London has gained a reputation across the world for its high-quality performances and impressive theatre scene. While you may have seen the long-running shows before, there’s always something new coming to the West End and beyond. If you fancy a trip to the theatre, here are some of the openings to excite over the next month.
Macbeth – National Theatre
For Shakespeare lovers, the National’s latest production of Macbeth is one not to be missed. Featuring Rory Kinnear in the title role and Anne-Marie Duff as his ambitious wife, the classic tale is rendered in all its bloody and violent drama.
Macbeth opens on March 7th
Summer and Smoke – Almeida Theatre
It may not be the most famous of Tennessee Williams’ plays, but Summer and Smoke delivers on the themes of sexual desire and self-destruction that he became famous for. This production soars in the hands of Rebecca Frecknall, who directs Patsy Ferran as minister’s daughter Alma.
Summer and Smoke opened on February 24th
Caroline, or Change – Hampstead Theatre
Set in 1963 at the height of the American civil rights struggle, Caroline, or Change tells the story of a formidable black maid idolised by an eight-year-old boy. This musical by Tony Kushner received five-star reviews at the Chichester Festival Theatre and will no doubt do well at the Hampstead, with Sharon D Clarke in the title role.
Caroline, or Change will be performed from March 12th
The Best Man – Playhouse Theatre
Featuring many a famous face from the world of television, Gore Vidal’s The Best Man may have been written six decades ago, but feels as relevant today as ever. Honeysuckle Weeks, Martin Shaw and Maureen Lipman bring this tale of two US politicians looking for endorsement from the sitting president to life.
Performances of The Best Man began on March 5th
The Inheritance – Young Vic
Among the boldest new projects coming to London is The Inheritance, which stars the enduring talent of Vanessa Redgrave. This two-part play about gay life in New York is said to have been inspired by Howards End. See each play separately or both parts in the same evening.
The Inheritance will open on March 9th
Getting to Theatreland
An evening at the theatre can be ruined by the stress of trying to get there. Bypass the driving issues and navigational problems by hiring a coach. It also means you can gather a large group of friends and enjoy a theatre trip to London together. Some plays even offer discounts for group bookings, giving you even more incentive to go en masse.
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