• Miles Hedley

SUMMER TREATS at Greenwich Theatre

Writer Mike Bartlett is just about the hottest name in theatrical circles at the moment so it’s quite a coup for Greenwich Theatre to be staging one of his best-known works to headline its summer season.

To date this year, Bartlett has had three huge hits on the London stage - gender-fluidity award-winner Cock at the Ambassadors in the West End, his modern Restoration comedy Scandaltown at the Lyric and Trump satire The 47th at the Old Vic. Plus, of course, he created the smash-hit TV psycho-thriller series Doctor Foster.

Now Greenwich Theatre boss James Haddrell will be directing Bartlett’s An Intervention, a two-hander acclaimed for the mischievous way it examines the nature and responsibilties of friendship, which will run from 22 July to 14 August. Haddrell described the project as “incredibly exciting”.

Once the run is over, the actors will be joined by two others for another in-house production, the evergreen kids’ classic Treasure Island, which will fill the rest of the school holiday schedule - and will also be directed by Haddrell.

But there’s plenty of other great stuff to see before then. On 2 and 3 June can enjoy The Kiss That Missed, Sabrina Mahfouz and Hollie McNish will celebrate the women’s European football championships with Offside on 6 June, chanteuse Christine Bovill presents Paris, her tribute to the likes of Jacques Brel, Charles Aznavour and Edith Piaf, on 9 June and Notflix return with their glorious improvised musicals on 11 June.

Four days later, on the 15th, arts and sports luminary Sir Bob Scott is launching his autobiography Win A Few, Lose A Few in the studio space. Bob has been a key player in all things cultural across the whole country for half a century and has particular links to south-east London with chairmanships of both Trinity Laban and Greenwich Theatre itself.

Then from 17-19 June All Aboard Opera is staging Dido, a retelling of 17th century English composer Henry Purcell’s tragic masterpiece Dido And Aeneas. Intriguingly, this 21st century production lets the audience decide the Queen of Carthage’s fate.

The month ends in a wonderful contrast with a production of Judith Kerr’s fabulous international phenomenon The Tiger Who Came To Tea on June 25 and 26.

Full details of all the shows at https://greenwichtheatre.org.uk/whats-on/


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