POLLY FRAME & JONATHAN LIVINGSTONE AT THE GLOBE

A new play at Shakespeare’s Globe, After Edward, will feature a host of historical characters including Margaret Thatcher, Harvey Milk, Maria von Trapp, Quentin Crisp and Gertrude Stein.

The piece is a response to Marlowe’s Edward II, which is also being performed by the same cast.

Polly Frame will play Earl of Kent in Edward II and Harvey Milk in After Edward, Jonathan Livingstone Mortimer Junior in Edward II and Edward Alleyn in After Edward.

Edward II is directed by Nick Bagnall and runs from 7 February to 20 April, while After Edward is directed by Brendan O’Hea and runs from 21 March to 6 April.

JOHN NOBLE STARS IN MAESTRO

A new production about the legendary conductor Arturo Toscanini, will premiere at The Duke on 42nd Street, NYC, in January, starring John Noble

MAESTRO brings to life the story of Arturo and his brave opposition to Fascism. His refusal to perform in Italy and Germany, and his trips to Palestine to conduct an orchestra made up of Jewish refugees made headlines around the world. Drawing on his passionate letters to his lover, the young Italian pianist Ada Mainardi, along with music by his contemporaries, the play will show that even during one of the darkest chapters in human history, an artist’s voice can be heard.

CAST ANNOUNCED FOR APPROACHING EMPTY

Nicholas Khan and Karan Gill will join the cast of this Tamasha, Kiln Theatre and Live Theatre co-production. Set in the North of England, in the aftermath of Margaret Thatcher’s death, this compelling drama by award-winning playwright Ishy Din (Snookered, Best New Play at Manchester Theatre Awards), lays bare the everyday struggles of a post-industrial generation of British men.

The production opens at Kiln Theatre on 14 January, with previews from 9 January, and runs until 2 February. Following performances at Kiln Theatre, the production tours to Live Theatre, Newcastle; Tron Theatre, Glasgow; Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh; Derby Theatre; Belgrade Theatre, Coventry; Curve, Leicester; Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, and Coliseum Theatre, Oldham.

‘Forget friendship… this is business.’

SARA KESTELMAN STARS IN PARADISE

Sara Kestelman will play ‘Amanda’ in the world premiere of Dusty Hughes’s new comedy Paradise, at Hampstead Theatre, which looks at the cost of growing old and the joys of ageing disgracefully.

Old friends Amanda Goose and Roddy Meakin are enjoying their twilight years on their own terms – outrageous pranks and clandestine gins in the garden, adult magazines at the dinner table and a healthy disregard for the other residents. All is idyllic – until, that is, new management is brought in to restore order…

Directed by Alice Hamilton, Paradise plays from 7 Dec 2018 – 19 Jan 2019.

 

ROLAN BELL IN SHEBEEN AT THEATRE ROYAL STRATFORD EAST

It’s a hot, humid summer in 1958. Tempers are flaring and Teddy Boys are on the march. Jamaican couple Pearl and George are helping Caribbean migrants to cut loose at their Shebeen – a forbidden party where drinks flow, music plays, food is plentiful, and carefree attitudes roam.

On a night fuelled by rum, calypso and dancing, the Shebeen is under threat from the police, and as tensions build everyone is forced to confront some uncomfortable truths.

Inspired by the Windrush generation and set in the writer’s hometown of Nottingham, Shebeen shines a light on a community under siege.

Theatre Royal Stratford East alumnus Matthew Xia returns to direct Mufaro Makubika’s new play, winner of Alfred Fagon Award.