Spend a cosy evening in Theatreland with our top stage picks for the month
Words Helen Brown
Stage Picks For The Month
From November 29 – Southwark Playhouse
In a remote 1917 English Village there are rumours of an enchanted wood. One of the inhabitants invites eight strangers to stay. What happens there has the power to change their lives. Presented in a sumptuous production for the play’s centenary year, Dear Brutus is J.M Barrie at his most magical.
77-85 Newington Causeway, SE1; southwarkplayhouse.co.uk
From 4 November – National Theatre
Network depicts a dystopian media landscape where opinion trumps fact. Hilarious and horrifying by turns, the iconic film won four Academy Awards in 1976. Now, Billy Elliot’s Lee Hall and director Ivo van Hove bring this masterpiece to the stage for the first time, with Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad fame in the role of Howard Beale.
Upper Ground, SE1; nationaltheatre.org.uk
From 21 November – Victoria Palace Theatre
Hamilton dominated headlines for its Broadway run and comes across the pond with the promise of a night to remember. Inspired by Ron Chernow’s ‘Alexander Hamilton’ and boasting an eclectic score of Hip-Hop, RnB, Rap and Broadway, Hamilton redefines our idea of what musical theatre has the potential to be.
Victoria Street, SW1E; hamiltonthemusical.co.uk
ANTONY & CLEOPATRA
From November 30 – Barbican
Following Caesar’s assassination, Mark Antony has reached new heights of power. Now he has neglected his empire for a life of decadence with his mistress, Cleopatra. Torn between love and duty, Antony’s passion leads the lovers to a tragic end. One of Shakespeare’s greatest love stories.
Silk Street, EC2Y; barbican.org.uk
EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE
From 6 November – Apollo Theatre
Jamie New is sixteen and lives on a council estate in Sheffield. Jamie doesn’t quite fit in. Jamie is going to be a sensation. Supported by his brilliant loving mum and surrounded by his friends, Jamie overcomes prejudices, beats bullies and steps out of the darkness. This modern-day fairytale features catchy new songs and fantastic staging. Not to be missed.
Shaftsbury Avenue, W1D; everybodystalkingaboutjamie.co.uk