We recently discovered that 3D entertainment has actually been around for years; it’s called the theatre. There are so many haute shows to hit on the West End as summer comes to a close. From Shakespeare to Green Day, here are four of the hautest ones:
AS YOU LIKE IT at Shakespeare’s Globe
Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? No, but perhaps you should compare the new adaptation of Shakespeare’s As You Like It to a summers day, because it is so sweet. As You Like It is one of the popular favorites among Shakespeare’s comedies. It has all the Shakespearian elements you might expect from cross-dressing to enticing conversation and the most elegant satire. There is simply no better way to enjoy a summers day.
Until: September 5
21 New Globe Walk, Bankside
American Idiot at Arts Theatre
What do American pop-punk band Green Day and West End theatre have in common? An unconventional show called American Idiot. Strange, we know. While Green Day’s music might not spark an ordinary inspiration for a play, what happened when it did is actually quite extraordinary. The band’s politically focused album American Idiot is one of the better outcomes of a now somewhat passé genre. The play now beautifully depicts the issues and triumphs the band describes. It is definitely an interesting perspective worth giving a try.
Until October 21
6-7 Great Newport Street
Sinatra: The Man & His Music at the London Palladium
If there is anyone worth celebrating through a musical, it is Frank Sinatra. The play is an ode and celebration of his extraordinary life shown in the theatre where he performed for the first time 65 years ago. The play exposes unseen treasures from Sinatra’s life including personal family photos, films and rare interviews. The 24-piece orchestra and dancers tell the icon’s story beautifully and compliment the sounds of his unique and original music recordings.
Until October 10
Hamlet at The Barbican
The role of Hamlet is one of the most coveted in theatre. The honor of carrying out this name is now in the hands of Benedict Cumberbatch. Dominic Cavendish, a critic for The Telegraph and theatre expert describes that “in this trial of his acting strength, he emerges, unquestionably, victorious… in his own way he stands equal to the best modern Hamlets, makes the part his – and yes, justifies the hysteria.” For those who don’t know, Hamlet is set in the Kingdom of Denmark, where Prince Hamlet is instructed to seek revenge on his uncle Claudius for the murder of Hamlet’s father and Claudius’s brother King Hamlet. The dramatic and eloquent play is as enticing now as it has ever been.
Until October 31st