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Top shows to see in June

Catch some of the hottest shows, plays and musicals London has to offer this month. 

From open-air performances to award-winning Broadway musicals, check out the top London theatre shows arriving in the capital this June.

The Sleeping Beauty at the London Coliseum

Joseph Caley and Jurgita Dronina in the English National Ballet's The Sleeping Beauty
English National Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty at London Coliseum. Dancers: Joseph Caley and Jurgita Dronina. Copyright: Jason Bell. Art Direction and Design Charlotte Wilkinson Studio. Image courtesy of English National Ballet.

Experience the elegance and grace of English National Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty. Follow the adventures of Princess Aurora, who is doomed to sleep for 100 years and can only be woken by true love’s kiss. 6-16 Jun. Book now

The King and I at the London Palladium

Two characters dancing in King and I at the London Palladium.
King and I at the London Palladium. Image courtesy of Neil Reading PR.

See the Tony Award-winning production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical The King and I, as it plays a limited season in London. Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe star in the tale of a teacher’s unlikely relationship with the King of Siam. 21 Jun-29 Sep. Book now

An Octoroon at the National Theatre

Production image for An Octoroon at the National Theatre.
An Octoroon at the National Theatre. Image courtesy of the National Theatre.

See one of the most acclaimed London fringe productions of 2017 as An Octoroon transfers to the National Theatre. Set at a Louisiana plantation in ruins, the play is a hilarious and tragic story of identity and race. 7 Jun-18 Jul

Heathers The Musical at The Other Palace

Poster for Heathers The Musical at The Other Palace.
Heathers The Musical at The Other Palace. Image courtesy of Emma Holland PR.

Catch one of the most anticipated productions of the year as Carrie Hope Fletcher stars in Heathers The Musical. Based on the cult 80s film, it tells the story of a high school shaken up by the arrival of a new pupil, with a dangerous obsession. 9 Jun-4 Aug. Book now

Imperium at the Gielgud Theatre

Production image for Imperium Part II: Dictator
Imperium Part II: Dictator at Gielgud Theatre. Image: Ikin Yum. Copyright: RSC. Image courtesy of The Corner Shop PR.

Journey to ancient Rome with Imperium Part I: Conspirator and Imperium Part II: Dictator. The Royal Shakespeare Company’s two-part adaptation of Robert Harris’ Cicero trilogy follows Cicero’s rise, the fall of the Roman Republic and the emergence of Julius Caesar. 14 Jun-8 Sep. Book now

West End LIVE at Trafalgar Square

Cast of Les Miserables performing during West End LIVE
West End LIVE. Copyright: Pamela Raith. Image courtesy of SOLT.

Be entertained by a range of free performances with West End LIVE in the iconic Trafalgar Square. During the annual two-day festival, the casts of some of Theatreland's most popular shows and musicals perform in front of thousands of fans. 16-17 Jun

The Jungle at the Playhouse Theatre

Production image for The Jungle at The Playhouse Theatre
The Jungle at The Playhouse Theatre. Copyright: David Sandison. Image courtesy of The Corner Shop PR.

Step inside The Jungle with this drama inspired by life in the Calais refugee camp. Previously performed at the Young Vic, the show transfers to London's West End to tell moving and uplifting stories about the camp’s residents. 16 Jun-3 Nov 

Fun Home at the Young Vic

Fun Home at the Young Vic. Image courtesy of the Young Vic.
Fun Home at the Young Vic. Image courtesy of the Young Vic.

Enjoy the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Fun Home, which receives its long-awaited UK premiere. Based on a graphic novel, the show tells the story of Alison as she grows up in a funeral home, comes out in college and finds love. 18 Jun-1 Sep

Kiss Me, Kate at the London Coliseum

Production image for Kiss Me, Kate at the London Coliseum.
Kiss Me, Kate at the London Coliseum. Copyright: Guy Farrow. Image courtesy of Target Live.

Witness Shakespeare and musical comedy combine in Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate. Based on The Taming of the Shrew, this classic show is a battle of the sexes set against the backdrop of a theatre company in turmoil. 20-30 Jun. Book now

The Turn of the Screw at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

A view onto the stage at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. Image courtesy of Jo Allan PR.
Regent's Park Open Air Theatre 2018 season. Image courtesy of Jo Allan PR.

Immerse yourself in Henry James’ haunting tale of The Turn of the Screw. Featuring the English National Opera, the classic ghost story comes to life on stage underneath starry skies at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. 22-30 Jun. Book now

Ruthless The Musical at the Arts Theatre

Poster for Ruthless The Musical at the Arts Theatre.
Ruthless The Musical at the Arts Theatre. Image courtesy of Kate Morley PR.

Laugh your way through Ruthless The Musical before it leaves London's West End. Originally an off-Broadway hit, the show tells the story of a talented eight-year-old who will do anything to land the leading role in the school production. Until 23 Jun. Book now

Royal Opera House's BP Big Screens

Crowds in Trafalgar Square for BP Big Screens
BP Big Screens in Trafalgar Square.

See the Royal Ballet’s Swan Lake, as well as the Royal Opera’s La bohème and Don Giovanni, broadcast live with Royal Opera House's BP Big Screens this month. Join hundreds of dance and opera fans at free open-air screenings at locations across London, including Trafalgar Square, Canada Square Park and Lyric Square. Various dates

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