The Globe’s new indoor Sam Wanamaker Playhouse opens this week with Dominic Dromgoole’s candle-lit production of The Duchess of Malfi, starring Gemma Arterton in the role most recently played by Eve Best at the Old Vic.
Lisa Dwan returns for a week-long stint at the Royal Court for her phenomenal, physically demanding verbal dash through Beckett’s Not I, the focal point of a trio of Beckett shorts which are en route to the West End. The Royal Court’s Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, meanwhile, is presenting John Tiffany’s production of John Donelly’s latest play, The Pass, with a cast including Russell Tovey.
Lucy Hopkins’ Le Foulard, one of Exeunt’s Edinburgh highlights of last year is at Soho Theatre; Nick Gill, the man behind the brutally brilliant Mirror Teeth, sees his new play fiji land open at Southwark Playhouse’s Little space – you can read more about the play and his thoughts on typefaces in our interview here. There will be a chance to experience #TORYCORE, featuring Lucy Ellinson, Chris Thorpe and Steve Lawson, at CPT this weekend as part of their Hard to Resist festival.
The London International Mime Festival continues this week with Patrice Thibaud and Philippe Leygnac’s endearing clown show Cocorico and Compagnie Philippe Genty’s Forget Me Not, both at the Southbank Centre.
Phil Willmott’s musical Peter Pan sequel, Lost Boy (reviewed here) transfers to the Charing Cross Theatre and the Arcola’s Spanish Golden Age season opens with Mehmet Ergen’s production of Tirso de Molina’s Don Gil of the Green Breeches; two more plays from the period, A Lady of Little Sense and Punishment Without Revenge, will follow. Orangutan Productions’ film noir-inspired Othello is at Riverside Studios and Jeremy Kingston’s adaption of Oedipus is at the Tristan Bates Theatre.
The Gentlemen of Horror, a play about the creative relationship between Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, is at the Etcetera Theatre on 13th Jan and there will be more horror comedy with Casual Violence’s hit Edinburgh show House of Nostril at Soho Theatre on the 17th.
The Space presents Retold, a series of contemporary retellings of fairytales, throughout the week; Tube Kultura, a night of art and stories inspired by the London Underground is at the Toynbee Arts Café on the 15th; this month’s meeting of the Double R Club, an evening of Lynch-inspired cabaret, takes place at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club on the 16th and Robin Ince and Josie Long will be hosting a Shambles at Jackson’s Lane on the 17th.