With the nights drawing in, there’s no better way to spend an evening than in the land of theatre; this is the October theatre to book now
Words Helen Brown
This year marks the 170th anniversary of Jane Eyre and Charlotte Brontë’s story of the trailblazing protagonist is as inspiring as ever. This bold and dynamic production tells the story of one women’s fight for freedom and fulfilment. Jane Eyre’s spirited heroine faces life’s obstacles head-on, through orphanage, poverty and betrayal, before making the ultimate decision to follow her heart.
26 September – 21 October
The irrepressible, big-hearted, moustachioed critter is back. This dazzlingly funny, moving, and inspiring show sees the go-getting Once-ler come face to face with the magical Lorax in a battle over the beloved truffula trees and the whole of Paradise Valley. Adapted for the stage by David Greig, Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax is a brilliant riot of eye-popping colour, gorgeous puppetry and infectious music to enchant adults and children alike.
The Old Vic
15 October – 5 November
THE SLAVES OF SOLITUDE
In Henley-on-Thames, 1943, Miss Roach is forced by the war to flee London for the grey, lonely Rosamund Tea Rooms. But a breath of fresh air arrives in the form of a handsome American Lieutenant and things start to look distinctly brighter. Adapted from Patrick Hamilton’s much-loved story, this new play weaves a fascinating blend of dark hilarity and melancholy in a story about an improbable heroine in wartime Britain.
20 October – 25 November
Florian Zeller is the award-winning playwright of The Father and The Truth, both of which have already made their mark on the West End. Zeller’s The Lie follows a women who’s sees her best friend’s husband cheating on her. Samantha Bond, James Dreyfus, Tony Gard and Alexander Gilbreath star in this thought-provoking exploration of truth and infidelity.
Menier Chocolate Factory
Until 18 November
In 1993, in front of the world’s press, the leaders of Israel and Palestine shook hands on the lawn of the White House. Unbeknownst the lookers-on, the negotiations leading up to this iconic moment started secretly in a castle outside Oslo. This new political thriller follows the true story of these two maverick diplomats who coordinated top secret talks and inspired seemingly impossible friendships.
Harold Pinter Theatre
From 2 October