Itâ€™s official â€“ Theatrelandâ€™s in rude health, according to this morningâ€™s statistics, with both attendance and box office takings slightly up on the same numbers for 2011. Perhaps you’d like to join in the fun with one of our highlighted shows below:
Theatrelandâ€™s latest star turn is Rowan Atkinson who returns to the stage after an absence of nearly 25 years to appear in Quartermaineâ€™s Terms at Wyndhamâ€™s Theatre. Itâ€™s the story of a 1960s EFL school, featuring the tragicomic lives of seven teachers.
Tomorrow, Harold Pinterâ€™s tense play Old Times opens at the Harold Pinter Theatre, starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Rufus Sewell. From Friday, you can see the epic, multi-authored Feast at the Young Vic, taking you on a journey from 18th century Nigeria to the UK in 2013. Also opening on Friday is Anjin: The Shogun And The English Samurai at Sadlerâ€™s Wells. Performed in English and Japanese by an international cast, this is the story of the first Englishman to ever reach Japan, and is directed by the RSCâ€™s Gregory Doran. Sounds intriguing. A new musical also comes to London’s Soho Theatre on Friday: LIFT is a world premiere of a musical about love, life and lost set in aâ€¦ London lift. Finally, opening on Monday is Our Countryâ€™s Good at the St James Theatre, a revival of Timberlake Wertenbakerâ€™s Olivier Award winning play.
Tomorrow, Tango Fire â€“ Flames of Desire comes to the Peacock Theatre; a sizzling show to steam up your January from Argentinaâ€™s hottest dance company. On Thursday, Tatyana opens at the Barbican, a production by one of Brazilâ€™s leading contemporary dance companies, set to an eclectic soundtrack featuring Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky and Prokofiev combined with contemporary music. From Monday, The Print Room in Notting Hill hosts an international dance premiere called FLOW, inspired by water. (Check out the trailer below.)
Thursday is your last chance to see The Mikado at the London Coliseum. Comedy act Rubberbandits closes at the Soho Theatre on Saturday; as does The Silence of The Sea at the Trafalgar Studios.