Jamie Lloyd is an expert in the award-winning works of Nobel laureate Harold Pinter, having directed The Caretaker, The Hothouse, The Lover and The Collection. Now Lloyd has revived Pinter's classic play The Homecoming at Trafalgar Studios to celebrate its 50th anniversary. This production shines with a fascinating cast. The Homecoming is dark in humour, setting and menacing characterisation. The theatrical devices Pinter employs in his famous script are potent, obscure and unexpected. Things … [Read more...]
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Venue and Travel Information
Nearest Tube: Charing Cross
Tube Lines: Bakerloo, Northern
Directions from nearest tube: Turn left on the main road Strand. Follow Trafalgar Square around onto Whitehall and the theatre’s on your right.
Railway Station: Charing Cross
Within Congestion Zone: Yes
Venue Facilities: Air conditioned, Bar, Infrared hearing loop, Toilets
Trafalgar Studios London: Formerly the Whitehall Theatre, Trafalgar Studios is now two modern theatre studios in one building close to Trafalgar Square in the West End. Architects Tim Foster and John Muir have created two new intimate and dynamic theatre studios that has injected vibrancy and excitement into the venue. The Trafalgar Studios opened with the RSC’s production of Othello, which was followed by the Watermill Theatre’s acclaimed production of Sweeney Todd.
The Whitehall theatre originally opened in 1930 with a transfer of The Way to Treat a Woman by Walter Hackett (who was also the theatre’s licensee). He presented several more very successful plays of his own until leaving in 1934. The theatre continued to build its reputation for popular modern comedies throughout the 1930s and is today at the forefront of West End theatre.
During the war this tried and tested formula was rejected in favour of revue shows, which were very popular elsewhere in the West End. In 1942 The Whitehall Follies was launched, featuring a non-stop performance by Phyllis Dixey, and audiences flocked in, mostly due to the fact that the celebrated Miss Dixey was the first stripper in the West End! In the 1980s under Ian B Albery, there was extensive refurbishment to match the new regime of high-quality theatre. Many of the building’s unique art deco features were retained, and the Whitehall reopened with a successful revival of J B Priestley’s When We are Married.
Highlights of the late eighties and early nineties include Run for Your Wife, Alan Ayckbourn’s Absurd Person Singular and A Tribute to the Blues Brothers. Other popular productions include Cooking With Elvis starring Frank Skinner, Only the Lonely, Trainspotting and John Godber’s Bouncers. The theatre has also played host to radio and television shows and live theatre running concurrently.
For James Fritz’s first full-length play, this transfer from the Hampstead Theatre packs a whole lot of punch. The runner-up in the Verity Bargate Award (only just losing out to Vicky Jones’ The One), Four Minutes Twelve Seconds tells the story of Jack, a seventeen year old from Croydon on the cusp of completing his A-Level examinations - and on the brink of being reported for sexual assault. Centring on Jack’s parents, Di and David, the play opens with a disturbing occurrence: Jack has just had … [Read more...]
The Jamie Lloyd Company UK premiere of The Maids at Trafalgar Studios in 2016, starring double Emmy Award winner Uzo Aduba. The new production will feature as part of the Trafalgar Transformed Season and plays its first performance at the venue on 20th February 2016. Press night is on 25th February, 2016 with a gala night to be held on 29th February, 2016. Joining Aduba in the cast will be Zawe Ashton and Laura Carmichael. In a luxurious bedroom, two maids fantasize about killing their … [Read more...]
Sin is a thing which writes itself across a man’s face. It cannot be concealed. 2016 marks the 125th anniversary of Oscar Wilde’s only novel and now The Picture of Dorian Gray has been freshly adapted by Merlin Holland, Wilde’s only grandson, and John O’Connor of European Arts Company. The Picture of Dorian Gray is a story that most people feel they know without ever having read. On its first publication, a storm of protest was unleashed from British critics who described it … [Read more...]
Look, I don’t even remember talking to you after Year Eight so whatever you think I did it was probably someone else. Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s sharply comic thriller, The Wasp, is transferring to Trafalgar Studios this December, following a sell-out run at Hampstead Downstairs earlier this year. MyAnna Buring, now a household name thanks to roles in Ripper Street and Downton Abbey, will star as Carla, whilst Laura Donnelly, star of Outlander and ITV’s Beowulf, will play Heather. Once close … [Read more...]