I know that it is scary to plan ahead, but when it comes to being a skint theatre lover it seriously pays off. I have had some wicked success in snapping up tickets last minute – but you can’t always guarantee it for popular shows.
So I looked to the future and found three shows that I really want to go to:
1. Peter and Alice (starring Judi Dench and Ben Whishaw) – When Alice Liddell Hargreaves met Peter Llewelyn Davies at the opening of a Lewis Carroll exhibition in 1932, the original Alice in Wonderland came face to face with the original Peter Pan. In John Logan’s remarkable new play, enchantment and reality collide as this brief encounter lays bare the lives of these two extraordinary characters.
2. The Audience (starring Helen Mirren) – For sixty years Elizabeth II has met each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a weekly audience at Buckingham Palace – a meeting like no other in British public life – it is private. Both parties have an unspoken agreement never to repeat what is said. Not even to their spouses. The Audience breaks this contract of silence – and imagines a series of pivotal meetings between the Downing Street incumbents and their Queen.
3. The Cripple of Inishmaan (starring Daniel Radcliffe) – Set on the remote island of Inishmaan off the west coast of Ireland, word arrives that a Hollywood film is being made on the neighboring island of Inishmore. The one person who wants to be in the film more than anybody is young Cripple Billy, if only to break away from the bitter tedium of his daily life. Martin McDonagh’s comic masterpiece examines an ordinary coming of age in extraordinary circumstances and confirms his position as one of the most original Irish voices to emerge in the second half of the twentieth century.
By booking ahead I managed to get tickets for £12. Three amazing shows with award winning actors for a total of £36 , well worth planning in advance.