Opening: Rosencrantz, Karamazov & Dr Faustus
OPENING MONDAY, 20 June 2011 (previews from 9 June), the kilt-wearing Flying Karamazov Brothers – a four-strong company of multi-tasking musicians comedians, acrobats, dancers, jugglers and philosophers from the Monty Python/Marx Brothers mould – bring their live comedy show to the Vaudeville Theatre until 10 September.
OPENING TUESDAY, 21 June 2011 (previews from 16 June), original History Boys Samuel Barnett and Jamie Parker are reunited in the title roles of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, directed by Trevor Nunn as part of his season at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. The production, which transfers from Chichester's Festival Theatre, plays in the West End until 20 August.Morgan Lloyd Malcolm's first full-length play Belongings transfers from Hampstead Theatre's new Michael Frayn Space to Trafalgar Studios 2. Telling the story of a young soldier who returns from Afghanistan to a home she no longer recognises or connects with. Playing a limited season until 9 July.
OPENING WEDNESDAY, 22 June 2011 (previews from 15 June), Simon Callow brings his latest one-man show, Being Shakespeare, to Trafalgar Studios 1. Previously entitled Shakespeare – The Man from Stratford and co-written by Bard scholar Jonathan Bate, the play premiered in Plymouth before travelling to the Edinburgh Fringe last summer. It runs until 23 July.
ALSO ON WEDNESDAY (preview 21 June), Play On Words Theatre presents the London premiere of Prostitutes Marry in May: Two Queens, One Nation, written and performed by Miriam Cooper and directed by Jonathan Kemp. The play recounts the collision between sovereigns Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots, which shaped the destiny of the thrones of Scotland and England.
ALSO ON WEDNESDAY, The Southwark Playhouse production of Faith, Hope and Charity opens, directed by Leonie Kubigsteltig from a new translation by Christopher Hampton. Based on the darkly comic 1932 play, the show concerns a proudly indepenent woman trying to stay afloat when the depression hits. Runs until 16 July.
OPENING THURSDAY, 23 June 2011 (previews from 18 June), Paul Hilton, fresh from BBC's Silk sells his soul to Doctor Who companion Arthur Darvill’s devil in the 16th century Marlowe tragedy Doctor Faustus. The production, directed by Matthew Dunster with pupperty by Steve Tiplady, runs in rep at Shakespeare’s Globe until 2 October.
ALSO ON THURSDAY, it's all change at West End long-runner Les Miserables as Alfie Boe, Matt Lucas, Caroline Sheen, Alexia Khadime, Hadley Fraser, Craig Mather, Katy Secombe, Liame Tamne and Lisa-Anne Wood join the cast at the Queen’s Theatre. Boe and Lucas reprise their performances as Jean Valjean and Thenardier from last year’s 25th anniversary concert at The O2.
OPENING FRIDAY, 24 June 2011 (previews from 22 June), Edward Hall brings his all-male Shakespeare ensemble Propeller to the Hampstead Theatre, presenting Richard III and The Comedy of Errors in rep. The production marks the first time the new writing house has staged the Bard. A three-week London season as part of the company's international tour, they run until 9 July.
OPENING SUNDAY, 26 June 2011 (previews from 21 June), English Touring Theatre present Lou Ramsden’s Hundreds and Thousands, the follow-up to her first play Breed which was staged by Theatre503 in September 2010. The play inaugurates the new Soho Theatre Upstairs studio space, playing until 16 July.