Theatre Breaks News: Top 5 Plays in London for 2013
Top 5 Plays in London for 2013
1. The Audience starring Helen Mirren and Robert Hardy at the Gielgud theatre 15th Feb to 15th June
This is a new play written by Peter Morgan (The Deal, The Queen, Frost/Nixon, and The Special Relationship) about the 60 year reign of Queen Elizabeth II (Mirren) and her weekly private meetings with the Prime Ministers over the years. Haydn Gwynne takes on the role of Margaret Thatcher and Robert Hardy is Sir Winston Churchill. C4’s Friday Night Dinner’s Dad, Paul Ritter, is cast as Sir John Major. This sounds too good to miss!
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2. The Judas Kiss starring Rupert Everett at the Duke of York’s theatre 6th Jan to 6th April
Currently playing to full houses at the Hampstead theatre, David Hare’s new play transfers into the West End in January. It sees Rupert Everett taking on the role of Oscar Wilde and gives a fascinating insight into the playwright’s relationship with young Lord Alfred Douglas during a time when homosexuality was a crime.
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3. Old Times starring Kristen Scott Thomas and Rufus Sewell at the Harold Pinter theatre 12th Jan to 6th April
In a bold move by director Ian Rickson, Scott Thomas will play both the female leads – Kate & Anna – on alternative nights along-side Lia Williams. As with most Pinter plays, it’s a drama with loads of sexual tension between newly weds Kate and Deeley (Sewel) and her best friend, Anna. It is a "memory" play as the characters remember past times from tier youth, but it seems they all remember the same things a little bit differently from the other.
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4. The Cripple of Inishmaan starring Daniel Radcliffe at the Noel Coward theatre 8th Jun to 31st Aug
The Michael Grandage season kicks off at the Noel Coward theatre next month with Privates on Parade, and continues to bring the cream of British acting to London audiences over the following 10 months including Judy Dench, Ben Whilshaw and Jude Law. Set on the remote island of Inishmaan off the west coast of Ireland Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe stars in this comedy about the coming of age of "Cripple Billy" who is desperate to become a Hollywood star!
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5. A Midsummer Night’s Dream starring Sheridan Smith and David Walliams at the Noel Coward theatre 7th Sept to 16th Nov
The penultimate play in the Michael Grandage season is Shakespeare’s wonderful comedy set in a bewitched forest full of fairies and magic. No one, it seems, loves who they are meant to love and complications arise when an unsuspecting travelling actor is turned into a donkey!
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