07/10/2021

September Theatre Round Up '21

THEATRE IS BACK!

Okay, so theatre has actually been back for a while, but after having heart surgery in June I've only been back at the theatre regularly for the past couple of months. There has truly never been a better time to support theatre, whether that's locally or further afield, if you feel safe of course. We're all at different points of what we feel comfortable with and that's okay! 

I wanted to start sharing what shows I'm seeing more on here again now theatre feels a little more stable. We really are spoilt for choice at the moment with what to see so hopefully these round ups will help you choose where to head to first. I'll be including any online theatre I watch too, as thankfully some places are still offering more accessible options for those who don't feel ready to head back in person yet.

The cast of & Juliet the musical are on stage in the West end bowing and smiling.
The programme for & Juliet the musical is being held up in front of the stage.

& JULIET

I'm kicking things off with one of the biggest shows I saw last month, & Juliet at The Shaftesbury Theatre! After falling in love with this show when it first opened in London, read my review here, I was quick to snap up a ticket for it's re-opening night. The atmosphere was absolutely electric, and the roar of the audience throughout the show was the loudest I've ever heard a theatre! The show came back with every element I adored about it, but also with some added improvements. The character of May, now played by Alex Thomas-Smith, has had some much needed changes made to them to make sure that they are representing the non-binary community in the way they deserve. 

If you're looking for a show that can simply be described as 'utter joy', then get booking!

The programme for Be More Chill the musical is being held up in front of the stage.

BE MORE CHILL

Also at the Shaftesbury Theatre, Be More Chill returned this summer after having it's run at The Other Palace cut short due to Covid-19. This was actually the last show I saw before the first lockdown, and it was also their final performance before they closed, so it felt only right that I saw their closing performance at their new home recently. I have a feeling that this isn't the last we've seen of this eclectic show, it's built up quite the cult following. I know the reviews for it were mixed but both times I watched it I loved it, it was unapologetic in who it is and that's the kind of theatre I love watching. 

A collage of two photos. Photo one is the programme for Pippin the musical being held up in front of the stage. Photo 2 is of the stage which is designed in a very 70s hippie design.

PIPPIN

Another show that has since sadly closed that I saw in September is Pippin. It's been a long time since I've booked a show without knowing a single thing about it, so I was excited to see what it was all about. Playing at The Charing Cross Theatre this was a small production packed full of talent, and with music by Stephen Schwartz I'm not surprised I came out of it loving it! It's a complex story that takes half of the first act to wrap your head around, but once you've got it everything begins to make sense. Both my girlfriend and I came out smiling, and that's all I ever really want from theatre!

As for next month, I currently have a trips to Bat Out Of Hell (yes, it's back!), Prince of Egypt, & Juliet and watching the online production Oliver Twist by Leeds Playhouse planned! It's looking to be a good month of theatre!

What have you seen recently?  

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