STAGE WHISPER

Legendary Host and Director of The Ivy Club Fernando Peire, gives us the inside scoop on his favourite shows for summer.

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BITTER WHEAT
Garrick Theatre
7th June – 14th September
The public drama that was the Harvey Weinstein scandal inspired David Mamet to write and direct this play about a depraved Hollywood mogul’s dramatic fall from grace. In a major casting coup for London theatre, legendary stage actor and Hollywood star John Malkovich plays London for the first time since 1990’s Burn This.

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THE STARRY MESSENGER
Wyndham’s Theatre
Until 10 August
This play last ran on Broadway a decade ago. Unusually it reprises in London with its original New York lead, Matthew Broderick, a childhood friend of its author. Broderick plays a middle aged, married astronomy expert who has an affair with Lady Grantham. Sorry, I meant with Elizabeth McGovern, on a break from filming the new Downton Abbey film.

THE BOOK OF MORMON
Prince of Wales Theatre
Until 20 August
I am not a fan of musicals but would happily see this brilliant show again. Masterful songs full of irony, humour and pathos (and with tunes as good as those of ANY of your favourite musicals) punctuate this hilarious tale of Mormons on a mission in darkest Africa. I laughed so much that I ended up with a headache.

NIGHT OF THE IGUANA
Noel Coward Theatre
6 July – 28 September
Fans of Breaking Bad will all recognize Walter White’s wife Skylar (the fabulous American actress Anna Gunn) playing opposite our very own, brooding Clive Owen in the role of a defrocked priest with a bad reputation in Tennessee Williams’ classic exploration of loneliness. Expect sweat, sparks and steam.