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Tartuffe at the Theatre Royal Haymarket – 25 May 2018 to 28 July 2018

Award-winning playwright Christopher Hampton’s fresh, modern take on Molière’s comedic masterpiece.

L.A. Present day. French media tycoon Orgon has re-located to Tinseltown with his family, his heart set on becoming Hollywood royalty. With a new studio to his name, and a palatial Beverly Hills mansion, his empire seems infallible. But all is not as it seems as Orgon falls under the seductive spell of Tartuffe, a radical American evangelist. So comprehensively has Tartuffe hoodwinked Orgon that he looks set to steal his fortune, drive away his son, seduce his wife and marry his daughter.

Starring Paul Anderson as Tartuffe (Peaky Blinders, The Revenant, Legend, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows) and Audrey Fleurot as Elmire (Spiral, The Intouchables, Call My Agent, Un village français). Also starring Sebastian Roché as Orgon, George Bladgen as Damis, Olivia Ross as Marianne, Vincent Winterhalter as Cleante, Claude Perron as Dorine, Annick Le Goff as Pernelle, Jaz Deol as Valere.

Important information

Child policy

To be confirmed.

Running time

2hr 30min (including interval)

Performance dates

25 May 2018 – 28 July 2018

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Frozen at the Theatre Royal Haymarket – 9 February 2018 to 5 May 2018

One evening 10-year-old Rhona heads out to visit her Grandma, but she never arrives and never returns.

A play about retribution, remorse and redemption, Frozen explores the interwoven lives of three strangers as they try to make sense of the unimaginable.

Suranne Jones (Doctor Foster, Scott & Bailey) and Jason Watkins (Line of Duty, Taboo, W1A) star in Frozen, Bryony Lavery’s Award-Winning play. This psychological thriller about a mother whose child goes missing is directed by Jonathan Munby and will play a strictly limited twelve-week season at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from Friday 9 February 2018.

Important information

Child policy

Adolescents under 15 will not be admitted.

Running time

2hr 30min (including interval)

Performance dates

9 February 2018 to 5 May 2018

Content

Recommended for ages 15 and above.

Special notice

Please note this play contains very strong language and content that some may find disturbing.

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Book Review – London Theatres by Michael Coveney and Peter Dazeley (Frances Lincoln)

Few would argue that London is the undisputed theatre capital of the world. However most theatregoers focus on the action on the stage and often pay scant regard to their surroundings. This new book ‘London Theatres’ takes readers on a tour of forty-six London theatres with stories of the architecture, the people and the productions by leading theatre critic Michael Coveney and a series of stunning photographs of the public areas, auditorium and backstage by acclaimed photographer Peter Dazeley.

Award winning actor Mark Rylance writes the foreword for the book, describing the interaction between the actor and the theatre space. One of the first actions he takes when entering a theatre is to look up at the ceiling, if there is some kind of circular device, he is convinced that the theatre experience will be fine.

The book considers 46 London Theatres as they stand in the 21st Century, ranging from the grand Royal Opera House to the lesser known delights of Wilton’s Music Hall. The theatres are divided into chapters that illustrate some of the remarkable diversity of London Theatres, these include  Grandes Dames, Palaces of Pleasure, Popular Landmarks, Informal Delights, Legends Alive, Hidden Gems, Eastward Ho! and West End Jewels.

Michael Coveney in the book’s introduction considers that to understand many of London’s theatres development, it is important to study the architectural and cultural context. Although for centuries, theatre was a favourite British national pastime, by the 1980s thousands of theatres around the country have been lost. Remarkably, the West End of London has been resilient and constantly reinventing itself, even new theatres have sprung up to provide a platform for different types of drama. Although many of the large theatres are owned by large concerns, they have often spent millions of pounds to restore the decaying fabric of many old theatres.

The book begins with the opulence of the Royal Opera House, Theatre Royal Haymarket and Theatre Royal Drury Lane, these ‘Grand Dames’ provide evidence of intriguing history, decorative splendour and more rustic back stage. One of the themes of the book is the contrast between the front and back of house with grandiose design schemes and often Heath Robinson contraptions that create the atmospheric magic from back stage.  Peter Dazeley’s remarkable range of photographs take us on a journey in the theatres where often things are not what they seem to be and the glitz and glamour is often a mere façade.

One theatre that has redefined the theatre going experience is Shakespeare’s Globe, the wooden recreation of one of the famous theatres from the time of Shakespeare, Marlowe and Jonson illustrate that the connection between actors and audience was not always as clearly defined as modern theatres and the more basic seating or standing can provide a wonderfully different theatrical experience.

The connection between audience and actors has been one of the guiding lights of the more modern theatres which have often gone back to basics, Donmar Warehouse, the Young Vic and the Almeida Theatre suggest that it is important to concentrate on the quality of the drama rather than worrying too much about ornate splendour of the surroundings.

The book is full of wonderful stories and anecdotes from the theatrical world with the Theatre Royal Drury Lane holding the record for the number of ghosts stalking the building. Often it is the ghosts of the past that make a meaningful connection between theatre and theatregoer. Many of the great actors and actresses of the past have trod the London theatre boards and it often is considered their presence is still there in the memories of the audience and fellow actors.

This fascinating and important book puts the selected London Theatres centre stage with the illuminating photographs by Peter Dazeley  and intelligent commentary by Michael Cloveley. Generally, because so much time is focused on the action upon the stage, relatively little is written or shown about the part the actual theatre plays in creating the right environment for a successful performance.  The nature of theatre and drama is often about illusion and make-believe and this book illustrates the interesting part the theatre plays in this process. Walking into an opulent building indulges the fantasy that you are entering something extraordinary and amazing things will happen on stage. Even the theatres that have gone back to basics are creating a different kind of illusion that draws the audience into the make-believe world of theatre. This intriguing book provides plenty of evidence that the whole structure of a theatre is often as much part of the performance as the action on the stage.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

If you would like further information or buy a copy of the book, visit the Publishers website here

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Bad Jews at the Theatre Royal Haymarket – 8th February to 19th March 2016

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Following sold out runs at the Ustinov Studio in Bath and St James Theatre in London, the Theatre Royal Bath production of Joshua Harmon’s Bad Jews transfers to London’s Theatre Royal Haymarket.

A beloved grandfather — and Holocaust survivor — has died, and a treasured family heir loom with religious significance is up for grabs. But who is most deserving of it? Bossy, overbearing, fanatically religious Daphna? Her wealthy cousin Liam, who’s just returned from skiing with his non-Jewish girlfriend Melody? Or Jonah, his brother, who would prefer not to get involved in the fight?  A cramped Manhattan apartment becomes the setting for a viciously hilarious brawl over family, faith and legacy as the contenders set at each other’s throats on the night after the funeral.

Bad Jews holds the record for being the best selling play to date at both the Ustinov Studio and St James Theatre. The original Bath and St James cast will reprise their roles. Jenna Augen will play the role of Daphna, Gina Bramhill will play Melody, Joe Coen will play Jonah and Ilan Goodman will play Liam.

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Harvey at the Theatre Royal Haymarket – 17 March to 2 May 2015

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Harvey is a 1944 Pulitzer Prize winning play by the American playwright Mary Chase, which was made into the highly successful 1950 film starring James Stewart.

The story centres around Elwood P. Dowd  who  is a middle-aged, likeable but somewhat eccentric individual whose best friend is a invisible six feet tall rabbit named Harvey.  According to Elwood, Harvey is  fond of social outcasts and down at his local bar Elwood and Harvey are accepted as regulars. Elwood’s family are not quite as accepting, they consider his  obsession with Harvey is a product of his drink problem or  mental illness.

When Elwood’s sister Veta takes him to see psychiatrist Dr William Chumley, it sets off a hilarious chain of events which asks questions  about different notions of reality.

This new production at the Theatre Royal Haymarket stars James Dreyfus as Elwood P.Dowd and Maureen Lipman as Veta , other cast includes David Bamber as William R. Chumley, Desmond Barrit as Judge Omar Gaffney, Felicity Dean as Betty Chumley, Ingrid Oliver as Myrtle Mae Simmons, Amanda Boxer as Miss Ethel Chauvenet, Sally Scott as Nurse Ruth Kelly, Youssef Kerkour as Duane Wilson, Jack Hawkins as Lyman Sanderson and Linal Haft as E J Lofgren.

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