PREVIEW: 9 reasons why we can’t wait for September

  1. Young Frankenstein re-animates the Garrick

The Garrick Theatre had some success earlier this year with Griff Rhys Jones/Lee Mack comedy The Miser and this musical re-working of the Mel Brooks classic looks like it will be puttin’ on the Ritz with a cast including Ross Noble (see above) and Lesley Joseph. Runs 28/9 to February 2018. Tickets

  • Read on for reasons including Sir Ian McKellen, new Hurts and Strictly Comes Dancing does Annie

2. Sir Ian McKellen is King Lear

Runs 22/9 to 28/10 with a cast including Sinead Cusack, Dervla Kirwan, Phil Daniels and Jonathan Bailey, this is shaping up to be a rare treat at Chichester Festival Theatre. Tickets

3. We Desire a new Hurts album

The fourth album by one of our favourite bands is out 29/9 and is titled Desire. Recent single Beautiful Ones includes a particularly LGBTQ-friendly video (see above). They play two UK dates in December at the end of a lengthy European tour. Tickets

4. God’s Own Country in cinemas

A Yorkshire Brokeback Mountain on a sheep farm with a Brexit twist? In cinemas 1/9 amid much acclaim.

5. James Graham’s Labour Of Love

Author Graham’s Ink transfers to the West End this month and we think it’s probably our favourite new play of 2017 so far. His newest play, Labour Of Love starring Martin Freeman, Sarah Lancashire and Rachael Stirling, has its first preview at the Wyndhams 15/9 and runs through 2/12. Tickets

6. Julian Clary’s Le Grand Mort

Clary appears in children’s author guise at OnBlackheath (see number 9) in September but here takes to the stage in the intimate Trafalgar Studios 2 in this new comedy 20/9 – 28/10 about an unusual dinner for two. Tickets

7. Sara Pascoe at Greenwich Comedy Festival

Greenwich’s annual Comedy Festival runs 13-17/9 and the highlight for us is Sara Pascoe (see clip above). Tickets

8. Craig Revel Horwood in Annie

Strictly Come Dancing‘s best judge Craig Revel Horwood takes over from Miranda Hart as Miss Hannigan at the Piccadilly Theatre from 18/9. Tickets Picture via Facebook courtesy Annie – the musical. Booking through to February but check dates if wanting to see CRH as his Strictly commitments mean he won’t be performing every show.

9. Metronomy (and Julian Clary) OnBlackheath

OnBlackheath couldn’t be nearer our doorstep and we’re going for the first time this year 9 and 10/9 to see acts including Metronomy, De La Soul and Jake Bugg. Tickets

  • Picture via Facebook courtesy Young Frankenstein
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