Visit London Blog » donmar warehouse http://blog.visitlondon.com Enjoy the very best of London Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:00:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 What’s On This Weekend: 7-8 December 2013 http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/12/whats-on-this-weekend-7-8-december-2013/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/12/whats-on-this-weekend-7-8-december-2013/#comments Mon, 02 Dec 2013 10:00:41 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=36443

It’s starting to get very festive in the capital this weekend, and whether you want to see running huskies on a sleigh ride at the London Wetland Centre, or running Christmas puddings in Covent Garden, we have you covered!

Meet Santa and his Huskies

Children can get hands-on at WWT London Wetland Centre’s winter weekend by jumping on a husky sleigh ride before visiting Santa in his magical grotto, set deep within a pine forest. This unique Christmas event also allows children to meet the Polar Explorer at his base camp and hear tales of his icy adventures, before making their own explorer’s equipment from recycled materials and learning about the science behind the winter months. 7-8 Dec

The Great Christmas Pudding Race

Cheer on the festively dressed teams at The Great Christmas Pudding Race, all in the name of raising money for Cancer Research. Clad in fancy dress and darting around Covent Garden, this is a unique and chaotic spectacle to break up any Christmas shopping trip. 7 Dec

The Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker

Peter Wright’s production of the classic Christmas tale sees dancers from the Royal Ballet bring The Nutcracker to life against the lavish backdrop of the Royal Opera House. A family-friendly tale of magic and heroics set to the music of Tchaikovsky is sure to bring back that childlike sense of wonder to anyone lacking in Christmas cheer. 4 Dec-16 Jan

Christmas is Cancelled

The English Civil War is blazing into life, the King is captive but plotting, and the Long Parliament is trying to cancel Christmas! Go back in time with this weekend of historical family fun at the National Army Museum and join in with carol singing, festive games and even help decorate the Museum galleries. Suitable for ages 5-11. 7-8 Dec

Coriolanus at Donmar Warehouse

One of the Shakespeare’s most violent and thought-provoking tragedies is returning to the stage at the Donmar Warehouse this week, starring Tom Hiddleston (War Horse, Thor). Coriolanus was adapted for the big screen in 2011 with bona fide stars Ralph Fiennes and Gerard Butler trading blows, and now the bard’s revived classic of power and politics returns to the London stage with a Hollywood star of its own. And, if you can’t get hold of tickets, this will be showing live at selected cinemas nationwide from 30 Jan. From 6 Dec

Statoil Masters Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall

Warm up those neck muscles as some court legends dust off their racquets to see who still has the ability to win a major tournament at Statoil Masters Tennis. Pat Rafter, Greg Rusedski, Mark Philippoussis, John McEnroe, Goran Ivanisevic and his old nemesis Tim Henman will all be lining up in the unique sporting arena of the Royal Albert Hall to compete in the six man round-robin tournaments. 4-8 Dec

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London Theatre News: War Horse, Grease 2, Dinosaur Zoo, The Pride, Versailles, Privacy, Fathers and Sons, The Only Way is Downton http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/10/london-theatre-news-war-horse-grease-2-dinosaur-zoo-the-pride-versailles-privacy-fathers-and-sons-the-only-way-is-downton/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/10/london-theatre-news-war-horse-grease-2-dinosaur-zoo-the-pride-versailles-privacy-fathers-and-sons-the-only-way-is-downton/#comments Wed, 30 Oct 2013 11:22:19 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=35871

War Horse’s Joey on Display at V&A

If you’re in awe of the puppetry in War Horse, you can take a closer look at leading horse Joey at the V&A Museum as the original West End puppet is now on display, and boy does he look striking.

Theatre Awards

Joey has won his fair share of awards, and we’re getting near that season of prize-giving again. The Evening Standard Theatre Awards long list has just been announced and it reads like a who’s who of the London stage – or the most glamorous dinner party guest list you’re ever likely to see. Among the big names in the running are Judi Dench, Kristin Scott Thomas and Adrian Lester.

Donmar Warehouse Spring Season Revealed

Powerhouse play producer the Donmar Warehouse has announced its 2014 spring season, leading with two new plays. The first, the latest from writer/director Peter Gill, is called Versailles and is set around the signing of the famous post-WWI treaty. Its cast includes emerging star Tom Hughes, who was brilliant in TV series Dancing On The Edge, and Pat And Cabbage star Barbara Flynn. Privacy, the new play from Olivier Award-nominee James Graham follows, with the season concluding with a revival of Brian Friel’s Fathers And Sons.

Grease 2 Concert and Dinosaur Zoo

On a marginally less high-brow but no less exciting note, a stage version of Grease 2 will get a concert staging at the Lyric Theatre next year – the perfect night for all cool riders or girls for all seasons. Meanwhile, Dinosaur Zoo,which was a roaring success at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre this summer, is coming to the Phoenix Theatre for Christmas.

The Pride Extends Season

If you’ve not seen Hayley Atwell and co in The Pride yet, don’t miss your chance. This award-winning play about prejudice and love has just extended its run at Trafalgar Studios to 23 November. At the venue’s smaller Studio 2, 2014 offers the chance to see a one-man impression show telling the story of what happens when the inhabitants of Downton Abbey have to turn to 2013′s celebrities to save their family home in The Only Way Is Downton.

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London Theatre News: Menier Chocolate Factory, Watch This Space, The Weir and More http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/07/london-theatre-news-menier-chocolate-factory-watch-this-space-the-weir-and-more/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/07/london-theatre-news-menier-chocolate-factory-watch-this-space-the-weir-and-more/#comments Thu, 25 Jul 2013 10:00:36 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=34846 Menier Chocolate Factory

Following the recent premiere of The Color Purple at the Menier Chocolate Factory (I thought it was fantastic, by the way), this week, I’ve news of another European premiere at the South London venue. Nicky Silver’s “savagely funny and heartbreaking” Broadway hit, The Lyons will run at the Menier from 19 September; tickets go on sale on 31 July. Silver’s dark comedy is the story of a family gathered around the hospital bed of their dying father. An exploration of a fractured family, the musical’s initially compassionate characters soon give way to bickering, sniping and betrayal.

With all this good weather we’ve been enjoying in London, it’s the perfect time for me to tell you about the National Theatre’s Watch This Space Presents… August Outdoors festival, taking place outside the iconic Southbank venue. Between 2 and 31 August, you can pop along to see free theatre, music, dance, puppetry and more, all for free. Check out nationaltheatre.org.uk/augustoutdoors to find out more.

Finally for this week: another West End transfer. Josie Rourke’s production of Conor McPherson’s The Weir will transfer to the Wyndham’s Theatre next year following a successful run at the Donmar Warehouse. Starring Risteárd Cooper, Brian Cox, Dervla Kirwan, Peter McDonald and Ardal O’Hanlon, McPherson’s play tells the story of a group of locals all eager to impress a stranger in their midst with their tall tales. The show will open in January next year.

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-TimeLondon Theatre Cast News

  • Mike Noble will replace Luke Treadaway in the lead role in The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time at the Apollo Theatre from 2 September this year. He’ll be joined by Amanda Drew, Trevor Fox and Rakie Ayola in the new cast of the successful show
  • David Horovitch, Adrian Schiller and Lydia Wilson will join Olivier Award winner Antony Sher in Terry Johnson’s self-directed production of Hysteria at the Hampstead Theatre
  • The full cast of the Chichester Festival Theatre’s production of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui will transfer to the West End from September. Henry Goodman will lead the cast at the Duchess Theatre, with support from Keith Baxter, Michael Feast, William Gaunt and Joe McGann
  • Christopher Biggins, Hugh Bonneville, Barbara Windsor, Larry Lamb and Simon Callow are just some of the big names playing God for a week each in Spamalot at the Playhouse Theatre this summer, all in the name of charity

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London Theatre News: Open Air Theatre; Donmar Warehouse; A Doll’s House; Let It Be; and X-Factor The Musical http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/05/london-theatre-news-open-air-theatre-donmar-warehouse-a-dolls-house-let-it-be-and-x-factor-the-musical/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/05/london-theatre-news-open-air-theatre-donmar-warehouse-a-dolls-house-let-it-be-and-x-factor-the-musical/#comments Thu, 23 May 2013 15:00:10 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=33339 Let It BeFirstly, congratulations to Let It Be – the show has extended its run at the Savoy Theatre until 18 January next year. More a concert than a story-and-script-led musical, Let It Be presents a chronological run-through of The Beatles best bits from the 1960s pop of Hard Day’s Night to the 70s psychedelia of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and everything in between. Let It Be will also become the latest show to introduce lower priced tickets: from 3 June, there’ll be seats available from just £15.

In other musical news, the highly anticipated X Factor Musical, called I Can’t Sing! will open at the London Palladium next year, with tickets going on sale today. Written by comedian Harry Hill and directed by Sean Foley, I Can’t Sing! begins previews at the Palladium on 27 February. The title sets the tone for the talent show-inspired musical, which features 19 original songs by Hill and Spend Spend Spend’s Steve Brown, and aims “an affectionate poke” at the popular ITV series, according to Hill and Brown.

A Doll's HouseAnother week; another West End transfer. The Young Vic’s acclaimed production of A Doll’s House will transfer to the Duke of York’s Theatre this summer, following two sell-out runs at the Young Vic. Hattie Morahan will reprise her Critics’ Circle and Evening Standard Award-winning role as Nora in the production, which runs from 8 August to 26 October, alongside fellow original cast members Dominic Rowan, Nick Fletcher and Steve Toussaint.

London Theatre Cast News

  • Jane Asher will star as Lady Catherine de Bourgh in the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s production of Pride and Prejudice this summer. She’ll be joined by Jennifer Kirby, Imogen Byron, Yolanda Kettle, Eleanor Thorn and Leah Brotherhead as the five Bennet sisters, Timonty Walker and Rebecca Lacey as Mr and Mrs Bennet, David Oakes as Mr Darcy, Barnaby Sax as the charming Mr Wickham and Rob Heaps as wealthy bachelor Mr Bingley
  • Michael Xavier and Charlotte Wakefield will star as Captain Von Trapp and Maria in the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic The Sound of Music at the Open Air Theatre
  • Jessica Raine, Daniel Mays, Mark Gatiss and Tom Hiddleston are all to appear in the Donmar’s new season of plays from August this year. The season includes the premiere of Nick Payne’s new play The Same Deep Water As Me (with Daniel Mays); a revival of Arnold Wesker’s Roots (starring Jessica Raine and Linda Bassett); and Coriolanus (with Tom Hiddleston and Mark Gatiss).
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Thursday Theatre News: Pop Goes The Musical, Hampstead Downstairs and the Open Air Theatre http://blog.visitlondon.com/2012/08/thursday-theatre-news-pop-goes-the-musical-hampstead-downstairs-and-the-open-air-theatre/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2012/08/thursday-theatre-news-pop-goes-the-musical-hampstead-downstairs-and-the-open-air-theatre/#comments Thu, 16 Aug 2012 17:00:04 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=28616

A new charity initiative was launched this week that sees pop stars taking to the West End stage for special encores. Pop Goes The Musical raises money for Children in Need by offering special £80 tickets for fab West End shows, which are then followed by special performances by pop stars.

Tickets can be purchased exclusively at www.lastminute.com/pudsey and include a top price seat, signed programme, Pudsey bear toy, complementary drink and access to a VIP after show reception hosted by the famous bear himself.

Hampstead Downstairs has announced its autumn season this week. Three plays, Brain, Blue Sky and Ignorance will be produced by the theatre; both Brain and Ignorance are new shows, the first by writer Rona Munro; the second by Steve Waters. The space was created for new writers to showcase their work, so if you’re a fan of seeing and feeding back on new theatre, book now.

If you’re looking ahead to theatre production in London for the summer 2013, I’ve got some great news from the Open Air Theatre. Their summer season will contain a production of Harper Lee’s American classic To Kill A Mockingbird alongside the much-loved musical The Sound Of Music. Christopher Sergel’s adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Mockingbird will play from 16 May to 15 June. And the Von Trapp family will be encouraging you to Climb Every Mountain and consider your Favourite Things from 25 July to 7 September. These are just two of the four shows on offer at the venue next summer.

London Theatre Casting News:

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Thursday Theatre News: Backbeat, The Mousetrap, Zach Braff and American Idiot The Musical http://blog.visitlondon.com/2011/12/thursday-theatre-news-backbeat-the-mousetrap-zach-braff-and-american-idiot-the-musical/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2011/12/thursday-theatre-news-backbeat-the-mousetrap-zach-braff-and-american-idiot-the-musical/#comments Thu, 01 Dec 2011 18:19:43 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=24213 Let’s get the sad news out of the way first: Backbeat is closing early. The show, which charts the early days of The Beatles, is ending its run at the Duke of York’s Theatre on 18 February. It had been booking until 24 March. (Look out Canada, it could be coming your way in summer 2012.)

Now on to happier announcements!

The Mousetrap is celebrating its diamond jubilee year in September 2012: that’s 60 years in the West End! There are lots of 60-themed events planned for next year, including a 60-venue, 60-week tour, and 60 international productions. But don’t forget, you can only see the original (and best!) production of this incredible show in London…

In contrast, I’ve got details of two brand new West End shows coming to London next year. Firstly, Zach Braff (best known as for his part in TV show Scrubs), is making his stage debut in his own play, All New People at the Duke of York’s Theatre from 22 February next year. Second, the Tony Award-winning musical American Idiot is coming to London’s HMV Hammersmith Apollo next December. You’ll have to be quick if you want to see it: it’s only on from 3 to 8 December 2012 in London.

This Week’s Cast News

More next week…

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Thursday Theatre News: 2012, Thandie Newton, Karen Gillan and David Suchet http://blog.visitlondon.com/2011/07/thursday-theatre-news-2012-thandie-newton-karen-gillan-and-david-suchet/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2011/07/thursday-theatre-news-2012-thandie-newton-karen-gillan-and-david-suchet/#comments Thu, 28 Jul 2011 17:08:28 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=22139 This week seems to have been dominated by news of London 2012. And London’s theatreland has been getting in on the action too. More than 20 shows have released tickets for the Olympic period, to ensure audiences can book theatre tickets if they’re coming to town for the Olympics or the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

For a full list of shows that have extended their booking into 2012, check out the Official London Theatre website.

Edward Hall’s all-male theatre company Propeller have also announced their 2012 plans. They’ll perform their Shakespearean pairing of Henry V and The Winter’s Tale at the Hampstead Theatre from 4 to 21 July.

Before we get to that all-important Olympic year, there’s still exciting casting news to think about. This week’s announcements include:

  • Hollywood star Thandie Newton, who’ll appear in Ariel Dorfman’s Death And The Maiden at the Comedy Theatre from October
  • Doctor Who star Karen Gillan (Amy Pond) is making her professional stage debut in Inadmissible Evidence at the Donmar, also in October
  • Another debut, this time from Hannah Spearritt (who you’ll know from Primeval, or if you’re my age, S Club 7!) in The Belle’s Stratagem at the Southwark Playhouse from September
  • And finally, a real favourite of mine, David Suchet’s going to be back on the London stage in Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night, at the Apollo Theatre. You’ll have to wait til next April for that one, I’m afraid.

Last of all if you’re a fan of London theatre: don’t forget Kids Week, next month!

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Thursday Theatre News: Clybourne Park wins Pulitzer, London Casting News and Lend Me A Tenor http://blog.visitlondon.com/2011/04/thursday-theatre-news-clybourne-park-wins-pulitzer-london-casting-news-and-lend-me-a-tenor/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2011/04/thursday-theatre-news-clybourne-park-wins-pulitzer-london-casting-news-and-lend-me-a-tenor/#comments Thu, 21 Apr 2011 15:30:07 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=20636

First up this week, congratulations to Clybourne Park, which has won another award! As well as winning Best New Play at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards, the Critics Circle Theatre Awards, the South Bank Sky Arts Theatre Award and the Olivier Awards, playwright Bruce Norris has now won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, which includes a cool $10,000 reward. It’s a great show, and is booking until 7 May if you fancy seeing a winner!

There’s lots of casting news around this week:

  • Samantha Womack (best known for playing Ronnie Mitchell in EastEnders) will play lead role Nellie Forbush when the Tony Award-winning Lincoln Center Theater production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific comes to the Barbican this summer
  • Andrew Buchan (who you’ll recognise from TV’s Garrow’s Law) is going to play Bolingbroke opposite Eddie Redmayne’s Richard II at the Donmar in December
  • Star Wars actor Denis Lawson is heading back to the Royal Court for the first time in 20 years ain Anya Reiss’s drama The Acid Test, which starts next month
  • And Haydn Gwynne, Chuk Iwuji and Gemma Jones (from Spooks!) are to appear alongside Kevin Spacey in Richard III, the final instalment of Sam Mendes’s Bridge Project, which plays at the Old Vic from 29 June

Finally, news of a new musical coming to London: Lend Me A Tenor opens at the Gielgud theatre in June. It’s the story of the failing Grand Opera Company of Ohio in 1934, which is about to be saved by the arrival of the world’s greatest tenor, Tito Merelli. When he’s unexpectedly incapacitated, the meek director’s assistant has to find a replacement. Add a scheming soprano, a tenor-struck ingénue, a jealous wife and the Cleveland Police department, and you’ve got the makings of a fab new musical comedy on the West End.

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Legally Blonde and After The Dance Triumph at the Laurence Olivier Awards http://blog.visitlondon.com/2011/03/legally-blonde-and-after-the-dance-triumph-at-the-laurence-olivier-awards/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2011/03/legally-blonde-and-after-the-dance-triumph-at-the-laurence-olivier-awards/#comments Mon, 14 Mar 2011 11:30:25 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=20215 Hit West End Musical Legally Blonde won three gongs last night at the Laurence Olivier Awards, UK theatreland’s “Oscars”.

Star of the show Sheridan Smith won Best Actress in a Musical, and co-star Jill Halfpenny took the prize for Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical. The show also won the Best New Musical award.

The National Theatre’s revival of Terence Rattigan’s After the Dance took four awards, including Best Revival, Best Actress for Nancy Carroll and Best Actor in a Supporting Role for the ever-excellent Adrian Scarborough.

These two shows were the biggest winners at the prestigious Laurence Olivier Awards, held last night at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.

Other prizes went to Roger Allam for playing Falstaff in Henry IV at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre (Best Actor), David Thaxton for Passion at the Donmar Warehouse (Best Actor in a Musical) and Howard Davies: best director for The White Guard at the National.

Clybourne Park, which is currently playing at Wyndham’s Theatre won Best New Play, and the Entertainment Award went to The Railway Children at Waterloo Station (which is, happily, coming back to London in a few months’ time).

The BBC Radio 2 Audience Award went to We Will Rock You.

Sadler’s Wells’ production Babel won two dance awards, including Best New Dance Production. One of the biggest shocks of the night was the Best New Opera Award, given to La Boheme by OperaUpClose, which started life in the 35-seat Cock Tavern pub theatre in North-West London, and beat much grander-scale shows at the Royal Opera House, London Coliseum and Young Vic.

Finally, Best Musical Revival went to Stephen Sondheim’s Into The Woods, staged by the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.

At the ceremony’s climax, Sondheim received a special prize in recognition of his contribution to theatre.
Sir Cameron Mackintosh described the composer and lyricist as a “true legend”, paying tribute to his “unique theatrical muscle”.

“His sense of theatrical adventure knows no bounds, his subjects… have shown us all no subjects are taboo,” Sir Cameron said.

Read more about the Oliviers here. Do you agree with the judges’ decisions? Let us know in the comments below.

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Thursday Theatre News: Jude Law, Niamh Cusack, Les Dennis and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre’s Future Plans http://blog.visitlondon.com/2011/01/thursday-theatre-news-jude-law-niamh-cusack-les-dennis-and-shakespeares-globe-theatres-future-plans/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2011/01/thursday-theatre-news-jude-law-niamh-cusack-les-dennis-and-shakespeares-globe-theatres-future-plans/#comments Thu, 20 Jan 2011 17:55:51 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=18855 Michael Grandage is clearly hoping to leave his post as Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse with a bang. For his final season, he’s secured Jude Law and Ruth Wilson to star in Eugene O’Neill’s play Anna Christie this summer. In addition, you can see Douglas Hodge in John Osborne’s Inadmissible Evidence and Eddie Redmayne as Richard II. These three new productions follow the already announced The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Moonlight and Luise Miller.

Grandage will step down as Artistic Director following Richard II. He said, “I am delighted this final year celebrates so much of the repertoire we have presented over the last decade. It is wonderful to be joined by so many friends and colleagues in this last season of work – it is these collaborations and creative partnerships both on stage and with the staff at the Donmar, that have made the achievements of the past 10 years possible.”

Other cast news this week includes:

This week’s transfer news is about Fela! The Broadway musical about the life of Afrobeat star Fela Anikulapo-Kuti will transfer from the National Theatre to Sadler’s Wells this summer, for a six week run starting 20 July.

Finally, exciting news about my favourite theatre in London: Shakespeare’s Globe. The Bankside venue will be performing all 38 of Shakespeare’s plays for the Cultural Olympiad in 2012; wait for it, in different languages – how amazing does that sound?

There’ll be a King Lear in Australian Aboriginal languages, a Spanish Henry VIII, an Italian Caesar and a Tempest in Arabic. Look out for Love’s Labour’s Lost in British Sign Language, too! Rawiri Paratene – who appeared at the Globe last year and is known for the film Whale Rider – will star in a Maori production of Troilus And Cressida, with Zimbabwean actors Denton Chikura and Tonderai Munyevu starring in a Shona version of The Two Gentlemen Of Verona.

Better still, the Globe is expanding. From 2013, there’ll be a new indoor Jacobean Theatre next to the existing “wooden o”. The new venue will seat 320 people, and is based on designs held in Worcester College, Oxford for a 17th-century indoor theatre. Construction work will start next year, in a shell that already exists in the Globe site. It’ll mean that the Globe can produce shows year-round, and that is a very good thing!

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