Never Mind The Blog… Here’s April 2018

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A couple of days to recover from March, and then straight back on it…

Lots and lots opening in London again this month! The Blue Elephant Theatre welcomes The Tell Tales, At the Heart of Things and Bailamos Opa! – plus Gauhar Jaan – The Datia Incident, Shadwell Opera Double Bill: Diary of One Who Disappeared & The Grief of Antigone open at Clapham’s Omnibus Theatre. Acting Gymnasium play A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Seagull, The Misanthrope in rep at Theatro Technis; Tumble Tuck begins at the King’s Head, Island Song plays the Nursery Theatre, Persuasion has a run at The Playground Theatre, and the Drayton Arms welcomes Free Solo. Bat Out Of Hell (Dominion Theatre) and The Moderate Soprano (Duke of York’s Theatre) come to the West End; Joe Penhall’s Mood Music starts previews at the Old Vic. Michelle Terry’s inaugural season at Shakespeare’s Globe also begins at the end of the month.

Away from the capital, Liverpool Everyman begins its run of Othello, starring Golda Rosheuvel (and one which I absolutely have to see), Quartet arrives at Cambridge Arts Theatre, Fat Friends the Musical visits Birmingham’s New Alexandra Theatre, and Jersey Boys has a brief stint at Glasgow King’s Theatre.

In return, we are losing The Birthday Party (Harold Pinter Theatre), Murder, She Didn’t Write (Leicester Square Theatre), Julius Caesar (Bridge Theatre), Fanny & Alexander (Old Vic), Misty (Bush Theatre), Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Wyndham’s Theatre), and Summer and Smoke (Almeida). In Bristol, both Macbeth (Tobacco Factory) and The Cherry Orchard (Bristol Old Vic) end their runs.

It’s the Olivier Awards this month – this week, in fact! Catherine Tate hosts, and it will take place at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 8 April (the ITV broadcast is due at 10.20pm).

Several familiar faces are running the London Marathon this year! If you fancy sponsoring them, here are their sponsorship pages:

New releases: Manic Street Preachers – Resistance Is Futile (13th), The Who – Live at The Fillmore East: Saturday April 6, 1968 (20th); Mum series 2 (2nd), Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (9th)

Reviews

Lots going on again – and one or two that I’m particularly looking forward to…

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Photo credit: Scott Rylander
  • Devil With The Blue Dress, Bunker Theatre
  • Teddy, The Vaults
  • Plastic, Old Red Lion
  • Coconut, Ovalhouse
  • The Misanthrope, Theatro Technis
  • Reared, Theatre503
  • Moormaid, Arcola
  • The Nature of Forgetting, Shoreditch Town Hall
  • For King and Country, Colab Factory

Any Other Business

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Photo credit: Helen Maybanks

I have a couple of BroadwayWorld UK reviews confirmed – firstly The Fantastic Follies of Mrs Rich, which allows me to take another trip up to Stratford-upon-Avon to see the RSC at work, and take in some more Restoration Comedy. I’m also taking my Shakespeare up a notch by heading to see Cheek by Jowl’s Périclès, Prince de Tyr (yes, it’s in French)! Talking of Shakespeare, I’ve scheduled a rare night off on 23 April to celebrate the Bard’s birthday; plenty of time to do some reading, watching & blogging.

The tour continues apace for The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk; this month I’ll be visiting Manchester, Exeter, Oxford and Northampton. It’s certainly keeping me busy! Nice to have the chance to visit a few different places, and take in some new theatres – plus I’m introducing my parents to its wonder along the way.

It’s the final few Emma Rice weeks at the Globe (waah!), so I’m definitely heading over to see The Little Matchgirl. I’m also finally taking up the ENO on their ‘Opera Undressed’ offer; I’m heading to the Coliseum to see La Traviata (the deal also includes a pre-show talk, a G&T and a post-show get together with the company). This one hasn’t been too well received, but I’m just pleased to be seeing opera in its traditional environment at last!

Paper Creatures are holding a fundraiser in aid of their new play (Section 2 at the Bunker Theatre): The Creature Quiz! I’m really looking forward to going along, and helping this interesting new play in this production.

Hot tips

Blog post: Rewrite This Story’s review of Trainspotting Live
Book: Confronting the Classics (Mary Beard)

“When some things are gone you thirst for their details in such a heartbreaking way… you feel an agony of need to remember…”
Marc Chagall, The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk (Daniel Jamieson)

Don’t miss!
My analysis of the 2018 Olivier Award nominations.

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