Top ten theatre shows to see in August 2019: TV hit Fleabag returns to the stage and Evita lands in Regent’s Park
It might feel like the entirety of London decamps to Edinburgh in August, but the capital still has plenty of theatrical delights for those staying in the city.
Camden Fringe 2019
Can’t make it to Scotland? Not to worry! The Camden Fringe is here to bring you those same festivals vibes. A whopping 27 venues are involved, with shows including A Rock and Roll Suicide at the Camden People’s Theatre, In Limbo at the Tristan Bates Theatre and Red Peter at Etcetera Theatre.
The Camden Fringe Festival is at various venues from 29th July until 25th August 2019. For further information or to book visit the festival website here.
Tree at the Young Vic
Photo: Marc Brenner
Mired in controversy over who exactly wrote the play, Tree comes to the Young Vic following an initial stint at the Manchester International Festival. Sinead Cusack and Alfie Enoch feature in a production that promises a “journey into the heart and soul of contemporary South Africa”.
Tree is at the Young Vic from 29th July until 24th August 2019, with a press night on 1st August. For further information or to book visit the theatre’s website here.
The Tales of Kieran Hodgson at Soho Theatre
The brilliant Kieran Hodgson is eschewing Edinburgh this year in favour of a big retrospective at Soho Theatre. Not only is he bringing back the EU-focused ’75 from the start of the year, but previous shows French Exchange, Lance and Maestro.
The Tales of Kieran Hodgson is at Soho Theatre from 29th July until 10th August 2019. For further information or to book visit the theatre’s website here.
Evita at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
Don’t cry for me Argentina, you’ll be able to see me at the Open Air Theatre this summer! Jamie Lloyd brings one of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s less weird musicals to Regent’s Park, with Samantha Pauly playing Eva Peron.
Evita is at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre from 2nd August until 21st September 2019, with a press night on 8th August. Book your tickets here.
Actually at Trafalgar Studios
Yasmin Paige and Simon Manyonda both star in Anna Ziegler’s first play in London since Photograph 51. Actually “investigates the highly charged topic of sexual consent” and the “complex intersection of race and gender politics”.
Actually is at Trafalgar Studios from 6th until 31st August 2019, with a press night on 12th August. Book your tickets here.
The Doctor at Almeida Theatre
The latest, no doubt flashy, production from Almeida stalwart Robert Icke, The Doctor is a “very freely adapted” version of Arthur Schnitzler’s Professor Bernhardi. The cast is just as appealing as the director: Juliet Stevenson stars alongside Paul Higgins and Ria Zmitrowicz.
The Doctor is at Almeida Theatre from 10th August until 28th September 2019, with a press night on 20th August. For further information or to book visit the theatre’s website here.
Appropriate at Donmar Warehouse
Following the smash-hit An Octoroon and the equally fantastic Gloria at Hampstead Theatre, Branden Jacob-Jenkins’s Appropriate – which pre-dates those other plays – rocks up at the Donmar Warehouse. The cast is led by Monica Dolan and Edward Hogg.
Appropriate is at Donmar Warehouse from 16th August until 5th October 2019, with a press night on 22nd August. For further information or to book visit the theatre’s website here.
Fleabag at Wyndham’s Theatre
Good luck getting a ticket! The TV phenomenon returns to London on a far bigger stage, with Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s solo-show coming to Wyndham’s Theatre. It is already sold out, however there is an online lottery, a limited number of standing tickets on the day, and an NT Live broadcast on 12th September.
Fleabag is at Wyndham’s Theatre from 20th August until 14th September 2019, with a press night on 28th August. For further information or to book visit the theatre’s website here.
The Secret River at the National Theatre
The Sydney Theatre Company’s production of Kate Grenville’s The Secret River, adapted for the stage by Andrew Bovell, comes to the National Theatre this August. The play tells the story of Australia’s “dark history”, as convict William Thornhill arrives in New South Wales, claiming land belonging to the Dharug people.
The Secret River is at the National Theatre from 22nd August until 7th September 2019, with a press night on 27th August. For further information or to book visit the theatre’s website here.
Bartholomew Fair at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
Blanche McIntyre (Tartuffe at the National Theatre, The Writer at the Almeida) directs Ben Jonson’s Bartholomew Fair at the Globe’s indoor theatre at the end of the month. It sounds like a fun evening – the blurb promises “an excess of drink, a distinct lack of morals and a whole heap of sin”!
Bartholomew Fair is at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse from 23rd August until 12th October 2019, with a press night on 29th August. For further information or to book visit the theatre’s website here.