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Lucy Popescu’s theatre news: The Dumb Waiter; Star of Park; Nine Lessons and Carols; The Gruffalo’s Child

03 December, 2020 — By Lucy Popescu

Shane Zaza in The Dumb Waiter. Photo: Helen Maybanks

SEVERAL London theatres are joyfully reopening their doors this month. Hampstead Theatre opens with Harold Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter, starring Alec Newman and Shane Zaza. Pinter’s iconic play premiered in 1960 as part of Hampstead Theatre’s inaugural season. This 60th anniversary production is directed by Alice Hamilton and runs until January 16. Visit: hampsteadtheatre.com

• The Park Theatre has an ingenious Advent calendar, which reveals a Star of Park Theatre. Every day you can watch a short video (you’ll need to “accept cookies” at bottom of the page). All the stars participating have done so in support of Park Life – the theatre’s emergency fund to help them bring world-class live theatre back to Finsbury Park as soon as possible in 2021. To support visit: parktheatre.co.uk/latest-news/the-star-of-park-theatre

• The Almeida is premiering a socially distanced production of Nine Lessons and Carols: Stories for a Long Winter, created by Chris Bush, Rebecca Frecknall and devised by a company of six actors and musicians. The show reflects on a year of separation and the power of contact and runs until January 9. Visit: Almeida.co.uk

• Sadler’s Wells Global Gala is on Saturday at 7.30pm. A one-off online event it will celebrate the UK’s leading dance house and feature appearances from world-leading dancers and choreographers including Carlos Acosta, Sylvie Guillem, Akram Khan and Natalia Osipova. For info visit: sadlerswells.com/globalgalaevent To view online visit: youtube.com/sadlerswells

• Tall Stories brings its celebrated production of The Gruffalo’s Child to Alexandra Palace Theatre for a limited Christmas season from December 5-January 3. Age 3+. Visit: alexandrapalace.com/theatre/whats-on

Live shows resume at the Puppet Theatre Barge, moored in Little Venice, from Saturday. The Crow’s Tale, is about a crow with colourful rainbow feathers who flies to the sun to save the world from an endless winter. Inspired by a Lenni Lenape Native American legend, and based on the picture book by Naomi Howarth, Crow embarks on a journey that will transform his appearance forever. A seasonal snowy tale featuring string marionettes. Visit: puppetbarge.com

• Paul Havard’s GHBoy, directed by Jon Pashley, reopens at Charing Cross Theatre from December 5-20. The burgeoning party scene of East London hides a dark secret: a swathe of young men dying unexpectedly, with whispers of an unnamed killer. Havard’s play tackles the misconceptions around gay culture and promiscuity. Box Office: charingcrosstheatre.co.uk/theatre/ghboy

Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss’s smash hit musical, Six, reopens on December 5 at the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue. Tickets are on sale via nimaxtheatres.com


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