THEATRE DIARY: January

Something new for 2015 – each month I’ll be giving a quick preview of my planned theatregoing for that month. I’ll update the posts with things that pop up during the month, and don’t forget to check back for reviews of each show.

New year, new month, new shows. Here goes…

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Tuesday 6th), Playhouse Theatre

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Director Bartlett Sher has turned Pedro Almodóvar’s film of the same name into a fully-fledged West End musical that puts women centre stage. Tamsin Greig and Haydn Gwynne star in this very Spanish comedy that will hopefully bring something fresh to London this year. Previews began in December but press night isn’t until 12th, so I’ll have to wait to review this one for a few days. At the time of writing, tonight’s performance was cancelled due to cast illness – so fingers crossed all goes ahead tomorrow!

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Ivy and Joan (Thursday 8th), Jermyn Street Theatre

Ivy and Joan (Photo: Jermyn Street Theatre)
Ivy and Joan (Photo: Jermyn Street Theatre)

My first reviewing duties of the year for A Younger Theatre, this double bill by James Hogan explores the lives of two different women who never meet and have nothing in common except their loneliness. There’s potential for both heartbreak and comedy in this new Fringe production.

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Orfeo (Tuesday 13th), Roundhouse

The Roundhouse joins forces with the Royal Opera in Michael Boyd’s operatic debut, in a brand new production of Monteverdi’s masterpiece L’Orfeo. Promising a theatrical spectacular, with design by award-winner Tom Piper (most recently acclaimed as one of the driving forces behind the Tower of London’s Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red poppy installation) this looks to be an atmospheric, inspiring piece of art. Once again, I’ll be reviewing the show for A Younger Theatre.

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Photo: BalletBoyz
Photo: BalletBoyz

BalletBoyz: Young Men (Wednesday 14th), Sadler’s Wells

The BalletBoyz are back in a new work inspired by themes of war and friendship, combining dance, theatre and film performance. Featuring an original score, I’m excited to see this opener to the new 2015 Sadler’s season and to experience the work of this acclaimed company for the first time. My review will be up on A Younger Theatre soon afterwards.

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Trois Ruptures - Chelsea Theatre
Photo: Chelsea Theatre

Trois Ruptures (Wednesday 21st), Chelsea Theatre

Presented by the Institut Francais, this UK première from award-winning playwright Remi De Vos promises hysterically dark comedy exploring gender equality and sexual tolerance. I’m looking forward to seeing a taste of Gallic culture in the heart of Chelsea – but thankful for the English surtitles, as I’m not sure my A-level French would stretch to understanding the whole play. De Vos’s work has been performed in more than 3o countries so it’s an exciting opportunity to see something a little different to kick off 2015.

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The Woman in Black (Friday 23rd), Fortune Theatre

Woman in BlackThe only oldie on the list so far, as I took advantage of ATG’s post-Christmas sale to tick one of the classics off my list. It may have been running in the West End for over 25 years, but I’m only just getting round to seeing this tale of gothic horror for the first time – and I’m already mildly terrified. With a reputation for frightening even the most confident of theatregoers, I have high hopes for this long-runner; but I may be holding tight onto someone’s hand throughout, as Arthur Kipps uncovers the dreadful secret of the mysterious Woman in Black.

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Taken At Midnight (Tuesday 27th), Theatre Royal HaymarketTaken At Midnight

A last-minute review opportunity heralds a first visit to the Theatre Royal Haymarket for Mark Hayhurst’s Taken At Midnight, starring the wonderful Penelope Wilton – of Downton Abbey, Shaun of the Dead, Doctor Who and Calendar Girls fame. After wowing the critics at Chichester Festival Theatre last year, it’s another West End transfer for the regional theatre that focuses on the unquestionable and indomitable love of a mother.

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Anything Goes, (Saturday 31st), New Wimbledon Theatre

Anything GoesThis one had to be kept a bit of a secret as I bought the tickets as a birthday present, but now I can add it as the final show of January. This production opened in Sheffield to rave reviews, and is now on a regional tour that stops off in Wimbledon from 29 January – 7 February. It’s got one of the best tap routines in musical theatre and a whole stream of Cole Porter classics including ‘I Get A Kick Out Of You’, It’s De-Lovely’, ‘You’re The Top’ and, of course, the title number. I’m hoping this will be a thrilling, toe-tapping end to the month!

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Keep coming back for more updates on my theatrical adventures and reviews of all the above in due course!

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