PREVIEW: 9 reasons why we can’t wait for August

  1. Follies at the National

Imelda Staunton made our Best Theatre Actress of 2017 shortlist so far for Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf and stars here at the National with Tracie Bennett and Janie Dee in the Sondheim classic (which features Losing My Mind, see below). Runs 22/8 through 3/1/18. Picture courtesy National Theatre. Tickets

2. Ben Whishaw in Against at the Almeida

We saw Christopher Shinn’s Teddy Ferrara at the Donmar in 2015 and here he turns his attention to the story of a future Silicon Valley billionaire starring one of our favourite actors who last appeared on Broadway in Ivo van Hove’s re-imagining of The Crucible (picture courtesy Almeida). Runs 12/8 through 30/9. Tickets

3. Loot at the Park Theatre

This Joe Orton classic farce is at one of north London’s best kept secret venues, the 200-seater Park Theatre. Stars Calvin Demba (above left) who we last saw in The Red Lion at the National, which returns with a different cast to Trafalgar Studios later this year. Runs 17/8 through 24/9. Tickets

4. 5,6,7,8 for a Steps jukebox musical

Experimental Steps jukebox musical? Count us in. Upstairs At The Gatehouse in Highgate. Runs 14 through 19/8. Tickets

5. Pet Shop Boys headline Brighton Pride

Pet Shop Boys and Years and Years headline at this 5/8 celebration in one of our favourite southern cities by the sea. Tickets

6. Don’t miss Andrew Scott’s Hamlet

When we drew up our Best Theatre Actor of 2017 so far shortlist this year we said Sherlock star Scott’s Hamlet would be tough to beat. It transferred from the Almeida this summer to the Harold Pinter Theatre and we’re there for its last night 2/9. Tickets

7. Martine McCutcheon’s Perfect Moment

New single Say I’m Not Alone (see above) is Tiff’s perfect moment and tees up new album Lost And Found (out 8/8) and a brief November tour. Tickets

8. Nicki French’s Teardrops

International Queen of Pop French had a smash in the 90s with her Total Eclipse Of The Heart cover, represented UK in Eurovision in 2000 and returns here with this joyous summer anthem out now. ‘A perfect passion play I thought, We popped the cork and danced, Until I accidentally caught, them holding more than hands.’ More

9. Velvet & Therese Don’t Stop

Who doesn’t love a perfect slice of Scandipop? Two of our favourite Swedish stars join forces for this summer stomp.

  • Picture via Facebook courtesy National. Tickets
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