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This month in theatre

All the monthly must-hear news, transfers and gossip straight from the West End.

Whether you’re looking for the greatest musicals in the West End or the best plays London theatre has to offer, we’ve got you covered.

With our dedicated London Theatre Guide you can explore over 60 shows currently on sale in the West End, and delve in to thrilling, exclusive content from interviews and reviews, to previews and latest news.

But that’s not all: here at Ticketmaster, we’re incredibly passionate about live theatre – and about ensuring audiences discover something new time and again – so here we round up all the best announcements, gossip, rumours, departures and arrivals the West End has to offer, all in one place!

This is your one-stop shop for West End news and updates, updated throughout the month.

New in the West End

It’s autumn in the West End – the time of year when theatre-goers start escaping the grey skies and cold winds to bask in the warm glow of the stage lights.

October is also when things get just a little spookier. There’s never a better time of year to take in West End shows that are bound to scare the wits out of you. Take advantage of our ongoing offer to see the Woman in Black, which has been frightening audiences at the Fortune Theatre for thirty years.

Plenty of new shows open in the West End this month, so take a look to make sure you don’t miss out:

• Fans of the film starring Martin Freeman and Paul Whitehouse get to experience the play that started the whole terrifying experience. Get in the mood for Halloween with the terrifying Ghost Stories. Book before 6 October to get £20 off!

• The epic WW1 drama War Horse returns to the stage for a limited run, with the life-affirming story brought to life with the stellar puppetry that defines the show.

Death of a Salesman is reimagined through the eyes of an African American family in Marianne Elliot and Miranda Cornwell’s new vision for the landmark 20th Century play.

Mary Poppins returns to its original West End home, The Prince Edward Theatre, to delight audiences with the beloved Disney stage adaptation.

The RSC’s season at the Barbican Theatre kicks off this month with Kimberly Sykes’ joyous adaptation of As You Like It. The first of three productions that have come straight from The Bard’s home in Stratford-Upon-Avon.

Last Chance

Don’t put off going to see these shows! They’ll be gone before you know it…

• There’s literally only a couple to days left to go and see Great Gatsby, the roaring immersive experience that puts you in the heart of Jay Gatsby’s legendary parties.

• It seems like only yesterday that Heartbeat of Home burst onto the stage at the Piccadilly Theatre, but you only have until 13 October to see the hit show from the people behind Riverdance. Read everything you need to know about this celebration of dance from all over the world

Fiddler on the Roof is going into its last month in the West End before it departs on 2 November. It’s your last chance to relive classics such as Tradition, Matchmaker Matchmaker and If I Were A Rich Man live. All the information you need about the hit musical can be found right here.

News and Gossip

With an extended run and Layton Williams leaving the cast in the New Year, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is holding an open casting call for the title role! Best known for his West End debut as Billy Elliot and playing Stephen Carmichael in Bad Education on BBC3, Williams has flourished in the role of Jamie New since taking over from John McCrea in January this year. The West End is buzzing with the news that the part could go to a talented unknown in 2020.

David Mitchell is making his West End debut with Upstart Crow taking to the stage. Everything about the cast, dates and more can be found here!

Talking about Shakespeare… do you remember the Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre that popped up in York and Blenheim Palace? Sadly, both theatres run by Lunchbox Theatrical Productions are to close after two years. Over the summer, audiences enjoyed open air productions of The Tempest, Hamlet, Henry V and Twelfth Night in surroundings that Shakespeare would have found very familiar.

The sky’s the limit for Six, the hit musical show where Henry VIII’s wives are back to settle the score. With 27 venues and counting on the UK tour and a slew of new queens announced in the West End and around the world, there is nothing stopping this show become a global hit. There are some goodbyes though, with Aimee Atkinson departing from The Arts Theatre in London and veteran Six alternate Vicki Manser taking on her role as Katherine Howard.

A new adaptation of Anton Chekov’s Uncle Vanya starring Toby Jones and Richard Armitage comes to the West End next January. Find out more here.

Looking for more West End news? Head over to our dedicated West End Guide where you can read more reviews, news and announcements and book tickets to over 60 shows.

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