August is a strange month: unless you are on a beach somewhere, it’s like time stood still. Press officers are on holiday, and for someone with attention deficit like myself the trickle of theatre news is torture. But September is around the corner, and the following teasers will lift my spirits till then.
Royal Shakespeare Company will follow Richard II with Henry IV part 1 and 2, The Taming of the Shrew and Two Gentlemen of Verona. Jane Lapotaire will play the Duchess of Gloucester in Richard II and with rehearsals starting in a couple of weeks, the announcement of the remaining cast can’t be far behind.
At the National Theatre, Rufus Norris is getting ready to direct Bertolt Brecht’s The Threepenny Opera. Spine-tingling exciting.
Young Vic, not wanting to be left behind, will produce Macbeth with Rory Kinnear. Joe Hill-Gibbins directs. It’s good to see Rory Kinnear outside the National Theatre and demand for tickets should be high.
Much of this discussion is taking place at the Whatsonstage forum, you can see for yourself.