As the Fringe and International Festival prepare to get underway in Edinburgh this week, London isn’t slowing down much in August either. The capital will be welcoming these shows to theatres this month… With Mates ticket links!
1. Five Guys Named Moe, Marble Arch Theatre: Playing in a specially created pop up theatre, Five Guys Named Moe transports audiences back to the 1940’s to a world filled with jazz. Featuring the hits of Louis Jordan, including Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby, Early In The Morning, Choo Choo Ch’Boogie and, Saturday Night Fish Fry it is a show that will guarantee that you will tap your feet along to the beat. From 29 August 2017.
2. Follies, National Theatre: With an all-star cast including Imelda Staunton, Janie Dee and Tracie Bennett, Dominic Cooke’s new production of Stephen Sondheim’s modern classic is one of the most eagerly anticipated musical productions taking place in London this year. From 22 August 2017.
New York, 1971. There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves.
3. Jesus Christ Superstar, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre: Having won the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival, this production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic musical returns for another run from the 11th August. The production’s return to the Open Air Theatre also sees Declan Bennett, Tyrone Huntley (winner of the Evening Standard Emerging Talent Award for his performance last summer), David Thaxton and Peter Caulfield reprising their roles. From 24 August 2017.
4. Late Company, Trafalgar Studios: Following a successful run at the Finborough Theatre, Canadian Jordan Tannahill’s play will receive its West End premiere with the original cast reprising their roles. From 21 August 2017.
A successful middle-class couple’s lives are irrevocably changed after their teenage son is mercilessly bullied for being gay. In an attempt to “move on” they invite his chief tormentor, and his parents, to a dinner party. Far from finding the peace they seek, the dinner strips bare their good intentions to reveal layers of parental, sexual, and political hypocrisy.
5. Loot, Park Theatre: this new production of Joe Orton’s farce, marks fifty years since the play premiered five decades ago winning the Evening Standard Best Play award. The production is directed by Michael Fentiman whose previous work at the Park Theatre includes the acclaimed production of Raising Martha. From 17 August 2017.
Two young friends stash the proceeds of a bank robbery in an occupied coffin, attempting to hide their spoils from the attentions of a psychopathic policeman, a gold-digging nurse and a grieving widower.
6. Mrs Orwell, Old Red Lion Theatre: This is the world premiere production of Tony Cox’s play based on true events and is presented by Proud Haddock with a cast led by Peter Hamilton Dyer and Cressida Bonas as George Orwell and the title character. From 1-26 August 2017.
7. The Odyssey, The Scoop: Divided into three parts, Ancient Greece’s epic story is brought to life in a new production written and directed by Phil Willmott. Audiences can choose to watch all three parts at the same time or enjoy each part individually as the production is completely free – so turn up when and as often as you want. From 9 August-3 September 2017.