LONDON THEATRE TO CATCH THIS AUTUMN
London is home to some of the best theatres in the world, making it an integral part of a visit for many. Whether you love musicals, are enamoured by Shakespeare or are intrigued to see new innovative productions, this autumn’s schedule in Theatreland will have something for you.
SIR IAN MCKELLEN IN KING LEAR AT THE DUKE OF YORK’S THEATRE
Reprising his role as Shakespeare’s vengeful king, Sir Ian McKellen’s return to the stage with King Lear has been lauded by critics. Jonathan Munby’s production is being hosted by the Duke of York’s Theatre, where the great actor made his West End debut in 1964. This is particularly poignant, as at nearly 80 years of age, McKellen has suggested it might be his last big Shakespeare part. Follow as he takes the audience on a journey through family politics and a descent into madness, encompassing arrogance, infirmity and disobedience along the way.
King Lear plays until 3 November.
THE YOUNG VIC’S ADAPTATION OF THE INHERITANCE WITH VANESSA REDGRAVE
After a sold-out run at the Young Vic, Matthew Lopez’s adaptation of The Inheritance has transferred to the West End. Inspired by E M Forster’s Howards End and set in New York a generation after the AIDS crisis, it explores themes of love, pain and legacy. A visit to the Noel Coward Theatre to see The Inheritance is no small undertaking, as it is a play in two halves, with each one lasting around three hours.
The Inheritance will complete its run on 5 January.
TINA – THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL AT THE ALDWYCH THEATRE
Undoubtedly the most exciting thing to make its way to the stage this year has been Tina – The Tina Turner Musical. The story of how Anna Mae Bullock from Nutbush in Tennessee became the legendary singer, bringing us Proud Mary and What’s Love Got to do With It, is one not to be missed. American actress Adrienne Warren brings her experience from Broadway to enchant London at the Aldwych Theatre.
Tina – The Tina Turner Musical continues into 2019.
THE OLD VIC’S INNOVATIVE TAKE ON ANGELA CARTER’S WISE CHILDREN
So inspired by Angela Carter’s novel Wise Children, Emma Rice has named her new theatre company after it and what could be more apt than a production of the tale of magical realism for its first show?! In collaboration with the Old Vic, Rice’s approach to Wise Children is nothing less than exuberant. As two sets of twins within the same family celebrate their 70th and 100th birthdays respectively, there’s joy and heartbreak in equal measure.
See Wise Children before 10 November.
THE RSC AT THE BARBICAN
The Royal Shakespeare Company’s (RSC’s) residency at the Barbican this autumn has a whole host of plays and associated events to delight in. Not only is Christopher Eccleston set to take the titular role in Macbeth, alongside Niamh Cusack as the indomitable Lady Macbeth, but Romeo and Juliet is also set to be brought into the modern age. There will also be a screening of Troilus and Cressida live from Stratford, with Evelyn Glennie providing the percussive soundtrack.
Macbeth opens on 15 October and will continue until 18 January; Romeo and Juliet will run from 2 November to 19 January; and Troilus and Cressida will be broadcast on 14 November.
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