Travesties by Tom StoppardThe Menier Chocolate Factory’s revival of Tom Stoppard’s Travesties has transferred to the West End’s Apollo Theatre, with performances from 3rd February 2017. The revival stars Tom Hollander as Henry Carr alongside Amy Morgan as Gwendolen, Freddie Fox as Tristan Tzara. Cast includes Clare Foster and Forbes Masson.
Tom Stoppard’s dazzling comedy of art, love and revolution features James Joyce, Tristan Tzara and Lenin as remembered – and misremembered – by Henry Carr, a minor British diplomat in Zurich 1917. When Gwendolen and Cecily wander in from The Importance of Being Earnest Henry’s mind wanders too. He knows he was Algernon in a production in Zurich. But who was the other one? The original production of Travesties won the Evening Standard award for Best Comedy and the Tony award for Best Play. This first London revival in over 20 years will be directed by Patrick Marber and will star Tom Hollander.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Sienna Miller and Jack O’Connell will lead the cast as Maggie and Brick in Benedict Andrews’ Young Vic production of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof which will begin previews in the West End at the Apollo Theatre on 13th July 2017. With press night on 24th July, this strictly limited twelve-week run is booking to 7th October 2017. Set designs are by Magda Willi with costume designs by Alice Babidge and lighting by Jon Clark. Further casting will be announced at a later date.
Tickets go on public sale today, 24th February 2017, at 10am. For this Young Vic production, there will be seats available at £10 for under 25s for each performance, booked through the Young Vic Box Office, with 75 tickets at £20 or less for every performance.
Cat On A Hot Tin Roof marks the Young Vic’s first production to debut directly in the West End and is presented by the Young Vic and The Young Ones. Previously the Young Vic have transferred A View from a Bridge, Golem, The Scottsboro Boys, Simply Heavenly, Tintin and A Doll’s House.
The truth hurts. On a steamy night in Mississippi, a Southern family gather at their cotton plantation to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday. The scorching heat is almost as oppressive as the lies they tell. Brick and Maggie dance round the secrets and sexual tensions that threaten to destroy their marriage. With the future of the family at stake, which version of the truth is real – and which will win out?
Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer prize-winning play received its world premiere in 1955 at the Morosco Theater on Broadway with Barbara Bel Geddes and Ben Gazzara as Maggie and Brick. The UK premiere, directed by Peter Hall, opened at the Comedy Theatre in 1958 with Kim Stanley and Paul Massie in the same roles. The 1958 Academy Award nominated film starring Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman was directed by Richard Brooks.
Theatre: Apollo Theatre, 31 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 7ES
Dates: 13 July – 7 October 2017
Press Night: Monday 24 July 2017 at 7pm
Performances: Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm, Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm
Brodsky or Baryshnikov
Brodsky or BaryshnikovBrodsky / Baryshnikov is a one-man show based on the poems of Nobel laureate Joseph Brodsky, performed by Mikhail Baryshnikov. Conceived and directed by Alvis Hermanis, noted Latvian director of The New Riga Theatre, Brodsky / Baryshnikov is an emotional journey deep into the poet’s visceral and complex compositions. Performed in Russian, Brodsky’s mother tongue, Baryshnikov recites a selection of his long-time friend’s poignant and eloquent works. His subtle physicality transports the audience into Hermanis’ reverent imagining of Brodsky’s interior world.
Performed in Russian with English surtitles.
English translation by Jamey Gambrell.
Brodsky/Baryshnikov UK PREMIERE is made possible thanks to the generous support of Norvik Banka and Blavatnik Family Foundation.
Running Time: 90 minutes
Booking From: 3rd May 2017
Booking Until: 6th May 2017
Important Info: Performed in Russian with English surtitles.English translation by Jamey Gambrell.
The Apollo Theatre was opened one month after Queen Victoria had died in 1901 making it the first West End theatre of the Edwardian age. The auditorium was significantly refurbished in 1932. It has been commented that the balcony is the steepest in London so be warned!
The Apollo Theatre usually featured musical comedies in its early days. The theatre became the home of Harry Gabriel Pelissier’s The Follies from 1908 to 1912. From the 1930s it specialized in light-comedies, farces and thrillers. Marc Camoletti’s Boeing Boeing opened in 1962 before transferring to the Duchess Theatre in 1965 where it ran for a total of Two thousand and thirty five performances.
Camoletti’s Don’t Dress For Dinner opened on 26th March, 1991 before also transferring to the Duchess Theatre on 26th October, 1992 running through to March 1997
The production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time was at the theatre until December 2013, when the roof collapsed. The show has now transferred.
At the time of the photograph in 2010, Arthur Miller’s All My Sons was showing starring David Suchet and Zoe Wanamaker. Cast: David Suchet as Joe Keller, Zoe Wanamaker as Mrs Keller,Stephen Campbell Moore as Chris Keller,Jemima Rooper, Daniel Lapaine, Matt Addis, Stephen Campbell Moore, Olivia Darnley, Steven Elder, Claire Hackett, Christy Meyer, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Ted Allpress, Tom Howard and Gabriel Steele.