What’s On Stage July 2024

Theatre highlights this July include The Hot Wing King at National Theatre.

You can also catch Death of England: The Plays from Clint Dyer and Roy Williams and One Last Drink Written and Directed by Esther Ndoeka.

Table For One by Kieran Shekoni and Tyrone Davis

Join us in the heart of London’s dating jungle as we follow the hilarious escapades of Kain, a charming but commitment-phobic man on a quest for true love amidst the chaos of the city’s dating scene. Will he finally find his happily ever after, or will his notorious reputation as a serial womanizer continue to overshadow his romantic aspirations?

Starring Daniel ‘Dunia’ Akilimali, Charlie Mase, Nathan Hector, Christopher Savage, Tiffany Brown, Desthy Dee and Daina.

Table For One runs from Thursday 4th July – Saturday 6th July @ Greenwich Theatre


Ain’t I A Woman? Produced by Landé Belo. Directors: Landé Belo, Sara Amanda and Beverly Andrews.

2037: The Burden of representation weighs heavily on Fin as she faces an invidious choice: self over cause? Nicki Takes A Breath and prepares to pander to a lazy trope as this will open doors for her…or not?….. Will Ngozi actually resort to self-inflicted grievous bodily harm and succumb to the physical and metaphysical “whitewashing” promulgated by Changing Rays? Mary, Queen of Thots optimistically ventures into digital dating…. the perfect antidote for her self-loathing and depression…. meanwhile, Tiwa exposes the insidious impact of the economic crisis on her world and wonders why we are not all In Conversation about this or don’t we care…?

Starring Anoä-Kanelle Calpas, Keia Johnson, Saffron Dey, Zainab Ottun, Norma Hewins, Kahlea Allison, Femi Davies, Megan-Madaleine Freeman and Chaachi Deane.

From a London casting room to a dystopian future, a sci-fi mystery to a TV studio, women tell their different stories, sharing their perspectives of being black and female in contemporary Britain …

Ain’t I A Woman runs from Wednesday 10th – Saturday 20th July @ The Tower Theatre, Stoke Newington


The Hot Wing King by Katori Hall. Directed by Roy Alexander Weise.

Things are heating up in Memphis as the annual Hot Wing Festival rolls into town. With their sights set on the crown, Cordell, his partner Dwayne and friends Isom and Big Charles team up again as the New Wing Order, with a new attitude and a mouth-watering new wing recipe.

But after an unexpected family emergency, their plans get derailed as the men navigate the meaning of love, family and staying true to yourself.

Starring Jason Barnett, Kaireece Denton, Kadiff Kirwan, Olisa Odele, Simon-Anthony Rhoden and Dwane Walcott.

The Hot Wing King runs from Thursday 11th July – Saturday 14th September @ National Theatre’s Dorfman Theatre


One Last Drink Written and Directed by Esther Ndoeka.

One last drink explores the unspoken burden of the “strong friend.” We’ve all heard that saying before “check on your strong friend” especially when another suicide hits the news. People suddenly begin to remember to check on their strong friends. One last drink shows how the person carrying the least bits of weakness and smiling through the most amount of pain isn’t strong, but they are hiding. In a world so fixated on romantic love, the play highlights the love between 4 friends and how sometimes no matter how powerful that love is, it just wasn’t enough to save their friend from the hands of suicide and depression.

One Last Drink runs Friday 12th – Sunday 14th July @ Chelsea Theatre


Fan Girls Associate Director Kwame Owusu

Meet Edna: she’s 14, she’s a misfit, and she’s in love with Harry. There’s just one problem: Harry’s in the world’s biggest boy band, has 38 million fans, and doesn’t know she exists. When Harry’s band announces a tour stop in Edna’s hometown of Sydney, Australia, she knows this is her destiny – her one chance to meet him. But how on EARTH will she get Harry’s attention?! And exactly how far is she prepared to go in the name of love?

Starring Terique Jarrett and Jasmine Elcock.

Fan Girls runs from Saturday 13th July -Sunday 24th August @ Lyric Hammersmith


Death of England: The Plays by Clint Dyer and Roy Williams.

These three interconnected plays are, by turns, exhilarating, profoundly moving, funny but furious, and deeply theatrical. Watch one as a standalone experience or discover the connections between two or three of the plays as Michael, Delroy, Denise and Carly navigate the joys and challenges of what it means to be British in 2024.

Starring Paapa Essiedu and Sharon Duncan-Brewster.

Death of England: The Plays runs from Monday 15th July – Saturday 28th September @ Sohoplace


Housemates Returns: Before I Go Written and performed by Tobi King Bakare.

Ajani can talk. He can host parties, talk to girls, charm any living being. However, he finds it hard to express himself to the people he cares about the most. When he dies and gets stuck in Limbo, he is given an ultimatum: “Learn how to ‘properly’ communicate or remain here forever”. Ajani takes on the quest and embarks on a poetic journey of discovery, unlearning and healing.

Housemates Returns: Before I Go runs from Monday 15th – Saturday 27th July @ Brixton House


Is Dat You Yeah? Written and directed by dkfash.

It’s when you couldn’t be on the phone and the internet at the same time
It’s where you learned insults were a love language
It’s when spittin battles at lunchtime could get you happy-slapped

Tolu and the “Back Of the Bus Queens” relive and rediscover their love of home, in this joyous and whacky adventure down memory lane. Surreal memories, short stories, and nonsense!

Starring Adeola Yemitan, Antonia Layiwola and Rachel Ridley.

Is Dat You Yeah? runs from Tuesday 23rd – Saturday 27th July @ Bristol Old Vic


How I Learned to Swim Written by Somebody Jones

Jamie can’t swim. Bit awkward when you’re 30. Fuelled by guilt and a need to mend her broken family, Jamie is taking on her biggest fear. The ocean.

With the help of a chipper swim instructor, a shady spiritual guide and one cathartic crab sandwich, she’s questioning, ‘How many lengths does it take to wash away regret?’

How I Learned to Swim runs from Wednesday 24th July – Saturday 14th September @ Brixton House

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