With the Edinburgh Festival underway, there’s very few new theatre shows opening in London this week. We’ve got just three for you to choose from:
Potted Potter – The Unauthorised Harry Experience – A Parody by Dan and Jeff is at Broadway Theatre playing tonight and tomorrow. The CBBC boys take all seven Harry Potter books (and a real life gane of Quidditch) and cram them all into 70 hilarious minutes. Take the kids – this one is recommended for everyone aged “from six to Dumbledore (who is very old indeed).”
The first of two West End transfers this week, An Incident at the Border (previously performed at the Finborough Theatre) opens at the Trafalgar Studios tomorrow. Tom Bennett, Florence Hall and Marc Pickering star in Kieran Lynn’s darkly comic play about a couple divided by a brand new border, stuck in between two aggressive nations on the verge of war.
Soul Sister opens at the Savoy Theatre on Thursday, following a successful premiere at the Hackney Empire. A new musical by John Miller and Pete Brooks, Soul Sister is a show inspired by the music, life and times of Ike and Tina Turner. Emi Wokoma and Chris Tummings star as the famously destructive couple. Earlier reviews confirm the band is tight, the songs fab (obvs), the unknown star truly stellar and the writing a little shonky. So, we’re thinking: a perfect jukebox musical.
Last Chance To See
Saturday is your last chance to see kid-friendly theatre in the form of Charlie and Lola’s Best Bestest Play at the Polka Theatre and Olympics-inspired US comedy The Complete World of Sports (Abridged) at the Arts Theatre (see below for a taster).