What to Watch On Stage July 2022

The weather’s heating up, so why not take a break from the hot summer evenings and step into a theatre?

TBB’s July theatre round-up features a variety of new writing: from Lucas Hnath’s sequel to Ibsen’s A Doll’s House to the explosive play-with-music Redemption. And make sure you don’t miss the dedicated performances of Samskara: 100 Black Men in which all tickets are reserved for only Black men.

A Doll’s House, Part 2 by Lucas Hnath

Fifteen years after Nora Helmer slammed the door on her stifling marriage, she’s back with an urgent request. But first, she must face the family she left behind. Directed by James Macdonald, with a cast led by double Olivier Award-winner Noma Dumezweni, Lucas Hnath audaciously picks up where Ibsen’s revolutionary masterpiece left off.

A Doll’s House, Part 2 plays at the Donmar Warehouse from Friday 10th June – Saturday 6th August.

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RUSH – A Joyous Jamaican Journey 

RUSH tells the story of Reggae music and the Windrush Generation and how this music took the world by storm. Narrated by comedian John Simmit and featuring ska, rock steady, calypso, gospel, lovers rock, dancehall and Reggae played live by the JA Reggae Band, get ready to dance to the music of Desmond Dekker, Jimmy Cliff, Bob Marley, Lord Kitchener, Millie Small and many more!

RUSH plays at Brixton House Theatre on Saturday 23rd July.

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Hungry by Chris Bush

Lori is a chef. Bex waits tables. One night in a walk-in fridge and the rest is history. Lori wants to teach Bex about the finer things in life, but what’s the point when the system is rigged? After all, no one on minimum wage has the headspace to make their own yoghurt. A blisteringly funny play about what we eat and who we love, exploring class, queerness, cultural appropriation and the cost of gentrification.

Hungry plays at Soho Theatre from Tuesday 12th July to Saturday 30th July.

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The Darkest Part of the Night by Zodwa Nyoni

As adults, siblings Shirley and Dwight remember their upbringing in 1980s Chapeltown Leeds differently. In the height of racial discrimination, police brutality and poverty, the struggle for survival ripped through their family. Dwight was discovering what it meant to be an autistic young Black boy in a world determined never to understand him. Shirley was trying to forge her own independence away from rigid expectations at school and home. Now as adults, they need to bring together the fractured pieces of their past in order to move forward. Nancy Medina directs the world premiere of Zodwa Nyoni’s gripping and heartfelt drama that explores the complexities and beauty of what it really means to care for one another.

The Darkest Part of the Night plays at Kiln Theatre from Thursday 14th July – Saturday 13th August.

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Samskara

Four generations of Black men are trying to understand themselves in a world that tells them that they have to be strong. They tell their stories, their bodies intertwine, they move for themselves and for one another. Inspired by real-life testimonies, SAMSKARA is an explosive fusion of movement, hip-hop dance and text; an exploration of Black masculinity, vulnerability, and the cycles of fatherhood. Moving through joy and suffering, laughter and longing, this soul-baring odyssey by award-winning artist Lanre Malaolu is an ode to what it means to be a Black man in Britain today.

Samskara plays at the Yard Theatre from Monday 27th June – Saturday 23rd July.

On Friday 15th July and Friday 22nd July, all tickets are reserved for only Black men in a performance named Samskara: 100 Black Men.

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The Fellowship by Roy Williams

Children of the Windrush generation, sisters Dawn and Marcia Adams grew up in 1980s London and were activists on the front line against the multiple injustices of that time. Decades on, they find they have little in common beyond family… Dawn struggles to care for their dying mother, whilst her one surviving son is drifting away from her. Meanwhile, high-flying lawyer Marcia’s affair with a married politician might be about to explode and destroy her career. Can the Adams sisters navigate the turmoil that lies ahead, leave the past behind, and seize the future with the bond between them still intact?

The Fellowship plays at the Hampstead Theatre from Monday 20th June – Saturday 23rd July.

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All The Happy Things by Noami Denny

Sienna and Emily are sisters. Complete opposites in every way – hyper organised and super messy, determinedly ambitious and extremely laid back, alive and dead. Sienna is trying to deal with her grief by clinging tightly to what she knows. In short, she is seeing her dead sister everywhere she goes. Not only seeing her but having full on conversations with her. As the fallout from this becomes ever more overwhelming, seeping into her relationship with her boyfriend and straining her commitment to her ailing parents, the line between happiness and illusion becomes blurred. How do you truly let go of someone when you imagined they’d be there forever? A dark comedy about the power of Black sisterhood and grief, All The Happy Things was shortlisted for Soho Theatre’s Tony Craze Award 2020, and is presented as a co-production with Stand By Productions

All The Happy Things plays at Theatre503 from Thursday 21st July – Saturday 23rd July.

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Redemption by James Meteyard

We follow explosive Maz and her truth-telling bars as she rails at the world and runs from a life in care. Then she meets Tayo, a gentle soul with silky smooth vocal folds, seeking a place to belong. He’s soul, she’s grime, and the fusion is sublime. Together they take the first steps of their musical career, but can they hold on to each other when promised the bright lights of success? Redemption is a powerful new play-with-music exploring grief, trauma, family and forgiveness.

Redemption plays at The Big House from Wednesday 29th June – Saturday 13th August.

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Woven Voices Finalists: Coconut Republic by Buthilo Nleya

Tensions are high in Arthurs Hill, Newcastle, and danger is looming around every street corner. When tragedy strikes, Eve takes matters into her own hands and sends Eli back to their family home in Zimbabwe, launching him on a journey of self-discovery and belonging.

Coconut Republic plays at Jermyn Street Theatre on Thursday 28th July.

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The Poison Belt by Arthur Conan Doyle, adapted by the company

Sussex, 1913. When Professor Challenger predicts that Earth is heading unstoppably towards a deadly gas cloud, Ned Malone must journey to Rotherfield to investigate the end of the world. Trapped in a single room with his old companions, Malone watches the terrifying events unfold – with only enough oxygen to last until morning. Arthur Conan Doyle’s hair-raising tale is as thrilling and relevant today as it was a century ago. Adapted by the Company, Creative Associate Becca Chadder directs the first UK adaptation of this classic science fiction tale for today’s world.

The Poison Belt plays at Jermyn Street Theatre from Thursday 21st July – Saturday 30th July.

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