Weekly Previews Published 20 February 2011

21st to the 27th February

what’s new in London this week

Natasha Tripney

It’s alive! This week sees the opening of Danny Boyle’s eagerly waited National Theatre production of Marry Shelley’s resonant classic, Frankenstein. Much of the excitement centres on the casting, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Lee Miller sharing the roles of Frankenstein and his creature between them, swapping roles from night to night. Cumberbatch, superb in last year’s production of Rattigan’s After The Dance, has since come to prominence as Sherlock Holmes in the recent BBC three-parter, so expect tickets to be thin on the ground.

Jamie Lloyd’s production of the American musical comedy The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee opens at the Donmar Warehouse with a cast including the League of Gentlemen’s (and, latterly, Psychoville’s) Steve Pemberton.

On the fringe, the Brockley Jack Theatre’s Write Now 2 Festival proceeds with Jessica Brown’s Chocolate Bounty; Heather O’Shea’s Blue Fence addresses issues of disability at the Pleasance Theatre and Soho Theatre stages Andrew Sheridan’s Bruntwood Prize-winning Winterlong. Filament Theatre’s Drive, Ride, Walk, a musical production about London journeys opens at Greenwich Theatre before touring to Stratford Circus and Jackson’s Lane Theatre, while Bankcider’s Whose Blood, takes place in Southwark’s Old Operating Theatre, one of the only surviving 19th century operating theatres in the country.

Over at the BAC they’re hosting  a scratch performance of Sharon Small and Tom Parkinson’s You Might As Well Live from the 24th-26th while Shunt take over the ICA for a Live Weekend featuring live art, performance and music from the 23rd to the 27th. The coming weekend will also see Ideastap’s Coming Up Festival playing host to Eat Your Heart Out, a unique theatrical banquet.

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Natasha Tripney

Natasha co-founded Exeunt in 2011 and was editor until 2016. She's now lead critic and reviews editor for The Stage, and has written about theatre and the arts for the Guardian, Time Out, the Independent, Lonely Planet and Tortoise.

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