11 new productions to see across London theatres this summer
Even though the weather may be temperamental, make your day brighter with a trip to one of London’s newest productions. With brand new plays by David Mamet and Jack Thorne receiving their world premiere throughout the season to a whole host of showbiz stars returning to the West End stage including Clive Owen, Sheridan Smith and John Malkovich make sure you don’t miss out on our pick of the best theatre openings this summer.
John Malkovich leads the cast of David Mamet’s newest play, receiving its world premiere at the Garrick. Inspired by recent scandals in Hollywood, Malkovich plays Barney Fein, a producer whose previous behaviour is called into question, later losing his privileged position in the community. Take a look at the production shots from one of the season's hotly-awaited shows.
Andrew Scott returns to the Old Vic to star in Present Laughter, in a cast featuring Sophie Thompson and Indira Varma. Scott will play Essendine, considered to be a caricature of Noel Coward, who sets out on a tour of Africa. Before leaving, he must contend with everyone vying for his affection, as well as rumours of extra-marital affairs that could destroy his self-esteem.
On Your Feet
The concert atmosphere comes to the West End at On Your Feet, charting Gloria and Emilio Estefan’s lives on the streets of Miami to music sensations. Christie Prades reprises her performance as Estefan in a heart-pumping, non-stop musical packed with the pairs hits including "Conga" and "1-2-3". As Estefan said herself, “You’ll be entertained and you’ll be reminded of music that you’ve heard in years gone by”, so let the rhythm get you this summer at the Coliseum...
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Even though Jason Donovan hung up the coat of many colours two decades ago, the Australian actor returns to the West End to play the Pharaoh in this summer’s revival at the Palladium. Starring alongside Sheridan Smith and West End newcomer Jac Yarrow, see how Joseph escaped a life of slavery as first told in the book of Genesis, with a Lloyd Webber/Rice soundtrack including "Any Dream Will Do".
the end of... history
Royal Court Theatre
Jack Thorne and John Tiffany collaborate once more to write and direct the end of... history, receiving its world premiere at the Royal Court. Starring David Morrisey and Lesley Sharp as a husband and wife leaning towards the political left, join the married couple and their three grown-up children as they gather around the table to share a meal, exploring the differing cultural attitudes of generations that existed in 1990s Britain.
The Night of the Iguana
Noel Coward Theatre
Clive Owen returns to the West End to play Reverend T. Lawrence Shannon in The Night of the Iguana. Owen is joined by Anna Gunn, Lia Williams and Julian Glover in this lesser-known Tennessee Williams play, following an eclectic group of individuals at a rundown hotel in Mexico, as torrential downpours force them to take shelter.
Trafalgar Studio One
Ethan Kai reprises his performance as Alan Strang in a critically-acclaimed production of Equus, transferring from Theatre Royal Stratford East to the West End. As Strang meets a psychiatrist to discuss his pathological fascination with horses, his love of equines is examined in a play that tackles the inner parts of the working mind. Robert Finch, Keith Gilmore, Norah Lopez Holden, Ira Mandela and Zubin Varla will also return to the production.
Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
Jamie Lloyd directs the final production as part of Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre 2019 season, with Samantha Pauly making her London theatre debut in the titular role. Dramatising the rise of Eva Peron’s political career to First Lady of Argentina, listen out for Lloyd Webber and Rice’s epic showtunes including "Another Suitcase in Another Hall" and the anthemic "Don’t Cry for Me Argentina".
The Girl on the Train
Duke of York's Theatre
Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, Samantha Womack leads the cast of The Girl on the Train, with the national tour pulling in to the Duke of York’s Theatre as the production’s summer destination. Womack plays Rachel Watson, a commuter who suddenly finds herself involved in a missing person investigation, learning that picture-perfect relationships aren’t always as they seem.
The Other Palace
The two-time Tony Award-winning show by William Finn and James Lapine transfers to The Other Palace later this summer, starring a line-up of West End favourites including Matt Cardle, Natasha J Barnes and Daniel Boys. Set in New York during the AIDS crisis, Falsettos follows an individual’s unique family structure and their complex relationships with one another.
A Very Expensive Poison
Inspired by the Alexander Litvinenko assassination in 2006, spies are at the heart of A Very Expensive Poison, receiving its world premiere at the Old Vic. Delving into Russian intelligence, Lucy Prebble’s play asks what it takes to commit murder as the murky world of international espionage is brought to the West End stage.