Jessica Swale’s writing debut, Blue Stockings, will be performed at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre this summer.


New writing at the globe

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre returns to its passion for new writing this summer by staging three world premieres – Gabriel from 13th July to 18th August, Blue Stockings from 24th August to 11th October and The Lightening Child from 14th September to 12th October.

Gabriel, a unique musical and theatrical event, will unite Alison Balsom, one of the world’s finest trumpeters, award winning writer Samuel Adamson and director Dominic Dromgoole. The show will explore the notion that the natural trumpet was the supreme musical instrument of the Restoration, and feature music by Handel and Purcell. Jessica Swale’s writing debut, Blue Stockings, is set in 1896 Cambridge – home to the country’s first female students. Directed by Globe regular, John Dove the play will follow four women as they face economic difficulty, the distractions of men, radical politics and the prejudices that blights every aspect of their academic life.

The Lightening Child, directed by Matthew Dunster, is Che Walker’s anarchic take on Euripides’ The Bacchae. Closing the season, the play is told with a disregard for the usual conventions of time and place, and follows the woman-hating Pentheus as he seeks to put a stop to the the orgiastic rites honouring Dionysus. Whilst elsewhere, four drug addicts are drawn towards their own forms of retribution.


Gabriel will run from 13th July to 18th August, Blue Stockings from 24th August to 11th October and The Lightening Child from 14th September to 12th October, at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. For every ten seated tickets booked get an additional ticket free. For further information, telephone 020 7401 9919. 




Chapter and verse

Preaching to the converted: the cast of The Book of Mormon, which opens at the
Prince of Wales Theatre on 25th February.

Chapter and verse Multi-award-winning Broadway musical The Book of Mormon is to open at the Prince of Wales Theatre on 25th February until 1st June – bringing an irreverent slice of satire to the West End.

The show, by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and Avenue Q co-creator Robert Lopez, is an edgy and sometimes outrageous musical satire that takes shots at everything from organised religion to consumerism, the economy and musical theatre itself.

The plot sees two young Mormon missionaries sent to a small town in Uganda to bring news of the Latter Day Saints. Once there, they are shocked at the cultural differences, as a War Lord threatens the local villages. The pair try to share the scriptures, although only one of them knows it well enough. Famine, poverty and AIDS threaten the town, and the duo must battle their own beliefs in order to make a change.

Lopez is no stranger to controversial musicals. In 2003, he co-wrote the score and lyrics for puppet musical Avenue Q, which shocked audiences and critics alike. Parker and Stone, meanwhile, courted controversy with their Oscar-nominated song Blame Canada from the 1999 animated film South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut.

The cast will include Gavin Creel, who picked up Tony Award nominations for Hair and Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Broadway regular Jarden Gertner as the intrepid duo. To date, The Book of Mormon has won nine Tony Awards, including ‘Best Musical’ and ‘Best Original Score’, and a Grammy Award for ‘Best Musical Theatre Album’.

The Book of Mormon runs from 25th February to 1st June at the Prince of Wales Theatre, Coventry Street. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. For further information, see this month’s listings.

War Horse now booking to February 2014 as new members join the company

The National Theatre’s internationally acclaimed stage production of War Horse has recently released over 100,000 new tickets for sale for the West End production. This takes booking at the New London Theatre up to 15th February 2014 with the new West End cast beginning on 9th March 2013.

Adapted by Nick Stafford from Michael Morpurgo’s book, War Horse tells the story of Young Albert’s treacherous mission to the front lines in search of his beloved horse.


For further information contact:


National Theatre Box Office – No booking fee

Telephone: 020 7452 3000 


New London Theatre Box Office – Booking fee

Telephone: 0844 412 4654