Passion Points: Arts/Culture
Famous names are taking to the stage this season.
Dame Helen Mirren plays Queen Elizabeth II in The Audience where she and two of her corgis meet the various twelve prime ministers that have spanned her reign, from Churchill to Cameron. Peter Morgan, who wrote the screenplay for The Queen reportedly had the idea to write a play based around these imagined conversations from a scene in the film where HM greets former Prime Minister Tony Blair with the words “You are my tenth prime minister, Mr Blair. My first…was Winston Churchill.” At the John Geilgud Theatre until June 15.
Rowan Atkinson’s performance in Quartermaine’s Terms has been well received. The theater critic for the Daily Telegraph described the play as a “magnificently funny but deeply touching triumph.” Rowan Atkinson leaves Mr. Bean’s facial tics and funny voices behind to portray a lonely misfit and terrible teacher at an English-language school for foreigners. At the Wyndham Theatre until April 13.
Kristin Scott Thomas, Rufus Sewell and Lia Williams star in Harold Pinter’s 1971 play Old Times about three friends reminiscing about their early days together. What’s interesting about this play is the two women alternate roles, making a double viewing of the show fascinating. Sewell is also getting good reviews. At the Harold Pinter Theatre until April 6.
Judi Dench and Ben Whishaw are starring in Peter and Alice, a new play written by John Logan (who also penned the films Hugo and Skyfall), in which real-life Peter Pan meets Alice in Wonderland at the opening of a Lewis Carroll exhibition in 1932. Acclaimed Michael Grandage directs. At the Noel Coward Theatre until June 1.
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