Opening: Shrek, Derren Brown, Tenor & Betrayal
ALSO ON MONDAY, (previews from 8 June), illusionist and mind-reader Derren Brown returns to the West End with his latest live show Svengali at the Shaftesbury Theatre where he plays a limited season through to 16 July.
OPENING TUESDAY, 14 June (previews from 6 May), Shrek the Musical receives its London premiere at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. The cast includes Nigel Lindsay, Amanda Holden, Nigel Harman and Richard Blackwood.
OPENING WEDNESDAY, 15 June (previews from 9 June), Emperor and Galilean, Ibsen’s 1873 magnum opus under direction from Jonathan Kent. Featuring Andrew Scott and Ian McDiarmid, the production continues in rep at the NT’s Olivier until 10 August.
ALSO ON WEDNESDAY, (previews from 2 June), The muscial of Ken Ludwig’s fantastic comedy Lend Me A Tenor, about an opera company whose star is unexpectedly incapacitated, gets a musical makeover with a cast including Matthew Kelly. Peter Sham and Brad Carroll's musical plays a limited run at the Gielgud Theatre to 19 November.
OPENING THURSDAY, 16 June (previews from 27 May), Ian Rickson directs Kristin Scott Thomas, Ben Miles and Douglas Henshall in Betrayal, Harold Pinter’s backward-running 1978 play about a seven-year affair, at the Comedy Theatre. The show plays a limited season to 20 August.
SATURDAY/SUNDAY: The annual free theatre festival West End Live this year takes place in Trafalgar Square.
- Matt Hannigan