Year after year, celebrities and big movie stars come to perform in London’s Theatreland and 2015 will be no different. We have some gorgeous celebs heading our way this and here are 8 opportunities for you to see them up close and personal.
A Huge Success: Bradley Cooper in The Elephant Man
Recently voted the World’s “sexiest man alive” (People Magazine) it is hard to believe that Bradley Cooper has been having such a success with the Broadway production of Bernard Pomerance’s play ‘The Elephant Man’, without make-up!
The role of John Merick, a man who fascinated Victorian society because of his hideous deformities, is a physical challenge and one that Cooper does not take lightly. As Cooper explains, like many actors who have “lost themselves” in their roles, ‘every night I say goodbye to myself, and I let him (Merrick) in’.
When talking of the play’s arrival at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 18th May 2015, the star of the recent smash hit movie American Sniper told BAZ BAMIGBOYE recently in the Daily Mail, ‘I’m bringing him home, to London’.
Benedict Cumberbatch Takes up the Role of Hamlet
Benedict Cumberbatch is arguable one of the UK’s hottest stars at the moment, so you won’t want to miss out on a chance to see him at the Barbican Theatre. Running from the 5th August to the 31st October 2015, Benedict will be playing the Prince of Denmark himself, in what is set to be one of the capital’s landmark productions of the year. Tickets at the box office sold out within minutes of them going on sale but out-of-towners are still able to book tickets as part of theatre breaks to London.
Kristin Scott Thomas takes to the throne in The Audience
English rose, Kristin Scott Thomas (The English Patient, Four Weddings…) returns to Theatreland to appear in Peter Morgan’s ‘The Audience’, in which she plays Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. Kristin Scott Thomas is always a favourite with London’s theatregoers and yet a career of heavyweight roles, rom-com favourites and award winning performances started with her being nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress! The play imagines what has happened in the private meetings that he queen has held with her Prime Ministers since her ascension to the throne in 1952. It opens at the Apollo Theatre on 21 April 2015
Damian Lewis AND John Goodman Star in the Revival of American Buffalo
If you want to see not one, but two, of the hottest actors in London’s West End in one evening, American Buffalo is the show to go and see. Damian Lewis (Homeland and Wolf Hall) stars with US funny man John Goodman (The Big Lebowski, O Brother, Where Art Thou, Monsters Inc) in David Mamet’s play, American Buffalo, about three greedy small-time crooks whose error-laden plans to pull off the heist of a lifetime land them in deeper trouble than they could ever imagine. American Buffalo runs from the 16th April at London’s Wyndham’s Theatre.
James McAvoy Rules in The Ruling Class
Xmen and Last King of Scotland star, James McAvoy, has already arrived in London as the star of The Ruling Class at the Trafalgar Studios. McAvoy’s performance as Jack, the paranoid schizophrenic with a Messiah complex, who inherits the title of the Earl of Gurney after his father dies in a bizarre accident (yes you did read that right!), has already earnt 5 star reviews from the critics.
McAvoy is at the Trafalgar Studios, just south of Trafalgar Square, until the 11th April 2015.
Bond Girl Gemma Arterton Heads to Dagenham
Having starred in Quantum of Solace and the 2010 film, Prince of Persia, Gemma Arterton is widely known for her sultry, seductive good looks. But Arterton shows a whole new side in the acclaimed musical, Made in Dagenham.
If you are up for a night of enchantment that is sure to be as great as her 2013 performance in Hansel & Gretel was. The show is already playing at he Adelphi Theatre and runs to April 2015.
Ralph Fiennes: A Super Performance in Man and Superman
Lord Voldemort actor, Ralph Fiennes will be at the National Theatre from 17 February when he stars in George Bernard Shaw’s Man and Superman. The role of radical thinker, Jack Tanner, who runs away to escape the romantic attentions of an heiress, is a long way from playing Harry Potter’s arch-enemy.
So wherever your favourite celeb is going to turn up this year, make it a point to head to London’s Theatreland to see them. Yes, it is still the height of winter and the days are short and oh so cold, but for a bit of heat, why not catch a live performance in the West End. Some of the world’s top celebs can warm those cold bones and give you a much needed boost on a chilly eve.
And, if you’re lucky, you may even be able to catch them after the show for an autograph – the stage door is the place to wait!