We’ve looked back ad nauseum over the past fortnight at the best of #theatre2014; now it’s time to look forward. And there’s SO much to look forward to theatrically.
To help you keep track of all the new year picks and predictions, here’s a handy 2015 recommendations round-up. Having perused them all, let me summarise by telling you that, most likely to figure on folks’ lists are, by type:
- New West End musical: Beautiful – Broadway import, telling the story of chart-topping singer-songwriter Carole King. Katie Brayben stars as King. At the Aldwych Theatre from 10 February
- West End musical transfer: Gypsy – Imelda Staunton stars as the ultimate showbiz mother in this Chichester Festival revival of another Broadway musical. At the Savoy Theatre from 28 March
- West End play transfer: A View from the Bridge – Mark Strong, Nicola Walker and Phoebe Fox reprise their roles in Ivo van Hove’s radical reinvention of Arthur Miller’s classic. Transferring from Young Vic to Wyndham’s Theatre from 10 February
- New Play: The Hard Problem – Tom Stoppard’s first play since Rock ‘n’ Roll in 2006, and his first for the National since The Coast of Utopia trilogy in 2002, helmed by outgoing artistic director Nicholas Hytner. At the NT’s Dorfman Theatre from 21 January, broadcast to cinemas via NT Live on 16 April
- Play Revival: The Ruling Class – James McAvoy returns to Jamie Lloyd’s Trafalgar Transformed season to play a schizophrenic aristocrat in the first West End revival of Peter Barnes’ cult comedy. At Trafalgar Studios from 16 January
- Shakespeare Production: Hamlet – starring Benedict Cumberbatch and directed by Chimerica’s Lyndsey Turner, this one sold out in record time. To be or not to be… a critical hit too? At the Barbican Theatre from 5 August
- Off-West End Production: Bugsy Malone – Alan Parker’s musical for child-sized, splurge gun-wielding mobsters and their molls, helmed by artistic director Sean Holmes. At Lyric Hammersmith from 11 April
- Regional Production(s): Crouch, Touch, Pause Engage (National Theatre of Wales on tour), Death of a Salesman starring Antony Sher (RSC, Stratford-upon-Avon), The Life and Times of Fanny Hill starring Caroline Quentin (Bristol Old Vic), the Sarah Kane season (Sheffield Crucible).
But, honestly, these are just for starters! Follow the links for many many more things to fill your theatregoing nights over the next 12 months…