New Year calls for some new reasons to travel, and that’s exactly where we come into the picture. We are here to give you another reason to pack your bags and go places. Check out this list of top five theatre shows in London that you must witness in 2020. We’re sure you’ll be booking your tickets in no time. By Kumar Shree
1. Uncle Vanya
Anton Chekhov’s rural masterpiece of the same name navigates through the theme of responsibility pitched against romantic longing. While the plot is known to all, it’s the star cast that invites one to witness the performance. Ian Rickson is directing the starry crew of Toby Jones, Aimee Lou Wood, and Richard Armitage. This is going to be totally worth it, and we are pretty convinced!
Where: The Harold Pinter Theatre
When: January 14 to May 2
2. The Visit
The Visit is going to be an absolute treat for those who settle for nothing less than finesse. Wonder why? Because the production is collating the best of talents in their respective trades to weave in a top-level outcome. Master of adaptation, playwright Tony Kushner adapts the play, Jeremy Herrin of This House directs, and Lesley Manville of Phantom Thread is playing the lead Claire Zachanassian. With this play, be prepared for a visual extravaganza.
Where: The National Theatre
When: January 31 to May 13
3. Far Away
Caryl Churchill is such a landmark name in theatre. Her iconic career, which began 40 years ago with her first play Owners, is a befitting testimonial of her craft. She weaves pieces that define timeless, and the relevance of Far Away even 20 years after its premiere proves it. Last year, she partnered with Lyndsey Turner for the successful Top Girls. Now, the duo is again coming together yet again for Far Away.
Where: The Donmar Warehouse
When: February 6 to March 28
4. The High Table
Temi Wilkey of Years and Years is coming with an elevated family drama playing out between the Heavens and Earth. The protagonist, Tara, is about to marry Leah, but her Nigerian parents do not approve, in turn refusing to attend the ceremony. Leah, who is torn between her own happiness and sticking to family’s values, must call on her ancestors (from heaven) to resolve it all. The High Table promises to be a ‘hilarious and heartbreaking’ play. To know if that’s the case, be there and decide for yourself!
Where: The Bush Theatre
When: February 8 to March 21
5. The Glow
The much-awaited new piece by Alistair McDowell, one of the coolest theatre personalities, is set up in a women’s asylum in 1863. McDowell’s earlier plays Pomona and X dealt with the themes of everyday naturalism and the fantastical. With this new production, the audience is excited to see him dealing with dark spirituality. Apart from The Glow, McDowell’s other work, All of It — starring Kate O’Flynn of Happy Go Lucky — will also play eight performances at the same venue from February 7 to 15.
Where: The Royal Court Theatre
When: May 29 to July 3