Never Mind The Blog… Here’s July 2018


Actually my calendar isn’t as bad as it might look, should you happen to glance upon it. Yes, the weeks are rather stacked, but I have given myself a nice little break away from London too – and I actually have a whole week where I’m not obliged to do any reviews myself! So there should, theoretically, be time to finalise Edinburgh plans and maybe catch up on some other posts I’ve been wanting to do. Though we’re currently without internet at home, so how productive I’ll actually end up being is anyone’s guess…

There are, of course, a range of new shows to choose from – both in and out of London. Pigspurt’s Daughter (by Ken Campbell’s daughter Daisy) plays at Hampstead’s Downstairs venue, Honey will be performed at The Cockpit, Boxman and Where the Hell is Bernard? both run at the Blue Elephant Theatre, and Locked Up has a short run at Tristan Bates. Some of the capital’s larger venues welcome new productions as well, including the transfer of the Ian McKellen-led King Lear at the Duke of York’s, Mark Rylance’s return to Shakespeare’s Globe in Othello, and The Lehman Trilogy at the National’s Lyttelton Theatre.

Elswhere, the revival of Fame the Musical begins its tour at Manchester’s Palace Theatre, The Simon & Garfunkel Story visits Taunton’s Brewhouse Theatre, The Play That Goes Wrong stumbles into Theatre Royal Newcastle, and The Gruffalo’s Child heads to Belfast’s Lyric Theatre.

Once more we also bid farewell to a selection of shows. The Classic Spring Theatre Company’s production of An Ideal Husband closes at the Vaudeville, Genesis Inc. (starring Harry Enfield & Arthur Darvill) finishes its limited Hampstead Theatre run, the bilingual Tartuffe closes at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, An Octoroon (transferred to the Dorfman from Richmond’s Orange Tree Theatre) comes to the end of its National Theatre run, and revue It’s Only Life has one more week left at the Union Theatre. Home, I’m Darling‘s Theatr Clwyd run comes to an end (prior to its NT transfer), the Wicked UK tour bids farewell to Leeds Grand Theatre, and Liverpool’s Everyman Company Season (Paint Your Wagon, A Clockwork Orange, Othello & The Big I Am) closes in the middle of the month.

This month sees the live broadcast of hit musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie – check out your local cinema on Thursday 5 July.

New releases: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again OST (13th), Anthems Vinyl (27th); A Very English Scandal (2nd), Patrick Melrose (16th)


There may be the odd one or two more added over the coming weeks, but at the moment my reviewing load looks fairly manageable…

Photo credit: Verona Rose
  • The Great Yorkshire Fringe Launch Gala (Leicester Square Theatre)
  • Flesh and Bone (Soho Theatre)
  • Café of the Damned (Etcetera Theatre)
  • Bury The Hatchet (The Hope Theatre)

And of course my Mind the Bloggers will be out & about again!

  • Asking for a Raise (Space Arts Centre)
  • Fat Jewels (The Hope Theatre)
  • RENT (Frogmore Paper Mill)
  • The Laundry (Drayton Arms Theatre)

Any Other Business

Photo credit: Richard Hubert Smith

Things are still busy though, with a few on my BroadwayWorld UK list: The King and I, The Jungle and As You Like It in Regent’s Park. I’m also heading back to The Bunker for Paper Creatures Theatre’s final performance of Section 2, and I get to return to “The Room Where It Happens” for my third Hamilton – as well as potentially another Brief Encounter. I’m also fitting in A Monster Calls, The One, Translations, Julie and Othello before the month is out…

There is also the obligatory travelling – I couldn’t resist Me and My Girl at Chichester Festival Theatre or Miss Littlewood at the RSC once the full casting came out for both shows, so I’m making little day trips out of them.

And outside of theatre, I have a very exciting Greenwich-based weekend lined up, with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds at Greenwich Music Time on Saturday and the 50th anniversary screening of The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine on Sunday. I’m also checking out the Voice & Vote exhibition later in the month, to continue with my very Suffragette-themed 2018.

Hot tips

Blog post: The Mortal Fool’s feature on Heathers the Musical and fandoms
Book: Shakespeare’s Dark Lady (John Hudson)

“If being a man means being brave enough to take on the entire world, then you’re the only man I’ve ever known.”
Charlie, Kinky Boots (Harvey Fierstein)

Don’t miss!
My review of Ashley Campbell & co’s short film Jermaine and Elsie.

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