Diverse Autumn Season Beckons


Blink and you’ll have missed it… with summer sizzling out, and autumn
falling in, it’s time to get excited about this year’s richly diverse autumn
theatre season.

Cambridge is fortunate enough to have several great performance spaces. One being the Arts Theatre, who regularly host a great mix of plays and musicals of dramas, comedies and beyond. If you act fast, you might be able to grab yourself one of 2019’s hottest tickets to see Samantha Womack star in the Girl on the Train (23-28 Sept) as it comes in direct from a Summer stint in the West End. Expect to be gripping onto the edge of your seat until the last minute.

The drama continues at the Arts Theatre with another screen to stage
adaptation, The Lovely Bones (4-9 Nov) – which I was fortunate enough to see in the spring and highly recommend. Another show I’ve already seen during its London premiere two years ago and can recommend is Prism (18-23 Nov). Starring Robert Lindsay, it’s a fascinating look at the true-story of Jack Cardiff, the man who made Hollywood’s greatest divas beautiful. However, if it’s laughter you’re after, What’s In A Name? (28 Oct-2 Nov) is based on the award-winning French film Le Prénom, and is out on its first ever UK tour.

Audiences are invited to take a seat for a riotously funny evening that questions whether a person’s name truly reflects who they are. If you like to keep your shows a little more leftfield – there are plenty of great options across the region. Keeping it in Cambridge, the ADC theatre and Corpus Playroom have some brilliantly quirky shows. There’s too much to highlight it all, but two Cambridge University Musical Theatre Society shows fresh from Edinburgh Fringe runs include original comedy-musical, Unexpected
item in the Bagging Area (16-19 Oct) and original relevant, moving, and
life-affirming musical, Rust (13-16 Nov).

Cambridge Junction is also great for finding the unique, and one of many
interesting shows is Jamie Wood: O No! (6 Oct), a show about reckless optimism, avant-garde art and what we might yet have to learn from the hippies.

But the unique doesn’t only live in Cambridge – over on the coast at
Southend, a fringe favourite Sh*t Faced Shakespeare bring their new show.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (27 Oct) to the Palace Theatre – I think laughs
are guaranteed. Also at the Palace Theatre and inspired by Agatha
Christie, Hitchcock and film noir; you are invited on a hilarious but murderous trip to a classic English Riviera retreat with Crimes On The Coast (31 Oct-2 Nov).

Remember that little 90s sitcom called Friends? If you’re a fan, you can keep
the laughs rolling as the Civic Theatre, Chelmsford are giving you a chance to live out all of your inner fan needs with a parody take in Friendsical The Musical (14-19 Oct).

Classics reinvented seems to be the case at the Norwich Playhouse – as The
Pantaloons production of Othello (1-2 Nov) is sure to have a little more mischief than usual. Ballo Arthur Pita presents The Little Match Girl (27-30 Nov), based on the Hans Christian Andersen story, this touching tale of an impoverished young street girl’s hopes and dreams is beautifully told through dance, song and original music performed live on stage.

With this vast eclectic mix of shows on offer in our region – it’s difficult to know where to be! Which shows will you be seeing this Autumn? As always, we’d love to know so share the shows you’re excited about with GrapevineLIVE on Facebook.

Tell us about your shows too via pressrelease@grapevinelive.co.uk We’d love to know about the shows you’re putting on!