What’s opening in London Theatre this month? (July 2019)

Updated on 1 June 2020

Summer sure is taking its time to heat up this year, but don’t wait around for the sun to come out to brighten your day up this July. There are so many glorious shows opening up this month and they’re going to be as hot as their tickets are bound to be. Be sure you don’t suffer from FOMO* this summer and secure your tickets to these amazing, new shows starting their runs this month! Also, in your excitement for what new shows there are to sink your teeth into, make sure you check out what's closing this month and make sure you catch them whilst you can.

*Fear Of Missing Out

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (opens 4 July)
For just a limited run, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin will be making its West End transfer this month and we couldn’t be more excited about it! Following their UK tour, this incredible stage adaptation will be coming to London’s Harold Pinter Theatre for just 8 weeks. Based on the best-selling novel by Louis de Bernières of the same name, comes this poetic and passionate love story, directed by Olivier and Tony Award-nominee Melly Still. It’s set on an idyllic Greek island in 1941, where Captain Corelli has been stationed much to the dismay of the locals. However, the Captain proves himself to be civilised as well as an accomplished musician. Thrown together with Pelagia, the daughter of Dr Iannis, the story conveys the complications love can bring. A heart-warming tale that inspired the Hollywood smash-hit 2001 film starring Nicolas Cage as Captain Corelli, this stunning new show is just the perfect ticket this summer.
🎫 Book your tickets to Captain Corelli’s Mandolin here.

Equus (opens 6 July)
The surprise hit from the Theatre Royal Stratford East last winter is galloping its way to the West End this month for a much-deserved 9-week run at Trafalgar StudiosEquus, the equestrian-themed psychological thriller that boasts critical acclaim from the likes of Sir Ian McKellen himself and the Mayor of Newham, Rokhsana Fiaz Obe, is a fresh and riveting take on Sir Peter Shaffer's prized work. Ned Bennett has taken a story that seemed overplayed and has managed to create a minimalist marvel that is as intimate as it is mind-blowing. When Dr. Martin Dysart (Zubin Varla) is assigned a peculiar case to crack the code to Alan Strang's (Ethan Kai) pathology and bizarre affinity for horses, murder, and eroticisms, he soon finds himself getting sucked into all the madness. This five-star production of Equus is booking at London's Trafalgar Studios until 7 September 2019 and ticket prices for Equus are practically a steal, beginning at just £25! Hurry to book your Equus Trafalgar Studios tickets now for the best seats and prices before they scamper away!
🎫 Book your Equus London theatre tickets here from £25.

The Illusionists: Direct From Broadway (opens 6 July)
If you’re looking for a magical night out this summer, then seeing The Illusionists is exactly what you need! Get ready to be spellbound and be sure to book your tickets soon as this mind-blowing show boasts an epic sold-out tour, including performances in 71 cities across 17 countries. The Illusionists’ brand-new show Direct From Broadway is coming to the West End’s Shaftesbury Theatre for an extremely limited run and you don’t want to miss it. The show will be packed with levitation, mind-reading and grand illusion that will have your jaw dropping again and again. Seven of the most magnificent magicians in the world are ready to entertain you for one breath-taking night of magic that guarantees to be unforgettable.
🎫 Book your tickets to The Illusionists: Direct From Broadway here.

The Night of the Iguana (opens 6 July)
Here is your chance to catch one of Tennessee Williams’ great works but act quickly as The Night of the Iguana is coming to London’s Noel Coward Theatre for just a 12-week run! Returning to the West End for the first time in 18 years is award-winning actor Clive Owen who is set to star as Reverend Shannon. Owen plays an ex-minister turned tour guide, who along with a group of travellers in 1940s Mexico find themselves worse-for-wear. This intense drama is filled with uncertainty and focuses on dilemmas such as freedom, captivity, faith and art, all heightened by an intense tropical storm. Featuring a star-studded cast and along with an award-winning creative team, The Night of the Iguana is set to be an absolute hit this summer, so make sure you’re there.
🎫 Book your tickets to The Night of the Iguana here.

Peter Pan (opens 20 July)
Take a trip to Neverland this July for a summer you won’t forget. Following sell-out runs at both Bristol Old Vic and the National TheatreSally Cookson’s Peter Pan is set to fly into the Troubadour White City Theatre and it’s going to be an awfully big adventure. JM Barrie’s tale of the boy who never grew up is loved worldwide, made even more popular by various retellings, including Disney’s animated classic. This production offers a wondrously inventive spin on the story of Peter, embracing the darkness of the original story. It focuses on the themes of mortality, loss, child abandonment and chaotic parenting. To experience this unmissable, unique retelling of this beloved fairy tale, you’ll need faith, trust and pixie dust… and of course, tickets, so be sure to get yours whilst you can.
🎫 Book your tickets to Peter Pan here.

Where is Peter Rabbit? (opens 20 July)
After a sell-out run over the Easter holidays, Where is Peter Rabbit? is set to hop back into the West End at London’s Theatre Royal Haymarket for a highly-anticipated run. Based on the beloved characters from Beatrix Potter’s widely loved children’s book The Tale of Peter Rabbit, this musical is perfect for the whole family. Watch as the famous characters are brought to life by stunning handcrafted puppets along with the voices of a star-studded cast including Myleene Klass and Griff Rhys Jones. Join Peter Rabbit and friends in the West End and ensure a hopping-ly good time for the summer holidays 2019.
🎫 Book your tickets to Where is Peter Rabbit? here.

The Girl on the Train (opens 23 July)
This thrilling play is based on the bestselling novel by Paula Hawkins, having sold 20 million copies worldwide! The international phenomenon rose to even further popularity when Dreamworks Film adapted the novel into a film, starring Emily Blunt. Now, this new play is set to grip the world once again, as it steams ahead to open at the Duke of York’s Theatre, later this July. Samantha Womack stars as Rachel Watson in The Girl on the Train and it’s set to be an exhilarating ride. Rachel’s commute takes a sharp turn from people watching to becoming a witness in a missing person’s case. Don’t miss out on your first-class tickets to this gripping play and discover the bigger secrets that are shrouded behind the mystery.
🎫 Book your tickets to The Girl on the Train here.

The Worst Witch (opens 24 July)
The Worst Witch is ready to mount its broom and fly into London’s Vaudeville Theatre, where it will be making its West End transfer following a hugely successful UK tour. You probably remember The Worst Witch from your childhood, Mildred Hubble was the “it” witch before Harry Potter came along, beginning as a series of books by Jill Murphy spanning between 1974 and 2018. The books have been adapted for the screen numerous times, including a television film that starred Tim Curry. Now, The Worst Witch is back and taking to the stage in this adaptation which features original songs and music. Join the magical adventure as Mildred and her friends take on both senior year at the Academy and an old foe. Don’t let these tickets do a vanishing act and secure yours today.
🎫 Book your tickets to The Worst Witch here.

Also opening in July 2019…

Adam Kay: This is Going to Hurt opens at Vaudeville Theatre on 1 July.
🎫 Book your tickets to Adam Kay: This is Going to Hurt here.

Ballet Flamenco Sara Baras – Sombras opens at Sadler’s Wells Theatre on 2 July.
🎫 Book your tickets to Ballet Flamenco here.

Seven Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner opens at The Royal Court Theatre on 4 July.
🎫 Book your tickets to Seven Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner here.

Diane Chorley: Chatting with Chorley opens at Soho Theatre on 5 July.
🎫 Book your tickets to Diane Chorley: Chatting with Chorley here.

Miguel Poveda opens at Sadler’s Wells Theatre on 8 July.
🎫 Book your tickets to Miguel Poveda here.

Another Kind of Blue opens at Peacock Theatre on 9 July.
🎫 Book your tickets to Another Kind of Blue here.

Olga Pericet opens at Sadler’s Wells Theatre on 10 July.
🎫 Book your tickets to Olga Pericet here.

Gala Flamenca opens at Sadler’s Wells Theatre on 12 July.
🎫 Book your tickets to Gala Flamenca here.

The Bridges of Madison County opens at Menier Chocolate Factory on 13 July.
🎫 Book your tickets to The Bridges of Madison County here.

Patricia Guerrero – Catedral opens at Sadler’s Wells Theatre on 14 July.
🎫 Book your tickets to Patricia Guerrero – Catedral here.

The Falcon’s Malteser opens at The Vaults on 17 July.
🎫 Book your tickets to The Falcon’s Malteser here.

Young Associates/Hetain Patel: Together, not the same opens at Sadler’s Wells Theatre on 17 July.
🎫 Book your tickets to Together, not the same here.

Barber Shop Chronicles opens at the Roundhouse on 18 July.
🎫 Book your tickets to Barber Shop Chronicles here.

Dinosaur World Live opens at Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre on 18 July.
🎫 Book your tickets to Dinosaur World Live here.

The View UpStairs opens at Soho Theatre on 18 July.
🎫 Book your tickets to The View UpStairs here.

Little Baby Bum opens at Troubadour White City Theatre on 23 July.
🎫 Book your tickets to Little Baby Bum here.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show opens at Troubadour White City Theatre on 23 July.
🎫 Book your tickets to The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show here.

Monstersaurus opens at Troubadour White City Theatre on 24 July.
🎫 Book your tickets to Monstersaurus here.

Brainiac Live! opens at The Garrick Theatre on 31 July.
🎫 Book your tickets to Brainiac Live! here.

By Jade Ali

A love for theatre stemmed from my love of literature and music, but the West End on my doorstep opened up a whole new appreciation and passion for all things stage-y