HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD Leads July's Top 10 New London Shows
London is never short of theatre temptations, whether splashy West End shows, epic dramas or bold fringe offerings. From a magical mega-hit and musical revivals to plays with strong social resonance, here are some of this month's most eye-catching openings. Don't forget to check back for BroadwayWorld's reviews...
1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Palace Theatre
J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany's theatrical behemoth finally opens its doors to reviewers later this month, though with record ticket sales it's the very definition of critic-proof. Jamie Parker and Noma Dumezweni lead the cast, which apparently no longer includes owls...
2. Jesus Christ Superstar, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
Artistic director Timothy Sheader helms this anticipated revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's indelible rock opera, with choreography from recent Olivier Award winner Drew McOnie. Declan Bennett (who starred in Once) takes the title role, and Tyrone Huntley is Judas.
3. Breakfast at Tiffany's, Theatre Royal Haymarket
Pixie Lott hopes to banish all thoughts of Audrey Hepburn as she takes on good-time girl Holly Golightly. Richard Greenberg adapts Truman Capote's tale and Nikolai Foster directs a production that features songs from the era. The company also includes Matt Barber, Naomi Cranston, Joe Bell and Bob the Cat as, well, Cat.
4. The Plough and the Stars, National Theatre
Marking the centenary of the Easter Rising, Howard Davies directs a major revival of Sean O'Casey's landmark play, which examines the lives of Dublin tenement inhabitants against the backdrop of a seismic rebellion. Davies tackled O'Casey's The Silver Tassie in 2014.
5. The Bodyguard, Dominion Theatre
Soul star Beverley Knight - since acclaimed in Memphis the Musical and Cats - returns to the role of Rachel Marron, joined in this run by Ben Richards. Thea Sharrock directs this spectacular adaptation of the Whitney Houston-starring film, featuring many of her greatest hits.
6. Queens of Syria, Young Vic
A group of female Syrian refugees are given a much-needed voice through their take on Euripides' The Trojan Women, bringing an urgent contemporary resonance to themes of war, exile, oppression and loss. There's also a tour and a West End gala performance on July 24.
7. Into the Woods, Menier Chocolate Factory
Fiasco Theater's acclaimed Off Broadway version of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's beloved fairy tale musical is stripped down and reimagined, featuring just 10 actors, inventive props and multiple musical instruments. Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld direct actors drawn from the original US cast.
8. Rotterdam, Trafalgar Studios
Following a sold-out Theatre503 run, Jon Brittain's thought-provoking, bittersweet comedy - which examines the complexity of gender, sexuality and identity - gets a West End run. Anna Martine, Alice McCarthy, Ed Eales-White and Jessica Clark reprise their roles, directed by Donnacadh O'Briain.
9. The Stripper, St James Theatre
Can the Rocky Horror team repeat the magic? Richard Hartley and Richard O'Brien adapt Carter Brown's Pulp Fiction into a madcap, flesh-baring musical whodunit. Benji Sperring directs Gloria Onitiri, Sebastien Torkia, Hannah Grover, Marc Pickering and Michael Steedon.
10. Some Girl(s), Park Theatre
Gary Condes helms this revival of Neil LaBute's darkly comic parable of modern relationships. The play follows Guy as he journeys across America to make amends with old flames before getting married. Carolyn Backhouse, Elly Condron, Roxanne Pallett, Carley Stenson and Charles Dorfman star.