So after a very damp and rainy summer, it’s suddenly autumn!
Cheer yourself up with some rewarding theatre going this September. Here’s my top five plays and musicals opening this month.
1. PHOTOGRAPH 51 It’s always an event when a big Hollywood star appears in the West End so expect Theatreland to be buzzing with excitement as Nicole Kidman appears in this new play directed by superstar director, Michael Grandage with whom she’s recently been making a film. This unmissable dose of glamour arrives at The Noel Coward Theatre on September 14th
2. FARINELLI AND THE KING Almost as exciting as seeing Nicole Kidman live is the chance to see Mark Rylance who made such an impact as Cronwell in the recent TV adaptation of Wolf Hall and had smash hits in the West End and on Broadway with his starring roles in Twelfth Night, Richard III and in gritty rural drama, Jerusalem. This transfer of an acclaimed production from Shakepeare’s Globe opens at The Duke of York’s Theatre on September 29th.
3. KINKY BOOTS This riotous musical about a beleaguered British shoe factory that makes a fortune when it switches to making footwear for drag queens has been a big hit on Broadway. The only thing that spoilt it for me in New York were the American actors’ appalling English accents. This won’t be a problem with the Brit cast appearing at the Adelphi Theatre from September 15th