Theatre trotting in March

1 Mar

First off, I want to say that I did well last month for I did not skip any of the six productions I have booked, so pat me in the back please! Our party almost missed Zorro on the 02/02 because of the heavy snow that London and most of the UK experienced but as they cancelled the show, we were entitled to rebook. Thanks to SEE tickets who were very understanding and helpful. Speaking of Zorro, the bad news came out last month that Zorro is definitely closing and this is due to recasting issues. The last I heard and this is straight from their website is that Zorro will embark on nine confirmed future international productions including France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Japan, Korea and Russia. The mark of Zorro lives indeed!

So what am I seeing in March then?

2- La Cage aux Folles, Playhouse Theatre

I wasn’t really planning on seeing this but after having read several enthusiastic reviews and really good word-of-mouth vibe about the performances and how it’s such a feel good production, I was left with little choice. As I am seeing it tomorrow night and have never been to the Playhouse, I am trying to navigate my way to get there.

6- Zorro, Garrick Theatre
Playing until March 14

I have a ticket to see Mrs Affleck at the Cottesloe but as most of those I know who have already seen the production loathed it, a couple of them walking out in the interval even, I thought, well what’s the point? Okay, I would lose my hard earned £10 but it’s better than a wasted Friday evening when I know I could be having more fun in seeing Zorro for the 3rd and last time! I missed Matt Rawle in my second viewing so I am hoping that he is back for this.

13- Duet for One, Almeida

Seeing this play was decided after watching the National’s Every Good Boy Deserves Favour with fellow theatre trotter Lynne back in January. Now almost at the end of its run and with tickets sold out I am pleased we did book tickets as it has received very good reviews here and here. Now that’s another Friday evening to look forward to!

17- War Horse, Olivier, National Theatre

This is really more like a box ticking exercise to say that yes, its that Michael Morpurgo recreation and I have seen it. When I first started going to the National in 2008, and missed War Horse the year before, I was advised that if it should have another staging that I make a point in booking it. I have also been warned about it but if it fails to capture my imagination, and as I am catching a matinee performance, all is not lost as I have another play to see afterwards. But I want it to be good!

17- Dido, Queen of Carthage, Cottesloe, National Theatre

Would saying I am curious about Christopher Marlowe’s work suffice for my booking this?

So with back to back plays, it’s really going to be a day out at the National, missing SRB like crazy, but also looking forward to meet Abigail!

20- On the Waterfront, Haymarket Theatre Royal

Making sure that I must have seen Stephen Berkoff in at least a film of two, I checked out his CV in IMDb and found that he was in Revolution with Al Pacino but I so hated that film and I barely remember him in it. But yes, he was also in Octopussy, Rambo II, and Beverly Hills Cop among others, so okay I do know the man. Anyway, his involvement with On the Waterfront is enough to get excited but it took a few good word of mouth for this production that behooved me to finally book it. Not having seen the Elia Kazan film with a younger Marlon Brando, I still have the time to do so before sinking my teeth into it!

27- Dimetos, Donmar Warehouse

Jonathan Pryce. The Donmar. Enough said.

So what are you seeing in the theatre this month?

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6 Responses to “Theatre trotting in March”

  1. webcowgirl March 2, 2009 at 3:57 pm #

    You convinced me to go see Dimetos, but I can’t go until April. I want to see Dido but it’s sold out through May, I want to see Cages Aux Folles but just haven’t bought tickets yet, I’m thinking about £10 seats for War Horse if I can get them (just haven’t been able to get too excited about it), On The Waterfront also sounds good. This month is mostly Flamenco (3 shows) and silent movies (also 3 shows) and two trips to the Barbican, one to see Paradiso and Inferno, then for a Kabuki 12th Night.

  2. feignedmischief March 3, 2009 at 4:07 pm #

    webcowgirl, tip on booking for La Cage aux Folles, book a Monday performance and get an upper circle ticket, they might bump you to a Dress Circle which was what they did for us last night.

    There will be £10 tickets for War Horse once they move to the New London theatre.

  3. Abigail March 3, 2009 at 5:42 pm #

    Looking forward to meeting up with you too later this month, Simone!

    I’m off to see Plague Over England next week, which has had mixed reviews. Any thoughts?

  4. feignedmischief March 3, 2009 at 6:45 pm #

    Yes, can’t wait to meet with you finally too!

    Re: Plague Over England, you might find this Guardian blog article by John Morrison useful!

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/stage/theatreblog/2009/feb/26/de-jongh-plague-over-england

  5. A Clown March 4, 2009 at 12:34 pm #

    Just thought I’d post my list of plays in March. Am liking your reviews, and v glad that you enjoyed La Cage aux Folles.
    -Dancing at Lughnasa (well, it was last night but it was still March)
    -Duet for One (for the second time)
    -Taming of the Shrew
    -A Miracle
    -Dido, Queen of Carthage
    -Oliver
    -England People Very Nice

  6. feignedmischief March 5, 2009 at 11:46 pm #

    Hi there Ian, thanks for dropping by, and hope to see more of you. 😉

    I have already seen Oliver! but stalling in writing my review really, maybe I’ll have it ready inthe weekend. I thought EPVN was amazing.

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