SYLVIA Leads September's Top 10 New London Shows
London is never short of temptations, whether splashy West End shows, epic dramas or bold fringe offerings. From a new hip-hop history lesson to Pinter and Shakespeare, here are some of this month's most eye-catching openings. Don't forget to check back for BroadwayWorld reviews, interviews and features!
1. Sylvia, Old Vic
The Hamilton comparisons are already being bandied about for this fascinating prospect: the Suffragette story told via hip-hop and soul. ZooNation's new show, co-written by Kate Prince and Priya Parmar, with music by Josh Cohen and DJ Walde, features Beverley Knight, Genesis Lynea, John Dagleish, Verity Blyth, Carly Bawden and Izuka Hoyle.
3-22 September. Book tickets here
2. Pinter at the Pinter, Harold Pinter Theatre
A rare opportunity to see all of Pinter's short plays in an epic Jamie Lloyd-helmed season. The uber-starry roster of actors and directors includes: Patrick Marber, Tamsin Greig, Lia Williams, Martin Freeman, Danny Dyer, Lee Evans, Jane Horrocks, Russell Tovey, Celia Imrie, David Suchet, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Antony Sher, John Simm, and Paapa Essiedu.
6 September-23 February, 2019. Book tickets here
3. Antony and Cleopatra, National Theatre
A potential powerhouse pairing here: Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo portray the titular doomed lovers in Simon Godwin's take on Shakespeare's gripping history play. The company also features Nicholas Le Prevost, Fisayo Akinade, Tim McMullan, Hannah Morrish, Gloria Obianyo, Katy Stephens, Tunji Kasim, Alexander Cobb and Nick Sampson.
18 September-19 January, 2019. Book tickets here
4. Foxfinder, Ambassadors Theatre
Rachel O'Riordan directs Dawn King's 2011 dystopian thriller about a nation in crisis and a hunt fuelled by fundamentalist belief. An enticing cast, best known for TV hits, leads this revival: Iwan Rheon, AKA Games of Thrones baddie Ramsay Bolton, Poldark's Heida Reed, Bryony Hannah of Call the Midwife, and Paul Nicholls of Law & Order and EastEnders.
6 September-5 January, 2019. Book tickets here
5. Dance Nation, Almeida Theatre
American playwright Clare Barron delves into the world of preteen dance competition, exploring female friendship, ambition, teamwork, and coming-of-age experiences. Bijan Sheibani directs Karla Crome, Sarah Hadland, Brendan Cowell, Ria Zmitrowicz, Nancy Crane, Manjinder Virk, Miranda Foster, Kayla Meikle and Irfan Shamji, and movement direction is by Aline David.
Until 6 October. Book tickets here
6. Eugenius!, The Other Palace
Ben Adams and Chris Wilkins' popular superhero musical is back for an encore run, featuring new material. The cast includes Rob Houchen, Laura Baldwin, Daniel Buckley, Neil McDermott, Scott Paige, Alex Bourne, Simon Thomas, Emily Tierney, Christopher Ragland, Tom Senior and Alison Arnopp. Watch our video preview
Until 7 October. Book tickets here
7. Misty, Trafalgar Studios
Arinzé Kene's hugely acclaimed show transfers from the Bush Theatre. Blending theatre, spoken word poetry and gig theatre, and backed by live musicians, Kene delivers - and deconstructs - a contemporary London tale, exploring race, art, representation and creative freedom. Omar Elerian directs, with music from Shiloh Coke and Adrian McLeod.
8 September-20 October. Book tickets here
8. The Humans, Hampstead Theatre
Stephen Karam's Tony Award-winning play - depicting a fraught, multi-generation family Thanksgiving dinner in real time - transfers with its complete Broadway company and director. Joe Mantello is at the helm, and the cast features Reed Birney, Jayne Houdyshell, Cassie Beck, Lauren Klein, Arian Moayed and Sarah Steele.
Until 13 October. Book tickets here
9. Holy Sh!t, Kiln Theatre
The renovated and renamed Tricycle Theatre welcomes back audiences with Alexis Zegerman's new dark comedy about parents trying to get their children into the local Church of England school. Kiln AD Indhu Rubasingham directs, and the cast features Claire Goose, Daniel Lapaine, Daon Broni and Dorothea Myer-Bennett. Read Alexis Zegerman's guest blog
5 September-6 October. Book tickets here
10. Six, Arts Theatre
Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss give Henry VIII's wives their own (pop musical) say in this "celebration of sisterly sass-itude", getting a West End run following successful concert and Edinburgh Fringe performances. Moss and Jamie Armitage direct Jarneia Richard-Noel, Millie O'Connell, Natalie Paris, Alexia McIntosh, Aimie Atkinson and Maiya Quansah-Breed - plus an all-female band.
Until 14 October. Book tickets here