A Few London Theater Picks for Fall

September 30, 2010 § Leave a comment

Old Vic, night

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My London theater alerts and emails have been picking up of late, and I thought it was time to consolidate the most promising of the pack into a new post.  Here’s what’s on (or soon to be on) in the West End, and beyond.  That, and the now very affordable airfares to London courtesy of Continental Airlines.  Oh, and there’s the amazing Gauguin exhibition Tate Modern.  Definitely book tickets in advance, if you plan to go.  It opens today and runs through January 16, 2011 … as if you needed another reason to make the trip across the pond.  But, back to the main event, here’s what’s on:

Based on the Screenplay by David Mamet, story by David Mamet and Jonathan Katz, House of Games is running at the Almeida Theatre through November 6, 2010.  “This is a confidence game, not because you give me your confidence, but because I give you mine.” Next up is Ibsen’s The Master Builder, starring Gemma Arterton and Stephen Dillane.  The run is scheduled for November 12, 2010 through January 8, 2011.  And if you’re not familiar with the Almeida, it, like the Donmar Warehouse (see below), is an intimate theater (read: very small with limited seating).  Tickets are likely selling quickly, so if you’re interested, book early.

Stephen Sondheim’s musical, Passion, playing at the Donmar Warehouse.  Hailed “A masterpiece,” by the Daily Telegraph, and “A triumph,” by The Guardian, the limited run ends November 27, 2010.  It will be followed by William Shakespeare’s King Lear, December 3, 2010 through February 5, 2011.

Noel Coward’s Design For Living, running at The Old Vic Theatre through November 27, 2010.   “Coward comedy returns in style with a brilliant cast … three remarkable central performances … stellar acting.” — The Evening Standard .  To be followed by Georges Feydeau’s A Flea in Her Ear, beginning December 4, 2010.  “Starring Tom Hollander and Lisa Dillon, A Flea In Her Ear is a comedy of errors set against a backdrop of jealousy, misunderstandings and confrontation.”

Ghost Stories, staged at the Duke of York’s Theatre and booking through February 19, 2011.  This is an extended run and here’s why: ” ‘Ghost Stories’ is an immaculately crafted evening of entertainment, not a highbrow work for the ages. Play the game and you’ll have a scream.” — TimeOut London

Flashdance: The Musical at the Shaftesbury Theatre.  If you loved the movie, you’ll no doubt go for the musical, 27 years in the making.  It opens on September 27, 2010 and runs through February 26, 2011.

Martin Sherman’s new play based on material from the book, Nemesis, by Peter Evans, Onassis, opens today at the Novello Theatre.  Per TimeOut London, ” ‘Onassis’ is a savage account of the final years of Aristotle Onassis (Lindsay), the wealthy Greek businessman who wooed both Jackie Kennedy (Lydia Leonard) and Maria Callas (Anna Francolini).”  The play runs through February 5, 2011.

And, if you’re the true plan-ahead type, advance tickets are on sale for Ghost: The Musical which opens in June 2011.  You can save 5 GBP by ordering tickets by October 31, 2010.

For all things theatre, including the long-running musicals, visit LondonTheatre.co.uk.



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