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Theatre related stuff on TV and Radio June 18 - 24

Updated: Stan's handy guide to what's actually on at London theatres during the Olympics

There has been lots written about the hit London theatres are going to take during the Olympics and whether some will just close their doors for the duration. So sparked by a rather bare looking diary for August I decided to test the waters and see which theatres are actually producing new (or any) work during the Olympics.

There are an alarming number which don't have anything listed post the end of July, their programmes picking up again at the end of August, but some do.

This is going to be a changing/growing list as stuff is (hopefully) announced and as I gradually work my way through researching more of London's vast array of theatres starting initially with smaller and non-West End theatres*. If you discover something I've missed, I'd love to add it to the list, just email me production name, theatre, dates and web link to production page and I'll post it with a credit.

So if you'd rather watch actors than runners or swimmers in Jul/August** here's what is on offer so far:

Finborough Theatre 

Fear of Breathing - July 17 to Aug 11

Incident at the Border - Sun, Mons & Tues in late July and beginning of Aug, check website for dates

Old Red Lion Theatre

Henry V and Revenger's Tragedy in rep - July 24 - Sept 29

Southwark Playhouse (It's technically after the Olympics but still August)

Much Ado About Nothing - Aug 15 to Aug 18

The Illusion - Aug 22 to Sept 8

Mack and Mabel - Jul 5 to Aug 25 in The Vault

Soho Theatre

John Peel's Shed - Jul 25 to Aug 4

Soho Cinders - Aug 2 to Aug 9

National Theatre 

Is keeping calm and carrying on with its normal array of offerings in rep plus War Horse at the New London Theatre and One Man Two Guv'nors at the Theatre Royal Haymarket

Landor Theatre

Curtains (musical) Jul 25 to Sep 1


Philadelphia, Here I Come Jul 26 - Sep 22

Royal Court

Birthday Jun 22 - Aug 4

Ten Billion Jul 31 - Aug 11

Of the transfers Posh runs at the Duke of York's until Aug 4 and Jumpy starts on the Aug 16

New additions:

New Diorama Theatre

The Rover Aug 7 - 25

Young Vic

A Doll's House - Run has been extended to Aug 4

Theatre 503

A couple of one off Edinburgh fringe previews towards the end of July

Charing Cross Theatre

Mountview postgraduate shows run in two chunks from Jul 23 - 28 then Aug 6-11

The Globe

Like the National Theatre, it is keeping calm and carrying on with is usual selection of Shakespeare's in rep

Arcola Theatre Tent (theatre is being renovated over the summer)

More graduate shows this time from the Giles Foreman Centre for Acting which is performing Oedipus Rex and One Minute as a double bill from July 31 - Aug 4

Grimeborn - series of operas Aug 21 - Sep 8

Bush Theatre

Bush Bazaar - interactive theatre from Jul 31 - Aug 18

Camden Fringe

14 venues hosting variety of theatre, comedy, puppet shows etc from Jul 30 - 26 Aug

* for the time being - I'm planning to do posts nearer the time on special offers at the big theatres if they materialise

** The London Olympics run from Friday Jul 27 until Aug 12 and Paralympics 29 Aug until 9 Sept