PREVIEW: 9 reasons why we can’t wait for January

  1. Lady Windermere’s Fan opens starring Jennifer Saunders

Kathy Burke (whose The Retreat at the Park Theatre earlier this year was lots of fun) directs Jennifer Saunders in this Oscar Wilde play for Dominic Dromgoole’s Classic Spring theatre company as a follow-up to his delightful A Woman Of No Importance. Runs 12/1 to 7/4 at the Vaudeville Theatre. Tickets

  • Read on for reasons including Ben Whishaw in Julius Caesar and both Julie Walters and Zawe Ashton at the Old Vic

2. Julius Caesar reigns at the Bridge

Nicholas Hytner directs Ben Whishaw, David Morrissey and Michelle Fairley in this venue’s second production at the Bridge Theatre. Runs 20/1 to 15/4. Tickets

3. The Birthday Party staged at the Harold Pinter

Ian Rickson directs Toby Jones and Pearl Mackie in this Pinter revival at, appropriately, the Harold Pinter Theatre. Runs 9/1 to 14/4. Tickets

4. Julie Walters and Zawe Ashton at the Old Vic

One Voice is a series of one-off performances of monologues introduced by Old Vic Artistic Director Matthew Warchus. Last year’s Queers, curated by Mark Gatiss, was an absolute triumph. This performance features Julie Walters and a self-penned piece by one of our favourite actresses Zawe Ashton. Show 12/1 at 5pm. Returns

5. Antony and Cleopatra at the Barbican

Forgive us but we were big Blake’s 7 fans and there were two members of the cast we’ve always wanted to see on the stage. The RSC’s Rome season features this, starring the amazing Josette Simon and runs to 20/1. Tickets

6. Sara Pascoe at the Wyndhams

She’s one of our favourite comedians and we’re delighted that, after dipping a toe into theatre performance at the Old Vic, she’s bringing her LadsLadsLads show to the Wyndhams 15/1 to 20/1. Tickets

7. Patsy Ferran at the Royal Court

We loved Ferran at Trafalgar Studios 2 this year and in film God’s Own Country. Here she stars in a new one-woman play at the Royal Court 8/1 to 20/1. Tickets

8. Come with Rebeka Dremelj to Eurofest

January can sometimes be a little downbeat and so, if you’re looking for the fun, look no further.

Rebeka did make Eurovision eventually (11th semi 1 in 2008) but in 2005 this burst of 70s disco homage didn’t quite make it. Join her at Eurofest in the Royal Vauxhall Tavern 12/1. Tickets

9. Titus Andronicus at the Barbican

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Rome season at the Barbican includes this, which runs to 19/1. Tickets

  • Main picture courtesy Nimax Theatres.
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