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Chickens, rabbits and grumpy old men: five things we learnt this week

First Published 1 July 2016, Last Updated 1 July 2016

Take a look at our Friday roundup of some top shows taking place in the capital.

The Chickenshed Theatre will host a brand new children’s show this summer, Brer Rabbit’s Track And Field, a fun story about a feisty rabbit determined to compete in a sporting event in Rio. Packed with songs, dancing and puppets, this family show is bound to be 24-carrot fun. Chickenshed are also offering a fun and interactive sensory session based on the themes and characters from the show for three year-olds and under. For more information, visit the official website.

After a highly successful run at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, Alan Aykbourn’s How The Other Half Loves is moving… across the road. If you missed out on this classic romantic caper, you now have a second chance to see it at the Duke of York’s Theatre. You can buy your tickets through us here.

Following How The Other Half Loves’ tenure at the Duke Of York’s, a new production of Ronald Harwood’s The Dresser will play in the venue. Today we got our first glimpse of Ken Stott and Reece Shearsmith in their roles as Sir and Norman, in the heart-breaking story of an ageing actor-manager and his long-suffering dresser as they struggle to keep the show on the road in wartime Britain. Get your tickets from us here.

The National Youth Theatre are taking over the Finborough Theatre with a season of new writing this August, as part of their 60th anniversary celebrations. The season will feature three world premiere productions: Olivier Award-nominated James Fritz will present The Fall, a new play about young people dealing with an ageing society, Olivier Award-winner Bola Agbaje’s Bitches will explore the joys and challenges of being young, female and black, and Stephanie Smith will present the first stage production of Mohsin Hamid’s Man Booker Shortlisted The Reluctant Fundamentalist, examining the ironies of prejudice in a post-9/11 New York and Pakistan. For more information, visit the official website.

And finally…

Ira Glass, the founder and host of iconic podcast This American Life, arrives in London this August with a brand new show at the Royal Festival Hall. Combining two supposedly mutually exclusive art forms, radio and dance, Glass will be joined by Monica Bill Barnes, Anna Bass & Company for a unique evening of captivating storytelling and movement. For more information, visit the official webiste



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