Entertainments Theatre

Theatre Listings for Summer 2017
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Cat On A Hot Tin Roof at the Young Vic (Photo by Charlie Gray)

NATIONAL THEATRE
SOUTHBANK
SE1 9PX
020 7452 3000

Angels in America
Part One: Millennium Approaches & Part Two: Perestroika
To 19 August
By Tony Kushner
America in the mid-1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell.

Common
to 5 August
By DC Moore
An epic tale of England’s lost land. Mary’s the best liar, rogue, thief and faker in this whole septic isle. And now she’s back. As the factory smoke of the industrial revolution belches out from the cities, Mary is swept up in the battle for her former home.

Common

Salomé
9 June to 15 July
By Yaël Farber
An occupied desert nation. A radical from the wilderness on hunger strike. A girl whose mysterious dance will change the course of the world.

Barber Shop Chronicles
To 8 July
By Inua Ellams
One day. Six cities. A thousand stories. Newsroom, political platform, local hot spot, confession box, preacher-pulpit and football stadium. For generations, African men have gathered in barber shops to discuss the world.

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CANADA WATER CULTURE SPACE
21 SURREY QUAYS ROAD
SE16 7AR
020 7525 2931

Chill Pill: Southwark Poetry Festival Special
15 June 7:30pm
Join the Chill Pill collective and a special Southwark Poetry Festival-inspired line up for summertime dose of everyone’s favourite spoken word night. One of the UKs leading poetry collectives, Chill Pill nights are a regular fixture at the Albany and return to Canada Water after their spectacular January debut. Arrive early to sign up for open mic slots.

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SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE
56 PARK STREET
SE1 9AR
020 7261 9565

Romeo and Juliet
To 9 July
By William Shakespeare
Daniel Kramer, Artistic Director of English National Opera, brings Shakespeare’s timeless ritual of love and death to the Globe stage in a vibrant, volatile production. His wild and energetic take on Romeo and Juliet explodes in a modern twist on Shakespeare’s classic story.

Twelfth Night
To 5 August
By William Shakespeare
Twins Sebastian and Viola are shipwrecked on the coast of Illyria, separated and believing each other to be dead. Beside herself with grief, Viola disguises herself as a boy and goes into the service of the Duke Orsino. The Duke, madly in love with the Countess Olivia, sends Viola to woo on his behalf.

What could possibly go wrong? Olivia falls in love with the cross-dressed page while Viola falls deep and fast for Orsino.

Much Ado About Nothing
14 July to 15 October
Shakespeare’s classic tale of antagonistic romance and madcap humour explodes on to the Globe stage with a fusion of Latin music, desert flowers and revolutionary politics in this bold new production.

Mexico, 1910. Claudio and Benedick return home from the first wave of the revolution.

King Lear
10 August to 14 October
By William Shakespeare
King Lear has three daughters, but no sons. Boldly he makes a decision to divide his kingdom among his children, but fails to anticipate the consequences of his actions. As he comes to realize the false values by which he has lived, he finally encounters his own humanity. Kevin McNally stars as Lear.

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THE OLD VIC
103 THE CUT
SE1 8NB
020 7928 2651

Girl From The North Country
10 July to 7 October
Written and Directed by Conor McPherson
Music and lyrics by Bob Dylan

Duluth, Minnesota. 1934. A community living on a knife-edge huddle together in the local guesthouse.

The owner, Nick, owes more money than he can ever repay, his wife Elizabeth is losing her mind and their daughter Marianne is carrying a child no-one will account for. And, when a preacher selling bibles and a boxer looking for a comeback show up in the middle of the night, things start to spiral beyond the point of no return…

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THE YOUNG VIC
66 THE CUT
SE1 8LZ
020 7922 2922

Life Of Galileo
To 1 July
By Bertolt Brecht
Brendan Cowell plays Galileo following his acclaimed performance in Yerma. Galileo makes an explosive discovery about the universe with his new invention – the telescope.

Performed in-the-round on a stunning set designed by Lizzie Clachan, the show features original music by The Chemical Brothers’ Tom Rowlands and projections by 59 Productions (Feast, War Horse).

Cat On A Hot Tin Roof
13 July to 7 October
by Tennessee Williams

On a steamy night in Mississippi, a Southern family gather at their cotton plantation to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday. The scorching heat is almost as oppressive as the lies they tell. Brick and Maggie dance round the secrets and sexual tensions that threaten to destroy their marriage.

Tennessee Williams’ searing, poetic story of a family’s fight for survival is a twentieth century masterpiece.

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Lettice and Lovage at Menier Chocolate Factory, with Felicity Kendal and Maureen Lipman (Photo by Catherine Ashmore)

MENIER CHOCOLATE FACTORY
53 SOUTHWARK STREET
SE1 1RU
020 7378 1713

Lettice & Lovage
4 May to 8 July
By Peter Shaffer

Felicity Kendal and Maureen Lipman star, directed by Trevor Nunn.

Lettice, employed as a stately home tourist guide, has inherited theatricality and eccentricity from her mother. Caught using ‘alternative facts’ to embroider the history of the house by Lotte, her supervisor, she is dismissed. During the dismissal interview they uncover common ground with the result that she and Lotte develop an unlikely friendship.

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 3/4 The Musical
14 July to 9 September
Book and lyrics are by Jake Brunger
Based on the book by Sue Townsend

Set in 1980s Leicester, we follow the daily dramas and misadventures of Adrian’s adolescent life. With dysfunctional parents, ungrateful elders, a growing debt to school bully Barry Kent and an unruly pimple on his chin, life is hard for a misunderstood intellectual who is only 13 3/4… To top it off, when new girl Pandora joins the class and captures his heart, his best friend Nigel steals hers.

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