LONDON FALL PREVIEW: New Musicals from Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice, Tori Amos, Duncan Sheik and More

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31 Aug 2013

Trevor Nunn

At the National, John Hefferman will play the title role in Joe Hill-Gibbins' contemporary take on Christopher Marlowe's Edward II (from Aug. 28), in a cast that also includes Vanessa Kirby and Kyle Soller.

At Hampstead Theatre, playwright and Tony-winning director Terry Johnson will direct a new production of his own play Hysteria, reuniting with Antony Sher, who previously starred last year in a production of it at Bath's Theatre Royal (from Sept. 5). At the St. James Theatre, Trevor Nunn will reprise his production of Ingmar Bermgan's Scenes from a Marriage that he first staged at Coventry's Belgarde Theatre in 2008, with a cast that now includes Olivia Williams and Mark Bazeley (from Sept. 11).

Henry Goodman will reprise the title role in Brecht's The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui at the Duchess Theatre from Sept. 18 that he first starred in at Chichester's Minerva Theatre last year, in a cast that also includes Keith Baxter, Michael Feast, William Gaunt and Joe McGann.

An all-star West End revival of Jez Butterworth's debut play Mojo will be presented at the Harold Pinter Theatre (from Oct. 26), directed by Ian Rickson, who also staged the play's original production at the Royal Court in 1995 and has subsequently also directed the premieres of all of Butterworth's subsequent plays including Jerusalem. The cast will include Rupert Grint (best known for playing Ron Weasley in the "Harry Potter" films), Brendan Coyle (John Bates in TV's "Downton Abbey") and Ben Whishaw.

At the Almeida, Richard Eyre will direct Lesley Manville as Mrs. Alving in a new production of Ibsen's Ghosts (from Oct. 3). At the Donmar Warehouse, James Maconald will direct a new production of Arnold Wesker's Roots (from Oct. 3), with a cast that includes Jessica Raine, Linda Bassett, Emma Stansfield and Michael Jibson.

At the Tricycle, Mary O'Malley's 1977 comedy Once a Catholic, set in a London convent girls' school in the 1950s, will be revived from Nov. 21, before the theatre revives one of its own more recent hits, Lolita Chakrabarti's Red Velvet, which won the playwright both the Critics' Circle and Evening Standard Awards for Most Promising Playwright when it premiered at the Tricycle last year, returning from Jan. 23. Adrian Lester will reprise his award-winning performance as 19th-century actor Ira Aldridge, before the production transfers to New York's St. Ann's Warehouse from March 25, 2014.


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