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Three Kings, beautifully written by Stephen Beresford, gives Andrew Scott even more scope to sprinkle his performance magic. Created especially for the Old Vic’s In Camera season, it is described as a scratch performance but only the lack of embellishments like set and fancy lighting give any sign of this.
Full casting has been announced for Immersive Everywhere’s The Great Gatsby, created and directed by Alexander Wright, which is set to re-open at West End venue Immersive Ldn on 1 October 2020, with a press night on 22 October.
Teater V’s Safe Space faces a tough subject head on with some style while always staying one step ahead of its audience.
Sonia Friedman Productions has announced that Ian Rickson’s highly-acclaimed production of Conor McPherson’s new adaptation of Uncle Vanya, forced to close in March when the West End went into lockdown, has been filmed on stage at the Harold Pinter Theatre in partnership with Angelica Films.
This 2017 stage adaptation of David Walliams’ The Midnight Gang from the Chickenshed Theatre is filled with cheeky humour and poignancy.
Theatre Royal Bath will reopen its main house in autumn 2020 with the Welcome Back Season of plays, beginning with Harold Pinter’s Betrayal directed by Jonathan Church from 14 October to 31 October, followed by Michael Frayn’s Copenhagen, directed by Polly Findlay from 4 November to 21 November, and lastly David Mamet’s drama Oleanna directed by Nicole Charles which will run from 25 November to 12 December.
Covid-19 must have its say to start with, so off goes the season with Ralph Fiennes directed by Nicholas Hytner and delivering Beat The Devil, a monologue by David Hare.
Due to the ongoing impact of Covid-19, the West End transfer of the National Theatre’s critically-acclaimed production of The Ocean at the End of the Lane, which was scheduled to begin performances this autumn, has been postponed. The acclaimed production will now open at the Duke of York’s Theatre in 2021, with previews beginning from 23 October, playing for a limited run until 12 February …
The fact that Sleepless is the first large-scale indoor production since lockdown gives it a wow factor beyond the production itself.
Emma Clarendon rounds up the reviews for David Hare’s new monologue Beat the Devil, performed by Ralph Fiennes at the Bridge Theatre.
Two one act plays – For Quality Purposes and The Ockenden Witch – have a great deal to say about modern life – even if one is set in 1564!
The Old Vic has announced the next in the Old Vic: In Camera series with a scratch performance of Brian Friel’s classic play Faith Healer. The production will star Michael Sheen, David Threlfall and Indira Varma.
Sleepless is a musical with plenty of heart and feeling that captures the spirit of the original film in a new way, making you see the story and its characters in a new light.
The cult classic Lars von Trier film, The Boss of It All, has been adapted for a specially staged streamed version by theatre company New Perspectives, with Josie Lawrence playing the title character.
The first short play is Beat the Devil in which David Hare stakes first claim to what will surely be a new genre or at least a familiar theme in the coming months – the Covid monologue.
Molly Lynch and Oli Higginson will return to their roles of Cathy and Jamie in The Last Five Years at Southwark Playhouse from 1-31 October 2020 with a press night on 5 October 2020.
Daniel Bye’s The Price Of Everything is first and foremost a theatrical piece which examines the function of narrative and makes us question the veracity of what we hear.
It seems extremely apt for the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park to resurrect its celebrated production of Jesus Christ Superstar just as live theatre starts to take the first tentative steps back.
David Hare gets in first with his Coronavirus monologue Beat The Devil at the Bridge Theatre, evocatively performed by Ralph Fiennes.