33 Shows to See in London This Autumn
Summer is almost over and everything is turning pumpkin-spiced. But fear not — we’ve got plenty of amazing ways for you to spend your autumn evenings! Check out these incredible shows opening throughout September, October, and November.
“Eugenius!” – Back by popular demand! Full of catchy songs and cult movie references, the ’80s-inspired musical makes a triumphant return to The Other Palace.
“Heathers The Musical” – Honey what you waiting for? See Carrie Hope Fletcher in the West End transfer of this hilarious musical with a murderous twist.
“Six” – Following a sold-out run at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe, this smash-hit new pop musical has the wives of Henry VIII remix the history books.
“Misty” – Arinze Kene (“Girl From the North Country”) delivers a powerhouse performance that blends theatre, gig, and poetry in this heartfelt exploration of creative freedom.
“Company” – Don’t miss Rosalie Craig and Broadway legend Patti LuPone in this gender-reversed production of Stephen Sondheim’s classic musical.
“The Inheritance” – After a critically acclaimed run at the Young Vic, Matthew Lopez’s major two-part premiere lands in the the West End.
“Sylvia” – Combining hip hop, soul, and funk, this remarkable new musical features Beverley Knight as Sylvia Pankhurst, celebrating 100 years of women’s suffrage in Britain.
“Foxfinder” – Iwan Rheon (“Game of Thrones”) stars in the West End premiere of Dawn King’s award-winning dark comedy.
“Unexpected Joy” – Telling the story of three generations of female singers and long-held family tensions, this new musical is having its European premiere at the Southwark Playhouse.
“Hamilton (Lewis)” – This brand new parody musical about the world champion F1 driver, Lewis Hamilton, will have you in stitches.
“Salome” – As the first production in the ENO 2018/19 Season, this powerful opera is an intense adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s play.
“Dust” – Milly Thomas’s award-winning play about a woman in the aftermath of her own suicide transfers to the Trafalgar Studios for a limited run.
“One for the Road/ The New World Order/ Mountain Language/ Ashes to Ashes” – Opening the Pinter at the Pinter season, this collection of one-act plays is directed by Lia Williams and stars Paapa Essiedu and Maggie Steed.
“The Lover/ The Collection” – Running in rep as part of the Pinter at the Pinter season, these two comedic masterpieces star John Macmillan and David Suchet.
“A Very Very Very Dark Matter” – This highly anticipated new play by Martin McDonagh (“The Pillowman”) explores a dark secret kept by Hans Christian Anderson and travels deep into the abysses of the imagination.
“Twelfth Night” – Brass bands and Beyoncé are effortlessly woven into this new musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s comedy, co-directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah and Oskar Eustis.
“The Wider Earth” – With remarkable puppetry and an original score, discover the life of a young Charles Darwin during his voyage on HMS Beagle in a brand new theatre within the Natural History Museum.
“The Height of the Storm” – Don’t miss this beautifully compelling family drama, starring Jonathan Pryce and Eileen Atkins.
“Don Quixote” – Rufus Hound and David Threlfall star in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s adaptation of this legendary comic novel at the Garrick Theatre.
“Porgy and Bess” – With a full ENO chorus and orchestra, this Gershwin musical explores the relationships between members of a close-knit community in 1920s South Carolina.
“Lucia di Lammermoor” – Based on Walter Scott’s novel “The Bride of Lammermoor,” Donizetti’s compelling romantic drama follows rival families and a doomed political marriage.
“Wise Children” – This theatrical adaptation by Emma Rice (“Romantics Anonymous,” “Brief Encounter”) is a celebration of show business, family, forgiveness, and hope.
“Landscape/ A Kind of Alaska” – Directed by Jamie Lloyd, this double-bill in the Pinter at the Pinter season stars Keith Allen, Meera Syall, and Tamsin Greig.
“The Wipers Times” – Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s play tells the extraordinary story of the satirical newspaper created in the mud and mayhem of the Somme.
“Summer and Smoke” – Following a sold-out run at the Almeida Theatre, Rebecca Frecknall’s production of Tennessee Williams’s play transfers to the West End for a strictly limited season.
“Moonlight/ Night School” – Directed by Olivier Award winner Lyndsey Turner, the emotionally raw and richly funny “Moonlight” and the brilliantly witty “Night School” continue the Pinter at the Pinter Season.
“Caroline, or Change” – Sharon D Clarke (“We Will Rock You,” “Ghost The Musical”) reprises her role in this award-winning musical by Tony Kushner (“Angels in America”) and Jeanine Tesori (“Fun Home”).
“True West” – Don’t miss Kit Harington (“Game of Thrones”) in the West End premiere of Pulitzer Prize winner Sam Shepard’s funny, modern classic.
“Magic Mike Live” – Based on the smash-hit films “Magic Mike” and “Magic Mike XXL,” Channing Tatum brings a brand new production of “Magic Mike Live” to the Hippodrome Casino in Leicester Square.
“War Requiem” – Can a world fractured by war ever make peace with itself? The ENO presents one of the greatest choral works of the twentieth century in this limited run at the London Coliseum.
“La boheme” – Jonathan Miller’s classic production returns to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the director’s ENO debut. Puccini‘s moving score follows Mimì and Rodolfo’s love unfolding from it’s joyful beginnings to the heartbreak of her death.
“A Christmas Carol” – Matthew Warchus’ big-hearted, smash-hit production of Charles Dickens’s immortal classic returns to The Old Vic, joyously adapted for the stage by Jack Thorne (“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”).
“War Horse” – Eleven years after its NT debut and after playing in eleven countries to over seven million people, “War Horse” returns to the National Theatre to mark the centenary of Armistice Day.