Words Helen Brown
The capital’s biggest ever celebration of books and the films, TV programmes and virtual worlds they’ve inspired returns this March. London Book and Screen Week this year takes place between the 13 – 19 March. It will unite avid readers, writers, game, film and TV fans with an extensive seven day programme of events. Above all, it’s a city-wide celebration that brings storytelling and the written word to life. There will be a whole host of events taking place right across literary London.
What’s more, London Book and Screen Week coincides with the London Book Fair. This is one of the most important events in the publishing calendar. 25,000 book industry professionals from around the world typically attend. The books they are publishing today will be the box office hits and the TV ratings grabbers of the future. Noteably, this is London’s chance to join them in a citywide celebration of imagination, creativity and culture, all inspired by books.
The events programme is vast and accommodates all tastes and interests. The full programme is online but further to this we’ve picked out a few highlights that are not-to-be-missed.
Austentatious: An Improvised Jane Austen Novel
Austentatious returns to its London home in resplendent fashion. In each show, the all-star cast will improvise a brand new Jane Austen novel, based on an audience suggestion. Previous ‘lost works’ have included Sixth Sense & Sensibility & Double 0 Darcy. This showing is a special edition for London Book & Screen Week. Enjoy a pre-show ample with special guests from the literary world as they divulge and share their own love for Austen’s work.
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf
James Macdonald directs a new production of multi prize-winning playwright Edward Albee’s landmark play Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? This brilliant production stars Starring Olivier and Bafta award-winning actress Imelda Staunton as well as Olivier award-winner Conleth Hill. Imogen Poots additionally makes her West End debut.
The Glass Menagerie
Following a slew of awards on Broadway, award-winning director John Tiffany revives his visionary staging of this classic. Viewers will know him namely from Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Let the Right One In. Now Tiffany turns his attention to Tennessee Williams’ heart-rending masterpiece about a family struggling to survive on hopes and dreams.
13 – 19 March, various London locations; londonbookandscreenweek.co.uk