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BWW Previews: The London Stage, September 2014

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BWW Previews: The London Stage, September 2014

The London Palladium's big autumn show is Lord of the Dance - Dangerous Games, opening early September and scheduled to run until late October. It's twenty years since Michael Flatley's breakthrough performance as the interval act of Eurovision 1994, but his Riverdance-inspired formula is stiil popular all over the world, the Song Contest's most enduring success since Abba.

Fresh from a summer run at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Forbidden Broadway brings its pastiche and parody to (appropriately I suppose) the Vaudeville Theatre - and if it's half as much fun as Seth Rudetsky's Deconstructing Broadway, the stalls will be rocking.

Playing it straight, though no doubt as familiar to many of its audience as any Broadway blockbuster, Evita spends the second half of the month at the Dominion Theatre. Marti Pellow, the spiritual heir of David Essex in lots of ways, is Che and the excellent Madalena Alberto will be imploring a nation not to weep for her as Eva.

Take a coat, a hat and a woolly blanket to stave off the chill at Shakespeare's Globe, where The Comedy of Errors will run until mid-October. And if you've got the cold weather kit to hand, why not pop into Regent's Park Open Air Theatre where To Kill A Mockingbird will be telling the Alabama tale of Jem and Scout for the first fortnight of the month?

Mike Bartlett's black comedy King Charles III transfers to Wyndham's Theatre for three months after its successful spring run at the Almeida. I found it somewhat trite, but it proved popular with the public and (most) critics and pushes plenty of buttons for the West End's metropolitan and tourist demographic.

On the other hand, I am delighted to report that The Play That Goes Wrong, Mischief Theatre's laugh a minute country house murder mystery that, err... goes very, very wrong, has travelled all the way from Trafalgar Studio's tiny smaller space where I first saw it, all the way to a residency at the Duchess Theatre. If the cast survive, it will do well.

Perhaps the most intriguing opening of the month is at the Almeida Theatre where Alecky Blythe applies her verbatim technique to 2011's London Riots. The combination of the creator of the National Theatre's extraordinary London Road and the Almeida's Olivier Award winning formula is set to thrill audiences throughout September.

The last big opening of the month is another West End transfer, this time after a sellout run at St James Theatre - Urinetown The Musical brings its side-splitting, bladder-stretching satire to the Apoolo, sorry, Apollo Theatre, booking through to 2015.

As ever, if you want to spend a penny - well, a twenty probably - on a night out in the stalls, London has an extraordinarily varied programme with something for everyone, so don't forget to log on to BWW:UK for all the latest news and all the best reviews.

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Gary Naylor Gary Naylor is chief reviewer for westend.broadwayworld.com and feels privileged to see so much of London's theatre.

He writes about cricket at nestaquin.wordpress.com and also for The Guardian, Spin Cricket and Channel Five and commentates at testmatchsofa.com. His writing on films and other subjects is at tootingtrumpet.wordpress.com.

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