We’re rushing into the the final weekend for this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, so - unless I get on a train tomorrow and pay an impromptu last minute visit - I’ll have missed it. But though I’ve deliberately kept myself out of the loop this year, it doesn’t look like I’ll be able to escape it entirely: already my inbox is filling up with news of immediate London transfers.
In yesterday’s LondonPaper, The Stage’s own Alistair Smith provided a quick round-up of some of the shows that are on their way, though it turns out that the winners of this year’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards (being announced tomorrow), won’t in fact be having their usual post-Edinburgh West End showcase after all.
Still, there’s plenty heading to London, starting as soon as next Wednesday, when Theatre 503 brings three shows down: Jane Austen’s Guide to Pornography, Hooked and The Bay, running between September 2 and 12. (The first, which promises “nudity, smut, dreadful wigs and loads of dirty talk”, features a particularly provocative poster; is he actually in the show?)
Next up, an intriguing producing partnership are behind the autobiographical one-woman show Catwalk Confidential which brings former high fashion model Robyn Peterson to the stage of the Arts from next Saturday, September 4. Barbara Broccoli, Michael G Wilson for Eon Productions and Michael Rose Ltd - who between them brought Chitty Chitty Bang Bang to the stage and are next part of the extensive producer billing on A Steady Rain that will star Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman on Broadway next month - are producing. (And in an intriguing departure, the Arts Theatre - which now hosts the London Cocktail Club, a pre and post theatre private members club in what used to be its stalls bar - will be offering a house cocktail with the ticket price!)
Then there’s a four-week season of new British musicals coming to Jermyn Street Theatre direct from Edinburgh runs, with The Great British Soap Opera and Over the Threshold due to play there from Sept. 8-19 and Sept. 22-Oct. 3 respecively, with matinee showcases for two more, Chat! The Internet Musical (Sept. 10-11) and Six Ways (Sept. 16-18).
And before the month is out, we will also have Bette Bourne telling Mark Ravenhill about his life in A Life in Three Acts and Dennis Kelly’s Orphans (not to be confused with Lyle Kessler’s play of the same name that Albert Finney starred in at Hampstead Theatre and subsequently moved to the West End’s Apollo Theatre with in 1986), both transferring from the Traverse to Soho Theatre respectively from Sept. 21-27 and Sept. 30-Oct. 24.
That’s, of course, just the beginning. There will be many, many more in the months or even years to come. (The National Theatre of Scotland’s Black Watch famously took three years to reach London). But while there’s sometimes a thrill to see things first, before the rest of the world discovers them, I am happy this year to have the filter done for me.