As the days grow longer the theatre trips are stacking up, with the added luxury of occasionally leaving the theatre to find the last remnants of daylight still hanging around the London skies. Here’s my schedule of dramatic and musical highlights as the summer finally creeps closer. It’s currently top-of-the-month heavy so hopefully will find some more dates to add to my diary later in the month soon!

The Odyssey, New Diorama Theatre/Incoming Festival (Mon 1st)

The first night of Incoming Festival sees its first double bill, and second into the auditorium is The Sleeping Trees with its production of The Odyssey – all of it, packed into an hour, with more than a dash of artistic licence. See my preview of the festival here for more information, and book a ticket now to something that’s not yet sold out (lots are!) to support emerging theatre companies for just £5! The best bargain in town this month.

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The Audience, Apollo Theatre (Sat 6th)

the Audience KST

Having seen Helen Mirren as the Queen in a National Theatre Live broadcast last year, the main pull of this West End reprise is to see how another grand dame of the stage, Kristin Scott Thomas, fares in the role of the monarch. A gently amusing, and at time surprising look at the Queen’s Prime Ministers across the years, Stephen Daldry’s production is an ideal choice for a matinee theatre trip with my family, and surely won’t disappoint.

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Bend It Like Beckham, Phoenix Theatre (Mon 8th)

Now. This could be interesting. I really have no idea whether I’m going to love or hate this adaptation of the hit 2002 movie that sees 18-year-old Jess follow her dream of playing football while battling her parents’ disapproval. There’s plenty of potential in the blend of music styles and cultures that could enliven the score (composed by Howard Goodall), but the prospect of football on stage will be a tricky one to pull off. Watch this space to see how it goes…

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64 Squares, New Diorama Theatre/Incoming Festival (Tue 9th)

64-Squares_Rhum-and-Clay_710x300The penultimate night of Incoming Festival, and it’s an unusual chess-themed piece that caught my eye (and, of course, that bargain price again). Involving the notoriously tricky board game and, by the sounds of it, a split personality, this looks to be an intriguing prospect from Rhum and Clay theatre company.

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Traces, Peacock Theatre (Sat 14th)

Something a little bit different, as I haven’t really seen any circus before. Presented by The 7 Fingers (or to give the company its true name, ‘Les 7 doigts de la main’), Traces combines acrobatics, aerials, contemporary dance, skateboards and more into a breath-taking production. A departure from my normal theatre choices, which is always a good thing, and a chance to (hopefully) be truly astounded by some real raw talent.

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Miss Saigon, Prince Edward Theatre (Tue 23rd)

Miss Saigon

Finally! I’ve been desperate to see this show ever since the West End revival was first announced, and finally my chance has come! Hopefully I haven’t over-hyped it for myself and I’m still able to revel in what has become a classic of the genre. With a plethora of great reviews, the prospect of a real weepie, and *that* helicopter, I should be in for a treat. I’m also very much looking forward to seeing Eva Noblezada after hearing so much praise heaped upon this talented newcomer.

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