Top 10 London Plays Spring 2011 FEATURE
If you live in London or you're visiting the capital this spring, a night out at the theatre is always a great way to spend an evening. Check out the following 10 (song-free) plays to see in London this spring.
Top 10 Plays in London: Spring 2011
If you live in London or you're visiting the capital this spring, a night out at the theatre is always a great way to spend an evening. Thankfully for some, there's more to the West End theatre scene than hit musicals. For those of you who have had your fill of singing animals, musical puppets, and crooning heroines, check out the following 10 (song-free) plays to see in London this spring.
Terence Rattigan's play is based on the true story of Alma Rattenbury, who was tried with her 18-year-old lover for the murder of her husband. Starring award-winning Anne-Marie Duff, who appeared in TV's 'Shameless,' Cause Celebre is a powerful story of love, betrayal, and obsession. See it at the Old Vic Theatre until June 11.
The 39 Steps
Famously filmed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1935, this production at the Criterion Theatre is a spectacular stage version of the story. Funny and consistently inventive, this action-packed comedy thriller features just four actors playing 139 roles. The production won 'Best New Comedy' at the Olivier Awards in 2007. Bookings are being taken until October 2011.
First performed in 1941, the play has become one of the most popular comedies in London's West End. After an eccentric medium contacts the spirit of a novelist's first wife, life begins to get complicated for all concerned. Written by Noel Coward, this production stars Alison Steadman as Madame Arcati and Ruthi Henshall as Elvira. Running at the Apollo Theatre until June 18.
Winner of The Critics Circle Best Play award, this hit comedy is now showing at the Wyndham's Theatre until May 7. Themes of race and property ownership are explored in this satirical and highly entertaining play which cleverly connects the two time periods of 1969 and 2009. A thought-provoking, seriously entertaining production.
Lord of the Flies
Adapted for the stage from William Golding's classic novel, this memorable production is being staged at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. When a group of schoolboys become stranded together on an island, playful adventure soon turns into a struggle for survival. See this compelling production from May 19 until June 18.
Much Ado About Nothing
For Shakespeare enthusiasts and fans of David Tennant, this production at the Wyndham's Theatre is a must. Catherine Tate also performs alongside David in this classic comedy revolving around two pairs of lovers. Exploring themes of jealousy, honour, and the separate roles of men and women, this production opens May 16.
After more than 50 years in the West End, this is the longest running play in British history. Still continuing to enthrall and entertain audiences from around the world, this Agatha Christie whodunnit will keep you guessing until the end. A must for amateur detectives everywhere!
Sign Of The Times
From the writer of 'Calendar Girls' comes this poignant comedy about achieving happiness in difficult times. Matthew Kelly - who won a Laurence Olivier award for 'Of Mice and Men' - takes the lead role, alongside Gerard Kearns. Tim Firth's play can be seen at the Duchess Theatre from March 11 to May 28.
The Children's Hour
The tension builds steadily in this drama in which schoolgirl lies set in motion a chain of events with immense repercussions. Oscar-winner Ellen Burstyn, Oscar-nominated Keira Knightley, and Golden Globe-winning Elisabeth Moss all appear in this passionate play staged at the Comedy Theatre until May 7.
The Woman in Black
This spine-tingling drama has been playing in the West End for more than two decades. It's an exciting, frightening, and engrossing production that has consistently entertained audiences with a style that owes much to film noir. The theatre is taking bookings for this creepy chiller until December 17.
Whether you like murder mysteries or comedies, Hitchcock or Shakespeare, there are plays to suit all tastes in London this spring. So, if you're in London soon and you have an evening free, why not reserve your seat at one of these first-class plays?