I was looking through the programme for This House, a new play about the climactic political events in England in the early and mid-seventies, which is being presented at London’s National Theatre. (You can see the direct telecast of this production at the Nova cinema this weekend.) Among the current or coming offerings in London theatre are the following.
- Othello, a new production with Adrian Lester (star of the BBC seriesHustle) and Rory Kinnear.
- A Chorus Line
- The Book of Mormon – a wicked musical from the creators of South Park
- A new production of Great Expectations
- The Audience, a new play about Queen Elizabeth II, with Helen Mirren, which can also be seen in a month’s time at the Nova.
- Matilda – the mega-hit musical version of the children’s story by Roald Dahl, with music by Australia’s own Tim Minchin.
- Rhinoceros – by Ionesco
- Watt presented by one of Ireland’s most famous theatre companies, the Gate Theatre of Dublin
- The Turn of the Screw from the novel by Henry James
- At the Old Vic., Tennessee Williams’ Sweet Bird of Youth to be followed by Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Mark Rylance, who won the best actor Tony award recently in New York forJerusalem. This latter production will star James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave!
- Quartermaine’s Terms with Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean)
- War Horse
- One Man Two Guvnors
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night
Well, that’s about 16 theatres accounted for. There are still another 30! At least 16 very good theatrical reasons to visit London at the moment.