Top ten theatre shows opening in June 2017
There is no summer slowdown this June, with a couple of mega West End transfers, a string of imports from the US and new works from two of the UK’s most exciting playwrights.
Common at the National Theatre
Labelled “an epic tale of England’s lost land”, DC Moore’s Common has an impressive pedigree both on and off stage. The play, directed by Headlong’s artistic directer Jeremy Herrin and starring Anne-Marie Duff as Mary and Cush Jumbo as Laura, promises to bring the industrial revolution to the National Theatre’s expansive Olivier.
Common is at the National Theatre from 30th May until 5th August 2017, with a press night on 6th June, for further information or to book visit here.
Barber Shop Chronicles at the National Theatre
This sounds like a lot of fun. Spanning the globe, Inua Ellams’s Barber Shop Chronicles centres on the various roles the titular establishment plays for African men. The cast is pretty stacked, including Fisayo Akinade (the standout in the Donmar’s Saint Joan), Simon Manyonda (Edmund in the Old Vic’s King Lear) and NT regular Hammed Animashuan.
Barber Shop Chronicles is at the National Theatre from 30th May until 8th July 2017, with a press night on 7th June, for further information or to book visit here.
Anatomy of a Suicide at the Royal Court Theatre
After teaming up for Ophelias Zimmer back in 2016 – a collaboration The Upcoming gave five stars – Alice Birch and Katie Mitchell are back at the Royal Court with Anatomy of a Suicide. The play deals with three generations of women simultaneously, and stars Torn’s Adelle Leonce, Hattie Morahan and Olivier-nominee Kate O’Flynn.
Anatomy of a Suicide is at the Royal Court from 3rd June until 8th July 2017, with a press night on 8th June, for further information or to book visit here.
Hamlet at the Harold Pinter Theatre
If you missed it the first time then hurry, as one of the biggest productions of 2017 is back for a West End engagement! Andrew Scott and Robert Icke’s Hamlet is truly stunning, the pair focusing on the family dynamics that fuel Shakespeare’s most famous narrative.
Hamlet is at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 9th June until 2nd September 2017, with a press night on 15th June. Book your tickets here.
Photo: Manuel Harlan
Terror at the Lyric Hammersmith
A fighter pilot disobeys orders and shoots down a hijacked plane heading for a packed stadium. Was he right? The decision is in the audience’s hands in Terror, the worldwide phenomenon that sees its UK premiere at the Lyric Hammersmith.
Terror is at the Lyric Hammersmith from 14th June until 15th July 2017, with a press night on 22nd June. Book your tickets here.
The Wind in the Willows at the London Palladium
One of the lighter openings this month, The Wind in the Willows heads for the London Palladium in a new musical version from Julian Fellowes, George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, the team behind Half a Sixpence. Rufus Hound plays Toad, with Simon Lipkin as Rat, Craig Mather as Mole and Gary Wilmot as Badger.
The Wind in the Willows is at the London Palladium from 14th June until 9th September 2017, with a press night on 29th June. Book your tickets here.
Hir at the Bush Theatre
The newly refurbished Bush Theatre continues its run of main stage American imports with Taylor Mac’s subversive Hir, an exploration of the notions of masculinity and femininity. Doctor Who’s Arthur Darvill leads as Isaac, a marine who returns home to find his family life has been turned upside down.
Hir is at the Bush Theatre from 15th June until 22nd July 2017, with a press night on 20th June, for further information or to book visit here.
Gloria at Hampstead Theatre
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins is having quite the moment. With his riotous An Octoroon having just opened at the Orange Tree, the playwright now sees his Pulitzer Prize-nominated Gloria arrive at the Hampstead Theatre. Michael Longhurst directs a bunch of familiar faces, including Merlin’s Colin Morgan and Game of Thrones’ Ellie Kendrick.
Gloria is at Hampstead Theatre from 15th June until 22nd July 2017, with a press night on 21st June, for further information or to book visit here.
Ink at the Almeida Theatre
Arguably the pick of the month, the uber-prolific James Graham seems set to court controversy with Ink, a look at the birth of Rupert Murdoch’s Sun. Bertie Carvel takes on the odious Aussie billionaire, while Richard Coyle plays the newspaper’s editor, Larry Lamb.
Ink is at the Almeida Theatre from 17th June until 5th August 2017, with a press night on 27th June, for further information or to book visit here.
The Ferryman at the Gielgud Theatre
The Royal Court and Sonia Friedman were so confident in Jez Butterworth’s The Ferryman that they booked a West End transfer before the thing had even opened. Luckily, it’s the best new play of 2017 so far, an honour it will likely still hold by the end of the year.
The Ferryman is at the Gielgud Theatre from 20th June until 7th October 2017, with a press night on 29th June. Book your tickets here.
Photo: Johan Persson