Top 10 theatre openings in London in June
The World Cup may be just around the corner, but we can assure you it’s got nothing on the brilliant theatre line-up in London this month. Orlando Bloom puts his shooting ability to the test, David Haig gets a big summer transfer, and Andrew Scott comes off the bench for a brief cameo appearance at The Old Vic. So don’t miss an open goal, find out how many of these shows you can score tickets to this month.
Hollywood juggernaut Orlando Bloom takes on the eponymous hitman in Tracy Letts’ sinisterly titled Killer Joe. The thriller is about Joe Cooper, who is signed up to take out a family’s mother so they can reap the insurance money. Adam Gillen, who starred in the National’s production of Amadeus, plays Chris Smith, and he told us that the play will make people wonder what they would do in a similar situation, and we’re all up for a good morality play.
Killer Joe tickets are available now.
Laura Linney makes her London stage debut in this adaptation of Elizabeth Strout’s My Name is Lucy Barton. The one-woman play sees the Love Actually actress play Lucy Barton, who awakes from an operation to be met with her estranged mother, which sends her on a reflective spell on her childhood.
Solo plays are the thing in London this month, as Andrew Scott reprises the role Simon Stephens wrote especially for him in Sea Wall, which is being revived as part of The Old Vic’s bicentenary celebrations. Scott plays Alex, a photographer who contemplates all aspects of his life including his faith and religion, children, and relationship with his parents. The piece debuted at the Bush a decade ago, and this is a fine opportunity to relive a rarely seen drama.
Sea Wall tickets are available now.
Cole Porter’s classic Broadway musical returns to the London stage 6 years after a Chichester Festival Theatre production transferred to the Old Vic. The story revolves around a production of The Taming of the Shrew, and the conflicts behind the scenes between the company. Opera North’s production at the Coliseum stars Zoe Rainey, Stephanie Corley and Quirijn de Lang.
Kiss Me, Kate tickets are available now.
David Haig’s acclaimed war play Pressure transfers from a run at the Park Theatre earlier this year, and sees Haig play Captain James Stagg, a meteorologist who advises on the forecast on the day of the D-Day Landings. The play transfers on 74th anniversary of the operation, which ultimately led to the end of the Second World War. In a review of the Park Theatre run, Mark Shenton said Haig “masterfully pulls off a double triumph, delivering a brilliant performance in a fine play”.
Pressure tickets are avaiable now.
Timothy Sheader directs members of the English National Opera as Benjamin Britten’s opera adaptation of The Turn of the Screw. Eight performers will share five parts, swapping each performance to tell Henry James’ gothic, haunting story.
The Turn of the Screw tickets are available now.
Fans of The Crown will know Vanessa Kirby from her performances as Princess Margaret in the royal Netflix series, though she has also been described as “the outstanding stage actress of her generation” (Variety). She takes the lead in Polly Stenham’s take on August Stringberg’s Miss Julie, which sees a young woman who lives on the estate of a count fall for a valet named Jean.
Based on the memoirs of cartoonist Alison Bechdel, Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori’s musical is about Bechdel's exploring her sexuality, how she got on with her gay dad, and is said to be the first Broadway musical with a lesbian lead character. It ran on Broadway in 2015 and won the Tony Award for Best Musical, and finally makes its way across the pond to the Young Vic, where it will be directed by Sam Gold.
Arthur Darvill and Harry Enfield star in a play which delves into the privatisation of human reproduction. While some couples see Genesis Inc as their last chance to be able to have a child, others see it as a way to cash in their, erm, ‘genetic material’, for money. The play promises to study the economics and ethics behind science defying biology.
Musical theatre favourite Carrie Hope Fletcher stars in the musical adaptation of the cult ‘80s film Heathers, which is about Veronica Sawyer who wants to break out of her school clique, which is made up of three other girls all called Heather. Ben Brantley of the New York Times described the musical as a “rowdy guilty-pleasure”, so we’re expecting great things.
Heathers tickets are available now.