October Theatre | Theatre in London | Cheap Theatre
As we enter the surprisingly clement autumnal climes of October and the riverside trees of South Bank begin to shed their leaves, the excellent theatre scene of London continues to blossom and thrive. As ever there is an excellent mix of classic, contemporary, experimental and established pieces gracing the stages of London’s premier theatre strip along the Thames.
Amadeus at the National Theatre
Written by playwriting legend Peter Shaffer (not to be confused with David Letterman’s musical partner in crime Paul Shaffer), Amadeus is something of a peerless classic. Shaffer adapted his multi-award winning play script into a multi-award winning screenplay of the same name in the 80’s and from there its reputation has never waned.
Telling of the creative rivalry between Mozart and Salieri, Amadeus premiered at the National in 1979 and now it returns with the exceptionally talented Lucian Msamati playing the embittered older rival of the young and prodigious Mozart.
Featuring the Southbank Sinfonia to bring the music to life, tickets are selling fast with best availability for January 2017. Be sure to buy now.
A Pacifist’s Guide to War on Cancer at the National Theatre
Bryony Kimmings has become something of a performance art legend over the past few years. From humble beginnings at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe she is now a bona fide theatrical powerhouse thanks to shows like Fake it ‘til You Make It and Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model. For her latest project she’s teamed up with Brian Lobel to create a toe tapping musical extravanganza about living with cancer.
Expect difficult themes, big ideas and dance numbers galore in this original and unique production.
Roll Over Atlantic at Southbank Centre
Award winning poet John Agard has been hailed as a key cross-culture voice in British art and he brings his unique Carribean-English verse to the South Bank to explore Christopher Columbus and the New World that he started. But instead of inhabiting the voice of the famed sea captain, Agard characteristically takes a sideways glance at history by personifying a swarm of mosquitos and the heaving waters of the Atlantic itself.
To get yourself in the mood for Agard’s poetical stylings, be sure to swing by the Southbank Centre on National Poetry Day (Thursday 6th of October) to enjoy their programme of free events.
Layla’s Room at Southbank Centre
Another one person show combining poetry, music and theatre available this month is Sabrina Mahfouz’s Layla’s Room. A teenage girl, in the privacy and security of her own bedroom, explores the issues facing teenage girls today. From the gender gap to the thigh gap, Layla leaves no stone unturned in this powerful and honest look at what it means to be a teenage girl in 2016.
Having garnered numerous awards and glowing reviews for her previous work, Mahfouz is a writer to keep an eye on a true star of British theatre in the making.
No’s Knife at The Old Vic
A searing combination of the works of Samuel Beckett, performer and writer Lisa Dwran looks at Beckett’s seminal work and uses it as a starting block for exploration of some of the bigger issues that face us in our day to day lives. And when I say “bigger issues” I really mean “the biggest issues” –exploration of identity, gender, the human condition and our entire existence.
Premiering at The Old Vic, No’s Knife is an opportunity to see Beckett extraordinaire Lisa Dwran is action. Beckett’s works are thought by some to be one of the greatest professional and artistic challenges an actor can face, and Dwran is a master of her craft. Don’t miss this opportunity to see Beckett’s works performed at their best.
King Lear at The Old Vic
Opening at the end of this month, two time Academy Award winner Glenda Jackson returns to the London stage after a quarter of a century. And just to make the return all the grander, she is setting her sights on one of the great Shakespeare characters – King Lear.
A true theatrical event – be sure not to miss out.