August was dominated by Edinburgh for me but the London theatre wheels were still turning; here’s my round up of my favourite bits of news, my theatre hits and misses and few celeb spots…
Sally Field and Bill Pullman in All My Sons at The Old Vic: Yep, Hollywood comes London theatreland next year in a co-production with Headlong (Jeremy Herrin directs). No dates yet but already I can’t wait.
National Theatre’s artistic director Rufus Norris steps into the breach – there has been a spate of understudies and theatre staff saving the day when actors are indisposed but this weekend’s performance of Home, I’m Darling saw Norris take to the stage to play Jonny for Richard Harrison.
Foxfinder full cast: You may have missed my July round-up (I did) which (would have) mentioned that Iwan Rheon and Heida Reed had been cast in Foxfinder at the Ambassadors Theatre. Well, joining them is Paul Nicholls and Bryony Hannah. It opens for preview on 6 September 2018.
The Wild Duck, Almeida: Fans of Robert Icke rejoice, he returns to the Almeida with a production of Ibsen’s The Wild Duck. Speculation has already started about who will be in the cast. Opens 15 October 2018.
Nina Raine’s Stories’ full cast: Thusitha Jayasundera, Sam Troughton and Brian Vernel join Claudie Blakeley for Raine’s new play which opens 10 October at the National Theatre. Loved her last play, Consent.
Douglas Booth and Clifford Samuel at Trafalgar Studios. The two will star in the European premiere of Ken Urban’s A Guide for the Homesick in Studio 2 which opens on 16 October 2018. Last saw Booth treading the boards in the superb Speech and Debate last year and Samuel was in the BBC’s fab McMafia (yes, I occasionally watch telly).
From Edinburgh, it’ll have to be Queens of Sheba (its run at New Diorama is sold out but try for returns) and The Fishermen which is touring so catch that if you can.
Back in London, I loved Dance National at the Almeida, it’s a play about teenage girls that, refreshingly, speaks for women of all ages (full review on its way).
Not technically August but given I missed July I’m going to mention them here: Exit the King, National Theatre and Allelujah, Bridge Theatre for reasons stated in this blog post.
Celebs at the theatre
Not so much a spot as a chat with Julie Hesmondhalgh – we were stood next to each other in the queue for The Extinction Event in Edinburgh and the queues in Edinburgh were very chatty. Also in Edinburgh, comedian and actor John Thompson was watching Su Pollard in Harpy and one of my Fringe flatmates spotted Ellie Goulding.
Meanwhile, in London, the Mother of dragons (Emilia Clarke) was watching Dance Nation ‘with me’ at the Almeida and Rhys Ifan’s and I made eye contact in the lobby of the Dorfman after Home, I’m Darling.
I’m sure I’ve missed one, will add in if I remember.
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