Could this be the new One Man, Two Guvnors? Richard Bean is back, with a riotous new comedy, set during the English Civil War. On 23 April 1642, Sir John Hotham refused King Charles I entry to the city of Hull, thus sparking a war.
Mark Addy stars as the hapless Hotham, trying to keep both King and Parliament happy, on what turns out to be the “worst day of his life.” Rising star of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Phillip Breen directs.
24 February-25 March, Hull Truck Theatre; then Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 31 March-29 April
A new play from Jez “Jerusalem” Butterworth play is always an exciting moment in British theatre. Even more so when it’s directed by Sam Mendes, and co-produced by his Neal Street Productions and Sonia Friedman.
The Ferryman sounds as mysterious as Butterworth’s last play The River. Set on a farm in rural Derry in 1981, it centres on the Carney farmhouse, where the preparations for harvest are interrupted by a visitor.
24 April-20 May, Royal Court Theatre, London
Matthew Warchus continues his knack for eye-catching, starry casting with this revival of Georg Buchner’s classic. John Boyega (above), last seen casting off his Storm Trooper mantle in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, takes the title role while playwright of the moment Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) updates the script.
6 May-24 June, Old Vic Theatre, London
The National Theatre has a mouthwatering 2017 season lined up including a revival of Angels in America starring with Andrew Garfield. In terms of new writing, though, a brand new play from Lucy “Chimerica” Kirkwood, about sisters and particle physics, apparently. Olivia Colman stars – in her first theatre role since 2012 – and Rufus Norris directs.
July, National Theatre, London
When Mel Brooks did his one-night-only stand-up gig in London in 2015, he talked about his long-held ambition to bring Young Frankenstein to the stage. Now, it’s happening. The all-singing, all-dancing musical is based on the Oscar-nominated 1974 film and will feature Susan Stroman’s choreography. Casting for the role of Frederick Frankenstein – made famous by Gene Wilder – is still to be confirmed.
26 August-9 September, Newcastle Theatre Royal; then London’s West End
The wait is nearly over for UK audiences. Well, there are still 11 months to go but Lin-Manuel Miranda’s megahit, mega-garlanded musical will reopen the Victoria Palace Theatre in November.
In case you’re not already aware, it’s the story of America’s founding father Alexander Hamilton, who became George Washington’s, right-hand man. Start listening to the hip-hop soundtrack now in preparation. Tickets go on sale on 30 January.
November, Victoria Palace Theatre, London
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