London Summer Guide to Theatre 2018
Forget Sun, sea and sangria, this Summer, we’re all about shows, shows and shows. 2018’s London theatre is hotter than ever! Check out our guide of the best theatre to see in London this June, July and August. And remember, if a show isn’t available just yet, you can set an alert to make sure you’re in the know as soon as tickets are available on TodayTix!
My Name Is Lucy Barton – Laura Linney (“The Big C”, “Love Actually”) makes her West End debut in “My Name Is Lucy Barton”, now playing at the Bridge Theatre until 23rd June – don’t miss it!
Heathers The Musical – Based on the iconic 80s movie of the same, this is a high school musical with a murderous twist, starring Carrie Hope Fletcher (“Les Misérables”).
The Jungle – Directed by Stephen Daldry, “The Jungle” is an emotional look inside the Calais immigration camps and the experiences of those who live there.
Lonely Planet – At the Trafalgar Studios, “Lonely Planet” is a look at the AIDs crisis of the 1980s, following the story of Jody and Carl as they navigate the unknown territory of a terrible disease.
Imperium: Conspirator and Dictator – A two part show, “Imperium” is based on Robert Harris’ bestselling series, transporting audiences to Rome into the murky world of politics.
Aurora Galore & Glamourous Weirdo – Down on the Southbank you’ll find the fun-filled Underbelly Festival and this wonderful show of fire, burlesque and weirdness.
Fun Home – The Tony Award-winning musical “Fun Home” comes to the Young Vic this Summer. A comic book artist recounts her life and relationship with her father as well as coming out as a lesbian. This show is in fact the first musical to have a lesbian main character.
Kiss Me Kate – Zoë Rainey (“An American In Paris”) stars in “Kiss Me Kate”, Cole Porter’s comedy musical returns to its original UK home at the London Coliseum.
The King and I – The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, “The King and I”, comes to London this Summer, starring Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe. This Rodgers and Hammerstein musical follows schoolteacher Anna as she travels to Siam to teach the children of the King.
The Winter’s Tale – A King’s jealousy costs him everything he loves and, as the years pass, he discovers the true price of his rage. Playing at Shakespeare’s Globe, “The Winter’s Tale” is a fantasy play exploring a world of uncontrollable emotions, monsters, myths and gods.
The Lieutenant of Inishmore – Starring Aidan Turner, Martin McDonagh’s play follows a violent Irish extremist in the early 1990s.
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt – Returning to London, this family adventure explores squelchy mud, tall grass and deep rivers in search of a bear!
A Monster Calls – Coming to the Old Vic, a story of monster proportions. A lonely young boy is visited by a creature with a tale to tell in “A Monster Calls”.
Attention Seeker – Drag Queen Lolo Brow encourages audiences to leave their preconceptions and inhibitions at the door with her outrageous cabaret show.
King Lear – Sir Ian McKellen will star as the titular character in “King Lear” which comes to London after a critically-acclaimed run at Chichester.
Barry Humphries Weimar Cabaret – Comedian Barry Humphries and cabaret queen Meow Meow will take your back to the heyday of the art form to 1920s Berlin, in a saucy history lesson you won’t forget.
Allelujah! – A new piece by acclaimed playwright Alan Bennett (“History Boys”) is set in a hospital in North England.
Othello – Mark Rylance is set to star in “Othello”, Shakespeare’s drama about jealousy and ambition. Iago’s envy of Othello’s success and love causes him to create a complicated web of lies and manipulation, in an attempt to take over everything he has.
The Importance of Being Earnest – As part of the Wilde Season, don’t miss Oscar Wilde’s witty romantic comedy about mistaken identity and the lies we tell to get ahead in life and love.
Metta’s The Little Mermaid – Discover this wild and wonderful retelling of the classic story of a mermaid who wants to be with her human prince. With a little help from a devious sea witch, she trades her voice for a pair of legs and the chance at love.
Spamilton – Coming to the Menier Chocolate Factory, laugh yourself silly at this “Hamilton” send-up.
Goodnight Mister Tom – The heartbreaking story of a boy evacuated to the countryside in WWII who finds a loving family with the town grump, Tom.
The Three Musketeers – In the gender-flipped role, D’Artagnan fights against the rule that women can’t join the famous adventuring heroes, “The Three Musketeers”.
Bring It On – Based on the hit high school movie of the same name, follow a cheerleading squad as they fight to retain their place as champions against a rival school. Plus, Lin-Manuel Miranda also worked on the music and lyrics!
Aliens Love Underpants – A firm family favourite, this wacky comedy comes to life in London.
Emilia – At Shakespeare’s Globe theatre, discover the history of Emilia Bassano, the forgotten poet, overshadowed by a presumed connection to the Bard.
The Rise and Fall of Little Voice – In a quiet Northern town, a young woman with a remarkable singing voice waits to be discovered by a local talent scout.
St. Petersburg Ballet – Swan Lake – The iconic ballet, to the music of Tchaikovsky, follows the great love between Prince Siegfried and Odette and how she is turned into a swan by an evil curse.
Aristocrats – Brian Friel’s drama follows the O’Donnell family as they revisit their family estate to discover that it’s more than somewhat lost its lustre and that ghosts from their past still linger.
SIX – Henry VIII’s wives have got a microphone and the chance to tell their side of the story. After a sold-out run at the Arts Theatre, “SIX” returns to London this Summer.