August continues a fantastic summer of theater in London. From an intriguing study of how future generations will judge climate change in The tests at the Donmar, with grizzly history in terrible tudors, to a Bollywood dance masterclass, here are some of the most eye-catching openings from this month. Don’t forget to check out BroadwayWorld reviews, interviews and features.
1. The Trials, Donmar Warehouse
An intriguing new play by Dawn King and directed by Natalie Abrahami, focusing on the climate crisis and how our generation can be judged. Jurors are children, but are they doing justice or taking revenge?
More than half of society The tests will be making their professional debut, so it’s a show to scout for future stars of the stage.
August 12-27. Get tickets here.
2. Terrible TudorsGarrick Theater
A perfect family show for the summer holidays. We all want to meet people from history. The problem is that everyone is dead. Now is the time to prepare for terrible tudors live on stage.
From the gruesome Henries to the ending of wicked Elizabeth, hear the legends (and lies!) about the torturing Tudors. Learn about the fate of Henry’s Headless Women and his fist bump with the Pope. Meet Bloody Mary and see Ed fall dead in his bed. Survive the Spanish Armada as they launch their attack. This is the story with the bad bits left!
Until September 3. Get tickets here.
3. You know we belong togetherSouthbank Center
Julia Hales has watched every episode of the Australian soap opera At home and away since it first aired in 1988, but she has never seen another person with Down syndrome in the cast. She dreams of landing a role in her favorite series and finding love.
This live-action documentary is both a universal story of love, loss and friendship, and a deeply personal exploration of the frustrations and aspirations of living with Down syndrome. Hales and a cast of six actors from Western Australia bring their own lives to the stage, blending their everyday personal experiences and realities with monologues, video, stage, dance and song. All juxtaposed against the backdrop of the famous Summer Bay diner.
August 18-20. Get tickets here.
4. The Camden Fringe, North London
Over 200 events have already been announced for North London’s alternative to the Edinburgh Fringe. The Camden Fringe was established in 2006, offering performers the opportunity to try out new materials and different ideas in a supportive setting, with fewer time and financial commitments. There’s a full theatre, comedy, dance and music programme, with participating venues ranging from Highgate to Covent Garden, so you’re bound to find something to suit you.
August 1-28. Get tickets here.
5. CruiseApollo Theater
Cruise is the true story of what should have been Michael Spencer’s last night on Earth. Recently nominated for the 2022 Olivier Award for Best New Play and following rave reviews, the theater show returns to London’s West End for a strictly limited time.
When Michael was diagnosed with HIV in 1984, he was told he had four years to live. So, time is running out, he and his partner, Dave, decide to sell their house, whip the car, spend everything they have, and party like it’s the last days of Rome. Then, with all of his business taken care of, Michael… survives.
Based on a true story and centered on a night in Soho, Cruise is a celebration of queer culture, with an irresistible 80s soundtrack. It promises to make you laugh, cry, and inspire us all to live each day as if it were our last.
August 13-September 4. Get tickets here.
6. Betrayal The MusicalTheater Royal Drury Lane
Treason is the explosive new musical about the gunpowder conspiracy, ready to blow your mind, with stunning music by Ricky Allan and book and lyrics by Ricky Allan and Kieran Lynn.
Airing in March 2021, it will be shown in concert, live, for the very first time at the Theater Royal Drury Lane this summer, with Carrie Hope Fletcher, Bradley Jaden and Simon-Anthony Rhoden. Songs such as “Take Things Into Our Own Hands”; “The cold hard ground”; and “The Day Elizabeth Died” have already done very well on Spotify, making this a premiere you shouldn’t miss.
August 22-23. Get tickets here.
seven. South PacificSadler’s Wells
The critically acclaimed Chichester Festival Theater production of Rodgers & Hammerstein South Pacific transfers to Sadler’s Wells this summer for a strictly limited season.
This powerful love story, set on a South Pacific island during World War II, comes to thrilling life in an epic new production directed by Chichester Festival Theater Artistic Director Daniel Evans. A sensational cast of over thirty people is led by Julian Ovenden, Gina Beck, Rob Houchen, Joanna Ampil and Sera Maehara. With a full orchestra, this delightful musical is set to become the theatrical event of the year.
Until August 28. Get tickets here.
8. Attenborough and his animalsWilton Music Hall
This crazy show returns to the UK after a sold-out Edinburgh Fringe season and world tour in 2019 and sold-out Adelaide Fringe seasons in 2020 and 2021.
Experience the magic of David Attenborough live. A blue whale swims in the depths. Racer snakes chase an iguana across the desert. Two unlucky fools recreate wondrous scenes from the natural world.
Attend this award-winning show for an epic display of clowning, physical theater and the widest variety of animals you’ll ever see on stage. A must see for the whole family.
August 30-September 3. Get tickets here.
9. Beyond BollywoodPeacock Theater
Back in the West End after a big hit in 2015, Beyond Bollywood is a breathtakingly colorful extravaganza, taking audiences on a journey through Indian culture, dance and music, and showcasing the vibrancy and beauty of Bollywood through a myriad of fascinating Indian dance genres including Kalbelia, Lezim, Bihu, Garba and Kathak.
Written, choreographed and directed by Rajeev Goswami, this show follows Shaily Shergill as she leaves her German home to venture to India, aiming to fulfill her mother’s dying wish to revive her family’s failing theater. Are Shaily’s sacrifices worth it and will they succeed in creating an unforgettable show?
August 24-September 3. Get tickets here.
ten. All of usnational theater
A powerful new play about taking a stand, written by Francesca Martinez, award-winning author, comedian and actress, and directed by Ian Rickson (Heaven, Translations).
Jess has a great life: a job she loves, a keen sense of humor and a close group of friends. When austerity threatens the world she worked hard to build, Jess takes a stand to protect those dearest to her.
Capture the humor, sadness and joy of everyday life, All of us promises to be a passionate and timely look at the human cost of abandonment for those who struggle to fit in.
Until September 24. Get tickets here.