Rehearsal pics: Hampstead Theatre's The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism
Tom Stoppard's Travesties, Menier Chocolate Factory - great acting, not sure about the play

That was September in London theatre-land and a fav thesp spot

London-app-TodayTix-launches-the-worlds-first-Silent-Snacks-for-theatregoers-57d9484ae947a__880Busy and exciting month in the world of theatre not least because TodayTix launched a range of 'silent snacks'. This is something I can whole heartedly get behind as the rustle of sweet wrappers and other snacks is up there with talking as the most annoying audience behaviour. It is only a promotion but I hold out hope that theatres could be persuaded to stock only quiet edible items...These are the some of the other highlights:

* A stage adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner was announced. It's one of my favourite books and to say I'm curious as to how it is going to be adapted is an understatement. It opens on December 21 at the Wyndhams and runs until March.

* Ruth Wilson was confirmed for Hedda Gabler at National Theatre and Rafe Spall has also joined the cast. With Ivo Van Hove directing this just might be too much excitement. It opens on December 5.

* The relationship between Trafalgar Studios and Broadway's New Group continues as the latter brings its production of Buried Child starring Ed Harris and his wife Amy Madigan to the theatre in November. The New Group also produced Jesse Eisenberg's The Spoils which had a run at Trafalgar in the Summer. 

* The Lyric Hammersmith's Spring season is shaping up to be really interesting with the European première of Seventeen which is described as a coming of age story set on the last day of school - performed by septuagenarians. And then Duncan Macmillan (People, Places, Things and 1984) is adapting Paul Auster's City of Glass for the stage. The creative team behind the likes of The Nether, Wolf Hall, Let the Right One In and Harry Potter are also involved.

* Imelda Staunton is to star in Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf? alongside Conleth Hill (who plays one of my favourite characters in Game of Thrones) from 22 February at the Harold Pinter Theatre. James Macdonald directs what will from now on be known as Who's Afraid of Delores Umbridge?

* Digital theatre and The Stage have launched a series of video interviews with stage stars including Imelda Staunton, Julie Walters and Adrian Lester. For details head to http://theatrelives.digitaltheatreplus.com/thestage/interviews

* Is A Midsummer Night's Dream the most performed Shakespeare? It is one of those plays that has to have someone particularly interesting or special attached to get me interested and so this production ticks the box because a) it's at the Young Vic so will inevitably be out of the ordinary and b) Joe Hill-Gibbins is directing. It runs from 17 February to 1 April, 2017.

* Just as we morn the dismantling of the venue formally known as The Shed at the NT, new temporary venues seem to be popping up all over London. First the Donmar has taken residence in the rather spacious King's Cross Theatre (spacious compared to its Covent Garden home) for a season of  Shakespeare. And now Underbelly has announced it is to launch a temporary space on the Embankment.

* Rufus Sewell, whom I’ve been 'admiring' in ITV drama Victoria, is to star in Art at the Old Vic from the 10 December. I can feel an early Christmas present coming on.

Thesp spots: Paapa Essiedu has been enjoying a break between performances of King Lear in Stratford by taking in some theatre in London. Poly spotted him at the National Theatre, presumably for Platonov, and he was also at Groundhog Day at the Old Vic.  Sam Mendes has also been spotted at Groundhog Day. My spies in Stratford (yes I have eyes everywhere) clocked Sam Marks hanging out in the foyer at the RST. And finally, I was wondering when Ben Whishaw would pop up in theatre-land but he was seen pottering in the NT bookshop on a three Chekhov day. I like to think that if he watched The Seagull he was reciting Konstantin's lines in his head. He has (sort of) played the part twice.

Stage blood corner where you can never truly remove the stains

It's been a dry month. Very disappointed. Perhaps Billie Piper used up all the supplies during Yerma.

 

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