London’s most anticipated shows: 20–26 August 2018

Which new openings are Stagedoor users most excited to see this week? Well, funny you should ask…

1. Love’s Labour’s Lost

Runs from 23 August-15 September 2018 at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at the Globe

Self-denial is in fashion at the court of Navarre where the young king and three of his courtiers solemnly forswear all pleasures in favour of serious study. But when the Princess of France and her entourage arrive, it isn’t long before the all-male ‘academe’ have broken every one of their self-imposed rules…

2. Pericles

Runs from 26–28 August 2018 at the National Theatre (sold out except for day tickets!)

How far must we travel to come home?

Prince Pericles has everything but understands little. When he is forced to flee his home and take to sea he must rely on the whims of the fates and the kindness of strangers. Only by reaching the ends of the earth may he finally understand what it means to come home.

A huge company of all ages from across London join together with professional artists in this musical version of the classic tale.

3. Carmen the Gypsy

Runs from 22–25 August 2018 as a part of Grimeborn Festival at the Arcola

When the outside world thinks you’re scum, can you ever be free?

Set in the contemporary British traveller community, this poetic drama features forbidden love, original Gypsy folk songs and cage fighting. Performed in English and Romani with live music.

4. In the Heights

Runs from 22–25 August 2018 at the Stockwell Playhouse

Before Lin-Manuel Miranda conquered the globe with the ground-breaking sensation Hamilton, the award-winning composer wrote In the Heights, a musical that tells the tale of a vibrant, diverse community in New York.

This production is by RicNic, a unique theatre company made up entirely of 16–21 year olds and a social enterprise that gives young people the opportunity to really run the show.

5. The Gruffalo’s Child

Runs from 25–28 August 2018 at Churchill Theatre Bromley

Ever the family favourite, The Gruffalo stories have sold out theatres on the West End and across the nation. Not one to miss if your little ones are mad for all things Gruff!