Everybody gets jealous of those who head up north to Edinburgh during August. Five show days, some good, some bad, some brilliant. It’s just not fair for those of us stuck here in London. But we’ve been keeping an eye on some of the best shows on the Royal Mile that are set to transfer to a London theatre over the next few months! What are your favourites from this year’s Fringe? What would you like to see make its way to London? Let us know over on Twitter.
Alan Ayckbourn’s new sci-fi epic is the headline piece at this year’s Edinburgh International Festival. Set in dystopian Britain a century in the future, men and woman have been segregated following a deadly contagion. The women wear white, to show they are still contagious, and rear children together. The story revolves around a brother and sister, Soween and Elihu, both of whom have a crush on their classmate Giella. The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan described it as “an unforgettable experience”, and the two-parter comes to the Old Vic early next year.
This musical based on Lloyd Kaufman’s 1984 film about a geeky man who lands in a barrel of toxic waste and transforms into a monster, proving you can probably write a musical about just more or less anything. It got its UK premiere at Southwark Playhouse last year, but after a run on the Royal Mile this month, it returns to the capital to a new West End home, the Arts Theatre. We gave the show a four-star review when it first opened, saying: “Leave your brain at the door, don't ask too many questions and you'll enjoy the ride”. We’re certainly excited to see it coming back.
Elinor Cook’s brand new play is produced by touring theatre company Paines Plough. It’s about two friends, Lorna and Grace, and how different their lives become when one of them goes to university. It spans over thirty years, so it’s a play anyone would be able to relate to. After a UK tour (in Paines Plough’s pop-up Roundabout theatre), it comes to the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond from 27th January. Speaking of Elinor Cook, don’t miss her adaptation of Ibsen’s The Lady from the Sea which is also set to run at the Donmar late this year.
Wild Bore sees three cabaret comediennes, Ursula Martinez, Adrienne Truscott and Zoe Coombs Marr, lip-sync to bad reviews they’ve received in the past, and is designed to be ‘unreviewable’. For the entire show they were ‘bum-masks’, as that’s where they believe their reviewers are speaking from. It’s an interesting concept, and it comes to the Soho Theatre from 21st November.
Theatre company Forced Entertainment’s new production is Real Magic, which sees Sheffield-based group perform the same magic trick over and over again… unsuccessfully. Each time they attempt the trick, the emphasis shifts from one element to another, whether that be playing in canned laughter or applause, or seeing if it will work if they are all dressed as chickens. It sounds a bit mental but the Guardian’s Lyn Gardner has described the show as a “Forced Entertainment tour de force”. It’s in Edinburgh as part of a European tour, and comes to London’s Platform Theatre in King’s Cross from 14th November.