It’s almost summer and it’s time for new season announcements. The Globe has just announced their Wonder Women season of music and the Almeida’s 2017 season features the return of 1984 and two productions of Shakespeare, Richard III and Hamlet starting Andrew Scott. Yesterday, the Old Vic announced their 2016-2017 Season which also features a return and a Shakespeare production.
In the year of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, the Old Vic is staging King Lear. Directed by Deborah Warner, this production subverts the traditional gender roles with Glenda Jackson playing the eponymous ruler.
Another noteworthy production is the lesser known Woyzeck, featuring the more known John Boyega. I only 1) know about the play and 2) know how to pronounce its name, because I studied it at German A-Level. It’s an interesting choice and not exactly a classic crowd-pleaser, but I’ll be interested to see Jack Thorne’s translation.
Matthew Warchus’ 2016 season is rounded out with Samuel Beckett’s No’s Knife and modern writing in the form of Yasmina Reza’s Art. Looking ahead, 2017 will see Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Fanny and Alexander and opera HMS Pinafore staged, alongside the return of The Lorax.
My picks for the 2016-2017 season are King Lear, Woyzeck and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead are my picks for this new season. What are you looking forward to?