Max Webster directs Lolita Chakrabarti’s adaptation of Yann Martel’s fable-like bestseller about a young boy adrift on the Pacific ocean with a tiger. Expect some pretty spectacular puppetry and video effects. It opens on July 8.
The summer of Lloyd Webber kicks off with the return of Timothy Sheader’s immense Open Air Theatre production. With Ricardo Afonso replacing Tyrone Huntley in the role of Judas, it opens on July 9.
Sarah Gordy – one of the stars of BBC’s Strike and Upstairs Downstairs – stars in Ben Weatherill’s bittersweet romantic comedy about a woman with Down’s syndrome embarking on a relationship. First seen at the Bush Theatre last year, it runs in the Dorfman from July 10.
From Hamlet to Happy Days via Shelley’s The Masque of Anarchy, Maxine Peake and Sarah Frankcom’s creative relationship has produced some brilliant work. Their latest team-up for the Manchester International Festival is inspired by the life and art of 1960s icon Nico, in particular, her 1968 album The Marble Index. It opens on July 12.
Charley Miles’ new play is about two sisters and their relationship with their father. Daf Jones’ play is about a father’s relationship with his adopted daughter. Both plays are in previews this week ahead of a run at the Paines Plough Roundabout at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.