What’s On this Week – Highlights

After the Dance, by Terence Rattigan, Lyttelton Theatre, National Theatre

“As the world races towards catastrophe, a crowd of Mayfair socialites party their way to oblivion. At its centre is David, who idles away his sober moments researching a futile book until the beautiful Helen decides to save him, shattering his marriage and learning too late the depth of both David’s indolence and his wife’s undeclared love. But with finances about to crash and humanity on the brink of global conflict, the drink keeps flowing and the revellers dance on.”

Carmen, by Georges Bizet, Royal Opera House

Bizet’s world-famous opera and undeniably catchy tunes come to the Royal Opera House…

“It has everything from intimate solos to rousing choruses – the seductive Habanera and the Toreador’s Song are just two of its many familiar melodies. And right at the centre of this musical drama is the deadly passion of Carmen herself and the devastating effect she has on the men she ensnares. But this time she pushes one victim, Don José, too far for her own good…”

This production will also be broadcast on a big screen in Trafalgar Square on 8th June.

Dr Faustus, by Christopher Marlowe, adapted by Third Party Productions, New Diorama Theatre

Marlowe’s tale of ambition, desire and the occult gets a facelift courtesy of Third Party Productions. Expect “dance, song, the dulcet tones of the ukulele: a touch of ventriloquism; smoke, mirrors and cheap tricks.” You have been warned…

Women, Power and Politics: Now and Then, Tricycle Theatre, Kilburn

A festival of new plays commissioned by the Tricycle. Part One, “Then”, is made up of four plays dealing with such meaty subjects as the reign of Elizabeth I, the suffragette movement and Margaret Thatcher.

“Now”, which runs in tandem (see www.tricycle.co.uk for exact dates) has a play about Margaret Beckett (which was featured on Radio 4’s Start the Week this morning), a piece by Sue Townsend and verbatim accounts from leading politicians. Review to come soon from theatrigirl…

Calamity Jane, by Charles K Freeman and Sammy Fain, Upstairs at the Gatehouse

At the other end of the feminist spectrum is this week’s fringe offering – a stage version of the story made famous by Doris Day in the 1953 film.

“In the wild-west outpost of Deadwood City, 1876, we find the sharpshooting tomboy, CALAMITY JANE surrounded by cowboys, townsfolk, and the famous Wild Bill Hickok. After a mix-up in the talent pool at Deadwood’s saloon-theatre, ‘Calam’ goes to Chicago to import to Deadwood the glamorous actress, Adelaid Adams, but returns by mistake with her maid, Katie Brown instead. Back in Deadwood, Katie’s inability to perform is overcome as she wins the heart of the young Lieutenant Danny Gilmartin, and when Calam sheds her tomboy persona at a ball at the local Fort and becomes a true woman, she realises that she loves Wild Bill Hickok.”

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