Top ten selling shows on WhatsOnStage in September
Find out what people have booking over the last month
Autumn is beginning to take hold and clearly what you're all thinking about is just where to spend those long winter nights. Here's the shows everyone's been booking to see. What else was on your list?
10. Pinter at the Pinter
There's all sorts going down at the Pinter Theatre over the next few months, with the first in Jamie Lloyd's season of Harold Pinter's short plays having now opened in September. There are many more shows to come, and judging from ticket sales, you're here for all of them. This is a rare chance to see some of the iconic playwright's lesser performed, shorter works featuring stars including Russell Tovey, David Suchet, Martin Freeman, Tamsin Greig... the list goes on.
Adelphi Theatre, 8 Feb to 25 May
Last month saw the West End launch of this hit US musical with musician Sara Bareilles singing songs from the show just for us. You clearly all heard that and realised Waitress is one you absolutely need to see. We have a sneak peek for you too.
8. 9 to 5
Savoy Theatre, 28 January to 31 August 2019
Amber Davies! Louise Redknapp! Natalie McQueen! Dolly Parton! The names involved in this musical are insanely exciting. The show is based on the 1980 movie of the same name and features Parton's songs to tell the story of three colleagues who rebel against their sexist and egotistical boss.
7. True West
Vaudeville Theatre, from 23 November to February 16 2019
The late Sam Shepard wrote True West in the '80s and it promptly became a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Here Game of Thrones' Kit Harington stars alongside actor and musician Johnny Flynn in the piece, which focuses on two brothers warring over a movie pitch. Shepard's writing always cuts to the heart of the American Dream, and with a cast like this, you can't go wrong.
6. All About Eve
Noël Coward Theatre, 2 February to May 11 2019
Gillian Anderson and Lily James take on that classic '50s movie – which originally starred Bette Davis – adapted and directed by Belgian visionary Ivo van Hove. Tickets only went on sale at the end of September, but of course it was more than a hot ticket.
Gielgud Theatre, until 22 December
Here's one of the biggest openings of this year: Marianne Elliott directs a revival of Stephen Sondheim's classic musical, featuring a crack cast including Rosalie Craig, Patti LuPone Jonathan Bailey, Alex Gaumond and Mel Giedroyc. Sondheim has agreed to a major change too – that the lead character Bobby is to be a woman – Bobbie.
The Other Palace, until 21 October
Warwick Davis has produced this new musical, which puts geeky Eugene, a teenage boy obsessed with sci-fi and fantasy, at its heart. It's a coming-of-age story with a comic book edge. And everyone seems to want a ticket.
3. Six the Musical
Arts Theatre, 14 October and then reopening on 16 January 2019
The big news that's just been announced is that after this hit musical finishes its current run, it returns to the Arts Theatre for an indefinite stint in the West End. You're clearly all lapping up the Six musical action, which tells the story of Henry VIII's wives from their perspective. It's funky, silly, loud and a lot of fun.
2. Heathers the Musical
Theatre Royal Haymarket, until 24 November 2018
The iconic teen movie from the '80s finally made it over to the West End in musical form. It stars Carrie Hope Fletcher as Veronica the girl who befriends three of Westerberg High's most popular girls, and gets into tricky territory with her unusual boyfriend. It's a total riot.
1. The Height of the Storm
Wyndham's Theatre, until 1 December 2018
Two theatre legends – Jonathan Pryce and Eileen Atkins – come together in the French master Florian Zeller's latest play to make it over to these shores. After hit runs with The Mother and The Father, this time Zeller's play follows a marriage, focusing on André and Madeleine who have been in love for 50 years. Pryce and Atkins are both superb actors, so we think this one may be special.