The month ahead: June

It seems crazy that we’re in June already – the year may be flying by but summer is finally here (at least until the rain arrives in a day or two’s time). I’ll be spending the long, warm nights wisely – at the theatre.

Here are the shows I’ll be seeing this month.

The month gets off to a strong start with a return visit to Come From Away at the Phoenix Theatre. I’m on a mission to introduce all of my friends to this heartwarming show which tells the story of the small Newfoundland town of Gander, which came to the world’s attention after 9/11, when nearly 38 plans were ordered to land there following the closure of American airspace. The musical is a charming reminder that there is good in the world, and a timely story of human kindness (you can check out my review here).

Next up I’m off to the Ovalhouse to see Custody, which was created by Tom Wainwright and Urban Wolf and originally premiered at the theatre in 2017. Inspired by Wolf’s own experiences, the play explores police treatment of young, black men.

June sees the return of the critically-acclaimed Sweat, which originally premiered at the Donmar Warehouse late last year. Lynn Nottage’s hit production depicting the decline of the blue collar industry arrives at the Gielgud Theatre for a limited run. A hard-hitting production with outstanding performances from an insanely talented cast (who are thankfully reprising their roles) and an ending which packs a punch, Sweat is an unmissable production (check out my review here and then go book your tickets).

Then it’s back to the Old Vic to see Andrew Scott return to the stage in Present Laughter. It’s my first experience of a Noel Coward play and this comedy follows the life of actor Garry Essendine who’s preparing for an overseas tour.

Next it’s back to one of my favourite theatres, the Young Vic to see one of my most hotly anticipated plays of the year, Death of a Salesman. With Marianne Elliott co-directing and a cast featuring Wendell Pierce, Arinzé Kene and the legend that is Sharon D. Clarke, the play has been getting rave reviews since it opened in early May, and I can’t wait to see it!

Later this month I’ll be returning to the Vaults to see Bare: A Pop Opera. This coming-of-age rock/pop musical follows a group of students at a Catholic boarding school and is playing until early August.

While Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat may be returning to the London Palladium later this month, I’ll be heading to the Ipswich Regent to see the touring production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic musical, starring Union J’s Jaymi Hensley. I’m willing to place bets on me still having Any Dream Will Do stuck in my head for at least the rest of the year.

It’s been a while since I’ve been to the Trafalgar Studios and I’m excited to be returning to see Dark Sublime. Starring Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Marina Sirtis, this comedy explores hero worship and what later life is like for older gay women.

Finally, I’ll be finishing the month in the best way possible – seeing the fantastic P!nk as she brings her Beautiful Trauma tour to Wembley Stadium. It’s not theatre as such, but she certainly puts on an impressive show, and I’m sure this tour will be no exception!

Photo credit: Chloe Nelkin Consulting

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