What's on in London: August 2023

Culture London August 23

What’s on in London:
August 2023

What to see and do in the Capital this August

Words by Ali Howard


Emma Gibbons: Barbiecore Until 29 August
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that Greta Gerwig’s Barbie has inspired a world of pink, and London’s art scene has not escaped the buzz. This visually delicious exhibition features over 100,000 glitter resin capsule pills handmade by UK pop artist Gibbons, who counts Margot Robbie herself as a client.

ME London, Strand, WC2R (melia.com; emma-gibbons. co.uk/exhibitions)

La Cage aux Folles


La Cage aux Folles Until 29 August
Shake out your feather boa: Open Air Theatre’s sizzling summer season continues with this glorious retelling of Jerry Herman and Harvey Fierstein’s classic musical, which fi rst dazzled audiences and blew up boundaries on Broadway back in 1983. Including the show-stopping I Am What I Am, this outdoor production promises to be nothing short of fabulous.

Inner Circle, Regent’s Park, NW1 (0333 400 3562; openairtheatre.com)

La Cage aux Folles


String V SPITTA Until 29 August
Who needs Edinburgh when we have some of the best previews right here? Starring Kiell Smith-Bynoe and Ed MacArthur as two big hitters on the children’s entertainment circuit, the pair, one a would-be grime artist, the other a classical musician, must put aside their differences for a once in a lifetime booking: Anastasia’s sixth birthday.

Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, W1D (020 7478 0100; sohotheatre.com)

Private Lives Photo credit Tristram Kenton

Private Lives | Patricia Hodge and Nigel Havers |Photo credit Tristram Kenton


Private Lives 31 August-25 November
Two British acting legends come together in this biting Noël Coward comedy, hailed as “both a witty and scathing study of the rich and reckless in love”. Starring Patricia Hodge and Nigel Havers, this production marks the 50th anniversary of Coward’s death. Fittingly it is one of the playwright’s most beloved works.

Ambassadors Theatre, West Street, WC2H (theambassadorstheatre. co.uk)

As You Like It


Like It 18 August-29 October
Following 2017’s acclaimed Othello at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, director Ellen McDougall makes her Globe debut with a joyous Shakespearian romp. Join Rosalind and Celia in this spirited tale of romance and redemption as the iconic stage is transformed into a verdant forest. Pure magic.

The Globe, New Globe Walk, Bankside, SE1 (020 7401 9919; shakespearesglobe.com)


Frameless Lates from 4 August
London residents seeking an after-hours cultural experience can indulge in Lates at Frameless, marking the UK’s foremost late-night opening of its largest permanent immersive art encounter. On monthly Friday nights, Frameless will transform entirely, granting exclusive adult access to its four galleries. This unique event will present a fusion of emerging digital artists, complemented by specially crafted culinary delights and beverages, all accompanied by the captivating sounds of Soho Radio. The London exhibition will be a seamless blend of art, sound, and cutting-edge technology, celebrating the talent of the digital realm.

Frameless, 6 Marble Arch, W1H 7AP (frameless.com/frameless-lates)


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