This week sees the opening of the 2011 season at the Globe Theatre. Themed around the ‘Word of God’, this season begins with the venue’s first production of All’s Well That Ends Well, directed by John Dove and starring Janie Dee, alongside a touring production of Hamlet directed by Dominic Dromgoole.
This week also sees Imogen Stubbs starring in Ibsen’s Little Eyolf at Jermyn Street Theatre while across town the Rosemary Branch Theatre stages a revival of Jon Van Druten’s I Am a Camera, the play based on the Berlin novels of Christopher Isherwood and which was itself the source material for Cabaret. The Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond is staging Autumn and Winter, by Swedish playwright Lars Noren.
The Union Theatre production of Darren Murphy’s Irish Blood, English Heart does a Trafalgar – in other words it transfers to the Traflgar Studios. Lucy Bailey directs the latest production at the Print Room in west London, a revival of Tennessee Williams’ Kingdom of Earth and Southwark Playhouse stages a rarely seen J B Priestly play, They Came to a City. (There’s also still time to catch Philip Ridley’s acclaimed and explosive Tender Napalm, at the same venue.)
Faulty Optic’s Flogging a Dead Horse, originally seen as part of the London International Mime Festival, will be at Jackson’s Lane Theatre in Highgate on 3rd and 4th May followed on, from 5th to 7th May, by Frisky and Mannish with their sophomore show The College Years.
Arts 4 Human Rights will be staging work as part of the TransEuropa Festival, a cross-Europe festival staged in 12 cities simultaneously, at Rochelle School. Events include an afternoon of performance and spoken word featuring Inua Ellams among others and a solo piece by performance artist Katherina Radeva, inspired by the anniversary of the Berlin Wall.
Outside of London the festival season is beginning in earnest. HighTide (the line-up of which includes Andrew Motion’s playwriting debut) is already well underway and Bristol Mayfest begins this week too.