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Upcoming Must-Sees

There are quite a few thing I am excited to see this year

  • “Othello” at the NT, from 11 April: My favourite stage actor Rory Kinnear returns in the role of Iago to the National. Clearly a role he was born to play. Adrian Lester stars as Othello, Lyndsey Marshal as Emilia and Jonathan Bailey as Cassio. Directed by Nicholas Hytner. What’s not to like?
  • “Macbeth” at Shakespeare’s Globe from 22 June. Eve Best directs the excellent Joseph Millson in the title role and the great Samatha Spiro as his wife. I expect a wonderfully manic Macbeth and a ruthless Lady Macbeth.
  • “Edward II” at the NT from September. John Heffernan, who was hilarious in “She Stoops to Conquer” (NT) and intense in “The Physicists” (Donmar), stars. Couldn’t imagine a better casting. Joe Hill-Gibbins (“The Village Bike”, “The Changeling”) directs.
  • “Richard II” at the Barbican from December. The RSC returns with David Tennant as the weak king and Oliver Ford Davies as the Duke of York. Gregory Doran directs.

Ooops, three Shakespeare and a Marlowe but I like new plays as well! Mike Bartlett and Penelope Skinner, where are you when I need you?!?

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Fourteen Plays in fourteen days

I recently spent two weeks in London and managed to see fourteen plays in fourteen days, spending the meagre sum of 127 pounds on them, mainly for day seats in the first row or for standing. Here is the overview of the plays I’ve seen where:

NT: 5,  Globe: 3, Royal Court: 2, Donmar: 1, Wyndhams: 1, Duchess: 1, Old Vic Tunnels: 1

Since both “Chicken Soup with Barley” in the Royal Court and “Luise Miller” in the Donmar have finished, I won’t review them but they were superb!

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