Socks. Wine. A mug with your grinning face on it. All these are great gifts, obviously. But do you know what else makes a great present? A trip to the theatre! With that in mind, we’ve gathered together a few of the most Dad-appropriate shows in London to give you nine excellent Fathers Day ideas.
Bat Out Of Hell The Musical (London Coliseum)
This musical has “ageing-rocker dad” written all over it… in fire, probably. It takes Jim Steinman’s powerful songs, which were made famous by Meat Loaf, and threads them into a story about love, passion and motorbikes set in a post-apocalyptic city. Steinman’s epics – which include I’d Do Anything For Love and Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad – are already packed with drama. Imagine what they’ll be like as part of a full production on a massive opera house stage! BOOK NOW
The Comedy About A Bank Robbery (Criterion Theatre)
If Dad likes to laugh, this could be the choice for him. From the team who created the award-winning The Play That Goes Wrong, this offers more of the silly, slapstick fun that made that show a hit. As the title suggests, it’s a show that brings a classic movie heist to the stage. Except, of course, the crooks’ plans just don’t run smoothly. BOOK NOW
Hamlet (Harold Pinter Theatre)
Impress Dad with tickets to one of the most acclaimed Shakespearean productions of recent years. See Andrew Scott, whom you might know as Moriarty to Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock, play the Danish prince. When the ghost of his father reveals a murderer in the family, he hatches a plan for revenge.
On The Town (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre)
Is the father figure in your life partial to a classic musical? Then there’s only one choice. On The Town is a show from the golden era. And with summer here, where better to see this tale of sailors on shore leave than in this gem of a theatre nestled in Regent’s Park. The musical is directed by Drew McOnie, who’s turning everything he touches to gold at the moment. And the venue also does a great barbecue. What’s not to love? BOOK NOW
The Philanthropist (Trafalgar Studios)
One for the celeb-spotting father who loves his TV sitcoms. The Philanthropist stars Matt Berry (The IT Crowd, Toast Of London) and Charlotte Ritchie (Fresh Meat) as well as Friday Night Dinner’s Simon Bird and Tom Rosenthal. Christopher Hampton’s tale of academics unaware of world-changing events happening outside their insulated party also features model turned actress Lily Cole. BOOK NOW
Roller Diner (Soho Theatre)
Looking for a theatrical Father’s Day idea that’s a little different? Try Roller Diner. This musical tale of an American-style eatery in Birmingham won the prestigious Verity Bargate Award in 2015. The arrival of a new waitress, from somewhere foreign, sends shockwaves through the dingy diner and adds more spice to the life of its staff than a bottle of tabasco sauce. BOOK NOW
Tape Face (Garrick Theatre)
Silent comedy as you’ve never seen it before… Unless you watched America’s Got Talent in 2016 or The Royal Variety Performance. The artist formerly known as The Boy With Tape On His Face is a unique talent. Touching and hilarious, his wordless performances have to be seen to be believed. So see him.
Twelfth Night (Shakespeare’s Globe)
For an iconic Father’s Day idea, why not take Pops to Shakespeare’s Globe? You could stand as a groundling (which only costs £5 a ticket) and watch director Emma Rice’s take on comedy Twelfth Night. Mixing the authentic with the modern, it puts the confused identities of shipwrecked siblings and tangled love lives at the heart of the show. Rice has brought much music and a lot of irreverent fun to proceedings.
Woyzeck (The Old Vic)
If Dad’s a Star Wars fan, take him to see John Boyega (who plays Finn in the new films) in Woyzeck. A warning, there are no lightsabres. Or Sith. And this is a harrowing tale of a soldier whose mental state gradually deteriorates. It is also a striking and impressive production, which is surprisingly fun at times. A further note of caution: it does feature both nudity and sex. If the thought of watching that with Dad makes you cringe, maybe pick a different option. BOOK NOW