Running time: 1 hour 35 minutes
This show is now closed.
Beginning– that’s an ambiguous title, isn’t it?It’s definitely non-descriptive. But it’s also intriguing, we think. In this case, David Eldridge’s play, which premiered this year at the National Theatre, charts the potential start of a new relationship and the nervousness that comes with it. Something beginning can be exciting, but it makes us vulnerable and on edge – we put ourselves out there and hope that it all goes well. That’s the case for Danny and Laura anyway.
So where do these two meet each other?It’s a classic, modern-day fairy tale. Danny is the last one at Laura’s party, hanging on either because he’s too pre-occupied to realise that everyone has left, or because he wants to get to know Laura better on her own. After all, what’s one more drink for the road? Polly Findlay directed Beginning at the National Theatre originally and it received critical acclaim for its tenderness and honesty. Here’s hoping its West End transfer a successful next step in this relationship!
It’s at the Ambassadors Theatre? I haven’t seen anything on there for a while! Well, you won’t have seen anything new come there for over 10 years. That’s because it has been the home to Stomp since 2007, which after 15 years on the West End is sadly banging closed its doors. Beginning is the first production to open after this incredible show comes to an end – a new beginning for the theatre as well! It opens on 15 January 2018.
A new start indeed, but not for the cast and crew? That’s right – Justine Mitchell and Sam Troughton are reprising their roles from the National Theatre production of Beginning, which ended in November 2017. Polly is also joining the team to direct the West End transfer as it moves across the river for the next eight weeks.
What to expect:Acting
based on 2 reviews
A moving, thought provoking slice of life
This was an intimate production and the actors gave outstanding performances as socially awkward and vulnerable people, trying to make sense of their situation. I was engrossed from the first moment until the curtain call.
Vanessa London Box Office customer
29 Jan 2018
It’s a rare treat to care so much about characters in a play. Watching Beginning in its transfer to Ambassadors Theatre was just such treat and it’s as much about the two utterly engaging performances as it is David Eldridge’s tender writing.
26 Jan 2018
The dance show STOMP has been playing at the Ambassadors Theatre for so long that I haven't been there for years and I had to remind myself where it was. STOMP has now left the building making room for a transfer of this exquisite play by David Eldridge.
It's one of those plays where nothing much apparently happens whitest at the same time it manages to explore some of the big themes that touch all our lives at one time or another.
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West Street, London, WC2H 9ND
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- Capacity: 400
- Year built: 1913