The year is rapidly coming to a close. But before it does, there are more great shows to see in the lead up to Christmas – in addition to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s wildly anticipated Broadway transfer of Hamilton. Here is Love London Love Culture’s guide to some of the best shows opening in December 2017.
There’s a fascinating concept behind the Edinburgh University Savoy Opera Group’s production of Oliver!, at the Pleasance Theatre until Saturday evening. The simple idea is that there is not a child performer in sight.
Becoming Mohammed, in its story of a young white man’s conversion to Islam and the subsequent familial negotiations of his journey, not only adds to the diversity on the London fringe but reframes the stigma against white, western Christians converting to Islam, and the inherently peaceful nature of the religion.
The Pleasance celebrates 33 years on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this summer by adding its specially commissioned mobile theatre, appropriately Venue 33, to its complex. Plus, today (Thursday 20 April 2017), the Pleasance Theatre Trust announces 132 more shows on sale across all its venues with an array of exciting newcomers and Festival favourites highlighting the pages of Edinburgh Fringe 2017 programme, …
This brand new all-female production of Laura Wade’s hit play directed by Cressida Carre has officially opened at the Pleasance Theatre. But what have critics been making of it?
If you need convincing that women can be just as derogatory, obtuse and vulgar as certain men can sometimes be, get your bottom down to the Pleasance Theatre in Islington and check out Posh, the phenomenal play by Laura Wade, now with an all female cast who display such misogyny like it’s the most natural thing in our messed up world.
Cressida Carré’s clever direction effectively demonstrates the pack mentality that is in place in this environment, investigating how far people are willing to go to keep the tribe strong – to preserve the thoroughbred.
As March zooms by, here’s a guide to many of the shows which are opening in April…
On the alternative Christmas show offerings, the British premiere of Buddy Thomas’ The Crumple Zone will have a limited season this month at two London fringe venues. Directed by Robert McWhir, it runs at Clapham Omnibus 19 to 23 December 2016, before transferring north to the Pleasance Theatre from 27 to 29 December.
A new all-female production of Posh, directed by Off West End Award winner Cressida Carré, will run at London’s Pleasance Theatre in Islington from Wednesday 29 March to Saturday 22 April 2017.
Louise is a successful actor and singer with numerous, impressive credits to her name, a gorgeous family, and a plenty of auditions. But when a cold turns out to be a sign of something worse, Louise is sent into an existential spin.
Louise Breckon-Richards stars in Can You Hear Me Running? next month at London’s Pleasance Theatre. The play is inspired by Louise’s own experience as a performer who loses her voice to a rare condition and decides to overcome the loss by running the London Marathon.
Oli Forsyth has a great script on his hands, despite a hint of judgmental condescension towards millennials. The script states they waste their lives on jobs they hate, have no cultural or creative identity and surround themselves with material possessions to make their empty lives feel full.
Discovering sex is probably one of the most definitive moments of a young life. Good, bad or indifferent, everyone remembers their sexual awakening. Masturbation, losing your virginity, rape, fantasies, dating, sexual identity and a handful of other topics come up in Propolis Theatre’s Spill, with a cast of eleven young theatre makers from Bristol.
Director Guillaume Pige brings TheatreRe’s latest production – Blind Man’s Song – to London’s Pleasance Theatre for a three-week season. It makes a notable change from mounting a pre-Edinburgh preview and/or tour. And it changes the nature of the work, as Guillaume explains…
As it’s the run up to Christmas, pantos are saturating our stages. There are the traditional ones and plenty that give themselves another label in the hope of getting attention: boutique, adult and gay spring to mind. Then there are other shows that are close to panto in that they’re family friendly and/or based on fairytales, like Polka Theatre’s Beauty & the Beast.
New musical Red Riding Hood, by the team that brought audiences the stage adaptation of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Jake Brunger and Pippa Cleary, also falls into this category.
Halloween may be but a memory, but the Edinburgh University Savoy Opera Group proves that there’s still space for a little of the macabre in town.
They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky…they are of course, The Addams Family – and they are at the Pleasance Theatre all week.
In 1998, Thatcher introduced controversial Section 28 that banned promotion of homosexuality, publishing materials that supported it and teaching its acceptability in schools. Playwright Chris Woodley, fascinated by the change in schools’ attitudes towards homosexuality in pupils and staff between his student years in the 1980s and his teaching career in the 2000s, documents the effects of Section 28 on those affiliated with schools: pupils, teachers, and staff and parents alike. The play loosely centres on the character Michael, a GCSE student at Beckenham High School in 1988, who returns to teach there in 1996. Though Section 28 was not repealed in England until 2003, difference becomes more acceptable as time passes but Woodley still shows the impact on individual lives through such bigoted legislation.