THEATRE DIARY 2016: January

A new year, and a whole new set of shows to see! Here’s where I’m going for my theatre-going this month:

Richard II, Barbican (Friday 8th) 

Richard II, Barbican (c) Kwame Lestrade/RSC
David Tennant as Richard II at the Barbican (c) Kwame Lestrade/RSC

Thanks to theatre buddy Civilian Theatre (no longer blogging, but his website is well worth exploring!), I finally got a chance to see one of my favourite actors on stage and tick another Shakespeare off my list, as Richard II returns to the Barbican for a limited run, as part of the King and Country season, featuring the RSC’s production of the Henriad. My full review will be up on this blog soon!

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Stomp, Ambassadors Theatre (Sunday 10th)

It’s quite scary to work out that it must be about 10 years since I saw Stomp, which took London by storm when it opened in 2002, and has been a stalwart of the West End ever since. Back then its home was at the Vaudeville, but now the show can be found at the equally small Ambassadors Theatre. The intimate venue suits the show, allowing the wit as well as the immense talent of the cast to shine through and connect with the audience.

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Guys and Dolls, Savoy Theatre (Saturday 16th)Guys and Dolls, Savoy Theatre

The Savoy Theatre is having a good run at the moment. After the triumph of Gypsy, another Chichester transfer arrives in the form of Guys and Dolls, before Sheridan Smith hits the stage as Funny Girl in the spring. One of my favourite leading men, Jamie Parker, reprises the role of Sky Masterson while Four Wedding and a Funeral actors David Haig and Sophie Thompson are reunited as Nathan Detroit and long-term fiancée Miss Adelaide. With one of my best-loved scores in musical theatre, this should be a sparkling treat of a show.

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The Rolling Stone, Orange Tree Theatre (Monday 18th)

I love exploring new venues in London, and this review for A Younger Theatre will take me to the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond for the first time. Chris Urch’s second play follows his acclaimed Land of our Fathers and explores the plight of a gay couple in Uganda.

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The Oliviers In ConcertSouthbank Centre (Monday 25th)

Olivers in Concert (c) Dan Wooller for WhatsOnStage
(c) Dan Wooller for WhatsOnStage

Something a bit different here, and something very exciting. To celebrate 40 years of the Olivier Awards, this gala performance on the Southbank features performances from the very best of the London stage. So far, it’s been announced that the line-up will include Michael Ball, Maria Friedman, Katie Brayben, John Dagleish, Clive Rowe, and the First Lady of Musical Theastre herself, Elaine Paige. A starry, starry night!

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Sadler’s Sampled, Sadler’s Wells (Friday 29th)

With tickets for just £15, this is surely the best way to get an idea of the breadth of amazing work that happens at Sadler’s Wells. Spanning contemporary dance, hip hop, circus and more, this night of live performance, films and music is a fantastic opportunity for dance lovers and newcomers to sample a cross-section of current dance talent. Highlights include Wayne McGregor, The 7 Fingers, Northern Ballet and Connor Scott, winner of the BBC Young Dancer of the Year 2015.

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