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Keeping you up-to-date with news from London’s theatres and the West End
We’re pleased to let you know that J B Priestly’s An Inspector Calls is transferring, following its limited run at the Novello theatre this autumn. Book now if you’re looking for a classy theatrical treat this Christmas: Stephen Daldry’s multi-award-winning production is on at Wyndham’s Theatre from 3 December.
In theatreland, where there’s one superb success story, there’s generally an early closing to add to the mix. And so this week, we bring you news that The Shawshank Redemption will be closing on 29 November. (It had been booking until 14 February.) Similarly, Prick Up Your Ears, which originally starred Matt Lucas as Kenneth Halliwell, has also announced it will close three weeks early. The play’s struggled since the departure of Lucas, and despite good reviews for Con O’Neill, ticket sales haven’t sustained the show.
We can also tempt you with long-range news this week. Our mouths are watering at the prospect of seeing David Suchet (Poirot to you and me) and the wonderful Zoe Wanamaker in Arthur Miller’s classic All My Sons at the Apollo Theatre in May next year (such a long wait – it’s not fair!).
And we’re also excited about the next instalment from The Old Vic’s Bridge Project. Stephen Dillane, Michelle Beck, Christian Camargo, and Juliet Rylance, following her famous father into Shakespeare, take on two of the bard’s plays from June next year. Sam Mendes directs this tasty cast in As You Like It and The Tempest. Kevin, you’re spoiling us.
Finally, silly season is nearly upon us with pantos and kids’ shows galore. And little sounds sillier than Stephen and The Sexy Partridge at the Trafalgar Studios. “Ever had a problem that really only a partridge could solve?” asks the show’s blurb. “And a sexy one, at that?” We’re not sure we have. But that doesn’t mean we’re not fascinated by Mighty Boosh director Cal McCrystal’s Christmas show, opening at the end of the month, featuring “bagpipe-playing potatoes, revolutionary hens, and dancing swans, and a love between one man and his bird.”
More next week…