This month we look beyond the physical pages to some of the best theatrical book adaptations gracing London's stages in September. Whatever your tastes, this months round up will find all interests catered for.
Much Ado About Nothing by Shakespeare
14 July – 15 October 2017, The Globe Theatre, London, directed by Matthew Dunster
Undeniably fun, The Globe’s most recent iteration of Much Ado About Nothing is a riot of colour and sound. Whilst still true to the original, a few elements have been thoughtfully reimagined to give this interpretation a point of difference. Of these, the most immediately apparent is the setting; in Dunster’s version the action is set in revolutionary 20th century Mexico. However this is not the only change, as well as modern updates to some of the dialogue, character changes such as the gender reversal of Don John into Juana, delight and surprise.
Knives in Hens by David Harrower
17 August – 7 October 2017, Donmar Warehouse, London, directed by Yael Farber
Yael Farber makes her directorial debut at the Donmar with her adaptation of David Harrower’s 1995 thriller Knives in Hens. A deceptively simple fable, the story follows a love triangle between a ploughman, his wife, and a miller. In a society that takes literacy for granted, the play explores the radical transformative power of language on human experience and well as the wider themes of knowledge and power. Dark and intense, it’s definitely not a light-hearted watch but is an intelligent and thought-provoking realisation of a play being dubbed ‘a modern classic’.
Jeckyll & Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
27 September – 6th December 2017, Ambassadors Theatre, London, directed by Roy Alexander Weise
Based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella, Evan Placey has radically reimagined Jeckyll & Hyde for The National Youth Theatre REP Company. As well as the classic tale of secrets and revenge, the NYT’s iteration is also an opportunity to see some of the best emerging talent the UK has to offer.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
From 26 September, Lyttleton Theatre, London, directed by Sally Cookson
After a successful tour around the country, Jane Eyre returns to the Lyttleton theatre in September for a limited run. True to the novel, though with a few notable modern tweaks to the dialogue and score, the emotion of Bronte’s classic is not lost in Cookson’s adaptation. Described by The Guardian as “a show to cherish”, it’s one not to be missed.
The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fizgerald
Until Dec 31, Gatsby’s Drugstore, 84 Long Lane, London, directed by Alexander Wright
If you’re after something a little more bespoke then try The Immersive Ensemble’s latest offering, The Great Gatsby. Don your best 1920’s get-up and step into the Roaring Twenties for an evening of revelry, complete with all the characters from the much-loved novel. Cast, costumes, theatrics (and a bar!) combine to create a real-life realisation of Fitzgerald’s novel of privilege and ambition in the prohibition-era America.