Eureka Day – The Old Vic
6 September – 31 October
In a feat of timeliness somewhere between hugely coincidental and definitely deliberate, Helen Hunt stars in the London debut of the hit vaccine satire, Eureka Day. When mumps starts to spread through an idyllic California private school, the committee’s jab policy has them at each other’s throats before you can say “mandatory vaccination.”
Mrs Doubtfire – Manchester Opera House
2 September – 1 October
For those in need of something slightly less ‘of the moment,’ (or who live somewhere north of Islington), Manchester Opera House plays host to the comedy-musical based on the beloved Robin Williams flick, Mrs Doubtfire. Distraught at losing custody of his kids in a messy divorce, out-of-work actor Daniel creates a Scottish nanny alter-ego in an attempt to stay in their lives.
I, Joan – Globe Theatre
25 August – 22 October
Continuing its much-discussed debut at The Globe last month I, Joan reimagines the Arc-based protagonist as queer and non-binary. The final play to premiere in the Globe’s 2022 summer season, the theatre describes how “Rebelling against the world’s expectations, questioning the gender binary, Joan finds their power and their belief spreads like fire.”
Six – Bristol Hippodrome
The Fringe may be over this year, but one of the 2017 festival’s biggest surprise hits continues its way around the country this month with a 5-day stay in the Bristol Hippodrome. With five Olivier nominations and a Tony Award to its name, this musical take on Henry VIII’s famous exes is not one to miss.
The Doctor – Duke of York
29 September 2022 – 11 December 2022
For those in search of something a little more serious, Juliet Stevenson stars in 2019’s blistering drama set in a North London hospital. Based on Arthur Schnitzler’s banned 1912 play, Professor Bernhardi, The Doctor explores the ethical dilemma faced by a senior physician treating a young woman with sepsis following an abortion, when a priest arrives to deliver the last rites.
Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers – Leeds Grand Theatre
Northern-bound theatre lovers rejoice as Willy Russell’s legendary musical makes a brief appearance at the Leeds Grand. Centered around twin brothers, separated at birth and brought up on opposite sides of the tracks, their reunion throws the entire social structure of sixties Liverpool into question. With songs, of course.
The Two Popes – Rose Theatre Kingston
For those with fond memories of the 2020 Academy Awards comes the play that inspired the Oscar-nominated film, The Two Popes. When Pope Benedict XVI resigned in 2013, he became the first Pope in 700 years to do so. Anthony McCarten’s 2019 play explores just what drove the uber-conservative to make such a radical break from tradition, and stars Anton Lesser and Nicholas Woodeson as the titular heads of state.
A Different Stage – Various Venues
2 September – 15 November
And last, but by no means least, Gary Barlow takes his A Different Stage to… the stage this month. Created with long-time friend and collaborator Tim Firth, it sees the singer-songwriter narrate the journey of his life alongside the music from his incredible discography. You could say it’s a gig, yes, but screw it: it’s a theatrical experience and we’re putting it down in our Theatre guide.