Below we will share with you the most extraordinary art events and the best plays taking place around the United Kingdom. Check out what’s on in London and which shows are brand new and view theatre productions by browsing through our list. If it takes place in the UK, we will make sure to let you know about it and help you decide which are the top musicals and shows you ought to attend for an unforgettable experience. This latest theatre events list of what’s on now will surely come in handy for your calendar. We’ll tell you all about the theatre scene and where the plays are going to take place, in order for you to discover just the perfect performance.
Kiln Theatre, London Off-West End
The newly refurbished Kiln Theatre has its first show, which is mainly about some parents trying to obtain good school places. In Alexis Zegerman’s playwright and actress piece the starting point is how far are a Jewish mother and an atheist father willing to go so that their precious child gets into the best state primary school. The result is confusion as Simone Kellerman wishes to take frequent visits to the church, together with her family. This aspect puts a strain on her relationship with her husband, Sam, revealing the hypocrisies of this conflict and making known the racism they are starting to develop. This dark comedy marks the major reopening of a theatre that has been closed for the last two years.
Leeds Playhouse, Leeds
The playhouse, known as West Yorkshire Playhouse, has been recently renamed, going also through a major refurbishment. Jim Cartwright’s play seems perfectly suited for this timing, as the narrator, with a great skill, promenades the audience through the streets. The subject is the effect of unemployment, with a lot of booze and nostalgia coming out from the dialogues. The scene of a couple of drunks waking up the entire neighborhood is overlapped by a monologue of a poor wife whose husband never leaves the pub and the very moving scene between two youngsters who are despaired and sensitive about their lack of identity. Plus, Amy Leach’s monologues of dysfunctional families make an outstanding performance.
The Lovely Bones
Royal and Derngate, Northampton
The novel, by Alice Sebold, was released in 2002 and had a major success, transitioning to the stage, however, much later. The world premiere of Bryony Lavery’s adaptation took place this month, starting with a heartbreaking rape and murder of Susie Salmon, 14-year-old. She watches her siblings grow up and the killer coming to terms with his actions, as a powerless ghost. Trying to interfere, rebelling from the realm of the dead, all the scenes revolve around Susie. The tone of the subject is a beautiful endurance and a saddening exploration of sexual experience. All 90 minutes of this play is difficult and challenging, in terms of the revelation of the tragic context the girl has to make something of. The character, played by Charlotte Beaumont, has a quite unexpected optimism, a childlike personality that helps her support her situation and human tragedy in a joyous manner.