One-person shows are tricky. It takes a lot of talent, preparation and confidence to put together a successful show. They can work beautifully, when an actor carries the performance from beginning to end. One-person performances can show theatre at its most intimate, moving and daring, and brilliantly demonstrate the fragility of the membranes separating author, actor, character and audience. But if the audience is not picking up on it, it can turn into a long evening for actor and audience alike.
In the next weeks and months not one, not two but three big names will take the stage and go solo. Here is our round up.
Sir Ian McKellen in Shakespeare, Tolkien, Others & You
Acting legend and multi-award winning actor Sir Ian McKellen takes you on a two-hour journey through his life during which he reprises some of his most famous roles from Macbeth to Gandalf. Tickets can cost a hefty 135 pounds and you won't go to a fancy West End theatre, but to the small Park Theatre in Finsbury Park, London.
Yes, the tickets are pricey, but you will get a World Premiere, an intimate venue with only 200 seats and you will support a great cause with your money since his performances will be a fundraiser for charity.
Sir Ian McKellen is worth every cent. But then again, you already knew that!
Exclusive opportunities such as dinner or dressing room drinks with Mr McKellen are already sold out, few tickets are still available. Run, don't walk over to
July 3rd – 9th, 2017
Shakespeare, Tolkien, Others & You.
Mikhail Baryshnikov in Brodsky/Baryshnikov
When you hear the name Mikhail Baryshnikov you think of ballet. We get it and we agree, he is the greatest ballet dancer of all times. But did you know, Baryshnikov has also carved a successful career as an actor for himself?
Judge for yourself and see him in his one-man show Brodsky/Baryshnikov, currently on tour in Europe. In 1974 poet Joseph Brodsky met the young dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov, newly defected from the Soviet Union, at a party in New York. This encounter turned into a friendship of a lifetime between two artists living in exile. Joseph Brodsky, won the Nobel Prize in 1987 and was an important influence on Baryshnikov's life, so much so that he still travels with one or two books of his friend. Mikhail Baryshnikov pays tribute to his friend, who died in 1996 by performing Brodsky's poems in Russian, translations will be provided. After London and Leverkusen, Mikhail Baryshnikov will perform in Zurich, Switzerland in June 2017.
June 23rd – 25th, 2017
Kevin Spacey as Clarence Darrow
Kevin Spacey will hold court for two nights. No really, we mean it. On a tennis court which will be a court of law. He will star in and as Clarence Darrow for two nights at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing, New York on June 15th and 16th, 2017. Clarence Darrow was a courageous lawyer, who took cases that nobody else would have dared to take on at the turn of the century. Always fighting for the underdog and standing up for labour unions. This isn't the first time Kevin Spacey, who won pretty much every award out there, will portray Clarence Darrow. During his tenure as artistic director for the Old Vic in London, he already stepped into the court of law.
If you don't want to miss this American debut of this acclaimed one-man show, directed by Thea Sharrock, you shouldn't wait too long. Kevin Spacey will hold court for just two performances.
Arthur Ashe Stadium
June 15th – 16th, 2017