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Theatre & Dance
Outdoor theatre is always regular fixture over the summer months in London. At Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre you can catch both the classic musical ‘Ragtime’ and Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. Or for something more family-orientated, down by Tower Bridge at The Scoop you’ll find ‘The Trojan War and Peace’ – an epic mash-up, featuring a gigantic wooden horse.
Almost inevitably, the Bard is being wheeled out to welcome the world to the capital, and the World Shakespeare Festival is being billed as the Cultural Olympiad’s crowning glory. There’s a wealth of Shakespearean fare on offer, but for the real-deal 16th-century experience we’d recommend a trip to Shakespeare’s Globe where you can see ‘Richard III’, ‘Henry V’ and ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ in July and August. You can stand in the Yard like the Elizabethan hoi polloi, or take the aristocratic route and get a seat to look down from the galleries.
In terms of both ticket sales and bombast the West End’s big-draw musicals are rivalled only by Broadway in New York. From the current crop, our recommendation is ‘Sweeney Todd’ at the Adelphi Theatre: it’s a superb production of the Stephen Sondheim musical about the murderous barber of Fleet Street – starring two figures well-known from British stage and screen, Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton.
At the Palace Theatre, meanwhile, ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ is an all-singing, all-dancing homage to the 1952 Gene Kelly film. Set in the 1920s it boasts flappers, film stars and aviators in immaculately choreographed (if rather splashy) routines.
For dance purists, the roster of world-class performances at Sadler’s Wells is always worth a look. British choreographic phenomenon ‘Matthew Bourne’s Play Without Words’ is set in Chelsea in 1965, and tackles a struggle for power and sexual domination behind the façade of privileged domestic order. A critical and commercial success when it was at the National Theatre in 2002, it’s on for a limited run until August 5 at Sadler’s.
‘Ragtime’, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Inner Circle, Regent’s Park, NW1 4NR. +44 20 7907 7071 www.openairtheatre.org. Until Sep 8.
‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Inner Circle, Regent’s Park, NW1 4NR. +44 20 7907 7071. www.openairtheatre.org. Until Sep 5.
‘Richard III’, Shakespeare’s Globe, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, SE1 9DT. +44 20 7401 9919. www.shakespeares-globe.org. Until Oct 13.
‘Sweeney Todd’, Adelphi Theatre, Strand, WC2R 0NS. +44 20 7492 9930. www.sweeneytoddwestend.com. Until Sep 22.
‘Singin’ in the Rain’, Palace Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 5AY. +44 844 412 4656. www.reallyuseful.com. Until 2013.
‘Matthew Bourne’s Play Without Words’, Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, EC1R 4TN. +44 844 412 4300. www.sadlerswells.com. Until Aug 5.
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