traditionally the next few weeks in theatre land become a bit barren, with many theatre spaces dark while technical maintenance takes place, however if you look carefully there are still many great shows playing across our many stages this week and our Executive Editor John Roberts picks five shows that you shouldn’t really miss.
The Southwark Playhouse has fast become the place to see the hottest and best produced musical revivals outside of the west end. Following the success of her critically acclaimed production of Jason Robert Brown’s Parade last year, producer Danielle Taranto has brought back the same creative team including director Thom Sutherland to present Jerry Herman’s touching musical about the magic and glory of Hollywood’s silent movie age. A sensational cast starring Laura Pitt-Pulford, Jessica Martin and Stuart Matthew Price will guarantee and wonderful night of glitz and glamour.
Runs until 25th August
Filter Theatre Company under the directorial oversight of Sean Holmes bring their critically acclaimed production of Shakespeare’s most performed comedy plays to the intimate surroundings of The Royal Exchanges quirky in the round pod. With their unique approach to stripping back the text and their zany, energetic performances you can be sure that A Midsummer Night’s Dream will leave you spellbound from the first line to the final bow.
Runs until 4th August
Jenny Seagrove leads the cast in this rarely performed and only recently re-discovered Noel Coward play, having never been performed in Coward’s lifetime this production oozes the wit and wordplay of the master of lyrical word play. Volcano gives a fascinating insight into the glamorous and scandalous Caribbean lifestyle that Coward himself enjoyed.
From 16th – 21st July
Having recently been announced as the new artistic director of the RSC, Gregory Doyle’s critically acclaimed production of Julius Caesar takes to the stage in the company’s annual visit to Newcastle’s Theatre Royal. With a cast that boasts three of the best British black actors of our generation (Paterson Joseph, Ray Fearon and Jeffrey Kissoon) Doran brings a much needed weight to Shakespeare’s political thriller.
From 19th – 28th July
Promising to be the theatrical equivalent of a 70’s wife swapping evening, this exciting new writing initiative is certainly not to be missed. “20 Writers, 10 directors, up to 40 actors, a fruit bowl, lots of keys….48 hours to make 20 short pieces of theatre…” and you are invited to see them performed just days after their keys have unlocked their hidden space.