Three months in and 2016 is proving to be a lively season for London theatre-goers. Here are ten productions our Editorial Staff are looking forward to seeing in April.
BLUE ON BLUE
‘I got no fucking legs. I live my life on fucking wheels. I get a little tickle once a week. She weren’t doing this, she’d be washing windscreens. Or worse.‘
Badly wounded in action by friendly fire, army veteran Moss lives in a small flat with his highly- strung nephew Carver. When Marta, a young Eastern European carer, enters their tiny world the results are as disruptive as they are well-intentioned.
Created with support from leading charities BLESMA and Harmless, the show offers a vivid and rare insight into the lives behind the headlines as our armed forces continue to engage in conflicts across the world.
Written by Chips Hardy, this powerful, insightful and blackly comic play is presented by London-based company The Skullcap Collective.
Bookings: Blue on Blue
Print Room at The Coronet is presenting the first major revival in nearly thirty years ofDeathwatch by Jean Genet, in a translation by David Rudkin.
Informed by his own experience in French prisons, Jean Genet’s first play, Deathwatch is an explosive exploration of the inversion of moral order.
Three young convicts share a cell. Locked into a world of dangerous rivalries, criminals Lefranc and Maurice compete for the attention of the charismatic condemned man, Green-Eyes.
Jean Genet, author of The Maids, was one of the most prominent and provocative writers of the twentieth century. He was an essayist, novelist, political activist and playwright. Genet was described by Simone de Beauvoir as “a thug of a genius”.
Deathwatch was last presented in London in 1987 in a major production by the Royal Shakespeare Company. David Rudkin, whose plays include Ashes and Afore Night Come,provided the specially commissioned translation, which Print Room at the Coronet is now reviving. This production will be directed by Geraldine Alexander following the successful production of her own play Amygdala at the Print Room in 2013.
Praised for their innovative and anarchic reinvention of the classics, The Jamie Lloyd Companypropels Christopher Marlowe’s legendary tale Doctor Faustus into the here and now in an explosive and magical new production starring Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) in his long-awaited return to the London stage.
Faustus makes a pact with the Devil, selling his soul in return for the ability to perform absolutely anything he pleases with the power of black magic. This fatal decision catapults him into an intoxicating world of celebrity, as he becomes a world-renowned conjuror, international heartthrob and friend of the rich, famous and powerful. But what is the cost of his insatiable thirst for wealth and fame?
With blackly comic new scenes by Colin Teevan and dynamic stage illusions, the story of this 400-year-old play is transported to a celebrity-obsessed society of greed and instant gratification, offering a fresh, new perspective that chimes with our times.
Bookings: Doctor Faustus
Ruby In The Dust presented their first show at the Union Theatre in March 2006. To celebrate their tenth anniversary they are returning with their iconic production of Gatsby, specially tailored to suit the seductive environs of the Union Theatre’s intimate space
We find Meyer Wolfshiem in his favourite ‘Speakeasy’ having received the ‘shock of his life’.
“When a man gets killed – I keep out!”
But this time there’s something else; something – or someone – that draws him into Gatsby’s world.
Watch the characters of F Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby come to life as they weave their way through the famous story and unravel the mystery that is Jay Gatsby. They may even share some of the gossip with you.
My Mother Said I Never Should
“I don’t know if you’ll ever love me as much as I love you but one day you’ll understand why I’ve done this to you.”
National treasure Maureen Lipman (Oklahoma, Outside Edge, See How They Run) and Olivier-award winning Katie Brayben (Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, King Charles III, American Psycho) lead the cast, joined by Caroline Faber (The Taming of the Shrew, The Heiress, Hangover Square) and Serena Manteghi (The Railway Children).
Doris, born illegitimate in 1900, exchanges her budding teaching career for marriage and motherhood. When the war is over her daughter Margaret marries an American and has Jackie, who becomes an 60s rebel. When Jackie finds herself a single mother, it is decided that baby Rosie will be brought up as Margaret’s own. That’s the plan anyway.
Keatley’s award-winning play is a moving exploration of the relationships between mothers and daughters and the consequences of breaking the most sacred taboo of motherhood. A play about the choices we make which determine the course of our lives and how it is never too late to change.
Bookings: My Mother Said I Never Should
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Set against the backdrop of America’s Deep South at the turn of the 20th-Century. Show Boattells a powerful story of freedom, loyalty, and above all love.
The show’s Broadway premiere in 1927 changed musical theatre forever, and this lavish new production proves that its timeless themes and peerless music remain as vital, passionate and moving as ever.
So hop on board the Cotton Blossom show boat, and be swept away by one of the most romantic musicals of all time, directed by Daniel Evans and featuring the timeless songs Ol’ Man River, Make Believe and Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man from Jerome Kern, with lyrics and book by Oscar Hammerstein II.
Sunset Boulevard is a compelling story of romance and obsession, based on Billy Wilder’s classic film, with celebrated book and lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton.
When impoverished screenwriter Joe Gillis stumbles into the reclusive world of faded silent-screen goddess Norma Desmond, she sees the opportunity to make a comeback and rise to her former glory. He by turn is seduced by the actress and her luxurious lifestyle. But the entanglement between the pair is to have dramatic and tragic consequences.
With the lush melodies of this much-loved score (including Sunset Boulevard, With One Lookand The Perfect Year) performed by ENO’s acclaimed orchestra, this semi-staged production promises to be a spectacular evening.
Lonny Price (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street) returns to the London Coliseum to direct the strictly limited run of 43 performances.
Bookings: Sunset Boulevard
The Comedy About A Bank Robbery
One enormous diamond
Six incompetent crooks
And a snoozing security guard
What could possibly go right?
Written by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields of Mischief Theatre and starring the Mischief Theatre Company who brought you the Olivier Award-winning Best New Comedy The Play That Goes Wrong and, following that success, Peter Pan Goes Wrong.
Bookings: The Comedy About A Bank Robbery
Things are getting tough for Sam. No job, benefits stopped and stuck in a tiny flat with his girlfriend Maya and her mum. The pressure is building. It feels like there might be only one way out.
But every ending is a beginning and there are plenty of people keen to capitalise on Sam’s momentous decision. From corrupt local politicians to kids trying to raise the number of views of their online videos, everyone wants a piece of Sam’s demise. It scarcely matters what Sam actually wants. Faced with the promise of immortality, what’s his life worth?
Suhayla El-Bushra takes the satiric masterpiece by Nikolai Erdman and smashes it into contemporary urban Britain. It promises to be provocative, fast-paced and very funny.
Bookings: The Suicide
The European premiere of this monster of a rock ‘n’ roll musical comedy from the Tony Award-winning creative team behind Memphis, Joe DiPietro and David Bryan, and based on the 1984 cult classic film from Troma Entertainment comes to Southwark Playhouse’s The Largefor a five-week run.
The citizens of Tromaville are crying out for a hero – enter Melvin Ferd the Third, an aspiring earth scientist determined to clean up the toxic waste problem. But when a corrupt Mayor and her government goons try to stop this heroic feat, Melvin is tossed into a vat of toxic waste and transformed into The Toxic Avenger, New Jersey’s first superhero!
‘Toxie’ is a seven-foot mutant freak with superhuman strength and a supersized heart to match. He’s out to save New Jersey, end global warming, woo the prettiest (blindest) librarian in town and get home in time for dinner, in this toxic love story with an environmental twist. Prepare to laugh, scream and sing as ‘Toxie’ rocks the house and saves the day.
Based on Lloyd Kaufman’s The Toxic Avenger.
Bookings: Toxic Avenger