July Theatre | Theatre in London | Cheap Theatre
Summer is officially upon us. Not that anyone would know what with the constant showers and only occasional sunshine. And there's nowhere better to take shelter from the unpredictable gusts and storms of this very British summer than within the darkened rooms of London's premier theatre scene. See below for the best deals and shows in London this July.
The River Stage at the National Theatre
Positioned outside the National Theatre, the River Stage is a free, outdoor, month long season of live music, DJs, dance and workshops. Perfect for swinging by any time to enjoy the excellent quality of work being performed there this year. From family friendly Mr Tiddle Tum shows to late night Glow Raves, the River Stage is looking to bring culture and good times to anyone and everyone.
Young Chekhov Trilogy at the National Theatre
Transferring from Chichester Festival Theatre (which so many excellent shows seem to do at the moment), this trilogy of early Chekhov plays – Platonov, Ivanov and The Seagull – paint an extraordinary picture of the young man as an artist. Adapted by the multi-award winning David Hare, these three plays are performed by the same ensemble and can be enjoyed separately or, for the hardened Chekhovians of you, in one singe day. Nearly eight hours of Chekhov in one sitting. Not for the faint hearted.
Groundhog Day at The Old Vic
Many thought that the Bill Murray/Harold Ramis classic Groundhog Day was untouchable. This near-perfect film could be improved no further and should be left in its current state for all to enjoy, unaltered, forever more. But then along came comedian turned musical writer Tim Minchin, a huge talent, and The Old Vic artistic director Matthew Warchus who is proving his time post-Spacey is as successful as anything his predecessor achieved. So Warchus and Minchin teamed up and realised that what Groundhog Day needed was some song and dance numbers and, by all early accounts, they're pulling it off. Opening 15th July, be sure to get tickets whilst you can.
KlangHaus: On Air at Southbank Centre
As one reviewer pointed out, KlangHaus: On Air is the perfect antidote for anyone fearing they have seen all that can be seen at live music gigs. Part concert, part art installation, all theatre – KlangHaus: On Air take audiences to the little used roof space above the Royal Festival Hall for an unique and inspiring evening. The space itself becomes a player in this immersive, 360 degree experience that brings cloud, sky, river and wave together for one ultimate musical journey.
Austentatious: An Improvised Jane Austen Novel, London Wonderground
Returning, as ever, to the big purple cow on South Bank, cult favourite Austentatious is back to create the greatest Jane Austen novels never written. Every performance, led by a new title provided by the audience, the talented troup of actors and musicians act out, in its entirety from blossoming romance to cruellest fate (or whatever the title and actors dictate). Always unique and always hilarious, Austentatious has been thrilling audiences none stop since its now mythical eruption of success at the Edinburgh Fringe all those years ago. A sure fire winner every time.