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New Feature! Before Crossing the Pond, Consult Our Monthly London Datebook

New Feature! Before Crossing the Pond, Consult Our Monthly London Datebook
James McAvoy in 'Macbeth,' the casts of 'A Chorus Line' & 'Dear World' and
Rufus Sewell & Kristin Scott Thomas in 'Old Times'
An all-new roundup of what's hot on London stages in February.

“What should I see in London?” We are asked that question daily by friends headed to the theater capital for a visit—and even by locals. The good news is that there is never a winter lull on London stages, and February promises to be an especially exciting month on the West End and beyond. To help navigate what’s worth seeing, is launching a new monthly London Datebook. Below, February’s highlights, from Broadway diva Betty Buckley in Dear World to West End favorite Scarlett Strallen in A Chorus Line.

Double the Old Times: The fabulous threesome of Kristin Scott Thomas, Lia Williams and Rufus Sewell co-star in Harold Pinter’s Old Times, beginning on January 31 at the Pinter Theatre. This sexy and mysterious 1971 drama centers on a husband and wife and the woman from their past who threatens to derail the present. An exciting twist: Thomas and Williams will alternate roles throughout the run.

ALSO: The hit Beatles bio musical Let It Be reopens at the Savoy Theatre on February 1; Feast, a celebration of African music and culture, runs through February 23 at the Young Vic Theatre, directed by Rufus Norris (Festen).

God, They Hope They Get It: A Chorus Line hasn’t had a major London revival in almost 40 years, so all eyes are on director/choreographer Bob Avian and his Anglo-American cast, led by Scarlett Strallen (Singin’ in the Rain) as Cassie. The show begins previews on February 5 at the Palladium, one of London's largest venues, with a stage wide enough to accommodate Michael Bennett’s iconic “line.”

ALSO: Standup comic Rufus Hound joins the long-running farce One Man, Two Guvnors at Theatre Royal Haymarket on February 4; last chance to see John Lithgow in The Magistrate at the National's Olivier Theatre and Mark Rylance in Twelfth Night and Richard III at the Apollo, both closing February 10; Antony Sher opens in the title role of The Captain of Kopenick at the Olivier on February 5.

Betty Buckley’s World: Any musical starring Betty Buckley is an event, and doubly so when it’s Dear World, the little-seen 1969 Jerry Herman tuner that won original leading lady Angela Lansbury a Tony. On February 13, Buckley opens at the Charing Cross Theatre as Countess Aurelia, who schemes to stop oil drilling in her Paris neighborhood, in a revival directed by her Cats collaborator Gillian Lynne.

ALSO: Film director Joe Wright (Atonement, Anna Karenina) transfers his talents to the stage with a revival of Trelawny of the Wells at the Donmar Warehouse beginning February 15, featuring a revised script by Patrick Marber (Closer).

A Scottish Star in the Scottish Play: Long before X-Men and Atonement, James McAvoy was working on stage, and now the gifted Glasgow-born actor takes on the title role in Macbeth in a production co-starring Claire Foy and directed by Jamie Lloyd. Enter the world of Shakespeare’s darkest tragedy at Trafalgar Studios, where the revival opens on February 22.

ALSO: Last chance to see Lucy Prebble’s award-winning The Effect, which closes on February 23 at the National’s Cottesloe Theatre; Sherie Rene Scott brings her lauded cabaret act Piece of Meat to the Hippodrome for three performances, February 21-23.

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