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Top London Theatre To Catch This March

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Updated: 9 January 2017
London’s myriad of theatrical venues offers audiences a multitude of varied performance, from revivals of classics to brand new writing, all of which can be seen under the capital’s concrete skies. Here is a list of some of London’s best theatrical events to catch this March.
Chicken Dust at Finborough Theatre © Richard Lakos
Chicken Dust at Finborough Theatre | © Richard Lakos

‘Chicken Dust’ by Ben Weatherill – Finborough Theatre

Playing until 17 March

The ethics of intensive chicken farming lie at the centre of Ben Weatherill’s new play Chicken Dust premiering at the Finborough Theatre, directed by Chelsea Walker. The play was the winner of the Curve Leicesters Playwriting Competition. Weatherill’s protagonists undertake the gruelling and oft unsavoury task of catching chickens in the gloom of the overcrowded, excrement-incrusted sheds in which they are housed. The morality of guzzling a box of cheap chicken from one’s local purveyor of greasy, deep-fried poultry is questioned through this tale of workaday hardship, corporate greed and animal cruelty.

Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Road, Kensington, London SW10 9ED, +44 844 847 1652

Lardo at the Old Red Lion Theatre © Gus Miller
Lardo at the Old Red Lion Theatre | © Gus Miller

‘Lardo’ by Mike Stone – Old Red Lion’s Theatre

Playing until 28 March

Live show-wrestling comes to the intimate performance space at Islington’s Old Red Lion Theatre, in the chest-slapping, eye-bulging form of Lardo by Mike Stone. Stone’s debut play centres on the life of the eponymous Lardo, played thrillingly by Daniel Buckley, who is striving to carve out a career as a professional show-wrestler. Director, Finn Caldwell, has pieced together a slick, bone-crunching production that pulls no punches, with all of the actors involved to enacting live wrestling bouts atop a roped wrestling ring that forms the play’s set.

Old Red Lion Theatre, 418 Saint John Street, London EC1V 4NJ, UK, +44 20 7837 7816

‘Peddling’ by Harry Melling – Arcola Theatre

Playing until 28 March

Harry Melling’s poetic debut play Peddling, performed by Melling himself, tells the story of a young man disowned by society who has been funnelled into a rehabilitative program for young offenders. Melling’s rhythmic free verse is frequently disarming, the variable metre and sparkling utterances bolstering and infusing electricity into the affective narrative. Melling’s performance is flawless; he executes the varied emotional palette of the piece with astounding precision. The play was first performed as part of the HighTide Festival in 2014 and transferred to an Off-Broadway venue; this production at the Arcola Theatre marks the London premiere of the play.

Arcola Theatre, 24 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London, E8 3DL, +44 20 7503 1646

Harry Melling © Nobby Clark
Harry Melling | © Nobby Clark

‘Kill Me Now’ by Brad Fraser – Park Theatre

Playing until 29 March

Black comedy Kill Me Now by Brad Fraser focuses on the story of father and his disabled son, illuminating the paradoxical comedy and tragedy inherent in disability and those affected. The question mark pulsating at the heart of the piece is: how do we care for others, especially those we love? Some impeccable performances from all of the cast bring this moving tale to life, making for an evening of empathetic, deeply emotional theatre. Particularly noteworthy are Greg Wise and Oliver Gomm, whose respective portrayals of disability and suffering are absolutely flawless, augmenting the emotional heft of the piece. This production at the Park Theatre, directed by Braham Murray, marks this play’s European debut.

Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, London N4 3JP, UK, +44 20 7870 6876

Kill Me Now at Park Theatre © Alex Brenn
Kill Me Now at Park Theatre | © Alex Brenn

‘Shrapnel: 34 Fragments of a Massacre’ by Anders Lustgarten – Arcola Theatre

Playing until 2 April

Shrapnel: 34 Fragments of a Massacre, premiered at the Arcola Theatre, tells the human stories of those involved in the Roboski massacre that occurred on the Turkish-Iraqi border, when 34 civilians we killed by bombs dropped by the Turkish Armed Forces. Playwright, Anders Lustgarten endeavours to shine a spotlight on this human tragedy, and what actions and circumstances resulted in its occurrence, exposing the maligned face of modern warfare. Arcola Artistic Director, Mehmet Ergen’s production is salient and capably executed.

Shrapnel at the Arcola Theatre © Nick Rutter
Shrapnel at the Arcola Theatre | © Nick Rutter

Arcola Theatre, 24 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London, E8 3DL, +44 20 7503 1646

‘Closer’ by Patrick Marber – Donmar Warehouse

Playing until 4 April

Patrick Marber’s enormously successful play Closer is revived at the Donmar Warehouse by director David Leveaux this March. Leveaux’s production is dextrously pieced together, effortlessly staged, and the text is superbly brought to life by the enormously talented cast of actors. Particularly noteworthy is Rufus Sewell’s magnetic portrayal of the wayward surgeon Larry; Sewell’s emotional register is astoundingly broad and the truthfulness of his performance made for compelling watching. Be sure to catch this show before it concludes its run at the start of April.

Donmar Warehouse, 41 Earlham Street, London WC2H 9LX, UK, +44 844 871 7624

Closer at the Donmar Warehouse © Johan Persson
Closer at the Donmar Warehouse | © Johan Persson

‘WINK’ by Phoebe Eclair-Powell – Theatre 503

Playing until 4 April

Telling the story of one teenager and his spurious idol, Phoebe Eclair-Powell’s new play WINK is a heady melange of jagged movement and jocular wit. The play, showing at Theatre 503, explores adolescence in the digital age; that angst-ridden period between boy and man, now subject the information deluge emitted in our increasingly interconnected world. The amusing text is convincingly uttered by actors, Leo Williams and Sam Clemmett, delivering this pacy two-hander proficiently, inducing substantial laughs.

Theatre 503, The Latchmere, 503 Battersea Park Road, London SW11 3BW, UK, +44 20 7978 7040

WINK at Theatre 503 © Savannah Photographic
WINK at Theatre 503 | © Savannah Photographic

‘Radiant Vermin’ by Phillip Ridley – Soho Theatre

Playing until 12 April

Philip Ridley’s new play Radiant Vermin is an acerbic portrayal of the detrimental ramifications of the present housing crisis in the UK, particularly London. This Premiering at the Soho Theatre, the play is spiritedly performed by Gemma Whelan and Sean Michael Verey, who play the story’s protagonists. The most memorable scene of the piece is a frenetic depiction of a fraught garden party, where Whelan and Very portray no less than eight characters between them at lightening pace.

Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, Soho, London W1D 3NE, +44 20 7478 0100

Radiant Vermin at Soho Theatre © Anna Soderblom
Radiant Vermin at Soho Theatre | © Anna Soderblom

‘The Father’ by August Strindberg – Trafalgar Studios

Laurie Slade’s reworking of August Strindberg’s The Father is opening at Trafalgar Studios this March. Directed by Alex Ferns, this coruscating adaptation focuses its broiling gaze on gender roles, attitudes to marriage and the contention between religion and science. This new adaptation marks the first time that a work of Strindberg’s has been performed in London for 50 years.

Trafalgar Studios, 4 Whitehall, London, SW1A 2DY, +44 845 505 8500

‘The Royale’ by Marco Ramirez – Bush Theatre

Playing until 18 April

Hard-hitting theatre comes to Bush Theatre this March in the fist-pumping form of Marco Ramirez’s The Royale. This UK premiere tells the story of Jay ‘The Sport’ Jackson, an aspiring heavyweight boxer living in 1905 America, where African American boxers are segregated from the white, mitigating their chances of success. Set in the Jim Crow era, this heavyweight drama, directed by Bush Theatre’s Artistic Director offers a fascinating look at the racially charged atmosphere of America at this time.

Bush Theatre, 7 Uxbridge Road, White City, London W12 8LJ, UK, +44 20 8743 5050

The Father at Trafalgar Studios © Simon Annand
The Father at Trafalgar Studios | © Simon Annand

‘The Broken Heart’ by John Ford – Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Set in the shimmering luminescence of the candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, contiguous to Shakespeare’s Globe, John Ford’s The Broken Heart is a must-watch this March. The play, set in Sparta, is a tale of difficult love unfurling in the duplicitous realm of Spartan court politics. Caroline Steinbes directs this spellbinding production, featuring the effortlessly charismatic Brian Ferguson as Orgilus.

Shakespeare’s Globe, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London SE1 9DT, United Kingdom, +44 (0) 20 7902 1400

Nicholas Pinnock in The Royale © Bush Theatre
Nicholas Pinnock in The Royale | © Bush Theatre

‘Stevie’ by Hugh Whitemore – Hampstead Theatre

Playing until 18 April

Hugh Whitemore’s biographical play Stevie about the poet Stevie Smith encapsulates the essence of this private and enormously gifted woman. Smith penned nine volumes of poetry and three novels, a number of which were produced while she worked as an inconspicuous secretary, sequestering her literary prowess away in the pages of her poems. Zoë Wanamaker plays the role of Stevie, marking her return to the Hampstead Theatre; her last appearance was in 1994 in Terry Johnson’s Dead Funny that transferred to the West End.

Hampstead Theatre, Eton Avenue, Swiss Cottage, London NW3 3EU, United Kingdom, +44 (0) 20 7722 9301

Stevie at the Hampstead Theatre © Manuel Harlan
Stevie at the Hampstead Theatre | © Manuel Harlan

‘The Nether’ by Jennifer Haley – Duke of York’s Theatre

Playing until 25 April

The Nether by Jennifer Haley explores the moral questions inherent in the proliferation of online alternate realities. Haley’s play is set in a not-too-distant future, where virtual reality and The Internet have fused to form the eponymous Nether; a seemingly lawless realm of fantasy and limitless possibility. The play, directed by Jeremy Herrin was first performed at the Royal Court Theatre and has now transferred to The Duke of York’s Theatre on the West End.

The Nether at the Duke of York’s Theatre © Johan Persson
The Nether at the Duke of York’s Theatre | © Johan Persson

Duke of York’s Theatre, St Martin’s Lane, London WC2N 4BG, UK

‘Man and Superman’ by George Bernard Shaw – National Theatre

Playing until 17 May

An outstanding cast ensure George Bernard Shaw’s classic play Man and Superman is a fitting addition the National Theatre’s tremendous recent output. Man and Superman is a wildly ambitious piece that at times reads more like a philosophical discourse than a drama conceived for the stage. Adept performances from the likes of Ralph Fiennes as John Tanner (and Don Juan in the infamous Act Three, set in Hell) and Indira Varma as Ann Whitefield ensure that the heavier philosophical dialogue is kept fresh and interesting, allowing the erudition of Shaw to remain alive and engaging.

National Theatre, South Bank, Lambeth, London SE1 9PX, +44 (0) 20 7452 3000

Man and Superman at the National Theatre © Johan Persson
Man and Superman at the National Theatre | © Johan Persson