Troupe today announces full casting for the UK première of Joel Drake Johnson’s tense workplace drama Rasheeda Speaking. Sheila Reid (Rose Saunders) and Bo Poraj (Dr David Williams) complete the company with the previously announced Elizabeth Berrington (Ileen Van Meter) and Tanya Moodie (Jaclyn Spaulding). Directed by Jonathan O’Boyle the production opens at Trafalgar Studios 2 on 20 April, with previews from 18 April, and runs until 12 May. In one of Chicago’s wealthiest hospitals, a white … [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.
Again is a warm comedy-drama about family, observing how we’re all somehow trapped by ourselves, our choices and the roles we’re given and seem infuriatingly unable to shake off. It’s filled with humour and beautiful writing, and there’s a clever theatrical structure that elevates it to something more than just a play about family, but it’s the performances that shine in this kind, honest and often tender play. Natasha Little is a compelling choice as Louise, the slightly cautious and … [Read more...]
“You look like a cockroach having a wank”. Yeah, I know: gotta be the crassest line being delivered currently on any London stage - yes, all three hundred and fifty or so of them. At least in the context of The Grinning Man it is a kind of cathartic moment - for two reasons. 1 - with that literary abomination out of the way the cast seems to breathe a collective sigh of relief and the show really starts to take off after its tedious and rather turgid 30-minute expositional preamble. … [Read more...]
The Grinning Man is at Trafalgar Studios with initial booking from 5th December 2017 through to 14th April 2018. The cast is led by Louis Maskell and Julian Bleach, who will reprise the roles of Grinpayne and Barkilphedro during the London run. Cracked hearts. Strange fates. Impossible dreams. The King is dead, but who the hell cares? A strange new act has arrived at the Stokes Croft fair, a grotesque oasis of entertainment. Soon everyone from the gutter rats to the new Queen has … [Read more...]
Ah, the beautiful game. I am of course referring to football at this point. A game that can be played by anybody who has a ball. Two people get together, coats come off and become goal posts and the humblest cobbled courtyard is suddenly Wembley Stadium on Cup Final Day. People are born into football and will faithfully follow their favoured team around the world to support them, sharing the players' highs and lows as if they too were on the pitch. But there is another side to football. A side … [Read more...]
Le Grand Mort has a rather ‘grand’ set, all things considered. As the audience quickly discovers, there’s a fully functioning kitchen on stage. There are people like me who tend to survive on cheap supermarket meal deals, ready meals, takeaways and the occasional self-prepared sandwich. Some other theatregoers whose kitchens serve a more functional purpose than mine were more keenly observant on the exact method in which Michael (Julian Clary) was preparing dinner for two (or supper, if that is … [Read more...]
After its original run at The Finborough Theatre, Late Company transfers to Trafalgar Studios 2. Jordan Tannahill's play about the aftermath and effects of teen suicide and cyber-bullying doesn't hold back punches and delivers a piece with engaging tension and hurting at the forefront. We meet Debora and Michael Shaun-Hastings, two parents awaiting company for dinner. They are nervous to sit down with Tamara, Bill and Curtis Dermot. Tamara and Bill are the parents of Curtis, and Curtis is … [Read more...]