August’s theatre line-up is absolutely jam-packed with enthralling entertainment
Both the Arts Theatre and the Junction have got plenty on offer this month, so grab some tickets and get yourself down to a show! First up at the Arts Theatre is Willy Russell’s moving musical Blood Brothers (3 to 7 August), which tells the tale of twins separated at birth, only to be reunited with tragic consequences. Following that, renowned historian Lucy Worsley is in town for the night to present A Very British Murder, which explores how heinous crimes became a form of middle-class entertainment. Catch it on 8 August. From 10 until 21 August, Magic Goes Wrong comes to Cambridge, courtesy of Mischief Theatre. It’s a comedy catastrophe, or in other words: sure-fire fun for all. August at the Arts Theatre rounds off with a special production of Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain, from 24 to 28 August – a top pick for family entertainment. Save the date for a refreshingly frank frolic through centuries of history, with all the messy bits left in.
Over at the Junction, comedy fans have a difficult decision to make, with both Jess Fostekew and The Noise Next Door stopping by on 6 August. The former brings her latest show Hench, and the latter their famed Comedy Lock-In – featuring, as always, a unique line-up of familiar funny faces.
Music-wise, The Primitives follow on 12 August, performing their Crash! Bang! Wallop! tour set, and The Maytals Band take to the stage on 13 August, celebrating Frederick ‘Toots’ Hibbert – founder and leader of legendary reggae act Toots and the Maytals.
On 19 August, catch some gritty blues from Lucinda Williams, who will perform songs from her acclaimed album Good Souls Better Angels. Smoove & Turrell appear on 20 August, playing dance-floor favourites with a nod to the 90s club scene, and the month ends on a high with a spellbinding afrobeat-funk performance from The Afrocentrics on 28 August.