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Disney’s Aladdin at the Prince Edward Theatre (Photo: Johan Persson)

Disney's Aladdin at the Prince Edward Theatre (Photo: Johan Persson)

Last chance to see: Shows closing in August

Eleni Cashell

By Eleni Cashell First Published 4 June 2019, Last Updated 23 August 2019

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

Disney’s Aladdin


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Closing: 24 August

If only we could find a genie, we’d wish to keep this popular family show in the West End for longer! After an incredible three years in the West End, our favourite savvy street urchin is hopping on his magic carpet and flying out of the Prince Edward Theatre.

Winning at the Tony Awards and nominated for an Olivier Award, Disney’s Aladdin has breathtaking sets, mind-blowing special effects and over 350 lavish costumes. So stop wishing to go see it, and book tickets before it leaves London for a whole new world.


The View UpStairs

The cast of The View UpStairs (Photo: Darren Bell)

Closing: 24 August

With a cast that includes Olivier Award nominees, Broadway stars and upcoming talent that all of Theatreland is talking about, The View Upstairs ends its European premiere this month.

An extraordinary new LGBTQ+ musical, the show explores the community and celebrates the lives of those forgotten through a soulful, rock and jazz score. Starting off in the present day, a young fashion designer (played by Olivier Award nominee Tyrone Huntley) has bought a building to make it his new space. But unbeknownst to him, his newly acquired space used to be a vibrant gay bar in 1970s New Orleans, which was destroyed in a tragic arson attack.

Based on the real events that took place there, the attack killed 32 people and was the worst attack on the LGBTQ+ community until the 2016 Orlando nightclub shootings. In this show, the victim’s stories are brought to life, taking the audience on a soul-stirring and exhilarating journey of reflection.


The cast of Zog at Theatre Royal Kingston (Photo: Helen Maybanks)

Closing: 25 August

It’s not easy being Zog. An accident-prone dragon who keeps getting into mishaps and mischief, he dreams of being the best student in dragon school. But Zog is about to face his ultimate test when Princess Pearl prepares him for a duel with Gadabout the Great.

A magical adaptation, the show features a joyful folk score by actor and musician Johnny Flynn (recently in True West opposite Kit Harrington), with live musicians. 

A perfect show for the little ones, children who love The Gruffalo or Room On The Broom should also enjoy this show, as it’s written by the same authors.


Games For Lovers

Games For Lovers at The Vaults

Closing: 25 August

The course of true love never did run smooth, especially when you’re also trying to flat-hunt.

In Games For Loves, four millennials find themselves caught in a complex game of rivalry, desire and seduction, when all they want is sex, love and a well-located flat.

As the cost of happiness soars, how can they negotiate the new rules of modern relationships and win the game of love? Join them at the heart of the action as their games play out in a bespoke pop-up venue within The Vaults complex under Waterloo station.


Adam Kay: This Is Going To Hurt

Adam Kay: This Is Going To Hurt at Garrick Theatre

Closing: 30 August

Adam Kay has seen huge success with This Is Going To Hurt. The original book topped the best sellers list and continues to sell in droves, while his stage show has seen him perform across the West End. Now entering a run at the Vaudeville Theatre (having previously been at The Garrick), his true tales of his time working in the NHS will have you appreciating your doctors and nurses even more!

This Is Going To Hurt covers everything from gruesome operations, memorable patients, embarrassing situations, and the work, dedication and sacrifices involved in working in the NHS.


Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain – Part Four

Horrible Histories Barmy Britain in the West End

Closing: 31 August

Prepare for a unique history lesson with the cast of Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain – Part Four.

Describing themselves as “history with the nasty bits left in”, the show covers a range of interesting historical stories. Be reduced to rubble by the ruthless Romans! Mount a mutiny against King Henry VIII! See Mary Tudor knock the spots off Mary Queen of Scots! Peep into the world of Samuel Pepys and help Georgian detectives find the headless man! 

Not seen the previous Horrible Histories shows? Don’t worry about! You’ll still be able to enjoy the show, whether you’re a first-time Horrible Historian or a repeat attendee.

The Lehman Trilogy


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Closing: 31 August

Nominated for 5 Olivier Awards this year (including Best New Play), The Lehman Trilogy is almost at the end of its run at the Piccadilly Theatre, having transferred there following a sold-out run at the National Theatre.

The show tells the story of the family (and their company) that triggered the biggest financial crash in history.  Told in three parts across a single evening, it stars Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles (jointly nominated for the 2019 Best Actor Olivier Award) as the Lehman Brothers, their sons and grandsons, across many years.


Captain Corelli’s Mandolin


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Closing: 31 August

The first major theatrical adaptation of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, this is the world-famous story of romance in the face of the Second World War.

Set on Cephallonia, an idyllic Greek island, the show explores the narratives of its residents. Iannis loves the island and his strong-willed daughter Pelagia. Carlo, an Italian solider, discovers love whilst fighting in Albania. Pelagia loves her father and the fisherman Mandras. The young Italian Captain Corelli loves only his music.

But tensions soar when, one morning in 1941, Cephallonia awakens to the sights and sounds of warfare, under the duress of Italian and German occupation, and everything the islanders knew changes. Can love blossom in such unpredictable circumstances?



Actually tickets at Trafalgar Studios

Closing: 31 August

Playful, poignant and profound, Actually poses challenging questions about the nature of consent.

The show is the story of Amber and Tom, two first-year students at Princeton University. After they hook up and spend the night together, things become clouded, and the topic of sexual consent comes to the fore – they agreed on the drinking and the attraction, but what events Actually went down between the two of them? And, if unspoken, can it really be called consent?


Gloria Estefan’s On Your Feet!


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Closing: 31 August

Arriving in London straight from a smash-hit run on Broadway, it’s time to get On Your Feet! for the glorious new musical staging of the story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan.

Charting Emilio and Gloria Estefan’s true love story – from their origins in Cuba to the streets of Miami, and subsequently international superstar status – On Your Feet! tickets are a must for fans and newcomers to their music alike!

The musical features some of the duo’s most inspiring and iconic songs, including Rhythm Is Gonna Get You, Conga, Get On Your Feet, Don’t Want To Lose You Now and 1-2-3.


And don’t forget that Kids Week takes place throughout August!

For the whole of August, a child aged 16 or under can go to any participating show for free where tickets are available as long as they’re accompanied by a full paying adult. Adults can also buy up to two extra children’s tickets at half price and there are no booking fees.

Check out the shows who are participating in Kids Week, and who are running activities, on the Kids Week homepage.


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