Rhys Ifans will play the iconic role of Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, the new play by Aaron Sorkin based on Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, directed by Bartlett Sher, which will open in London’s West End in 2020. Further casting will be announced.
In a mere 90 minutes On Bear Ridge creates a theatrical metaphor of unforgettable power and impact.
On BearRidge, the first Ed Thomas play for 15 years, is a post-apocalyptic metaphor-fest which is tragic, lyrical and funny too.
On Bear Ridge, Ed Thomas’ story of being left behind and trying to hold onto the memories that give us a sense of self, is crafted at the Royal Court Theatre with care and sensitivity.
The densely poetic On Bear Ridge offers a thoughtful experience at the Royal Court, with Rhys Ifans and Rakie Ayola on fine form.
A surreal, existential tragi-comedy, On Bear Ridge is at times tense, laugh out loud funny and heart-wrenchingly sad.
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.
Adapted from Eugene Ionesco’s French absurdist comedy by Patrick Marber (who also directs), Exit the King, in a nutshell, tells the story of the death of the titular King, who’s told he must die and then does, in real time. It’s no more interesting than I’ve made it sound.
This final sequence of Exit the King is mesmerising. The self-indulgent waffle and navel-gazing that makes up the rest of Marber’s production? No thanks.
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 directs Rhys Ifans in this new production of Exit the King. Here Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews…
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.
Matthew Warchus’ smash-hit production of Charles Dickens’ timeless festive classic A Christmas Carol will return to the Old Vic Theatre for a second festive season. Casting is to be announced.
Ben Chaplin will be taking on the role of Bernard in the world premiere of Joe Penhall’s new play Mood Music at The Old Vic, replacing Rhys Ifans who is withdrawing from the production due to family reasons.
Kicking off my challenge was the Old Vic’s production, which I’ve seen four times (and by some bizarre providence I managed to see each actor playing Tiny Tim).
Well, we’re all still here… The big red button hasn’t been pushed yet and theatre is better than ever! But what’s coming up this year?
Following his current turn as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, Rhys Ifans will return to the Old Vic Theatre in the new year to star in the world premiere of Joe Penhall’s new stage play Mood Music, which runs from 21 April to 16 June 2018.
You know what time of year it is – so I’ve just been through my annual Mind the Advent countdown! As I’ve seen a personal best number of different shows this year, the sheer volume of actors (and performances) have really been stacking up and making my life difficult – in terms of summing up my favourites of the year, that is. So here is a bit of a sneak preview of what’s to come in my highlight posts…
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