Theatre, Film and TV

What to see at the Theatre this summer

Jun 19, 2012

Don't despair if the Olympics and the football don't excite you - there's a feast of theatre around the UK over the summer of 2012:

Rufus Norris and Damon Albarn's experimental opera Dr Dee comes to the ENO as a part of the Cultural Olympiad.  First seen in Manchester in 2011, "Norris’s richly imaginative production" (The Telegraph) is revived through June and July.

David Farr's two critically acclaimed productions for the RSC have transferred from Stratford to the Roundhouse Theatre. The Tempest and Twelfth Night both star Jonathan Slinger and will run into July.

South Downs directed by Jeremy Herrin continues in a double bill with The Browning Version at the Harold Pinter Theatre in the West End starring Anna Chancellor and Nicholas Farrell. Across town at the Almeida Jeremy's production of Children's Children continues until 30th June.

Tommy Murphy's reworking of Lorca's classic symbolist drama Blood Wedding has opened at Northampton's Royal and Derngate Theatre. The Telegraph praised Murphy's adaptation for "honouring both the poetic and dramatic qualities" of the original. It continues as part of their Festival of Chaos to complement the Cultural Olympiad.

Get Stuff Break Free by Tim Cowbury and the Made in China theatre company are performing in a secret venue somewhere in the National Theatre. This new show was commissioned by the National as part of their 2012 summer programme to run alongside the Jubilee and the Olympics.

Mass-Observation is the new show from Ben Lewis and Inspector Sands and is part of the Almeida's summer festival.

Marie JonesFly Me To the Moon continues at the Waterfront in Belfast until July and then tours through Northern Ireland ahead of transferring to 59E59 in New York. Her world-wide hit Stones in his Pockets is opening at the Tron Theatre in Glasgow for a July revival.

Multi-award-winning London Road written by Alecky Blythe and directed by Rufus Norris returns to the National Theatre which was taken by storm last year by this innovative new musical. The Financial Times called it "An extraordinary show on several levels". A mixture of verbatim theatre, song and music the show tells the story of the aftermath of the murder of five prostitutes in Ipswich.

Into autumn, we're looking forward to Nick Payne's West End and New York debut as well as James Graham's National bow with This House.