Gillian Anderson, Ian McKellen, Judi Dench, Ronan Keating, Carherine Tate and Damian Lewis are among the actors who will be taking part in a new production of Whodunnit [Unrehearsed].
Angie Greaves and I have lots to discuss in the latest edition of That’s A Wrap!
This week we’re covering everything from Hollywood’s favourite female character to Wesley Snipes’ debut novel to a host of comedians taking to the London stage for charity.
A new book taking readers backstage at some of the West End’s most popular shows in 2015 has gone on sale.
This week’s catch-up column includes new films starring Ricky Gervais, Idris Elba, Lego Batman and Richard Madden.
For the first time in a while, there are lots of new plays coming into London that I actually want to see.
Usually I get my fill of theatre when I’m in New York. I tend to fill my week with back-to-back shows. There’s been little in London that I’ve wanted to see.
ITV kicks off the year with the return of Broadchurch. Will we all be as hooked again? We’ll have to wait and see.
Also in the New Year, The Voice returns to BBC1 with Rita Ora replacing Kylie Minogue in the judges chair.
Kylie was such a hit last year, can Rita emulate her success? And can the show ever launch a successful pop star?
There are some great dramas due on our screens in 2015. I’m really excited for the BBC’s adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Booker Prize-winning Wolf Hall.
It stars Mark Rylance and Damian Lewis as Thomas Cromwell and Henry VIII. The books are fantastic and I’m really intrigued to see if the TV version will be the same.
The BBC are also turning to classic literature for a new adaptation of Tolstoy’s War and Peace.
Paul Dano, Lily James and James Norton will star in the series which will be shown as six one hour episodes. Filming hasn’t started yet so I expect it’ll be on screens towards the end of 2015.
And finally, you’ll have to forgive me for this, but I am already excited about the return of Sherlock!
Filming on the special one-off episode begins on January 6 with three new episodes due to be made later in the year, I suspect getting Martin and Benedict at the same time is probably pretty tough these days.
Anyway as Moriarty would say ‘did you miss me?’ Yes!!
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.