The summer nights are drawing in and we’re super excited for cosy nights in front of the telly with a hot cuppa Joe. But in a bid to not fully turn into a hermit now that the cooler weather is fast approaching, why not escape the sofa and head to one of London’s finest theatres for an evening of theatrics. We’ve rounded up eight of London’s very best theatre shows coming this Autumn, enjoy!
Having first been presented back in 2008 at the Summer Olympics and now with more than 500 performances worldwide, Soul of Shaolin arrives in London for the first time this month and we can’t quite contain our excitement! The production blends a mix of immaculate martial arts, astounding acrobatics, rousing music and beautiful theatrical designs that’s sure to wow you away.
In a world of war and turmoil, Soul of Shaolin follows a young boy, Hui Guang, who’s been separated from his mother and is left alone in a daunting world. He’s later rescued by monks of the Shaolin Monastery where he begins to train in the ancient art of Kung Fu. Soul of Shaolin follows a story of loss and redemption through a vivid demonstration of Shaolin Kung Fu, handed down through generations in the legendary Shaolin Monastery, a Chán Buddhist temple at Song Shan near Dengfeng in China.
Running 26th September – 6th October
Where: Troubadour Wembly Park Theatre, Fulton Road, HA9 8TS
Don’t miss out on Jamie Lloyd’s take on Evita as he directs Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic musical at the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park. The musical follows Eva Peron who built her life up from poverty to a spiritual leader of the nation. Catch it while you can…
Running until 21st September
Where: Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park, NW1 4NU
In trying times, on a dilapidated hotel verandah nestled in a rainforest above the west coast of Mexico, lie a group of lost souls whose world is about to collide. Follow the story of a defrocked priest turned tourist guide, a grieving widow, a family of jubilant Nazis, an itinerant portrait artist and her 97 year-old grandfather. It’s gonna be stormy…
Running until 28th September
Where: Noël Coward Theatre, 85-88 St Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, WC2N 4AP
If you read the novels growing up, you can only imagine how bizarrely wonderful the musical is. And if you didn’t, then behold a timeless tale of teenage angst, family struggles and unrequited love (sounds like every household I knew growing up), told through the intellectual and damaged poet, Adrian Mole, aged 13 3/4. It’s strange, wonderful, and entertainingly hilarious.
Running until 28th September
Where: Ambassadors Theatre, West Street, WC2H 9ND
Pulitzer Prize-winner Annie Baker returns to the National Theatre with her latest play, The Antipodes, blending both the familiar and fanatical. With their phones firmly switched off, a group of people sit around a table telling, categorising and theorising stories. The Antipodes asks one underlying question: what value do stories have for a world in crisis?
Running 21st October – 23rd November
Where: National Theatre, Upper Ground, South Bank, SE1 9PX
Imagine never having to do the monotonous task of washing your clothes again. Oh boy, that’s the dream isn’t it? Well, Sidney Stratton (Stephen Mangan) has invented a fabric which never gets dirty or wears out! Will this clever invention be enough for Sidney to become the plucky hero when textile manufacturers and trade unions are up in arms? Or can Daphne (Kara Tointon) help save him?
Runs from 26th September until 11th January 2020
Where: Wyndham's Theatre, Charing Cross Road, Covent Garden, WC2H 0DA
When a writer is praised by The Guardian as ‘the most exciting playwright of our time’, it’s only right you clear your schedule to encompass one of their plays. Florian Zeller’s The Son returns to the stage, this time at the Duke of York’s Theatre. The story follows Nicolas, who’s struggling after the divorce of his parents, as he embarks on a fresh start and moves in with his father and his new family. But as things, once again, don’t work out, he moves back in with his mother. What happens when all the options begin to run out?
Running until 2nd November
Where: Duke of York's Theatre, 104 St Martin's Lane, WC2N 4BG
Following on from her critically acclaimed theatrical run in New York, Jeannette Bayardelle brings her heartbreaking musical SHIDA to The Vaults. SHIDA follows a young African-American girl who’s an aspiring writer, following the ups and downs of her family, friendships, and love life, nuzzled with a soulful score of rock, jazz, R&B, and gospel music.
Running 11th September until 13th October
Where: The Vaults, Leake Street, Lambeth, SE1 7NN