What's On in Local Theatres

Your guide to current productions on stages around the borough

If you are planning a visit to a local theatre, here's what's currently on offer:

At the Bush Theatre, rising star Arinzé Kene presents Misty, an epic, lyrical journey through the pulsating heart and underground soul of inner city London. An inventive blend of gig theatre, spoken word, live art and direct address, Misty confronts the assumptions and expectations underpinning the act of telling a story.

The world premiere of Misty runs at the Bush Theatre in Uxbridge Road from 21 March till 21 April, from Monday till Saturday at 7.30pm and matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2.30pm. Find out more and book tickets here.

The Lyric Hammersmith presents Sean O'Casey's The Plough and The Stars. Set amid the tumult of the Easter Rising, The Plough and the Stars is the story of ordinary lives ripped apart by the idealism of the time.

The residents of a Dublin tenement shelter from the violence that sweeps through the city’s streets. A revolution that will shape the country’s future rages around them. What kind of Ireland awaits them? This is a dynamic re-imagining: loyal to the spirit of O’Casey’s play whilst unleashing contemporary resonances for a modern audience.

The Plough and The Stars was first performed at the Abbey Theatre in 1926. The audience rioted. Now regarded as a masterpiece, this provocative play is an essential part of our understanding of Ireland in 1916.

The Plough and The Stars continues until 7 April, Monday till Saturday at 7.30pm with matinees on Saturday at 2.30pm. Find out more and book tickets here.

Barons Court Theatre in Comeragh Road is hosting a special event called The Magician's Hat. Part of London Hat Week 2018, this is an interactive exhibition of themed hats, art and performance magic using hats used by magicians of the past, present and future - with all proceeds going to St Helena Hospice in Colchester in Essex.

Find out more about this event and how to book tickets here.

Finborough Theatre's current production, Ghassan Kanafan's Return to Haifa has completely sold out. However tickets are now on sale for the European premiere of American playwright Bruce Graham's White Guy on the Bus, running from 27 March till 21 April.

Ray and Roz are a white, liberal couple living in the safe, staid suburbs of Philadelphia. He is a financial consultant who makes "rich people richer". She is a passionate teacher who commutes every day to educate the mainly black students of an inner-city school. On the face of it, life runs smoothly. But Ray seems to hanker after change.

He leaves his Mercedes in the drive, and takes to riding the public bus through the African-American neighbourhoods of the city – the only white guy on the bus. Ray becomes a regular on the same route as Shatique – a young, black single mother who is studying to become a nurse, and determined to make a different life for her 9-year-old son. They strike up a relationship. But what does Ray really want from Shatique?

Bruce Graham’s excoriating and shocking play blows open the racial fault-lines of Trump’s America. With an all too familiar resonance here in the UK, it questions us all - what deals are we willing to make, and with which devils?

Find out more and book tickets here.

The Tabard Theatre in Chiswick, close to Turnham Green tube station, is presenting Mark Giesser's new adaptation of Anton Chekhov's The Lady with A Dog, until 7 March.

Transferring directly from the White Bear Theatre, Anton Chekhov’s classic bittersweet romantic comedy comes to the Tabard Theatre in a new adaptation by writer/director Mark Giesser.

Damian Granville is a banker and devoted family man with an unconventional way of taking his summer holidays: he travels alone and looks for a woman to seduce. This particular year he spots a beautiful young lady walking a white Pomeranian dog. How can he resist? He’s a skillful player and sure of success. Except Anne Dennis isn’t quite what he bargains for.

Find out more and book tickets here .


March 21, 2018