ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD Leads March's Top 10 New London Shows
London is never short of theatre temptations, whether splashy West End shows, epic dramas or bold fringe offerings. From starry Stoppard and Marber revivals to toe-tapping musicals and Elena Ferrante on stage, here are some of this month's most eye-catching openings. Don't forget to check back for BroadwayWorld's reviews...
1. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Old Vic
Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Tom Stoppard's dazzling, absurdist take on Hamlet returns to the Old Vic with an enticing lead pair: Daniel Radcliffe and Joshua McGuire. David Leveaux directs, and the cast also includes David Haig, Wil Johnson, Marianne Oldham and Helena Wilson.
Until 29 April. Book tickets here
2. Stepping Out, Vaudeville Theatre
With tap in vogue following La La Land, it's the perfect time for Richard Harris's comedy about the members of a weekly tap class to make its West End return. Maria Friedman directs, and the game hoofers are Amanda Holden, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Tamzin Outhwaite, Nicola Stephenson and Natalie Casey.
1 March-17 June. Buy tickets here
3. Ugly Lies the Bone, National Theatre
Kate Fleetwood stars as an injured veteran undergoing pioneering virtual reality therapy in Lindsey Ferrentino's play, set in Florida's Space Coast. Indhu Rubasingham directs, and the cast also features Olivia Darnley, Ralf Little, Kris Marshall and Buffy Davis. Read our interview with Kate Fleetwood
Until 6 June. Book tickets here
4. Don Juan in Soho, Wyndham's Theatre
Ten years since its Donmar premiere, Patrick Marber's acclaimed play, which transports Moliere's libertine to contemporary Soho, finally gets its West End premiere. Marber also takes on directing duties, and a stellar cast is led by David Tennant, Adrian Scarborough and Gawn Grainger.
17 March-10 June. Book tickets here
5. An American in Paris, Dominion Theatre
This luminous Gershwin musical, inspired by the classic film, arrives in London with serious Broadway buzz. Director/choreographer Christopher Wheeldon is at the helm, while New York City Ballet's Robert Fairchild is - appropriately enough - the American GI romancing a Parisian dancer, played by the Royal Ballet's Leanne Cope.
4 March-30 September. Book tickets here
6. My Brilliant Friend, Rose Theatre Kingston
Elena Ferrante's hit novels about family, genius, political turmoil and all-consuming female friendship in post-war Italy have been adapted by April De Angelis, condensing four tomes into a two-part play. Niamh Cusack and Catherine McCormack play Lenu and Lila, and Melly Still directs.
11 March-2 April. Book tickets here
7. My Country; a work in progress, National Theatre
The Brexit vote exposed deep divisions and a fatal inability to communicate. In response, Carol Ann Duffy and Rufus Norris's listening project interweaves political speeches with testimonials from people of all ages nationwide, sharing their views on Britain, and will tour following its NT opening.
Until 22 March. Book tickets here
8. The Miser, Garrick Theatre
Sean Foley directs and adapts (with Phil Porter) this revival of Moliere's rip-roaring comedy about a wealth-obsessed widower pursuing a young wife. Lee Mack makes his West End debut alongside Griff Rhys Jones, Matthew Horne, Andi Osho, Katy Wix and Saikat Ahamed.
1 March-3 June. Book tickets here
9. Seventeen, Lyric Hammersmith
Veteran stage actors play teenagers on the cusp of change in Australian writer Matthew Whittet's play, which challenges our notions of adulthood and adolescence. Anne-Louise Sarks directs this European premiere, featuring Sarah Ball, Michael Feast, Diana Hardcastle, Margot Leicester, Mike Grady and Roger Sloman.
4 March-8 April. Book tickets here
10. The Wipers Times, Arts Theatre
Ian Hislop and Nick Newman tell the extraordinary true story of a satirical newspaper created in the trenches of the Somme - subversive humour in the midst of horror. Their play arrives in London following a national tour, with Caroline Leslie directing a cast led by James Dutton and George Kemp.
21 March-13 May. Book tickets here
Photo credit: Manuel Harlan