It's time to say goodbye to the summer because Autumn is just around the corner. Over the last month we’ve had some great announcements, reviewed some great shows and so much more. Here’s our August monthly roundup for you:
Spirited Away, Rachel Tucker and Heathers the Musical.
Exciting Theatre News This Month
European premiere of SPIRITED AWAY coming to London
London is in for a treat next year when the original Japanese stage production of Studio Ghibli’s Oscar-winning classic SPIRITED AWAY opens in April 2024 for a 12-week season. This European premiere follows a sell-out tour of Japan back in 2022. SPIRITED AWAY will be heading to the London Coliseum and will be presented in the original Japanese production with English captions.
DEAR ENGLAND to transfer to the West End
Dear England artwork.
Inspired by the story of the England men’s football team under Gareth Southgate, James Graham’s critically acclaimed, sold-out production is heading to the West End. DEAR ENGLAND will transfer to the Prince Edward Theatre from 9 October 2023.
Rachel Tucker joins the cast of SUNSET BOULEVARD
The new West End production of SUNSET BOULEVARD opens at the Savoy Theatre next month and theatre legend, Rachel Tucker is joining the cast. Tucker will guest star as Norma Desmond on the Thursday 12 October matinee, and Monday performances between 16 October - 6 January. She joins Nicole Scherzinger who isn’t scheduled to play these performances.
London Theatre Week is back!
London Theatre Week
London Theatre Week is the West End’s biggest promotion for cheap tickets and it's back until Sunday 3 September. See some of London’s biggest musicals like THE BOOK OF MORMON, GREASE, WICKED and FROZEN from £15, £25, £35 or £45! Get yours before it's too late!
Shows Closing In August
Do you want to get your hands on some last-minute tickets to see the shows closing in September? Here are the productions you need to see before it's too late:
Heathers The Musical
The cast of Heathers The Musical. Photo: Pamela Raith.
The Graduation date has been set and on Sunday 3 September, London’s fan-favourite musical HEATHERS will be leaving The Other Palace. Opening back in 2021, this production has gone on to have huge success just not in London but with tours across the UK & Ireland too. Although the show is closing in London, fans of HEATHERS still have the chance to see it on tour until 28 October.
Ain’t Too Proud
The cast of Ain't Too Proud. Photo: Johan Persson
The Life of Times of The Temptations comes to life in this brilliant production direct from Broadway. Closing at the Prince Edward’s Theatre on Sunday 17 September, AIN’T TOO PROUD brings to life the story of the greatest R&B group of all time from an award-winning creative team.
The Wizard of Oz
The cast of The Wizard of Oz.
The summer blockbuster musical, THE WIZARD OF OZ leaves The London Palladium on 3 September. If you’re looking for the perfect family musical to conclude your summer holiday plans then this is just the ticket, it's a show “full of imagination” (The Guardian).
Other shows leaving London in September that you won’t want to miss include;
The Crown Jewels, Garrick Theatre - Saturday 16 September
Oklahoma!, Wyndham’s Theatre - Saturday 2 September
The Pillowman, Duke of York’s Theatre - Saturday 2 September
The Way Old Friends Do, Criterion Theatre - Saturday 9 September
The Crucible, Gielgud Theatre - Saturday 2 September
La Cage aux Folles, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre - Saturday 16 September
A Strange Loop, Barbican Theatre - Saturday 9 September
2:22 A Ghost Story, Apollo Theatre - Sunday 17 September
What shows should I see in September?
The Little Big Things Musical artwork.
The dawn of a new month brings some exciting new shows to see in London, including Rebecca, Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends, Vanya and The Little Big Things. Don’t forget to book your tickets with London Box Office!
The London Box Office Lottery
Back to the Future Musical logo.
Last month’s lottery was a great success, Congratulations to Jenny Brader who won two tickets to see Back to The Future The Musical! Every month we’re giving our readers the opportunity to win tickets to some of the hottest shows in the West End. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook to be the first to know about our September competition.