Good Times: What to see and do in July

adrian dunbar and stephanie j block in kiss me, kate
Good Times: JulyKiss Me, Kate

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As summer gets well and truly underway, we want to share with you all the best cultural happenings going on this month, all around the country. From the show that our acting editor in chief is calling 'the feel good musical of the summer' to mind-bending art exhibitions and BBC One's gripping drama starring Jenna Coleman (trust us, it's worth staying in for), there's so much to see and do this month.

Read on to discover our number one hot ticket this month, plus the best of the rest from around the country.

THEATRE: Kiss Me, Kate

When: Until 14 September

Where: Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

"I’m going to say it: Barbican’s rendition of Cole Porter’s all-time classic Kiss Me, Kate is the feel-good musical of the summer.

Starring Line of Duty’s Adrian Dunbar, Kiss Me, Kate is a show-within-a-show, in which Adrian’s character, Fred Graham, is the director, producer and star of a musical production of Shakespeare’s The Taming Of The Shrew, while the leading lady is his ex-wife, Lilli Vanessi, played by Broadway legend Stephanie J Block.

When Good Housekeeping spoke to Adrian for our August issue (out now), he promised us a ‘fabulous night out’ and a ‘spectacular celebration of all that’s great in musical theatre.’ I can confirm that he was not lying.

Cole Porter’s witty, pun-tastic songs and sizzling hot dance routines bring the bard’s most contentious battle-of-the-sexes play to riotous life, but the highlight of the show is easily Too Darn Hot, which had everyone in the audience up on their feet cheering and clapping along - weeks later, I still can’t get the tune out of my head.

The incredible revolving set cleverly illustrates the show-within-a-show concept, and Adrian brings charm and charisma to his musical debut in spades – and is more than a match for Broadway star Stephanie.

A perfect cast, sublime score and incredible choreography – it’s a must-see show."

By Emma Justice, Acting Editor in Chief

Standard tickets from £29.50

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The Jetty

jenna coleman in bbc one drama the jetty
BBC/Firebird/Ben Blackall

Jenna Coleman stars as Detective Ember Manning in this gripping four-part crime drama. Set in a small Lancashire lakeside town where everyone knows everyone, Ember must connect the dots between a recent arson case, a missing persons cold case and an illicit love triangle between a man and two underage girls.

Watch on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.



from left kate daisy edgar jones, javi anthony ramos, and tyler glen powell, in twisters directed by lee isaac chung
Melinda Sue Gorden/Warner Bros

Daisy Edgar-Jones and Glen Powell star as storm chasers in the sequel to 1996’s disaster epic Twister. Kate (Edgar-Jones) is an eager scientist who tracks tornadoes, while social media star Tyler (Powell) is set on streaming the storm for his fans.

In cinemas from 19 July


ECHO (Every Cold-Hearted Oxygen)

fiona shaw checked suit
John Nacion

A groundbreaking piece of theatre in which a different artist will take to the stage each night to perform a script they've never seen before. So far Killing Eve's Fiona Shaw is confirmed to take on the challenge, as is Toby Jones (Mr Bates vs The Post Office), Kathryn Hunter (Poor Things), Meera Syal (Yesterday) and Rebecca Lucy Taylor aka pop star Self Esteem.

From 13-27 July, Royal Court.

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Anthony McCall: Solid Light

anthony mccall solid light exhibition

In this mesmerising exhibition at Tate Modern, visitors are invited to complete the art as your movements and interactions bring artist Anthony McCall's light installations to life. Beams of light are projected through a thin mist to create large three-dimensional forms, which slowly shift and change in front of your eyes, creating 'translucent sculptures of light'.

Until 27 April 2025, Tate Modern.

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Smoke and Fire BBQ Festival

a bbq chef prepares a delicious serving of smoked brisket
Joel Villanueva

Taking place across two weekends in Maldon, Essex and Ascot Racecourse in Berkshire, this is the place to be for foodies and BBQ-heads alike. As the UK's largest BBQ festival experience, visitors can get involved with a number of activities, such as watching top-class chefs cooking up flame-cooked feasts, joining in on a blacksmith workshop, and of course indulging in all the BBQ food you could ever desire.

20-21 July, Ascot, Berkshire; 17-18 August, Maldon, Essex.

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The Magician’s Table

a group of people sitting around a table
Mance Communications

From the award-winning writers behind illusionist Derren Brown’s shows comes this unique immersive experience. Taking place at a top secret London Bridge location, expect mesmerising close-up magic from the country's top magicians, plus live music and cocktails.

5 September to 31 October; secret London Bridge location.

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