London’s most anticipated openings: 9 July-15 July

Our Monday digest of performances the Stagedoor community is most excited about

1. King Lear

Previews from 11 July, runs until 3 Nov 2018 at Duke of York’s Theatre

Ian McKellen stars in this West End transfer, following a sold-out run at Chichester Festival Theatre. Need we say anything more?

2. Spamilton

Previews from 12 July, runs until 8 September 2018 at the Menier Chocolate Factory

Gerard Alessandrini brings his singular wit to the all-conquering musical Hamilton and a host of the theatre world’s biggest names and musicals. Lin Manuel Miranda said “I laughed my brains out” — sounds good to us!

3. Pity

Previews from 12 July, runs until 11 August 2018 at the Royal Court

Rory Mullarkey returns to the Royal Court, where his debut play The Wolf from the Door played in 2014.

Expect ice cream. Sunshine. Shops. Some dogs. A wedding. Bombs. Candles. Blood. Lightning. Sandwiches. Snipers. Looting. Gunshots. Babies. Actors. Azaleas. Famine. Fountains. Statues. Atrocities.

And tanks. (Probably).

4. Allelujah!

Previews from 11 July, runs until 28 September 2018 at The Bridge Theatre

Nicholas Hytner and Alan Bennett have teamed up again! Their latest collaboration is set among the daily struggles of the Dusty Springfield Geriatric Ward of an NHS hospital on the edge of the Pennines that’s faced with closure.

5. Nish Kumar: It’s In Your Nature to Destroy Yourselves (Work in Progress)

12–13 July only at Battersea Arts Centre

It’s that time of year where you can catch fantastic comedians while they’re testing out their new material. This week, lots of Stagedoor-ites have been getting excited by Nish Kumar’s two nights at the Battersea Arts Centre — so much so that both nights are now sold out! If you can’t get your hands on a return this week, he’ll be at the Soho Theatre in October.