At Londonist, we keep our ears superglued to the ground so we can tell you about the latest and greatest things to see in the world of stage. Listen up and read below to find out our recommendations for next week.
P-Rick up your ears
Richard III, Shakespeare’s brutal portrayal of the rise and reign of King Tricky Dicky, returns to the London stage. This time, Ralph Fiennes takes on the mantle of the murdering hunchback (who, in real life, wasn’t particularly hunchbacked) attempting to get into his niece’s britches before he becomes the last king to die on a battlefield. If that final part comes as a spoiler, you really should have paid more attention in History.
Richard III, Almeida Theatre. Opens 14 June. 7pm. Tickets £10-£48
Ear we go again
We’re not sure if London is in desperate need of another Disney musical but we’re getting one anyway. Opening here next week, Aladdin is directed by Casey Nicholaw who was also behind the hilarious Book Of Mormon (with Trey Parker) and the hideously expensive Elf The Musical (with no-one else); fingers crossed that he invokes more of the former and less of the latter or our first wish to the Genie (played by the wonderfully monikered @astonishingtrev) will be to get us a flying carpet out of there toute suite.
Aladdin, Prince Edward Theatre. Opens 15 June. See website for ticket and showtime information
Drag queens may rule the TV screens but many of the finest drag kings in the UK will be showing on Wednesday that they are just as ballsy, just as sexy and just as witty as their counterparts. The Glory’s Man Up contest reaches its finale and, if the competition is as fierce as it was last year, expect some fireworks along the way before the winner walks off with a cheque for one thousand pounds in their sky rocket.
Man Up!, The Glory. 15 June. FREE
The Black Cat purrs its way back to the South Bank on Friday for its latest summer show. This all-star cabaret crew can be seen regularly at the swanky Café Royal but it is within the London Wonderground’s fabulous Spiegeltent that they get to let loose and think big. Step into the hotel lobby and be greeted by world-class acts spanning musical comedy, burlesque and circus.
Hotel Black Cat. London Wonderground. From £22. 9.45pm
Music to your ears
Even the busiest bee in London needs some downtime. Coffee House Sessions brings laid back London based singer/songwriter Sam Sure to Soho Theatre to promote his poptastic new single Catching Feelings. It’s a breezy earworm that’s caught the ear of Zane Lowe and Annie Mac and you’ll be singing it until September.
Sam Sure, Soho Theatre. 13 June. 6pm. FREE