The Lehman Trilogy, National Theatre

Through one family and one company, Italian playwright Stefano Massini tackles big topics: the development of Western capitalism, the immigrant experience, the American Dream. But this isn’t just any family – it’s the Lehman Brothers, the collapse of whose banking firm precipitated the 2008 financial crisis.

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Summer Exhibition, Translations and Ocean’s 8

On my July MoveTo Town and Country Arts page:

  • Exhibition Grayson Perry curates a colourful and inclusive Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
  • Film Girl power in the all-female reboot Ocean’s 8
  • Theatre Brian Friel’s Translations at the National Theatre is a tender epic
  • Commuter corner Anuradha Roy’s All the Lives We Never Lived

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The Lehman Trilogy leads July’s Top 10 new London shows

From a new theatrical epic to Shakespeare and musical spoof.

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BWW Interview: Emily Lim talks Pericles

The director discusses the inaugural National Theatre’s Public Acts project: a 200-strong community production of Shakespeare’s Pericles.

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The King and I, London Palladium

Shall we dodge? (One, two, three) No, the brilliance of Bartlett Sher’s Tony-winning Lincoln Center revival – first on Broadway in 2015, now gracing the West End, with its original leads – is that it faces the problematic elements of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s 1951 musical head on. But, in a canny reading, it finds such nuance in the piece that it feels freshly minted – if gorgeously attired in Golden Age trappings.

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Fun Home, Young Vic

It seems only too fitting that David Lan’s luminous reign at the Young Vic should draw to a close with this bold, creatively thrilling international import. Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron’s Tony-winning musical, which premiered Off-Broadway in 2013, is an exquisite adaptation of Alison Bechdel’s graphic-novel memoir – a heartfelt detective story that traipses through memory in order to decode our loved ones, and ourselves.

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Breakin’ Convention

Breakin’ Convention turns 15 this year – an impressive milestone for this constantly evolving, and notably inclusive, festival of hip hop. Both local and international, and an event well versed in formal traditions while also pushing boundaries, it’s a joyful demonstration of this dance style’s range; appropriate, writes founder and host Jonzi D in our May issue, since in hip hop, “nobody expects you to be the same as anybody else”.

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Kiss Me, Kate, London Coliseum

Cole Porter’s 1948 love letter to showbiz is brilliantly served by Opera North’s big, bold and bawdy production – both soaringly romantic and packed with meta winks. A touring staple, Jo Davies’ detailed take (the revival helmed by Ed Goggin) beds down very comfortably in the London Coliseum.

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The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Donmar Warehouse

The bells, the bells! They’re ringing out at the Donmar – ushering girls into class, and nuns into cloister. It’s one of the creative ways in which director Polly Findlay reframes this beloved classic, although a new adaptation from David Harrower also rings the changes.

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Author Interview: Yuval Zommer

The acclaimed children’s author and illustrator discusses exploring the ocean in his latest work The Big Book of the Blue.

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