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Edinburgh shows to catch in London

4 September 2016 | Charlie Kenber

After another packed Edinburgh Fringe it can be easy to feel you’ve missed out. But with many of the festival’s best shows transferring to the capital, there’s plenty to catch. Here’s the lowdown…

If you like seeing young theatre companies on their way up you can do a lot worse than Tank by Breach Theatre (the company behind last year’s hit The Beanfield). This unusual show unpicks a secret 1960s NASA-funded project that attempted to teach English to dolphins. Using audio manipulation the company explore this bizarre feature of the Cold War, and last month won a Fringe First Award for their efforts. Tank is on at the New Diorama Theatre from 6th-10th September, with tickets at £12/10 available online.

For something a bit more in your face check out Two Man Show by RashDash, another Fringe First winner (amongst numerous other plaudits that the show won). This unapologetically brash and bold play looks at gender and language – this is not a company known for pulling their punches. Not one to take the kids to, but with tickets from only £10-17.50, it’s well worth a plunge. It’s on at the Soho Theatre from 6th September to 1st October, so get your tickets now.

If you’re in need of a calmer evening check out The Duke. This quiet, unassuming piece by Shon Dale-Jones takes us on a semi-auto-biographical tale in which he is asked to sacrifice the integrity of his screenplay, and to deal with his mother losing a precious family heirloom, all set against the backdrop of the refugee crisis. Charming and gentle, the show is completely free in order to encourage donations for Save the Children. It runs from 17th-22nd October at the Soho Theatre, and tickets need to be reserved.

Nominated for his fifth consecutive Edinburgh Comedy Award this year, James Acaster must be wondering what more he can do. His show Reset is a whimsical and beautifully constructed take on honey scams and the witness protection programme, featuring his signature microscopic observational comedy. The show starts with a novel crowd-work sequence and only gets stronger from there. Swoop fast to secure a ticket, as currently he’s only booked for the one night at the Lyric West End, on 5th December. Tickets are £19.75 when booked online.

For another theatre hit Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons looks at language and how we communicate when we’re forced to ration our use. The show just finished its second Edinburgh run and is now embarking on a national tour. Light yet heart-breaking, the show’s impressive trajectory saw it win several awards at the National Student Drama Festival a few years ago. It’s on at the Camden People’s Theatre from 24th-26th October, with tickets at £12/10. They’re also doing a ticket deal with Footprint Theatre’s well-received Daniel, so why not double up with another promising young company: tickets for both available online.

Finally for a late-evening slot check out the global hit that is The Naked Magicians. This strictly 18+ show ensures their tricks are all the more impressive knowing they can’t possibly have anything hidden up their sleeves. The two Australian magicians enjoyed a great run at the fringe, with plenty of raunchy humour leading up to the inevitable strip. One of the best nights out available since The Full Monty, the show runs at Trafalgar Studios until 24th September, with tickets from £15.50 – £58.50, available online.
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