2015 preview: Theatre

2015 kicks off with the return of James McAvoy to the London stage.

He opens in The Ruling Class at the Trafalgar Studios on January 16. The play is about a paranoid schizophrenic with a Messiah complex who inherits his father’s Earldom.

So nothing like the Earl of Grantham in Downton then!

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In March, Emma Thompson returns to the London stage for the first time in 25 years as she co-stars with Bryn Terfel in Sweeney Todd at the ENO.

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It’s a really limited run – just 13 performances – and the show went down a storm when it was performed in New York in early 2014. I have tickets and I can not wait!

Another Hollywood star set to tread the London boards in 2015 is Damian Lewis who will lead the cast of a new production of David Mamet’s American Buffalo.

The play will run from April to June and it explores the fickle nature of honour among thieves.

No date yet, but I’m really excited about the return of Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart to London.

They’re teaming up again for a staging of No Man’s Land. I saw it in New York in 2013 and recommend it!

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And finally the biggest thing in theatre in 2015 sold out within minutes of going on sale in 2014.

Benedict Cumberbatch will play the gloomy Dane in Hamlet at the Barbican in the autumn. I suspect it’s going to be huge.

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