– Author Alice Wordsworth –
Alice is a freelance Theatre Director and Artistic Director & Producer of Rumble Theatre, who work with new writers to explore the human condition. She splits her time between London and Rotterdam and similarly splits her work: “I direct in London and produce when I’m in Rotterdam”.
“The joy of being freelance is that me and my work can go anywhere in the world and moving here has allowed me to continue my love for travelling and exploring, whilst in turn developing my artistic career. Being away from the bustle of London allows me to absorb myself in my creative bubble and Rotterdam continually stimulates my imagination; from the futuristic architecture, to the cool café décors, Rotterdam is a wacky and inspiring city for people with creative minds”.
Having recently been back in London, Assistant Directing on an opera at the Victoria & Albert Museum, Alice was fortunate enough to catch some brilliant shows and wanted to create a ‘must see guide’ for any Rotterdamers heading to the UK over the next Christmas holiday or upcoming months.
“Choosing good theatre is hard. It’s not something you can try before you buy, but with this guide I hope to install your faith and encourage you to head to the Off-West End theatres. It is in these buildings you will experience London’s ground-breaking theatrical scene, because these theatres strive to make revolutionary work to keep the arts alive, not to fill the pockets of Andrew Lloyd-Webber”.
From the best scripts to the best director, here are the top five hot tickets in London theatre right now:
Ritual and reality intertwine in the sparkling, award –winning debut play by Oscar-winning writer of Moonlight. The African-American working class meets Yoruba mythology when the Brothers Size reconnect after a spell in prison.
“I was knocked for six by the vivid poetic muscularity of the play and the faultless production” The Guardian ****
Writer: Tarell Alvin McCraney
Director: Bijan Sheibani
Dates: 19th Jan – 14th Feb 2018
Tickets: from £10
Best Director: Emma Rice
Why: An exquisite knack for storytelling and a quirky theatrical style, that pushes the boundaries of the contemporary stage
What to see: Romantics Anonymous, A New Musical
Romantics Anonymous is an unusual and tender love story in which the obstacles to happiness are not the usual external barriers, but those sneaky little ones we know all too intimately: the ones within.
“It melts your heart and tickles your fancy, leaving you giddy with laughter, tearful and elated” The Stage ****
Where: Shakespeare’s Globe
Writer & Director: Emma Rice
Dates: 20th October – 6th January 2018
Standing Tickets: From £10
Best Theatre Company: Frantic Assembly
Why: Physical theatre at it’s best: explosive, exhilarating, brave and bold
What to see: Things I Know To Be
As beautifully touching as it is funny and bold, Things I Know To Be True tells the story of a family and marriage through the eyes of four grown siblings struggling to define themselves beyond their parents’ love and expectations. Featuring Frantic Assembly’s celebrated physicality, and co-directed by Frantic Assembly’s Tony and Olivier Award nominated Artistic Director, Things I Know To Be True is a complex and intense study of the mechanics of a family that is both poetic and brutally frank.
“A thing of beauty. Exquisitely observed. An absolute gem” Daily Telegraph *****
Where: The Lyric, Hammersmith
Writer: Andrew Bovell
Directors: Geordie Brookman & Scott Graham
Dates: 11th Jan – 3rd Feb 2018
Tickets: from £15 & 20% off if you buy 3 or more tickets
Best Playwright: Jez Butterworth
Why: The writer of our generation. A fiery and political style, underpinned by sensitivity and masterful characterisation
What to see: The Ferryman
Northern Ireland, 1981. The Carney farmhouse is a hive of activity with preparations for the annual harvest. A day of hard work on the land and a traditional night of feasting and celebrations lie ahead. But this year they will be interrupted by a visitor.
‘Butterworth and Mendes deliver shattering tale of passion and violence’ The Guardian *****
Where: The Gielgud
Writer: Jez Butterworth
Director: Sam Mendes
Dates: 20th June – May 2018
Tickets: from £32
Best of The National Theatre: ‘Beginning’
Why: Funny, touching and the actors have an electric chemistry
What to see: Beginning
Every story starts somewhere. It’s the early hours of the morning and Danny’s the last straggler at Laura’s party. The flat’s in a mess. And so are they. One more drink? Following a sell-out run at the National Theatre, the acclaimed five star production is a tender and funny story about the first fragile moments of risking your heart and taking a chance.
“The (anti) romance for 21st century London, and quite simply, magnificent.” The Evening Standard *****
Where: Transferring to The Ambassadors Theatre
Writer: David Eldridge
Director: Polly Findlay
Dates: 15th Jan 2018 – 24th March 2018
Tickets: from £20
Top Tips for getting tickets….
Ring the theatre – often can wangle you better seats
Returns – People hand tickets back to the theatre if they can’t make it, so you can scoop these tickets up sometimes in advance or on the day
Lotteries – Every theatre has a different ticket lottery. For example, The National have Friday Rush, where every Friday at 1pm an allocation of £20 tickets for shows are released online for the following week’s performances. Check out the theatres lottery schemes to make sure you get the best seats for the best price
And do check out Rumbles website too if you fancy seeing something really wacky and in a quirky venue come the new year – www.rumbletheatre.com