London theatre update for June

The Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company has announced that tickets are on sale for a brand new production of Terence Rattigan’s much loved play The Browning Version. The production will play for 3 weeks at Riverside Studios from 5 – 29 August with Branagh directing. Tickets are available now from branagh-theatre.com.

The cast is made up of all RADA graduates with Branagh playing Andrew Crocker-Harris. He will be joined by Kemi Awoderu (Taplow), Joseph Kloska (Frank Hunter), Lolita Chakrabarti (Millie Crocker-Harris), Wendy Kweh (Dr Frobisher), Victor Alli (Peter Gilbert) and Sarah Eve (Mrs Gilbert).

The production will be designed by Frankie Bradshaw, Lighting Design will be by Paul Pyant and Sound Design by Emma Laxton.


Photos by Olaf Heine, Matthew Murphy and Simon Turtle

Producer Runaway Entertainment has announced that the World Premiere of Danny Robins’ new play 2:22 – A Ghost Story will take place at the Noël Coward Theatre on 3 August. The production will feature Lily Allen, Julia Chan, Hadley Fraser, and Jake Wood and will be directed by Matthew Dunster. 

Lily Allen makes her West End debut playing Jenny alongside Hadley Fraser (City of Angels) as Sam, Julia Chan (Silent House and Katy Keene) who will play Lauren and Jake Wood (EastEnders) playing Ben. Danny Robins is best known for his hugely successful podcast The Battersea Poltergeist which is being made into a TV series. 2:22 – A Ghost Story is his debut play in the West End. Olivier Award-nominated director Matthew Dunster received universal acclaim for his productions of Martin McDonagh’s A Very Very Very Dark Matter and Hangmen and Sam Shepard’s True West


Following the announcement of the World Premiere of George Jeffrie and Bert Tyler-Moore’s joyous stage adaptation of their huge Channel 4 hit The Windsors, The Windsors: Endgame which will open at the Prince of Wales Theatre on 2 August, producers Runaway Entertainment are delighted to announce casting for the show. 

Joining Harry Enfield (Charles) as the cast of The Windsors: Endgame are Crystal Condie (Meghan); Matthew Cottle (Edward)*; Tom Durant-Pritchard (Harry)*; Tracy-Ann Oberman (Camilla); Ciarán Owens (Wills); Jenny Rainsford (Beatrice); Kara Tointon (Kate); Tim Wallers (Andrew)* plus more cast to be announced.

*reprising their roles in the TV series The Windsors


Photo by Latoya Fits Okuneye

The world premiere of Lava by Congolese-British writer Benedict Lombe opens at the Bush Theatre on 9 July (press night 14 July).  It will also be available for viewing online 16 – 21 August. Lava will be performed by Ronkẹ Adékoluẹjo (Three Sisters at the National Theatre, Cyprus Avenue at the Royal Court, Mountaintop at the Young Vic, and the Amazon Prime teenage spy thriller television series Alex Rider) and directed by Anthony Simpson-Pike (The Ridiculous Darkness at The Gate, London).

Lava started life in 2020 as part of the Bush Theatre’s Protest Series, a digital artistic response to the murder of George Floyd. It has now been re-imagined as a full-length play for the stage, which ‘could become our era’s equivalent of Athol Fugard’s Sizwe Bansi Is Dead’ – Independent.


Tennessee Williams, one of the foremost playwrights of the twentieth-century, spent over ten years writing the partly autobiographical The Two Character Play and called it ‘the very heart of my life’. Kate O’Flynn and Zubin Varla will perform in this innovative, psychological thriller which received its World Premiere at the Hampstead Theatre in 1967 and is revived now by Sam Yates.

 Sam Yates will be joined by designer, Rosanna Vize; lighting designer Lee Curran; sound designer, Dan Balfour; video designer, Akhila Krishnan, movement director, Malik Nashad Sharpe and assistant director, Lizzie Manwaring.

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