Initial casting has been announced for the world premiere of Tom Stoppard’s Leopoldstadt, directed by Patrick Marber, along with a four-week extension to the run.
The revival of Alan Bennett’s 1991 classic The Madness of King George III at Nottingham Playhouse couldn’t then be more relevant, a play that speaks to our interest in the people who govern us as well as concerns about fitness to rule, mental health and its treatment.
The Madness of George III offers a great part for an actor, one which Mark Gatiss relishes. His vocal and physical tics are memorable, while never reducing mental illness to a series of quirks.
Exit the King’s interest in the crumbling of a kingdom is relevant, and I found its musings on death – and Anthony Ward’s visual representation of this – emotionally affecting.
And as an absurdist drama, Exit the King suggests a bit of different thinking. On the face of it, it’s a simple enough tale – a man is told he only has a day left to live and struggles to deal with it.
The National Theatre brings a fascinating cast to Exit the King, the story of King Berenger, who has lived and ruled for 400 years. He is played by Rhys Ifans, a wild and unruly actor who is becoming more interesting with age.
Patrick Marber’s engaging production of Exit the King builds on the central strangeness of Ionesco’s work, attempting to break down our ongoing battle with the idea of death and why no one wants to face it until they have to.
Details have been released of the National Theatre’s season from May to September 2018. Highlights include the Uk premiere of Hadestown, with music, lyrics and book by Anaïs Mitchell, the return of Follies and Patrick Marber’s new version of Eugène Ionesco’s Exit the King.
Updating the classics is not without its pitfalls. How can a modern audience, which has a completely different set of religious beliefs, relate to a 17th-century morality tale in which the lead character behaves badly, and I mean really badly, but gets his comeuppance by being roasted in hell fire?
The full cast has been announced for Patrick Marber’s revival of his own play Don Juan in Soho which, as previously announced, stars David Tennant in the title role, Adrian Scarborough as Stan and Gawn Grainger as Louis and runs for eleven weeks only from 17 March to 10 June 2017, with a press night on 28 March.
David Tennant, who plays the title role in Patrick Marber’s Don Juan in Soho, will be joined by Adrian Scarborough as Stan and Gawn Grainger as Louis. The production will preview at Wyndham’s Theatre from 17 March 2017, with press night on 28 March 2017.