Dance & Physical Festivals Theatre ThisWeek In London

Three To See on 28 Jun: For King And Country, The Tempest, A Clown Show About Rain

By | Published on Thursday 21 June 2018

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

For King And Country | Southwark Playhouse | 28 Jun-21 Jul
“1918. The Western Front. Private Hamp, a young working-class soldier from the North of England, has been in the frontline of a bloody battlefield for three years. One day he decides to walk away…” John Wilson’s 1964 play, originally called ‘Hamp’, I believe, but which was adapted along with another text to become the screenplay for the film ‘King and Country’ starring Dirk Bogarde. It’s a tense courtroom drama depicting the trial of a shell-shocked soldier at risk of meeting a firing squad. See this page here for more.

The Tempest | The Actors’ Church | 20 Jun-28 Jul
You possibly already know about this open air production because we ran a Q&A with its director last week, but just in case you missed that, here’s another prompt to consider taking in a fab staging of The Bard’s final play set in the grounds of the Actors’ Church in Covent Garden. “A storm at sea – a ship is broken by the waves, and a king and his court are washed up on the shore of a mysterious island. The desolate isle appears uninhabited but, unseen in the shadows, a powerful magician plots his revenge.” Our interview is here, get your tickets booked here.

A Clown Show About Rain | New Diorama Theatre | 28 Jun (pictured)
Another choice from New Diorama’s Incoming Festival, which is full to bursting with loads of great looking shows. Here, Silent Faces take a look at the unpredictable nature of mental health: “Forth, Cromarty and Dogger are all at sea; the storm strikes, the rain lashes down, strong winds have turned their umbrellas inside out. They’re trying to keep warm and dry, but their raincoats have shrunk in the wash. In a world where we’re expected to be equipped for everything, what happens when our mental resilience falls short?” All the details are here.