Theatre Roundup: Autumn 2022

New stage openings this season including Walking With Ghosts, Upstart Crow and My Neighbour Totoro

The weather may be finally be cooling, but London’s West End is heating up. All the biggest and brightest new productions are gearing up to hit the stage for the autumn season – including laugh-out-loud comedies, heavy hitting dramas and at least one giant Japanese forest sprite.

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Walking With Ghosts

When: Sept 6 – 17

Where: Apollo Theatre

Celebrated actor Gabriel Byrne brings his unbelievable life story to the West End. Based on Byrne’s memoir of the same name, Walking With Ghosts sees the actor guide the audience through a childhood in Ireland to a life of Hollywood and Broadway stardom, acknowledging all the highs and lows along the way. Three-time Emmy award-winner Lonny Price directs this lyrical homage to the people and landscapes that ultimately shape our destinies. You can read our interview with Byrne here.

Upstart Crow

When: From Sept 23

Where: Apollo Theatre

Ben Elton’s brilliantly funny, Olivier award-nominated stage production of the much-adored BBC sitcom returns to the West End stage. Comedy heavyweight David Mitchell reprises his always excellent portrayal of William Shakespeare, whilst Gemma Whelan returns as the sweet and fragrant Kate. Will scrambles to produce a masterpiece in the face of two recent flops, but will family troubles intervene and prevent his ascension to genius?


When: From Oct 6

Where: The Harold Pinter Theatre

David Tennant stars alongside Elliot Levy in this reimagining of the acclaimed play by C.P. Taylor, directed by the Olivier Award-winning Dominic Cooke. Professor John Halder is a ‘good’ man. But ‘good’ men must adapt to survive. And as the world faces its Second World War, Halder finds himself pulled into a movement with unthinkable consequences.

My Neighbour Totoro

When: From Oct 8

Where: Barbican Theatre

The classic magical fantasy adaptation comes to life on stage under Phelim McDermott’s production. Following one extraordinary summer in the lives of sisters Satsuki and Mei, My Neighbour Totoro uses Basil Twist’s groundbreaking puppetry to bring magical creatures to life on stage. Join the girls as they are swept up into exciting adventures by their new neighbour, the ancient protector of an enchanted forest known as Totoro. Read our interview with playwright Tom Morton-Smith here.

My Son’s A Queer (But What Can You Do?)

When: From Dec 14

Where: Garrick Theatre

When Rob was 12, they attempted a full-blown Disney parade in their house for their grandma. This is the joyous, chaotic, autobiographical story of actor, writer and social-media sensation Rob Madge as they set out to recreate that parade – and this time, nobody, no, nobody is gonna rain on it. Catch the hilariously honest production as it hits the Garrick Theatre over the Christmas period.

A Christmas Carol

When: Nov 18 – Jan 7

Where: The Old Vic

Old Vic Artistic Director Matthew Warchus’ big-hearted, smash hit production of Charles Dickens’ immortal classic returns to The Old Vic, joyously adapted for the stage by Jack Thorne. The imaginative staging of this Christmas tale offers a truly immersive experience, perfect for getting you in the festive spirit.

Elf The Musical

When: Nov 14 – Jan 7

Where: Dominion Theatre

The smash-hit musical based on the beloved film returns to London for a strictly limited 8-week season this Christmas. Buddy mistakenly crawled into Santa’s sack as a baby and was raised as an elf. When he discovers the truth about his heritage, he sets off on a fun-filled adventure to New York in search of his real family. But with a dad that belongs on the Naughty List and Christmas in jeopardy, Buddy has a lot of challenges to overcome. The whole family will love this heartwarming Christmas adventure.

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