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The Wardrobe Ensemble’s Education, Education, Education (Photo: Graeme Braidwood)

The Wardrobe Ensemble's Education, Education, Education (Photo: Graeme Braidwood)

Last chance to see: 9 shows closing in June

Eleni Cashell

By Eleni Cashell First Published 4 June 2019, Last Updated 10 June 2019

Trying to decide what London show to see this month? Why not check out this list of shows closing in June? You never know what incredible productions you could be missing if you leave it for even just a few weeks!

Beneath The Blue Rinse

Beneath The Blue Rinse at Park Theatre

Closing: 15 June

You’ll never see your grandparents in the same way again, as this production turns the stereotypes of what it means to be a “senior citizen” on its head.

Described as Quentin Tarantino meets Last Of The Summer Wine, this comedic play follows 75-year-old Flora and her 72-year-old ‘toy boy’ George. They’re certainly not what they first appear, as overconfident salesman Simon Sudgebury, who’s out to con them, is about to realise…

 

Dead Dog In A Suitcase (And Other Love Songs)

Dead Dog In A Suitcase tickets at the Lyric Hammersmith

Closing: 15 June

A modern adaptation of the satirical The Beggar’s Opera like you’ve never seen before, Dead Dog In A Suitcase (And Other Love Songs) combines a range of musical genres, including folk, grime and dubstep.

Set in an urban world, this savage comedy full of wit, wonder and weirdness centres on a notorious assassin called Macheath. When Mayor Goodman is assassinated – along with his dog – Macheath and his new wife, Polly Peachum, decide it’s time to leave town. But when Macheath’s life is threatened, he decides it’s time to cut his way through corruption and the criminal world, dodging bullets and breaking hearts as he goes.

 

BalletBoyz – Them/Us

Balletboyz - Them/Us in the West End (Photo: George Piper)

Closing: 15 June

Get ready to have your dancing skills thoroughly undermined, as international dance superstars BalletBoyz make their West End debut.

Offering you value for money with a double bill of spectacular choreography, Them/Us has been created by the company and Olivier Award winner Christopher Wheeldon, so you know you’re in for a treat!

And it’s not just the dancing talent that you’ll never forget, the score they dance to will be stuck in your head forever too.

The score in Them, (the first part of the double bill) has been created by emerging composer Charlotte Harding, whose works have been previously performed in leading concert halls across London.

While Them questions where we see ourselves in relation to the “other”, Us is focused on the possibilities of before, during and after, and plays to an extended score by singer/songwriter Keaton Henson.

 

Masters Of Choreography – Beats On Pointe

Beats On Pointe at the Peacock Theatre

Closing: 16 June

Two very different forms of dance combine in this spectacular show, where classic ballet and skilled street dancers work together to find common ground and grooves.

A mash-up like you’ve never seen before, expect energetic dance moves, action-packed freestyling, singing and beatboxing, feel-good tunes and a sprinkle of comedy thrown in for good measure!

Masters Of Choreography has toured the world with their 16 world class dancers, and their exceptional choreography guarantees a non-stop, high impact show.

 

Hansel And Gretel

Hansel And Gretel at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre (Photo: FeastCreative)

Closing: 22 June

The classic Grimm Brothers’ not-so-sweet fairy-tale gets a new adaptation in Engelbert Humperdinck’s operatic version of Hansel And Gretel.

The second collaboration between the English National Opera and Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, this operatic retelling is sung in English by the show’s seven lead performers.

They’re accompanied by a large ensemble of 30, an orchestra of 19 and of course, the conductor! With such a large number of people involved, this company are the largest at the Open Air Theatre.

 

Vincent River

Louise Jameson (Anita) and Thomas Mahy (Davey) in Vincent River (Photo: David Monteith Hodge)

Closing: 22 June

If you’re looking for a play full of drama that will keep you thinking way past the auditorium, Vincent River is for you.

The show is a powerful exploration of hate crime, with the central theme revolving around society’s obsession with crushing ‘difference’. A heart-breaking show you won’t forget, the subject matter is an insightful look into the prejudices around us.

Set in a dilapidated flat in Dagenham, the show follows the lives of two characters: Davey, who has seen something he can never forget, and Anita, who has been forced to flee her home. Burdened by the events of the past, their meeting will change both of their lives forever.

 

The Simon & Garfunkel Story

The Simon and Garfunkel Story Adam Dickinson as Paul Simon and Kingsley Judd as Art Gurfunkel. Photo by Hamish Gill

Closing: 24 June

You won’t need to go over a bridge of troubled waters, drive to Scarborough fair or listen to the sound of silence for this production. Although they’ve only got one performance left so you’ve certainly got to book your tickets soon!

An internationally acclaimed immersive production, you’ll be taken through the story of one of the most well-known singer/songwriting partnerships, Simon & Garfunkel.

Using state of the art video projection and remarkable lighting, their iconic career is re-told through music, newsreels, adverts and original footage. Revealing the incredible journey shared by Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, The Simon & Garfunkel Story takes you through their meteoric highs and lows, from their humble beginnings and global success to the bitter, very public, break-up.

 

Three Sisters

The cast of Three Sisters

Closing: 29 June

Performing in the West End for ten performances only, the Maly Drama Theatre of St. Petersburg’s production of Three Sisters is a reinvention of the Chekhov play.

The show tells the tragicomic story of the Prozorov sisters, as they contend with their disillusioned lives in a provincial Russian town. This radiant narrative explores understandings of resignation, longing, and love.

The company bringing Three Sisters to the West End, the Maly Drama Theatre of St. Petersburg, is a globally renowned and loved company, and were the first international company to ever win an Olivier Award.

 

Education, Education, Education

The Wardrobe Ensemble's Education, Education, Education (Photo: Graeme Braidwood)

Closing: 29 June

Get ready to be transported back to the 1990s as multi-award-winning comedy Education, Education, Education comes to the West End.

The show is set in May 1997, and although it’s only 20 years ago, a lot is different. Smartphones didn’t exist, the name Harry Potter was unknown, and Britain had just taken home the trophy at Eurovision. The music scene was full of incredible artists, including Oasis, The Spice Girls and…the Teletubbies.

Set in a school during the last week of term, Tobias, the new German language assistant has just arrived in the UK. And while political change, led by the newly-elected Tony Blair, begins to take effect outside of the classroom, there’s a revolution ongoing within it. Supported by an eclectic mix of eccentric schoolteachers, like Miss Belltop-Doyle struggling to control her Year 10 class, to Mr Pashley desperately trying to keep a confiscated Tamagotchi alive, Tobias has one simple aim: make it through the day.

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