Blood Wedding Young Vic, 19th September to 2nd November
Garcia Lorca’s deeply poetic and impassioned 1932 play charts the terrible consequence of a marriage that defies convention and tribal affiliation. Like all his dramas, it draws on Spanish rural culture and peasant ritual. The South African director Yaël Farber offers what promises to be a powerful new reading of a text re-written by Irish dramatist Marina Carr. In the past, Farber has managed similar feats of inventive appropriation with Strindberg’s Miss Julie and Arthur Miller’s The Crucible.
Lungs Old Vic, 14th October to 9th November
Breeding or breathing? Playwright Duncan Macmillan, the best of our contemporary dramatists, posits this question in this emotional roller-coaster of a play about a couple’s dilemma. Does having a baby leave a larger carbon footprint than flying back and forth to New York every day for seven years? If it does, what should they do? And then what should we do? This promises to be an urgently topical play, directed by Matthew Warchus and reuniting Matt Smith and Claire Foy (formerly Prince Philip and the Queen from The Crown).
The Last King of Scotland Sheffield Crucible, 27th September to 19th October
Giles Foden’s award-winning novel was the basis of Kevin Macdonald’s fine, Oscar-winning 2006 film about the bizarre relationship between the Ugandan despot Idi Amin and his increasingly complicit Scottish doctor, Nicholas Garrigan. These roles are now taken by Tobi Bamtefa and Daniel Portman in a new version by Steve Waters that goes back to Foden’s novel. The play is billed as “an electrifying thriller about corruption and complicity.”