No idea what to see this summer? Here’s our July theatre round-up to help you pick the best shows to see in the coming month…
This month’s biggest production to open in the West End is undoubtedly the stage adaptation of Shakespeare in Love. The perfect mix of Shakespearean language and sweeping romance, with a comic script thrown in for good measure, this play will appeal to Shakespeare fans and remain accessible to those largely unfamiliar with the Bard’s work. Shakespeare in Love has a bright, young cast, and the play is being helmed by an impressive creative team in Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod; the force behind Cheek by Jowl, Donnellan and Ormerod have been consistently regarded as among the best Shakespeare producers in the world.
Having opened in the last week of June, The Importance of Being Earnest shouldn’t be overlooked as one of the hottest new tickets in town. The classic play – widely considered to be Oscar Wilde’s best – is genuinely hilarious, and in the hands of a stellar cast including Nigel Havers, Siân Phillips and Cheri Lunghi, it has never sounded so good. Beatles jukebox musical Let It Be, featuring a plethora of the band’s greatest hits, is also well worth a watch when it returns to London at the Garrick Theatre this month.
When Hollywood stars grace the West End stage, critics and audiences alike take a great deal of interest in the shows in which they star. Skylight has proved no different, and Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy have both been showered with critical praise since it opened last month. The trouble is that these star performers don’t stick around for long, and the show is only scheduled to run until mid-August. So, to catch a glimpse of two of Britain’s leading actors and appreciate the acuity of David Hare’s excellent script, absolutely don’t miss Skylight.
Offer of the Month
This month’s special theatre offer invites you to see the incomparably suave Dirty Rotten Scoundrels on weekday shows until 17th October from under £99pp! This fantastic deal includes a top price ticket and an overnight hotel stay in London, and is a great way to finally see this critically-lauded and incredibly popular show. Starring Robert Lindsay and Rufus Hound as a pair of conniving conmen, out to impress the singularly gorgeous Catherine Colgate and outwit each other in a hilarious series of double-crosses. With big dance numbers and a razor-sharp script, this show has all the glamour of an old Hollywood movie – an essential watch for all theatre-lovers.
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