London Theatre Weekly Round-up: Orlando Bloom onstage, Andrew Scott broadcast, and more!

Ready for your weekly London theatre scoop? We’ve got all the latest news in one spot so you don’t have to go searching for it. Find out where you can catch Orlando Bloom this spring, how to see Andrew Scott as Hamlet, and more!

Any Orlando Bloom fans out there? The Lord of the Rings and Pirates of the Caribbean star will play the title role in Tracy Letts’ Killer Joe, which runs at Trafalgar Studio One from 19 May.  The darkly comic thriller tells the story of a cop who moonlights as a killer-for-hire.

If you missed Andrew Scott’s Hamlet at the Almeida Theatre, good news! You can watch it on BBC Two this Saturday (31 March) at 9 pm. Here’s your chance to see the performance that earned Scott an Olivier nomination and a Critics’ Circle Award.

Peter Pan at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre announces casting: Fiston Barek will play the boy who never grows up, and Dennis Herdman will play his nemesis, Captain Hook.

Production still from Peter Pan at Regent's Park
‘Peter Pan’ at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

Pleasance London, an Off-West End theatre known for producing great new works, opens its third theatre space. Called “Downstairs,” it has 80 seats. With the new theatre comes an announcement of Pleasance’s new season: which will include the critically acclaimed tragicomedy Bismillah!, the world premiere of Alan Flanagan’s Bingo, Tom Ratcliffe’s Gifted,  and The Year of the Rooster Monk starring Emmy Award-winner Giselle Gant.

Strictly Ballroom, a new musical based on the Baz Lurhmann film, is already off to an uneven start. The show had to cancel its first preview midway through when a pipe burst onto the stage and flooded the electrics. Hopefully the next previews will go more smoothly.

Maly Drama Theatre, an internationally acclaimed group from St. Petersburg, returns to London with the landmark shows Life and Fate and Uncle Vanya. Sergey Kuryshev, an award-winning Russian actor, leads a 28-member cast in both productions.