ABOVE THE STAG 72 ALBERT EMBANKMENT, SE1 7TP The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) To 22 December by Joanne Bogart and Eric Rockwell In The Musical of Musicals (The Musical) the story of a young ingenue and her evil landlord gets played out as a rock opera, a dream ballet set in Kansas in August and a sexy satire in a Chicago speakeasy. Grindr: The Opera 17 January to 16 February 2019 by Erik Ransom Grindr: The Opera! puts the most notorious gay hook-up app into the exaggerated world of opera. With musical styles ranging from baroque to contemporary pop, Grindr: The Opera! is a daring, humorous look at the changing landscape of gay relationships. BRIDGE THEATRE SOUTHBANK, SE1 9PX A Very Very Very Dark Matter To 6 January 2019 by Martin McDonagh In a townhouse in Copenhagen works Hans Christian Andersen, a teller of exquisite and fantastic children’s tales beloved by millions. But the true source of his stories dwells in his attic upstairs, her existence a dark secret kept from the outside world. My Name is Lucy Barton 23 January to 16 February 2019 by Elizabeth Strout, adapted by Rona Munro Unsteady after an operation, Lucy Barton wakes to find her mother sitting at the foot of her bed. She hasn’t seen her in years, and her visit brings back to Lucy her desperate rural childhood, and her escape to New York. Lucy Barton will be played by three-time Academy Award and four-time Tony nominee Laura Linney. NATIONAL THEATRE SOUTHBANK, SE1 9PX Antony & Cleopatra To 19 January by William Shakespeare Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo play the famous fated couple. Caesar and his assassins are dead. General Mark Antony now rules alongside his fellow defenders of Rome. But at the fringes of a war-torn empire the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra and Mark Antony have fallen fiercely in love. I’m Not Running To 31 January by David Hare Pauline Gibson is a junior doctor, who becomes the face of a campaign to save her local hospital. She’s thrust from angel of the NHS, to becoming an independent MP. As media and public pressure mounts on Pauline to run for leadership of the Labour party, she faces an agonising decision. The Tell-Tale Heart 5 December to 9 January by Anthony Neilson based on the short story by Edgar Allan Poe A young playwright rents an attic flat in Brighton, hoping it will break the writer’s block that’s preventing her from following up on her wildly successful debut. Whilst there, she forms a relationship with her landlady, a lonely young woman with a life-altering condition. Theatre Listings ENTERTAINMENTS Jim Broadbent and Phil Daniels in A Very Very Very Dark Matter | C U L T U R E | 26 THE RIVER MAGAZINE | Winter 2018 | C U L T U R E | P H O T O B Y M A N U E L H A R L A N