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The Great Gatsby production. (Photo credit: Mark Senior)

London Theatre News Today: Friday 18 December

Published 18 December 2020

The Great Gatsby extends run with booking until 29 August 2021

The party might have paused whilst London’s under Tier 3 restrictions but it will return and you can now book your tickets for a time that suits you right up until the Summer (with the show taking a short break in March).
Over the first lockdown, Olivier Award winning producers Louis Hartshorn and Brian Hook re-imagined and re-set the production as an Art Deco Masquerade Ball, with audience members wearing compulsory face coverings to complement their fabulous attire.

The producers said: “100 years ago our society came out of a pandemic and into the “Roaring ’20s”, so it feels fitting that The Great Gatsby should be leading the fightback for the creative sector after Covid-19. Immersive|LDN also hosts Doctor Who in an adjoining building, making it the world’s first ever multiplex immersive theatre facility. We’re very proud of the experience we are giving to our audiences, and of the fact that these productions provide stable employment for well over 100 people, including many freelancers, at a challenging time.”

A hedonistic world of red-hot rhythms, bootleg liquor and pure jazz age self-indulgence awaits. Dress to the nines and immerse yourself in this heart racing adaption of F Scott Fitzgerald’s seminal tale of the Roaring Twenties.

The famous horses from National Theatre's War Horse raise onto their back legsWar Horse at the New London Theatre Photo by Brinkhoff Mögenburg

National Theatre adds new shows to their streaming service

The National Theatre has today announced the next two filmed productions that will be added to its new streaming service National Theatre at Home. The iconic and multi-award-winning production of War Horse, based on the novel by Michael Morpugo, will be available on demand for the first time since its premiere 13 years ago alongside the powerful 2018 production Julie with Vanessa Kirby (The Crown, Mission Impossible) in the title role.

Julie will be available from Monday 11 January worldwide and War Horse will be available from Monday 21 December to Wednesday 20 January in the UK only.

War Horse will also be available on Sky Store from 21 December – 20 January in the UK. War Horse is currently available in cinemas in the UK until 26 December and will be available in cinemas internationally from 24 February 2021.

The news comes as the National Theatre also announces that it is making six productions available on National Theatre at Home with audio-description to support blind or partially sighted audiences worldwide. From 21 December, The Cherry Orchard, Phèdre, Othello, the Young Vic’s Yerma and the Donmar Warehouse’s Coriolanus will be added and Julie from 11 January. War Horse will also be available with audio description and for the first time British Sign Language (BSL) from 21 December to 20 January in the UK. All productions on National Theatre at Home have captions.

National Theatre at Home is available now at ntathome.com, with single titles available from £5.99 – £8.99, a monthly subscription for £9.98 or a yearly subscription for £99.98.  

Hamilton tickets at The Victoria Palace Theatre

Hamilton is coming back!

Hamilton returns to the Victoria Palace Theatre in May 2021. Tickets go on sale from 10am Monday 21st December.

Friend logo with an actor portraying Gunther

Get your tickets for Friend (The One With Gunther) at Wilton’s Music Hall

One man, 10 seasons, one hour!

The entire 236 episodes of the hit 90s TV show, F.R.I.E.N.D.S, as told through the eyes of the one person who knows it inside out… Gunther.

This new show from acclaimed comic actor Brendan Murphy reimagines the TV classic through the eyes of barista Gunther, who will welcome audiences to the premiere London dates of FRIEND (The One With Gunther) following its hit Edinburgh Fringe debut.

Cast of Mischief Movie Night, some with top hats

Mischief Movie Night to live stream over Christmas

With the latest round of Government restrictions closing theatres in London, the original Mischief team will not be deterred and are delighted to announce that they will be performing their improv show Mischief Movie Night In, streaming a new movie every night from the Mischief emergency comedy bunker at IMMERSIVE|LDN, live into homes from 27 – 31 December 2020. Tickets are from £10 and are on sale now.

We still need YOU to come up with the title, the genre and location of our improvised movie, but your suggestions will now be via social media! So please tune in and log on for our WATCH-ALONG exclusive live streams to participate or simply enjoy with friends and family over the festive season.

Interactivity is at the heart of Mischief Movie Night, with audience suggestions making each movie and show unique. And Mischief Movie Night In will be no different.

Audiences can follow along with the #MischiefMovieNight fun on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. During the show, Mischief will take suggestions in live-time from these platforms for genres, locations and titles.

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We are now cancelling all performances up until and including 31 May 2020 to help us process existing bookings whilst we wait for further clarity from the government in terms of when we will be able to reopen.

We are so sorry that in these testing and difficult times you are not able to enjoy the show you have booked for and hope the following helps clarify next steps in respect of your tickets .

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