LONDON FALL PREVIEW: Viva Forever!, The Bodyguard, People and The Effect

By Mark Shenton
01 Sep 2012

Kim Cattrall
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

The Plays: Reprises and Revivals
The Royal Court is bringing its productions of April de Angelis' Jumpy, starring Tamsin Greig, and Nick Payne's Constellations, with Sally Hawkins and Rafe Spall, to the Duke of York's (from Aug. 16 and Nov. 9, respectively).

Shakespeare revivals ahead include the RSC/Wooster group co-production of Troilus and Cressida (Riverside Studios from Aug. 24), Jonathan Pryce in the title role of King Lear (Almeida from Aug. 31) and Kim Cattrall reprising the role of Cleopatra opposite Michael Pennington in Antony and Cleopatra (Chichester Festival Theatre from Sept. 7) that she previously played in Liverpool. The RSC will transfer its current production of Much Ado About Nothing, set in modern India, from Stratford-upon-Avon to the Noel Coward (from Sept. 24), and Mark Rylance will transfer from Shakespeare's Globe, where he is currently playing the title role in Richard III and Viola in Twelfth Night, to the West End's Apollo Theatre (from Nov. 2).

Amongst other starry revivals, Sheridan Smith will play the title role in Ibsen's Hedda Gabler (Old Vic from Sept. 5), Rupert Everett will play Oscar Wilde in David Hare's The Judas Kiss (Hampstead from Sept. 6, played originally in London and on Broadway by Liam Neeson), Juliette Bincoche will star in a modern-day production of Strindberg's Mademoiselle Julie (Barbican Theatre from Sept. 20-29), Mathew Horne will star in Charley's Aunt (Menier Chocolate Factory from Sept. 20), Anne-Marie Duff will play the title role in Racine's Berenice (Donmar Warehouse from Sept. 27), Laura Michelle Kelly will star in The Second Mrs. Tanqueray (Rose Theatre, Kingston from Sept. 27), Finbar Lynch will appear in O'Neill's Desire Under the Elms (Lyric Hammersmith from Oct. 3) and Ken Stott, Anna Friel and Samuel West will star in Chekhov's Uncle Vanya (Vaudeville from Oct. 24).

At the National, Fiona Shaw returns to star in Howard Barker's Scenes from an Execution (in the Lyttelton Theatre from Sept. 26); Bertie Carvel, recently an Olivier Award winner for originating the role of Miss Trunchbull in Matilda the Musical, will appear in Tirso de Molina's Damned for Despair (in the Olivier from Oct. 2); and John Lithgow will star in Arthur Wing Pinero's Victorian farce The Magistrate (in the Olivier from Nov. 14).

Trevor Nunn will direct Rob Brydon, Nigel Harman and Ashley Jensen in a new production of Alan Ayckbourn's comedy about amateur dramatics, A Chorus of Disapproval (Pinter Theatre from Sept. 17), then direct Michael Gambon and Eileen Atkins in Samuel Beckett's After the Fall at the tiny fringe Jermyn Street Theatre from Oct. 9.

Another star director Michael Grandage launches a new producing company under his own name at the West End's Noel Coward Theatre in December, kicking off with Simon Russell Beale starring in Peter NicholsPrivates on Parade (from Dec. 1); star casting for future productions in the season next year will include Daniel Radcliffe, Judi Dench, Sheridan Smith, David Walliams and Ben Whishaw.  Continued...