Here’s a guide to what was proving popular on LLLC last month…

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Old Royal Naval College Announce Summer Programme of Outdoor events: shortly after opening its doors to the public for the first time since lockdown, the venue announced a number of outdoor events including tours and cinema screenings.

Preview of The Stars Are Bright, The Theatre Courtyard: as restrictions were lifted on museums and galleries opening their doors, this exhibition at the Theatre Courtyard was announced. It brings together the work by young Zimbabwean painters which are being seen by the public for the first time in almost seventy years. 

Review of Tiny Dancers by National Youth Theatre: we were lucky enough to watch the NYT’s latest production – created and filmed during lockdown. With cast giving mature performances, it highlights the problems and effects lockdown has had on a number of people in different situations.

Review of The Grinning Man, Bristol Old Vic: having missed it during its run in London, it was a real delight to finally catch this dark fairytale musical, presented as part of the theatre’s first online season.

Review of Songs for a New World, The Other Palace: it was wonderful to catch Jason Robert Brown’s first musical piece. Featuring a stunning cast – it worked perfectly in this isolated performance but let’s hope Lambert Jackson Productions bring it back when theatres are allowed to open again!

Preview of The New Normal Festival: with outdoor theatre performances allowed to take place, this festival is set to celebrate the best of performance in all forms. Find out more on the line up on LLLC.

Review of Blackeyed Theatre’s Sherlock Holmes: The Sign of Four: it was immensely enjoyable to catch Blackeyed Theatre’s own take on a classic Sherlock Holmes story filled with mystery, death and intrigue it was a great watch.

Review of Les Blancs, National Theatre at Home: thank goodness for the National Theatre for keeping us all so well entertained during lockdown and for allowing us to see production that people may have missed the first time around. This includes this showing of this powerful piece which is so relevant – particularly given everything that has happened in the last few months.

Review of The Deep Blue Sea, National Theatre at Home: Helen McCory really shone in this stunning and detailed production of Terence Rattigan’s play. Mesmerising throughout, I would have loved to have seen this live – and will now be a big regret that I didn’t manage to.

Review of Turn Up London: organised to celebrate the wealth of black talent out there as well as raising awareness for the Black Lives Matters and other causes this was a concert that had real power and punch. Formed of music and speeches, you came away feeling slightly more enlightened.


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