October sees the theatre world gearing up for the busy Christmas period. Don’t worry though there’s been some much more interesting news than which Z list celebrity is starting in your local panto and some fantastic new shows are on the way this Autumn.
– Ricky Gervais has confirmed that his Office character David Brent will be performing some warm up shows with his band, Foregone Conclusion, in the run up to a possible show at Wembley. David Brent’s guitar tutorials on Youtube have reached 21 million and shown that there’s still a lot of interest in this character and it’s time for him to step out of the office and onto the stage. The show ‘Work in Progress’ is at London’s Bloomsbury theatre on 14 and 23 October.
– Breaking news: young people like theatre! A recent report by ticket master revealed that the most likely age group to visit the theatre was 16-19 year olds. With the popularity of adaptations like Mamma Mia and Les Miserables, as well as theatres offering initiatives for younger audiences, this is hardly surprising. The report showed that 87% of 16-19 year olds said they were likely to see something at the theatre compared to only 66% of 45-54 year olds.
– With all the controversy in recent weeks concerning Miley Cyrus and how she’s a terrible role model for young girls, Bryony Kimmings’ new play Credible Likable Superstar Role Model is an incredibly relevant new show. The fringe award-winning playwright asks what does it really take to be a Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model for a child of the 21st century? Bryony herself and niece Taylor invent their own alternative pop star Catherine Bennett. She’s a bike riding, dinosaur loving, tuna and pasta bake-eating phenomenon. The play is a protest to the sexualisation of child stars and how childhood has become another commodity to sell and has already had some stellar reviews. The play can be seen at the Soho Theatre, London and runs from October 8th till 19th.
– Finally comes the exciting news for all Benedict Cumberbatch fans. The Sherlock star is in advanced discussions regarding a production of Hamlet in the west end. If it all goes ahead that’s sure to be a crowd-pleasing performance and a career defining moment for the actor.