Top Plays for Theatre breaks
There are some excellent plays coming to the London stage in the next few weeks, well worth planning theatre breaks to see. Here are just some of those that look particularly good.
- Blood and Gifts – National Theatre
” a hideously topical docudrama about the origins from 1981-91 of the present war in Afghanistan.” – full of insights into what is happening now in that troubled place this should be fascinating.
- Passion – Donmar
Stephen Sondheim’s rather gothic story based on an Italian film has fewer songs than you might expect and a rather magnificent male chorus. Argentine actress Elena Roger is highly praised.
- Krapp’s Last Tape – The Duchess Theatre.
Gambon and Beckett. Not much more to say except perhaps don’t forget to turn off your mobile!
- Tribes – Royal Court,
Nina Raine’s new play revolves around Billy, who is profoundly deaf and his family. “a fascinating dissection of belonging, family and the limitations of communication”
- Hamlet- The Olivier,
Rory Kinnear is directed by Nicholas Hytner. Should be well worth seeing what Kinnear makes of the morose Dane.
- Yes, Prime Minister – The Gielgud
They are all there and yet not quite as we remember them in this up dated production, transferred from the Chichester Festival.
- Birdsong – The Comedy Theatre
Sebastian Faulk’s 1993 World War I best-selling novel is in safe hands here adapted by Rachel Wagstaff and directed by Trevor Nunn
- The Donmar takes over Trafalgar Studios, beginning with a play about devastation in New Orleans, “Lower Ninth,” continuing with the story of a jazz great, “Novecento” and then Cocteau’s “Les Parents Terribles”
- “Onassis: The Play” by Martin Sherman, starring Robert Lindsay as the naughty Greek millionaire.