The bank holiday is behind us and it’s goodbye to summer. The consolation is a jam-packed autumn theatre season. Here are a few of the most notable London openings this month that you should keep an eye out for… Click on links to BUY tickets in the Mates Ticket Shop.
1. Waiting for Waiting for Godot, St James Theatre Studio: This new comedy to hit the London stage, written by Dave Hanson is directed by Mark Bell, the critically acclaimed director of The Play That Goes Wrong and The Comedy About a Bank Robbery. The story follows two understudies waiting backstage pondering life, theatre and showbiz. Runs 30 August-24 September 2016, with a Q&A hosted by Mates co-founder Terri Paddock on Monday 5 September.
2. Bumblescratch, Adelphi Theatre: For one night only, the Adelphi Theatre will present this brand new musical by Robert J Sherman and commemorates the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London. This concert performance will feature in its cast: Darren Day, Jessica Martin and Michael Xavier. Sunday 4 September only.
3. Vanities: The Musical, Trafalgar Studios: Starring Lauren Samuels, Ashleigh Gray and Lizzy Connelly, this musical directed and choreographed by Racky Plews is about three best friends growing up in a time when looks were considered to be more important than ambition. This is the London premiere of the musical, marking the 10th anniversary of the musical and the 40th anniversary of the play on which it is based. Runs 1 September-1 October 2016.
4. Punkplay, Southwark Playhouse: Gregory S. Moss’s coming of age story makes its way to the southwark Playhouse next month, directed by Tom Hughes. Punkplay follows the lives of Duck and Mickey who use punk as a way to escape suburbia and is a story of friendship and not fitting in. Runs 7 September-1 October 2016.
5. 27, Cockpit Theatre: What do Joplin, Hendrix and Winehouse all have in common? They all died at the tragically young age of 27, which forms the heart of this musical. This new musical follows the story of Orpheus: would-be rock star turned icon, whose experiences of fame lead him down a journey of self-destruction. Runs 8 September-22 October 2016.
6. No Man’s Land, Wyndham’s Theatre: following a UK tour, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart return to the London stage in Harold Pinter’s masterpiece. It comes to London following a successful run on Broadway and is directed by Sean Mathias. Runs 8 September-17 December 2016.
7. The Libertine, Theatre Royal Haymarket: Dominic Cooper returns to the stage in Terry Johnson’s production of Stephen Jeffreys’s seductive story of the Earl of Rochester. It arrives in London following a run at the Theatre Royal Bath. Runs 22 September- 3 December 2016.