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We’re still two months from Christmas – not that you’d know it from the trees and decorations popping up – but already we’re looking forward to 2015.
That’s mainly because of the shows that we’ve heard are coming to London.
Everyone’s favourite young leader of the X-Men, James McAvoy, had such a fun time when he played Macbeth for Jamie Lloyd in 2013 that he’s reuniting with the Trafalgar Transformed Artistic Director next year to play “a possible paranoid schizophrenic with a Messiah complex” in The Ruling Class. He’ll open at Trafalgar Studios in January.
Another favourite, Penelope Wilton, is also heading to London and bringing with her the Chichester Festival Theatre production of Taken At Midnight. In the acclaimed drama, which will run at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from January, the award-winning Downton Abbey star plays the mother of a lawyer imprisoned by the Nazis for calling Hitler to the witness stand.
Other shows that have us in a fine frame of mind about the new year are internet-based thriller The Nether, which transfers to the West End in January after a successful season at the Royal Court, and dance sensation Lord Of The Dance: Dangerous Games, which proved so popular at the London Palladium that it will return to London next March, playing at the Dominion Theatre.
But what about the rest of this year? Well:
- Arthur Darvill, who’s best known for playing Rory in Doctor Who, will be practicing his buccaneering accent ahead of starring as Long John Silver in the National Theatre’s production of Treasure Island this Christmas
- The Potted Potter boys have turned their hand to Sherlock Holmes and are bringing Potted Sherlock to the Vaudeville Theatre for the festive season
- And little people can get a fix of Peppa Pig this December when the cartoon favourite stars in a live show at the Criterion Theatre.