As we zoom through June and head towards July here is a guide to just a few of the shows opening next month….
1.Apologia, Trafalgar Studios: opening for previews from the 29th July, Emmy Award winner Stockard Channing will star in this new production of Alexi Kaye Campbell’s play, directed by Jamie Lloyd.
Kristin Miller is a firebrand liberal matriarch and eminent art historian. A birthday gathering should be a cause for celebration but the cracks in her family relationships are brought to the surface by the recent publication of her memoir. As the evening progresses questions are asked about the sacrifices she has made and about the price paid by those she loves….
2. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Apollo Theatre: Sienna Miller and Jack O’Connell will star in Benedict Andrews revival of Tennessee Williams’ best known play. The production will open for previews on the 13th July.
On a steamy night in Mississippi, a Southern family gather at their cotton plantation to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday. The scorching heat is almost as oppressive as the lies they tell. Brick and Maggie dance round the secrets and sexual tensions that threaten to destroy their marriage. With the future of the family at stake, which version of the truth is real – and which will win out?
3. Girl from the North Country, Old Vic Theatre: opening for previews from the 8th July, Girl From the North Country is a story of hope, heartbreak and soul. It features music and lyrics by Bob Dylan and has been written and directed by Conor McPherson.
Duluth, Minnesota. 1934.
A community living on a knife-edge huddle together in the local guesthouse.
The owner, Nick, owes more money than he can ever repay, his wife Elizabeth is losing her mind and their daughter Marianne is carrying a child no-one will account for.
And, when a preacher selling bibles and a boxer looking for a comeback show up in the middle of the night, things start to spiral beyond the point of no return…
4. Queen Anne, Theatre Royal Haymarket: the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Helen Edmundson’s play arrives in London for a limited season only, starring Emma Cunniffe and Romola Garai.
1702. William III is on the throne and England is on the verge of war. Princess Anne is soon to become Queen, and her advisors vie for influence over the future monarch. Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough, a close friend with whom Anne has an intensely personal relationship, begins to exert increasing pressure as she pursues her own designs on power.
Contending with deceit and blackmail, Anne must decide where her allegiances lie, and whether to sacrifice her closest relationships for the sake of the country.
5. The Mentor, Vaudeville Theatre: Academy Award winner F. Murray Abraham will reprise his role as Benjamin Rubin in Laurence Boswell’s production of Daniel Kehlmann’s play.
Benjamin Rubin is a cantankerous old writer, whiskey aficionado and pedant, still basking in the reflected glory of long-ago success. Martin Wegner is a rising young literary star, heralded as “The voice of his generation”.
When Martin is given the opportunity to develop his new play under the mentorship of his idol, the two writers meet and two massive egos are set on a collision course in this perceptive and compelling comedy about art and artists and the legacy of fame.
6. I Loved Lucy, The Arts Theatre: returning to the London stage once again for a limited season, Lee Tannen’s deeply personal play about his friendship with Lucille Ball transfers to the Arts Theatre from the 19th July.
I Loved Lucy is a personal portrait of an iconic comedic entertainer whose public face is all too well known. But what was Lucille Ball really like? And how did she choose to live at the end of her life? Out of the spotlight. Based on his best-selling memoir, Lee Tannen’s funny, bitter-sweet play reveals the real-life Lucy and what it was like being her friend to the end.
7. Disco Pigs, Trafalgar Studios: Evanna Lynch and Colin Campbell are set to star in this 20th anniversary production of Edna Walsh’s play directed by John Haidar, running at the Trafalgar Studios from the 12th July.
Born at the same time on the same day in the same hospital, Pig and Runt have been inseparable ever since. They speak in their own language, play by their own rules, and create a world for themselves in which boundaries blur between truth and illusion. Until, on their seventeenth birthday, they discover something more. As night falls, and the disco and drink takes hold, they spiral violently out of control….