Dench, Radcliffe, Law and Walliams to star in new Grandage season
Michael Grandage, who stepped down as Artistic Director of London’s Donmar Warehouse last year, has announced his first project after leaving the venue: a 15-month season of work at the Noel Coward Theatre with casts including Judi Dench, Daniel Radcliffe, Simon Russell Beale and Jude Law.
Grandage will direct all five productions and each will have a captioned performance.
They are: Privates on Parade starring Simon Russell Beale; Peter and Alice, a new play by John Logan, starring Judi Dench and Ben Wishaw; the first revival of The Cripple of Inishmaan by Martin McDonagh starring Daniel Radcliffe; A Midsummer Night’s Dream with David Walliams as Bottom and Sheridan Smith as Titania; and Henry V starring Jude Law.
Captioned performance dates
Privates on Parade – Saturday 23 February 2013, 2.30pm
"Come see the privates on parade
You’ll say: how proudly they’re displayed"
Private Steven Flowers is posted to the Song and Dance Unit in South East Asia where serving under the flamboyant Captain Terri Dennis he discovers it takes more than just a uniform to become a man.
Simon Russell Beale plays the cross-dressing Captain Dennis whose performances of Marlene Dietrich, Vera Lynn and Carmen Miranda form the centrepiece of Peter Nichols' award-winning comedy set against the murderous backdrop of the Malaysian campaign at the end of the Second World War.
Peter & Alice – Saturday 25 May 2013, 2.30pm
"Of course that’s how it begins: a harmless fairy tale to pass the hours"
When Alice Liddell Hargreaves met Peter Llewelyn Davies at the opening of a Lewis Carroll exhibition in 1932, the original Alice in Wonderland came face to face with the original Peter Pan. In John Logan’s remarkable new play, enchantment and reality collide as this brief encounter lays bare the lives of these two extraordinary characters.
Judi Dench plays Alice, and Ben Whishaw plays Peter in Logan’s first new play since Red, which went on to win six Tony Awards in 2010.
The Cripple Of Inishmaan – Saturday 3 August 2013, 2.30pm
"I shouldn't laugh at you, Billy... but I will"
Set on the remote island of Inishmaan off the west coast of Ireland, word arrives that a Hollywood film is being made on the neighboring island of Inishmore. The one person who wants to be in the film more than anybody is young Cripple Billy, if only to break away from the bitter tedium of his daily life. Martin McDonagh’s comic masterpiece examines an ordinary coming of age in extraordinary circumstances and confirms his position as one of the most original Irish voices to emerge in the second half of the twentieth century.
Daniel Radcliffe plays the title role in the first major London revival since its premiere at the National Theatre in 1996.
A Midsummer Night's Dream – Saturday 2 November 2013, 2.30pm
"The course of true love never did run smooth"
Lysander loves Hermia and Hermia loves Lysander. Helena loves Demetrius; Demetrius used to love Helena but now loves Hermia. When Hermia's father insists she choose Demetrius as a suitor she escapes with Lysander into the surrounding forest where Oberon and Titania, the King and Queen of the Fairies are having their own battle of love. As the human and magical worlds collide mischief and chaos erupt as love at first sight proves a reality for some and makes an ass of others.
Sheridan Smith plays Titania and David Walliams plays Bottom in this new production of one of Shakespeare's greatest comedies.
Henry V – Saturday 1 February 2014, 2.30pm
"We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;"
Can the King of England hold his nerve to embrace his duty, command his men and lead his country to victory in France? Shakespeare’s great play of nationhood investigates the bloody horrors of war and the turbulence of a land in crisis.
Jude Law and Michael Grandage continue their collaboration that began with Hamlet in 2009. Law also appeared in the Donmar’s award-winning production Anna Christie, as part of Grandage's final season as Artistic Director.
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Tickets for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people are £27.50 (access rate) and are located in the Dress Circle.
Noel Coward Theatre, 85-88 St Martin's Lane, London WC2
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