The Spoils with Jesse Eisenberg opens in May


Tickets went on sale this morning for The Spoils  written by and starring Jesse Eisenberg, also starring Kunal Nayyar from Big Bang Theory.  The play is transferring from NY to Trafalgar Studios in May.

From Trafalgar, this is “A cuttingly satirical glimpse of a lost soul searching to assent the reality of his situation. Perceptively disconcerting, The Spoils speaks to the exasperated, self-analysing millennial generation. A painfully awkward comedy, not to be missed!  Nobody likes Ben. Ben doesn’t even like Ben. He bullies everyone in his life, including his roommate Kalyan, an earnest Nepalese immigrant. When Ben discovers that his school crush is marrying a straight-laced banker, he sets out to destroy their relationship and win her back.”

NY Times Review

The Spoils Tickets

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Groundhog Day at the Old Vic July 2016

If you haven’t seen the movie Groundhog Day, it is the story of a cynical Pittsburgh TV weatherman who is sent to cover the annual Groundhog Day event in the isolated small town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. (yes there really is a groundhog event each year and people eagerly awaiting news about the groundhog’s shadow). There he finds himself caught in a time loop, forced to repeat the same day again and again…and again. As each day plays out exactly the same as before he becomes increasingly despondent but (no spoiler here!) might be able to unlock the secret and break the cycle.

Director Matthew Warchus, composer and lyricist Tim Minchin, choreographer Peter Darling and designer Rob Howell, four of the creators of the international sensation Matilda The Musical, have joined forces with writer Danny Rubin to collaborate on this new musical based on his 1993 hit film.

Groundhog Day will play a strictly limited 10-week season from Monday 11 July – Saturday 17 September 2016.

4343-fitandcrop-663x494 Groundhog Day.

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The Complete Walk / Shakespeare’s Globe April 23rd-24th


bigFrom the GlobeOver the spring weekend of 23 – 24 April 2016, the banks of the Thames will come alive with an extraordinary celebration as Shakespeare’s Globe invites the world to join The Complete Walk.

37 screens along a 2.5 mile route between Westminster and Tower Bridge will play a series of specially-made 10 minute films, starring some of the world’s finest actors. Each film will explore an aspect of one of Shakespeare’s plays and will include scenes shot in the locations Shakespeare imagined when he wrote them.

Picture Cleopatra in front of the Pyramids, Shylock in Venice’s Jewish Ghetto, Hamlet on the rocks of Elsinore…The Complete Walk will be an interactive journey through Shakespeare’s life and work exactly 400 years on from his death.

The films will play on loop throughout the weekend enabling you to join us for the entire route or to dip in and out of your favourite plays whilst strolling along the river.”

The Complete Walk / Shakespeare’s Globe.

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Don’t miss “Trumped” Starring Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane


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Philippe Sands discusses East West Street 24th May at Lutyens and Rubinstein

From Lutyens: “When human rights lawyer Philippe Sands received an invitation to deliver a lecture in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv, he began to uncover a series of extraordinary historical coincidences. It set him on a quest that would take him halfway around the world in an exploration of the origins of international law and the pursuit of his own secret family history, beginning and ending with the last day of the Nuremberg Trials.
Part historical detective story, part family history, part legal thriller, Philippe Sands guides us between past and present as several interconnected stories unfold in parallel. The first is the hidden story of two Nuremberg prosecutors who discover, only at the end of the trials, that the man they are prosecuting, once Hitler’s personal lawyer, may be responsible for the murder of their entire families in Nazi-occupied Poland, in and around Lviv.
A second strand to the book is more personal, as Sands traces the events that overwhelmed his mother’s family in Lviv and Vienna during the Second World War, and led his grandfather to leave his wife and daughter behind as war came to Europe. At the heart of this book is an equally personal quest to understand the roots of international law and the concepts that have dominated Sands’s work as a lawyer. Eventually, he finds unexpected answers to his questions about his family, in this powerful meditation on the way memory, crime and guilt leave scars across generations, and the haunting gaps left by the secrets of others.”

 Lutyens & Rubinstein

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A Chance to see both Henry V and Middle Temple Hall April 2016

Winning Review readers know that Middle Temple Hall  is one of my favourite venues.  What better place to see Henry V?  Well actually the show is going on tour to some of the most beautiful cathedrals in the UK after Middle Temple Hall (Winchester, Salisbury), so you might actually find one.

From Antic Disposition: “England’s idealistic army marches to war, certain of a swift and glorious victory. France proudly rallies to defend her borders from invasion. But as nations clash, it is the common soldiers who pay the ultimate price in the bloody mud of the battlefield.

 Marking both the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare and the ongoing centenary of the First World War, Antic Disposition’s critically acclaimed production of Henry V returns for a season of special performances in nine stunning locations around the country.

Following a run in the spectacular Elizabethan setting of Middle Temple Hall in central London, the production will visit some of the UK’s finest cathedrals and churches, concluding in Holy Trinity, Stratford-upon-Avon, where Shakespeare himself was baptised and is buried.

Performed by a talented cast of British and French actors, Antic Disposition’s uplifting production celebrates the rich historical relationship between our two nations – from the Hundred Years War to the Entente Cordiale.”

Antic Disposition | Henry V | 2016

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Curtain Up opens at the Victoria and Albert Museum

The Theatre and Performance Gallery at the V&A is about to open  Curtain Up: Celebrating 40 Years of Theatre in London and New York for a run prior to its  transfer to Lincoln Centre, New York in October.

This exhibition brings together materials from a variety of shows that have traversed the Atlantic to appear in both the West End and New York, winning Olivier and Tony Awards. The theatre artefacts alone will be well worth the visit, from Michael Crawford’s original Phantom of the Opera mask, to Julia McKenzie’s Guys and Dolls garter from 1982, and Helen Mirren’s queenly dress from the 2013 production of The Audience. Interactive elements include a sound booth allowing you to adjust the levels on the Hairspray soundtrack, and a small recreation of the set from Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, which uses projection all around you to simulate being on stage. Find yourself on stage with Joey from War Horse and see the award statuettes up close with a spotlight on the Olivier Awards themselves.  free admission.

Victoria and Albert Museum

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