Our pick of the new theatre shows taking to London's stages this November
A new play from the great Timberlake Wertenbaker is always worth a look at, and the relocated Southwark Playhouse has made her new drama the mainstay of its autumn season. Joe Dixon, Adam Riches and Gemma Chan star in an adaptation of Sophocles’s ‘Ajax’ based around interviews with current and former servicemen and women.
‘Our Ajax’ is at Southwark Playhouse Nov 6-Nov 30.
2/10Jack and the Beanstalk
Be afraid – panto season is finally here. But the Lyric always chips in with a strong one, and it’ll be nice to see the venue back to normal after its partial mothballing for the ‘Secret Theatre’ season.
‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ is at the Lyric Hammersmith Nov 23-Jan 4 2014.
3/10Scenes from a Marriage
The Barbican’s main theatre has been shut for the best part of the year, but it bounces back with Toneelgroep Amsterdam’s adaptation of Ingmar Bergman’s devastating drama about a marriage breaking down. In this acclaimed version, the audience is apparently put on stage and invited to choose which of multiple ‘scenes’ they witness – we’re not sure how that’ll work on the Barbican stage, but it sounds terribly exciting.
‘Scenes from a Marriage’ is at the Barbican Nov 14-Nov 17.
It’s remarkable that there’s never been a West End adaptation of PG Wodehouse’s Jeeves and Wooster stories, but we’ve got one now and all signs are it'll be worth the wait. Matthew Macfadyen and Stephen Mangan star as butler and aristocrat in a doubtless frothy but fun new adventure for the beloved pair.
‘Perfect Nonsense’ is at the Duke of York’s Theatre until Mar 8 2014.
Okay, we don’t exactly know what ‘Gastronauts’ is, but it’s an intriguing bit of programming for the Royal Court. This ‘theatrical dining experience’ is led by playwright April de Angelis and will offer an exploration of the nation’s current obsession with food, eating and gastronomy. And yes, you do get dinner.
‘Gastronauts’ is at the Royal Court Nov 21-Dec 21.
Neil LaBute, Mark Thomas and Kieran Hurley are among the contributing playwrights to this latest edition of the lefty theatre revue. The theme of November’s event is ‘do we get more right wing in hard times?'
‘Theatre Uncut’ is at the Young Vic Nov 19-Nov 23.
7/10From Morning to Midnight
Dennis Kelly has had quite the year: his ultra-violent TV show ‘Utopia’ was a smash, his family musical ‘Matilda’ conquered Broadway and he had a very wilful show on at the Royal Court in ‘The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas’. Now he caps it with an adaptation of German writer Georg Kaiser’s play about a man who decides to go crazy for the day.
‘From Morning to Midnight’ is at the National Theatre, Lyttelton, Nov 19-Jan 15 2014.
A new play by the enigmatic, capital letter-despising debbie tucker green is always worth a look-in. We basically have no idea what ‘nut’ is about, but it’s a coup for the NT’s intimate Shed to land it.
‘nut’ is at the National Theatre, Shed, until Dec 5.
9/10Jumpers for Goalposts
Tom Wells will in fact have two plays on in London this month – in addition to ‘Jumpers for Goalsposts’, he’s also the author of the Lyric’s ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. This is the one we’re most excited about, though – Wells’s comic homage to the noble English kickaround received glowing notices on its UK tour. It’s already extended its run until next year.
‘Jumpers for Goalposts’ is at the Bush Theatre Nov 27-Jan 4 2014.