Terrific Torch Song Trilogy
Boys behaving badly at the Soho Theatre

What a day for London theatre casting announcements

I don't know, you wait for one exciting casting announcements and three come along at once.

First there is Ken Stott in the Lindsay Posner directed Uncle Vanya with Anna Friel and Sam West at the Vaudeville, no less. I've been a fan of Ken Stott's since seeing him in God of Carnage and then his wonderful turn as Eddie in A View From the Bridge. And you have to admire an actor who stops mid performance to ask a group of rowdy teenagers to leave the theatre.

For those who prefer not to pay top whack there are day seats costing £10 (thanks to @nathanaelkent for pointing that out).

Then there is Rowan Atkinson in the Quartermaine's Terms. Now Atkinson has a special place in my West End going past as he was the first person I ever saw on a West End stage. I was 14 and had travelled down to the big city from rural Rutland to stay with my older sister. It was his stand up show rather than a play but I still remember the thrill of sitting in one of the grand big theatres. 

To see him again on stage some *mumbles* years later will be a real treat and I'm curious to see what he's like outside the Black Adder/Mr Bean/general buffoon role. 

Cheaper ticket options might be to catch it on tour in Brighton or Bath prior to its arrival at the Wyndhams in the West End.

And then finally there is the unveiling of the Hampstead Theatre's new season which will see Rupert Everett playing Oscar Wilde in Judas Kiss. Now there's an actor/role match made in heaven. He'll be joined by Freddie Fox whom I'm quickly growing quite fond of.

So plenty to worry the credit card with and there will be barely time to catch breath as the Royal Court is due to announce its new season early next week. It's almost too much at once.