Billed as an examination of gentrification, Kerry Jackson at the National Theatre has disappointingly little to say about this subject. Its main characters have clichéd opinions and stereotypical attributes, and De Angelis spends a lot of time getting them to tell us who they are, what they think and how they feel.
The National Theatre has quite mixed fortunes when it comes to new play commissions, some become and instant hit – like After Life and the storming success this year of Jack Absolute Flies Again – while others can feel significantly more under-nourished and perhaps staged a little too soon. April De Angelis’s new play Kerry Jackson falls into the latter category with a tale of a relationship across the class divide that looks to explore polarised opinions about homelessness, immigration and compassion between two people who seem, on the surface, ill-suited.
Casting has been announced for the first two plays in the Theatre Royal Bath’s WELCOME BACK Season this autumn, running from 14 October to 12 December 2020. Two of the country’s leading actresses, Nancy Carroll and Haydn Gwynne, are joined by a distinguished cast of experienced stage and screen performers.
Natalie Abrahami makes Ella Hickson’s text and Elizabeth’s story pulsate with the sound of a young woman for whom insecurity runs in every fibre of her being.
Dealing With Clair at the Orange Tree Theatre is a brilliant revival of Martin Crimp’s savage satire on human greed and male attitudes to women.
The Writer makes a strong case for theatre as a place to debate the most urgent issues of the day and prove that, for some women, experimenting with form is not an option, but a necessity.
The Writer is and should be a show that will divide audiences, but while the piece is pointed social commentary, it also has dramatic flaws that start to put out its own fire.
In The Writer the bastards (the patriarchy) are also in charge of the arts: ruining creative women’s holy myths by mentioning squalid things like the need to sell tickets for the Sacred Space that is Theatre.
Samuel West, Michael Gould and Lara Rossi will join the previously announced Romola Garai in the world premiere of Ella Hickson’s The Writer at the Almeida Theatre, directed by Blanche McIntyre.
This new play about refugee-camp life in Calais is a gruelling docu-drama, powerful but oh so middle class!
Joe Hill-Gibbins’ idiosyncratic 2015 take on Measure for Measure filled the Young Vic with inflatable sex dolls so it should come as little surprise that for his A Midsummer Night’s Dream, he and designer Johannes Schütz have transformed the stage into a muddy paddock.
Marianne Elliott, Whoopi Goldberg, Joe Hill-Gibbins, Robert Lindsay, Roald Dahl and Arthur Darvill are amongst those rounded up here.
Director Joe Hill-Gibbins returns to the Young Vic’s Main House stage with a bold new production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Principal casting – including Jemima Rooper, Anastasia Hille and Sunny Afternoon’s John Dagleish – has now been announced.