What To Watch On Stage June 2022

Halfway through the year! June brings a variety of productions showcasing Black British talent to London’s stages.

If musicals are your thing, make sure to check out Legally Blonde or Oklahoma!. For family-friendly shows, don’t miss the musical adaptation of Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World or Justin Audibert’s Marvin’s Binoculars. You’ll also want to make sure you get tickets to a rare staging of August Wilson’s Jitney at the Old Vic before tickets sell out…

Jitney by August Wilson

Jim Becker and his unlicensed drivers take the people of Pittsburgh Hill District where regular taxi cabs won’t – healing old wounds and tearing new ones as they pass the time in a condemned taxi rank between pick-ups. Directed by Tinuke Craig (The Color Purple) and following an acclaimed run at Leeds Playhouse, August Wilson’s (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom) groundbreaking modern classic explores the fragile bond between eight men as they live, love and work in a racially segregated, post-Vietnam America. 

Jitney plays at the Old Vic from Thursday 9th June-Saturday 9th July.

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Image Credit: Sharron Wallace Photography


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 world premiere of Roy Williams’ The Fellowship, directed by Paulette Randall, is, by turn, an electrifying, hilarious, gripping tale set in modern Britain.

The Fellowship plays at Hampstead Theatre from Friday 17th June-Saturday 23rd July.

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Bangers by Danusia Samal

It’s club night and the tracks are spinning. Two headliners crossfade between stories of love, sex, and losing their creative spark – set against a backdrop of precarious lives in urban London – as an ever-present DJ shapes their lives with banger after banger. Cardboard Citizens presents this new play from Danusia Samal, who stars as Aria, alongside Darragh Hand as Clef and Duramaney Kamara as the DJ. Featuring original tracks inspired by early noughties and present-day R&B and Garage,Bangers follows the highs and lows of two strangers as they struggle with their own pasts while hurtling towards each other’s futures.

Bangers plays at Soho Theatre from Tuesday 14th June-Saturday 2nd July.

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The White Card by Claudia Rankine

Written during an increasingly racially divided America and shortly before the murder of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter protests rippled across the globe, a wealthy, privileged white couple invite a talented Black artist to dinner. Tensions run high and a heated debate uncovers some uncomfortable truths that can’t be ignored about white privilege, cultural appropriation and representation. The White Card invites us all to play our part in the debate.

The White Card plays at Soho Theatre from Tuesday 21st June-Saturday 16th July.

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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. And no, you don’t need to have seen Part 1.

A Doll’s House plays at the Donmar Warehouse from Friday 10th June-Saturday 6th August.

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Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World 

Based on the award-winning book by Kate Pankhurst, Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World is a brand new kickass-spirational pop musical. Join inquisitive heroine Jade as she breaks away from her class to take a peek behind the scenes at the not yet open Gallery of Greatness in the local museum. Along her journey, she is surprised to meet the incredible wonder women: Frida Kahlo, Rosa Parks, Amelia Earhart, Marie Curie, and Emmeline Pankhurst to name just a few. From explorers to artists, scientists to secret agents, hear the stories of some of history’s strongest mothers, sisters and daughters; all independent icons who really did change the world.

Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World plays at Theatre Royal Stratford East from Wednesday 15th June – Sunday 17th July.

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Marvin’s Binoculars by Justin Audibert

Marvin loves exploring all the parks around his home in London and finding birds, bugs and animals. On his ninth birthday, he’s overjoyed – his very own pair of grown-up, pro binoculars! But then something terrible happens: he loses them, and to get them back, he must face the intimidating park warden. Join Marvin as he discovers wildlife and friendship in the most unlikely places. Touching on themes of racial prejudice, Marvin’s Binoculars is a highly engaging and vibrant show that will inspire children to explore the outdoors in their local green spaces.

Marvin’s Binoculars plays at Unicorn Theatre from Wednesday 1st June-Sunday 3rd July.

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Legally Blonde

The cult classic musical Legally Blonde has been given a fresh makeover in this new production at Regent’s Park Open-air Theatre directed by Lucy Moss (co-creator and director of SIX). Courtney Bowman takes the lead as Elle Woods, supported by Michael Ahomka-Lindsay as Emmett and Nadine Higgin as Paulette. If you loved the film and previous runs of the musical, this is not a production to miss!

Legally Blonde plays at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre from Friday 13th May-Saturday 2nd July.

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Oklahoma!

This is Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! as you’ve never seen it before, re-orchestrated and reimagined for the 21st century. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical, Daniel Fish’s bold interpretation transfers to the Young Vic, direct from an acclaimed run on Broadway and a U.S. tour. Oklahoma! tells a story of a community banding together against an outsider, and the frontier life that shaped America. Seventy-five years after Rodgers & Hammerstein reinvented the American musical, this visionary production is funny and sexy, provocative and probing, without changing a word of the text.

Oklahoma! plays at the Young Vic from Wednesday 27th April-Saturday 25th June.

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