NEWS - London fringe theatre round up with teen tales and surreal dinner parties
HENRY V - Set in a First World War field hospital, Antic Disposition bring Shakespeare's play about the warrior king to Southwark Cathedral as part of a UK cathedral tour. You can see it there on Feb 2, 3, 20 & 21. For more details and other tour stops head to Antic Disposition's website.
WAR TIME COMEDY Flew the Coop is a humorous take on an amazing but controversial story based on true events: the romance between young Silesian translator Rosa Rauchbach, debonair British POW Horace Greasley and an inordinate number of stolen chickens. New Diorama Theatre 14 Feb to 4 Mar.
TEEN TALES #1 Filled with school riots, first loves, beached whales, cinema, space and sex, RUN tells the story of Yonni (Tom Ross-Williams), an orthodox, Jewish teenager, who sneaks out over the Sabbath and causes a world of trouble. The Bunker Mar 20 to Apr 1 (70 mins without interval). Also in Brighton prior to it's London run.
VERBATIM PLAY An exploration of life, death and justice, The Listening Room brings to the stage the voices of five real people whose lives were transformed by a single violent crime. Years after trial and punishment, each individual was given the chance to meet the person on the other side: the piece tells the story of the second transformation that happened when they said yes. Old Red Lion 7 Feb to 4 Mar.
SURREAL DINNER PARTY Mr and Mrs Smith invite you to an immersive, bilingual (French/English) theatrical experience, based on the works and words of celebrated absurdist playwright Eugène Ionesco. At this unusual dinner party, sat around a long table amongst the performers and glasses of French wine, you will be introduced to unexpected guests, have your senses played with and be made to eat your own words. Ionesco/Dinner at the Smiths is at Latvian House (Queensway) Mar 3 to Apr 1.
DARK COMEDY The redeveloped Bush Theatre opens with Guards at the Taj, a darkly comic moral fable about beauty, privilege and access to art, written by Pulitzer Prize finalist Rajiv Joseph. This surreal and witty play first opened to critical acclaim in New York. Jamie Lloyd directs the European premiere. Bush Theatre Apr 7 - May 20.