Ones to Watch

Welcome to another first, my new feature rounding up all the hottest shows to catch around the country this week and everything theatrical that you should be on the lookout for. Read on for my top tips for the week ahead.

Opening It is set to be a great week for musical lovers, with the opening of two big new shows. In London, Cameron Mackintosh’s new musical Betty Blue Eyes, based on the Alan Bennett film A Private Function, opens at the Novello Theatre, while further north Manchester Opera House is host to the premiere of the hotly anticipated Ghost the Musical, which will be moving to London’s Piccadilly Theatre in the summer.

Elsewhere, a revival of Clifford Odets’ Rocket to the Moon opens at the National Theatre in the Lyttelton and Thea Sharrock brings another Rattigan play, Cause Celebre, to the Old Vic after her award-winning success with After the Dance at the National last year.

Catch it while you can Among the critically acclaimed must-see plays in the capital right now are Trevor Nunn’s star-studded revival of Terrence Rattigan’s Flare Path at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, Bruntwood Prize winner Mogadishu at the Lyric Hammersmith and David Eldridge’s The Knot of the Heart at the Almeida.

Top picks outside London include Mary Broome at the Richmond Theatre, the Sheffield Crucible’s much raved about Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf , Noel Coward’s Private Lives at the Manchester Royal Exchange and touring productions of Guys and Dolls, Dancing at Lughnasa, Chess, Journey’s End and Love, Love, Love.

Last chance to see A whole host of shows are closing next Saturday so this week is your final opportunity to catch them. Among these are the National Theatre’s climate change play Greenland, Spelling Bee at the Donmar, the award-winning Lidless at Trafalgar Studios and the Duchess Theatre’s short-lived Sign of the Times.

West End whispers Recent gossip from the Daily Mail is that Benedict Cumberbatch, current star of the National Theatre’s Frankenstein, is lined up to revive his role in last year’s acclaimed After the Dance on Broadway, so listen out for further announcements. There is also much speculation about the plans for celebrating the 25th anniversary of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera, with suggestions that Love Never Dies star Ramin Karimloo could be involved.

Among other unconfirmed gossip is the rumour from the Broadway World message board that Alan Rickman could be appearing alongside Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton in Chichester’s revival of Sweeney Todd, reprising the role of Judge Turpin from Tim Burton’s 2007 film.

Arts funding This Wednesday will see the public announcement of ACE’s funding decisions, going some way towards determining the future composition of Britain’s arts scene. Roughly half of the organisations who applied for funding will have their applications turned down, so there will be much nail-biting among the arts community over the next couple of days.

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  2. […] Away from the capital, make sure you catch the touring version of the Donmar’s King Lear, starring Derek Jacobi, Bristol Tobacco Factory’s The Comedy of Errors, the adaptation of beloved children’s book Goodnight Mister Tom at the West Yorkshire Playhouse and the national tour of Award winner Yes, Prime Minister. For details of more of the hot tickets up and down the country, see last week’s Ones to Watch. […]

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