Sloane Square is so not now, darling; we're all about pop-ups in East London and SE London and Kings Cross. The Royal Court's Theatre Local project really couldn't be any more zeitgeisty if it tried. After previous years in Elephant and Castle and Peckham, this summer it's back in Peckham's Bussey Building but also in Haggerston and the Welsh Centre on Gray's Inn Road.
If we're being shallow it's what's happening in East London that's most exciting, because the cast is pretty fabulous. Imelda Staunton, Toby Jones, Fenella Woolgar, Danny Webb (if you're a Doctor Who fan you'll recognise these latter three, which just goes to show what great casts that show attracts) and Shannon Tarbet play five lost people taking a community centre class in Annie Baker's play Circle Mirror Transformation. Tickets are, understandably, limited for this month-long run, but you can still grab the odd seat for the Rose Lipman Building – and day tickets are available online from 9am each Monday.
The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart is less obviously starry, but this Border Ballads-inspired combination of poetry and live music from writer David Greig and National Theatre of Scotland sounds like fun. It runs 12 July-3 August in King's Cross and then a shorter run between 5-9 August at the Bussey Building.
Circle Mirror Transformation is at the Rose Lipman Building, 43 De Beauvoir Road, Haggerston, 5 July-3 August. The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart runs at the London Welsh Centre, 157-163 Grays Inn Road, 12 July-3 August and the Bussey Building, 133 Rye Lane, Peckham, 5-9 August. Tickets for all performances are £20 / £10 day tickets on Mondays. For more information see the Royal Court website.