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Summer Theatre highlights

July 3rd, 2019 | by Ella Stern

Summer Theatre Highlights

Take a look at the amazingly diverse, thought provoking and entertaining performances we have on this summer. 

  • Rutherford and Sons

    Roger Allam (Les Misérables, The Thick of It) returns to the National for the first time in a decade to play Rutherford in this new production directed by Polly Findlay (Beginning).

    In a Northern industrial town, John Rutherford rules both factory and family with an iron will. But even as the furnaces burn relentlessly at the Glassworks, at home his children begin to turn against him.

    Githa Sowerby’s astonishing play was inspired by her own experience of growing up in a family-run factory in Gateshead. Writing in 1912, when female voices were seldom heard on British stages, she now claims her place alongside Ibsen and Bernard Shaw with this searing depiction of class, gender and generational warfare. 

    Book now. 

  • yummy

    After touring the globe, the legendary cabaret YUMMY is making it's London debut! Join the ever fabulous and award-winning ensemble as they take you on the most delicious and unpredictable ride of your life.

    Winners of "Best Production" and "Best Ensemble" (Cabaret) at the 2018 Green Room Awards, YUMMY has become synonymous with breath-taking drag, music, circus, and burlesque. The show is outrageous as it is avant garde, and is known for its refreshing new style.

    Book now.

    Underbelly Festival South Bank
  • Jean Paul Gautier: Fashion Freak Show

    Eccentric, scandalous, provocative, exuberant and as funny as ever, fashion’s enfant terrible presents his new creation: part revue, part catwalk show.

    In a UK premiere, author, director and set designer Jean Paul Gaultier takes an extravagant, yet tender, look at our times, inviting us into a world filled with excess, poetry and magic.

    Book now.

    Southbank Centre
  • Halka by Groupe Acrobatique de Tanger

    Feel the thrill of Moroccan street life as 14 young acrobats and musicians recreate the sights and sounds of life in the Maghreb.

    Celebrating the long tradition of street performances on Moroccan beaches and in villages, the stage is transformed from desert to crowded public square, from a call to prayer to a magical night-time dance. Acrobatic feats, visual humour and stirring music mix the traditional and modern, deep culture and the universal.

    Book now. 

    Southbank Centre
  • A very expensive poison

     A shocking assassination in the heart of London. In a bizarre mix of high-stakes global politics and radioactive villainy, a man pays with his life.

    At this time of global crises and a looming new Cold War, A Very Expensive Poison sends us careering through the shadowy world of international espionage from Moscow to Mayfair.

    John Crowley (Brooklyn, The Goldfinch) directs Lucy Prebble’s (The Effect, ENRON) reimagining of Luke Harding’s jaw-dropping exposé of the events behind the notorious death of ex-FSB Officer Alexander Litvinenko.

    Book now. 

    The Old Vic
  • Top girls

    Now hiring: top girls wanted for prestige positions. Must be self-motivated go-getters with an appetite for success. No timewasters.

    Marlene is the first woman to head the Top Girls employment agency. But she has no plans to stop there. With Maggie in at Number 10 and a spirit of optimism consuming the country, Marlene knows that the future belongs to women like her.

    'Caryl Churchill has made every theatre trip an adventure.'
    Guardian

    Book now.

  • Twirlywoos

    From the producers of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show and Sarah and Duck Live on Stage comes another enchanting show for young audiences.

    Toodloo, Great BigHoo, Chickedy, Chick and Peekaboo welcome young fans in a brand-new theatrical adventure, as the Twirlywoos embark on a new adventure onboard their Big Red Boat.

    Expect mischief, music and plenty of surprises as they share the delight of discovery. With beautifully inventive puppetry the show promises a cast full of all your favourite characters from the hit TV show.

    Book now.

    Underbelly Festival South Bank
  • Drag Syndrome

    The world’s first collective of drag kings and queens with Down’s syndrome take over Riverside Terrace with DJs and performance.

    The dazzling line-up includes Horrora Shebang, Justin Bond, Lady Francesca and special guests from the London drag scene.

    Book now. 

    Southbank Centre
  • Present Laughter

    Andrew Scott is wondrous in this revelatory refresh of Noël Coward’s classic comedy

    Time Out

    ‘I knew how deep your longing must be to have someone really to love you, to be with you, when I saw that dreadful prostitute come out of the spare room.’

    ‘That was not a prostitute. It was the husband of one of my dearest friends!’

    As he prepares to embark on an overseas tour, star actor Garry Essendine’s colourful life is in danger of spiralling out of control. Engulfed by an escalating identity crisis as his many and various relationships compete for his attention, Garry’s few remaining days at home are a chaotic whirlwind of love, sex, panic and soul-searching.

    A giddy and surprisingly modern reflection on fame, desire and loneliness, Matthew Warchus directs Andrew Scott in Noël Coward’s provocative comedy Present Laughter.

    Book now. 

     

    The Old Vic
  • Jellyfish

    Following a sold-out run at the Bush Theatre last year, Sarah Gordy returns to play Kelly for a limited run of this radical and heartfelt new play.

    Kelly likes dirty jokes and finding creatures washed up on the shore. Neil likes Kelly, who makes him dizzy and breathless. But Agnes, Kelly’s mum, struggles to accept their new relationship.

    Jellyfish is the story of a first kiss, chips by the beach and coming of age with Down’s Syndrome in a seaside town. It’s a unique romance across uncharted waters which asks: does everyone really have the right to love as they choose?

    Book now. 

    National Theatre
  • Peter Gynt

    Ibsen’s classic is reinvented as a riotous adventure for the 21st century. 

    Peter Gynt is searching for something: himself. Traveling from the mountains of Scotland to the pool-sides of Florida, he’ll meet talking hyenas, two-headed trolls and even an Egyptian Sphinx.  But his ultimate transformation may not be all that he hoped for…

    Playing the rebellious antihero, James McArdle (Angels In America) is reunited with David Hare and Jonathan Kent, the partnership behind the triumphant Young Chekhov at Chichester Festival Theatre and the National Theatre.

    This outrageous modern myth is designed by the Tony award-winning Richard Hudson (The Lion King), with an original score from Paul Englishby (BBC's Luther and Dr Foster) and movement direction from Polly Bennett (Bohemian Rhapsody).

    Book now. 

  • Abandoman (AKA Rob Broderick): BassDrop

    Ireland’s finest hip hop musical comedian is back in the Udderbelly for four nights only!

    Using his trademark blend of audience interaction and razor-sharp improvisation, Abandoman (aka Rob Broderick) will take you on a magical journey, transforming the audience’s likes, loathes and daydreams into hit songs and captivating tales.

    Abandoman has previously won Hackney Empire New Act of the Year, Best Comedy Newcomerat the Adelaide Fringe, headlined comedy stages at Glastonbury, Latitude, Reading and Leeds, performed as the house band for Alan Carr's Happy Houron Channel 4 alongside Craig David, played the part of Dictionary Corner in 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, as well as supported and toured with pop behemoth Ed Sheeran. Get ready to throw your suggestions in the ring and watch the beautiful musical madness unfold.

    Book now. 

    Underbelly Festival South Bank

Find The Venues

  • 2 - Underbelly Festival South Bank

    Belvedere Road Coach Park
    London SE1 8XX

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  • 3 - Southbank Centre

    Belvedere Road
    London
    SE1 8XX 

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  • 4 - Southbank Centre

    Belvedere Road
    London
    SE1 8XX 

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  • 5 - The Old Vic

    The Old Vic
    The Cut
    London
    SE1 8NB 

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  • 7 - Underbelly Festival South Bank

    Belvedere Road Coach Park
    London SE1 8XX

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  • 8 - Southbank Centre

    Belvedere Road
    London
    SE1 8XX 

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  • 9 - The Old Vic

    The Old Vic
    The Cut
    London
    SE1 8NB 

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  • 10 - National Theatre

    Upper Ground, South Bank
    London
    SE1 9PX 

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  • 12 - Underbelly Festival South Bank

    Belvedere Road Coach Park
    London SE1 8XX

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