Theatre shows in London – July 2014

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Donmar Warehouse
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My Night With Reg - Donmar Warehouse

"My Night With Reg" is set in Guy's London flat, where friends old and new gather to party through the night. But this is 1985, and for Guy and his circle of gay friends the world is about to change forever...
Leicester Square Theatre
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Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles

"Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles" tells the story of Brian Epstein's hidden private life. One part of the play explores his troubled and drug-fuelled final days, whilst the other looks back upon his meteoric rise from his drama school days to managing the world's greatest pop group — The Beatles.
Trafalgar Studios
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Dessa Rose - Trafalgar Studios

"Dessa Rose" is a powerful and moving story set in the ante-bellum South, combining elements of folk, blues, hymns and gospel. Dessa Rose is a young slave who battles through a barrage of hardships because of her skin colour, whilst Ruth is a young white mother, and faces difficulties of her own because of her gender.
Eventim Apollo
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Derren Brown: Infamous

After a successful run in the West End, Derren Brown is bringing his latest show "Infamous" to the Hammersmith Apollo. Be prepared for a roller-coaster ride of psychological illusion as Derren promises an evening of mind-melting psychological illusions.
Olivier Theatre
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A Small Family Business - by Alan Ayckbourn

"A Small Family Business" tells the story of Jack McCracken: a principled man in a corrupt world. But not for long. Soon after he taked over his father-in-law's business Jack is confronted by a private detective armed with some compromising information. As his integrity fades away as he discovers that his family are all the same — a collection of thieves and adulterers, looting the business for all it's worth.
Young Vic
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A Streetcar Named Desire, with Gillian Anderson

Tennessee Williams' classic play "A Streetcar Named Desire" is coming to London at the Young Vic Theatre. It tells the tale of fading beauty Blanche DuBois, who unexpectedly turns up at her sister's house in the hot and stuffy summer of downtown New Orleans.
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
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Open Air Theatre - Porgy and Bess

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre is putting on an adaptation of George Gershwin's classic folk-opera "Porgy and Bess". With a host of unforgettable melodies like "Summertime" and "It Ain't Necessarily So", "Porgy and Bess" is one of America's greatest-ever operas.
Olivier Theatre
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Medea - at the National Theatre

Medea is a devoted wife and a mother, who followed her husband onto exile and bore him two sons. But when he abandons them for a new life, Medea faces banishment. She begs for one day's grace... and exacts a terrible revenge on everything she holds dear.
Lyric Theatre
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The Tiger Who Came To Tea

"The Tiger Who Came to Tea" started out as a best-selling picture book by Judith Kerr, shifting more than 4 million copies since its release. Now, this much-loved children's tale has been adapted for the stage, with songs and lyrics suited to a sing-along. The show is a perfect for pre- and primary school children (3+), and audience participation is much encouraged!
Lyttelton Theatre
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Great Britain, at the National Theatre

"Great Britain" is a fast and furious new play by Richard Bean. It's an anarchic and foul-mouthed satire about the press, the police and the political establishment. It tells the story of Paige Britain, an young and ambitious tabloid editor, who is locked in a never-ending battle for more readers.
Trafalgar Studios
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Shakespeares Richard III, with Martin Freeman

Trafalgar Studios will be putting on a production of Shakespeare's "Richard III", with Martin Freeman in the starring role. It tells the story of the evil Richard, Duke of Gloucester, who took Edward IV's two young sons into custody after the old king's death. When the two princes mysteriously disappeared a short time later, Richard claimed the throne for himself, and woe betide anyone who dared to raise a voice against him!
New London Theatre
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The Elephantom

"The Elephantom" tells of a little girl who is unexpectedly visited by a big blue elephant. At first she is thrilled and excited to have an invisible elephant living in her house. But Elephantoms are a bit too big for houses... and before long he's causing a lot of trouble.
Theatre Royal Haymarket
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Daytona - with Maureen Lipman

"Daytona" is a beautifully poignant love story about moral dilemmas, personal identities, and the relationships that bind us all. Set in New York in the 1980s, Joe and Elli are practising their ballroom dancing for the big competition. But then one night, completely out of the blue, Joe's long-lost brother bursts back into their lives with an extraordinary story to tell...
Harold Pinter Theatre
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The Importance of Being Earnest

Oscar Wilde's farcical comedy follows two girls and two suitors who are earnest to marry, plus Lady Bracknell -- who is earnestly hoping for a cucumber sandwich. Their brushes with the redoubtable Lady Bracknell result in some hilarious misadventures, and the plot fizzes with some of the finest dialogue in all of theatre.
Old Vic
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The Crucible, by Arthur Miller

Arguably Arthur Miller's greatest play, "The Crucible" sees a community torn apart by jealousy and superstition amid the Salem witch hunts. As hysteria takes hold in the village, choices have to be made: do they conform to survive, or uphold their beliefs whatever the consequences?
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
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Shakespeares Twelfth Night - for kids aged 6-and-over

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre is putting on a production of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night", re-imagined for everyone aged six and over. It tells the story of Viola, who disguises herself as her possibly-dead brother to get a job with the Duke. But when he sends him/her off to woo his beloved, Olivia instead falls for his/her charms. A chaos of mistaken identities ensues, with the brother turning up in the nick of time to set right all the wrongs.
Globe Theatre
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Julius Caesar - at the Globe Theatre

The Globe Theatre is putting on a production of William Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar". When Julius Caesar returns to Rome victorious he is at the height of his powers, but Brutus and his republican enemies decide to curb his ambitions by assassinating him.
Menier Chocolate Factory
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Forbidden Broadway

"Forbidden Broadway" has been gently lampooning Broadway shows and stars since 1982. This updated version of the show showcases some of the best shows from Broadway and the West End, including "Miss Saigon", "The Book of Mormon", "Once", "Matilda" and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory".
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
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Open Air Theatre - Hobsons Choice

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre is putting on a production of "Hobson's Choice". When cobbler Henry Hobson takes umbrage at his daughter's decision to marry boot-maker Willie Mossop, they decide to get married anyway and set up a rival shop nearby. It is Willie who ultimately triumphs in this unlikely love story, which presents a vivid mix of working class life and uplifting humour.
Garrick Theatre
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The Fab Four are back - with Let It Be

"Let It Be" is hitting the West End in a spectacular theatrical concert featuring over twenty of The Beatles' greatest hits! Witness The Beatles' meteoric rise from the Cavern Club, through Beatlemania, and on to their later masterpieces like "Hey Jude" and "Let It Be". Live performances will take you back to the swinging sixties when all you needed was love, and a little help from your friends!
Wyndham’s Theatre
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Skylight - with Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan

"Skylight" stars Hollywood actors Bill Nighy ('Love Actually') and Carey Mulligan ('The Great Gatsby'). When Kyra Hollis receives an unexpected visit from her ex-lover on a bitterly cold night, she learns that his wife has recently died. As the evening progresses, and they try and rekindle their once passionate relationship, they soon find themselves locked in a dangerous battle of mutual desires and opposing ideologies.
Donmar Warehouse
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Fathers and Sons - Donmar Warehouse

"Fathers And Sons" follows the arrival of two young men at a country estate: one is the son of the landowner, and the other is a brilliant and charismatic radical. But their warm welcome rapidly cools when one of them attacks the values of the host, bringing to the surface the tensions between the two generations.
Ambassadors Theatre
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The Confessions of Gordon Brown

Gordon Brown is back! But only on stage... in this hilarious expose of his time in Downing Street. "The Confessions of Gordon Brown" is filled with betrayals, stab-in-the-back plotting, and his darkest secrets. This candid one-man play reveals what it takes to knife your way to the top and rule a nation... and how his dreams all fell apart. Did he end up as Downing Street's greatest failure?
Globe Theatre
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Antony and Cleopatra - at the Globe Theatre

When Cleopatra bewitches the great Roman ruler Mark Antony, he falls out with his fellow leaders and sides with Cleopatra. But his infatuation with the beautiful Queen of Egypt threatens to split the Empire.
Duchess Theatre
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Bakersfield Mist - with Kathleen Turner

"Bakersfield Mist" is a colourful new comedy-drama isnspired by true events. When Maude buys a painting for a few bucks in her local junk store, she almost throws it out. But then she convinces herself that it might be a lost Jackson Pollock — worth millions of pounds. A world-class art expert flies over from New York to authenticate the painting, and has no idea what he is about to discover.
Shaftesbury Theatre
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Pajama Game - Shaftesbury Theatre

The classic Broadway musical "The Pajama Game" is coming to the Shaftesbury Theatre, featuring hit songs "Hey There", "Once-A-Year Day", "There Once Was A Man" and "Steam Heat". Romance is in the air at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory, as Superintendent Sid Sorokin falls head-over-heels in love with feisty Union rep Babe Williams.
Aldwych Theatre
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Bring Up The Bodies - Aldwych Theatre

Based on Hilary Mantel's prize-winning novels, "Bring Up The Bodies" is a rich and riveting play about power, passion and politics in Henry VIII's court. Following on from the events of "Wolf Hall", Anne Boleyn is now Henry's Queen, but her position remains precarious until she delivers his longed-for son.
Aldwych Theatre
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Wolf Hall - Aldwych Theatre

Based on Hilary Mantel's prize-winning novels, "Wolf Hall" is a rich and riveting play about power, passion and politics in Henry VIII's court. It's 1527, and Henry is desperate for a male heir. He demands that Cardinal Wolsey deliver him a divorce from the Pope, so that he can pursue Anne Boleyn. But with every passing month the King's anger grows, and into this volatile court enters Thomas Cromwell. Will he be able to grant the King's desire?
Playhouse Theatre
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George Orwells 1984″

George Orwell's nightmarish vision of the future is coming to the Almeida Theatre. Winston Smith thinks a thought... but Big Brother is watching. Orwell's fiction is re-examined in a radical new staging which explores modern-day surveillance, and why his terrible vision of the future is as relevant now as ever.
Globe Theatre
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Shakespeares Titus Andronicus

The Globe Theatre is putting on a production of Shakespeare's "Titus Andronicus". It tells the story of the general Titus, who returns to Rome with the Goth queen Tamora and her three sons. But when Titus sacrifices her eldest son and refuses the to take on the title of emperor, he initiates a terrible cycle of violence.
Vaudeville Theatre
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Handbagged - about the Queen and Margaret Thatcher

"Handbagged" is a wickedly funny new play which tells the story of two iconic women — Liz and Maggie. One is destined to rule, the other is elected to lead. But when the Queen and Margaret Thatcher got behind closed doors, and the gloves came off, which one had the upper hand?
Apollo Theatre
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Let The Right One In

Oskar is being bullied at school, comes from a broken home, and is longing for friendship. Eli is the troubled girl who's just moved in next-door. They soon form a deep connection, but when a series of brutal killings plagues the neighbourhood, the shocking truth about Eli tests Oskar's loyalty to the limit.
Savoy Theatre
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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Based on the hit movie starring Sir Michael Caine and Steve Martin, "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" will transport you to the decadent underworld of the French Riviera, where two seasoned old swindlers attempt to con a rich heiress. But as the pair compete to see who has the better con, they discover that there is only room for one of them...
Duke of York’s Theatre
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Jeeves & Wooster - Duke of Yorks Theatre

When a delightful trip to the countryside takes a turn for the worse, Bertie is called on to play matchmaker -- reconciling the drippy daughter Madeline Bassett with Gussie Fink-Nottle. If Bertie can't pull off the wedding of the season he'll be forced to marry the ghastly girl for himself!
Adelphi Theatre
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The Bodyguard - The Musical

"The Bodyguard" is based on the Kevin Costner/Whitney Houston movie, and tells the story of Frank Farmer, an ex-Secret Service agent who is hired to protect a pop singer from a mystery stalker. The soundtrack features a clutch of Whitney's greatest hits including "One Moment in Time", "Saving All My Love", "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" and "I Will Always Love You".
 
 
 
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