This Week in Theatreland
by Sam Wightman
10th July 2017
Keep your eyes peeled every week 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...
London became the Pride Lands
Last weekend of course brought with it London Pride weekend, which saw the whole of Theatreland drenched in all the colours of the rainbow for the annual LGBT+ parade culminating in Whitehall. Saturday's march was the biggest in the event's 45 year history, with more than 26,000 people hitting the streets.
With stages and events dotted around the capital, Dreamgirls star Amber Riley gave a belting performance in Trafalgar Square, and Disney's The Lion King celebrated the event by teaming up with the London Gay Men's Chorus.The group performed alongside cast members for an uplifting rendition of "Circle of Life" from the musical.
Tape Face conducts bus tour in mime
London tourists may have found themselves a little lost for words when Sam Wills a.k.a Tape Face hopped on board for an open-top bus tour. With his trademark gaffa tape in place, the prop comedy maestro and former America's Got Talent finalist assisted The Original Tour as they guided sightseers through the capital's streets.
His weird and wonderful show is at the Garrick Theatre until 22nd July only and has been described by Broadway World to be "like if Derren Brown, Charlie Chaplin and Edgar Allan Poe got high and wrote a show."
Don't miss Tape Face in the West End - book your tickets now.
Credit: Charlie Gray
First look at Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Rehearsal photos have been released for the Tennessee Williams classic that opens at the Apollo Theatre on Thursday. The show features Hollywood stars Sienna Miller and Jack O'Connell as the troubled partners Maggie and Brick, whilst Colm Meany takes on the role of Big Daddy.
Set against a particularly tense birthday party at a Southern cotton plantation, the landmark American play was previously brought to the screen in 1958 and starred a certain Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman. Wishing the best of luck to the latest West End cast for their first previews this week.
To take a look at the rehearsal images and to book tickets, click here.
Making Hamlet Accessible
"Theatre is for everybody and Shakespeare was obsessed with that" - Andrew Scott
We sat down with the company of Hamlet in the West End to talk about how this production has been created with audiences of all ages in mind, and the classic story of the Danish Prince worked with to be fully understood and engaged with by all.
To hear director Robert Icke and cast members Andrew Scott, Jessica Brown Findlay, Angus Wright and Peter Wight talking about accessibility, watch the full interview here.
There are also tickets priced £30 and under for under 30s at every single performance, available at the Harold Pinter box office. Otherwise, click here to book Hamlet tickets online.
Coming up this week...
The final page of the calendar for The Girls
They say the last phase of a sunflowers life is always the most glorious, and so too will The Girls celebrate their closing week in the West End in style. Saturday evening marks the final performance at the Phoenix Theatre for Gary Barlow and Tim Firths musical venture.
Whilst well be incredibly sad that this bit of sunshine will no longer be in the West End, the good news is that a tour is already in the works, meaning audiences all over the country will get to share in this heartwarming story of friendship and love.
To catch it in its final week, book tickets here.
Dylan work to debut tonight
Previews of Girl From The North Country begin at the Old Vic from Monday of this week, in a new show from playwright Conor McPherson that weaves in the songs of Nobel Prize winner and all-round icon Bob Dylan.
The show is set in 1934 Minnesota, and tells the story of a family who is paid a visit by a preacher and a boxer in the middle of the night. Featuring an ensemble of 20 actors and musicians, its sure to be something special.
Tickets can be booked via LOVEtheatre, starting at £35.10, with availability from 19th July onwards.
Elsewhere in London
Other picks for the coming week:
Twighlight Song (Park Theatre): Adam Garcia, Bryony Hannah and Paul Higgins star in the premiere of the final play by Kevin Elyot, writer of the classic comedy My Night with Reg.
Gloria (Hampstead Theatre): Branden Jacobs-Jenkins spins a razor-sharp comic drama about ambition, office warfare and hierarchies starring Colin Morgan
Dessert (Southwark Playhouse): Written by Oliver Cotton and directed by Trevor Nunn, this is a play about wealth, greed and the lengths to which people will go to claim whats theirs.
Alice's Adventures Underground (The Vaults): This is asigned performance of this immersive theatre experience on Tuesday 11th July.
Don't forget to come back next week to see what's new in Theatreland...