London's theatre calendars are flooded with acclaimed shows, big names and hotshot directors, and there's no way anyone can see them all. As a starting point, the Time Out theatre team have picked ten shows opening in London this June that you won't regret booking for.
A new production of Oscar Wilde’s warhorse ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ is rarely something to get the pulse racing.: it’s all been done before. But this is something new – the formidable Lady Bracknell will be played by none other than David Suchet, throwing off the bleakness of his last few West End roles for something enticingly daft.Read more
As nobody living seems capable of filling the Palladium these days, they’re turned to a dead guy. ‘Sinatra: The Man and His Music’ is a lavish spectacle based around archive footage of Ol’ Blue Eyes, propped up by dancers, an orchestra and ‘cutting edge technology’. There’s a very decent chance it’ll be terrible, but the whole thing is so dementedly ambitious that we can’t help but feel madly curious.Read more
A big West End transfer hit for the Royal Court three years ago, Nick Payne’s dizzying drama about a relationship played out across as infinite number of possibilities has enjoyed a successful revival as a touring production, and returns to the West End for a limited run. Joe Armstrong and Louise Brearly step into the shoes of Rafe Spall and Sally Hawkins.Read more
Chris Goode’s deeply disquieting monologue was a highlight of last year’s Edinburgh Fringe, but only enjoyed the briefest of London runs before that. Now it returns for a couple of weeks at the Court. It’s a thicket of stories about men drowning in humdrum English life, who decide to transgress in reckless, disturbing ways.Read more
Carly Churchill’s short, remorseless drama about cloning has proved the most popular and most revived of her more recent works, with this version transferring to the Young Vic on a tide of acclaim from Nuffield Theatre. John and Lex Shrapnel star as a father and his sons, two of whom are clones of the first.Read more
Richard Bean is such a West End force these days that even his old plays are now being brought back to Theatreland. The blackly comic story of two men trapped in a hotel room together, ‘The Mentalists’ had a low-key run at the National Theatre 13 years ago, and is now brought back in a production starring Stephen Merchant in his theatre debut.Read more
The Open Air Theatre’s summer musical is always a major highlight of the season. This year it’s a romp through ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’, the delightfully unreconstructed MGM classic about a bunch of semi-feral lumberjacks attempting to find partners.Read more
The Almeida followa up last month’s incendiary ‘Oresteia’ with the second play in its Greeks season: a stripped-down, traditional-style production of Euripdes’s eye-wateringly brutal tragedy ‘The Bacchae’, starring Ben Whishaw as capricious pleasure god Dionysus and Bertie Carvel as Creon, the hapless mortal who offends him.Read more
Patrick Marber’s theatrical renaissance is capped by his third play for the National Theatre in two months. Following ‘The Beaux’ Stratagem’ and ‘The Red Lion’, here’s his ‘very free’ adaptation of Ivan Turgenev’s passionate comedy ‘A Month in the Country’. Expect big things: the cast is headed by John Simm and Mark Gatiss, and thefact it’s being co-produced by Sonia Friedman suggests a West End transfer is expected.Read more
Paul Covent Garden - Le Restaurant de Paul
Venue says: Enjoy a pre-theatre menu from 2.30pm to 7pm. £9.95 for two courses between starter, main or dessert and £12.95 for three courses.
This Bedford Street restaurant, right in the heart of Covent Garden, is the flagship venue from Paul - the chain of popular cafés-cum-bakeries-cum-patisserie. It still sells pretty cakes and baked bits and bobs to passersby, but there's a full menu on offer too - as well as booze. As you might expect, there's a firm French slant to the food and drink on offer. Dishes range from charcuterie platters and oven baked Camembert to salad Niçoise, omelettes and pâté de campagne with bread, cornichons and pickled baby onions. Expect tartes aux fruits, millefeuille and macarons for dessert. The wine selection is focused solely on France, with a section dedicated to bottles from artisan winemakers located in well-known regions - a Loire Valley sauvignon blanc from La Chardoisie, in Touraine, for example. Keep an eye out for pre-theatre menus, too.