December 16, 2008, by Peter Kirwan
To offset the rather negative tone of the last few posts, I thought I’d just post some of the things I’m really looking forward to next year, partly to remind myself but also so I can officially start getting excited about the new year! Coming up:
All’s Well that Ends Well: directed by Marianne Elliott at the National Theatre (thanks Duncan).
Antony and Cleopatra: at the Tobacco Factory.
As You Like It: all over! One at the RSC, another at the Globe and a third by Dash Arts at the Curve in Leicester.
The Comedy of Errors: In Stratford with the RSC Young People’s Company, and also the Globe on tour.
Hamlet: The Donmar production at the Wyndham’s with Jude Law.
Julius Caesar: at the Tobacco Factory, and Lucy Bailey debuts at the RSC.
Love’s Labour’s Lost: Revival of the excellent Globe production.
Macbeth: Cheek by Jowl’s new production at the Barbican (though not until 2010). There’s also a young people’s version at the National.
The Merchant of Venice: Propeller, probably at Liverpool Playhouse.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Propeller again, in rep with Merchant, and another touring version by the Globe.
Othello: The RSC’s touring production lighting up Warwick Arts Centre, and Lenny Henry joins Northern Broadsides.
Romeo and Juliet: The Globe on home turf.
The Tempest: The extremely exciting co-production between the RSC and Baxter.
Troilus and Cressida: A big undertaking for the Globe.
Twelfth Night: Always a possibility I might make it down to the Wyndhams. Also, Ninagawa puts a Japanese spin on at the Barbican.
The Winter’s Tale: The RSC, but also a starry production at the Old Vic.
In the non-Shakespearean lists, there are various things happening. I’m probably most interested in the long-awaited Waiting for Godot in London with Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen, but also hoping to catch the National’s Dido, Queen of Carthage.
It’s looking to be a fascinating year, hopefully! Anything really obvious I’ve missed in there?
Note: This entry being updated as new productions added.