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September Theatre | Theatre in London | Cheap Theatre

The gentle rushing sound you hear descending over the country is not, contrary to common belief, that autumnal winds blowing in, signalling the coming of inclement climes. It is, in fact, hordes of parents, guardians and responsible adults issuing a choral sigh of relief as their feral pride-and-joys return to school for another academic season. The long, wet, child-friendly summer is over and now some grown-up cultural pleasures can be indulged. Congratulate yourselves for surviving another summer with some mature, adult story-telling in London’s premier theatre district.

The Deep Blue Sea at the National Theatre

Coming to an end later this month is the much-revered revival of Terrence Rattigan’s masterpiece The Deep Blue Sea. Starring Helen McCrory as Hester Collyer – considered by many one of the great dramatic leading roles of 20th-century theatre – The Deep Blue Sea is thick with debatable themes and moral uncertainties.

The play follows Hester as she tries to find happiness after a failed suicide attempt and the breakdown of her marriage and love affair.

Not a light-heated piece by any means, but essential viewing due to the sublime nature of Rattigan’s script, Carrie Cracknell’s divine direction and, centre stage, McCrory’s spellbinding performance.

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Young Chekhov Trilogy at National Theatre

In the Young Chekhov Trilogy, two greats of drama come together. First, Anton Chekhov himself – one of the most influential and essential dramatist of all time and a father of theatrical Modernism. His final four plays - The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters and The Cherry Orchard - are held in the highest esteem by audiences, writers and critics alike. Second, David Hare – multi-Oscar, BAFTA and Tony award nominated writer who has produced some of the great relationship dramas of the past 25 years. Anyone lucky enough to see Skylight or The Judas Kiss will surely attest to Hare’s deft skill at the complications of romance and the human condition.

In Young Chekhov at the National Theatre, Chekhov’s early work (Platonov, Ivanov and The Seagull) translated by Hare are performed in a single day (if one’s buttocks can endure a ten-hour theatre visit).

Young Chekhov represents the presentation of a seminal master by the hand of a contemporary expert. For those thrilled by the finer things in life, where the unsaid and the subtle are the key, Young Chekhov is a theatrical experience not to be missed.

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Something Wonderful at Southbank Centre

A somewhat niche event but, luckily for the organisers and producers, a niche audience that is wide spanning and dedicated.

Something Wonderful celebrates the peerless work of Rodgers and Hammerstein, the duo behind The Sound of Music, You’ll Never Walk Alone and Oh What a Beautiful Mornin’.

Stars of the West End descend along with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for an evening of shameless fandom with back-to-back sing-a-long classics.

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Barbu at London Wonderground

Continuing their annual residency, London Wonderground bring more thrilling, sexy and hilarious circus to South Bank.

The muscular geniuses behind last year’s smash hit Timber, Circus Alfonse return with more live music, daring acrobatics and downright silliness.

If the subtle, unspoken poetry of Rattigan, Chekhov and Hare don’t excite you and you’re longing for something a bit more fun filled and care free – head to London Wonderground, charge your glasses and prepare your best “Whoop!”

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Groundhog Day at the Old Vic

Like I really need to convince you to buy tickets for this one.

Tim Minchin’s musical adaptation of the Harold Ramis/Danny Rubin/Bill Murray classic at the Old Vic.

But tickets, you fools! But them now!

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No’s Knife at Old Vic

No’s Knife is a solo performed dive into the often undecipherable but always inspiring world of Samuel Beckett.

Conceived and performed by Lisa Dwan, No’s Knife will leave you confused, energised and eager to delve further into the unprecedented talent and unparalleled wit of Beckett. As influential as Rattigan and Chekhov, but from a complete curve-ball angle.

With only a short run, be sure to get in and book No’s Knife whilst you can.

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