Children's Shows Theatre ThisWeek In London

Three To See on 27 May: Break Of Noon, Hamnet by Dead Centre, Shakespearience

By | Published on Sunday 20 May 2018

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

Break Of Noon | Finborough Theatre | 27-29 May+3-5 Jun
“Ysé is at the centre of a romantic entanglement with three men: De Ciz, her unstable husband who is obsessed with business and will do anything to open new trade markets in the East; Mesa, devoted to his Catholic faith, but who was rejected for the priesthood and feels abandoned by God; and Amalric, a fortune-seeking explorer, and Ysé’s old flame, who seems to be pushing Ysé into other men’s arms, whilst still hoping she will return to him one day…” Paul Claudel’s semi-autobiographical 1905 play set in Hong Kong and china is not something I’ve seen produced much. Take your opportunity now! Info here.

Hamnet by Dead Centre | Southbank Centre | 26-28 May (pictured)
You probably already know who Hamnet is but I’ll let the listing spell it out: “William Shakespeare had one son. He named him Hamnet. He then left home to pursue his career in theatre, effectively abandoning his family. In 1596, he was told that the boy – who was then 11 years old – was seriously ill. By the time Shakespeare reached Stratford, Hamnet had died. In 1599, Shakespeare wrote a play called Hamlet.” Incredibly, it’s a solo work for an 11-year-old boy. More on the venue website here.

Shakespearience | Underbelly Festival | 27 May+15 Jul
And talking of Shakespeare, because WE WERE, here is another show related to the bard, though you can, frankly, expect it to be very different, given the invitation to “join Shakespeare’s Men as they fly through Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet and Twelfth Night in a whirlwind hour of mischievous storytelling.” You might have caught it already, given that it’s been on in the West End, but if you haven’t, it’s definitely worth considering for a fulfilling family outing. All the details are right about here.