FALL LONDON PREVIEW: From Lindsay Lohan to Memphis, Here Lies Love, Urinetown, The Scottsboro Boys, City of Angels, Cats and More
01 Sep 2014
Four major musicals first seen in New York in recent years are headed to London, including British premieres for Memphis and Here Lies Love and West End transfers for productions of The Scottsboro Boys and Urinetown that were previously seen Off-West End.
There's also a transfer for the locally created jukebox musical Sunny Afternoon (devoted to the catalogue of Ray Davies and the Kinks) and West End returns for Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats and Evita in current touring versions of each. There's also a new production of Cy Coleman, David Zippel and Larry Gelbart's 1990 Broadway musical City of Angels, to be staged at the Donmar Warehouse.
On the new musicals front, two films are being adapted for the stage: Made in Dagenham and The Infidel, based on British films that were both first released in 2010.
Made in Dagenham has a book by prolific playwright Richard Bean, whose National Theatre "surprise" summer play Great Britain, based on the phone-hacking trial of Rebekah Brooks that was rehearsed in secret and only announced the day after she was acquitted, also transfers to the West End.
The National Theatre will also offer a new play by David Hare that will be helmed by Rufus Norris, who next year will take over the artistic stewardship of the theatre from Nicholas Hytner, as well as Rona Munro's three-play trilogy The James Plays, co-produced with the National Theatre of Scotland, which transfers after premiering as part of the Edinburgh International Festival.
Other highlights around town will include the British premiere of David Cromer's Off-Broadway production of Our Town; the stage debut of Lindsay Lohan in a revival of Mamet's Speed-the-Plow; and Henry IV, the second in the Donmar's all-female Shakespeare productions that follows Julius Caesar that was subsequently seen in New York and is again directed by Phyllida Lloyd with Harriet Walter starring. There's also a West End transfer for Mike Bartlett's King Charles III, Kristin Scott Thomas starring in the title role of Electra and the London premiere of Theresa Rebeck's 2011 Broadway entry Seminar.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.