The 23rd April is Shakespeare’s birthday and it also marks the beginning of the ambitious Globe to Globe season, 37 plays in 37 languages spread over a six week period. The season begins with the Isango Ensemble’s version of Venus and Adonis and the first week includes a Russian version of Measure for Measure and a Greek version of Pericles.
This week also sees the first of the year’s Gatsby adaptations get underway. Before they close for refurbishment, Wilton’s Music Hall will be presenting a musical version of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel which will see much of the building given a jazz age make over and live music in the bar to follow. Dressing up is encouraged. (You can read more about the production and the future of Wilton’s Music Hall in our recent feature).
In the West End, the RSC production of David Edgar’s play about the creation of the King James Bible, Written on the Heart, transfers to the Duchess Theatre and the Chichester double bill of David Hare’s South Downs and Terence Rattigan’s The Browning Version opens at the Harold Pinter Theatre.
Following their acclaimed production of Edward Bond’s Saved, the Lyric Hammersmith present a double bill of the playwright’s more recent works, Have I None and The Under Room, presented as part of The Chair Plays in the Lyric’s Studio. Peter Gill directs a triple-bill of short works by Robert Holman at the Donmar Warehouse, Claire Sweeney takes on the title role in the Menier Chocolate Factory production of Willy Russell’s Educating Rita and Alison Steadman stars in Michael Frayn’s Here at the Rose Theatre in Kingston.
CircusFest continues at the Roundhouse with Professor Vanessa’s Wondershow, an immersive exploration of the world of circus side-shows, conceived and curated by Professor Vanessa Toulmin and featuring performances from Miss Behave and Marawa The Amazing.
Che Walker directs Daniel MacIvor’s His Greatness at the Finborough and the Orange Tree presents a revival of Allan Monkhouse’s The Conquering Hero, directed by Auriol Smith. David Head’s two-hander, Suicide Letter Love Note is at the Pleasance Theatre; Gold Mountain, a multimedia piece by Les Deux Mondes is at The Albany and Resuscitate Theatre is presenting their version of The Bacchae at CPT.
Headcase, a piece of dance puppetry about mental health issues is at TouchedTheatre can be seen at the Little Angel and Sadler’s Wells present Ballet Revolución, a fusion of ballet and contemporary Cuban dance, at the Peacock Theatre.