London's top ten new theatre shows
Here’s the latest attempt to extract some live mileage out of Wayne’s hugely successful 1978 prog rock concept album adaptation of HG Wells‘s sci-fi novel. This time, the all-singing alien invasion story will be reimagined as an immersive theatre show, brought to you by dotdotdot who debuted last year with immersive extravaganza ‘Somnai’.
Happy twenty-fifth birthday to Camden People’s Theatre! It celebrates the milestone with a three-week festival exploring the lives of Camden locals, past and present. Headline show ‘Human Jam’ concerns the 63,000 human bodies exhumed and moved in order to make way for HS2.
Dante or Die’s gorgeous site-specific show about grief and digital afterlives was our favouite show of last year’s Edinburgh Fringe and finally gets a London run. It concern Terry, a man thrown into a spin when his former partner unexpectedly dies and he is entrusted with his digital legacy.
Lenny Henry lends his star power to the concluding show in Nadia Fall’s first season at TRSE: he plays smooth-talking American hustler Elmore, who dreams of escape from crumbling ‘80s Pittsburgh in August Wilson’s 1999 drama.
Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer-winning 1938 classic ‘Our Town’ makes a bracing curtain opener for the new Open Air Theatre season, as Gate Theatre boss Ellen McDougall tackles the influential meta-drama, which is set in the actual theatre it’s performed in, and follows 12 years of life, love and death in the fictional New Hampshire town of Grover's Corners.
Ibsen's 'Rosmersholm' isn't one of his best known plays but this new adaptation from Duncan Macmillan looks like it'll make a good case for getting to know it better. Hayley Atwell stars as forward-looking free spirit Rebecca West, alongside Tom Burke as the tortured John Rosmer and Giles Terera as Andreas Kroll.
Michelle Terry kicks off her second outdoor season at the Globe with the returns of her acting ensemble for an even more ambitious programme than last year. ‘Henry IV Parts 1 and 2’ and ‘Henry V’ will be performed by the same company, in rep, for the entire season. As ever it's a diverse company, with women in the lead roles: Terry plays Hotspur, Helen Schlesinger Falstaff, and Sarah Amankwah Hal/Henry V.
A 40-strong cast are bringing Andrea Levy's prize-winning novel 'Small Island' to the National Theatre's stage this spring in an epic Olivier production directed by NT boss Rufus Norris and adapted by Helen Edmundson.
Also opening at the National Theatre
Ella Hickson – author of out play of 2018 ‘The Writer’ – makes her NT debut with audio-enhanced thriller ‘ANNA’. And Roger Allam stars in a revival of Githa Sowerby's classic 1912 drama ‘Rutherford and Son’.
Australian-Thai playwright Anchuli Felicia King is a completely unknown quantity in the UK, but it’s hard not get excited when the Royal Court swings behind an up-and-coming so wholeheartedly. Her international debut, ‘White Pearl’, is a big, boisterous comedy set in a Singaporian skin whitening start-up.
Also opening at the Royal Court
Selina Thompson’s phenomonal Edinburgh Fringe smash ‘salt.’ – about her journey to trace the old ‘slave triangle’ – finally gets a full London run.
Yes, we have had about 5,000 Arthur Miller revivals in London this year but that doesn’t stop this looking pretty amazing. The great Marianne Elliott co-directs Miller’s masterpiece ‘Death of a Salesman’, with a superb cast headed by Wendell Pierce, SHaron D Clarke and Arinzé Kene.
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