Theatre Editor Daniel Perks picks the shows he's most looking forward to over the spring months.

Back in January, I decided to share my opinions on some upcoming shows that I thought would make some big waves in the theatrical swimming pool in the winter and spring. Festivals like VAULT Festival and Little Pieces of Gold presented new writing, work in progress and established productions that have an exciting future ahead of them; venues like King’s Head Theatre have had a fantastic opening to the year, with strong in-house and touring shows, as well as awards nominations and wins galore.

So, let’s fast forward and see what exciting productions are in store for us at Miro over the Spring months.

Who Runs The World? festival

The King’s Head Theatre have had an exceptional start to their 2018. They won an Off West End Award for their 2017 opera Tosca, they transferred two productions to Trafalgar Studios, where La Bohème was nominated for an Olivier Award, and their hit show Trainspotting Live! celebrated its 800th performance during its run at The Vaults. That’s not even mentioning their in-house programme!

Here at Miro, we are proud to continue relationship with the King’s Head Theatre by announcing a media partnership for their latest festival, Who Runs The World?. As a season of female playwrights, Senior Producer Louisa Davis has programmed the festival in response to the under-representation of female voices on stage. Headlined by Sarah Milton‘s Tumble Tuck (after its successful run at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017), Who Runs The World? also includes a series other plays by upcoming writers, including Felicity Huxley-MinersLaura McGrady and Daisy King, each presented in rep with Milton’s show.

Who Runs The World? festival runs at the King’s Head Theatre from 24 April – 12 May 2018. For further information, please visit the venue website.

Underbelly Festival Southbank

It’s the 10th anniversary of this iconic London festival – the purple cow is now a familiar sight next to the London Eye. And Underbelly Festival Southbank goes from strength to strength after last year’s merger with The Spiegeltent, to present a consolidated programme that celebrates circus, comedy, cabaret and family entertainment. In the 250th anniversary year of the first ever circus (staged in Waterloo), the festival brings its biggest circus programme ever – five headline shows from five countries on four continents!

These include Bibi and Bichu‘s Ethiopian troupe Circus Abyssinia, the fiery Colombian circus-concert Circolombia, cult German production SOAP, legendary Australian company Circa with their latest production, Peepshow, and London’s own Black Cat Cabaret with their late-night circus Bohemia

Underbelly Festival Southbank runs until 30 September 2018. For further information, please visit the venue website.

Off-West End and Fringe Theatre

From festivals to theatres, the fringe and the Off-West End scene are continuing the year with gusto. Below are a couple of spring and summer highlights from venues that promise a year of innovation, new writing and thought-provoking productions.

First up is The Bunker, which is currently finishing off its first fully curated season – Devil With The Blue Dress will soon make way for Damsel Productions‘ Grotty. The summer season celebrates work by emerging companies with Breaking Out, a series of six shows running simultaneously across four weeks. These include Amy Bethan Evans‘ play Libby’s Eyes – an examination of disability in today’s society and starring comedian Georgie MorrellPaper Creatures‘ second production Section 2, after their highly successful Flood dominated Camden Fringe Festival 2017; and Helena Jackson‘s Sleepless Theatre Company with their latest, Les Enfants Terribles Award-nominated show, Nine Foot Nine

For further information about The Bunker, please visit the venue website.

Next are a couple of productions from the Wilton’s Music Hall spring and summer season, which features the likes of musical legend Camille O’Sullivan and Olivier-award winning Christopher Green. But the most exciting productions in this programme for me are the deliciously dark cabaret from The Tiger Lillies, and the London premiere of Paterson Joseph‘s show Sancho: An Act Of Remembrance.

The Godfathers of alternative cabaret, The Tiger Lillies will be performing new songs from their latest album The Devil’s Fairground – a mixture of pre-war Berlin, anarchic opera and gypsy music. This is the kind of cabaret for those who adore the voices of Bertholt Brecht or Jacques Brel. On the other end of the spectrum, Sancho: An Act Of Remembrance highlights the life of Charles Ignatius, the first British-African to cast a vote in a general election, back in 1780.

For further information about Wilton’s Music Hall, please visit the venue website.