9 reasons why we can’t wait for October

  1. Lazarus rises

This 18-song David Bowie musical ran off Broadway for three months from November 2015 and features hits including Life On Mars?, Heroes and Absolute Beginners. It was written by Bowie with Once author Enda Walsh. Starring Dexter’s Michael C. Hall and directed by Ivo van Hove, it runs 25/10 – 22/1 at the King’s Cross Theatre and seems a fitting salute to the star who died 10 days before curtain down on the US show. Tickets.

  • Read on for reasons including Star Trek, Anne-Marie Duff and Glenda Jackson’s return

2. Lieutenant Uhura beams down to the BFI


The first episode of Star Trek was screened 50 years ago and actress Nichelle Nichols (pictured above and below) reflects on how groundbreaking and influential it was at this celebratory BFI event. Tickets. Pictures courtesy BFI.


3. Anne-Marie Duff strikes Oil at the Almeida

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Carrie Cracknell (Medea at the National) directs one of our favourite actresses (Duff was unforgettable in Husbands and Sons at the National) in this new story about what happens to a woman and her daughter when oil runs out 7/10 to 26/11. Tickets. Picture via Facebook courtesy Almeida.

4. Glenda Jackson and Jane Horrocks in King Lear 


With a cast rounded out by Celia Imrie, Rhys Ifans and Harry Melling, this Old Vic production runs 25/10 and 2/12. We’ve seen Vanessa Redgrave at the Almeida in Richard III and this casting leaves us equally bowled over. Tickets. Picture via Facebook courtesy Old Vic.

5. The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide To Capitalism and Socialism


monstagigz favourite Jessica Hynes appears to no longer be in the cast for this play by the author of Angels In America. Tamsin Greig (pictured above) takes the lead at Hampstead Theatre from 15/10 to 26/11. Tickets. Picture via Facebook courtesy Hampstead Theatre.

6. The Last Five Years


Samantha Barks (the film of Les Miserables) and Jonathan Bailey (American Psycho and TV’s Broadchurch and Crashing) star in this musical about two lovers at St James’ Theatre between 28/10 and 26/11. Tickets. Picture courtesy St James Theatre.

7. Julius Caesar reigns


Harriet Walter plays Julius Caesar (pictured above) at King’s Cross Theatre as the Donmar branches out of its Covent Garden base. The trilogy season also includes The Tempest and Henry IV and runs 23/9 to 17/12. Tickets. Picture via Facebook courtesy Donmar.

8. The Dresser goes to work


The Sir Ian McKellen/Sir Anthony Hopkins TV version of this was one of our favourite things from last year. At a recent BFI Q&A Reece Shearsmith spoke of his interest in the world of backstage and this glorious embodiment of that runs 5/10 -14/1 at the Duke Of York’s Theatre. Tickets. Picture via Facebook courtesy Richmond Theatre.

9. Rumer’s Bacharach and David Songbook

Album four from Rumer (This Girl’s In Love: A Bacharach & David Songbook) is out 21/10. Her lounge cover of The Carpenters’ Close To You may have lacked imagination but the latest grat track from it (above) is much more like it. We’ve seen her live at the Royal Festival Hall and the Barbican and it’s on stage where the magic really happens. Tickets for her 17/10 Cadogan Hall gig.

  • Main picture via Facebook courtesy Lazarus.
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