Last Updated on 18th May 2023
Check out these new productions opening in Off West End venues in the latter half of 2023.
We are taking a moment to highlight some great productions opening Off West End in the latter half of 2023.
“This feels like a new evolution in terms of theatre. It has to just be witnessed. It’s a marvel to behold.” (Benedict Cumberbatch)
‘Theatre’s master of lip-sync’ (The Guardian) Dickie Beau brings his show Re-Member Me to Hampstead Theatre for a strictly limited run. While building a human Hamlet mix-tape, taking recordings of great Hamlets from the past to channel into an epic one-man lip-sync show, Dickie Beau found one especially masterful rendition. This ghost from Hamlet’s past left an indelible mark on all who saw it, however, this Hamlet can never be “re-membered” – because no recording exists.
Join Dickie Beau as he brings this Hamlet back to life, through exclusive interview recordings with Ian McKellen, Richard Eyre and more. Re-Member Me is part documentary theatre, part 21st century séance, and a unique theatrical eulogy to the greatest Hamlet almost never seen.
A versatile actor and performance artist, Dickie Beau’s work is unlike that of any other practitioner. “Peerless” (The Times) and “one of our great living artists” (WhatsOnStage) he returns to Hampstead following his performance in the title role of Botticelli in the Fire.
I know it’s difficult. You’ve obviously been a good friend to her but it’s time to let us take over now.
Es and Flo fell fiercely in love in the 80s. They’ve been secretly living as lovers ever since. But as Es becomes more forgetful, an unexpected carer arrives. When the outside world comes crashing in, Flo must battle to hold onto the woman she loves and protect the life they’ve built together.
Coloured with memories of the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp – where Es and Flo first met as activists –Jennifer Lunn’s award-winning new play, directed by Susie McKenna, celebrates the love of an older lesbian relationship, women coming together to fight for what’s right and the healing power of chosen family.
A razor-sharp satire from Young Vic Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah, about the power of knowing your history and the cost of letting it go.
1959: The first wave of independence is sweeping across Africa and Beneatha has left the prejudice of 1950s America for a brighter future with her Nigerian husband in Lagos. But on the day they move into their new house in the white suburbs, it doesn’t take long for cracks to appear, changing the course of the rest of their lives.
Present day. Now a renowned Dean whose colleagues are questioning the role of African American studies for future generations, Beneatha returns to the same house in search of answers.
Inspired by the groundbreaking modern classic, A Raisin in the Sun, this UK premiere challenges today’s culture wars about colonial history and reckoning with the past.
THE VERGE OF FOREVER
The Other Palace Studio
8 August – 20 August 2023
The Verge of Forever is an exciting new song cycle that seamlessly blends the sophistication of classical music with the energy and spontaneity of pop and jazz. At its core, the show follows the love story of Leo and Marie, two talented teenagers who share a passion for the theatre. As they embark on their journey through the challenging world of drama school auditions, they face numerous obstacles that test their love for each other and their dedication to their dreams.
The Verge of Forever is a timeless tale of love, ambition, and sacrifice, showcasing the struggles that come with pursuing one’s artistic passions. As Leo and Marie strive for success and work tirelessly to hone their craft, they are forced to confront difficult choices that threaten to tear them apart. Despite the odds, they persevere, displaying unwavering commitment to their art.
With Olly Novello, Conor Dye and Tony-winning producer Louise Beard (Company 2019) at the helm and legendary West Ender Gerry Tebbutt leading the way as director, The Verge of Forever promises to be an unforgettable experience that combines stunning visuals, soaring music, and powerful storytelling. Don’t miss your chance to witness this incredible new show!
Kim is having one of those days. A terrible, very bad, no-good kind of day, and the worst part is…it all feels so familiar. Caught up in a never-ending cycle of events, she looks for the exit but the harder she tries, the worse it gets and she begins to wonder: who’s writing this story? She makes a break for it, smashing through a hundred years of bloody narratives that all end the same way. Can she find a way out before it’s too late?
With breathless hilarity, Kimber Lee’s play jumps through time – wriggling inside of and then exploding lifetimes of repeating Asian stereotypes, wrestling history for the right to control your own narrative in a world that thinks it can tell you who you are. Winner of the inaugural Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting 2019, International Award, this powerful world premiere is directed by Roy Alexander Weise (The Mountaintop) for the Royal Exchange Theatre as part of Manchester International Festival.
“Why should I stay silent? They’ve been trying to shut me up from day one. This way I’ll finally be heard.”
On the 20th of November 1995 the BBC broadcast an interview between Princess Diana and Martin Bashir.
It was watched by hundreds of millions worldwide. But now, it is said, the interview has no legitimacy. Is it right that the way it came about has overshadowed what it was meant to be?
Jonathan Maitland’s powerful new play gives an insight into the story behind the interview: the woman who gave it, the man who made it happen, and the institution that broadcast it.
The Interview poses tough questions: What can we justify in the pursuit of truth? Can we trust our great institutions? And are we ever, really, in control of our own narrative…our legacy?
An exciting new play by writer and broadcaster Jonathan Maitland (author of Park Theatre hits Dead Sheep, An Audience with Jimmy Savile, The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson) and directed by Olivier award nominated Michael Fentiman (Amelie, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Loot).
Produced by award-winning theatre company Original Theatre (The End of the Night, The Mirror Crack’d, The Habit of Art).