Today theatres open their doors across the UK: we have selected a few shows we are looking forward to. #hereforculture
Watford Palace Theatre: Creation Theatre Romeo & Juliet LAST CHANCE ends 23 May!!
In partnership with Watford Palace Theatre announce the launch of an innovative ‘choose your own adventure’ style adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet directed by Jermyn Street Theatre’s Artistic Associate Natasha Rickman. Opens from 12 – 23 May.
In true Creation style, this multi-platform digital theatre production which mixes LIVE performance, pre-filmed scenes and theatre game play, ‘puts the audience at the heart of the action. The thrilling production includes leading Shakespearian actor and RSC’s Associate Artist Katy Stephens among its 13 strong cast.
Dates: Runs 12 – 23 May (Wed – Sun). Total of 10 shows performed live on Zoom.
Time: GMT: 7.30pm
Booking Link: https://www.creationtheatre.co.uk/whats-on/romeo-juliet/
Standard price: £20 per device
Running Time: 70 mins
Box Office: 01865 766266 or online at www.creationtheatre.co.uk
Roundabout Theatre: Black Love is a musical by Chinonyerem Odimba: showing in Coventry from July – August 2021.
Aurora and Orion look after each other in their flat, filled with the memories of their parents’ love. When that love is threatened, they have to find their way back to what it means to love. Using real stories, imagined worlds and R&B inspired songs, they begin a journey to confronting their fears. Book: To buy tickets for BLACK LOVE: https://www.belgrade.co.uk/book-online/338171/
For more information about Paines Plough Roundabout 2021: https://painesplough.com/productions/
Soho Theatre Shedding A Skin 17 JUNE – 17 JULY 2021
New skin honouring old skin. A play about joy, healing and protest. And having a good belly laugh. Soho Theatre celebrates the relaunch of its theatre programme this summer with an exhilarating new play. Shedding A Skin, written by Amanda Wilkin, the 2020 winner of the acclaimed Verity Bargate Award, sponsored by Character 7, introduces audiences to a fresh and fierce new voice. Shedding A Skin is a Soho Theatre production sponsored by NJA. A story for our times, Shedding A Skin is a play about finding kindness in unexpected places, moments of connection, intergenerational friendship and joy. It will be the first new play staged in front of live audiences at Soho Theatre since the pandemic and brings together the creative talents of Amanda Wilkin and Elayce Ismail, who also directed the sell-out hit GIRLS (Soho Theatre 2016). WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY AMANDA WILKIN DIRECTED BY ELAYCE ISMAIL. Book Times: 7.30pm (3pm matinees) Prices: From £10 https://sohotheatre.com/shows/shedding-a-skin/
Donmar WareHouse: Constellations by Nick Payne: showing from 18 June – 01 August, tickets from £20.
A physicist and a beekeeper meet at a barbecue. They hit it off, or perhaps they don’t, Constellations explores the theory of parallel universes through the love story of Roland and Marianne. Book: https://booking.donmarwarehouse.com/events
Bush Theatre #Lava by Benedict Lombe: showing from 09 July – 07 August, tickets from £20.
When a woman receives a letter, she is forced to confront a mystery: why does her South African passport not carry her first name? She sets out on a journey that takes her back to Congo, post-Apartheid South Africa, Ireland and England . BOOK
Lyric Hammersmith: Go, Girl by Roy Williams: showing as part of Outwest from 18 June to 24 July, tickets from £10. Book here: https://lyric.co.uk/shows/out-west/#performances
Working as a security guard at Westfield and a mother to a teenage daughter, Donna sees her life as unremarkable. Why have things not turned out how she pictured when she was a young girl, inspired by the words of Michelle Obama? The hope and excitement she once felt has now become isolation and judgement of the choices she has made.Until one night Donna gets a call from her daughter that makes her rethink her entire life. As their bravery and humanity is tested, Donna realises just how remarkable they both truly are.
A celebration of Black women, everyday heroism and female resilience. @lyrichammersmith
Hampstead Theatre: The Death of a Black Man by Alfred Fagon: showing at @hampstead_theatre from 28 May – 10 July.
The Death of a Black Man first premiered at Hampstead Theatre in 1975 directed by Roland Rees. This rarely produced play by one of Britain’s leading black voices from the 20th century remains compelling viewing 46 years on. Fagon was one of the first British black writers to have his work produced in the UK and a hugely influential playwright. He arrived in Nottingham from Jamaica, joined the army and was also a boxing champion and a welder, before becoming a very successful actor, poet and playwright. He died at the early age of 49 (1986) and was controversially buried in a pauper’s grave when police claimed they could not identify him. The Alfred Fagon Award is the leading theatre award for black British writers, set up after his sudden death in 1986, which has supported unique voices within the UK theatre industry. Other plays by Alfred Fagon include 11 Josephine House and Lonely Cowboy. BOOK: https://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2020/the-death-of-a-black-man/
Harold Pinter Theatre: J’ouvert
J’ouvert by Yasmin Joseph: showing at the @haroldpintertheatre from 16 June – 03 July, tickets from £5. Carnival is here. The streets of Notting Hill are alive with history and amidst the soca, sequins, Jade and Nadine are fighting for space in a world that should be theirs.
It’s 1973, the West Indies have beaten England at their own game. Shakie, and Stumpie have come up with a plan to crack the music industry together. But, how far will they go, in their quest to be rich beyond their wildest dreams?
What people you know can party through all of the earth’s elements?”
2017. Carnival is here. The streets of Notting Hill are alive with history and amidst the soca, sequins, and endless feathers, Jade and Nadine are fighting for space in a world that should be theirs. A timely echo of Caribbean resistance across centuries, J’OUVERT is a joyful and fearless story of two best friends, battling to preserve tradition in a society where women’s bodies are frequently under threat.
J’OUVERT marks the debut play of James Tait Black Award-winner Yasmin Joseph and directorial debut of actor Rebekah Murrell (Nine Night), coming together with Annice Boparai (Trojan Horse), Gabrielle Brooks (Twelfth Night), Sapphire Joy (Our Country’s Good) and DJ Zuyane Russell to tell this epic story at the Harold Pinter Theatre. BOOK: https://www.haroldpintertheatre.co.uk/
Lyceum Theatre: The Lion King
The West End production of DISNEY’S THE LION KING will welcome 14 new members to its cast of over 50 actors, singers and dancers when it reopens its doors this summer. The award-winning landmark musical is set to return to the Lyceum Theatre on 29th July 2021, where the production has been seen by over 16 million people in the last two decades. https://www.thelyceumtheatre.com/whats-on