April picks in London theatre

Another busy month beckons in the capital with plenty of shows to tempt you into one or more of over 200 venues.

Will any of these be ‘the one that you want’ to see this month?

Collage of April show picks

Artsdepot (N12) – “A spectacular nursery rhyme cabaret.” Hey Diddle Diddle, by Kitchen Zoo, 3-5 Apr, https://www.artsdepot.co.uk/whats-on

White Bear (SE11) – “A challenging drama where a son’s love for his dad suddenly comes into question.” Messi and Ronaldo, by Roger Goldsmith, 4-8 Apr, https://www.whitebeartheatre.co.uk/whatson

Chelsea Theatre (SW10) – “The true retelling of a story in a desperate fight for freedom in South Africa.” The Only White, by Gail Louw, 4-22 Apr https://chelseatheatre.org.uk/whats-on-2

Lion & Unicorn (NW5) – “Part contemporary origin story myth abd part coming-of-age story.”  Wherever She Is, There Is Eden by Fundamentals Theatre Company, 5-9 Apr https://www.thelionandunicorntheatre.com/whats-on

LAMDA (W14) – “Three sisters endure a mundane but privileged life in Port of Spain.” Three Sisters, by Mustapha Matura after Chekhov, 5-6, 11-12 Apr https://www.lamda.ac.uk/whats-on/three-sisters-2023

West End – “The case of Rebekah Vardy and Colleen Rooney in their own words.” Vardy v Rooney: The Wagatha Christie Trial, Ambassadors Theatre, 6 Apr-20 May https://www.atgtickets.com/shows/vardy-v-rooney-the-wagatha-christie-trial/ambassadors-theatre/

Battersea Arts Centre (SW11)- “A festival exploring what does it mean to be ‘outrageous’ in today’s society,”  Outrageous Behaviour festival, by hip-hop theatre company Impact Dance, 8 Apr https://bac.org.uk/whats-on/outrageous-behaviour-2023/

Exchange (TW1) – “The astonishing life of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, transvestive and celbrated arts dealer.” I Am My Own Wife, by Doug Wright, 12 Apr https://exchangetwickenham.co.uk/

Theatre at the Tabard (W4) -” poignant play about a working-class pub actoss one night.”  Two, by Jim Cartwright, 12-28 Apr https://tabard.org.uk/whats-on

Collage of April show picks

Park Theatre (N4) – “Takes cancel culture quite literally to question ideas of morality, revenge and justice with gleeful, violent abandon.”  Snowflakes, by Robert Boulton, 12 Apr-6 May https://parktheatre.co.uk/

Southwark Playhouse (SE1)- “In Dunne’s Store, a shop assistant refuses to ring up a grapefruit, sticking to her union’s instructions not to handle South African goods.” Strike!, by Tracy Ryan (Ardent Theatre Company), 13 Apr-6 May https://southwarkplayhouse.co.uk/productions/strike/

Polka Theatre (SW19) – ” A fun, wild and boisterous adventure full of paw-tapping music and dancing.” The Lost Spells: A New Musical, 13 Apr-7 May, https://polkatheatre.com/whats-on/

Seven Dials Playhouse (WC2H) – “A darkly comic story about social inequality and upheaval, told in reverse.” katzenmusik, by London Youth Theatre, 14-15 Apr https://www.sevendialsplayhouse.co.uk/

Barons Court Theatre (W14) – “a madcap political satire and farce about corruption and hypocrisy in high places.” Trumpets and Raspberries, by Dario Fo, 18 Apr-6 May, https://www.baronscourttheatre.com/upcoming-performances

New Wimbledon Studio (SW19) – “A breathtaking new version of Swift’s incredible adventure.”  Gulliver’s Travels, by Box Tale Soup, 19-22 Apr, https://www.atgtickets.com/venues/studio-at-new-wimbledon-theatre/

Pump House Theatre Watford (WD17) – “a comedy carnival,” including Caroline Burns Cooke as Yoottha Joyce. Write On Comedy Carnival, 19-22 Apr, https://pumphouse.info/

Tara Theatre (SW18) – “A vibrant exploration of contemporary British identity.” DNA, created by Tara Theatre Young Company, 19-22 Apr https://taratheatre.com/whats-on/young-company-show/

King’s Head Theatre (N1)  – “A gay couple navigate the long, exposing road to adoption.” Breeding, by Barry McStay, 19 Apr-7 May, part of The Takeover: A Queer Interrogation  https://kingsheadtheatre.com/whats-on/breeding

Collage of April show picks

Hen & Chickens (N1) – “Skanks just wants to have a clean bill of health, the adoration of the public and decent recycling facilities.” Skank, by Clementine Bogg-Hargroves, 20-21 Apr https://www.unrestrictedview.co.uk/skank/

Kiln Theatre (NW6) – “Behind closed doors, aspiring actor Sidney Poitier is offered a lucrative contract that could make him a superstar.” Retrograde, by Ryan Calais-Cameron, 20 Apr-22 May https://kilntheatre.com/

West End: The return of Operation Mincemeat, the smash-hit musical by SpitLip, at the Fortune Theatre to early July  https://www.operationmincemeat.com

Orange Tree Theatre (TW9) – “This is a story about a city. A city of exhaust fumes, drunken phone calls, first kisses, hysteria, sweat and laughter. Cairo.” You Bury Me, by AHLAM, 27 Mar-22 Apr & on-demand 25-28 Apr https://orangetreetheatre.co.uk/whats-on

Chickenshed (N14)(- Baby Broadway Family Concert, songs from your favourite musicals, 23 Apr https://www.chickenshed.org.uk/Event/baby-broadway-apr23

Unicorn Theatre (SE1) – The Three Billy Goats Gruff, a new musical for ages 3-7 years, by Anthony Drewe & George Stiles, 12 Mar-23 Apr, https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whats-on

Camden Garrison (NW1) – “Tommy Shelby has a plan, and that plan involves you.” Peaky Blinders: The Rise continues to 27 May https://www.immersivepeakyblinders.com/

Above the Stag at Wonderville (SW1Y) – “A true homage to Eurovision. Completely camp & absolutely bonkers.” Eurovision: Your Decision, by Tim McArthur, 29 Apr-13 May, https://abovethestag.com

Young Vic (SE1) – “The story of a community haunted by its past and under threat from a modern world in crisis.” Further Than The Furthest Thing, by Zinnie Harris, to 29 Apr https://www.youngvic.org/whats-on/further-than-the-furthest-thing

Pen Theatre (SE15) –  “A director and writer are trying to come up with a play. The writer decides to satarise a guy she knows.” The Lost Play of Barry Wayworm, by Stolen Theatre Collective, 29 Apr https://www.thepentheatre.com/whatson

West End – revival of holiday romance comedy Shirley Valentine, by Willy Russell, Duke of York’s to 3 Jun https://www.atgtickets.com/shows/shirley-valentine/duke-of-yorks-theatre/

Bridge Theatre (SE1) – lively and immersive revival of Frank Loesser’s musical Guys and Dolls, to 2 Sep https://bridgetheatre.co.uk/whats-on/guys-and-dolls/

Happy theatregoing!