Previews: Coming up in February 2019

From February 1st It’s OK to not be OK. That’s the message of A SUPER HAPPY STORY (ABOUT FEELING SUPER SAD) a very funny, helpfully honest and insightful cabaret musical about depression. Sally’s a happy person. She doesn’t let little things get her down and almost never cries. But she’s got an illness. It makes her feel like she isn’t the person she wants to be, but she doesn’t want anyone to know about it. Written by Olivier Award winner Jon Brittain (Rotterdam and Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho) with music by Matthew Floyd Jones (Frisky & Mannish). It’s a joyful, buoyant, gleeful, slightly silly, sugar-coated, unrelenting and completely super happy show! Except for the bits about depression. “A Super Happy Story is Superb” said The Guardian’s Lyn Gardner.. and she was right! I am so glad that I went and I think you will be too. Touring UK-wide through to June.

From February 1st, COUGAR premieres at Richmond’s Orange Tree Theatre until March 2, directed by award-winning Chelsea Walker. Leila wants to inspire global change. John really needs to get his act together. They have an arrangement. But managing an affair isn’t easy when the world around you is falling apart. A new play about what – and who – we consume. Rising star writer Rose Lewenstein has already produced several arresting works, including (with Russell Bender) the intricately choreographed and intriguing show Game Of Life, produced at the Yard Theatre in East London in 2014 (someone smart will revive this and do very well from it). COUGAR is co-produced with English Touring Theatre.

From 12 February. Stephen Sondheim’s lovingly-crafted, bittersweet musical FOLLIES returns to the National Theatre after a sold-out run last year (and winning Best Musical Revival at the Olivier Awards). On the eve of demolition of Weissman’s Theatre, past performers gather to drink, dream and reminisce….and somehow, try to make sense of it all. New cast members this season are all top-notch: Joanna Riding (The Pajama Game, Flowers for Mrs Harris), Alexander Hanson (A Little Night Music) and Claire Moore (Phantom of the Opera). Returning cast include the phenomenal Tracie Bennett, assured Janie Dee and (from mid-April) the spine-tingling operatic septugenarian Josephine Barstow, with perfectly-drilled choreography once again courtesy of Olivier-Award-winning Bill Deamer. In an ongoing repertory season.

From 12 February at the Park Theatre, Robert Fox and Alex Turner present Martin (BENT) Sherman’s acclaimed new play GENTLY DOWN THE STREAM, to celebrate his 80th year, with a cast that includes Jonathan Hyde (The King’s Speech) and directed by Sean Matthias. Concerning an unexpected age gap relationship, the play explores the differences between generations of gay men and their life experiences and explores whether generation gap affairs can sustain. Recently acclaimed in New York, it comes to the Park Theatre until 6 April.

From 19 February Wherever company 1927 appear, you can expect dazzling visual artistry and inspired invention, something akin to a graphic novel burst into theatrical life. Their most recent show, Golem, has now been touring the world for the last four years and has delighted audiences in astonishment at their technical and artistic imagination. Now there is another chance to see 1927’s previous show entitled THE ANIMALS AND CHILDREN TOOK TO THE STREETS! at the Lyric Hammersmith until 16 March. In the Bayou, a part of the city feared and loathed, stands infamous Bayou Mansions; a sprawling stinking tenement block, where curtain-twitchers and peeping-toms live side by side… and the wolf is always at the door. When Agnes Eaves and her daughter arrive late one night, does it signal hope in this hopeless place, or has the real horror only just begun? Seamlessly synchronising live music, intricate performance and storytelling with stunning film and animation, this is a show to savour.

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