Here at Topshop HQ, we love an evening at the theatre, whether it’s being drawn in to a magical musical world or clinging to the edge of our seat during a high-tempo drama. With two of the biggest theatre districts in the world residing in London and New York – West End and Broadway respectively – we’ve handily compiled a list of plays and musicals on both sides of the Atlantic, that this season you just shouldn’t miss.
These theatrical gatherings may have been on the stage for a while now, but that doesn’t make them any less of a must-see. In London we recommend catching Luke Treadaway’s award winning performance in Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, while across the pond, fun filled musical Kinky Boots continues to delight audiences with it’s tale of a struggling shoe factory that receives new life with the help of some flamboyant drag-queens. The winner of six Tony Awards and music by Cyndi Lauper, this is feel-good viewing.
Soon to open in the big apple is Harold Pinter play Betrayal (Opens 27 Oct), starring husband and wife team Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz. As well as both actors being incredibly talented, we have to admit we’re desperate to see how this romantic real-life couple will work together on stage. Closer to home is the theatre transfer of Roddy Doyle’s book, and then film, The Commitments (Opens 21 Sep). Tracing the story of a young working class music fan who recruits a mismatched group of friends and musicians to form a sensational live band, the story remains as entertaining and emotional as when Doyle first put pen to paper nearly twenty years ago. Expect big laughs and big musical numbers.
It sounds strange adding music to a classic US thriller but we have a feeling that American Psycho (Opens 3 Dec) the musical is going to make a killing – sorry! – Following Patrick Bateman and his excessive lifestyle, expect gory song and dance numbers to entertain and enthral. On the opposite end of the spectrum, New York sees the return of legendary actors – and friends – Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart. The return to the stage for the iconic pair has them rotating between Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot (Opens 24 Nov), and Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land (Opens 24 Nov). Impressive work, especially as the duo have managed to fit this double booking in-between filming their big screen blockbuster, X-Men: Days of Future Past.
For this season at least, consider your cultural calendar complete.