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!
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.
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!
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.
Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart are to appear together on the London stage next year.
They will star in a revival of No Man’s Land – which they performed in rep I’m New York last year (and I was lucky enough to see).
The pair last appeared together on stage in London when they collaborated on Waiting For Godot in 2009.
No news yet on where and when they play will be staged.
Maureen Lipman is joining James Dreyfus in the new stage production of Harvey.
The play opens at Birmingham Rep on February 6 before touring the country ahead of a West End transfer.
Lipman will play Veta, who tries to get her brother, Elwood P. Dowd (Dreyfus) committed rather than risk the family’s reputation.
Ross Noble has joined the cast of The Producers which will be touring the UK next year.
He’ll be playing Franz Liebkind who writes Springtime for Hitler.
He joins Jason Manford, who’ll be playing Leo Bloom, and Louie Spence who’s been signed up to play Carmen Ghia.
No word yet on who’ll star as Max Bialystock.
The tour begins in Bromley on March 6 and wraps up in Dublin on July 11.
Mark Strong will be appearing in the West End next year.
His play A View From The Bridge will transfer to Wyndhams Theatre from February 16.
The play’s cast will also include Emun Elliott, Phoebe Fox and Nicola Walker.
Glee’s Matthew Morrison is to lead the cast of the Broadway production of Finding Neverland.
The musical is based on the film starring Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet and the theatrical production is being produced by Harvey Weinstein.
The show’s music has been written by Take That star Gary Barlow alongside Eliot Kennedy.
The show begins previews on March 15 and officially opens on April 15.