Theatre Royal Stratford East offer free tickets to people named Summer for world première of Rikki Beadle-Blair’s Summer In London

Summer In London

Summer In London

Summer In London

Theatre Royal Stratford East today invite anyone who shares the name of the production’s title role, Summer to attend the world première of Rikki Beadle-Blair’s new rom-com Summer in London for free. Summer in London, opens at Theatre Royal Stratford East today and runs until 29 July.

Anyone named Summer will be entitled to one free ticket to the show on a date of their choice (subject to availability). Please note that to claim free ticket photo ID will be required.

Come and celebrate the first play in mainstream British theatre led by an all trans cast, written and directed by award-winning filmmaker and LGBTQ activist Rikki Beadle-Blair MBE.

Four friends court the same woman on a budget of nothing while the sun shines. A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Generation Rent in a city that still hides a bit of magic, if you know where to look.

As the sun sets and the drinks flow things get complicated, and we discover nothing is as it first appears.

A love letter to London and a story of friendship, love and finding yourself. Don’t miss this funny, sexy and life-affirming night out!

Theatre Royal Stratford East                                                                                                                       Listings

Gerry Raffles Square, London E15 1BN

Box Office: 020 8534 0310

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8 July – 29 July

Press night: 13 July 7pm

 Ticket prices

Newham Discount Night £2.50

8-12 Jul previews £12-£15

Mon-Thu until 20 Jul £12-£22

Tue-Thu from 25-27 Jul £12-£25

Fri-Sat £12-£25

Concessions from £8

Access performances

Signed Fri 28 Jul 7.30pm

Audio Described Sat 29 Jul 2.30pm

Captioned Wed 26 Jul 7.30pm


Musical Theatre Workshop 2017 begins its 2-week development period with 6 new musicals

Musical Theatre Workshop

Musical Theatre Workshop

  • 6 new musical projects and 12 artists to take over TRSE for 2 weeks
  • Facilitated by TRSE MT New Writing Manager Sevan Tavoukdjian and Specialist Tutors Fred Carl and Robert Lee from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts
  • Artists include SOHO/Royal Court writing alumni, The Voice UK finalist, BRIT graduates, and international recording artists
  • MTW runs from 17-28 July
  • Invite-only sharing on 28 July.

Theatre Royal Stratford East’s annual Musical Theatre Workshop will take place 17-28 July as 12 artists take over the building to develop 6 new musicals under the guidance of TRSE’s artistic team including MT New Writing Manager Sevan Tavoukdjian and MTW facilitatorsFred Carl and Robert Lee, specialist tutors from NYU’s prestigious Tisch’s School of the Arts which runs the world’s only graduate programme focused on musical theatre writing.

This year’s participants were selected through a year-long search of industry recommendations, showcases, scratch nights, Edinburgh Fringe and London Fringe productions. Each partnership is brand new and over the two weeks the writers will begin developing 6 brand new British musicals that speak to our current and future lives while pushing the boundaries of form and structure.

The 12 artists include international gospel and blues recording artist Izo Fitzroy, The Voice UK finalist Vince Kidd, BRIT school graduates Lakeisha Lynch Stevens and Dominic Powell, and SOHO/Royal Court writers group alum Joyce Lee. Joining them will be Tom Wright, Ruth Chan, Abi Zakarian, Gabby Wong, Colm Molloy, Arnoud Breitbarth, and Tori-Allen Martin.

Musical theatre is a key priority for TRSE, being an art form that has the power to bridge gaps across cultures and overcome language barriers.  TRSE’s vision is to break new ground with musicals that bring contemporary and urban music into the mainstream of British theatre.  The aim is to revitalise the musical form, to create work that is relevant to and informed by today’s Britain and attract new and diverse audiences.

To realise this vision, TRSE launched its Musical Theatre Initiative (MTI) in 1998, giving writers and musicians a development process to bring their own voices into the context of theatre, using words and music or beats.  Without such support, there is no natural bridge into musical theatre for much of the music-writing talent that is abundant in Britain today.

The Musical Theatre Workshop (MTW) is a key component of MTI gathering a broad range of participants including singers, songwriters, musicians, music producers, MCs, poets, novelists, spoken word artists, DJs, composers and other professional artists to cross genres and create forward-thinking and boundary-breaking new pieces of musical theatre. The participants are invited via open calls and existing relationships with new and emerging artists.

Sevan Tavoukdjian, TRSE’s MT New Writing Manager, said: I am beyond excited by this year’s group of MTW artists. I was so inspired by last year’s group to keep finding, supporting and developing new and undiscovered voices. The work they generate will push the form and challenge the industry to support brave, bold, and new voices and stories.

 Kerry Michael, Artistic Director at Theatre Royal Stratford East said: MTW has changed and grown each summer as we respond to the needs and wants of artists and as we look ahead to the growth of MT form and story-telling.. These artists represent our promise and dedication to developing new voices and new British musical theatre while bridging the gaps between artists of all genres to create game-changing musicals.