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Sarah Hoare, Priyank Morjaria, Cavan Clarke and Michelle Fox. (Photo credit: Jane Hobson)

London Theatre News Today: Wednesday 23 June

Hira Desai

By Hira Desai First Published 23 June 2021, Last Updated 24 June 2021

Kids Week is back!

We’re thrilled to announce that Kids Week is back with over 30 London shows participating! Tickets will go on sale from 10am on Wednesday 30 June. Find out more about the much-loved initiative and the wonderful shows you and your loved ones can enjoy by clicking the button below!


First look: Production images from Romeo & Juliet at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre led the industry last summer, being the first major London theatre to re-open amidst the coronavirus pandemic. Welcoming audiences of over 30,000, the theatre was widely celebrated as being at the forefront introducing new measures to safeguard theatre audiences, performers and staff.

Today, ahead of opening night for the new season, production images are released for Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet.

From historic feud to ill-fated union, Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet finds new significance this summer in the Globe Theatre. Verona is sick. Its structures broken and its citizens in a state of desperation. When a system favours the few, the many are left with nothing but unhealthy choices. Amidst the violence, bloodshed, fear and unrest, two teenagers find unexpected relief in each other. But will love be enough to save them from society’s sickness?

Kimberley Sykes directs Shakespeare’s timeless story of two young people torn apart by a divided society and forbidden love.

The cast includes: Isabel Adomako Young, Aretha Ayeh, Ellie Beavan, Cavan Clarke, Tom Claxton, Emma Cunniffe, Peter Hamilton Dyer, Ryan Ellsworth, Michelle Fox, Andrew French, Sarah Hoare, Irvine Iqbal, Richard Leeming, Joel MacCormack, Priyank Morjaria, Louise Mai Newberry, Shadee Yaghoubi and Marc Zayat.

Playing from 26 June – 17 October and with ticket prices starting from just £5, be sure to check out this epic show this summer.


RSC returns to the Barbican with The Comedy of Errors

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) today announces that The Comedy of Errors will transfer to the Barbican for a strictly limited London run following a season in Stratford-upon-Avon and a short National Tour. The production, directed by Phillip Breen (The Provoked Wife, The Hypocrite) will run at the Barbican from Tuesday 16 November until Friday 31 December, with an Opening Night on Tuesday 23 November.

The production was due to be part of the RSC’s summer season in 2020 but was postponed owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 17-strong cast includes members of the original acting company, with a number of roles recast. The Comedy of Errors at the Barbican is sponsored by ICBC (London).

A father ends up in the wrong country on the wrong day as a government makes hasty proclamations about travel.  A lonely son, while searching for his brother, loses himself.  Across town a wife starts to realise her husband is not the man she thought he was (but rather likes it). Will anything ever be the same again?

Director Phillip Breen says:

“I am beyond excited to be making my debut at the Barbican this autumn with this production of The Comedy of Errors. It’s an extraordinary play, not least because of how it resonates with the times we now find ourselves in – a play of family reunions, people finding each other once again, people holding each other at sunset – it seems entirely apt for this moment, and for the RSC to be reunited with the Barbican once again this autumn.”

Gregory Doran, RSC Artistic Director, said:

“The Royal Shakespeare Company’s home is in the very heart of the country, but we have always cherished our strong presence in London, the theatre capital of the world. This autumn we will be back at the Barbican, Gielgud Theatre and Cambridge Theatre and we cannot wait.

I look forward to returning to the Barbican, sharing our summer production of The Comedy of Errors with London audiences. The play, directed by Phillip Breen, a master of comedy, is one of Shakespeare’s most hilarious and joy-filled, but with its accompanying themes of separation, loss and ultimate reunion it also chimes with our challenging times.”


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