completed my list of 50 favourite musicals of all time this week, and my top 10 had London Road at number nine, one of only two British shows in that final block (the other was Howard Goodall’s The Hired Man at number three).
By sheer coincidence, the next week sees the live premiere of Rufus Norris’ new film version of the show, to make my most unmissable event of the week. But I’m also paying a quick weekend visit to New York – ahead of the Tony Awards on June 7. I’ll be attending the dress rehearsal on Sunday morning at Radio City Music Hall, then flying back overnight to find out the results on Monday morning. There are also international visitors from Sydney Theatre Company and Montreal circus troupe The Seven Fingers (Les Sept Doigts de la Main) that I intend to catch after I get back.
Waiting for Godot – Barbican Theatre, London
Sydney Theatre Company brings its production of Beckett’s Waiting for Godot to the Barbican, opening June 5, as part of the Barbican’s International Beckett season that comprises nine pieces performed in four different locations in and around the Centre. Andrew Upton, the company’s artistic director, directs Australian actors Hugo Weaving, Philip Quast and Luke Mullins. Also as part of the festival, Lisa Dwan reprises her solo performances of Not I/FootfallsRockaby, in the Barbican Pit from June 2-7.