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‘Too much of what occurs on stage is simply invisible’: TOUCHING THE VOID – West End

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The true story behind Touching The Void and the endeavours and trials that befell mountaineer Joe Simpson and his climbing partner Simon Yates on the Siula Grande mountain in the Peruvian Andes has been recognised in both Simpson’s 1985 bestseller and Film Four’s acclaimed docu-drama released some 18 years later.

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NEWS: UK tour & West End run announced for Blithe Spirit starring Jennifer Saunders

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Noël Coward’s classic comedy Blithe Spirit, directed by Richard Eyre and starring Jennifer Saunders, will return next year for a UK tour followed by a strictly limited six-week engagement at the West End’s Duke of York’s Theatre following a celebrated reception at the Theatre Royal Bath earlier this summer.

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NEWS: Juliet Stevenson & Lia Williams transfer Mary Stuart to West End, TICKETS ONSALE

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All hail the queens. Following a critically acclaimed, sold-out season at the Almeida in 2016-17, Robert Icke’s new adaptation of Schiller’s Mary Stuart transfers to the West End’s Duke of York’s Theatre in January. TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE VIA MATES.

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THE FATHER – West End & touring

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With three Olivier Nominations just announced, Florian Zeller’s modern French masterpiece The Father and its remarkable insight into the effects of Alzheimer’s Disease makes a four-week return to the West End. Translated by Christopher Hampton, himself unrivalled in capturing the nuances of French prose for an English audience, this one-act journey thrusts us into the world of the ageing André, whose mind has succumbed to the ravages of the disease.

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HAY FEVER – Duke of York’s Theatre, West End

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This is a play I know extremely well. My own production (“one of the best the Nuffield Theatre has housed” – Guardian) formed part of my Theatre Studies degree at Lancaster in 1973, the year Noel Coward died. I have seen every major revival, and some dodgy tours, from the splendid Michael Denison and Dulcie Gray version which first inspired me as a teenager at the Grand Theatre Leeds, to glossy London and Chichester productions with Dame Judi, Maria Aitken, Penelope Keith, Geraldine McEwan and Diana Rigg. And the awful one with Lindsay Duncan strutting about in jodhpurs.