Summer’s officially over, but don’t be sad – there’s plenty of great theatre to keep you happy. Love London Love Culture’s Emma Clarendon has rounded up the productions she’s most looking forward to in September. With Mates ticket links!
1. Ink, Duke of York’s Theatre: After a successful run at the Almeida Theatre, James Graham’s play transfers to the West End. The production is directed by Almeida artistic director Rupert Goold with a cast led by Bertie Carvel and Richard Coyle. From 9 September 2017.
Fleet Street. 1969. The Sun rises. A young and rebellious Rupert Murdoch asks the impossible and launches The Sun’s first editor’s quest: to give the people what they want. No matter the cost.
2. Labour of Love, Noel Coward Theatre: A second play by James Graham hitting the West End this month. It’s a tough act to have to follow beloved musical Half a Sixpence into the Noel Coward Theatre, but Headlong Theatre artistic director Jeremy Herrin is set to try with this world premiere production of Graham’s latest political offering, starring Martin Freeman and Sarah Lancashire. From 15 September 2017.
Labour MP David Lyons cares about modernisation and “electability”… his constituency agent, Jean Whittaker cares about principles and her community. Set away from the Westminster bubble in the party’s traditional northern heartlands, this is a clash of philosophy, culture and class against the backdrop of the Labour Party over 25 years as it moves from Kinnock through Blair into Corbyn… and beyond?
3. Young Frankenstein, Garrick Theatre: This eagerly anticipated musical based on the classic Mel Brooks film stars Ross Noble, Lesley Joseph, Summer Strallen and Hadley Fraser. From 28 September 2017.
Grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, Dr Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced ‘Fronk-en-steen’) inherits a castle in Transylvania leading him to fulfil his grandfather’s legacy by bringing a corpse back to life. With help and hindrance from hunchback henchman Igor, buxom assistant Inga and needy fiancee Elizabeth, his experiment yields madcap success and monstrous consequences.
4. Footloose, Peacock Theatre: The popular touring production of the classic 80’s film arrives in London for a brief limited season, starring Gareth Gates and Maureen Nolan. From 12 to 30 September 2017.
Life is hard enough for city boy Ren McCormack when he has to move out into the sticks, but he soon finds out that things can get much worse when he finds out that his new home of Bomont has banned dancing and rock ‘n’ roll. It isn’t long before Ren attempts to break free of his small town life and lets loose total anarchy.
5. Eyes Closed, Ears Covered, The Bunker: This is the world premiere production of Alex Gwyther’s new play, exploring trauma and overwhelming experiences that affect vulnerable young minds. The cast includes Danny Boy Hatchard. From 6 September 2017.
6. Le Grand Mort, Trafalgar Studios: Julian Clary is to star in the world premiere of Le Grand Mort, written specially for him by four-time Olivier Award-nominated Stephen Clark, who died last year. In his super stylish, sterilely beautiful Notting Hill kitchen, Michael is preparing dinner for two. From 20 September 2017.
7. Prism, Hampstead Theatre: Written and directed by Terry Johnson, Prism stars Robert Lindsay and Claire Skinner, based on the story of double Oscar-winning cinematic master Jack Cardiff; ‘the man who made women look beautiful’. From 6 September 2017.