If the occasionally-hot weather is giving you all kinds of cheeky notions, you’re not alone. Once the sun is down, head indoors for some comedy, theatre or cabaret next week.
The Young Vic may be cheeky (or just plain lucky) in resurrecting Blue/Orange at a time when the NHS is nailed to the headlines, but this thrilling study in race attitudes and medical ethics has more to chew on than a bucket of biltong. This latest outing sees doctors David Haig and Luke Norris fight it out over their patient, played by Daniel Kaluuya. Young Vic, tickets from £10.
If there’s a cheekier plot twist than “it’s all in the character’s head” then we haven’t heard of it. This Is Living gets that one out of the way early doors before progressing down a dark, dark alleyway with only as-seen-on-TV’s Michael Socha (Being Human) and Tamla Kari (The Musketeers) for company. Our tip: probably not the best first date option here. Trafalgar Studios, tickets from £15.
This Wednesday, the London-based, world-famous, fire-breathing and award-winning stripper Aurora Galore (above) is launching her debut outing Glamorous Weirdo on the grandest cabaret stage in town. For one night only, the UK’s number one burlesque artiste will be heartily shaking her moneymaker, so expect to see cheeks of upper and lower varieties as well as cool acrobatics. London Wonderground, tickets from £12.
Complain all you like about TV repeats and remakes of your favourite movie, but opera will out-cheek them all. Case in point: Anthony Minghella’s English language take on Puccini classic Madame Butterfly is back for the sixth time at the English National Opera. The basis for West End hit Miss Saigon, this is the one where the eponymous woman falls in love, has a kid, gets abandoned and eventually commits suicide. Again, probably not a great choice for a first date. ENO, tickets from £79.
Will Adamsdale is one of the cheekiest blighters around. After he won the top comedy award at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2004, he eschewed the celebrity lifestyle, avoiding the usual career path of stadium tours, TV shows and superinjunctions. Wherever he appears, be it laughing up the Battersea Arts Centre, acting at the Royal Court or snorkelling around the Roundhouse, an Adamsdale show is never dull. See him next week in The Joke, an intriguing look into the very basics of humour. Camden People’s Theatre, tickets £12 (£10 concessions).
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