July! My favourite month! My birthday, sunshine, holidays, my birthday… it’s all going on. And to add to the excitement, here’s my planned theatre trips so far. Let’s hope all these venues have some good air-conditioning.

The Barber of Seville, JW3 (Mon 6th)

On Monday I’m on reviewing duties for A Younger Theatre, something I always enjoy because it takes me to all corners of London to see all sorts of shows that I wouldn’t necessarily normally discover. However, this week it’s giving me the opportunity to check out a venue that’s very local to me. JW3 hosts OperaUpClose’s production of The Barber Of Seville, continuing their reputation for surprising and innovative performances with new, refreshing translations that bring opera to new audiences.

Pieces, Rosemary Branch Theatre (Weds 8th)

I always enjoy a trip to this lovely pub theatre, although I haven’t visited there since their Wild West-themed panto just before Christmas. This visit will take me there for something very different, as I review Pieces, a world premiere celebrating National Transplant Week. A one-man show consisting of six shorts, the work explores different characters all played by transplant patient and actor Steven Mortimer.

Lovett + Todd, King’s Head Theatre (Thurs 16th)

A rewriting of Sweeney Todd, the latest production from Another Soup theatre company delves into the story between the title character of Sondheim’s musical and his mistress, Mrs Lovett. With new music composed Jo Turner, the show plunges the audience into the murky world of Victorian London and its grisly, back-street secrets.

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The Car Man, Sadler’s Wells (Fri 17th)

Zizi Strallen, The Car Man UK tour 2015Another classic in the New Adventures/Matthew Bourne repertoire, this reimagining of Bizet’s Carmen has been on a UK tour since April and returns to London’s home of dance, Sadler’s Wells, this week. Seductive and sexy, brutal and gritty, its tale of romance and violence promises to sizzle in the summer heat – a far cry from the ether, fairytale world of some of Bourne’s other works. Cast in clues another of the Strallen dynasty (Zizi); Alan Vincent as Dino, who originated the role of Luca back in 2000; and Liam Mower, one of the original Billy Elliots on stage.

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Jekyll & Hyde, Platform Theatre (Weds 29th)

Chung Ying Theatre Company presents Robert Louis Stevenson’s creepy classic in Jonathan Holloway’s adaptation of the Gothic tale. Promising “an unexpected contemporary spin breathing new life into the familiar yarn”, the production hovers between melodrama and cabaret, with live music added into the mix. Holloway’s adaptation has already gained rave reviews from The Times and The Scotsman so I’m intrigued to see if this production can do it justice once again.

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Keep your eye on my blog for more theatre-going updates later this month!


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