26th March to 1st April


This week sees Jamie Lloyd’s production of John Webster’s Jacobean tragedy, The Duchess of Malfi, open at the Old Vic with Eve Best in the title role, while Charles Edwards – the one-time Benedict to her Beatrice – stars in the stage version of The King’s Speech, transferring to the West End following its tour.

The Royal Court’s Young Writers Festival continues with Hayley Squires’ play, Vera Vera Vera Vera and Phil Willmott directs Arthur Miller’s The American Clock at the Finborough.

Paul Davies’ production of Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange marks the 50th anniversary of the novel’s publication at the Arcola. (Exeunt’s Catherine Love speaks to Davies about his approach to directing this most iconic of novels).  The Arcola is also playing host to the UK premier of Leonid Zorin’s The Warsaw Melody, in a production directed by Oleg Mirochnikov (and, yep, you’ve guessed it we’ve interviewed him too).

Vivienne Franzmann’s Mogadishu returns to the Lyric Hammersmith for a week-long run and Iain Glen stars in Lucy Bailey’s production of Uncle Vanya at The Print Room. (Glen has also been in conversation with Exeunt and you can read the results here).

Following the premiere of his new play Shivered at Southwark Playhouse, there’s a revival of his 2005 play, Mercury Fur, at the Old Red Lion, and DogOrange bring their take on J.M. Barrie’s ghost story, Mary Rose, to Riverside Studios. Ahead of a run at the Bush Theatre in May, Caroline Horton brings her solo show, You’re Not Like The Other Girls Chrissy, to BAC.

Sprint enters its last week at CPT with NIE’s Tales from a Sea Journey, Greg McLaren’s A Symphony for Audience and Performer and Curious Directive’s Your Last Breath. Meanwhile CircusFest gets underway at the Roundhouse with Cirque Mandingue’ Foté Foré. Penned in the Margins will be launching of new anthology, Adventures in Form: A Compendium of New Poetic Forms, Rules & Constraints, at Toynbee Studios on the 29th March and William Boyd and Ross Sutherland are on the bill at Book Slam at the Clapham Grand on the 27th.