The month ahead: March

January may have lasted what felt like years, but February seemed to fly by in the blink of an eye. Now it’s suddenly March, but spring is hopefully on its way and – even more excitingly – it’s almost Pancake Day! Here are some of the shows I’ll be seeing this month, when I’m not eating all the pancakes.

March gets off to a great start with the WhatsOnStage Awards, celebrating the best theatre of 2018 – or at least the most popular. With a whole host of brilliant productions up for nomination, including The Inheritance, Summer and Smoke, Fun Home and Six, and performers including Heathers star Carrie Hope Fletcher and Come From Away’s Rachel Tucker, it’s sure to be a great night.

Next up its Waitress which opens at the Adelphi Theatre following critical acclaim in America. The show features a standout cast including Katharine McPhee (who also played Jenna on Broadway), Marisha Wallace and David Hunter, not to mention music from Sara Bareilles and a female-led creative team. If that wasn’t enough, they also sell actual sweet pies in a jar and I can’t wait! (For the show AND the pie).

Then it’s back to the Union Chapel as Letters Live takes to the stage once again. Over the course of three evenings a number of people in the public eye will read out range of remarkable letters – from the ridiculous to the utterly heartbreaking. The line-up is usually kept secret until the evening itself, but past performers have included Colin Firth, Olivia Colman, Jude Law, Gillian Anderson and Benedict Cumberbatch.

The VAULT Festival is in full swing and I’ll be heading there to review Feed, which explores the online world in which we now live. Created by Theatre Témoin, a physical theatre ensemble, Feed played at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Next, I’ll be returning to one of my favourite theatres in London, the Young Vic, to see Jesus Hopped The A Train, which opened to impressive reviews. This prison drama, written by Stephen Adly Guirgis, is a story of faith, justice and redemption.

Returning to the VAULT Festival, I’ll be reviewing Lights! Planets! People! a story about communication, both interpersonal and intergalactic. Then, after recently enjoying a visit to the Bunker Theatre to see Boots, I’m heading back to review My White Best Friend and Other Letters Left Unsaid For Love London Love Culture. A week-long festival of letters, each night sees performers read out new letters which explore lived experiences of people whose voices have been sidelined.

March will see my first visit to the Finborough Theatre to see Maggie May, which apparently isn’t a Rod Stewart tribute act. It’ll be the first time that this British musical has been staged since its debut at the Adelphi Theatre in 1964, and the production coincides with the twentieth anniversary of the death of composer and lyricist Lionel Bart.

Finally I’ll be rounding off the month in style with a visit to the Playhouse Theatre to see Fiddler on the Roof, which won rave reviews recently at the Menier Chocolate Factory. It’ll be the first time I’ve ever experienced this classic musical, but I’m excited to see what’s in store!

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