[img]http://hits.guardian.co.uk/b/ss/guardiangu-feeds/1/H.20.3/60667?ns=guardian&pageName=What+to+see%3A+Lyn+Gardner%27s+theatre+tips%3AArticle%3A1307612&ch=Stage&c3=GU.co.uk&c4=Panto+season%2CTheatre%2CStage%2CCulture+section&c6=Lyn+Gardner&c7=09-Nov-20&c8=1307612&c9=Article&c10=Blogpost&c11=Stage&c13=What+to+see+this+week+%28series%29&c25=Theatre+blog&c30=content&h2=GU%2FStage%2Fblog%2FTheatre+blog[/img]As of this weekend, you'll have to try a little harder to break beyond panto-land, but theatrical finds are still out there
Like Santa Claus, who only visits once a year, many people make their annual trip to the theatre around Christmas time. No wonder that theatres, recognising the jingle of the box-office tills, are eager to extend the festive season for as long as possible. I have wondered whether some of Hackney Empire's financial problems could be solved if it would just run the panto – Aladdin this year – until Easter. By this weekend, Jack will already be up his beanstalk at the Lyric in Hammersmith, Dick Whittington and his cat will have seen off King Rat several times in Chipping Norton, and there will be A Christmas Carols all over the place in the coming week, including Birmingham Rep and the Arts Theatre in London.
There is brief respite for those not ready to unbox their festive baubles. Curious is performing The Moment I Saw You I Knew I Could Love You, a last gasp for the Sacred season at Chelsea Theatre. Melanie Wilson is performing Iris Brunette at the Tobacco Factory in Bristol tonight and tomorrow, and next week you can catch the final performances of Simon Godwin's cracking The Winter's Tale. Last chance, too, for Uncle Vanya at Bristol Old Vic, where the Young Company are staging Timberlake Wertenbaker's Our Country's Good. It's a fantastic play about the transforming possibilities of art.
Wertenbaker's new play, The Line, about women and art, opens at the Arcola next Monday, and there is a mouthwatering team behind it: Henry Goodman stars, Matthew Lloyd directs and William Dudley designs.
The Royal Opera House's season of Firsts takes place this week. It's always a great season of groundbreaking work, and this year features Nicola Conibere's intriguing Count One, which I caught at the Spill Platform earlier this year. Another interesting company, Proto-type, is trying out a new piece, Virtuoso, at the Workshop Theatre in Leeds on Wednesday and Thursday, and Mem Morrison's Ringside is at the Guildhall in Bath next Friday.
I was at an Isan (Independent Street Arts Network) conference entitled The Space Between in Derby this week, and it was great to hear the Royal and Derngate's chief executive, Martin Sutherland, talking about its relationship with the local council and outdoor company The World Famous, who staged Crackers in the town a couple of months back. It is brilliant to see regional theatre buildings looking beyond their own walls and questioning what a theatre is for and its place in the wider community. Good, too, when theatres bring companies in out of the cold, which is what has happened with Reckless Sleepers at the Curve in Leicester. There's a mini-residency that includes Spanish Train and The Pilots this coming week, but the show of theirs that I really love, The Last Supper, is on the following week. Book now to sample the last words and meal requests of those on death row. It's very powerful.
Plus, I know these are the usual suspects, but they really are worth a look: Quarantine's Make-Believe at the Nuffield in Lancaster, Told By an Idiot's The Fahrenheit Twins at London's Barbican, and Belt Up's Le Tartuffe and The Trial at Southwark Playhouse. Things that open this week that I really like the look of include the Melly Still-directed and Mark Ravenhill-adapted Nation in the Olivier theatre, which is based on Terry Prachett's novel; the return of La Clique (this time to Camden's Roundhouse for a six-week festive season); Chloe Moss's award-winning play This Wide Night, which goes into the Soho Theatre; and Michael Wynne's The Priory at the Royal Court. By the way, it's also worth taking a look at the programme for this year's London international mime festival, which begins in mid-January 2010.
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