This Week in Theatre: 17th – 23rd May 2021

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HEADLINE NEWS

Eddie Redmayne and Jessie Buckley to star in West End revival of Cabaret

Eddie Redmayne (Emcee) and Jessie Buckley (Sally Bowles)

It was confirmed this week that Rebecca Frecknall will direct stage and screen stalwarts Eddie Redmayne and Jessie Buckley in a new West End revival of Cabaret. Opening at a yet-to-be announced West End theatre in November, the production promises to bring the show’s Kit Kat Club to visceral life in an intimate 550-seat bespoke cabaret club. Expect this one to be a hot ticket!

Almeida Theatre announce reopening season including Macbeth, Hymn and Spring Awakening

Saoirse Ronan

Angel’s Almeida Theatre has announced plans for it’s reopening season of shows, with plenty on offer for all comers. Among the highlights – Lolita Chakrabarti’s Hymn make its overdue live debut after an acclaimed digital run in the spring; Rupert Goold directs the first London revival of the groundbreaking musical Spring Awakening; and Academy-Award nominated actress Saoirse Ronan makes her UK stage debut opposite James McArdle in Yaël Farber’s promisingly bold new production of Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Macbeth.

RSC to premiere Hilary Mantel’s The Mirror and the Light in the West End

Nathaniel Parker as Henry VIII in Wolf Hall © RSC

The Royal Shakespeare Company has announced that the final instalment of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall trilogy is to make its world premiere in the West End this autumn. The Mirror and the Light, adapted for the stage by Mantel herself alongside actor Ben Miles, plays for a limited 9-week season at the Gielgud Theatre from September. Miles reprises his role as Thomas Cromwell opposite Nathaniel Parkinson as Henry VIII, repeating his Olivier and Tony Award winning role from Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies.

Royal Court announce reopening season

The Royal Court also confirmed plans for reopening earlier this week. The building reopens with the return of Jasmine Lee-Jones’ acclaimed play the seven methods of killing kylie jenner, which this time transfer from upstairs venue to the main theatre. Other notable announcements include The Song Project by Chloe Lamford, Wende, Isobel Waller-Bridge and Imogen Knight; and the world premiere of a new 14-minute piece by Caryl Churchill, What If If Only.

Pride and Prejudice (*sort of) to open in West End in October

Isobel McArthur

Isobel McArthur’s Pride and Prejudice (*sort of), a wickedly-witty new take on Jane Austen’s classic novel, finds a West End home at the Criterion Theatre in October. First seen at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2018, McArthur leads an all-female cast in a new irreverent and dynamic take on the literary classic.

ALSO THIS WEEK

Manchester’s Royal Exchange has announced a new season of shows and events through 2021.

Tina – The Tina Turner Musical will reopen in the West End on 28th July, starring Aisha Jawando as Tina.

Come From Away is now booking in the West End to February 2022.

The UK premiere production of The Cher Show kicks off a UK and Ireland tour at Leicester Curve in April 2022. Directed by Arlene Phillips.

Kevin Clifton, Charlotte Gooch, Faye Tozer and Cavin Cornwall join Adam Cooper in the London revival of Singin’ in the Rain at Sadler’s Wells this summer.

REVIEW ROUND-UP

CruiseDuchess Theatre, West End

Jack Holden in Cruise © Pamela Raith

The Guardian ★★★★
Telegraph ★★★★★
Evening Standard ★★★
WhatsOnStage ★★★
British Theatre ★★★★

Herding Cats Soho Theatre, London and online

Jassa Ahluwalia and Gregg Germann in Herding Cats © Danny Kaan

The Guardian ★★★★
The Times ★★
The Stage ★★
WhatsOnStage ★★★
A Younger Theatre ★★

You Are Here Southwark Playhouse, London and online

Wendi Peters and cast in You Are Here © Callum Heinrich

The Guardian ★★★
The Stage ★★
BroadwayWorld ★★
The Reviews Hub ★★★3/4
LondonTheatre1 ★★

A Russian Doll – Barn Theatre, Cirencester and online

Rachel Redford in A Russian Doll © Eve Dunlop

The Guardian ★★★
The Telegraph ★★
The Stage ★★
The Reviews Hub ★★★1/2
Theatre Weekly ★★

Two Horsemen – Jermyn Street Theatre, London

Michael Fatogun and Daon Broni in Two Horsemen © Tristam Krenton

The Guardian ★★★
The Stage ★★
A Younger Theatre ★★
The Reviews Hub ★★★
LondonTheatre1 ★★

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