Phoebe Waller Bridge in Fleabag © Jason Hetherington

The Best of Summer Theatre in London

Billie Manning

Traditionally, summer is quieter for London theatre as actors, directors and producers flock north to Edinburgh. But the cultural clock never stops ticking here, and there are plenty of great shows to get your hands on during the summer months. 

Hotter at Soho Theatre
Ell and Mary are best friends. They just so happen to be ex-girlfriends as well. They want to investigate sex and truly understand what makes people hot and horny at every age. So they thought they’d make a show about it! They have interviewed people aged 11 – 93 about what makes them sweat, what makes them moan, and have asked them to describe - in detail – what their orgasms are like. Through this research, they have created a pulsating verbatim dance show with a booty-twerking pop soundtrack. It’s candid, kinky and heart-warming. Grab tickets now, as the show is selling up fast. 
11 June – 7 September 2019

Fleabag at Wyndham’s Theatre
Beg, borrow and steal (or put your name in for the ticket lottery, or queue up early for a standing ticket) in order to get tickets for this instant-sell out return of Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s infamous Fleabag. Waller-Bridge first performed the raucous monologue that marked her out as a talent to watch in 2013, the world laughed and cried at its television adaptation, and this 2019 run will be the last time she will take on the mantle of the chaotic eponymous character. Bound to be a bundle of fun.

20 August - 14 September

Catch some Edinburgh previews
August means only one thing in theatre and comedy circles - the hulking behemoth that is the Edinburgh Fringe. Last year’s festival featured over 3,500 shows totalling 55,000+ performances, which is frankly staggering. It’s a month like no other, but here in London we’re fortunate enough to be able to sample some of the shows heading into the melee. Here’s our guide to where and what to watch this year.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat at London Palladium
Andrew Lloyd Webber brings the big guns back out with this revival of one of the world’s most beloved musicals about a coat. First performed fifty whole years ago, the show is a perennial favourite and always pulls star power. This time Sheridan Smith will be taking on the mantle of the Narrator while Jason Donovan assumes the role of the Pharaoh. 

Until 8 September
Open-air theatre
Summer is the perfect time to catch some open air theatre. Nothing else quite matches Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s beautiful amphitheatre for summer atmosphere, or for a small but perfectly formed performance area try Battersea Arts Centre for comedy, gigs and spoken word. For waterside fun, get down to the National Theatre’s River Stage, taking place over five weekends from 5 July to 4 August, with each weekend curated by a different organisation showcasing their work. Check out our full guide to the summer's open-air offerings here.

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