The nine best West End shows to see in London this autumn
There are some big shows opening in London this autumn, and some worthwhile reasons to see some old favourites. Here, we round-up some of the best productions opening in the capital over the autumn months.
James Graham’s new play Ink is about Rupert Murdoch and how he went about producing The Sun as a “newspaper for the masses”. It stars the brilliant Bertie Carvel as mogul Murdoch and Richard Coyle as the paper’s editor Larry Lamb. It’s currently running at the Almeida, but good luck trying to get a ticket for that. It’s completely sold out, so make sure you see this play at the Duke of York’s while you can.
Ink tickets are available now.
Jamie is a 16-year-old who lives on a council estate in Sheffield, and he doesn’t quite fit in. This new musical is based on a BBC Three documentary about a boy whose ambition it is to become a drag queen. It has music by Dan Gillespie Sells, frontman of rock group The Feeling (“Love It When You Call”, “Fill My Little World”). The production comes to London following positive reviews for its run at Sheffield Crucible.
Everybody's Talking About Jamie tickets are available now.
Dominic Dromgoole’s Oscar Wilde season at the Vaudeville kicks off with A Woman of No Importance, Wilde’s play about an upper-class party at a house in the English countryside. It stars Eve Best and is the first play in the former Globe artistic director’s year-long season of the Irish playwright's work. Don’t miss it.
A Woman of No Importance tickets are on sale now.
James Graham has been very busy, yet another of his new plays is in the West End. This time, it’s Labour of Love which is about Labour MP David Lyons who will be played by Martin Freeman. He’s joined by Sarah Lancashire who plays his constituency agent, Jean Whittaker, and it moves from the Kinnock years, through Blair’s tenure and eventually up-to-date with Corbyn’s campaign. Graham’s political plays have been big hits recently (The Vote, This House), and we have a feeling this will be no different.
Labour of Love tickets are on sale now.
Direct from Broadway, Oslo is the Tony Award-winning play by J T Rogers. It tells the two story of two Norwegian diplomats who find themselves caught up in a top-secret, high-level meetings between the State of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organisation. It has an initial run at the National Theatre before transferring to the Harold Pinter for an extended run.
Oslo tickets are on sale now.
Mel Brooks’ musical comedy, which ran on Broadway in 2007, comes to London with new songs and dialogue from the man himself. It’s based on Brooks’ film, written by Gene Wilder, about the brain surgeon who inherits a castle in Transylvania. It has a stellar cast including Hadley Fraser, Ross Noble, Lesley Joseph, Dianne Pilkington and Summer Strallen.
Young Frankenstein tickets are available now.
After a getting its European premiere at Southwark Playhouse last year, The Toxic Avenger returns to London for a West End run. Joe DiPietro and David Bryan’s musical is about Melvin, an aspiring scientist who falls into a vat of toxic waste (while trying to clean up the city’s waste problem) and becomes New Jersey’s first superhero. If you’re into to your Marvel superhero films, then this is the show for you.
The Toxic Avenger tickets are available now.
Natalie Dormer and David Oakes star in this West End premiere of the Broadway hit Venus in Fur. Directed by Patrick Marber, the play is about actress Vanda Jordan who is determined to get a part in an esteemed director’s new production. Dormer is known for her roles in The Hunger Games flm trilogy and US TV show Game of Thrones, so don’t miss your chance to see her on stage.
Venus in Fur tickets are available now.
You’ve probably seen it before, but everyone loves a Wicked cast change. Sophie Evans and Alice Fearn take over as everyone’s favourite witches. Fearn is no stranger to Oz, she’s been the standby for Elphaba since 2016, but it’s Evans’ first term at Shiz University, so why not check in and see how they get on?
Wicked tickets are available now.