Updates for all theatre lovers

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With the comeback of London theatres and shows, there is a lot of confusion in terms of what is available to watch and where, how many restrictions there are and what would be ideal for you.

I myself need all this information, especially as a theatre lover who had their tickets cancelled due to the pandemic when it started.

That is why I decided to make a list of every location and show that is now open for the public.

As for restrictions, social distancing measures are in place everywhere and a mask is mandatory to wear, even during the show.

Now, here is a list for August to keep saved and share with your friends and family:

  • Garrick Theatre – Adam Kay: This is Going to Hurt

Award-winning comedian Adam Kay shares entries from his diaries as a junior doctor in this ‘electrifying’ (Guardian) evening of stand-up and music.

Run time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Available until: 17th August 2021

  • Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre – Dragons and Mythical Beasts

Unveil a myriad of dark secrets and come face to face with some of the most magnificent monsters and terrifying beasts ever to walk the earth. Discover the colossal Stone Troll, the mysterious Indrik and Japanese Baku; the Tooth Fairy (not as sweet as you’d think), an adorable Unicorn and majestic Griffin. Take your place among legendary heroes, just don’t wake the Dragon…

Run time: 50 minutes

Available until: 5th September 2021

  • Big Top – Dead Ringers Live

The legendary BBC Radio 4 series hits London’s Underbelly Festival for the first time in this special live residency starring the dream team of Jon Culshaw, Debra Stephenson, and Duncan Wisbey. Featuring a mixture of classic sketches, new martial and of course the trademark sharp, political humour for which Dead Ringers has won critical acclaim over its nearly 20-year history.

Run time: 1 hour

Available until: 29th August 2021

  • Lyric Hammersmith Theatre – The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by author/illustrator Eric Carle has delighted generations of readers since it was first published in 1969 selling more than 41 million copies worldwide. Eric’s well-known books captivated readers with his iconic colourful hand-painted tissue paper collage illustrations and distinctively simple stories, introducing generations of children to a bigger, brighter world – and to their first experience of reading itself.

Run time: 1 hour

Available until: 28th August 2021

  • Underbelly Earls Court – The Wonder Games with Maddie and Greg

On your marks, get set, science! Join popular YouTubers and children’s TV presenters Maddie Moate and Greg Foot (as seen on Cbeebies’ Maddie’s Do You Know? and CBBC’s Blue Peter) for an interactive family show packed with fun, facts, and supersized games!

Run time: 1 hour

Available until: 22nd August 2021

  • Southward Playhouse – Operation Mincemeat

Operation Mincemeat is Singin’ in the Rain meets Strangers on a Train, Noel Fielding meets Noel Coward. Join us in discovering the fast-paced, hilarious and unbelievable true story of the twisted secret mission that won us World War II. The question is, how did a well-dressed corpse wrong-foot Hitler?

Run time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Available until: 18th September 2021

  • Garrick Theatre – Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho

Maggie makes her West End debut in this smash hit drag extravaganza! Following five sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe, the Iron Lady comes home to Soho, more fabulous than ever. On the eve of the vote on Section 28, Maggie gets lost in Soho and accidentally becomes a cabaret superstar. Will she change her mind about the homophobic bill before it’s too late…? A big gay odyssey about LGBT rights, the 80s and disco created by double Olivier Award winner Jon Brittain and Matt Tedford.

Run time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Available until: 21st August 2021

  • Royal Court Theatre – The Song Project

T​he Song Project began as a bold experiment bringing together a group of artists and playwrights to co-create in a new way, starting with the idea that some things can only be sung. 

Run time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Available until: 28th August 2021

  • Park Theatre – When Darkness Falls

Set on the island of Guernsey, When Darkness Falls tells the story of a teacher who runs the local Historical Society. Tonight, as part of the weekly Vlog, a young paranormal expert is giving a talk on the island’s incredible folklore and paranormal history. As the teacher films, the speaker regales horrifying stories. Stories that can only occur on a small, isolated island. Tonight, the teacher will learn exactly what happens when the wind blows, the seas swell and darkness falls.

Run time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Available until: 4th September 2021

  • Gillian Lynne Theatre – Cinderella The Musical

Carrie Hope Fletcher stars in a brand new version of Cinderella with a score by Andrew Lloyd Webber.Cinderella will feature an original book by the Academy Award-winning screenwriter Emerald Fennell.

Run time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Available until: 13th February 2022

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