Weekly Previews Published 26 April 2011

25th April to 1st May

what’s new in London this week.

Natasha Tripney

In this wedding-saturated week there’s something of a dearth of new openings but a few shows have seen fit to raise their heads above the parapet.

On Tuesday Dan Rebellato’s Chekhov in Hell receives its London premiere at the Soho Theatre following a run at Plymouth’s Drum Theatre; Soho Theatre has also extended the run of Kevin Eldon’s acclaimed solo show.

Later in the week Told by an Idiot’s new work, And the Horse You Rode in On, opens at the Barbican and Taggart creator Glenn Chandler’s Cleveland Street, a comic musical about the Cleveland Street sex scandal of 1885,  premieres at Above the Stag; following their production of Anna Karenina, the Arcola remains in Russia with Helena Kaut-Howson’s production of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya. Mark Storor’s  The Fat Girl Gets a Haircut and Other Stories, a piece created in collaboration with a cast of young actors, will be a the Roundhouse.

Playwright, actor and director, Che Walker directs Zelda, Kelly Burke’s one woman show about the life of Zelda Fitzgerald, at the Charing Cross Hotel and there are two intriguing scratch pieces at Stoke Newington International Airport as part of the London Word Festival: Debbie Pearson’s Like You Were Before and Chris Goode’s Keep Breathing. The London Word Festival continues with The Crash, a devised piece about the crisis of the banking system by  Tom Basden, Francesca Millican-Slater, James Wilkes and Joe Dunthorne.

Out of London, The Junction in Cambridge hosts Sampled, a mini-festival of performance and theatre featuring new work from poets Tim Clare and Ross Sutherland, from Lucy Foster, Greg McLaren, RashDash and Bryony Kimmings, as well as a chance to see Laura Mugridge’s Running on Air (a piece performed in a VW camper van) and Hannah Jane Walker’s intimate exercise in the art of apology, This is Just to Say (of which there are more details here).

 

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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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