With a new year fast approaching, it is an interesting time to reflect on small changes across the theatre landscape in 2019 that will continue to shape how UK theatre will look as it moves into a new decade.
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.
The full cast and creative team is announced for Sean Foley’s stage adaptation of classic Ealing Studios comedy The Man in the White Suit.
It’s is not going to change your life but for a chance to see a national treasure and to wallow away from the pressures of the real world for a couple of hours, Blithe Spirit ticks all the boxes.
If I could look into Madame Arcati’s crystal ball I think I would see a West End transfer on the cards for Richard Eyre’s playful production of Blithe Spirit.
Theatre Royal Bath Productions has announced a new production of Daphne du Maurier’s psychological thriller My Cousin Rachel, starring Helen George (BBC One’s Call The Midwife) in the titular role.
Jonathan Church, artistic director of Theatre Royal Bath’s summer season, has announced further productions and new casting for the 2019 programme. Katherine Parkinson joins Rupert Everett in the cast of Uncle Vanya which he also directs.
Theatre Royal Bath today announces The Argument by William Boyd, its third Summer Season production, with Felicity Kendal starring in the role of Chloe.
The Price is a stellar production of an intriguing play about family tensions – the set is breathtaking and Miller’s insights remain as perceptive as ever.
“Top performances”, “Beautiful work”, “Brilliant revival” – audiences have been taking to Twitter to share their love of the Rose Theatre Kingston and Theatre Royal Bath revival of Stones in his Pockets. Find out what they’ve been saying – including our thoughts too! – the book your tickets swiftly as there are only a handful of performances left!
Two actors, a handful of costume changes, a rural backdrop and a massive trunk – that’s what you need to stage a fantastic production of Stones in his Pockets, certainly if these brilliant production shots are anything to go by. Take a look, then book your tickets!
How do two actors play all the characters in award-winning comedy Stones in his Pockets? With a lot of hand-waving and gesticulation if these pictures from the show’s rehearsal room are anything to go by!
Marie Jones’ award-winning tale of Hollywood coming to Ireland, Stones in his Pockets, will receive a brand new production at the Rose Theatre Kingston this spring. The show, directed by Lindsay Posner, runs from 28 February to 9 March 2019 at the west London venue before heading off on a UK tour.
At the Ambassadors, Joanna Murray-Smith’s new play Switzerland arrives in the West End for the first time, putting Patricia Highsmith in the spotlight with an intriguing duologue about the nature of the authorial voice.
Actor and writer William Gaminara plumbs Ayckbourn territory for The Nightingales, an odd bird which has just opened at Theatre Royal Bath with TV actress Ruth Jones tempted back to the stage
Jermyn Street Theatre launches into its 25th anniversary year with a season of work that brings together celebrated theatrical figures Trevor Nunn and Howard Brenton with a rich array of exciting new talent.
Lucy Bailey’s Theatre Royal Bath production of Australian playwright Joanna Murray-Smith’s Switzerland will transfer to the West End next month, running for a limited season at the Ambassadors Theatre just ahead of another Murray-Smith play, Songs for Nobodies, transferring from Wilton’s Music Hall. The West End transfers come hot on the heels of Paul Robinson’s star-studded London revival of Murray-Smith’s Honour, starting at the Park Theatre next week.
Terence Rattigan was understandably consumed with thoughts of love and death – and the right way to die – when he wrote his last great play, In Praise Of Love. Dying himself from leukaemia – after an earlier false diagnosis – the writer poured his feelings into this profoundly moving and tragic semi-autobiographical play.
The 50th-anniversary production of Arthur Miller’s drama The Price will transfer to the West End in February 2019 following a critical and publicly acclaimed reception at the Theatre Royal Bath earlier this summer. David Suchet and Brendan Coyle will both reprise their roles in Jonathan Church’s revival with Adrian Lukis and Sara Stewart.
In Switzerland, Joanna Murray-Smith has written an intricately woven script so intense that 1 hour 40 minutes without an interval is thoroughly necessary.