Upcoming Must-See Plays Of 2013
As 2012 draws to a close, it’s worth remembering some of the many great plays that have premiered in the West End and around London, while looking forward to what promise to be the must-see plays of 2013. With plays like Anna Christie, Collaborators, One Man, Two Guvnors and The Ladykillers all receiving acclaim, the future of British theatre looks set to include new productions starring Judi Dench, Daniel Radcliffe, and Rowan Atkinson, as well as some notable revivals of classic plays. Some of these plays are listed below:
Peter and Alice
Starring Judi Dench and Ben Whishaw, Peter and Alice represents a return to the stage for Dench in John Logan’s play.
The Cripple of Irishmaan
Award winning Irish playwright Martin McDonagh will stage his play with Daniel Radcliffe in the lead from the middle of 2013.
Marking Rowan Atkinson’s return to the stage, Quartermaine’s Terms is by Simon Gray, and stars Atkinson as St. John Quartermaine, a set upon teacher during the 1980s. The play is expected to premiere in January 2013 at Wyndham’s Theatre.
The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time
Having already enjoyed a run at the Southbank, The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time, which is adapted from a bestselling book by Mark Haddon, will be transferring into the West End from 2013. The play will retain its off-West End cast, and is expected to appear at the Apollo Theatre.
Pride & Prejudice
A new stage version of Jane Austen’s classic play is planned for Regents Park Open Air Theatre. The Regents Park venue, which has staged some of the most innovative productions of the past few years, will also feature performances of A Winter’s Tale and To Kill a Mockingbird as part of its new season.
The David Leveaux produced Passion Play is set for a revival on May 7th, having first appeared in 1981. Zoe Wanamaker will star in the drama, which previously enjoyed a long run at the Donmar Warehouse. Passion Play focuses on affairs between married couples.
The Arabian Nights
Premiering at the end of November 2012, but continuing through into January 2013, The Arabian Nights is a special family drama that will be running at the Tricycle Theatre on Kilburn High Road. The Arabian Nights has already won praise for its innovative staging of the classic book of stories.
Di and Viv And Rose
This critically praised comic play will be expanding to the main stage at the Hampstead Theatre from January, having played at its smaller venue this year. The new cast for the play will consist of Tamsin Outhwaite, Gina McKee, and Anna Maxwell Martin.
A Season In The Congo
Part of a series of excellent new productions at the Young Vic, A Season In The Congo stars Chiwetel Ejiofor as African leader Patrice Lumumba. Joe Wright directs following his recent film adaptation of Anna Karenina.
Also at the Young Vic next year, Richard Jones presents Public Enemy, a play dealing with a contaminated water case and the efforts of lead character Dr. Stockmann to get to the bottom of a conspiracy.
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