Updates Regarding the Haymarket Theatre's Season Ahead
The Tempest and The Lion in Winter Both in the News This Week
The Haymarket Theatre has been in the news a lot recently, with updates emerging for various shows in the capital later in the year. “The Tempest”, for example, has been in the news a lot due to two casting announcements in the week whilst “The Lion in Winter” has also been confirmed for a run between November and January. So as Sir Trevor Nunn’s tenure as Artistic Director continues there’s plenty of shows to catch at the West End venue.
The Haymarket Theatre is, of course, a well known West End theatre that has been open in its current location since 1821 (though its history goes back much further) and this means that it has been entertaining audiences for centuries. In recent years it has been the home of some stand out shows such as “Waiting for Godot”, which appeared in both 2009 and 2010 with Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart followed by McKellen and Roger Rees. “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and “The Rivals” followed, with Trevor Nunn taking over as Artistic Director this year with “Flare Path” and the current production “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead”.
“The Tempest” is one of the upcoming productions for the venue and it has been known for some time that Ralph Fiennes were be taking on the role of Prospero. This week it as announced that his Miranda would be portrayed by Elisabeth Hopper, who has previously appeared in “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead” and various productions across the UK. Then, the next day, Nicholas Lyndhurst was announced for the production, with the “Only Fools and Horses” star set to portray Trinculo.
By the end of the week, however, the focus had shifted to the production that is set to follow it from November to January, with Robert Lindsay and Joanne Lumley confirmed for “The Lion in Winter”, a story of disagreement in the world of Henry II, with discussions ongoing as to his successor on the throne.
“The Lion in Winter” appears at the Haymarket Theatre from Tuesday 15th November 2011 (previews from Friday 4th November 2011) until Saturday 28th January 2012.
Meanwhile, “The Tempest” appears at the Haymarket Theatre from Tuesday 6th September 2011 (previews from Saturday 27th August 2011) to Saturday 29th October 2011.