As we head into March (where on earth did February go?), Love London Love Culture has a list of shows to look out for this month…
1.NotMoses, Arts Theatre: this new play to hit the West End written and directed by Gary Sinyor will run at the Arts Theatre from the 10th March to the 14th May.
The man, the legend, the saviour – this is the incredible true story of the abandoned baby who became absolutely none of these things. From the River Nile to the courts of the Pharaoh and out into the desert of Sinai, NotMoses reveals the woefully unheroic journey of one man who was so very nearly Moses and who so very nearly led the exodus but his Dad wouldn’t let him.
2. If You Kiss Me Kiss Me, Young Vic Theatre: Jane Horrocks stars in this new show that is part gig and part dance piece that features the music of The Smiths, Joy Division, New Order and many more. Performances from the 10th March to the 16th April.
3. The Painkiller, Garrick Theatre: Rob Brydon stars opposite Kenneth Branagh in Sean Foley’s adaptation of Francis Veber’s French farce. Runs as part of the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company’s season of plays at the Garrick from the 5th March to the 30th April.
Two men. Two lonely hotel rooms. An adjoining door…
One of them is a killer… one of them wants to die… What could possibly go wrong?
4. Guys and Dolls, Phoenix Theatre: following a successful run at the Savoy Theatre, this Chichester Festival Theatre production transfers to the Phoenix Theatre. Performances from the 19th March until the 30th October.
Nathan Detroit is desperate: he needs money for an illegal dice game, and he needs it fast. Not to mention a 14 year engagement with night‑club singer Miss Adelaide whose patience is finally running out. Enter notorious gambler Sky Masterson, a guy who can never turn down a bet, and straight‑laced missionary Sarah Brown, a doll with a heart of ice. The wager: Sky has to romance Sarah by taking her to Havana for dinner and in return he’ll provide a dozen ‘sinners’ for Sarah’s mission. Surely this is one bet Nathan absolutely can’t lose?
5. The Caretaker, Old Vic Theatre: Timothy Spall and Daniel Mays star in Matthew Warchus’s new production of Harold Pinter’s play. Runs from the 26th March until the 14th May.
Disturbed handyman Aston has invited an irascible tramp to stay with him at his brother’s jumbled London flat. At first it seems that the manipulative guest will take advantage of his vulnerable host. But when Aston’s brother Mick arrives, an enigmatic power struggle emerges between the three men that is in equal parts menacing, touching and darkly comic.