March 2018 Theatre Picks

Photo of Nuffield Theatre new city centre building in Southampton
Nuffield Theatre Southampton

If you want to experience the Nuffield Theatre’s new Southampton city centre space, their second production is Tennessee Williams’ masterpiece A Streetcar Named Desire. It runs from 23rd to 31st March before touring to Keswick, Malvern, Bristol, Ipswich, Cambridge, Oxford, Mold and finishing where it started at the Nuffield.

Ambition, political scandal, ruthlessness… and the race for the White House. It’s the UK premiere of Gore Vidal’s political drama The Best Man about two contrasting Democratic candidates seeking the approval of the incumbent president. Martin Shaw leads a star studded cast including Maureen Lipman, Jack Shepherd, Honeysuckle Weeks and Glynis Barber. It was written in 1960 so it’s not about recent presidential candidates- but it could be. The Best Man opens at The Playhouse on 5 March.

There are a lot of productions of Macbeth around including one at Stratford. I’m opting for the one at the National Theatre. It stars Anne-Marie Duff and Rory Kinnear as the ruthlessly ambitious power couple whose relationship comes under pressure as the body count mounts. Shakespeare’s rollercoaster tragedy is directed by Rufus Norris and opens on March 6th.

Caroline, or Change, which was a big hit at Chichester last year, has finally found a London home. Hampstead Theatre plays host to the musical set in Louisiana in 1963. The civil rights movement is rising elsewhere but things seem much the same in the Gellman household, or do they? Caroline, or Change opens on 19 March.

The wonderful Menier Chocolate Factory’s latest show is Kiss Of The Spiderwoman, a provocative tale of love, victimisation, fantasy and the friendship that develops between two very different men imprisoned together in a Latin American jail. Previews begin on 8 March.

Photo of Lulu announcing appearance in 42nd Street at Theatre Royal Drury Lane London
Lulu coming soon in 42nd Street

42nd Street at Theatre Royal Drury Lane was the big winner at the What’s On Stage awards. There’s a new cast from 19 March featuring Lulu, back in the West End after 30 years.

There’s an unexpected world premiere at Theatre Royal Bath’s Ustinov Studio. It’s by Harley Granville Barker. Granville Barker was one of the theatrical greats of the early 20th century, an actor, a director and the author of The Voysey Inheritance and Waste. But he died in 1946. So what’s the story? It seems a comedy by him has been found among his papers and will receive its first performance in a production directed by Trevor Nunn. Agnes Colander opens on 15 March.

Booking Opens In March

Talking of world premieres, a new Alan Bennett play is always an exciting event. Allejujah!, directed by Nicholas Hytner, begins at the Bridge Theatre on 11 July and runs until 28 September. Public booking opens on 2 March.

In the next booking period of the National Theatre, you’ll find such wonders as Brian Friel’s Translations and Strindberg’s Miss Julie brought into the present day and called simply Julie. Perhaps most exciting of all, Sam Mendes will be directing Simon Russell BealeAdam Godley and Ben Miles in The Lehman Trilogy which tells the story of the financial institution Lehman Brothers from its humble immigrant beginnings to its bankruptcy 163 years later, triggering the greatest financial crisis in history. Public booking opens on 16 March.

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