This week’s best shows: our critics’ picks (March 7)
The next seven days are crammed with theatre. There are new shows opening across the country and a clutch of big West End productions, including another major Tom Stoppard revival.
City of Glass – Home, Manchester
Duncan Macmillan adapts the first of Paul Auster’s New York Trilogy novels for the stage in a co-production with Manchester’s Home and the Lyric Hammersmith. Vivienne Acheampong stars and the production opens on March 9.
Also worth seeing
One Last Thing (For Now) – Old Red Lion Theatre, London
Althea Theatre’s new play, One Last Thing (For Now), takes as its inspiration love letters written during periods of war from different cultures and in different languages. It opens on March 10.
Jonny and the Baptists: Eat the Poor – Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter
Jonny Donahoe – star of Every Brilliant Thing – and his band, the Baptists (Timotei-haired Paddy Gervers), embark on a new tour of one of their strongest shows to date. It’s billed as an “uproarious hour of satire, songs and politics by a double act at the top of their game”.
All the Little Lights – Hull Truck Theatre
Nottingham Playhouse’s touring production of Jane Upton’s searing play All the Little Lights is at Hull Truck Theatre on March 7 and 8. We called it a “brave and timely play laced with humour” in our four-star review.
Festival of the week
Sprint – Camden People’s Theatre, London
Camden People’s Theatre’s annual festival of performance returns with a programme that includes Scottee’s new show Bravado, a piece exploring working class masculinity, and the new show from Jamie Wood, creator of O No! and Beating John McEnroe, I Am a Tree. The festival runs from March 7.
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? – Harold Pinter Theatre, London
It’s suddenly Edward Albee season in the West End with two back-to-back revivals of his blistering marital dramas – first his most celebrated play, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? returns with Conleth Hill and Imelda Staunton as George and Martha, opening March 9, then in April, Damian Lewis and Sophie Okonedo star in The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?
Also worth seeing
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead – Old Vic, London
We are also getting two back-to-back Tom Stopppards. Joining the already-running revival of Travesties at the Apollo Theatre in London, the Old Vic now has Daniel Radcliffe and Joshua McGuire in the play that made Stoppard's name 50 years ago, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead opens March 7, with David Leveaux directing a cast that also includes David Haig as the Player.
The Miser – Garrick Theatre, London
More classic comedy in the West End: Moliere's The Miser gets a West End outing in a new adaptation by Sean Foley (who also directs) and Phil Porter. A star-studded cast includes Griff Rhys Jones in the title role, with Lee Mack and Mathew Horne, opening March 10.
Abigail's Party – Theatre Royal, Bath then touring
Mike Leigh's merciless but far-from-mirthless Abigail's Party gets a 40th anniversary production, launching at Bath from March 1-11, then touring. Sarah Esdaile directs a cast that comprises Amanda Abbington, Ben Caplan, Charlotte Mills, Ciaran Owens and Rose Keegan.
Concert of the Week
Honeymoon in Vegas – London Palladium
One night only British premiere for Jason Robert Brown's 2015 Broadway musical Honeymoon in Vegas takes place on March 12, with the composer himself conducting the London Musical Theatre Orchestra. The cast is led by Samantha Barks and Arthur Darvill and also features Simon Lipkin and Maxwell Caulfield.