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Lucy Popescu’s theatre news: Northern Ballet; Smartest Giant in Town; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Romeo and Juliet; Shedding a Skin; Constellations

10 June, 2021 — By Lucy Popescu

The Smartest Giant in Town. Photo: Ellie Kurttz

NORTHERN Ballet is at Sadler’s Wells offering a showcase of their talent with Contemporary Cuts 2021. The repertoire includes Kenneth Tindall’s States of Mind, Amaury Lebrun’s For An Instant, Jonathan Watkins’ 1984, Cathy Marston’s Jane Eyre, performed to live piano, and Little Monsters by Demis Volpi set to music by Elvis Presley. June 11-12 Visit:

The Smartest Giant in Town, based on the bestselling book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, is on at the Little Angel’s Studios, a short walk from the theatre. George wishes he wasn’t the scruffiest giant in town, so when he sees a new shop selling giant-sized clothes, he decides it’s time for a new look. Now he’s the smartest giant in town… until he bumps into some animals who desperately need his help – and his clothes! This heart-warming tale about friendship and helping those in need is brought to life in a musical, puppet-filled adventure, aimed at ages 3-8. Until August 8. Visit:

• A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Sean Holmes, with music from Jim Fortune, performed by members of the Hackney Colliery Band, is at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre until June 19, returning in August. For dates visit:

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre kick off their new season with Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare’s timeless story of two young people torn apart by a divided society and forbidden love, directed by Kimberley Sykes. June 17-July 24. Visit:

• Soho Theatre presents Shedding a Skin, written and performed by Amanda Wilkin, winner of the 2020 Verity Bargate Award. Sometimes you crack. Sometimes you have to lie low until you’ve figured it out. And sometimes you have to hibernate until you’ve healed. This is a new day. Shedding a Skin is a story for our times. A play about finding kindness in unexpected places, about connecting with what our elders can teach us – new skin honouring old skin. A play about joy, healing and protest. And having a good belly laugh. Directed by Elayce Ismail. 7.30pm, June 17-July 17. Visit:

Constellations by Nick Payne, directed by Michael Longhurst, opens next week at the Vaudeville Theatre. Four new casts. One relationship. Infinite possibilities. A quantum physicist and a beekeeper meet at a barbeque. They hit it off, or perhaps they don’t. They go home together, or maybe they go their separate ways. In the multiverse, with every possible future ahead of them, a love of honey could make all the difference. Four different casts explore the infinite possibilities of a relationship; each refracting the play afresh. Starring Sheila Atim and Ivanno Jeremiah (June 18-Aug 1), Peter Capaldi and Zoë Wanamaker (June 23-July 24), Omari Douglas and Russell Tovey (July 30-Sept 11), and Anna Maxwell Martin and Chris O’Dowd (Aug 6-Sept 12). Visit:


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