Theatre closures due to coronavirus outbreak
From Saturday 15 August 2020, indoor performances at London theatres are allowed (with social distancing).
Outdoor performances (where possible) can also go ahead.
However, most theatres remain closed as they either do not have outside spaces or regard the need for social distancing as uneconomic.
The show below is due to open after the reopening date given above so it is possible it will go ahead, but you are advised to check the booking link to confirm.
23 to 26 Sep 2020
White Bear Theatre
Image courtesy White Bear Theatre
Sir Donald Wolfit was a true titan of the stage, renowned for his barn-storming, no-nonsense acting style, for taking Shakespeare to the provinces - and for ensuring London's theatreland never fell totally dark, even during the worst of the Blitz.
To many theatre-goers he was a legend, who restored physicality, personality and power to live theatre; to an equal and opposite number, however, he was an anachronism and a joke, a laughable, hammy relic of a bygone age.
For half a century, Wolfit's gainsayers have held the floor, largely unchallenged.
Now, finally, the last of the great actor-managers can answer the charges his critics have long laid against him, all in characteristically vigorous Wolfit style.
Background, advisory warnings
Age suitability: Not available
Michael McManus began work on this play in 2007 with his great friend Nicholas Courtney (affectionately remembered by fans of the classic "Doctor Who" series as Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart), who had begun his career on the London stage with a three-month stint in Wolfit's company at the King's Theatre Hammersmith.
Now it has been lovingly completed, as the three-hander "The Trial of Donald Wolfit".
It's funny, it's tragic, it's comical-tragical, it's tragical-comical, but above all it is a labour of love - nothing less than an extended love poem to live theatrical performance.
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London SE11 4DJ
Performance days & times
Wednesday ‑ 7‑30pm
Thursday ‑ 7‑30pm
Friday ‑ 7‑30pm
Author: Michael McManus
Production: Hog in the Limelight