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This Week in Theatreland

By Sam Wightman

22nd 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...


No time for idleness as Nunn's production opens

Round two finally arrived for the transfer of Sir Trevor Nunn's unique take on Terence Rattigan's 1944 comedy, which had its opening night last week. Love in Idleness previously played at the Menier Chocolate Factory in March this year, and audiences can catch it at the Apollo Theatre until 1st July.

Theatre boffins may know that Rattigan's play was forced to debut (at the request of its original stars) as a politically-diluted rewrite of his script Less Than Kind. In this production however,Nunn has sought to merge the well-known redraft and this forgotten text. The result is the story of 18 year-old Michael, who returns home after four years to find his widowed mother the mistress of a cabinet minister...

 Congratulations to the cast, and if you'd like to see Love In Idleness, you can save up to 43% on tickets for a limited time only.


Miliband swaps the political stage for the theatrical one

Don't panic - the country has not completely lost the plot ahead of next month's election. Though he was once the leading man himself, Ed is dipping into the theatre world as part of a new podcast produced by the National Theatre.

The post-Brexit verbatim piece My Country: A Work In Progress has a series coming out that will also feature Dame Harriet Walter. Ed Miliband's contribution in the series of ten episodes sees him talking frankly about political opinion and revealing that he often buys theatre tickets for him mum. Brace yourselves, Milifandom.


The secret is out for Adrian Mole


Speaking of the Menier Chocolate Factory, preparations will be beginning for the 2015 Leicester Curve production of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 which will come to town in July.

Sue Townsend's coming-of-age novel was first published in 1982, and the now-famous diary has been adapted in many different incarnations since. The musical was first brought to the stage in 1984, though this new production features music by Jake Brunger and Pippa Clearey. Casting is still to be announced for the intellectual, anti-Thatcher titular character.

Photo: Sarah Lee


All the world's a stage for Hamlet


A must-have for all theatre fans, former Globe director Dominic Dromgoole's book  Hamlet: Globe to Globe is on-sale and documents the incredible experiences of creating a production of Hamlet that visited every single country in the world.

Beginning in 2014, the team and cast set out with their transportable set on the project of a lifetime that took them 2 years to finish. From challenging locations such as Somalia and a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan, the universality of Shakespeare's great work persevered to entertain audiences on all continents.

You can see an archive from the full tour in pictures on the project's official Twitter account.


Coming Up This Week...


The sun will come out tomorrow (yes, really…)

Literally in the case of the latest West End production, which has its first preview at the Piccadilly Theatre tomorrow night! Miranda Hart leads the cast of Annie as Miss Hannigan in the story of musical theatre’s favourite orphan.

With no camera crew to throw asides to, Miranda steps in for his West End debut. Of the her involvement in the show, she said: “Miss Hannigan is a dream role, and certainly has been for me, but I never thought it would be a reality. But here we are and I have a newly found musical theatre-esque spring in my step! Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some leg-warmers to put on…”

Book your tickets for Annie now.

Freeman in Richard III


Election fever or labour of love?

Exciting news last week as the next Michael Grandage Company and Headlong collaboration has been revealed. James Graham’s political comedy Labour of Love will open at the Noel Coward in September and features a handful of famous faces from screen.

Fresh from last year’s Jamie Lloyd-directed Richard III at Trafalgar Studios, Bilbo Baggins and Sherlock star Martin Freeman will appear alongside Happy Valley’s Sarah Lancashire as conflicting Labour MP’s. The show sees Graham reunite with This House director Jeremy Herrin for another political tour de force. Keep your wits about you as tickets will be on-sale very soon…


Elsewhere in London

Other picks for the coming week:

Amici In Rep (Lyric Hammersmith): One week of shows from Lyric’s resident dance company, combining able bodied and disabled performers

tick, tick... BOOM! (Park Theatre): Rent writer Jonathan Larson's autobiographical rock musical abot his rise in the industry continues at the Park.

Room (Theatre Royal Stratford East): Only 2 weeks left to see the theatrical adaptation of Emma Donoghue's novel that inspired the recent Oscar-winning movie.

To Dream Again (Polka Theatre): There is a signed performance of this new show for youngsters on Thursday 25th May.

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