August Theatre | Theatre in London | Cheap Theatre
The school holidays are in full swing up and down the country with young folk running amuck across villages, towns and cities. In keeping with this spirit, London’s theatre scene has released a clutch of grown-up plays to remind us of youthful folly, pride and passion. Plays that will brim us full with nostalgia and embarrassment for those carefree, gullible, misguided and credulous days of yore. And remind us that even the youngest of souls are resilient and strong beyond words.
Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour at the National Theatre
A girls choir from rural Scotland is bussed into the big city to take part in the national singing finals. But five of the group break free for a night of unadulterated, adolescent debauchery.
Adapted by Lee Hall from Alan Warner’s much praised novel The Sopranos, Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour was a sell-out smash hit at last year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe. This musical comedy, directed by Vicky Featherstone, finally comes to London after a hugely successful nationwide tour.
Hilarious and heart-breaking, join the quintet as they lose their innocence and find themselves somewhere between bottles of booze, regrettable piercings and being sick in a bin.
The Plough and the Stars at the National Theatre
Written by famed Irish dramatist Seán O’Casey, The Plough and the Stars marks the end of his much revered Dublin Trilogy. Set across a six month period from November 1915 to Easter weekend 1916, O’Casey’s work examines characters in the run up to and execution of the Easter Day Rising of 1916.
Met with riots at its premier in Dublin in 1926, it has gone on to be considered as O’Casey’s masterpiece. A triumph of writing and political comment that marks the real life struggles of the Dublin working class during times of huge political upheaval.
Already bequeathed with a mass of five star reviews, The Plough and the Stars is a major production not to be missed.
Jungle Book at London Wonderground
After the global mega-hit live action version of The Jungle Book earlier this year, Kipling’s tale of self-discovery comes to London Wonderground for an updated and urban re-telling.
The kids’ favourite is transplanted into a city environment as Mowgli finds her way through the streets with the help of beat-boxing bin-man Baloo, graffiti artist Bagheera and the skateboarding Wolf crew.
Fusing the classic yarn with modern arts, Jungle Book is a fast, frenetic and fantastic show for people of all ages.
The Tin Ring at the Southbank Centre
Hear the true story of Zdenka Fantlova, one of the few Holocaust survivors still alive today. Performed by Jane Arnfield, we hear Fantlova’s story from the outbreak of war to her eventual liberation. Throughout her time Fantlova kept a tin ring, given to her by her first love Arno, as a symbol of truth and hope.
Moving and crucial, The Tin Ring reminds us of the spirit of strength of youth and love in the darkest of times.
Rise at The Old Vic
Created by a community of outspoken local residents and using a mesh of words, music and movement – Rise is by Londoners about London. A true representation of the hopes and fears of our neighbours in the capital.
Although Rise has completely sold out, keep a look out for return tickets you can snap up.