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17 biggest theatre shows of autumn 2017

We’re celebrating the biggest theatre shows in London at Time Out this month: here are the autumn’s unmissable hits

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FOLLIES
Theatre, Musicals

Follies

5 out of 5 stars

What is it? Stephen Sondheim’s wry masterpiece.

How big? Imelda frickin’ Staunton stars in the NT’s massive musical.

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Theatre, Drama

Ink

5 out of 5 stars

What is it? James Graham’s play about The Sun transfers.

How big? The tiny Almeida couldn’t hold this epic – Bertie Carvel (‘Doctor Foster’) plays Rupert Murdoch.

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Labour of Love, Martin Freeman, Tamsin Greig
© Marc Brenner
Theatre, Comedy

Labour of Love

What is it? Martin Freeman and Tamsin Greig star in a comedy about the Labour Party.

How big? James Graham is so big right now that he’s got two plays in the West End.

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Young Frankenstein, West End
Theatre, Musicals

Young Frankenstein

What is it? Mel Brooks adapts his horror comedy film into a musical.

How big? Brooks’s ‘The Producers’ was the most successful show of the ’00s.

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Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle, Kenneth Cranham, Anne-Marie Duff
Theatre, Drama

Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle

What is it? Marianne Elliott directs Anne-Marie Duff in an  odd-couple drama.

How big? Director of  the epic ‘War Horse’, ‘Curious Incident…’ and ‘Angels in America’, Elliott has left the NT to storm the West End.

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Venus in Fur, Natalie Dormer
Theatre, Drama

Venus in Fur

What is it? Dark American comedy about a brash actor auditioning for a kinky drama.

How big? It stars Natalie Dormer, fresh from dying in a massive explosion in ‘Game of Thrones’.

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A Woman of No Importance, Dominic Dromgoole, Eve Best, Classic Spring
Theatre, Drama

A Woman of No Importance

What is it? Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy, starring Eve Best.

How big? It launches an epic Wilde season, helmed by larger-than-life former Globe boss Dominic Dromgoole.

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The Exorcist, West End
Theatre, Drama

The Exorcist

What is it? The immortal William Friedkin scare-fest gets the stage treatment in time for Halloween.

How big? The biggest event in stage horror since ‘Viva Forever!’.

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'Young Marx' at Bridge Theatre
Theatre, Drama

Young Marx

What is it? Rory Kinnear stars in this comedy romp.

How big? The flagship show for Nicholas Hytner’s huge new theatre.

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Glengarry Glen Ross, Christian Slater
Theatre, Drama

Glengarry Glen Ross

What is it? David Mamet’s classic about alpha-male estate agents.

How big? It stars the never-understated Christian Slater.

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'Big Fish - The Musical' at The Other Palace
Theatre, Musicals

Big Fish The Musical

What is it? Musical adaptation of Daniel Wallace’s novel about a tall-tale-telling father.

How big? It only stars Kelsey ‘Frasier Crane’ Grammar, making his Brit theatre debut.

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Network, National Theatre, Bryan Cranston
Theatre, Drama

Network

What is it? Bryan Cranston stars in an adaptation of the classic ’70s movie.

How big? Imagine Walter White from ‘Breaking Bad’ shouting ‘I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!’ Just imagine.

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Everybody's Talking About Jamie
© Johan Persson
Theatre, Drama

Everybody's Talking About Jamie

Apollo Shaftesbury, Shaftesbury Avenue

What is it? Hit Brit musical about a young boy who enjoys dressing in women’s clothes.

How big? It’s full of larger-than-life tunes  from The Feeling’s Dan Gillespie Sells.

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Hamilton
Theatre, Musicals

Hamilton

Victoria Palace Theatre, Victoria Open run

What is it? Lin-Manuel Miranda’s wildly acclaimed rap-musical masterpiece.

How big? A brontosaurus surfing on an aircraft carrier that’s being pulled by a herd of blue whales big, is how big. 

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Pinocchio, National Theatre
Theatre, Musicals

Pinocchio

What is it? Musical version of the classic Disney flick, directed by ‘Cursed Child’ man John Tiffany.

How big? It’s the blimmin’ brand new Disney musical! A singalong to take the kids too.

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The Twilight Zone, Almeida Theatre
Theatre, Drama

The Twilight Zone

What is it? Anne Washburn’s adaptation of the cult sci-fi series. 

How big? It’s playing in the dinky Almeida, but the theatre’s record for firing out West End transfers, like ‘Ink’ or Andrew Scott’s ‘Hamlet’ is pretty matchless. Book now for maximum bragging rights. 

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