Bear with us. Exeunt is still a little bleary-eyed from hibernation. But we have many exciting things planned for the coming year. Oh yes. Many things.
In the meantime, things to tempt us out of the house this week include Don Quijote, Tom Frankland’s take on the novel by Miguel De Cervantes, at CPT and the return of Faction, who will be embarking on their third rep season at the New Diorama, with a trio of classic plays including Hamlet, which opens this week (Thebes and Schiller’s The Robbers will follow). We’ve written about Faction and their approach before – you can read Catherine Love’s piece on their inaugural repertory season here.
This week also marks the opening of this year’s London International Mime Festival, which takes place between 8th January and 1st February at a number of venues around town; it opens with the delightful plastic bag ballet, L’Après-Midi d’un Foehn, at the Platform Theatre, one of the surprise highlights of last year’s Edinburgh Fringe. Jakop Ahlbom and Alamo Race Track’s Lebensraum, inspired by the films of Buster Keaton, also part of LIMF, is at the Southbank Centre.
The Old Red Lion present the premiere of American playwright Gregory Beam’s Keepsake, LA company Wilderness are staging The Day Shall Declare It, a piece inspired by the lesser known plays of Tenneessee Williams, at the Theatre Delicatessen Space at Marylebone Gardens and Tom Crawshaw’s play about the life of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman, Not the Messiah, can be seen at Theatre 503.
The Argentine aerial spectacle that is Fuerzabruta returns to the Roundhouse, Kate Tempest will be performing the euphoric Brand New Ancients at the Lyric Hammersmith on the 7th Jan (before taking the show to Brooklyn as part of the Under the Radar Festival – more on that here), Tony Law, Luisa Omielan and Robert Newman are among the comedians with shows at Soho Theatre this week, and the ebullient Josie Long will be presenting work-in-progress at the Invisible Dot.