Young Frankenstein at The Garrick Theatre

Shows you have to see this summer

By Carly-Ann Clements, Published June 27, 2018

All good things must come to an end. And West End shows are no exception. Each year we see hundreds of incredible shows come and go. And very often, we kick ourselves for missing them. That’s why we’re here to help make sure that doesn’t happen. Here are all the shows you have to catch this summer before they bow out of the West End.

As You Like It at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

As You Like It at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

One of theatre’s most beloved comedies is coming to the beautiful open-air setting for just three weeks this summer. This classic tale of mistaken identity, sibling rivalry and romance will be enchanting audiences from 6-28 July only. Directed by Max Webster – who returns to Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre following his production of Twelfth Night re-imagined in 2014 – As You Like It is the perfect summer play for all the family.

Closing on: 28 July

Book tickets here.

Tartuffe at Haymarket, Theatre Royal

The cast of Tartuffe (Photo: Helen Maybanks)

This bilingual adaptation of Molière’s comedic masterpiece has been brought into the 21st century and is inspired by current world events. Brought to life by the award-winning playwright Christopher Hampton, events take place in LA where French media tycoon Orgon has re-located with his family. He has his heart set on becoming Hollywood royalty but the seductive Tartuffe has other plans. Starring Peaky Blinder’s Paul Anderson and alternating between English with French surtitles, and French with English surtitles, it’s a unique theatrical experience.

Closing on: 28 July

Book tickets, here.

A Monster Calls at The Old Vic

A Monster Calls at Old Vic Theatre

Based on the best-selling and award-winning novel, A Monster Calls tells the story of 13-year-old Connor and his very sick mum. When Connor is at his lowest, a monster comes walking to share his tales in return for Connor’s. The magical and touching tale will be directed by Sally Cookson and will run for six weeks only.

A Monster Calls is part of Kids Week where you can take your child to a theatre show for free. Find out more, here.

Closing on: 25 August

Book tickets, here.

Young Frankenstein at the Garrick Theatre

Young Frankenstein at The Garrick Theatre

From comedy legend Mel Brookes comes the stage-adaptation everyone was waiting for… Young Frankenstein. The hilarious and saucy musical tells the story of the infamous Victor Frankenstein’s grandson, Dr Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced ‘Fronk-en-steen’). When the brilliant professor inherits a castle in Transylvania, he discovers he has a familial reputation to uphold, leading him to fulfil his grandfather’s legacy by bringing a corpse back to life. Set to a score of catchy, funny and sometimes cheeky songs, and with a cast of superb West End performers, be sure not to miss it before it leaves London and goes on tour.

Young Frankenstein is part of Kids Week where you can take your child to a theatre show for free. Find out more, here.

Closing on: 25 August

Book tickets, here.

Knights Of The Rose at the Arts Theatre

Knights Of The Rose at Arts Theatre West End

They rocked the crowd at this year’s West End LIVE, and now they’re set to storm the West End. The brand-new musical features songs from Bon Jovi, Bonnie Tyler, No Doubt and more, along with an epic plot involving honour, valour and pride. Knights Of The Rose is a glorious fusion of popular culture, evocative of Game Of Thrones and Bat Out Of Hell

Knights Of The Rose is part of Kids Week where you can take your child to a theatre show for free. Find out more, here.

Closing on: 26 August

Book tickets, here.

Gangsta Granny at the Harold Pinter Theatre

This summer, the award-winning stage adaptation of David Walliams’ best-selling book, Gangsta Granny, will come to London for just two weeks. The much-loved children’s story is about a boy who discovers his boring gran’s alternative – and more exciting – lifestyle on one fateful Friday night. It’s the ideal show to entertain your kids during the summer holiday.

Closing on: 26 August

Book tickets, here.

Pressure at the Ambassadors Theatre

Laura Rogers and David Haig in Pressure (Photo: Robert Day)

It wowed audiences and critics alike while on at the Park Theatre, and its West End run has been no different. David Haig’s tense thriller about the D-Day landings shines a light on the world behind the scenes of war and the difficult decisions that were made on behalf of hundreds of thousands of men.

Pressure is part of Kids Week where you can take your child to a theatre show for free. Find out more, here.

Closing on: 1 September

Book tickets, here.

Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain – Part Four at the Apollo Theatre

Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain - Part Four at Apollo Theatre

It’s been seven years since the first Horrible Histories hit the West End. Following its previously sold-out shows – Part One, Part Two and Part Three – Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain – Part Four is set to be an absolute knock out. Get ready to laugh, recoil and learn while people from history tell you their stories. This is the world premiere and it’ll only be playing for four weeks.

Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain – Part Four is part of Kids Week where you can take your child to a theatre show for free. Find out more, here.

Closing on: 1 September

Book tickets, here.

We’re Going On A Bear Hunt at the Lyric Theatre

We're Going On A Bear Hunt at Shaftesbury Theatre (Photo: Lesley Cook)

Looking to introduce your little one to the theatre for the first time? Then We’re Going On A Bear Hunt is perfect for you. Using puppetry, music, rhymes, water and much more, it’s a mischievous family show that will keep your under 5 engaged and entertained. Inviting families to join an intrepid team of explorers – and their musical dog – in their exciting fun-filled adventure, this bonkers show will be absolute magic for everyone.

We’re Going On A Bear Hunt is part of Kids Week where you can take your child to a theatre show for free. Find out more, here.

Closing on: 2 September

Book tickets, here.

 

There are loads more brilliant shows on in London. To see what’s on, click here. For more information about Kids Week, click here.

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