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4 big actors taking to the stage this year

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Theatre is not always defined by big names - but big names generally define how hard it is to get your hand on a ticket.

Here are some top picks for 2017, from actors who are seasoned in their medium, have had lengthy careers and are guaranteed to offer us some of the best theatre in 2017.


Daniel Radcliffe

‘The boy who lived’ hung up his wand long ago, and has since taken on roles in theatre and film; some odd, some brilliant, but 2017 will mark the year that DRad comes back to the West End.

Last seen in all his glory in Equus, this time Radcliffe will be playing Rosencrantz in Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead. The production is returning to its home at The Old Vic for its 50th anniversary. The situation comedy, set within Shakespeare’s Hamlet, gives the lead to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern rather than Hamlet himself.

The play will run from 25th February to 29 April 2017. You can find out more here

David Tennant

Don Juan in Soho is coming to the Wyndham's Theatre, and taking the leading role is none other than David Tennant.

Tennant is a hugely successful actor winning multiple awards throughout his career including Critics' Circle Award for Best Shakespearean Performance and the National Television Award's Outstanding Drama Performance. Having last appeared in the West End as Benedict in Much Ado About Nothing, the Scottish actor will take on the role of Don Juan, who lives purely for pleasure and seduction.

The play will run for a limited season from 17th March 2017 to 10th June 2017. You can find out more here.  

Andrew Garfield

Most known for his roles in The Amazing Spider-Man and The Social Network, the Golden Globe and BAFTA nominated actor will take to the Olivier Stage at The National Theatre to play Prior Walter in Angels in America.

Set in America in the mid-1980s, the play follows multiple New Yorkers as they contend with life in the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration. The epic production will be told in two parts and tickets go on sale in January.

The play will run from 11 April 2017. You can find out more here.  

Imelda Staunton

Rightly hailed as one of the best stage actresses of our time, Imelda Staunton will be hitting our stages twice in 2017. She’ll be playing Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at the Harold Pinter Theatre in February, and then she will take on the role of Sally Durant Plummer in FolliesSondheim’s classic musical will be staged at The National Theatre for the first time and with Staunton in the driving seat it’s sure to be a hit.

Last time Imelda was on a London stage she bagged her third Olivier Award for her performance as Mama Rose in Gypsy.

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? will run from 11th February 2017 and you can find out more here

The date for Follies are yet to be announced but you can find out more about what’s on at the National Theatre here.  




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