With a huge thanks to TurkFox for the heads up on this one, I just wanted to let everyone know that our beloved Andrew Scott (Jim Moriarty in Sherlock) is returning to the London stage.
Andrew will be in “Emperor & Galilean” at the National Theatre. Opening on 15 June 2011, Ibsen’s EMPEROR AND GALILEAN, in a new version by Ben Power, will be directed by Jonathan Kent. Andrew Scott will play Julian, and the production will also star James McArdle, Jamie Ballard, John Heffernan, Ian McDiarmid (as Maximus), Genevieve O’Reilly, Prasanna Puwanarajah.
I am a London theatre geek and I see a lot of London theatre. Design for Living, at the Old Vic and starring Andrew, was definitely in my top 3 plays of last year and one of the key reasons for this was Andrew’s strong performance. And obviously, he blew me away with his performance as Jim Moriarty - Andrew’s performance in the final scenes of The Great Game was mind blowing.
Whilst I have an opportunity, I also wanted to talk a little bit about the National Theatre London. I have been a priority member at the National for 20+ years. I love it. It is my safe haven. Fab building. Fab theatres - no restricted views or "bad seats". Fab staff. Fab membership scheme. Fab Watch this space free events over the Summer. And the award winning NT live so it is truly national across the UK and international across the world.
I first went to the NT when I was 19 and a student. I was struck by how friendly and welcoming the theatre was. Some theatres and theatre crowds can be a bit snobby. This is not the NT.
It has a great mix of classic and brand new writing, and with its 3 theatres a diversity of performance spaces. And it gets the best actors. And it gets the best emerging talent.
I do the rounds of all the theatres in London. There are a couple of others that I like - The Old Vic and the Royal Court spring to mind. BUT nothing compares to the NT. It is quite frankly in a different league - a league of its own. Nowhere else comes close. End of conversation!!!
I LOVE THE NATIONAL!!!
By the way, I am sorry I did not choose a photo of Andrew as Jim, but I went with the photo above because everytime I see it it makes my heart melt!!!