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Autumn Theatre highlights

September 5th, 2019 | by Tom Harrow-Smith

Autumn Theatre Highlights

Take a look at the amazingly diverse, thought provoking and entertaining performances we have on this Autumn. 

  • A very expensive poison

     A shocking assassination in the heart of London. In a bizarre mix of high-stakes global politics and radioactive villainy, a man pays with his life.

    At this time of global crises and a looming new Cold War, A Very Expensive Poison sends us careering through the shadowy world of international espionage from Moscow to Mayfair.

    John Crowley (Brooklyn, The Goldfinch) directs Lucy Prebble’s (The Effect, ENRON) reimagining of Luke Harding’s jaw-dropping exposé of the events behind the notorious death of ex-FSB Officer Alexander Litvinenko.

    Until 5 October

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    The Old Vic
  • Peter Gynt

    Ibsen’s classic is reinvented as a riotous adventure for the 21st century. 

    Peter Gynt is searching for something: himself. Traveling from the mountains of Scotland to the pool-sides of Florida, he’ll meet talking hyenas, two-headed trolls and even an Egyptian Sphinx.  But his ultimate transformation may not be all that he hoped for…

    Playing the rebellious antihero, James McArdle (Angels In America) is reunited with David Hare and Jonathan Kent, the partnership behind the triumphant Young Chekhov at Chichester Festival Theatre and the National Theatre.

    This outrageous modern myth is designed by the Tony award-winning Richard Hudson (The Lion King), with an original score from Paul Englishby (BBC's Luther and Dr Foster) and movement direction from Polly Bennett (Bohemian Rhapsody).

    Until 8 October

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    National Theatre
  • Hansard

    It’s a summer’s morning in 1988 and Tory politician Robin Hesketh has returned home to the idyllic Cotswold house he shares with his wife of 30 years, Diana. But all is not as blissful as it seems. Diana has a stinking hangover, a fox is destroying the garden, and secrets are being dug up all over the place. As the day draws on, what starts as gentle ribbing and the familiar rhythms of marital sparring quickly turns to blood-sport. A witty and devastating new play.

    Until 25 November

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    National Theatre
  • Lungs

    The ice caps are melting, there’s overpopulation, political unrest; everything’s going to hell in a handcart – why on earth would someone bring a baby into this world? Directed by Matthew Warchus and starring Claire Foy and Matt Smith, this performance of Duncan Macmillan’s hilarious emotional rollercoaster follows a couple wrestling with life’s biggest dilemmas.

    From 14 October

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    The Old Vic
  • Rouge

    Winner of Best Circus at the 2019 FringeWorld Weeklies and 2018 Adelaide Fringe Weeklies, Rouge is a decadent blend of sensational acrobatics, operatic cabaret and tongue in cheek burlesque.

    A non-stop celebration of the astonishing, surprising, subversive and the supremely sexy – Award-winning Australian circus sensation Rouge is heading to London with its outrageous brand of adult circus. Escape the every day and join Rouge for the sexiest live circus cabaret experience.

    Until 15 September

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    Underbelly Festival South Bank
  • Faith, Hope and Charity

    'In a run-down community hall on the edge of town, a woman has been cooking lunch for those in need. A choir is starting up, run by a volunteer who’s looking for a new beginning. A mother is seeking help in her fight to keep her young daughter from being taken into care. An older man sits silently in the corner, the first to arrive, the last to leave. Outside the rain is falling...'

    Alexander Zeldin’s new play promises to be another uncompromising theatrical experience that goes to the heart of our uncertain times.

    9 September - 12 October

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    National Theatre
  • Master Harold and the Boys

    'St George's Park Tea Room, Port Elizabeth, 1950. On a long rainy afternoon, employees Sam and Willie practise their steps for the finals of the ballroom dancing championship.

    Hally arrives from school to hide out in his parents’ tea room. These two men have been unlikely best friends to Hally his whole life. But it is apartheid era South Africa: he’s Master Harold, and they are the boys.'

    Tony Award-winning playwright Athol Fugard’s semi-autobiographical and blistering masterwork explores the nature of friendship, and the ways people are capable of hurting even those they love.

    21 September - 17 December

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    National Theatre
  • Electro Swing Project: Circus and Cabaret

    The Electro Swing Project take to the stage in an unforgettable night of music, cabaret and circus. Feast your eyes on this highly acclaimed cast of West End performers taking you to new heights with their high flying circus acts, sexy dancers and vocals that will leave your spine tingling.

    28 - 29 September

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    Underbelly Festival South Bank
  • Cracked: Russell Brand

    As part of The Old Vic's One Voice season, Russell Brand and special guests take to the stage a night of seven one-off solo performances, written in response to the growing conversation and changing attitudes around mental health and addiction.

    Speaking about the event, Russell Brand said ‘For this night, mental illness and addiction will adorn The Old Vic stage, celebrated, explored and attacked through Cracked. I am honoured to have been asked to take over the asylum, albeit for one night only.’

    With writers including the talents of Kate Tempest, Matt Perry and Lena Dunham, this is sure to be another captivating night at The Old Vic.

    29 September / SOLD OUT

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    The Old Vic
  • Translations

    'Owen, the prodigal son, returns to rural Donegal from Dublin. With him are two British army officers. Their ambition is to create a map of the area, replacing the Gaelic names with English. It is an administrative act with radical consequences.'

    Following a sold-out run in 2018, Ian Rickson’s exquisite production of Brian Friel's masterpiece returns. Ciarán Hinds (Game of ThronesGirl from the North Country) reprises his critically acclaimed role of patriarch and schoolmaster, Hugh, whose livelihood and culture are at risk.

    From 15 October

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    National Theatre
  • The Antipodes

    Following acclaimed runs of The Flick and John, Pulitzer Prize-winner Annie Baker returns to the National Theatre with her latest extraordinary play. 

    Their phones switched off, a group of people sit around a table telling, categorising and theorising stories. This is a world that is both familiar and fantastical. Their real purpose is never quite clear, but they continue on, searching for the monstrous. This daring play asks what value stories have for a world in crisis.

    21 October - 23 November

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    National Theatre
  • Baba Yaga

    'Vaselina lives a quiet life, working as a receptionist in a very tall apartment block. But all that changes when she is forced to confront a terrifying resident who plays her music far too loudly and eats jelly babies with her mouth open.

    Who is this mysterious neighbour? Will she ever turn the music down? And what exactly is she planning for dinner?'

    Part of Southbank Centre's London Literature Festival will see this imaginative new take on the classic Russian fairy brought to life across four one-off shows this Half-Term. The show comes direct from critically acclaimed seasons at the 2018 Edinburgh International Children’s Festival and 2019 Adelaide Festival.

    22 - 23 October

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    Southbank Centre
  • I Believe in Unicorns

    'Tomas hates reading and school, but his world is turned upside down when he meets the Unicorn Lady in his local library…'

    Another installment from London Literature Festival, this spellbinding and interactive production will spark the imagination in both young and old. This intimate performance is set in a library full of books that hold more than stories within their pages. It is a tale of the power of books, and the bravery of a young boy called Tomas. An enchanting show based on Michael Morpurgo’s treasured children's book.

    22-23 October

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    Southbank Centre
  • My Brilliant Friend

    'When the most important person in her life goes missing without a trace, Lenu Greco, now a celebrated author, begins to recall a relationship of more than 60 years. First meeting on the dangerous streets of postwar Naples, friends Lila and Lenu experience turbulent social and political change, from the rise of the Camorra to the sexual revolution and the transformation of their neighbourhood, city and nation. Even as life repeatedly tries to pull them in separate directions, they remain inextricably bound to one another.'

    Based on the celebrated novels by Elena Ferrante – published in over 50 countries – My Brilliant Friend is an epic story of love, violence, ambition and self-destruction.

    From 12 November

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    National Theatre

Find The Venues

  • 1 - The Old Vic

    The Old Vic
    The Cut
    London
    SE1 8NB 

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  • 2 - National Theatre

    Upper Ground, South Bank
    London
    SE1 9PX 

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  • 3 - National Theatre

    Upper Ground, South Bank
    London
    SE1 9PX 

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  • 4 - The Old Vic

    The Old Vic
    The Cut
    London
    SE1 8NB 

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  • 5 - Underbelly Festival South Bank

    Belvedere Road Coach Park
    London SE1 8XX

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  • 6 - National Theatre

    Upper Ground, South Bank
    London
    SE1 9PX 

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  • 7 - National Theatre

    Upper Ground, South Bank
    London
    SE1 9PX 

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  • 8 - Underbelly Festival South Bank

    Belvedere Road Coach Park
    London SE1 8XX

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  • 9 - The Old Vic

    The Old Vic
    The Cut
    London
    SE1 8NB 

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  • 10 - National Theatre

    Upper Ground, South Bank
    London
    SE1 9PX 

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  • 11 - National Theatre

    Upper Ground, South Bank
    London
    SE1 9PX 

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  • 12 - Southbank Centre

    Belvedere Road
    London
    SE1 8XX 

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  • 13 - Southbank Centre

    Belvedere Road
    London
    SE1 8XX 

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  • 14 - National Theatre

    Upper Ground, South Bank
    London
    SE1 9PX 

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