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Lucy Popescu’s theatre news: Crisis? What Crisis?; Come From Away; The Two Character Play; Romeo and Juliet

15 July, 2021 — By Lucy Popescu

Tensions mount in Come From Away at the Phoenix

PARABOLIC Theatre and Tom Black’s acclaimed immersive political comedy-thriller Crisis? What Crisis? will run at a secret location near New Diorama Theatre from July 20-August 21. It’s 1979. Jim Callaghan’s Labour government has a working majority of zero. Parliament is deadlocked. The workers are on strike. You and your fellow parliamentary advisers are gathered in a neglected office building. Your advice will change the country forever. Navigating a cast of civil service mandarins, party whips, government advisors ranging from the military, business and academia, and the perennial media, can you end the deadlock? This is an immersive theatre experience, and you can be as involved as much or as little as you want. Visit:

The multi award-winning Come From Away will return to the Phoenix Theatre from July 22. Irene Sankoff and David Hein’s musical tells the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded air passengers during the wake of 9/11, and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but as uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. Visit:

• Tennessee Williams’ The Two Character Play, directed by Sam Yates, will run at Hampstead Theatre from July 17-August 28. Fellow actors, and brother and sister, Felice and Clare have been on tour far too long. Abandoned by the rest of their troupe, all that’s left is each other, an empty stage and an expectant audience. They will have to adapt accordingly and perform the only appropriate work in their repertoire: The Two Character Play… Visit:

This is your last chance to catch Kimberley Sykes’ production of Romeo and Juliet. Also, the Unicorn Theatre’s production of Anansi the Spider. Created and directed by Justin Audibert, this retelling of the classic West African and Caribbean folk tales, is suitable for ages 3-7. Both shows are at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre until July 24. Visit:

• Booking is open for Singin’ in the Rain at Sadler’s Wells from July 30 to Sept 5. Song-and-dance legend Adam Cooper reprises the iconic role made famous by Gene Kelly, in Jonathan Church’s critically acclaimed production. Andrew Wright’s high-energy choreography and Simon Higlett’s sumptuous set design (including more than 14,000 litres of water on stage every night) combine with the terrific MGM score, including Good Morning, Make ‘em Laugh, Moses Supposes and Singin’ in the Rain.

The Camden Fringe runs from August 2-29. Watch this space for details of individual shows. For advance info visit:


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