Best Autumn Theatre in London 2016

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Ian McKellen as Spooner, Patrick Stewart as Hirst. Photo: Johan Persson


Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Anne-Marie Duff and Lisa Dwan are just some of the well-known stars gracing the London stage this autumn. Highlights include No Man's Land, Dreamplay, Oil and Imogen. Read on to find the best theatre in London this autumn.

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No Man's Land

Wyndham's Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0DA

Tube: Leicester Square Station , Covent Garden Station, Charing Cross Station, Piccadilly Circus Station


Dates: 08th September - 17th December 2016


Seven years after starring in Waiting for Godot together, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart will reunite on the London stage in 2016 for a revival of Harold Pinter's No Man's Land. Directed by Sean Mathias, the production of Pinter's masterpiece will embark on a UK tour before stopping in London's West End for a limited 14 week staging at the Wyndham's Theatre. First staged on Broadway in 2013, McKellan will reprise the role of boozy poet Spooner while Stewart will once again take the role of Hirst. The play follows the drunk duo as they embark on a drinking session in a Hampstead pub before continuing the night at Hirst's nearby stately home, soon descending into a power game that's further complicated by the return home of two sinister younger men.



The Vaults, Arch 233, 10 Leake Street, London, SE1 7NN

Tube: Waterloo Station , Lambeth North Station


Dates: 10th September - 01st October 2016


Staged at The Vaults this September, Dreamplay is a new and unpredictable version of August Strindberg's 1901 play. Presented by BAZ Productions and directed by Sarah Bei, it reimagines the story for a modern audience and plays on universal human doubts and anxieties. A promenade performance, it sees the audience enter the tunnels and drift into an underground 'unconscious' exploration of their dreams as the story and multi-media performance unfold. The piece follows a young woman who arrives on earth from 'above' and embarks on a disorienting journey through different settings, meeting a myriad of characters and experience different emotions along the way.



Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London, SE1 9DT

Tube: Mansion House Station


Dates: 17th September - 16th October 2016


As part of Emma Rice's inaugural season at Shakespeare's Globe a new version of Cymbeline will be showcased, renamed Imogen . Aiming to make the Globe a more gender equal stage, this move comes to show how women have a strong narrative in the plays. With Imogen speaking three times more than Cymbeline, Rice stated "It really is her story". The story follows Imogen as she enrages her father, Cymbeline, by marrying against his will. When lies are then told to her husband, Posthumous, he decides she must die. As a result, she must re-imagine herself and fight for the life she deserves.


No's Knife

Old Vic Theatre, 103 The Cut, London, SE1 8NB

Tube: Waterloo Station , Southwark Station, Lambeth North Station


Dates: 29th September - 15th October 2016


After a sold-out international tour of the Beckett Trilogy, Lisa Dwan continues to shine the spotlight on late playwright Samuel Beckett with the world premiere of No's Knife. Being staged at The Old Vic this September, the production will present a fresh interpretation of the monologue, with Lisa bringing her unexpected and compelling voice to the unperformed writing.


A Man of Good Hope

The Young Vic, 66 The Cut, London, SE1 8LZ

Tube: Southwark Station , Waterloo Station, Lambeth North Station


Dates: 06th October - 12th November 2016


A collaboration with the Royal Opera House, a musical adaptation of Jonny Steinberg's A Man of Good Hope will be staged at The Young Vic in 2016. The production tells the true story of one refugee's epic quest across Africa, brought to life with music from the world-renowned Isango Ensemble. A young Somali refugee, Asad has a painful past, miraculous good luck and a brilliant head for business. After spending years in a refugee camp and then learning how to hustle in the streets of Ethopia, he heads to the promised land of South Africa. But will it be everything he imagines?



Almeida Theatre, Almeida Street, London, N1 1TA

Tube: Angel Station


Dates: 07th October - 26th November 2016


Anne-Marie Duff and Yolanda Kettle star in the world premiere of Ella Hickson's explosive drama Oil, which explores mankind's relationship with black gold. Staged at the Almeida, with Carrie Cracknell making her Almeida directing debut, the play spans 1889 to 2016 and beyond, drilling deep into the world's relationship with the finite resource.


Peter Pan Goes Wrong

Apollo Theatre, 29 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7EZ

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Leicester Square Station


Dates: 20th October - 29th January 2017


After a successful run in 2015, Peter Pan Goes Wrong returns to the Apollo Theatre this October. The production by Mischief Theatre, creators of The Play That Goes Wrong, applies the same accident-prone touch to the classic tale of the boy who wouldn't grow up. In the play, the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society attempt to recreate JM Barrie's story but technical hitches, flying mishaps and cast disputes cause one problem after another. Adam Meggido directs with music by Rob Falconer and Richard Baker.


School of Rock

New London Theatre, Drury Lane, London, WC2B 5PW

Tube: Holborn Station , Covent Garden Station


Dates: 24th October 2016 to 14th January 2018


Students at a prestigious prep school "stick it to the man" with encouragement from their substitute teacher - wannabe rock star Dewey Finn - in the feel good musical based on the smash hit 2003 film. With a new score by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Glenn Slater and a book by Julian Fellowes, this musical adaptation has already proved to be a hit on Broadway. Finn has made a rocking band out of his class of straight-A students but the big question is: can he get them to the Battle of the Bands without their parents and the school's headmistress finding out?


King Lear

Old Vic Theatre, 103 The Cut, London, SE1 8NB

Tube: Waterloo Station , Southwark Station, Lambeth North Station


Dates: 25th October - 03rd December 2016


Twenty-five years after she gave up acting for politics, double Academy Award-winner Glenda Jackson returns to the stage in 2016 to play the title role in Shakespeare's King Lear. Having retired as a Labour MP in 2015, Jackson will perform at The Old Vic alongside Jane Horrocks, Rhys Ifans, Simon Manyonda and Harry Melling in Shakespeare's greatest tragedy.


The Nest

The Young Vic, 66 The Cut, London, SE1 8LZ

Tube: Southwark Station , Waterloo Station, Lambeth North Station


Dates: 28th October - 26th November 2016


Conor McPherson presents a new version of Franz Xaver Kroetz's The Nest, staging it at The Young Vic this autumn. A tale about the moral and environmental cost of our materialistic nesting instincts, the powerful production follows parents-to-be Kurt and Martha, who just want the best for their baby. They're not scared of hard work and are aware that the latest buggy doesn't come cheap. But when Kurt's boss tempts him with the chance to make some easy money with a mysterious side job, his rashness soon catches up with him. With the New York Times describing McPherson as "the finest playwright of his generation", audiences can expect a powerful production.

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