London Theatre Company announces the first productions at its new Bridge Theatre, which opens this October on the river by Tower Bridge and City Hall.
Rona Munro’s immense historical trilogy The James Plays – about the Kings James I, II and III of Scotland – will return to Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre in February 2016, then tour in a unique format nationally and internationally. The trilogy, originally produced by the NTS with the National Theatre and the EIF, will open for previews on 3 February 2016, opening on Saturday 6, and a full trilogy again on Saturday 13 February.
The National Theatre of Scotland’s adaptation of Muriel Spark’s The Driver’s Seat has a righteous fury, combined with a drive born out of cleverly harnessed technology and a tight ensemble. However, it does not always seem sure of itself and as a result is a curiosity rather than a convincing piece of theatre. Taking a stress-induced holiday from her job in an unspecified ‘North’, Lise travels to Naples, apparently seeking romance. It is not much of a spoiler to say she will end up murdered, as we are told this very early on. Instead the focus is on how and why this will happen.