The Handbook
The Handbook

Theatres across London have begun preparation to reopen once more, albeit socially distanced and with reduced capacity, and we couldn’t be more excited.

Reignite your love for live performances and support your local theatres by booking in for one of these nine shows.

Beat The Devil, Bridge Theatre

The coronavirus pandemic brought with it unprecedented uncertainty; it both tore nations apart but also brought them closer together. Back in March when the UK walked headfirst into a lockdown, little was known about the virus and the effects of it. On the very same day, David Hare started getting symptoms. 

Born out of frustration and delirium, Hare recalls the whole effect of his illness; a mix of fear, dream, honest medicine and dishonest politics which helped him fuse together a monologue of ‘furious urgency and power’.

Beat The Devil couldn’t arrive at a more poignant time; it’s a refreshing insight into the struggles and frustration many have felt over the course of the last six months.

Running until 31st October
Reserve your seats at: www.bridgetheatre.co.uk

C-O-N-T-A-C-T, London City

In light of the current situation, with social distancing regulations enforced, C-O-N-T-A-C-T is a theatre concept that bridges that gap between immersive theatre and sensorial soundscapes. 

Having soared with success in Paris, C-O-N-T-A-C-T has arrived in London to fill its streets, parks and livelihood with a new socially-distanced performance.

Award-winning producer Katy Lipson & Aria Entertainment have joined forces with Mathilde Moulin & WEF Productions, to bring the UK a new style of theatrical performance. The narrative follows a young woman who is merely sat on a park bench, utterly lost in her thoughts and imagination. Jump in and you’ll explore the characters worlds through the 50 minute performance. 

Each audience member will need a fully-charged smartphone and headphones to enjoy this special performance, and location details will be provided upon your booking confirmation.

Various Dates Throughout September
Reserve your seats at: www.todaytix.com

Summer Showtime, The Turbine Theatre 

Soak up the last of the summer rays with an alfresco performance courtesy of The Turbine Theatre. 

As part of Battersea Power Station’s Summer Showtime on The Coaling Jetty, The Turbine Theatre is hosting numerous outdoor shows throughout September. From a new electrifying adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth to Vivienne de Vil’s celebration of musical leading ladies, to even a modern day musical about the wild world of online catfishing, there’s something for every taste.

Alfresco theatre performances running throughout September.

Various Dates Throughout September
Reserve your seats at: www.theturbinetheatre.com

Talking Heads, Bridge Theatre

Born out of lockdown, Alan Bennett’s loveable, gritty monologue series, Talking Heads, was given a 2020 revamp bringing with it the arrival of a socially distanced crew, huge British names and dark humour. 

In light of the current global situation, Bennett has waived his royalty fees and The Bridge Theatre is putting on performances of the deep, often disturbing, monologues. 

See the gritty British depictions and humour come to life on the big stage.

Running until 31st October
Reserve your seats at: www.bridgetheatre.co.uk

Sleepless: A Musical Romance, Troubadour – Wembley Park Theatre 

Based on the original story and screenplay of Sleepless in Seattle, the narrative tells the loving story of Sam, who moves to Seattle with his son, Jonah, following the loss of his wife. It’s when Jonah phones to speak to the local radio station that Sam is forced to open up about his loss and sleepless nights, and soon becomes a loveable, sought after figure in America… 

Scattered with romance and humour, Sleepless stars Kimberley Walsh, Jay McGuiness and Daniel Casey.

Running until 27th September
Reserve your seats at: www.theatreticketsdirect.co.uk

Jesus Christ Superstar: The Concert, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar has been a huge success since reopening last month, and you can still nab tickets for their September showings. 

Rice and Lloyd Webber’s glorious production of Jesus Christ Superstar has been resurrected in a fun new concert performance. Actors Declan Bennett and Pepe Nufrio will be taking on the role of Jesus, and the performing cast will all be socially distanced themselves, in line with the government advice.

Capacity has been reduced significantly, with the 1,256 seated venue whittling their capacity down to a mere 390 people per performance. It’s obviously to adhere to social distancing guidelines, but it might just make the experience a whole lot more special thanks to its intimate feel.

Running until 27TH SEPTEMBER
Reserve your seats at: www.openairtheatre.com

Dante’s in Furlough, The Vaults 

If you’ve missed The Vaults’ wild and wacky theatrical performances, you’ll be glad to know the wait is almost over! The Vaults reopens on the 15th of October, arriving with a hellish bang. 

The aptly named, Dante’s in Furlough will be the horrid reawakening theatre needed. The Devil is getting hitched, and with everything seemingly feeling very far from normal right now, an invite to the centre of Hell for a marriage seems like it could give us a massive breather from reality.

Buckle in for a flamboyant entrance into Hell; join your demonic guide and prove you have all it takes for a worthy seat at the Devil’s table. 

The Vaults’ performances are always outrageously brilliant and we cannot wait to unlock the hellish abyss that awaits. 

Running 15th October – 30th December
Reserve your seats at: www.thevaults.london

Crooks 1926, Colab Theatre

If you’re missing your theatre thrills, book in for the World War Two inspired immersive production, Crooks 1926.

The year is 1926, and in London, there is a war…

Jump into the action packed, immersive experience and peek inside the cockney criminal underworld of Elephant and Castle. With one family’s battle for supremacy at stake, nothing is certain, safe or truthful. You’ll be thrusted in the centre of it all to try and organise the territorial takeover of your favourite city, London.

Various Dates
Reserve Your Seats at: www.colabtheatre.co.uk

Death of England, National Theatre

The National Theatre has announced its reopening plans for 2021, returning with a limited run of Death of England, a new play by Clint Dyer and Roy Williams. 

Starring Rafe Spall (Black Mirror, Hedda Gabler) as Michael, a young man who has been left distressed, powerless and distraught following the death of his father. As he begins to rebuild his life, he revaluates his upbringing, his father’s legacy and the country he grew up in. 

Heartbreaking at times, Death of England encapsulates how grief affects everyone differently in a refreshing, real way. 

Running 31st January – 7th March 2021, tickets available this September
Reserve your seats at: www.nationaltheatre.org.uk

In light of the current global situation, please note these performances are all subject to change last minute.