While Edinburgh prepares to welcome back its Festival Fringe from the 4th August, London will be welcoming these shows to theatres…
1. Five Guys Named Moe, Marble Arch Theatre: playing is 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.
The new production will play at the Marble Arch Theatre from the 29th August. To book tickets visit: Ticketmaster.co.uk, See Tickets.com, Discount Theatre.com, Last Minute.com, Love Theatre.com, Theatre People.com and UK Tickets.co.uk.
2. Follies, National Theatre: with an all star cast including Imelda Staunton, Janie Dee and Tracie Bennett, this new production of Stephen Sondheim’s musical is one of the most eagerly anticipated productions taking place in London this year.
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.
4. Late Company, Trafalgar Studios: following a successful run at the Finborough Theatre, Jordan Tannahill’s play will make its West End debut from the 21st August it was recently announced and sees the original cast reprising their roles.
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.
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.
University College hospital, London, 1949.
1984 has just been published and George Orwell is in the last chapter of his life with a severe case of Tuberculosis. He still believes he has at least three novels in him so to keep his morale up he promptly proposes to friend Sonia Brownell, a 30 year old assistant magazine editor.
When Sonia learns that she is his only hope, she must decide whether to succumb to the advances of Lucien Freud or enter a platonic marriage with one of the country’s most renowned writers.
The production will run at the theatre from the 1st August.
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 between the 9th August and 3rd September.