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That was May in London theatre-land - casting, transfers, an anniversary and another bumper crop of thesp spots

600Gloria_FINAL_landscapeSmall* Stan fav Colin Morgan has been cast with Game of Thrones’ Ellie Kendrick in Gloria at Hampstead Theatre which just happens to be my newest favourite playwright. So lots of excitement for that. Gloria will also be a 10 year theatre anniversary for me and Colin. I first saw him (and mentally tipped him as one to watch) when he played the lead in Vernon God Little at the Young Vic in 2007.

* Keeping up the Game of Thrones thesp count in London’s theatre land is Natalie Dormer who’s been cast with David Oakes in Venus in Furs at Theatre Royal Haymarket from October.

* Colm Meaney joins Sienna Miller and Jack O’Connell in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the Apollo Theatre which opens in July.

* Arthur Darvill of Broadchurch fame has been cast in Hir at Bush Theatre which opens on June 15.

* James Graham (This House) has a new political comedy, Labour of Love, coming to the Noel Coward Theatre in September starring Martin Freeman and Sarah Lancashire.

* The RSC’s Hamlet, starring Paapa Essiedu, is coming to London next year having only played at Stratford last year. It’s one of my all time favourite Hamlets so naturally I’m thrilled to get a chance to see it again. It's at the Hackney Empire from March 6.

* And another chance to see - only on screen though - the Donmar Warehouse’s All female Julius Caesar is arriving in cinemas in July.

Thesp spots:

After a quiet April, the thesps were out in force in May. Kacey Ainsworth was supporting her former Eastenders hubby Alex Ferns at the press night of Out There on Fried Meat Ridge Rd at Trafalgar Studios 2.

Damian Lewis gatecrashed my birthday cocktails, sort of. OK so he walked through the bar we were in but that is gatecrashing in my book.

Fellow thesp spotter @Oughttobeclowns saw Leo Bill, Malcolm Sinclair, Zoe Wanamaker, Kate Fleetwood and Rupert Goold at the National Theatre's Angels in America press night.

Simon Callow was at the Wilton’s Music Hall for the Othello press night.

It wasn’t a press night but might as well have been for the number of thesps in attendance the night @PolyG and I went to see The Ferryman at the Royal Court: Andrew Garfield, Eleanor Matsuura, Trevor White and Maxine Peake.

Not content with stalking me at the theatre Andrew Garfield was also in Whole Foods Piccadilly Circus at the weekend.

And just prior to the AG/WF spot I did a pavement shuffle with Julian Barratt who was busy looking at his phone.