Summer has finally arrived, and with it comes an array of restaurants and pop-ups appearing across London to satisfy even the fussiest of eaters. But, what about the performing arts? With plenty of performances – from theatre to burlesque, comedy to musicals, ballet to beatboxing – this summer will be sizzling hot. The following are performances not to be missed.
The Taming Of The Shrew
With a fresh Irish makeover, celebrating Shakespeare 400 at Shakespeare’s Glove, comes the controversial double-act of The Taming of the Shrew. Two sisters are to be married off, however Kate must be married first for Bianca to be allowed to; and although Bianca can’t wait for this, Kate does not want to lose her independence. Also, who would ever marry Kate?
Until 6 August 2016: Various performances
Between The Sheets
Ruffle your sheets and head on down to London Wonderground where Miss Polly Rae (‘Best Burlesque’ London Cabaret Awards 2015), will be waiting to titillate, tickle, and tease all who enter. Featuring a visually stunning, hilarious and risqué contemporary burlesque cabaret, Between The Sheets combines dance, circus, songs, and a little bit of comedy, for a night like no other.
Until 8 Sep 2016: Various performances
Aladdin The Musical
Grab your magic carpet and head over to Prince Edward Theatre, where the iconic Disney story of Aladdin comes to life. Straight from Broadway comes the spectacularly formed land of Agrabah, with the classic songs from the 1992 animated film. Whether you’re a fan of the story, a fan of musicals, or a fan of the works by The Book of Mormon’s Casey Nicholaw, you cannot miss ‘A Whole New World’ and ‘Arabian Nights’!
Until 11 February 2017: Monday to Saturday 7.30PM, Matinees on Thursday & Saturday 2.30PM
L.A. Dance Project’s Mixed Bill
The artistic collective L.A. Dance Project, was founded in 2012 by renowned choreographer and dancer, Benjamin Millepied, and this summer they make their much anticipated world premiere, here in London. Millepied – known as a multiple award-winning dancer, former principal dancer at the New York City Ballet, and choreographer and star in the award-winning feature film Black Swan – will without a doubt provide a performance like no other. Mixed Bill is set to the remarkable music of Philip Glass, with the visual concept created by artist Liam Gillick.
24 – 25 June 2016: Friday & Saturday 7.30PM
Now, we all know the success of Glee, but have you ever wanted to see a live A cappella / beatboxing show? Heading to Udderbelly Southbank this summer, and bringing with them world-class voices of the next generation is Gobsmacked! Redefining the limits of the human voice, with their harmonies and remarkable beatboxing, this all-singing theatrical experience will leave a song in your heart as you attempt to beatbox on your way out.
Until 17 July 2016: Tuesday to Friday 7.30PM, Saturday & Sunday 6PM (and matinee at 3.30PM)
Surely by now you would have heard of the international Fringe smash hit Sh*t-faced Shakespeare – if you haven’t you’re missing out! These professional ‘pissheads’ are bringing a new all-singing, all-dancing, all-drinking musical extravaganza, with the hilariously serious adaptation of The Pirates of Penzance. Before each production, one cast member selected at random is given four hours to drink prior to showtime, resulting in one member being rather drunk – to say the least. With singing, dancing, sword fighting and unpredictable behaviour, this is ‘musical theatre as it was never intended to be seen.’
26 July 2016: Tuesday 9.30PM
Although the world’s most popular ballet composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in 1875–76 started with an initial failure, the 1895 revival of Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov brought the story to life. This summer, the esteemed choreographer and former director of the Bolshoi, Yuri Grigorovich, brings his adaptation of Swan Lake to the Royal Opera House. The elegant and timeless favourite, performed to Tchaikovsky’s original score, will test the love and evil forces that lie between the princess-turned-swan, Odette, and her Prince Siegried.
29 July – 10 August 2016: Various performances
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Flying into one of the haunted theatres in London, making the perfect backdrop for any witch and wizard – especially in the likes of Hogwarts and Harry Potter! – comes the new play based on the original new story by J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Separated into two parts, audiences will be stuck for words as they are introduced to the phenomenal next chapter, set nineteen years later. With outstanding effects, props, costumes and of course magic, we solemnly swear we won’t tell you any more…
30 July — 1 October 2016: Various performances (Preview performances start 30 May 2016)
If you’re holding out till the end of summer to see something spectacular, make sure you have your briefs on, as you don’t want to miss this. The larger-than-life boys of boylesque return to London Underground with tricks that are way too close for comfort. After their sellout run of Briefs in 2015, your glamorous host Shivannah will guide you through jaw-dropping and eye-popping acrobatics and drag artistes, as they strut their stuff down the stage.
9 – 24 September 2016: Tuesday to Friday & Sunday 9.30PM, Saturday 10.30PM