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With a plethero of seriously appetising theatre in London this summer, here's your guide to the hottest tickets in town.

Who needs the Games? London's ambitious theatre shows take centre stage

Viva Forever!

You’ll see less cheese at a dairy farm than at this long-awaited musical that everyone’s been talking about since Posh, Baby, Ginger, Sporty and Scary met for the launch a fortnight ago.

Comedian Jennifer Saunders has penned the script, which is a mother-daughter story with the backdrop of a TV talent show. It’ll be one helluva singalong at least.
From Nov 27

£20, Piccadilly Theatre, 16 Denman Street
Piccadilly Circus, W1D 7DY
Tube | Piccadilly Circus

Chariots of Fire

An adaptation of the legendary Oscar-winning movie about the joint quest of British athletes Eric Liddel and Harold Abrahams to become the fastest men on earth at the 1924 Paris Olympics.

It’s an exciting triumph-over-the-odds tale, based on a true story, and lathered with sacrifice and victory – a fitting way to get psyched for London 2012.

£29 | Until Nov 10
Gielgud Theatre, 23 Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho W1D 6AR
Tube | Piccadilly Circus

Red Velvet

Olivier award-winner Adrian Lester stars in this true story of Ira Aldridge, a young black American actor who takes the stage in London in 1825 when prejudice is rife.

£10 | Oct 11-Nov 24
Tricycle Theatre, 269 Kilburn High Road,
Kilburn, NW6 7JR
Tube | Kilburn

Hotel Medea

This is no ordinary theatre experience, as the audience is fully immersed in a retelling of the myth of Medea and Jason to a soundtrack composed by Brazilian DJ Dolores. There’s performing of rituals, a cabaret show – which you become a part of – videos and, at bedtime, attendees are tucked in with a toasty mug of hot chocolate.

At dawn, they’re roused to encounter ‘a harrowing voyage through the landscape of Medea’s mind with paparazzi chases, burning brides and a twisted game of hide and seek’, before breakfast. It sounds absolutely bonkers, but hell, give it a go.

£20 | July 19-Aug 11
Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road, South Bank, SE1 8XX
Tube | Waterloo

A Walk On Part: The Fall of New Labour

Michael Chaplin has adapted the trenchant diaries of former Labour MP Chris Mullins into a fleeting tour through Westminster Politics, African flashpoints and Mullins’ former Sunderland South constituency, all with decency and a dash of humour. This is brain food.

£15 | Until July 14
Arts Theatre, Great Newport St, WC2H 7JB 
Tube | Leicester Square


After the Party

Serge Cartwright’s play follows two thirty-something lads from Stratford who are relying on the Olympics to revive their DJ careers. The show is part of the Criterion’s Playing The Games Showcase.

£7.50 | July 26-Aug 12
Criterion Theatre, 2 Jermyn St, SW1Y 4XA  Piccadilly Circus


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