Put simply, visiting the theatre brings dramatic writing to life in a way reading a play rarely can. Students not only see the action unfold before their eyes, but can also witness the different ways talented stage actors interpret their roles and convey the nuances of their character.
Each year brings with it a brand new calendar of plays, musicals and dramatic pieces for students and teachers to enjoy, from literary classics to new, boundary-breaking work. The WST team have cast an expert eye over this year’s offerings to bring you our pick of the theatre in 2014.
Leading lights of London
To complement Shakespearean study this year, there really is nothing like a trip to the eponymous open air Globe Theatre. Debuting this year with arguably the most famous play ever written, Hamlet on April 23rd, and moving on to pieces including King Lear and Much Ado About Nothing, 2014 promises a rewarding schedule of classic drama. What’s more, WST has exclusive access to bookings from 14th January, ahead of general release to the public from February 10th.
Alongside the Globe, 2014 sees a newcomer enter the arena, with the opening of the neighbouring Sam Wannamaker Playhouse, kicking off with a production of The Duches of Malfi this January.
Further along the Thames, the West End also plays home to a number of exciting performances in 2014, including A Streetcar Named Desire at The Young Vic in August and Matilda the Musical continuing its much acclaimed run at The Cambridge Theatre.
Set in the picturesque location of Shakespeare’s birth, Stratford-Upon-Avon boasts a unique claim to the heritage of English theatre. This year begins with retellings of children’s favourite Wendy and Peter Pan and 2009’s award-winning historical novel Wolf Hall, with further treats to look forward to in Summer including Shakespearian romantic comedy, the Two Gentlemen of Verona.
Treading the Broadway boards
If you’re travelling further afield, the theatres of Broadway are an essential stop on your class trip, as the origin of some of the world’s most pioneering plays. Highlights from the upcoming 2014 season include Aladdin at the New Amsterdam Theatre and Victor Hugo’s revolutionary epic Les Miserables at the Imperial Theatre from March.
With this incredible agenda of diverse shows on offer, WST look forward to introducing thousands of students to the magic of the theatre this year. Let us know what your class will be studying to begin planning your next trip.