World class performance
Fun Home, The Young Vic 18 June – 1 September
Winner of 5 Tony Awards, this is an electrifying musical version of Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel which took America by storm. Derived from a comic, despite its dark subject is “a resonant and sophisticated musical” (The Guardian) which is “bracingly honest, touchingly wise and bittersweetly funny” (The Washington Post).
The Lehman Trilogy, National Theatre 4 July – 22 September
Sam Mendes directs the epic story of Lehman Brothers from its beginning in 1844 to its end 63 years later. Stefano Massini’s play, adapted for the National by Ben Power has been stage across Europe. This five-hour saga comes to the Lyttelton Theatre, played out in 3 parts over one evening, charting the extraordinary story of three Jewish brothers who “became the kings of Wall Street” (The Guardian).
Bring It On The Musical, Southwark Playhouse 2 August – 1 September
Step into the world of an American high school this August with Bring It On The Musical, a stage adaptation of the popular noughties film. it combines the talent of Tony Award-winner Jeff Whitty, Tony Award-winning composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning composer Tom Kitt and Broadway lyricist Amanda Green to bring the story of friendship, jealousy, betrayal and forgiveness to life. Expect plenty of sass, somersaults and singing.
Kids Week 1-31 August
Children between 2 and 16 accompanied by a paying adult get free access to theatres. Tickets go on sale in June – two reasons to make a booking!
A truly inspired summer treat for families, Kids Week makes West End hits hits – such as Disney’s Aladdin, The Lion King, Jungle Book, King Kong and many more - available to youngsters for free - as long as an adult pays the full price. For the whole of August, a child aged between 5 and 16 can go to any participating show for free and they get some top shows taking part. There are options for under-fives with a programme of shows and activities specifically for the very young. Tickets for Kids Week 2018 go on sale at 10am on 12 June 2018 and adults can also buy up to two extra children's tickets at half price while paying no booking fees. Bargain!
Walking with Dinosaurs at the O2 14 - 19 August
A follow up to the hugely popular 1999 BBC television show, here comes another chance to go Walking With Dinosaurs again. The arena spectacular has now been seen by over 9 million people worldwide and will be stopping by The O2 this August to depict the dinosaurs' evolution with almost cinematic realism. The updated show will depict spectacular and colourful changes to dinosaurs based on the latest scientific research and present nine species from their entire 200 million year reign. You can get up close to the terrifying Tyrannosaurus-Rex, who towers over us at an impressive 39ft, and walk alongside Allosaurus - one of the largest carnivores of the Jurassic period. Other dinosaurs featuring include the Plateosaurus and Liliensternus from the Triassic period, the Torosaurus and Utahraptor from the Cretaceous period and, the largest of them all, the Brachiosaurus, which stands at 11 metres tall and 17 metres from nose to tail.
Zoo Nation: The Kate Prince Company Sylvia, Old Vic Theatre 4-8 September
Dance hip hop, soul and funk combine to bring to life the struggles of Sylvia Pankhurst, a leading figure in the Suffragette movement in a dance drama co-written by Kate Prince and Priya Parmar with original music by Josh Cohen and DJ Walde. Sylvia is a co-production between the Zoo Nation dance company, Old Vic and Sadler’s Wells, co commissioned by 14-18NOW.