It’s fair to say that during the month of August all theatrical eyes are on the annual Edinburgh Fringe Festival, but don’t let that make you think that they haven’t left enough fun for the rest of us; August is teeming with theatrical treats. Here are our top picks for the month

 

Angels in America

Easily the National Theatre’s most anticipated production of the year, this interpretation of Tony Kushner’s 7 and a half hour Pulitzer Prize-winning epic has received 5 star reviews across the board and the entire run sold out in advance. A highly moving account of the AIDS crisis during the latter Reagan administration, Marianne Elliott’s interpretation continues to raise consciousness about gay rights. Although it is sold out, and after an immense demand for tickets, NT Live are broadcasting performances at various cinemas throughout London. National Theatre, Upper Ground, Southbank, SE1 9px.

Touch

Touch follows a trajectory that many will find familiar – a woman in her mid-thirties intent on changing her life for the better, but doesn’t know how. However this is no Bridget Jones, rather a searingly honest yet funny depiction of a woman at a crossroads. Also, if you loved BBC’s Fleabag, Touch is the latest production from writer and performer Vicky Jones. Until August 26th. 21 Dean St, Soho, London W1D 3NE.

Road

A landmark revival of Jim Cartwright’s 1986 modern classic, originally premiering at the Royal Court’s upstairs theatre then being promptly moved downstairs to the main theatre due to incredible demand, this seminal play casts a filthy light on life on the breadline in an unnamed northern town in England during the height of Thatcherism. From 21st July to 9th September. Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, SW1W 8AS.

Knives in Hens

A story of knowledge, power, and attraction, David Harrower’s haunting play Knives in Hens is about the ploughman and his wife becoming irrevocably entangled with another. Yaël Farber makes her Donmar debut with this modern Scottish classic set in a timeless rural setting. 17th August 2017 until 7th October 2017. Donmar Warehouse, WC2h 9LX.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

A star studded ensemble brings to life Tennessee Williams’ seminal drama Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, including Sienna Miller, Jack O’Connell, and Colm Meaney. Benedict Andrews directs, radically updating this 21st century classic, delivering emotional intensity shot through with the right amount of humour – and a blistering performance by Jack O’Connell. Until Monday 7th October, Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue.

King Lear

It wouldn’t be a complete list of theatre outings without something from Shakespeare. The story of the elderly king who divides his kingdom between his daughters based on which professes to love him most is at once funny and desperately sad. Nancy Meckler directs one of the most probing observations of the nature of human suffering and kinship. From Thursday 10 August to Saturday 14 October 2017. Globe Theatre, SE1 9DT.

The Girls

The Girls is Gary Barlow’s new musical rendition of the 2003 hit film Calendar Girls, featuring a cracking ensemble of female actors telling the lovely understated British heroism of women determined to make a difference. Warmly reviewed by critics, the show currently as an indefinite run and looks like it will be staying for the remainder of the year. At the Phoenix Theatre, Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0JP.

Apologia

A birthday party takes a dark turn when the cracks in the family relationships begin to open. Lead by veteran Broadway actress Stockard Channing and Downton Abbey’s Laura Carmichael, Apologia is a witty and topical play about the warring perspectives between family members, and the price we pay for those we love. Until 18th of November. Trafalgar Studios, 14 Whitehall, SW1A 2DY.