Who says there's nothing going on in August?
He risked death every night last time he was at the National Theatre (2013’s Bullet Catch) and now Rob Drummond is back with a show about something that’s proving to be just as rogue: democracy. There’s been a lot of voting recently from Trump to Brexit, and Drummond is going to see whether a majority vote changes the outcome of his show each night.
Until August 28, National Theatre; nationaltheatre.org.uk
Emma Rice’s last season in charge of Shakespeare’s Globe has been rather whimsical so far, with a Mexican Much Ado and a Twelfth Night set on a cruise ship. Things may be about to get a bit serious with a Nancy Meckler’s production of King Lear, with Kevin McNally playing the eponymous king.
Until October 14, Shakespeare’s Globe; shakespearesglobe.com
Ben Whishaw returns to the Almeida (he was there in 2015 for Bakkhai with Bertie Carvel) for the world premiere of a new play from American playwright Christopher Shinn. Ian Rickson directs this exploration of an aerospace billionaire working in Silicon Valley.
Until September 30, Almeida Theatre; almeida.co.uk
Bourgeois and Maurice
Double act Bourgeois and Maurice have been bringing hilarious contemporary cabaret with plenty of sequins to happy audiences for ten years, and their new show celebrates a decade bringing the lols. Each night will feature a different guest performance, plus a chance to revisit some of their classic numbers.
August 15-26, Soho Theatre; sohotheatre.com
London Feminist Film Festival
The London Feminist Film Festival returns for its fifth edition this week at its usual home of Dalston’s Rio Cinema. A screening of feminist classic The Sealed Soil by Iranian director Marva Nabili has been moved to the BFI because demand for tickets has been so high, but there’s also a whole host of short films and documentaries to catch at the Rio.
August 17-20, Rio Cinema; londonfeministfilmfestival.com
RA Late: The Other Paradise
The Royal Academy is holding an end of summer party inspired by themes of paradise. The dress code is ‘otherwordly sublime’ and there will be mermaid life-drawing, an immersive production of Paradise Lost, secret bars, performance art and talks on utopia. When you’ve exhausted all the delights, you can have a dance to a tropical funk DJ in the nomadic yurt.
August 19, Royal Academy; royalacademy.org.uk
Cirkus Cirkör are the biggest circus group in Sweden, and have been credited with creating a new genre of circus: ‘contemporary circus activism’. See the UK premiere of their new show Limits until Wednesday, as part of the Southbank Centre’s Nordic Matters festival (watch out for an amazing blindfolded Rubix Cube trick).
August 14-16, Southbank Centre; southbankcentre.co.uk
It’s Called Art Mum, Look It Up
The prize for the best title this week goes to Polly Nor’s solo exhibition at Protein Studios in East London. Featuring dark and satirical images of women, it’s the chance to see one artist’s view of women in the age of anxiety and the internet.
August 18-22, Protein Studios; prote.in/studios
The Arcola’s contemporary opera festival, Grimeborn, continues to live up to its reputation for bringing audiences the most unusual, groundbreaking shows on the scene. This rare work by Dada-ist Kurt Schwitters was created in 1928 but never produced in his lifetime - Spectre Ensemble are setting it to cabaret-style music ninety years later.
August 17-19, Arcola Theatre; arcolatheatre.com