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Summer Theatre Highlights

June 23rd, 2017 | by Andy Currums

Summer Theatre Highlights

“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” Shakespeare swooned in Sonnet 18. Well, with July now upon us and August on the way, you won’t have to rely on mere comparisons of summer days – you’ll be able to live them for yourself. The South Bank, both inside and out, has cultural offerings for lapping up the rays and basking in the shade.

  • River Stage

    Something of a summer mainstay at the National Theatre is the excellent Riverstage – a free outdoor stage for enjoying the vast waters of the Thames and internationally acclaimed performance art at the same time.

    For the new-wave artist in you be sure to be there for HOME’s take over on the 4th, 5th and 6th of August – a weekend of cutting edge and contemporary art from around the world.  For more classic tastes, Rambert Dance will be in charge on the 18th, 19th and 20th. And for your naughty side, make sure you indulge in the delights of The Glory on 28th, 29th and 30th.

    For more information click here.

    National Theatre
  • Common

    Common is the first of three productions (the next two listed below) at the National this season featuring some of the finest actresses working today.

    Firstly, Ann-Marie Duff - undoubtedly one the nation’s most skilful stage actresses. One of my great I-wish-I-had-just-bought-a-ticket regrets is having not seen her Olivier-nominated performance in Saint Joan ten years ago. God, I wish I had just bought a ticket.

    Common is proving to possibly be another of those moments. From all the reviews one ubiquitous element shines through – Ann-Marie Duff is excellent. This is, of course, unsurprising in many ways considering her lengthy CV and the array of awards under her belt.

    Common is another chance to see this expert of her craft do what she does best.

    For more information and tickets click here.

    National Theatre
  • Follies

    Considering the huge acclaim both the musical and hosting theatre hold it’s almost hard to believe that Sondheim’s much-loved fable of performance, nostalgia and disappointment hasn’t been staged at the National before. And it is an undeniable coup to have the ever excellent Imelda Staunton (National Theatre great actress number two) bringing her talents (and mightily impressive pipes) to the show.

    One of only four revivals taking place at the National this season, Follies is the bitter-sweet story of performers looking through rose-tinted glasses at “the good old days” - where they thought they’d be then and where they find themselves now.

    A musical experience not to be missed. Be sure to book soon as tickets are flying out the door.

    For more information and tickets click here.

     

    National Theatre
  • Mosquitos

    The final actress featuring in the National’s trilogy of greatness is the peerless Olivia Coleman. What a short time ago it feels when Olivia Coleman was mainly known for her role on Channel 4 favourite Peep Show. Now, she is held in deservedly high esteem for her acting both on celluloid and on stage.

    For Mosquitos she has been given an excellent sparring partner in the equally fantastic Olivia Williams and a fine writer in the work of Lucy Kirkwood – recognisable to most for her colossal hit Chimerica.

    Mosquitos is a classic in the making.

    For more information and tickets click here.

    National Theatre
  • Girl from the North Country

    With the fine music of Bob Dylan weaved throughout the piece, Girl from the North Country is a twisting and simmering tale of desperation in depression era America.

    A community huddle in a guesthouse, their future uncertain, small town dramas playing out inside the four walls, when a preacher and a boxer arrive and everything changes.

    Written by Conor McPherson and using the music of Bob Dylan played live on stage – this is a theatrical event of the summer.

    For more information and tickets click here.

    The Old Vic
  • KlanghHaus: 800 Breaths

    A gig experience like no other, The Neutrinos and Sal Pittman return to bring the private spaces of Royal Festival Hall to life.

    After last year’s sell-out KlangHaus: On Air, the band, along with visual artist Pittman, aim to yet again add a new dimension to what we think about music, art, gigs and the spaces in which they are performed.

    If new, experimental and cutting-edge art is your preference – you could do a lot worse than booking tickets for this extraordinary second round collaboration.

    For more information and tickets click here.

    Southbank Centre
  • English National Ballet: Romeo and Juliet

    What else needs to be said other than what the title already proclaims? The world-renowned English National Ballet performing one of the greatest ballets using the spellbinding choreography of 2017 Blue Plaque receiver Rudolf Nureyev.

    An exhilarating chance to see the work of great dancers from the past and the present.

    For more information and tickets click here.

    Southbank Centre
  • Cirkus Cirkör

    I admit, all of the above recommendations have been reasonably high-brow and the South Bank, of course, is as much about wild and escapist fun as it is about sophisticates and the culturati. So if it is wild thrills, spills and a touch of heart-warming wonder you’re looking for – Cirkus Cirkör is where your search ends.

    These master of Scandinavian circus will have you on the edge of your seats.

    For more information and tickets click here.

    Southbank Centre

Find The Venues

  • 1 - National Theatre

    Upper Ground, South Bank
    London
    SE1 9PX 

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  • 2 - National Theatre

    Upper Ground, South Bank
    London
    SE1 9PX 

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  • 3 - National Theatre

    Upper Ground, South Bank
    London
    SE1 9PX 

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  • 4 - National Theatre

    Upper Ground, South Bank
    London
    SE1 9PX 

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  • 5 - The Old Vic

    The Old Vic
    The Cut
    London
    SE1 8NB 

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  • 6 - Southbank Centre

    Belvedere Road
    London
    SE1 8XX 

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  • 7 - Southbank Centre

    Belvedere Road
    London
    SE1 8XX 

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  • 8 - Southbank Centre

    Belvedere Road
    London
    SE1 8XX 

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