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This Week In Theatre (13/04/15)


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It’s that time again - here is our second instalment of our top theatre and dance picks, for this week:

1. Gypsy, West End, London

Following a non-surprising sell out run in Chichester last year, Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim's musical powerhouse Gypsy graces the West End over 40 years after it was premiered on Broadway. Directed by Jonathan Kent, the show follows Rose (played by Imelda Staunton – yes, Dolores Umbridge), a stage mother and her children in 1920s America. It’s a musical that highlights the golden age of theatre as Rose pushes her children for stardom.

Until 28th November.

2. Love’s Sacrifice, Stratford upon-Avon

Not all 17th century theatre revivals are dull. In Shakespeare’s home of Stratford upon-Avon in the Swan Theatre and directed by Matthew Dunster, Love’s Sacrifice come to life. Following a similar basis as Othello, the story follows a rather complicated love triangle and the plotting involved. Duke of Pavia has married the beautiful Bianca, but his best friend, Fernando (of course it’s his best friend), is also in love with her.

Until 24th June.

3. Tanztheatre Wuppertal Pina Bausch, Sadler's Wells

Six years after revolutionary 20th century choreographer Pina Bausch’s death, her ever living company are to premiere and revive her lesser known words from her early career. It will be the first time that a British stage has encompassed Auf Dem Gebirge Hat Man Ein Geschrei Gehört (On The Mountain A Cry Was Heard) and Ahnen. The pieces, choreographed in the 1980s, encapsulate a searches for identity and show not only the light in life, but the dark. It’s not what you expect from dance, with monologue and theatrical senses, but is certainly an experience.

From 16th-18th and 23rd-26th April.

4. Carmen Disruption, West End, London

Carmen. Bizet’s most famous opera of all time has been twisted and morphed by Simon Stephens (Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time) is brought to life in London’s Almeida Theatre. The story centralises on the possibility of love in a fractured and displaced urban world. Based in a glorious European city, a renowned singer abandons the opera house for the truth of the streets, meeting a gorgeous prostitute, a tough-talking taxi driver, a global trader and a teenage dreamer on the way. Everyone’s looking for something.

Until 23rd May.

5.The Twits, Est End, London

A Roald Dahl story lived and breathed by many in their childhood, Enda Walsh has mischievously adapted the adored story for the West End. Though primarily aimed at a family audience, who says the typical university student can’t relive their childhood? The narrative follows Mr and Mrs Twit, extremely nasty to everyone, including themselves. Expect to see worms, eyeballs and a lot of bird pie in London’s Royal Court. The temptation is shameless.

Until 31st May.

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