STAGE WHISPER

Legendary host and Director of The Ivy Fernando Peire waxes lyrical about this winter’s West End hits

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NETWORK
Lyttelton Theatre, National Theatre
Until March 2018
Downton’s Michelle Docherty and Breaking Bad’s Brian Cranston shine on stage in this high octane, multimedia reinvention of Sydney Lumet’s satirical film documenting the daily, on-screen disintegration of a US TV anchorman on the brink of madness.

GIRL FORM THE WEST COUNTRY
Noel Coward
Until 24 March 2018
Bob Dylan’s songs have never sounded better than they do in Conor McPherson’s moving depiction of the Great American Depression as seen through the eyes of those who suffered it in Dylan’s Minnesota birthplace. Pitch-perfect singing and acting. I cried.

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Duke of York’s Theatre
Until 6 January 2018
I was cynical about a new play based on Rupert Murdoch’s launch of The Sun newspaper in 1969. However, not only is it a supersonic, soar away success but it’s a right rollicking education too. I loved it. Don’t be a mug: catch it before it closes on Jan 6.

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THE FERRYMAN
Gielgud Theatre
30 Dec – 24 March 2018
A multitudinous, multi-generational cast, led by Paddy Considine (brilliant in his first stage role) and superbly directed by Sam Mendes, takes ensemble acting to a new level in Jez Butterworth’s magisterial account of the trouble within The Troubles in 1980’s County Armagh.

THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL
Aldwych Theatre
Booking from 21 March 2018
I have no doubt that this new musical will rightly introduce Tina Turner to a new audience of millennials as well as appeal to nostalgic old fogeys like me. From her early recordings for Phil Spector in the 1950s to a triumphant 50th Anniversary tour in 2008, she truly is a living legend.