20th to 26th February


This week sees David Eldridge’s new play, In Basildon, open at the Royal Court. This is his fourth play to be set in Essex but the first that really explores his Essex background; it will be directed by Dominic Cooke with a cast including Linda Bassett.

At the Noel Coward Theatre, Lindsay Duncan, Jeremy Northam and the brilliant Olivia Coleman star in Howard Davies’ revival of – appropriately enough – Coward’s Hay Fever while Cheek by Jowl will be presenting their production of ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore at the Barbican’s Silk Street Theatre.

The Chichester production of Edward Bond’s Bingo, with Patrick Stewart playing Shakespeare, transfers to the Young Vic (which is currently also playing host to Joe Hill-Gibbins’ gloriously cacophonous staging of The Changeling). Third Angel will be at Soho Theatre with their current show What I Heard About the World and the Tricycle are presenting a two-part ‘partial history’ of the politics of the nuclear age. Staged in two separate ‘blasts’ the season contains new work by David Grieg and Zinnie Harris amongst others.

Chris Goode’s humane, contemplative show God/Head will be at Oval House and Greenwich Playhouse will be presenting their version of John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi, the last production by the theatre in its current home.

The Arcola are staging Purge, by Sofi Oksanen about the Soviet occupation of Estonia. Melanie Wilson and Gemma Brockis will be scratching new work at the BAC and Elis James will be presenting his storytelling show Do You Remember The First Time? at the same venue on the 22nd, as part of their N20 Comedy Festival.

On the 23rd, poet Sam Riviere will be presenting Austerities at Toynbee Studios, a mixture of readings and discussion of the relationship between poetry, politics and advertising under the coalition government.