Starting with London and heading all the way on over to Australia, we look at the current trends of the theatre world. 


Theatre: The Turn of the Screw, Almeida Theatre

18 January 2013 - 16 March

“The incredible Miles and Flora spectacular is about to begin. Do not leave the auditorium even if you are terrified. Or shocked. Some of the show is true and some is fiction.”

Miss Jessel is dead. A new governess arrives at a remote estate in Bly to care for Miles and Flora. Wild but angelic they charm their guardian with flowers, poetry and song. But as she grows to love her two wards, figures appear in the darkness outside and the corners of the house are haunted by those that have gone before. The Governess must confront her fear and
protect the children from the alarming dangers that surround them.

Theatre: Metamorphosis, Lyric Hammersmith 

17 January - 16 February

Franz Kafka’s celebrated short story sees the unremarkable life of the Samsa family turned upside down when their son, Gregor, emerges one morning inexplicably transformed into a monstrous insect.

Darkly comic and profoundly moving, this hugely acclaimed production combines a mind-bending, gravity-defying split level set, a mesmerising score by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis and daring aerial physicality.

Theatre: The Effect, National Theatre

Until 23 February

A clinical romance from the writer of ENRON. This funny and moving new play explores questions of sanity, neurology and the limits of medicine.

Director Rupert Goold reunites with designer Miriam Buether following their production of Earthquakes in London to deliver a vibrant theatrical exploration into the human brain via the heart.

Musical: Glasgow Girls, Theatre Royal Stratford East 

Until 2 March 

This life-affirming and inspirational new musical tells the true story of seven teenage girls who led one of the most powerful human rights campaigns to capture the imagination of the media and unite a community behind its residents. 

Driven by a fierce sense of injustice, the girls campaign for the rights of children of asylum seekers and succeed where adults and politicians failed.

Glasgow Girls has been sensitively and intelligently conceived and directed by Cora Bissett, Director of the Olivier award-winning production Roadkill (2011). This high octane show also features original songs with a globally diverse contemporary musical score. 

UK Regional 

Opera: Otello, Opera North, touring

16 January-2 March

Iago, an ensign in the Venetian army, is a man who bears a grudge. When his general, Otello, passes him over for promotion in favour of Cassio, Iago’s festering resentment quickly turns to downright malice. He poisons Otello’s mind with suspicion, and step by step, leads Otello to believe that his young wife Desdemona is in love with the young and handsome Cassio. And so Iago, a man consumed by envy, makes Otello into a monster of murderous jealousy.

Theatre: The Life of Galileo, RSC, Swan Theatre

31 January - 30 March

Arguably Brecht's greatest play, A Life of Galileo beautifully captures a brilliant discovery that changed the world.

This new translation by RSC Writer in Residence Mark Ravenhill is directed by Roxana Silbert, Artistic Director of Birmingham Repertory Theatre, whose most recent work for the company includes Measure for Measure, Richard III and Dunsinane.


Ballet: Kaguyahmie, Opera de Paris 

1 February- 17 February

Drawing his inspiration from an ancient tale, in Kaguyahime, Jiri Kylian has accomplished a work of timeless and universal significance expressing his fascination for Japanese culture. The ballet subtly mingles traditional oriental and western music and paints strong and fascinating images of spellbinding beauty.

Theatre: Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Schaubuhne 

Until 29 March

Dramatisation of Friedrich Nietsche's great masterpiece. A philosophical novel by German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, composed in four parts between 1883 and 1885. 


Theatre: The History Boys, Sydney Opera House, Australia

8 February - 2 March

Australia’s much-loved veteran actor John Wood stars in Alan Bennett’s brilliantly funny play, The History Boys.

This sell-out production plays for a strictly limited season at the Sydney Opera House.

The History Boys follows an unruly bunch of boys in pursuit of sex, sport, and a place at a good university – generally in that order. 

Theatre: Breakfast at Tiffanys, Cort Theatre, Broadway, New York

Opening March 20

Holly Golightly is the woman every man wants to be with and every woman wants to be. Now, the unforgettable heroine of Truman Capote's master novella, Breakfast at Tiffanys, comes to the Broadway stage in a world-premiere play starring Emilia Clarke (HBO's Game of Thrones), Cory Michael Smith (The Cockfight Play) and George Wendt (Norm in Cheers), with a script adapted by Tony Award winner Richard Greenberg (Take Me Out, Three Days of Rain).

Theatre: Mies Julie, The Market Theatre, Johannesburg

17 January – 24 February

August Strindberg’s classic Miss Julie, now “Mies Julie”, returns to The Market,

The Baxter Theatre Centre’s smash-hit play Mies Julie, written and directed by Yael Farber, has been hailed as an international triumph and has already received unprecedented acclaim, scooping two top awards. It has garnered numerous five-star reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and accolades from The Bank of Scotland Herald Angel, and the Guardian to name but a few.


photo credit: Paul H. Photography.