10th July 2018
The stages of the West End are filled almost perpetually with shows featuring toe-tapping musical numbers and wildly dramatic performances; thankfully this summer season is no exception. From the familiarity of classic Shakespeare and Wilde to searing performances in new dramas such as Consent, there is lots to look forward to in the world of theatre in the coming months. Below we detail the new and upcoming shows that we are most excited for our Members to view:
Wyndham’s Theatre until 28th July
Seen for the first time in the UK, six Tony Award winner Red is set for a short London run this summer. The play stars award-winning actor Alfred Molina as the abstract painter Mark Rothko and How to Get Away with Murder’s Alfred Enoch as his assistant Ken, a role played originally by Eddie Redmayne. The show follows Rothko in his 1950s New York studio as he navigates the difficult and demanding creation of murals for the Four Seasons, a project that should be his greatest work to date.
Harold Pinter Theatre until 11th August
A tense but funny thriller, Nina Raine’s incredibly relevant play sees her characters giving evidence on opposing sides of a heated legal case, while their own lives and relationships begin to collapse. Justice itself comes under fire in this searing show, with a hotly anticipated cast including familiar faces such as Stephen Campbell Moore, Clare Foster, Claudie Blakley and Adam James.
Trafalgar Studio One until 18th August
Tracy Lett’s dark comedy stars Hollywood actor Orlando Bloom as Joe Cooper, a detective and hitman hired by the Smith family to murder an estranged matriarch. However, once Cooper meets
an innocent daughter in the family’s trailer, the plan begins to take a different path. The fantastically tense thriller is directed by Simon Evans and has not been seen in the West End since its heavily praised run in 1995.
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre until 26th August
Starring Michelle Terry as the title character, James Garnon as Claudius and Richard Katz as Polonius, Hamlet returns to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre for a new exploration of the best-loved play, filled with violence, tragedy and humour. A selection of dates will feature Hamlet and As You Like It performed consecutively, a must-see for avid Shakespeare fans.
Gielgud Theatre until 8th September
Brilliant historical thriller IMPERIUM is based on the Cicero trilogy by Robert Harris and presented as six one-act plays in two parts: I: CONSPIRATOR and II: DICTATOR. Adapted for stage by Mike Poulton, Richard McCabe acts in the starring role as Cicero, an orator who gains brilliant success in Rome but could see everything he has built torn down through power struggles and wars at the hands of rivals. Each part is told through the eyes of Tiro, Cicero’s secretary, played by Joseph Kloska.
Phoenix Theatre until 6th October
After more than five years away, Chicago returns to the West End, with Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. taking the helm as lawyer Billy Flynn. Sarah Soetaert plays fame-hungry Roxie Hart, a nightclub singer who fights for the spotlight alongside her rival Velma Kelly, played by Josefina Gabrielle, after she is accused of murder. Don’t miss hit songs such as Cell Block Tango, Razzle Dazzle and All That Jazz in this fantastic musical which has been delighting audiences since 1996.
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre until 13th October
With Andre Holland as the fiery General Othello, audiences are in for a treat when watching director Claire van Kampen’s version of this Shakespeare classic. Starring Jessica Warbeck as Othello’s wife Desdemona and Mark Rylance as the devious Iago, the title character’s downward spiral into a jealous rage is gripping. A special midnight matinee performance will be held on 14th September for a unique experience to remember in the open air theatre.
Tina: The Tina Turner Musical
Aldwych Theatre until February 2019
Detailing the life and ‘untold story’ of Tina Turner from unknown singer in Nutbush, Tennessee, to legend of rock ‘n’ roll, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical is the first production that Turner has been personally involved in. Directed by Mamma Mia’s Phyllida Lloyd, the show opened in April of this year to glowing reviews and stars Virginia-born Adrienne Warren in the title role alongside Kobna Holdbrook-Smith as husband Ike.
We are more than happy to source tickets to any of the wonderful plays and musicals above for our Members.