November is looking to a be a big month in London theatre. From new musicals to star studded revivals, this is the theatre you don’t want to miss this month.
1. HADESTOWN – Olivier Theatre, National Theatre
London’s National Theatre is hosting the pre-Broadway engagement of this critically acclaimed new musical. Rachel Chavkin (NATASHA, PIERRE…) has helped to transform Anaïs Mitchell’s 2010 album into a fully-fledged stage musical. The myth of Orpheus and Eurydice journey through the underworld is reimagined as a 1930s tale, mixing the sounds of New Orleans jazz and American folk music. Following runs at the New York Theatre Workshop and Canada’s Citadel Theatre, this new production sounds unmissable.
Featuring: Patrick Page, Amber Grey, Reeve Carney, Eva Noblezada and André de Shields
2. SUMMER AND SMOKE – Duke of York’s Theatre
A sold out success at Islington’s Almeida Theatre earlier this year, Rebecca Frecknell’s scorching revival of Tennessee Williams’ SUMMER AND SMOKE transfers to the West End for an extended run. Patsy Ferran is outstanding as the buttoned-up Mississippi girl Alma, who become entangled with the debauched John Buchanan, played with intensity by Matthew Needham. Look for this revival come awards time.
Featuring: Patsy Ferran, Matthew Needham, Forbes Masson and Anjana Vasan
3. PINTER AT THE PINTER – Harold Pinter Theatre
The Jamie Lloyd Company’s season of Harold Pinter continues at his namesake theatre: Pinter Three features A KIND OF ALASKA, LANDSCAPE and a variety of Pinter’s comic sketches with a cast including Tamsin Grieg, Lee Evans, Meera Syal and a cameo from Dame Penelope Wilton in select performances. Meanwhile Janie Dee, Robert Glenister, Jessica Barden and Peter Polycarpou head the seminal MOONLIGHT, and witty NIGHT SCHOOL in Pinter Four.
Featuring: Tamsin Grieg, Lee Evans, Meera Syal, Janie Dee and Robert Glenister
4. WHITE TEETH – Kiln Theatre
Zadie Smith’s acclaimed novel WHITE TEETH is brought to the stage at the newly reopened (and renamed) Kiln Theatre. Stephen Starkey’s adaptation features direction from Kiln’s artistic director Indhu Rubasingham with original music from Paul Englishby and movement from Polly Bennett. Expect an extra level of poignancy with the material as it takes place right on the theatre’s front door of Kilburn High Road.
Featuring: Ayesha Antoine, Naomi Fredrick, Philip Bird and Tony Jayawardena
5. DON QUIXOTE – Garrick Theatre
A belated West End transfer of the RSC’s 2016 hit, DON QUIXOTE comes to the Garrick in a new adaptation from James Fenton. Cervantes’ classic novel about a hapless knight and his faithful servant is brought to the stage in an inventive, joyous production; supervised by director Angus Jackson. Featuring music, dance and puppetry (not to mention star turns from David Threlfall and Rufus Hound), this looks like a guaranteed good night at the theatre.
Featuring: David Threlfall and Rufus Hound