns, Gillian Bevan, Adrian der Gregorian, Fiona Dunn...
6th May 2011
New York TheatreNet: Once again there is a strong showing of British talent in the nominations for this year's New York Tony Awards. They are led by the Royal Court's production of Jerusalem with 6 nominations, including Play, Mark Rylance - Actor Play (Leading) and Mackenzie Crook...
28th April 2011
Simon Callow will perform his one man show Being Shakespeare, compiled by Jonathan Bate, directed by Tom Cairns, which toured last year under the title of Shakespeare - The Man From Stratford, at the Trafalgar Studios 1 from 15th June. The show brings a collection of Shakespeare'...
21st April 2011
The Donmar Warehouse is to stage a second season at Trafalgar Studios 2 from November, directed by graduates from the company's resident assistant director programme. It will comprise the premiere of Tim Price's Salt, Root And Roe, a tale of aging twins who are devoted to each other...
15th April 2011
The 117th season of the BBC Henry Wood Promenade Concerts takes place at the Royal Albert Hall between 15th July and 10th September. The world's greatest classical music festival centres on 74 main concerts (at least one every evening) with consistently low ticket prices, including...
8th April 2011
It's Official! As previously forecast here, Harold Pinter's Betrayal, the semi autobiographical play about adultery, whose story unfolds backwards, with Kristin Scott Thomas, Ben Miles and Douglas Henshall, directed by Ian Rickson, will open at the Comedy Theatre on 16th June. The...
1st April 2011
The Royal Shakespeare Company production of the musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's Matilda, book by Dennis Kelly, music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, about a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers, directed by Matthew Warchus, with choreography by Peter...
25th March 2011
This year's Edinburgh International Festival, running from 12th August to 4th September, will have a strong Asian theme. Theatre highlights include the world premiere of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, adapted by Stephen Earnhart and Greg Pierce, from the novel by Haruki Murakami, directed...
18th March 2011
This year's Laurence Olivier Awards were dominated by National Theatre productions with After The Dance taking 4 awards, including Revival (Play), Actress (Play) - Nancy Carroll and Supporting Actor (Play) - Adrian Scarborough; and The White Guard also winning 4, including Director...
11th March 2011
Last year's Chichester Festival Theatre production of George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion, with Kara Tointon joining Rupert Everett and Peter Eyre in the tale of a phonetics professor's attempt to transform a cockney flower girl into a society lady, directed by Philip Prowse, will play...
4th March 2011
The Broadway musical Rock Of Ages, book by Chris D'Arienzo, set in a Hollywood rock club in 1987, featuring a back catalogue of 1980s glam rock pop songs, directed by Kristin Hanggi, with choreography by Kelly Devine, will transfer to the Shaftesbury Theatre, opening in September...
25th February 2011
It's Official! As previously forecast here, Simon Gray's Butley, about a professor trying to cope with the strains of divorce and academia, with Dominic West, Penny Downie and Paul McGann, directed by Lindsay Posner, will open at the Duchess Theatre on 6th June. Glyndebourne ...
18th February 2011
The next production at the Menier Chocolate Factory in Southwark will be Jack Rosenthal's Smash!, a comedy telling the backstage story of the production of a new musical, based on Rosenthal's experience of turning his television play Bar Mitzvah Boy into a West End musical, with ...
11th February 2011
The nominations for this year's Laurence Olivier Awards, Britain's premier theatre awards, given by the Society Of London Theatre, are dominated by the National Theatre with 17, including Terence Rattigan's After The Dance with 6, including Revival (Play), Nancy Carrol - Actress (...
4th February 2011
The 2011/2012 season at the Young Vic will include Gogol's Government Inspector, about a corrupt small town mayor who mistakes a penniless nobody for an undercover government inspector, in a new adaptation by David Harrower, with Julian Barratt, Doon Mackichan and Kyle Soller, directed...
28th January 2011
The National Theatre has confirmed its forthcoming productions into 2012. In the Olivier: Anton Chekov's The Cherry Orchard, picturing rural Russia at the brink of the Revolution, with Zoe Wanamaker, Conleth Hill, Claudie Blakley, Mark Bonnar, Pip Carter, Gerald Kyd, James Laurenson...
21st January 2011
As part of the London Cultural Olympiad, Shakespeare's Globe is to stage all of Shakespeare's 38 plays in a different language over a period of 6 weeks from 23rd April 2012. The theatre will produce one of the plays, with the others being presented by international theatre companies...
14th January 2011
The Donmar Warehouse has announced its autumn season. Eugene O'Neill's Anna Christie, in which an abused young woman struggles to make a fresh start after finding love, with Jude Law and Ruth Wilson, directed by Rob Ashford, will open on 9th August. John Osborne's Inadmissible Evidence...
7th January 2011
The spring season at the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond will include: Jason Sherman's Reading Hebron, which examines a terrorist atrocity at the Mosque in the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron in 1994, directed by Sam Walters, from 9th February; Allan Monkhouse's Mary Broome, an ...