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Best performances this week in London

Greg Proops. TICKETED

1 Greg Proops: The Smartest Man In The World

Razor sharp American stand-up Greg Proops endeared himself to viewers on this side of the Atlantic with regular stints on the improvised TV show Whose Line Is It Anyway?. On two consecutive nights in the capital, he records his hour-long podcast with a single microphone in front of a live audience, promising the usual array of witty conversation, drinking and merriment.

When: Aug 18 & 19, 7pm
Where: Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, London. W1D 3NE
Contact: +44 (0)20 7478 0100
More Details: www.gregproops.com

Gad Elmaleh.
Photo: Arie Elmaleh. TICKETED

2 Gad Elmaleh

Born in Casablanca but now based in New York and Los Angeles, stand-up Gad Elmaleh heads to London for a three-night residency following a one-off performance with Jerry Seinfeld at the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal. He will be polishing material for a new English-language comedy special as well as revisiting some favourite subjects.

When: Aug 17-19, 9.15pm
Where: Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, London. W1D 3NE
Contact: +44 (0)20 7478 0100
More Details: www.gadelmaleh.com

Horrible Histories Live On Stage - More Best Of Barmy Britain.
Photo: The Birmingham Stage Company. TICKETED

3 Horrible Histories Live On Stage - More Best Of Barmy Britain

Neal Foster directs a special stage production of the hugely popular series of books by Terry Deary, which vividly bring to favourite characters from centuries past including the most boo-some villains. This 65-minute romp includes revolting Romans, vicious Vikings, Queen Elizabeth, crazy King Charles, dastardly Dick Turpin, vile Victorians and wordy William Shakespeare.

When: From Aug 4, Mon 2pm & 4pm, Wed-Fri 11.30am, Sat & Sun 10am & 12noon, ends Sep 2
Where: Garrick Theatre, 2 Charing Cross Road, London. WC2H 0HH
Contact: +44 (0)844 412 4662
More Details: www.barmybritain.com

Alice's Adventures Underground.
Copyright: Les Enfants Terribles. TICKETED

4 Alice's Adventures Underground

Tumble down the rabbit hole into an immersive staging of Lewis Carroll's fantasy as Les Enfant Terribles and ebp's Olivier Award nominated wonderland returns to the capital. Rise up against the fearsome Queen of Hearts and join the maddest of Hatters at an un-birthday party to remember as the audience wanders through the topsy-turvy world.

When: From Apr 15, Tue-Thu 5.45pm-9pm, Fri 6pm-9.15pm, Sat 1.45pm-3pm & 6pm-9.15pm, Sun 1.45pm-5pm, except Apr 15, 6pm-9.15pm, no perfs Apr 23, 30, extra perfs Apr 24, 5.45pm-9pm, ends Sep 23
Where: The Vaults, 10 Leake Street (Theatre entrance on Launcelot Street), London. SE1 7NN
Contact: +44 (0)20 7401 9603
More Details: www.alice-underground.com

Lucy Robinson as Debora, Lisa Stevenson as Tamara and David Leopold as Curtis in Late Company.
Photo: Charlie Round Turner.
Copyright: Finborough Theatre. TICKETED

5 Late Company

Michael Yale directs the West End transfer of Jordan Tannahill's bruising drama set in the aftermath of a boy's suicide as a result of cyber bullying, as seen through the eyes of the victim's parents. They invite the perpetrator and his parents to dinner to dish out some painful home truths in this critically acclaimed and timely production for the digital age.

When: From Aug 21, Mon-Sat 7.45pm, mats Thu, Sat 3pm (press night Aug 24, 7pm), ends Sep 16
Where: Trafalgar Studios, 14 Whitehall, London. SW1A 2DY
Contact: +44 (0)844 871 7627
More Details: www.stagetraffic.com

Actress Imelda Staunton after receiving a CBE from the Duke of Cambridge for services to drama at an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London.
Photo: Yui Mok.
Copyright: PA Archive/PA Images. TICKETED

6 Follies

The Follies girls gather on the stage of the Weismann Theatre in 1971 New York, to toast the iconic building before it is destroyed, in the legendary musical with a book by James Goldman and music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Tickets are limited for Dominic Cooke's eagerly awaited production starring Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton.

When: Aug 22 & 23, 25 & 26, 29-31, Sep 1 & 2, 4 & 5, 7-9, 11-16, 18-23, 25 & 26, Oct 16-18, 25-28, Nov 1-4, 6 & 7, 13-15, 24 & 25, 27-29, Dec 5-9, 11-16, 18-22, 26-30, Jan 1-3, 7.30pm, Sep 6, Nov 16, 7pm, mat Sep 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 20, 23, Oct 17, 26, 28, Nov 2, 4, 25, 29, Dec 7, 9, 13, 16, 19, 21, 28, 30, 2pm (press night Sep 6, captioned perfs Oct 18, Nov 2, captioned mat perf Oct 28, audio described perfs Nov 3, Dec 18, audio described mat perfs Nov 4, Dec 16, NT LIve perf Nov 16, pe), ends Jan 3
Where: National Theatre: Olivier, South Bank, London. SE1 9PX
Contact: +44 (0)20 7452 3000
More Details: www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/follies

Some of the young stars of The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4.
Copyright: Menier Chocolate Factory. TICKETED

7 The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4

Luke Sheppard directs the London debut of Jake Brunger and Pippa Cleary's musical version of the popular young adult novel series by Sue Townsend about an adolescent boy wrestling with dysfunctional parents, bullying and an unruly pimple on his chin in 1980s Leicester. With choreography by Rebecca Howell.

When: From Jul 14, Tue-Sat 8pm, mats Sat & Sun 3.30pm (press night Jul 26, 3.30pm), ends Sep 9
Where: The Menier Chocolate Factory, 53 Southwark Street, London. SE1 1RU
Contact: +44 (0)20 7378 1713
More Details: www.menierchocolatefactory.com

TICKETED

8 Jesus Christ Superstar

Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's seminal musical with a songbook that includes I Don't Know How To Love Him, Gethsemane and Superstar returns to the theatre after a sell-out run in 2016. Starring Declan Bennett as Jesus, Tyrone Huntley as Judas, David Thaxton as Pilate and Peter Caulfield as Herod.

When: From Aug 11, Mon-Sat 7.45pm, mats Thu, Sat 2.15pm, no mats Aug 12, 17 (press night Aug 17), ends Sep 23
Where: The Open Air Theatre, Inner Circle, Regent's Park, London. NW1 4NU
Contact: +44 (0)844 826 4242
More Details: www.openairtheatre.com/production/jesus-christ-superstar

David Walliams at Hatton Garden in London, with cast members Ashley Cousins, Umar Malik and Gilly Tompkins, during the launch of Gangsta Granny as the stage adaptation of his best-selling book comes to the West End.
Photo: John Stillwell.
Copyright: PA/Press Association Images. TICKETED

9 Gangsta Granny: Birmingham Stage Company (Over 5s)

An adaptation of David Walliams' popular children's book in which a little boy's boring old Granny reveals an exciting secret. Walliams is currently the UK's best-selling children's author and this show has been created by the people, who gleefully brought Horrible Histories to the stage. Directed by Neal Foster.

When: From Jul 26, Tue-Fri 2.30pm, Sat & Sun 2.30pm & 7pm, except Jul 26, 7pm, extra perf Aug 1, 7pm, no eve perf Sep 3, ends Sep 3
Where: Garrick Theatre, 2 Charing Cross Road, London. WC2H 0HH
Contact: +44 (0)844 412 4662
More Details: www.birminghamstage.com

What The Ladybird Heard directed by Graham Hubbard.
Photo: Robert Workman. TICKETED

10 What The Ladybird Heard

Julia Donaldson is responsible for some of the most enchanting children's fiction of the last decade including The Gruffalo to Room On The Broom. This latest stage adaptation of her work - illustrated by Lydia Monks - is a colourful farmyard adventure about what happens when Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len try to steal the farmer's fine prize cow.

When: Jul 5-7, 12-14, 18-20, 25-27, Sep 7 & 8, 11am, Jul 8 & 9, 15 & 16, 22 & 23, 29 & 30, Aug 5 & 6, 12 & 13, 19 & 20, 26 & 27, Sep 2 & 3, 9 & 10, 10am & 12noon, Jul 28, Aug 1-4, 8-11, 15-18, 22-25, 29-31, Sep 1, 11am & 2pm (press nights Jul 7 & 8), ends Sep 10
Where: Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London. W1D 7ES
Contact: +44 (0)844 482 9674
More Details: www.whattheladybirdheardlive.co.uk

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