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That was November in London theatre land

Show_DonJuanInSohoFeels like November was a big month for announcements...and thesp spotting.

* Even being out of the country at the time I couldn't miss the announcement that David Tennant is returning to West End stage in the 16+ age rated Don Juan of Soho at the Wyndhams Theatre next year. He'll be joined by Adrian Scaraborough and Gawn Grainger with further casting to be announced

* Barely a month goes by without the National Theatre announcing new productions and it's particularly exciting to see Kate Fleetwood cast in new play Ugly Lies the Bone in which she'll play an American soldier returning home after three tours in Afghanistan.

* The Boys In The Band, starring Mark Gatiss, which enjoyed a successful run at the Park Theatre, is transferring to the Vaudeville Theatre for a two week run in February. My review from the Park Theatre is here.

* Double excitement from the Royal Court as next year they've got a new Simon Stephens play (Nuclear War) and a new Jez Butterworth play (The Ferryman). Just need to take a moment to absorb that. As Sam Mendes is directing The Ferryman and Sonia Friedman Productions are involved I'd put money on a West End transfer and at least one really starry name in the cast. Not surprising it's already sold out apart from the Monday day seats.

* The Donmar announced three plays for its Spring/Summer season next year the most exciting of which is Lenny Henry starring in a production of Brecht's The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, translated by Bruce Norris. Love a bit of Brecht and I grew up watching Lenny Henry on the telly but this will be the first time I've seen him on stage.

* And finally, in North London, Freddie Fox's big sister Emilia will star in Sex With Strangers which opens at the Hampstead Theatre in January.

Thesp spot: Game of Thrones’ mother of dragons Emilia Clarke was at Hampstead Theatre talking to the box office during one of the iHo intervals. Then Queen Margaery passed me in Soho (it was near a theatre if you must).

And Ben Whishaw is back having made an appearance at the National Theatre in September he was spotted at The Globe and then also spotted at the Royal Court watching The Sewing Group with Rufus Sewell, Jonjo O'Neil and Peter de Jersey.

Stage blood corner where you can never quite remove the stains

The RSC has been using up London's stock of stage blood while it sojourns at the Barbican with King Lear and Cymberline (which are both rather splendid). The former has the traditionally gory blinding of Gloucester immediately followed by the stabbing of Cornwall all of which is conveniently carried out inside a perspex box to contain the mess. Made for some nice splatters and bloody hand print smears down the insides though.  In Cymberline there was a headless corpse which was sticky with blood which proved too tempting for Innogen who was determined to hug and smother it and get herself in quite a mess as a result.

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