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August and September - London Theatre Highlights

It’s been a long time coming. After closures, online shows, test events and no end of uncertainty, live theatre is returning. On the long list of things taken for granted before 2020, the wealth of theatre available in London is certainly one of them. While it will still take a few months for the wheels of the industry to begin fully turning, welcoming audiences back through the doors is a massive moment.

The New Diorama Theatre is an organisation that does more than most to support emerging theatre companies with the creation of new work and a platform on which to present it. One such company, The PappyShow, are no longer emerging - their hit show BOYS was a success with audiences and critics alike - and the follow-up GIRLS has already wowed crowds at both Incoming and VAULT festivals. Running from 17-21 August, an inter-generational ensemble reflect on their respective journeys to womanhood in a show that celebrates the female experience in all its glory.

 

Travis Alabanza is a writer and performer whose thoughtful, poetic work has seen them become one of the most exciting contemporary voices in theatre and beyond. Overflow, set in a bathroom cubicle, sees Reece Lyons’ protagonist Rosie recall memories of club toilets past and the friendships, antagonists and DMCs that occur with such regularity in spaces where privacy and the public collide. It’s a critical look at sisterhood and an evocation of the therapeutic effects of club culture, running from 31 August - 9 October at the Bush Theatre.

 

Jasmine Lee-Jones’ award-winning (and brilliantly titled) seven methods of killing kylie jenner also saw her collect a Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for Most Promising Playwright. Her follow-up, Curious, runs at the Soho Theatre from 16 September - 16 October and sees Lee-Jones also play the role of Jaz, a second-year drama school student whose building sense of apathy is blown wide apart when she discovers a centuries-old performance that changes her view of the world and herself. It’s a play that Lee-Jones began when she too was in drama school, and we’re excited to see how it’s evolved in the years since.

 

I’m afraid we failed at a pre-article challenge to write a theatre piece without mentioning Shakespeare… the temptation was just too much to resist when there are two exciting productions opening within a week of each other. The Young Vic’s much-delayed and much-anticipated production of Hamlet stars the magnificent Cush Jumbo - whose previous award-winning Shakespearean performances were universally acclaimed - as the Danish royal out for revenge, and we can’t wait to see how she plays it, from 25 September - 13 November. Across town at the Almeida Theatre, from 27 September - 20 November, acclaimed director Yaël Farber directs Saoirse Ronan in her UK stage debut as Lady Macbeth in The Tragedy of Macbeth. Ronan is one of the foremost actors of her generation - and her casting epitomises the wealth of talent seen in London theatre. It’s good to be back.

 

For tickets for any or all of the shows click below for the shows' websites

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