5 must-see theatre shows this Autumn

Trying to figure out how to get your culture fix this weekend? Look no further than the theatre, as tons of exciting new shows take the stage this Autumn.

Whether you want to revisit the classics, do some stage door celeb stalking, or open your mind to something more experimental, this season’s itinerary has something for you.

Here are five shows not to be missed.

1. The Winter’s Tale at the Garrick Theatre

Kenneth Branagh’s eponymous theatre company has taken up residency for the year at The Garrick with a whole slew of star-studded performances in the works. They’re starting off the season on 17 October with Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, starring Mr Branagh and national treasure Judi Dench.

2. Les Liaisons Dangereuses at Donmar Warehouse

Dominic West and Downton Abbey‘s Michelle Dockery head up the revival of the famous French play about sex and scandal. Fun fact: this is the play that the 90’s cult classic film Cruel Intentions is based on. It doesn’t start until 11 December, but get your tickets early.

3. Photograph 51 at the Noel Coward Theatre

Nicole Kidman makes her return to the London stage 17 years after shocking audiences with full frontal nudity. This time around she’s playing a pioneering scientist overlooked for the Nobel Prize because of sexism. Open now until the end of November.

4. Guys and Dolls at the Savoy Theatre

This musical revival about a group of Depression-era New York gangsters, gamblers and nightclub singers features some of Broadway’s most beloved showtunes and sizzling choreography. Although this classic doesn’t come to London until 10 December, it will make its way through Manchester and Birmingham in early November.

5. Funny Girl at Menier Chocolate Factory

For those who like their musicals with a bit of bite, don’t miss the first UK production of Funny Girl since 1966. Starting 20th November, Sheridan Smith stars as Fanny Brice in the role that made Barbra Streisand famous.

By Reenat Sinay