The season heats up in the West End – New shows in London

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The nights might be getting lighter, although the weather is far from becoming warmer. One thing is hotting up – forthcoming West End shows. 

Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan in Skylight

Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan in Skylight 

There are some exciting weeks and months ahead for London theatre-goers, take a look at upcoming shows that promise to take the West End by storm.

Skylight

English actress Carey Mulligan will make her first West End performance in a revival of David Hare’s Skylight. The show will also mark a double return for Bill Nighy. As well as being the British actor’s first London stage performance in 13 years, it will also be a second stab at a part he played in 1997 when Nighy was Tom Sergeant in Skylight’s West End début. The cast is completed by Matthew Beard, who starred alongside Mulligan in An Education.

In 1996, David Hare’s play won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Play. Directed by Stephen Daldry, Skylight will be showing at the Wyndham’s Theatre from June 6 – August 24, 2014. An opening gala night for Skylight is set for June 18, 2014.

To buy tickets for the anticipated West End showing of David Hare’s award-winning play click here.

Relative Values

On April 14, 2014, the Theatre Royal Bath production of Relative Values will transfer to London’s Harold Pinter Theatre. Previews for Noel Coward’s comedy will begin from 19 March.

Directed by English theatre, film and television director Trevor Nunn, the West End showing of Relative Values includes a star-studded cast. Patricia Hodge is playing Felicity, Caroline Quentin, Moxie, Rory Bremner is Crestwell the Butler and Ben Mansfield is Don Lucas.

Set in the 1950s, Noel Coward’s three-act comedy is a hilarious depiction of a culture clash between the stiff upper lip of the English aristocracy and the glamorous world of Hollywood.

Relative Values will run at the Harold Pinter Theatre until June 21, 2014.

To buy tickets for Relative Values at the Harold Pinter theatre please click here. 

Being Shakespeare

Using little more than a paper crown and a wooden sword as props, the iconic star of the screen and stage Simon Callow, re-enacts Shakespeare’s legendary characters and the ‘real man’ behind the plays.

Shakespeare scholar, Jonathan Bate’s new play, Being Shakespeare, is staged at seven different ages in Shakespeare’s life. This thoroughly humorous portrayal of Shakespeare’s life and works sees Callow portray Shakespeare’s characters at their most diverse, ranging from the tragic Macbeth to the maniac Mercutio.

Being Shakespeare is running at the Harold Pinter Theatre until Saturday March 15, 2014.

Handbagged

From April 3 until August 2, 2014 Moira Buffini’s Handbagged will run at London’s Vaudeville Theatre. Last year the play ran at the Tricycle Theatre where it proved to be a big success and was nominated for Best Comedy of 2013.

The play’s original cast members, Stella Gonet, Marion Bailey, Neet Mohan, Fenella Wollgar and Jeff Rawle will recapitulate their roles in this high-anticipated West End production.

Moira Buffini’s playful comedy mischievously hypothesises on the relationship between two of Britain’s most influential female icons – Queen Elizabeth II and Margaret Thatcher.

Tickets are now on sale for the West End production of Handbagged, to buy please click here.