Lucy Popescu’s theatre news: The Fir Tree; Peggy For You; Life of Pi; Gangsta Granny; Force Majeure; Spring Awakening

Thursday, 23rd December 2021 — By Lucy Popescu

Peggy For You Tamsin Greig photo Helen Maybanks

Tamsin Greig in Peggy For You. Photo: Helen Maybanks

HANNAH Khalil’s imaginative re-telling of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale The Fir Tree is at the Globe Theatre until December 30. In a beautiful wood stands a little fir tree. Surrounded by neighbouring oaks and cedars, and kept company by friendly woodland creatures, it enjoys a peaceful life. But the fir tree yearns for adventure and dreams of a world outside the forest. What will happen when it grows up? Directed by Michelle Terry, the show reminds us that we can all play a part in taking care of our planet. Suitable for all ages.

Alan Plater’s Peggy For You is at Hampstead Theatre until January 29. Tamsin Greig stars as the legendary agent who held complete sway over the theatre world in a career that spanned 30 years. Peggy believed infinitely more in art than she did in money – or good manners. Plater’s comedy is peopled with characters who fall under the spell of this unlikely heroine.

Life of Pi is at Wyndham’s Theatre until July 2022. Based on Yann Martel’s award-winning novel, it centres on the young survivor of a shipwreck, who undertakes an epic voyage across the ocean with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. Together, the boy, the beast and a menagerie must learn to coexist on a lifeboat as they battle for survival. Adapted for stage by Lolita Chakrabarti.

Neal Foster’s adaptation of David Walliams’ popular children’s book Gangsta Granny will be at the Bloomsbury Theatre until January 9. Gangsta Granny follows Ben, a young boy who is staying with his granny on a boring Friday night. Ben expects the same old grizzly cabbage soup, cabbage pie and cabbage cake – but what he doesn’t realise is that his granny has her very own secret! Soon, he is embarking on night-time adventures with Gangsta Granny.

• Ruben Östlund’s award-winning comedy Force Majeure, about a family falling apart, adapted for the stage by Tim Price and starring Rory Kinnear, is set to reopen at the Donmar on December 29 and run until February 5. Tomas and Ebba are determined to have quality family time with their children, so they head to the Alps on a skiing trip. But when disaster strikes, their family unit is tested to breaking point with hilarious and tragic consequences.

Don’t miss Spring Awakening at the Almeida Theatre until January 22. Rupert Goold directs the first London revival of Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik’s acclaimed musical, based on the ground-breaking and once-banned 19th century play by Frank Wedekind. A group of teenagers – silenced and controlled by a censorious society – discover a new world of feeling and freedom outside the classroom, with beautiful and devastating consequences.

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