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Singing in the Rain
20 Feb

Best of London’s West End Threatre For Spring and Summer 2012

2012 looks set to be an exciting year in London, with the buzz building up to the Olympics in July. Singing in the RainThe theatre world is no exception, with a number of exciting productions being announced for the West End. If you’re planning a trip to London, seeing a musical or play in the West End is a great way to spend an evening and soak up some of the unparalleled culture the city has to offer.

Starting in late April, Shakespeare’s Globe will be presenting its “Globe to Globe” season, teaming up with the cultural Olympiad. Over the course of six weeks, 37 theatre companies from around the world will enact Shakespeare’s entire canon in 37 different languages. Notable productions will include Love’s Labour’s Lost in British Sign Language, The Merchant of Venice, controversial for its potential anti-Semitism, performed in Hebrew, as well as three companies from the Balkans (Serbia, Albania, and Macedonia) presenting the three parts of Henry VI. Chicago-based Q Brothers will be representing America with Othello, performed in Hip-Hop.

Senney ToddA number of exciting revivals have been announced for the spring, including Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd starring Imelda Staunton and Michael Ball. There are a number of shows that will see British and American actors squaring off in the leading roles, including David Suchet and multiple Emmy-Award winner, Laurie Metcalf in Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night, as well as Danny DeVito and The History Boys’ Richard Griffiths in Neil Simon’s The Sunshine Boys. Tyne Daly of Cagney and Lacey fame will be playing Maria Callas in Master Class in the West End, following her critically acclaimed turn in the role on Broadway.

Other stars to take to the West End stage this season are Zach Braff of TV’s Scrubs, who will be starring in All New People, which he also wrote, as well as Sir Patrick Stewart as William Shakespeare in Edward Bond’s Bingo at the Young Vic Theatre. Two classic Hollywood musicals will be adapted for the stage, with Singin’ in the Rain due to open in February followed by the Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers musical Top Hat in May.

The effect of the Olympics on West End ticket sales is unknown, and some naysayers are predicting fewer people will turn up for the theatre this summer. As a result, a number of production expected to open this spring have been postponed into the fall, including the Spice Girls musical, Viva Forever, the much-anticipated Bridget Jones musical with music by Lily Allen, and the transfer of the huge Broadway hit, The Book of Mormon. All should announce their exact opening dates in the coming months, so if you’re planning your trip to the UK for later in the year, stay tuned for further developments.

About The Author:  Tim Sullivan is the artistic director of Savio(u)r Theatre Company and a graduate of USC. He contributes regularly to Cheap Theatre Tickets, and he highly recommends seeing The Lion King.

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