With January almost behind us we take a look ahead at the rest of the year with our Theatre Critic (Sam Chipman)‘s guide to what to see in the theatre in 2015.
Benedict Cumberbatch in Hamlet at the Barbican.
The Sherlock star’s run in Hamlet at the Barbican in London is already sold out. It promises to be one of the theatrical events of the year as he is the latest in the line of stars to take on the famous role. It is rumoured talks have been held with National Theatre Live and that the production may be available in the recorded medium in the future.
There is also what should prove to be a very interesting production of Antigone that opens at the Barbican in March, directed by Ivo Van Hove. This production also transfers to Edinburgh in August.
5 August–31 October 2015
Barbican Theatre, London
Death of A Salesman at the RSC
The RSC’s production of Arthur Miller’s Pulitzer prize winning Death of a Salesman opens at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford Upon Avon. Staring Antony Sher and Alex Hassell it will surely prove to be a powerful rendition of the classic.
The Rsc’s season also includes a play about the father of the atomic bomb, Oppenheimer, Marlowe’s The Jew of Malta and Ben Jonson’s Volpone. The Shakepeare’s are The Merchant of Venice, A Midsummer Nights Dream and Othello.
26 March – 2 May 2015
Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford Upon Avon
The Hard Problem at the National Theatre
Nicholas Hytner’s last production before he steps down and Rufus Norris takes over at the head of the National is Tom Stoppard’s new play The Hard Problem. It plays from 21st January and will mark the end of 12 years under Hytner’s leadership for the National Theatre.
Playing from 21 January 2015
The National Theatre, London
Broadcast to cinemas from 16 April at 7pm
The Ruling Class at Trafalgar Studios
Directed by Jamie Lloyd and staring James McAvoy playing a possible paranoid schizophrenic with a Messiah complex, this one might tickle a few tastebuds.
16 January 2015 – 11 April 2015
Trafalgar Studios, London
A View From The Bridge at the Young Vic
The Young Vic are renowned for creating some industry defining productions, and the production of this Arthur Miller classic is surely set to be one of the best around. With a cast including Mark Strong, tickets will fly out of the box office for this production.
The Young Vic also follows the sucess of the Charles III plays by producing Mike Bartlett’s new play, Bull, directed by Clare Lizzimore.
Feb 11 – Apr 11 2015
Wyndham’s Theatre, London
The Changeling at The Globe
The gruesome Jacobean tragedy will star award-winning actress, Hattie Morohan. The incredibly gifted actress is sure to light up the Sam Wannamaker playhouse; you surely won’t be needing your rotten tomatoes during this production.
Productions of Farnelli and the King, Dido Queen of Carthage and Ford’s The Broken Heart round up an interesting season at the globe.
15th January – 1st March
The Globe, London
American Buffalo at Wyndham’s Theatre.
Staring Damian Lewis and John Goodman, and directed by Daniel Evans this production of the David Mamet play sure has the firepower to cause a stir in the theatre world, with plenty of expectation being heaped on its head.
16th April – 27th June
Wyndham’s Theatre, London
Man And Superman at The National
Shaw makes a return to the National stage, staring Ralph Fiennes. A romantic comedy, an epic fairytale, a fiery philosophical debate, Man and Superman asks fundamental questions about how we live.
17th February – 17th May
National Theatre, London
The Vote at The Donmar Warehouse.
The Donmar is giving us a very topical and interesting piece of theatre in The Vote, about the general election which will be screened live on More4 on May 7th itself.
The Donmar’s production of My Night With Reg is also transferring to the Apollo Theatre in the West End.
24th April – 7th May
Donmar Warehouse, London
The King’s Speech
With Raymond Coulthard as King George VI and Jason Donovan as speech therapist Lionel Logue the play that made Colin Firth an Oscar winner comes to the stage around the UK. It begins at Chichester Festival and then visits venues around the country, including Birmingham, Cambridge, Glasgow and Belfast.
5th – 14th Feb (Chichester)
Mon 16 March – Sat 9th May (Touring)