Waterloo – Art Straight Out of the Tube

This September, as in every month of every year, London has plenty to amuse and entertain the visitor to the UK’s capital. Thanks to the London Underground network, it is easy to get from your hotel to experience something artistic ready to make the trip especially memorable.

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Picture by Luke O’Rourke

If you have come in via an over ground route and are staying near… sticking a pin in a map… Waterloo, then like the work of art that is the London Tube map, here are 3 other artistic events where Waterloo is the closest stop.

The Old Vic – Much Ado About Nothing

7th September to 16th November 2013

The Old Vic for an old favourite – works by a certain William Shakespeare never seem to date. This production at the venue now under Kevin Spacey’s artistic directorship, features James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave who will be interpreting the work as characters who are themselves a little older than traditionally played.

No plot spoilers – just suffice to say that this is one of Shakespeare’s comedies. As a bonus, there is a free Q & A event with members of the company on 3rd October 2013, but places will be limited.

This theatre was established in 1818, and spent some time named the Royal Victoria Theatre but became known as “The Old Vic” by 1880, but not officially until around 1925.

The Young Vic – American Lulu

13th September to 24th September 2013

This is a fresh interpretation of Alban Berg’s original (and unfinished) opera “Lulu” by Olga Neuwirth.  Set in 1950’s New Orleans, this work runs for 8 performances only. However the theatre, just along from the Old Vic heading away from Waterloo station has performances of Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House” and a new thriller “The Secret Agent” continuing through September and October.

National Theatre – The Light Princess

25th September onwards (previews), then from 9th October

An entirely new production, a musical collaboration between pop singer-songwriter Tori Amos and playwright Samuel Adamson under the direction of Marianne Elliott (Curious Incident). This modern fairy tale could be a new classic that the children (13+ recommended) can also enjoy on a family trip to London.

This theatre’s company was once based at the Old Vic until 1976, when the new building was built.

An old play, a young opera and a new musical, take your pick or take them all – from the Waterloo stop.