This Week in Theatreland
By Wesley Nash
15th May 2017
Keep your eyes peeled every Monday lunchtime for your regular dose of theatre news and what to look forward to in venues around the capital, country and globe. We reflect on the week that's passed, as well as the week ahead to bring you the freshest industry gossip, announcements and those all-important dates for your diary.
Last Week We Learnt...
Our Ladies of Perpetual Samb-uccour
Our Ladies got off to a riotous start with previews last week and celebrated their press night last night with a song, a dance and a shedload of Sambuca. Keep your eyes peeled for reviews, though the Evening Standard has already embraced the latest West End addition:
"Chell, Fionnula, Kay, Kylah, Manda and Orla, welcome to the West End. You are exactly what it needs."
Featuring the songs of the Electric Light Orchestra, Vicky Featherstone directs the adaptation of Alan Warner's novel about six Catholic Choir girls from Oban running riot in Edinburgh, brought to the page by Lee Hall, the force behind the theatrical adaptation of Billy Elliot.
Theatre royalty ascends to televised throne
Good reviews and strong audience numbers have been filtering in for Saturday nights premiere of King Charles III on BBC2. The drama, which centres around a fictionalised future in which our current Prince Charles has finally become monarch, is an adaptation of Mike Bartletts 2015 Best New Play Olivier-winner.
The play was originally directed by Rupert Goold, a recent recipient of a CBE from Prince Charles himself and starred the late Tim Pigott-Smith in the title role.
Opera is alive and well in Scotland, even if the characters aren't...
Tuesday night marked the opening of Scottish Operas latest production of the Puccini classic La boheme at Glasgows Theatre Royal in which Hye-Youn Lee is "dignified [and] touching" in her performance as Mimi, the lead female character consumed by tuberculosis.
Director Renaud Doucet and designer André Barbe set the romance amidst the jumble of Pariss famous flea markets. Inspired by the Jazz Age of Josephine Baker, this production is full of their trademark colour, character and style.
Coming Up This Week...
Be afraid, be very afraid
Theatre meets cinema this week as Edward Albees Whos Afraid of Virginia Woolf? hits the big screen in NT Live screenings on Thursday.
Imelda Staunton returns as a key star in the ever-growing opportunities for broadcasting theatre, having previously led the cast of Gypsy in the incredibly popular live screening from the Savoy that aired on BBC 4.
Get 7.30pm on the 18th May in those diaries to pop down to your local cinema and see Albee's masterpiece in action, or book now for the run up until 27th May.
C30 years ago, in a country not so far away...
Woyzeck begins previewing this week before opening up its full run next Monday at The Old Vic.
Jon Boyega (Attack the Block, Star Wars) stars in this reimagining of Georg Büchners 1879 classic, which sees the action travelling through time and a bit of space to 1980s Berlin in a new adaptation by Harry Potter and the Cursed Child writer Jack Thorne. Speaking of which
Charming Cursed Child changes cast
This week sees the final run of the original Harry Potter and the Cursed Child cast with eight new faces from the world of television and theatre set to join the cast at the end of the week.
Harry, Ron and Hermione (as well as several other characters) will appear to have taken some Polyjuice Potion as their roles are filled by new actors, with established cast members (including recent Olivier-winners Jamie Parker and Noma Dumezweni) departing the stage.
Look out for extended booking periods in the coming months to see the new cast step into the magical world of witchcraft and wizardry.
Elsewhere in London
Other picks for the coming week:
Richard III (Arcola Theatre): Shakespeare's wickedest monarch continues at the Arcola this month starring Greg Hicks as Richard.
We Are Brontë (Omnibus): Morecombe and Wise meets David Lynch in this madcap reimagining of the Bronte myth.
Late Company (Finborough Theatre): Last chance to see Jordan Tannahil's new play exploring restorative justice and cyberbullying. Until 20th May.
Don't forget to come back next week to see what's new in Theatreland...