Cape Town, comedy capers and big cats: five things we heard about this week

Published June 17, 2016

Cape Town Opera will be visiting the Royal Festival Hall at Southbank Centre this August, as part of its UK tour, in partnership with Wales Millennium Centre. They will be performing Mandela Trilogy, a musical tribute to the life of the iconic South African leader, using a variety of musical styles and featuring over 60 performers.

The National Theatre’s Connections festival is celebrating its 21st birthday this summer. Every year the National commissions a series of plays from some of the UK’s best writers to be performed by youth theatre companies. Connections 2016 takes place from 28 June to 4 July, and there is a free exhibition in the Wolfson Gallery dedicated to the festival’s history.

The Olivier Award-winning comedy, The Play That Goes Wrong, has just announced its new cast. Founder of Mischief Theatre Henry Lewis commented ‘We are disappointed to have found an even more terrible set of actors to join the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society in The Play That Goes Wrong. Regrettably, this year will see even more forgotten lines, missed cues, walk-outs and actor and director spats than ever before’.

An adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s novella, The Man Who Would Be King, will run at the Greenwich Theatre this autumn, following acclaimed runs at the Edinburgh Festival and VAULT festival. It is the story of two mercenaries in the Middle East who decide to take matters into their own hands and establish themselves as kings.

And finally:

Judith Kerr’s beloved children’s book The Tiger Who Came To Tea returns to London this summer for a limited season at Cadogan Hall. Telling the story of the big cat with a big appetite, this Olivier Award-nominated production promises sing-a-long songs, magic and mayhem.