30th October 2013
Rather like Hamlet, the role of Henry V is one of those big, meaty ones that all the theatrical legends have undertaken – think Laurence Olivier, Richard Burton and Kenneth Branagh. So it’s interesting to note that Jude Law is next in line this autumn, as part of the Michael Grandage season at the Noel Coward Theatre (in fact Grandage previously directed Law in Hamlet back in 2009). So will Law prove his heavyweight credentials? Well, as shown by recent roles such as Karenin in Anna Karenina, Law can definitely do serious (although we do love him alongside Robert Downey Jr in Sherlock Holmes), so we reckon that his Henry V will be one of the hottest tickets this Christmas.
And if you didn’t buy tickets earlier this year – yes, we did warn you in our post here back in April – there are now extremely few left (although a limited number of £10 day seats will be released at 10.30am on the day of each performance). However, we do have a pair to give away to one lucky winner for the 2.30pm performance on Wednesday 4th December 2013. Just enter your name and details below by 5pm on Wednesday 20th November and we will pick a name out of a hat. Good luck!
7th March 2013
The Manchester International Festival is always one of the highlights of our cultural year. We’ve seen performances there that we’d never see anywhere else, from a lesson in how to watch performance art by Marina Abromovich to being chased through ‘woods’ in It Felt Like A Kiss by Punch Drunk and Adam Curtis. This year we’ve already written about Curtis and Punch Drunk’s Felix Barrett’s new collaboration, this time with Massive Attack (read about that here), but now that the rest of the programme has been unveiled we couldn’t resist flagging up the other events we are dying to see.
First on our list is The Old Woman, adapted from a 1930s novella by Russian writer Daniil Kharms, directed and designed by the legendary Robert Wilson and performed by Mikhail Baryshinkov and Willem Dafoe. Then there’s Kenneth Branagh’s Macbeth, directed by Rob Ashford and Branagh, who also plays the Scottish King. The ever brilliant Maxine Peake stars in The Masque of Anarchy, Percy Bysshe Shelley’s epic poem written in response to the Peterloo Massacre of 1819. We try and see anything Peake does – she’s that good. Artist Tino Sehgal has done a massive installation which demands sensible footwear, the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra will be playing new music by John Tavener, and The Rite of Spring has been reworked by Romeo Castellucci so that instead of dancers or actors on stage, the choreography will be performed by falling bone powder. No, you just don’t see this sort of stuff anywhere else. But there’s lighter fare too: Neneh Cherry is performing and so is Goldfrapp, among others. The two Goldfrapp concerts sold out quickly, but extra tickets have just been released, so nab them now while you still can.
27th January 2011
If you’re going to just one play this year, this is the one. Sam Mendes is directing and Kevin Spacey follows in the hallowed footsteps of Laurence Olivier and Kenneth Branagh starring as Richard III. What more could you ask for? Tickets have already been available to Old Vic friends and Club members and they go on sale to the general public on Monday 31st January at 9am. We suggest you set your alarm because these tickets will be like gold dust. And you’ll feel super smug when you’ve got yours come June.