Happy New Year, Northam-watchers! And happy indeed it is to begin a year with upcoming projects to get excited about.
Jeremy is currently in rehearsals for Hay Fever, opening at the Noel Coward Theatre on 10 February and running for sixteen weeks (last night, 2 June). The full cast has now been announced, and stars Lindsay Duncan (Judith Bliss), Kevin McNally (David Bliss), Jeremy Northam (Richard Greatham) and Olivia Colman (Myra Arundel) are joined by Sam Callis (Sandy Tyrell), Freddie Fox (Simon Bliss), Jenny Galloway (Clara), Amy Morgan (Jackie Coryton) and Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Sorel Bliss). Howard Davies directs, with designs by Bunny Christie, lighting by Mark Henderson and sound by Mike Walker.
Tickets are selling fast, so if you haven’t booked yours yet, I’d get your skates on. You can book them direct from the theatre here (and via all the usual ticketing agents). Jeremy hasn’t graced a London stage since 2004 (Old Times, Donmar Warehouse) and there are many who thought perhaps he’d given up treading the boards, so this is a rare opportunity to see Jeremy air his Olivier Award-winning chops in public. In a comedy, too. For me, this is the stuff dreams are made of (literally!). If you can go, do!
White Heat, the other early 2012 treat in store, looks like it may be broadcast in March (the exact date, I’m told by the BBC, will only be confirmed two weeks prior to transmission, so could change). Happily, the BBC would like us to feature White Heat here at the blog, so look out for more information and pictures (oh yes!) next month.
White Heat is a new six-part drama series about the interwoven lives, loves and betrayals of seven characters whose relationships are forged in the white heat of the Sixties through to present day, written for BBC Two by award-winning writer Paula Milne.
Passionate, dangerous and compelling, the characters’ love stories and friendships are set against a backdrop that takes us from Wilson to Thatcher, feminism to the Falklands, hedonism to HIV – exploring the personal and political journeys which shaped their destinies to make them the people they are today.
White Heat stars Sam Claflin (Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, United), Claire Foy (Little Dorrit, The Promise), Reece Ritchie (Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time, Pete Versus Life), Lee Ingleby (Being Human, Inspector George Gently), MyAnna Buring (The Twilight Saga, Any Human Heart), David Gyasi (Red Tails, Murderland) and Jessica Gunning, with Jeremy playing the father of Sam Claflin’s character. It’s being billed as one of the BBC’s drama highlights for 2012.
And that’s all we know about for now … might there be more? If there is, I’ll be sure to let you know!