If you missed its sold-out run at the Young Vic last year,
breathe again, as here's your chance for theatrical redemption
Scottsboro Boys returns. Yes, it's a musical, but it's
razor sharp and deserves every superlative that has been attached
to it (and there have been many).
Twenty-two-year-old playwright Anya Reiss has already won more
awards and had more stage credits than many sexagenarian authors-at
just 18 she walked away with the Evening Standard's Charles Wintour
Award for Most Promising Playwright and has been stockpiling
accolades ever since. The latest in her trifecta of Chekhov
Vanya is your ideal third-date suggestion. It has the
gravitas of the Russian dramatist paired with Reiss's plucky
New musicals always make me nervous. It's hard to reinvent the
lyrics wheel, but few are more qualified that
Olivier-winning-writer Richard Thomas, who is behind Made in
Dagenham. And regardless, the ever-watchable Gemma Arterton is
reason enough to book.
You have to be in the right frame of mind for Electra - we
recommend a good night's sleep beforehand - because, based on an
original work by Sophocles, it's low-grade-steak-tough, but you
won't be able to tear yourself from Kristin Scott Thomas. Not a bad
one to see all on your own.
When we look through the Royal Court's schedule, we want to buy
tickets to everything! Hope is no
exception and perfect for your most rightward-leaning friends. It
might give them a thought or two for the cab ride home.
And one to put in the calendar - Women on the Verge of a
Nervous Breakdown. Starring Tamsin Greig and opening January
12, 2015, it's based on the eponymous Pedro Almodóvar film and the
Oscar-winning Spanish director is the producer.
By Bridget Arsenault