Here’s our Monday digest of the 5 new shows Stagedoor users are most excited to see this week
The best of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s early work in on show in London at the moment. Sheridan Smith and Jason Donovan are starring in the London Palladium’s big summer musical – which, amazingly, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice started writing when they were still at school. And on top of that, Jesus Christ Superstar has just opened at the Barbican where it’s playing until 24 August. Wonderful to see Lloyd Webber’s musicals are still as popular as ever, 50 years on .
Before Timothy Sheader took over as the Artistic Director, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre would do a production of Midsummer Night’s Dream every year. Doing the same show over and over meant they got a bit dreary after a while – so Tim Sheader quite rightly decided to mix things up when he took over in 2007.
Over a decade later, he has decided the time is right to bring Shakespeare’s classic summer comedy back to the Open Air Theatre. It stars Susie Wakoma, who was fantastic in the BBC’s hilarious ‘Chewing Gum’, and there’ll be live music too. It’s safe to say that we’re very excited to for it. When it’s done well, the Open Air Theatre is absolutely perfect for this play. As the sun begins to set, it’s always a little bit magical.
In 2016, writer David Hare and director Jonathan Kent teamed up to adapt the National’s Young Chekhov season together, which was a great success. They’re teaming up again on a new version of Ibsen’s tricky play Peter Gynt – which they’ve described as a ‘riotous musical adventure reinvented for the 21st century.’ At 3 ½ hours, they certainly haven’t reinvented its length. But we’re intrigued to see where they take it. And with the brilliant James McArdle as the lead it could be really great.
Mozart’s great comic opera of intrigue, misunderstanding and forgiveness returns with Christian Gerhaher and Simon Keenlyside as the clever Figaro and his aristocratic master.
Runs from 27 June until 10 August at the Royal Court
Director John Tiffany and playwright Jack Thorne are the creative team who worked with J K Rowling to bring Harry Potter to the stage. They’re at the helm of the Court’s big show of the summer which has a cracking cast, including David Morrissey and Lesley Sharp. The story follows a family from 1997 through to 2017 as their relationships, ideas and politics evolve with the times.
The title may be a reference to Francis Fukuyama’s influential 1992 book about the triumph of liberal democratic capitalism at the end of the Cold War, but it’s hard to say what Jack Thorne has in store for us with this one. The characters begin as dedicated socialists, who’ve named their children after their political heroes, but who knows where it goes from there…