(Lyn Gardner’s article appeared in the Guardian, 7/22.)
Titanic | The Book Of Mormon | Bugsy Malone | The Flying Lovers Of Vitebsk | Young Chekhov: Platonov, Ivanov & The Seagull
In recent years, most shows that have docked at the Charing Cross Theatre have sunk without trace. Now, however, it has a hit with Maury Yeston’s 1997 musical charting the hopes and dreams of the passengers on the Titanic. Thom Southerland’s production, first seen at Southwark Playhouse in 2013, is genuinely affecting without capsizing into the mawkish.
Charing Cross Theatre, WC2, to 13 Aug
The Book Of Mormon
Even Mormons see the joke in this irreverent but essentially wholesome musical from the makers of South Park. A clever show about a group of Mormon missionaries in Africa, it’s full of enjoyable numbers that neatly pastiche Broadway musicals. It’s not ground-breaking and it is expensive, but this is an undeniably great night out.
Prince Of Wales Theatre, W1, to 15 Oct