Award winning director Michael Grandage returns to the Noel Coward theatre with Hollywood leading lady Nicole Kidman who also makes her much-anticipated return to the West End starring in the UK premiere of Anna Ziegler’s Photograph 51 .
The play tells the story of a precious photograph and the race against time that British scientist Rosalind Franklin, the woman who cracked DNA, faces to unlock the secret of life before her rival scientists.
Kidman was last seen on the London stage in 1998’s The Blue Room at the Donmar Warehouse, for which she received an Evening Standard Award and Olivier Award nomination.
Stephen Campbell Moore, a familiar face on British tv screens, also stars. On stage, Campbell Moore was recently seen in the Almeida Theatre production of Chimerica and has also appeared in tv shows such as The Wrong Mans and Our Zoo. He will play the role of Maurice Watkins who was the physicist and molecular biologist who worked alongside Rosalind Franklin in their race to establish DNA.
Former Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse, Grandage, who had massive success with his year long season of plays at the Noel Coward theatre last year, which included star performances by Judi Dench, Daniel Radcliffe, David Walliams and Jude Law, will also direct Dawn French in her solo show 30 Million Minutes later on in the year.
Theatre and hotel breaks
The Noel Coward Theatre is on St Martin’s Lane so hotels close by include the Guoman Charing Cross on the Strand and the Radisson Blu Mercer Street by Seven Dials. Both are 4 star deluxe hotels and ideal for a spot of pampering.
The Strand Palace hotel is within walking distance too and, after extensive refurbishment a couple of years ago has gone from a three to a four star. However, for a central hotel its prices are still relatively cheap. Of course, if you are looking for a real bargain then you can’t go far wrong than choosing the Travelodge Covent Garden slap bang in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Soho. The accommodation is basic three star with no frills, but what a location!
The theatre is close to Leicester Square tube station so you could also look at staying in Bloomsbury which is only a couple of stops away (or a 20 minute walk) and does offer some more great deals: the 4 star Hotel Russell or the 3 star ‘tourist’ hotels the National or the President are usually substantially cheaper than a West End hotel would be!
Theatre : Noel Coward, St Martins Lane, London WC2N 4AU
Performance times: Monday to Saturday at 19:30; and Wednesday & Saturday at 15:00
Opened : 5th September 2015
Booking to: 21st November 2015
Nearest tube station: Leicester Square on Piccadilly & Northern Lines
Nearest hotels: Guoman Charing Cross, Radisson Blu Mercer Street, Travelodge Covent Garden
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