October is going to be a busy month in theatreland with new exciting productions opening all over the place. Here are just a few of the shows we are looking forward to this month.
WEST END – The Dresser – Duke Of York’s
Ronald Harwood’s The Dresser comes to the West End in a revival starring Ken Stott and Reece Shearsmith at London’s Duke Of York’s Theatre.
First seen in 1980 in the West End and on Broadway, this much-loved play tells the heart-breaking story of an ageing actor-manager and his long-suffering dresser as they struggle to keep the show on the road against the backdrop of a down-at-heel regional theatre in wartime.
WEST END- Murder Ballad – Arts Theatre
Starring West End and Broadway legends Kerry Ellis (Wicked, Cats), Ramin Karimloo (The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables), Victoria Hamilton-Barritt (Flashdance, In the Heights) and Norman Bowman (Finding Neverland), Murder Ballad is the tale of Sara, Tom and Michael, three New Yorkers caught in a secret love triangle that could tear their lives apart.
OFF WEST END – Can You Hear Me Running – Pleasance Theatre
Can You Hear Me Running? follows the incredible real-life journey of Louise Breckon-Richards – a performer who lost her voice due to a rare condition and tried to overcome it by running the London Marathon. Louise swapped song sheets for trainers, embracing a new challenge as she fought to re-find her voice.
OFF WEST END – The Book Club – Kings Head
Deb can’t quite shake the feeling there’s something missing in her life. Her kids have left home. Her husband is sport-obsessed. Meanwhile, she dreams of getting love letters in the post from Martin Amis. When her friend Trish pushes her to join the eccentric local book club, self-confessed bookaholic Deb decides there’s nothing to lose. Little does she know her fantasies will start to become reality….The Book Club stars Amanda Muggleton, one of Australia’s most versatile and provocative leading ladies, and best known in her native UK for her starring role as Chrissie Latham in the cult 1970s TV show Prisoner Cell Block H.
OFF WEST END – Moby Dick – Union Theatre
Not seen in the UK since 1992, Moby Dick! The Musical is now back. Originally produced by Cameron Mackintosh, Moby Dick! The Musical has a book by Robert Longden and music and lyrics by Longden and Hereward Kaye.
Leading the cast of this saucy cult hit is 2015 X-Factor finalist and West End veteran Anton Stephans (Porgy and Bess, Savoy Theatre; Smokey Joe’s Café, West End, Broadway and UK Tour) and fellow X-Factor finalist from series 2 and seasoned West End performer, Brenda Edwards (Hairspray, UK Tour; We Will Rock You, UK Tour and Dominion Theatre; Chicago – The Musical, Cambridge Theatre).
TOURING – Rent
Jonathan Larson’s Rent starts touring the UK this month bringing all of your favourite characters back to the stage with an epic score that made Rent a landmark musical.