This week sees Exeunt stagger home from Edinburgh, haggard but enthused by the amount of exciting work seen and the amount of lovely people encountered. But we will barely have time to reacquaint ourselves with our beds as there’s a lot going on this week, including the opening of Alexi Kaye Campbell’s third play, The Faith Machine, at the Royal Court. Campbell’s debut, The Pride, has enjoyed considerable success since its Royal Court premiere, including a recent production in Sheffield with Daniel Evans; Jamie Lloyd’s production of his new play deals with life-changing decisions and stars Hayley Atwell and Ian McDiarmid.
This week also sees a new play by Chris Hannan, The God of Soho, blend the classical with the contemporary at the Globe and Steve Hennesy’s Lullabies of Broadmoor quartet open at the Finborough. The Gate Theatre‘s incoming Artistic Director, Christopher Haydon directs David Davalos’s Wittenberg at the Notting Hill venue and Jackson’s Lane are exploring The History of the Pomegranate.
After a successful stint at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh, the ATC production of The Golden Dragon opens at the Arcola on Friday, while another Traverse transfer, Out of Joint’s A Dish of Tea with Dr Johnson opens at the Arts Theatre.
There’s a timely revival of Neil LaBute’s The Mercy Seat by Glow Box productions at the Pleasance Theatre, a staging of Chilean playwright Juan Radrigan’s Beasts at Theatre 503 and the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond begin their 40th anniversary season with a production of Vaclav Havel’s The Conspirators.
Mike Figgis curates the multimedia Deloitte Ignite season at the Royal Opera House over the coming weekend and poet, novelist and Aisle 16 collaborator Joe Dunthorne will be launching his new book Wild Abandon, at Homework at the Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club on the 31st.