What’s closing in London Theatre this month? (October 2019)
| By Jade Ali
(Updated on Oct 3, 2019)
Autumn is the season when the trees shed their leaves ahead of the colder winter days to come. It symbolises endings and is a time to reap what we sow. Just like the new season which represents change, London theatre will also see change this month as various shows close their doors. However, just like with autumn and its reminder to treasure what we have before it ends, we too can enjoy these shows before they end. Read below to see what’s closing in London Theatre and find how much time you have left to see these wonderful productions.
What shows will have their final curtain call this month in London theatre?
A Doll’s House (closes 5 October)
Adapted by Olivier Award-nominee Tanika Gupta (The Waiting Room) is the incredible reimagining of Ibsen’s classic. Tickets for A Doll’s House at London’s Lyric Hammersmith have been in high demand for its limited 1-month run that must come to an end! Set at a time of British Colonialism, there are strong themes of race, gender and ownership, all portrayed through a female perspective. Niru is a young Bengali woman whose race is a marvel for her husband, English colonial officer, Tom. Whilst the pair are in love, it’s evident that Niru is just a treasure destined for Tom’s metaphoric mantelpiece and that is all. However, Niru has a secret that she thought was safely left behind in her past. Will it catch up with her and knock her down from her pedestal?
Anna Bella Eema (closes 12 October)
This production saw the Arcola Theatre host the UK premiere of the spoken and sung odyssey by Pulitzer Prize finalist Lisa D’Amour. This limited month long run has been a burst of storytelling that pushed the bounds of fantasy for a truly inventive coming-of-age fairy tale. Anna Bella Eema tickets are a must-have for those who are yet to experience the show by the rising star that is D’Amour. This show is the perfect thing for the month of Halloween, as it’s part ghost story and part gothic fairy tale, in which young Annabella learns to coexist with werewolves, vampires and other monsters. Don’t miss this wonderfully unique show as the end of its run quickly approaches.
The Fishermen (closes 12 October)
This is your last chance to see this fantastic show before it comes to an end following a successful tour and two sold-out runs at the Arcola Theatre. This current run sees Chigozie Obioma’s touching tale of brotherhood come to life at London’s Trafalgar Studios 2 where it’s limited run is almost up! Be sure to book your tickets for The Fishermen whilst you can, to ensure you don’t miss out on this remarkable adaptation by award-winning playwright Gbolahan Obisesan. This is your last chance to witness the carefree lives of Ben and Obembe and the live changing prophecy that threatens to turn their world on its head.
Fame (closes 19 October)
Celebrating its 30th anniversary and a successful tour, London’s Peacock Theatre is the last stop and your last chance to catch this beloved musical. Fame tickets are still available for the last weeks of this UK favourite show. Based on the film of the same name (that we all remember), the 1980 classic comes to life on stage with the aid of the stunning cast including Mica Paris, Keith Jack and Jorgie Porter; with whom we spoke to before the show came to the West End. Read our Fame cast Q&A here. The story follows a group of talented students at a performing arts school who learn lessons of love, loss, success, failure, hope and despair, as well as their regular on-stage lessons. Don’t miss this timeless classic and be sure to catch it whilst you still can.
Also closing in October 2019…