Visit London Blog » national theatre http://blog.visitlondon.com Enjoy the very best of London Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:26:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 Olivier Awards 2014: Almeida Theatre the big winner on the night http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/04/olivier-awards-2014-almeida-theatre-the-big-winner-on-the-night/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/04/olivier-awards-2014-almeida-theatre-the-big-winner-on-the-night/#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:51:16 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=38413

The Royal Opera House hosted the 2014 Olivier Awards with Mastercard last night, where the cream of British theatre were saluted in a star-studded ceremony.

The show was opened by the company from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory before hosts Stephen Mangan and Gemma Arterton, who is due to star in Made in Dagenham at The Adelphi Theatre in October, got things underway. The first award was presented by the ever-cool James McAvoy and went to Ghosts for Best Revival at the Almeida Theatre.

The Almeida itself made plenty of headlines, beating off the bigger West End theatres with plays Ghosts and Chimerica scooping eight awards between them, including the American Airlines Best New Play award for Lucy Kirkwood’s political epic Chimerica.

South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone will be thrilled today, as their musical The Book of Mormon took away four awards, including Mastercard Best New Musical. Book of Mormon is one of the big winners that you can still catch on the West End stage, as its current run at the Prince of Wales Theatre doesn’t end until 3 May.

Other winners that can still be seen include Best New Comedy winner Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense, which has recently swapped leading man and last night’s host, Stephen Mangan for Robert Webb. You can also catch the Best Actress in a Musical Zrinka Cvitešic in Once at the Phoenix Theatre.

The prestigious BBC Radio 2 Audience Award went to Les Miserables for the second time, which of course can still be booked at The Queen’s Theatre.

The National Theatre continues to get the best out

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of its actors, with Rory Kinnear winning Best Actor for his portrayal of Iago in Othello and Sharon D Clarke named Best Actress in a Supporting Role for The Amen Corner.

The show was rounded off in style by ABBA’s Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus reuniting to celebrate 15 years of Mamma Mia!, in one of 14 live performances on the night.

See the highlight reel above for a quick look at the red carpet, including the dashing Tom Hiddleston, Kristin Davis of Sex and the City fame, host Gemma Arterton in a full-length pale blue Prada gown and even ballet stars Let Marianela and Thiago from our London Story competition.

Full highlights of the ceremony can be seen on ITV Player for the next 29 days.

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London Theatre News: Benedict Cumberbatch, National Theatre and Old Vic seasons, Alexandra Burke, Thriller Live, The Commitments, Olivier Awards http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/04/london-theatre-news-benedict-cumberbatch-national-theatre-and-old-vic-seasons-alexandra-burke-thriller-live-the-commitments-olivier-awards/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/04/london-theatre-news-benedict-cumberbatch-national-theatre-and-old-vic-seasons-alexandra-burke-thriller-live-the-commitments-olivier-awards/#comments Wed, 02 Apr 2014 10:15:43 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=38276

There’ve been rumblings about it for months, but we finally know for sure that Sherlock and The Hobbit star Benedict Cumberbatch will get all Shakespearean and give London his Hamlet. The production, which already looks to be one of 2015’s highlights, will play at the Barbican.

I know we’re barely three months into 2014 and already we’re looking forward to next year, but Cumberbatch fans aren’t the only people getting excited about 2015.

The National Theatre has looked that far ahead and announced a season including new plays by David Hare, Tom Stoppard and Richard Bean alongside an adaptation of Treasure Island and Helen McCrory starring in Medea.

Hit musicals Thriller Live and The Commitments have also cast their eyes that way and announced extensions to their popular runs taking them into 2015.

Kevin Spacey’s not thinking quite that far in advance. The Artistic Director of the Old Vic has only announced plans until the end of 2014. He’ll be taking to the stage in May to play ground-breaking lawyer Clarence Darrow in a one-man show, followed by a modern take on The Crucible and Kristin Scott Thomas starring in Greek tragedy Electra.

At the Adelphi Theatre, one British music mega star will replace another as X Factor winner Alexandra Burke takes over from soul sensation Beverley Knight as The Bodyguard’s Rachel Marron from 2 June. By all accounts Knight has made a big impression since making her stage debut in the Whitney Houston musical; let’s hope Burke can do the same.

Just one more thing, if you’re wondering what to do on the evening of 13 April, the answer is watch the Olivier Awards with MasterCard. The show’s fantastic performances have been announced and include all the nominated Best New Musical and Audience Award shows, Broadway star Bernadette Peters and ABBA’s Benny and Björn joining the cast of Mamma Mia! to celebrate the show’s 15th birthday. Tune in to ITV from 22:15 to see all the best bits.

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Top 5 Alternative Mother’s Day Treats http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/03/top-5-alternative-mothers-day-treats/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/03/top-5-alternative-mothers-day-treats/#comments Thu, 20 Mar 2014 10:00:48 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=38162 If you want to treat your mum to a memorable Mother’s Day that oozes wow factor, check out some of these alternative ways to spend Sunday 30 March.

British Pullman

Take a nostalgic train journey
Step back in time to the golden age of travel by spoiling your mum with a ride on a British Pullman or Northern Belle, sister trains to the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. Your mum can expect vintage 1920s wood-panelled carriages, gourmet cuisine, lashings of Champagne and liveried stewards. Perfect for those with cash to splash, a one-day round trip from London Victoria is £310 and includes a five-course lunch with champagne and half a bottle of wine per person.

A Taste of Honey

See a play
For a dose of culture, take your mum to see taboo-breaking play A Taste of Honey at the National Theatre, which stars Lesley Sharp (Clocking Off) and Dean Lennox Kelly (Shameless). The play tells the story of a feisty teenager whose mother elopes with a car salesman. Left alone, the teen begins a relationship with a sailor who promises to marry her, before fleeing to sea and leaving her pregnant.

London Jewellery School

Make jewellery
Treat your mum to a jewellery-making class at the London Jewellery School. Taster classes cost from £50 and vary from making chandelier earrings to upcycling jewellery.

Florimania

See a flower show
Taking place over the Mother’s Day weekend at Hampton Court Palace, Florimania features colourful Georgian-style floral displays. This annual event is included in the entrance price to Hampton Court Palace.

The London Eye

Indulge on the London Eye
Live the high life by enjoying a double rotation in a private capsule on the EDF Energy London Eye, while feasting on an afternoon tea with Champagne or a chocolate tasting experience, which includes two glasses of prosecco. From £44.75 per person.

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London Theatre News: Olivier Awards, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, 1984, The Full Monty, We Will Rock You, RSC, Tom Conti and Ralph Fiennes. http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/03/london-theatre-news-olivier-awards-charlie-and-the-chocolate-factory-1984-the-full-monty-we-will-rock-you-rsc-tom-conti-and-ralph-fiennes/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/03/london-theatre-news-olivier-awards-charlie-and-the-chocolate-factory-1984-the-full-monty-we-will-rock-you-rsc-tom-conti-and-ralph-fiennes/#comments Wed, 19 Mar 2014 10:00:01 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=38159

Did your favourite get the nod when the nominations for the Olivier Awards 2014 with MasterCard were announced? Tom Hiddleston and Jude Law both made the all-important list. So did Hayley Atwell and Judi Dench.

Charlie And The Chocolate Factory is on it too (in a big way – it received seven nominations). The Roald Dahl adaptation celebrated by announcing that Josefina Gabrielle would join its cast. She’s nominated for an Olivier too, for her work on Merrily We Roll Along, the only show to match Charlie’s seven nominations.

The hit production of George Orwell’s dystopian tale 1984 currently playing at the Almeida Theatre also picked up a nomination for Best New Play. Happily it has announced a West End transfer, so even more of us can see what caught the Olivier judges’ eyes.

Also among the nominees was the stage adaptation of The Full Monty, nominated for Best New Comedy. Sadly if you want to see the acclaimed production you’ll have to be swift as despite the award recognition producers have decided to close the show early, on 29 March.

West End long-runner We Will Rock You, itself a previous Olivier Award winner, is also bringing its London run to a close. It will say “Goodbye everybody, I’ve got to go” for the final time on 31 May.

In happier news of London stage arrivals:

  • The Royal Shakespeare Company productions of Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies will transfer to the Aldwych Theatre from 1 May,
  • Tom Conti will replace Martin Shaw in the cast of Twelve Angry Men from 31 March, with the show extending until 14 June,
  • And Ralph Fiennes, currently impressing cinemagoers in The Grand Budapest Hotel, will return to the National Theatre next year to star in George Bernard Shaw’s Man And Superman.
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London Video of the Week: War Horse Arrives at the V&A http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/02/london-video-of-the-week-war-horse-arrives-at-the-va/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/02/london-video-of-the-week-war-horse-arrives-at-the-va/#comments Fri, 07 Feb 2014 11:00:13 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=37562

The original West End horse puppet from the National Theatre‘s award-winning show War Horse has been donated to the V&A by the Handspring Puppet Company, who designed and built the puppet. Watch this film to be wowed by the magnificient, life-sized puppet of beloved horse Joey who was operated on stage by three puppeteers. This puppet made his stage debut at the New London Theatre on 28 March 2009. He performed in more than 1,640 shows.

The puppet can be seen in the V&A’s theatre and performance gallery in a special display which shows how he is operated on stage.

War Horse is currently showing at the New London Theatre.

 

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visitlondon.com Guest Editor: Twiggy http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/01/visitlondon-com-guest-editor-twiggy/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/01/visitlondon-com-guest-editor-twiggy/#comments Tue, 28 Jan 2014 10:52:33 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=37372

We asked Twiggy, the world’s first supermodel and a born and bred Londoner, to share her London Story. Watch the video above.

During our interview Twiggy  mentioned more of her favourite London experiences and  we’ve used this to populate our homepage www.visitlondon.com from 28 to 30 January.

Here’s Twiggy’s top five London experiences:

24 Hours in London? Visit South Bank

“Start at Waterloo Bridge, walk along the South Bank, because you get all the views of the other side of London which is the lovely old part. Then you can walk past The National Theatre and all the little cafes and most weekends there are street fairs and it is brilliant. Then you go along to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and before the Globe is Tate Modern and the OXO Tower, there are so many things to do. Then cross over the Millennium walking bridge and you’ve got that view of St Paul’s. I’ve done filming of London for America and we always do a shot on the Millennium Bridge because of the view of St Paul’s Cathedral. You’ve got to visit St Paul’s and then in the evening go to the theatre and a restaurant – we’ve got some of the best restaurants in the world.”

Royal Albert Hall

“I have lots of very fond memories of lots of wonderful places in London. One has to be the Royal Albert Hall because (you won’t believe this) but I played it one night. I did a concert tour in the 70s and the Royal Albert Hall was one of the dates, and that was scary! To walk out on the stage of the Royal Albert Hall is quite awe inspiring and I live very near there so every time I walk past, the memories are extraordinary, I’ll never forget that night as long as I live.”

Shopping: Established areas and emerging talent

“What girl doesn’t love shopping and London is the best. We’ve always been the best in fashion, I think. You’ve got everything here, whatever your budget is and we’ve got amazing shopping streets; Bond Street, Regent Street, Knightsbridge. I go walking to Kensington, Chelsea and the little shops. Then you’ve got all the new shops in Brick Lane, Shoreditch, all the lovely markets, it’s brilliant.

I think London is a brilliant place for giving new, young talent a chance. I think that is how the Brick Lane, Shoreditch area grew up, really. Young designers and artists moved there and that has grown up out of that world. It’s still the lovely old part of London which is the bit I love, all the Georgian and Victorian houses and streets.”

The V&A

“The Victoria & Albert Museum in Knightsbridge is probably my favourite museum because it really is extraordinary and for me, because of my designing and my love of clothes, this museum has got everything. One of my memories is of the Indian Jewellery room. I remember coming in 25 years ago and there was a pale pink rock and it was an uncut ruby and I’ve never forgotten it.

You can come into this museum and lose yourself for hours and [it's great] if you want to do research on fashion and clothes. I’ve worked with great designers in the past and they’ve made clothes for me that have been shown here. The V&A does wonderful special exhibitions and the Museum itself is free to everyone – what more could you ask for?

The House Of Leonard, Mayfair

Twiggy got her big break in modelling in the mid 60s at the age of 14: “Somebody saw me who worked on a magazine and they sent me to have my hair done at a very posh salon in Mayfair, The House of Leonard. Leonard cut my hair in that very short, boyish cut and said he wanted to photograph the haircut. He got Barry Lategan to photograph me. He hung the picture in his salon. I went back to school and that’s all it should have been. A journalist who was also a customer in the salon, saw the picture and said, ‘who is the girl?’ and Leonard said, ‘it’s a young schoolgirl, her nickname is Twiggy’. She said ‘I want to meet her’ and two weeks later she wrote a huge article about me naming me the Face of ’66. That was the day my life changed forever.”

The House of Leonard was in Upper Grosvenor Street, Mayfair, W1, next door to which you’ll find the Moroccan Embassy today. Although the salon itself is long gone, you can still walk around the area and see where the magic happened.

You’ll discover more stories and enter a competition to win a fantastic stay in London at www.visitlondon.com/story #TheLondonStory

What are your recommendations for visitors to London?

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London for Under 18s: Teenagers’ Day Out http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/12/london-for-under-18s-teenagers-day-out/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/12/london-for-under-18s-teenagers-day-out/#comments Sun, 15 Dec 2013 10:00:06 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=36541 Visitors at Trafalgar Square. London on View/VisitBritain

Going on a day out in London can be tricky when you’re a teenager. You want something interesting and cool but not too expensive – and where you don’t need ID or parental accompaniment (if you’re going with just friends).

So we’ve come up with an itinerary for how your day could look. There’s enough to fill a whole weekend, let alone one day, so pick and choose according to how much time and money you have to spare.

Camden Market

Morning: Shopping at Old Spitalfields Market or Camden Market

Markets are a great place to pick up a bargain or unique gift. Old Spitalfields Market is a cobbled, indoor market with stalls selling everything from vinyl records (on the first and third Friday of the month) to vintage (on Saturdays). If your style is more alternative, head for Camden Market where you’ll find goth fashion, handmade accessories and much more.

The Boiler House Food Hall

Lunch at Boiler House Food Hall or Honest Burgers

If you went for the Spitalfields option, pop into nearby Boiler House Food Hall for lunch. This indoor food market – located inside The Old Truman Brewery (look out for the giant chimney) – is packed with traders selling dishes from around the world: India, Japan, Poland, Morocco… it’s all there. Opted for Camden? Pick up some street food at the market or take a seat at Honest Burgers for a British beef burger (served with chips, from £8).

Roundhouse

Get involved at the British Music Experience or the Roundhouse

Hop on the Tube to North Greenwich and explore the British Music Experience (£6 for under 17s when booked in advance). See John Lennon’s specs and other music memorabilia, show off some moves in the ‘Dance the Decades’ booth, record a song in the Interactive Studio and much, much more. Alternatively, see what’s happening at Camden’s Roundhouse. This top music venue has a programme called Creative Projects, with drop-in sessions for 11-25 year olds in music, creative media and performing arts (from £2).

Namco Funscape

Go Gaming at Namco Funscape or Get Creative at Tate Modern

Take the Tube to Waterloo and then walk to Namco Funscape (next to the London Eye) – an amusement venue full of interactive games, plus a laser maze, bowling alley, bumper cars and karaoke rooms. Watching the pennies? Walk up river for a wander around free contemporary art gallery Tate Modern. Don’t miss the digital drawing bar on Level 3, where you can create a piece of digital art and see it displayed instantly on a giant screen. Then you can say you’ve exhibited at the Tate!

Dinner at Wahaca or the Gourmet Pizza Company

Refuel for the evening at the South Bank branch of Wahaca, where street food tapas starts at £3.70 for a black beans & cheese quesadilla. Or go Italian at the Gourmet Pizza Company (along the river near the OXO Tower), where you’ll find delicious pizzas and pastas starting at £7.75.

National Theatre

Take in a show at the National Theatre or Barbican Centre

Many London theatres offer cheap tickets to under 26s. The National Theatre has a free membership scheme, Entry Pass, offering a limited number of £5 tickets to 16-25 years for each of its performances (UK residents only). The Barbican offers free (yes, free!) tickets for film, music, art, dance and theatre shows to 16-25 year olds through its freeB membership scheme. Younger teens should check out Unicorn Theatre near London Bridge, which groups shows by age (i.e. 17-12, 13+, adult) to make it easier to choose the ideal show for your age group.

Party with Under The Radar or McCluskys

Given UK licensing laws, London’s clubs and bars are strictly reserved for over 18s – as Justin Bieber discovered on his birthday. However, a number of underage, alcohol-free nights do exist in the capital. Upcoming events include Winter Special at the Renaissance Rooms in Vauxhall, organised by youth music scene promoters Under The Radar. Also on the calendar for December is a live showcase by MOBO award Winners Krept & Konan at McClusky’s in Kingston.

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What’s On This Weekend: 30 November-1 December 2013 http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/11/whats-on-this-weekend-30-november-1-december-2013/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/11/whats-on-this-weekend-30-november-1-december-2013/#comments Mon, 25 Nov 2013 10:00:26 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=36285

There are some great one-off events to get you in the festive spirit this weekend, including the Christmas Dollshouse Festival on Friday and a free Belgravia Christmas Market on Saturday.

Enchanted Woodland at Syon Park

The already picturesque gardens of the Duke of Northumberland’s London home have been transformed into a glittering enchanted woodland (above) this winter. Taking in the Arboretum of Syon, the path around the 18th century lake is lit up to magical effect, giving the surrounding landscape a mythical feel. Culminating at the Great Conservatory, which dates back to 1820, this is a unique way to explore the striking house and gardens of Syon Park. Ends 2 Dec

Belgravia Christmas Market

The exclusive London district of Belgravia is hosting a one off Christmas market on Saturday. Elizabeth Street will be lit up with festive lights and lined with traditional Christmas stalls selling arts and crafts, jewellery and homeware. Santa and his reindeer will also be in attendance and there will be carol singers and a traditional brass band. Be sure to head down to Pimlico Road for family-friendly entertainment including jugglers, trumpeters and stalls selling festive treats, including roast chestnuts and toffee apples. 1 Dec

Christmas Dollshouse Festival at Kensington Town Hall

Another, entirely different, one-off event this weekend is taking place at Kensington Town Hall. Peruse the finest craftsmanship of dolls and dollshouses and keep your eyes peeled for celebrity fans such as Jonathan Ross and Helena Bonham-Carter. Kids can also try their hand at painting miniature Christmas trees from 1pm. 30 Nov

Starring Vivien Leigh: A Centenary Celebration

The latest exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery shows Hollywood icon Vivien Leigh in more than 50 portraits, including rare vintage photographs, magazine covers, vintage film stills and press books. Leigh was best known for her Oscar winning turns in Gone with the Wind and opposite Marlon Brando in A Streetcar Named Desire, as well as her glamorous marriage to Sir Laurence Olivier. 30 Nov-10 Jul

Parsifal at the Royal Opera House

For a dose of high culture this weekend, be sure to see Wagner’s final great work, as Parsifal is being given an inventive new staging at the Royal Opera House. The opera was 25 years in the making and is based upon the classic story of the Holy Grail and deals with themes of prophesy and redemption. 30 Nov-18 Dec

Emil and the Detectives at the National Theatre

The latest family friendly production from the National Theatre follows the success of War Horse and His Dark Materials with the story of young Emil’s adventures in 1920s Berlin. When his money is stolen on the train by a mysterious stranger, Emil thinks he’s lost everything, until he embarks on a journey to catch the thief. 25 Nov-19 Dec

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What’s On This Weekend: 9-11 August 2013 http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/08/whats-on-this-weekend-9-11-august-2013/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/08/whats-on-this-weekend-9-11-august-2013/#comments Mon, 05 Aug 2013 09:31:07 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=35062

There are lots of fun activities on this weekend for both children and adults – why not learn about science, make your own ice cream or see some stunning press photography?

Icy Activity Day at the London Canal Museum

Cool down with this fun day of children’s activities at the London Canal Museum, which brings the story of the Victorian ice trade to life. Between 10am and 4pm kids can learn how ice forms, help create an ice-based artwork, and make – and sample! – authentic ice-cream with the help of Victorian cook Agnes Marshall. Entry to the museum is £4 for adults or £2 for children. 10 Aug

Treasures from a Hidden Garden at the Chelsea Physic Garden

In the 18th century, celebrated botanical artists such as Georg Dionysius Ehret worked in the Chelsea Physic Garden to study, sketch and paint the plants within. This tradition is still alive today, and members of the Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society meet every month. This exhibition provides a rare chance to see their wonderful paintings and drawings – don’t miss out! Entry is £9 for adults. Until 30 Aug

Free Theatre Performances at The Scoop, More London

Part of the More London Free Festival, these back-to-back theatrical perfomances provide a perfect evening of free entertainment by the Thames. Every Wednesday to Saturday in August you can see a family performances of The Prince of Thebes at 6pm, followed by Oedipus and Antigone for older audiences from 8pm to 10pm. To see these two great Thebes-based plays, simply turn up and bag a seat; you’re also welcome to bring your own food and drink, as long as it’s not in glass containers. Until 1 Sep

Day of the Mind Fete, Mile End

The Shuffle Film Festival, curated by Danny Boyle, runs between 8 and 18 August and features the London Olympic opening ceremony director’s films as well as local shorts, dance and music. One of its highlights will be the Day of the Mind fete, run in conjunction with the Wellcome Collection. The free event takes place from 11am to 11pm on Sunday and includes talks, workshops and science-based fun for both children and adults. 11 Aug

The Press Photographer’s Year Exhibition at the National Theatre

Relive the events of 2012 at this consistently stunning exhibition, which showcases the best press photographs used in the UK media. More than 12,000 photographs were entered for consideration, and the competition’s judges have selected the best 150 for recognition and public display. You’ll see incredible shots in categories such as news, royalty, entertainment and the Olympics, which can’t fail to inspire you to make the most of your own camera. Entry to the exhibition is free. Until 30 Aug

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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

See more London theatre shows at VisitLondon.com/theatre

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