Never Mind The Blog… Here’s June 2018

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For once in my life, my intention to have a quieter month might actually pay off! There are still quite a few reviews coming your way, but they’ll be concentrated in clusters – as well as some more contributions from new Mind the Bloggers – so I can take a bit of time to rest and also to plan for future theatre engagements…

As ever, if you’re insatiable for new theatre, there are plenty of openings for you. In London, Space Dogs plays a short run at Theatre N16, Laura Linney makes her London stage debut in My Name Is Lucy Barton at the Bridge Theatre, GOLEM! Theatre bring back I Know You Of Old (at new venue Katzpace, following performances in Stratford-upon-Avon), and The Jungle makes its long-awaited transfer to the Playhouse Theatre. At the Southbank Centre, Isabelle Huppert reads Sade: Juliette and Justine, the Vice and the Virtue – and the Carrie Hope Fletcher-led Heathers the Musical opens at The Other Palace.

Outside of the capital, Love From A Stranger reaches Theatre Royal Newcastle, That’ll Be The Day returns with a date at Swansea Grand Theatre, The Kite Runner flies across to the Grand Opera House in Belfast, Jersey Boys works its way back to Theatre Royal Norwich, and an acclaimed production of Ulysses comes back to the Abbey Theatre in Dublin.

London makes a few significant losses, including Teddy, Quiz and Mood Music; Describe the Night, Don’t Panic! It’s Challenge Anneka, The Moderate Soprano, The Year of the Rooster Monk and Into The Woods all also close. The Wicked tour jumps on its broom and leaves Edinburgh Playhouse, A Monster Calls moves out of the Bristol Old Vic, Love on the Links finishes a short run at Salisbury Playhouse, and Our Country’s Good closes at Birmingham Rep.

The full Camden Fringe schedule has now been announced – it’s running from 30 July until 26 August 2018.

New releases: Eleanor Tomlinson – Tales From Home (8th), David Bowie – Welcome To The Blackout (Live London ’78); Black Panther (11th); The Shape of Water (25th)

Reviews

Practising what I preach, and a shockingly short list of confirmed press engagements for me:

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Image source: The Faction
  • The End of History (St Giles-in-the-Fields)
  • I Am of Ireland (Old Red Lion)
  • Care Not, Fear Naught (Bridewell Theatre)
  • The Tempest (St Paul’s Cathedral)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Wilton’s Music Hall)

Excitingly, this month the BREAKING OUT season finally begins at The Bunker Theatre! Mind the Blog will be covering every show, with me taking on Libby’s Eyes, Nine Foot Nine, No One Is Coming To Save You and Section 2 – a new Mind the Blogger will be covering KISS CHASE and GUY: A New Musical.

Also confirmed for my new recruits are:

  • Goldfish Bowl (Battersea Arts Centre) – if we can rearrange!
  • Undersong (Ovalhouse)
  • Ed Fringe – The Musical Revue (Canal Café Theatre)
  • The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives (Arcola)
  • Cockamamy (The Hope Theatre)
  • Working (Susie Sainsbury Theatre, Royal Academy of Music)
  • The Croydon Avengers (Ovalhouse)

Any Other Business

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Photo credit: Helen Maybanks

Though my reviewing list is quite short, I do have a lot of other things going on still just to make up for it… I’ve managed to fit in a final trip to Kinky Boots prior to cast change, plus I’ll be returning to the Globe for The Two Noble Kinsmen and The Winter’s Tale, and also catching a couple of Irishmen onstage with Andrew Scott in Sea Wall and Aidan Turner in The Lieutenant of Inishmore. I’m also hoping to catch a Mountview double bill (Trenches & Parlour Games), Red, Tartuffe, Austentatious and Genesis Inc. at some point.

I will be heading out of London just a tiny bit, with my first trip to Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre for Sunshine on Leith, a return to Dartford for 20th Century Boy (keeping my fingers tightly crossed it goes better this time…), and hopefully a visit to Chichester to see a second version of The Country Wife.

My only BroadwayWorld UK business is a Star Trek double bill, as Star Trek and Star Trek Beyond are performed in concert at the Royal Albert Hall; I’ll be treating myself to a BFI IMAX screening of Solo: A Star Wars Story beforehand. I also have a Macbeth-themed talk at the National (Witches, Magic & Belief in Shakespeare’s England), hopefully I can take advantage of Open Studios to see some of Gyre & Gimble’s brilliant work, plus I’m taking part in PROCESSIONS and in doing so becoming part of a new piece of public artwork. I’ll also finally get to see Travis perform live, as they bring The Man Who to the Royal Festival Hall – it’s only been about 20 years in the making, this treat…

Hot tips

Blog post: Ought To Be Clowns’ review of Sunshine on Leith
Book: If Walls Could Talk: An Intimate History of the Home (Lucy Worsley)

“Drummers can’t feel pain. They’re like fish.”
Bernard, Mood Music (Joe Penhall)

Don’t miss!
My interview with Esmé Patey-Ford and Alex Da Silva about their role in Paper Creatures Theatre’s Section 2.

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