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Lucy Popescu’s theatre news: Flyboy and the Robot; Horrible Histories; Beckett; Comedy on The Terrace; Three Kings

13 August, 2020 — By Lucy Popescu

Niall Buggy and David Threlfall in The Old Tune

THE Little Angel Theatre is currently streaming Flyboy and the Robot, an original story from artist and musician Matthew Robins. Using black paper, a scalpel and a piano, Robins recreates the things he loves – 1950s science-fiction films, Sesame Street cartoons and the Beano. Flyboy and the Robot, performed by Robins and Tim Spooner, combines crocodiles, robots, and sausages. Also available is The Little Fish created by Lyndie Wright, Sarah Wright and Mike Shepherd. A curious little fish wants to explore the big wide world outside of his fish bowl in a house in Cross Street. One brave leap from the window lands the fish in the gutter, along the Thames and beyond. A big adventure is often all it takes to make us appreciate the familiarity of home.Visit:

BIRMINGHAM Stage Company’s production of Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain will visit Troubadour Meridian Water in north London next week. The gruesome and hilarious facts of Horrible Histories will be played direct to your vehicle’s FM radio. Performances are in a raised location and relayed on a giant cinema screen, giving everyone a great view wherever they park. Snacks and drinks can be ordered from your mobile and will be safely delivered to your car by a team of 1950s drive in attendants. Horrible Histories features Queen Boudicca, King Henry VIII, Guy Fawkes, Dick Turpin, Queen Victoria and a special guest appearance by King Richard III. From August 19-23, 11am and 2pm From £40 per car, 10 free car tickets per show available for NHS workers with code NHSSTAFF. Visit

THE Jermyn Street theatre is offering an archival recording of a Beckett double bill directed by Trevor Nunn, originally performed in January and February 2020. In Krapp’s Last Tape, Krapp (James Hayes) prepares to celebrate his 69th birthday by recording his annual tape. The Old Tune is a rarely performed gem, adapted by Beckett from a radio play by Robert Pinget. Two elderly men (David Threlfall and Niall Buggy) sit on a bench and reminisce. But are their memories playing tricks? £7.99 rental supports Jermyn Street Theatre at this challenging time. Visit:

ALEXANDRA Palace is welcoming some of the UK’s finest stand-up comedians to Comedy on The Terrace, a series of outdoor, socially distanced comedy gigs at one of London’s biggest beer gardens. Comedy on The Terrace will take place on Thursday evenings for the rest of the summer starting on August 13. Comedians such as Ed Gamble, Andrew Maxwell, Lou Sanders and Milton Jones will perform new material alongside the best of their current repertoire for audiences against a backdrop of Alexandra Palace’s panoramic views across London. Visit:

THE Old Vic has had to reschedule performances of Three Kings, starring Andrew Scott, because he has been unwell. The new dates will be confirmed soon. Visit:


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