THEATRE DIARY: September

A bit of a late update this month as I was away for the first week of September. It’s looking to be a month full of classic musicals – and a certain Mr Cumberbatch.

Blood Brothers, New Wimbledon Theatre (Fri 11th)

Going back in time a bit, I spent my first evening in a London theatre this month watching one of my favourite musicals. This classic weepy by Willy Russell is touring once again – my review will be appearing here soon.

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Jane Eyre, National Theatre (Thurs 17th)

Jane Eyre (c) Manuel Harlan
(c) Manuel Harlan

Devised by the company, this stage adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s novel first played at the Bristol Old Vic last year, split over two evenings. Here it is presented as one (rather long) evening of theatre under the direction of Sally Cookson. With imaginative staging a departure from the cosy period drama image, I’m hoping for a production that brings out the darkness and the madness of one of my favourite novels. I’ll be reviewing this for A Younger Theatre.

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Billy Elliot, Victoria Palace (Sat 19th)

I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to get round to seeing this show. Since I love the film, and have listened to Elton John’s soundtrack multiple times already, it’s a pretty safe bet I’m going to enjoy this show, and I’m very excited for this belated birthday present.

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Jesus Christ Superstar, New Wimbledon Theatre (Tue 22nd)

Another visit to the New Wimbledon for another classic musical that is now in its 45th year – but unlike Blood Brothers, this is a new one for as despite knowing the soundtrack back to front, I’ve never actually seen this Lloyd Webber vintage live on stage before. I’m most excited to see Tim Rogers as Judas, as he stole the show in the Arcola Theatre’s Carousel last year. Glenn Carter returns to the role of Jesus, while The X Factor‘s Rachel Adedeji takes on the role of Mary Magdalene.

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The Birds, Leicester Square Theatre (Fri 25th)

Inspired by the short story by Daphne du Maurier, which in turn was developed into the Hitchcock movie classic, this strange tale of a society plagued by deadly bird attacks was adapted for the stage in 2009 by Conor McPherson (The WeirDublin Carol). In this version, three strangers are thrown together in the midst of the crisis. Former boxer Glenn McCrory plays the role of Nat, in what is adding up to a potentially rather odd night at the theatre. All will be revealed this Friday…

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Hamlet, Barbican Theatre (Mon 28th)

Hamlet @ Barbican (Johan Persson)
(c) Johan Persson

This one should really need no introduction. The furore in the press has largely died down, but after reviews that run the full gamut from rubbish to stunning, I’m excited about the opportunity to form my own opinion on the most anticipated theatrical event of the year. As if you didn’t know, Benedict Cumberbatch stars as our tragic hero in a new production directed by Lyndsey Turner.

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