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Julie Tomlin’s theatre news: A Sockful of Custard; Into the Woods; Left My Desk; Stitchers

18 May, 2018 — By Julie Tomlin

A CELEBRATION of the life and career of comic legend Spike Milligan is being staged as A Sockful of Custard at The Pleasance until May 26. Milligan is played by Jeremy Stockwell who earlier this year performed as maverick Ken Campbell in Terry Johnson’s new play Ken at the Bunker. He appears with writer, lyricist and composer Chris Larner, looking back on his life on what would have been his 100th birth­day. More details: 020 7609 1800.

The Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine classic Into the Woods is reimagined for the 21st century at the Cockpit Theatre and will be performed in the round by All Star Productions and Trilby Productions from May 23-June 24. Directed by Tim McArthur, with a 17-strong cast, the musical is a journey into the middle of the forest to encounter fairy tale characters drawn from today’s Britain. More details: 020 7258 2925.

• The crisis in England’s social care system is under the spotlight in Left My Desk, a play based on research, interviews and testimonial about the impact of cuts, overworked staff and the reality of burn out. The show, which tells the story of Becca, a social worker struggling to stay afloat, is the latest production from Lost Watch,and is on at the New Diorama from May 29-June 16. More details: 020 7383 9034.

The Jermyn Street Theatre’s Reaction Season continues this month with Stitchers, the debut play by novelist Esther Freud about an aristocratic woman’s attempt to improve the lives of women in prison. Based on the life of Lady Anne Tree, it follows her efforts to address problems of violence, low self-esteem, and high reoffending rates by teaching women needlecraft. The Reaction Season includes 15 plays and musicals, among them Hymn To Love, a musical homage to Edith Piaf, and runs until August 18. More details: 020 7287 2875.

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