Top 10 London theatre openings this March
February seems to have whizzed past us. Whether it’s the days getting slightly longer, the sun shining or the fact that theatres have been given a May reopening date, there’s something for everyone to smile about. With a light at the end of the tunnel, we can all look forward to the next time we see a production, live and in person.
For the moment though, we’ll still be getting our theatre fix online, courtesy of brand new works and revivals all set to take over the virtual space. So, without further ado, here’s our top picks of online theatre openings in March 2021.
Throughout the trio of lockdowns, Southwark Playhouse have showcased the power of British musical creatives, regularly staging and livestreaming new works. Nearly a year since the first closure of theatres, the off-West End theatre continues to be one of London’s hottest playhouses, with the folk musical Brother to be presented in full this March. Written by Robin Simões da Silva and Annabel Mutale Reed, Brother sees two siblings grow closer to one another again after a tragic family incident. Reflecting on their home, their memories and their lives so far, the family pair make sure they’ll never leave each other’s side again.
Southwark Playhouse, from 5 March.
Girl on an Altar
Greek tales are commonly adapted for stage plays, take Lysistrata, Medea and Oedipus. The Kiln Theatre will present a brand new play this month, based on the Greek myth of Clytemnestra and Agamemnon. Bridgerton’s Adjoa Andoh plays Clytemnestra, seeking justice for her daughter, after she was sacrificed at the altar. But, with all the customs to follow, can Clytemnestra do anything to help?
Kiln Theatre, from 5 March.
Think you’ve seen every type of Shakespeare play there is? Think again. Continuing to innovate and adapt William Shakespeare’s works, get ready for this online adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream to take over your mind. Be transported into the forest with the cast, who you’ll be able to interact with in real time, as they use the latest techniques in motion capture and gaming to make the virtual world a reality. So, just like Titania exclaims her visions in the Shakespeare play A Midsummer Night’s Dream, see the future of theatre today this March.
Royal Shakespeare Company, from 12 March.
Remember, remember the fifth of November… in March. We all know Guy Fawkes tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament, and now it’s the latest historical event to be dramatised in London, with concerts at Cadogan Hall in March. West End famous faces including Oliver Tompsett and Lucie Jones will sing the entire catalogue of songs from the new musical, looking towards a full-staged production in the near future. Sparks are bound to fly!
Cadogan Hall, from 12 March.
The Picture of Dorian Gray
With theatres closed for the best part of a year, creatives have had to be wild with their ideas — the wackier, the better. Now, it’s Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray which has undergone a contemporary makeover, with its lead protagonist now presented as a social media influencer. Can Dorian Gray share his picture-perfect life, or will he crumble under the pressure? There’s a star cast taking part, including Dunkirk's Fionn Whitehead in the lead role, with support from the likes of Stephen Fry and Joanna Lumley.
Online, from 16 March.
Unfortunately, we can’t hop on a plane and travel to a high-flying destination right now. But, for those of you who wish you were somewhere new, imagine you’re in New York City with BKLYN. Following five homeless musicians who sing to pass the time, they learn of Brooklyn, a young girl who sets out in search of her father. The ‘play-within-a-play’ structure sees the street performers vying for affection, seeking their own happy endings. A star cast will perform in BKLYN too, including Emma Kingston, Jamie Muscato and Marisha Wallace. So, take a huge bite out of the Big Apple.
Online, from 22 March.
2020 was memorable for lots of reasons: a Coronavirus pandemic, Joe Biden winning the American presidential race and Black Lives Matter protests taking place worldwide. Inspired by BLM protests and their reactions, Hamilton’s Giles Terera presents his new song-cycle, called Black Matter. There’s 12 songs in total, all testament to the community spirit he saw in Londoners. Pouring his heart out through song, Terera’s one-man show is sure to be a spectacle.
Online, from 24 March.
Make no mistake, theatre creatives haven’t been fooling around. They’ve made great strides in the boundaries of virtual theatre in the last 12 months. But, the upcoming production of Justin Butcher’s Scaramouche Jones will take it all back to basics. Shane Richie will play the title clown in this one-man drama, following an old man who reflects on his globetrotting life on the cusp of his centenary celebrations. From ships to camps and back again, you’ll feel as if you’ve been on your own worldwide adventure after meeting Scaramouche Jones.
Online, from 26 March.
Strictly Come Dancing professionals Aljaž Škorjanec and Janette Manrara were due to bring their latest show Remembering the Oscars to the Peacock Theatre. Although in-person performances are postponed for another year, imagine you’re walking down the red carpet with their online alternative. From Golden Age classics like An American in Paris, nods to Disney songs and even modern musicals thrown in, get ready for a night at the movies.
Online, from 27 March.
Making online connections can be tricky, but do you remember what it was like to actually meet a stranger? Following four hopeful individuals seeking their future and fortune in New York City, Ordinary Days asks how we can make the ordinary, mundane moments be extraordinary. The musical was meant to tour nationally, but that’s halted due to the pandemic. However, we can still take a (virtual) taxi ride to sunnier skies.
Online, from 31 March.
Photo credit: BKLYN cast (Photo courtesy of Lambert Jackson Productions)