The theatre shows you won’t want to miss in 2020

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From Hollywood stars to British heavyweights, from moving Broadway strikes to heartwrenching homegrown stories, there’s a lot to anticipate at theatres around the UK in 2020.

Star destinations

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  • French sweetheart Timothee “Timotei” Chalamet makes his London phase launching opposite Dame Eileen Atkins , playing his 91-year-old grandma, in Amy Herzog’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated 4000 Miles (Old Vic, 6 April-23 May)
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  • Twenty-eight years after the Sister Act movie, Whoopi Goldberg repeats her function as Deloris Van Cartier, with Jennifer Saunders taking Dame Maggie Smith’s location as Mother Superior (Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith, London, 29 July-30 August)
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  • After victorious efficiencies in Gypsy and Follies, London’s leading girl Imelda Staunton handles the title function in another timeless musical, Hello, Dolly! , prior to apparently taking control of as the Queen in Netflix’s The Crown (Adelphi Theatre, 11 August 2020-6 March 2021)
  • Mark Rylance developed the concept for, and stars in, Semmelweis , about Hungarian 19th Century physician Ignaz Semmelweis, who combated main blockage to show hand-washing might dramatically lower the variety of ladies passing away after giving birth (Bristol Old Vic, 13 June-25 July)
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  • Double Oscar candidate Jessica Chastain makes her West End launching as Nora in a brand-new variation of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House (Playhouse, London, 10 June-5 September)
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  • Following Maxine Peake, Ruth Negga and Michelle Terry, The Good Fight’s Cush Jumbo plays a gender-swapped Hamlet in a variation “reimagined for today” (Young Vic, 6 July-22 August)
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  • Josh O’Connor , presently Prince Charles in The Crown, and Jessie Buckley , of Wild Rose, Chernobyl and Judy popularity, play Romeo and Juliet (National Theatre, from August, dates TBC)

Screen to phase

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  • If you can’t let Anna and Elsa go, the Frozen musical pertains to the West End from Broadway, with Samantha Barks as Elsa (Theatre Royal Drury Lane, from October, dates TBC)
  • Sleepless, A Musical Romance , based upon Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks’ 1993 rom-com Sleepless In Seattle, gets its opening night (Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre, from 21 March)
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Image caption Roger Bart (left) and Olly Dobson (ideal), who star in the Back To the Future musical, with Christopher Lloyd, who remained in the initial movie
  • Excellent Scott! The Back to the Future performance likewise has its opening night, led by Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis , who made the initial 1985 movie (Manchester Opera House, 20 February-17 May)
  • Director Mira Nair revamps her 2001 Bafta-nominated India-set movie Monsoon Wedding as a phase musical (Leeds Playhouse, 22 June-11 July; London Roundhouse, 17 July-29 August)
  • In Night of the Living Dead: Remix , 7 stars effort to recreate George A Romero’s timeless 1968 scary movie shot for shot (Leeds Playhouse 24 January-15 February, then trips)
  • David Mitchell brings his Will Shakespeare to the West End in Upstart Crow by Ben Elton , based upon his BBC comedy (Gielgud Theatre, 7 February-25 April)
  • DreamWorks’ 1998 animation The Prince of Egypt comes to life, as do Rameses and moses, with music from Stephen Schwartz , who won an Oscar for the movie (Dominion Theatre, 5 February-12 September)
  • From Strictly Come Dancing to Strictly Ballroom , Craig Revel Horwood directs a brand-new trip based upon the 1992 Baz Luhrmann movie that influenced the BBC dance program’s title (Nottingham Theatre Royal 26 September-3 October, then trips)

Page to phase

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  • The West Wing mastermind Aaron Sorkin adjusts Harper Lee’s 1960 work of art To Kill A Mockingbird , with Rhys Ifans as justice-seeking attorney Atticus Finch (Gielgud Theatre, 21 May-8 August)
  • La Belle Sauvage , the fiercely prepared for very first instalment in Philip Pullman’s The Book of Dust trilogy, is directed by Sir Nicholas Hytner , who brought His Dark Materials to the phase 16 years back (Bridge Theatre, London, 11 July-10 October)
  • For her very first play, Zadie Smith reimagines Chaucer’s The Wife of Bath’s Tale as The Wife of Willesden to “raise essential concerns about the location of ladies in society” for Brent’s year as London Borough of Culture (The Kiln, December, dates TBC)
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  • After a rapturously-received run in Sheffield in the summertime, Yann Martel’s Life of Pi is most likely to get a comparable reaction in the West End (Wyndham’s Theatre, 28 June-4 October)
  • The phase variation of Louise O’Neill’s compelling 2016 unique Asking For It , about an Irish teen who is gang raped and after that needs to handle the pictures going viral, makes its UK launching after ending up being a hit in Ireland (Birmingham Rep, 29 January-15 February)
  • 101 Dalmatians , initially a book by Dodie Smith, ends up being a musical in the extremely park where the story is set – although how they will train that lots of live canines is anybody’s guess (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, 16 May-21 June)

More musicals

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  • Rodgers &&Hammerstein – who composed The Sound of Music, South Pacific and more – likewise penned a variation of Cinderella for Julie Andrews in 1957 (above), and it’s being restored at an intimate Manchester theatre (Hope Mill Theatre, 9 May-6 June)
  • The name alone suffices to endear Milky Peaks , Seiriol Davies’ brand-new musical set in a north Wales neighborhood (Snowdonia’s Twin Peaks?) that encounters “a dark conservative program” when it is chosen for Britain’s Best Town (Theatr Clwyd, Mold, 20 March-11 April)
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Image caption The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff utilizes music from the album of the exact same name by folk group The Young’uns
  • The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff is the rediscovered story of a working class hero who went on 1930s cravings marches, was at the Battle of Cable Street and combated fascism in the Spanish Civil War – informed with tunes by folk band The Young’uns (Northern Stage, Newcastle, 4-22 February)
  • Rather than a jukebox musical, Message in a Bottle is a jukebox dance program utilizing the tunes of The Police and developed by Kate Prince , who lagged Some Like It Hip-Hop and Into The Hoods (Sadler’s Wells, London, 6 February-21 March, then trips)

New plays

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  • Tom Stoppard ‘s very first brand-new work for 5 years, Leopoldstadt , which follows a Jewish household in Vienna through the very first half of the 20th Century, is billed as his “most heartbreaking and gentle play” (Wyndham’s, 25 January-26 May)
  • Our Lady of Blundellsands is a “twisted comic drama” about 2 aging sis and some household tricks. It’s composed by Gim me Gim me Gim me and Coronation Street’s Jonathan Harvey (Liverpool Everyman, 6-28 March)
  • Alistair McDowall ‘s innovative creativity brings us The Glow , about a lady in a 19th Century asylum who has actually lost her memory however gains unusual powers when a medium selects her to be her assistant (Royal Court, London, 29 May-3 July)
  • Testmatch , which changes in between an envisioned Women’s Cricket World Cup at Lord’s in 2020 and Kolkata circa 1800, strangely enough had its opening night in San Francisco – that cricketing hotbed – in the fall (Theatre Royal Bath, 2 April-9 May)
  • A Merthyr Tydfil student declares to have the injuries of Christ in The Merthyr Stigmatist – definitely 2020’s finest property for a play (Sherman Theatre, Cardiff, 2-17 October)

Black British history in the spotlight

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  • Numerous impressive real stories are being informed in 2020 – consisting of that of Joseph Knight, an African guy given Scotland as a servant, who challenged his status as a servant in a landmark legal case. May Sumbwanyambe’s Enough of Him began as a BBC Radio 4 drama in 2018 (Pitlochry Festival Theatre, 16 October-1 November, then Perth and Glasgow)
  • In Janice Okoh’s The Gift , 2 Sarahs – an African lady who was offered into slavery prior to being talented to Queen Victoria (above) and a middle-class black lady in modern-day Cheshire – satisfy Queen Victoria for tea (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, 18-25 January, then trips)
  • Rockets and Blue Lights by Winsome Pinnock changes in between the 19th Century and today day to take a look at Britain’s function in the servant trade, staged in what was as soon as the nation’s greatest cotton trading hall (Royal Exchange, Manchester, 12 March-4 April)

For kids

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  • Crongton Knights by author Alex Wheatle (above), about a group of teenage pals on an imaginary estate who get in unfathomable when they set out on a mission to assist a woman, won the Guardian kids’s fiction reward in 2016 (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, 8-22 February, then trips)
  • A “extreme afro-futurist reimagining” of Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s timeless story The Little Prince is the very first work for kids by Inua Ellams , understood for his hit The Barbershop Chronicles. (Stratford Circus Arts Centre, London, 17 January-1 February)
  • Tim Crouch provides Shakespeare’s poet Cinna, who quickly appears in Julius Caesar prior to being viciously eliminated, his own program about “actions and words, demonstration, power and art” in I, Cinna (Unicorn Theatre, London, 5-29 February)

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