I don’t know about you, but I think that autumn is a seriously underrated season! Yes yes, the summer may feel like a distant memory and it’s too early to buy your Christmas tree. But so what? Autumn means you can dig out your cosy jumpers, wrap up warm and embrace the great British chill in style. It also means the start of the ultimate London theatre season. So here’s my prediction of the hottest shows that will be treading the boards of London’s West End this autumn.
1. Barking in Essex
Coming in at #1 is Barking in Essex, a devilishly funny new play starring comedy legends Lee Evans and Sheila Hancock. The play is launches on the 16th September at Wyndham’s theatre and follows the tale of Essex’s most notorious gangster. Algie Packer is released after 7 years in jail and is determined to get back what he believes is rightfully his: £3,672,000 in untraceable notes. With hilarious consequences and side splitting humour, I reckon Barking in Essex is going to be the talk of the town this autumn.
Barking in Essex theatre breaks available from £113.50pp including top price tickets & 3* hotel
2. The Bodyguard
The Bodyguard is back in the headlines this week with a superstar songstress Beverley Knight stepping into the lead role of Rachel Marron. Known for her incredible vocal talent, everyone in theatre land is waiting with baited breath to hear how Knight is going to belt out Whitney’s timeless classics. I’m going to catch the show in a couple of weeks’ time and can’t wait to see Beverley perform. Just to whet your whistle, here’s a video of her performing ‘I Will Always Love You’ for the very first time!
The Bodyguard theatre breaks available from £72.00pp including budget tickets & 3* hotel
3. A Midsummer Night’s Dream
David Walliams, Sheridan Smith and a Shakespearian classic. Need I say anymore? This new Michael Grandage production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream has been highly anticipated for quite some time and is arriving at the Noel Coward Theatre on 17th September. The production is a modern day adaptation of the classic tale, so if you’re not sure if Shakespeare is your thing, this play is great way to test the water. With such huge comedy stars taking the leading roles, it’s likely the classic play will be performed into a whole new light. Definitely one to watch!
A Midsummer Night’s Dream theatre breaks available from £122.00pp including budget tickets & 3* hotel
4. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time
After shooting to critical acclaim and winning a record breaking 7 Olivier Awards this year, The Curious Incident is still a main contender in the West End boxing ring. Now that Luke Treadaway and the original cast have finished their run, all eyes are on The Curious Incident this Autumn to see how the second wave cast will carry on the play’s incredible success. Check out my review of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time to see my experience of the play!
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time theatre breaks are available from £128.50pp including top price tickets & 3* hotel
5. The Lion King
No theatre hotlist is complete without paying homage to the almighty prowess that is The Lion King London. New plays on the block don’t stand much of a chance next to this classic production, which features stunning puppetry, infectious African rhythms and a heart wrenching storyline to boot. But who am I kidding, The Lion King needs very little introduction and no matter what the season, it’s always a sell-out. For first timers to the West End, I always recommend seeing the Lion King for their first show, as you may as well start at the top!
The Lion King theatre breaks are available from £85.50pp including budget price tickets & 3* hotel
N.B All prices subject to change and correct at the time of writing this post
What did you think of my Autumn theatre show hot list? Which shows are you planning to see this Autumn? Comment in the box below and let me know!