Top fringe theatre to see this week

Young actor Charlie Mulliner tips us off about her top fringe theatre to see this week

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Another week, another truck load of top fringe theatre to see this week.

As a freebie, why not get yourself to the Horse and Stables near Lambeth North on Thursday. There’s a night of free comedy including a preview by Laughing Stock, the resident sketch comedy group at the New Diorama, among others. Who doesn’t love free stuff? We’re getting into Edinburgh Fringe preview season, so keep your eyes open for pub theatre venues across London showing great comedy and theatre on the cheap.

 

Mumburger – Old Red Lion Theatre (Nearest tube station: Angel)

Mumburger at Old Red Lion Theatre (Image: Lidia Crisafulli)
Mumburger at Old Red Lion Theatre (Image: Lidia Crisafulli) – Top fringe theatre to see this week

Sarah Kosar (writer) and Tommo Fowler (director) were determined to make a piece that could not be done in any other medium. This is a theme in Sarah’s surrealist writing, and Mumburger exemplifies her approach.

Father and daughter are smooshed together like two sides of a burger bun. The awful and unexpected wife/mother’s death is the beef patty bringing them together. The smell of cooking meat constantly fills the nostrils of cast and audience alike. The wonderful Rosie Wyatt (who was sensational in one-woman show Spine) and Andrew Frame star in this surreal take on bereavement, which will surely be one of the highlights of the summer. Until the 22 July.

 

Elf Lyons: Swan – Rosemary Branch (Nearest tube station: Haggerston)

Elf Lyons: Swan at Rosemary Branch
Elf Lyons: Swan at Rosemary Branch – Top fringe theatre to see this week

I’m going to level with you; I don’t know a ton about this show. But everything I do know sounds great. Elf Lyons is a graduate from L’Ecole Philippe Gaulier, one of the most prestigious clown schools in the world run by the master clown himself. This one-woman show could be classified as stand-up comedy but whatever you call it, it looks like great fun.

Elf describes herself as a giraffe-limbed clown and raconteur. That sounds like the best possible combination of any two things ever, if you ask me. She has had great reviews from past shows and I’m sure she is going to do very well during her Edinburgh Fringe run. Until 1 July.

 

All I Want Is One Night – Wilton’s Music Hall (Nearest tube station: Tower Hill)

All I Want Is One Night at Wilton's Music Hall (Image: Jonathan Keenan)
All I Want Is One Night at Wilton’s Music Hall (Image: Jonathan Keenan) – Top fringe theatre to see this week

Once lauded ‘the most painted woman in the world’, Suzy Solidor was quite a character. Jessica Walker becomes this extraordinary woman in a production that takes you to 1930s Paris  and a smoky night at ‘La Vie Parisienne’. Here proprietor and cabaret sensation Suzy, surrounded by 225 portraits of herself, guides you through her life.  Following the height of her fame in the 30s, she found herself in tricky water. Her popularity with the German forces in Paris during the Second World War lead to charges of collaboration. She was forced to leave Paris and lived out her last days in the South of France. All I Want Is One Night sold out at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester and has had rave reviews. It’s a poignant, intriguing take on a fascinating life. Until 1 July.

 

Little Women The Musical – Bridewell Theatre (Nearest tube station: Blackfriars)

Little Women The Musical at Bridewell Theatre
Little Women The Musical at Bridewell Theatre

Sedos, London’s premier amateur theatre company, bring Little Women The Musical to London. This musical adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic story has been been performed all over the world. For anyone who fell in love with Beth, Jo, Amy and Meg growing up, I wouldn’t miss this. A perfect chance for some nostalgia and a little bit of gentle escapism. Until 1 July.