September in London isn’t just the damp end of summer. The sun is still out so there’s still time to enjoy London’s great outdoors, have a peep in the city's secret green spaces, feast in London's best restaurants and enjoy the last days of London’s rooftop bars. There’s something to do every day of the month in September in London, including Totally Thames festival, the annual London Design Festival, Open House London weekend when over 800 London buildings are opened to the public, the Pearly Kings and Queen's Harvest Festival and London Fashion Week Festival.
Our September 2020 highlights
'Joseph' returns to the Palladium in Summer 2020. This versions remains a sweet, silly, reasonably lovable one in a lavish but lightweight revival from Laurence Connor, director of Lloyd Webber’s recent smash ‘School of Rock’.
Jake Gyllenhaal is back in London reprising his lead role in this recent Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim’s brilliant 1984 musical. It concerns two artists named George: one a fictionalised version of Georges Seurat; the other is his cynical and troubled great-grandson. Gyllenhaal plays both in Sarna Lapine’s transferring production, alongside his Broadway co-star Annaleigh Ashford.
Stephen Schwartz is dusting the Egyptian sands from his 1998 Dreamworks movie, an old testament epic centring on Moses, and boasting some memorable songs. It’s moving into the suitably gigantic setting of Tottenham Court Road's Dominion Theatre and Schwartz has dreamt up 10 new numbers for this musical version.
The Totally Thames festival is an annual celebration of the River Thames, which graces the banks of our much-loved waterway in September. Dive into a month-long party full of arts festivals, community events, regattas, river races, foreshore archaeology and environmental activities.
Ironically, Cush Jumbo’s Hamlet may mean London never sees Ruth Negga’s, which ran in Dublin last year and is set to transfer to New York. Fortunately, there are plenty of strings to the Irish actor’s bow – she’ll round off the 2020 YV season by starring in Marina Carr’s drama about a woman haunted by the death of her twin.
Bryan Adams (yes, that Bryan Adams) and Jim Vallance’s take on Julia Roberts’s breakthrough hit received mixed reviews when it premiered on Broadway last year. There’s no word on casting at the moment, but it’s emphatically billing itself as a fun night out.