10 London autumn shows you should book tickets for now

London’s autumn season is almost upon us, so we’ve picked a few theatrical highlights to light up the darker evenings.

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Autumn is nearly here. And with it comes chillier days, darker nights and barer trees. But it’s not all bad. The start of September kicks off a new season of fantastic shows opening in the capital. Check out our pick of the London autumn shows you should be booking tickets for now:

Heathers The Musical (Theatre Royal Haymarket) – 3 September to 24 November

Heathers The Musical at Theatre Royal Haymarket (Image courtesy of Emma Holland PR)
Heathers The Musical at Theatre Royal Haymarket (Image courtesy of Emma Holland PR)

Experience high school horror with Heathers The Musical, which transfers to Theatre Royal Haymarket following a sell-out season at The Other Palace. Carrie Hope Fletcher plays Veronica, an average student whose life is changed when she’s accepted by school-ruling clique, the Heathers. But when new boy JD arrives, everything changes once more, and people begin to die. BOOK NOW

Pinter At The Pinter Season (Harold Pinter Theatre) – 6 September to 23 February

Pinter at the Pinter (Image courtesy of Martin Shippen)
Pinter at the Pinter (Image courtesy of Martin Shippen)

Enjoy some of Harold Pinter’s best one-act plays, as acclaimed director Jamie Lloyd curates a star-studded season of shows at the Harold Pinter Theatre. It all begins this autumn with productions featuring Sir Antony Sher, David Suchet, Russell Tovey, Tamsin Greig, Mark Rylance and Penelope Wilton. BOOK NOW

Foxfinder (Ambassadors Theatre) – 6 September to 5 January

Foxfinder at the Ambassadors Theatre (Image courtesy of The Corner Shop PR)
Foxfinder at the Ambassadors Theatre (Image courtesy of The Corner Shop PR)

Catch this award-winning thriller, set in a country in the midst of ecological disaster. Farms aren’t producing enough food and foxes are getting the blame. When William Bloor, a professional fox hunter, arrives at the Covey’s farm, his investigation unearths more than he was expecting. Starring Iwan Rheon and Heida Reed. BOOK NOW

The Inheritance (Noël Coward Theatre) – 21 September to 5 January

The Inheritance at the Noel Coward Theatre
The Inheritance at the Noel Coward Theatre – London autumn shows

Follow a group of gay friends living in New York, a generation after the Aids crisis. After an acclaimed run at the Young Vic earlier this year, Matthew Lopez’s two-part drama, inspired by EM Forster’s Howards End, transfers to the West End. BOOK NOW

Company (Gielgud Theatre) – 26 September to 22 December

Company at Gielgud Theatre
Company at Gielgud Theatre – London autumn shows

See Broadway legend Patti LuPone return to the London stage in this new version of Stephen Sondheim’s musical. Bobbi, played by Rosalie Craig, is celebrating her 35th birthday. But her friends are only interested in one topic of conversation: why she’s not yet married. BOOK NOW

The Height Of The Storm (Wyndham’s Theatre) – 2 October to 1 December

The Height Of The Storm at Wyndham's Theatre
The Height Of The Storm at Wyndham’s Theatre – London autumn shows

Discover the latest work by Florian Zeller, one of London’s breakthrough playwrights of the last few years. Having won acclaim with The Mother, The Father, The Truth and The Lie, his new play, The Height Of The Storm, covers similar domestic ground. André and Madeleine have been in a relationship for half a century, but an unexpected bunch of flowers causes questions to be asked. BOOK NOW

Don Quixote (Garrick Theatre) – 27 October to 2 February

Don Quixote at Garrick Theatre. (Image: Helen Maybanks, courtesy of Royal Shakespeare Company)
Don Quixote at Garrick Theatre. (Image: Helen Maybanks, courtesy of Royal Shakespeare Company)

Let the Royal Shakespeare Company take you back to 17th century Spain with its much-praised production of Don Quixote. David Threlfall plays the title character, who charges around the country performing acts of knightly heroism aided by his sidekick, Sancho Panza (Rufus Hound). BOOK NOW 

Summer And Smoke (Duke Of York’s Theatre) – 10 November to 19 January

Summer And Smoke at the Duke of York's Theatre (Image courtesy of Emma Holland PR)
Summer And Smoke at the Duke of York’s Theatre (Image courtesy of Emma Holland PR)

Two rising stars of the London stage, Patsy Ferran and Matthew Needham, lead this production of Tennessee Williams’ drama. Set in the early 1900s, it’s the tale of a love affair between neighbours. But with the changing of their temperaments, the relationship is far from easy. BOOK NOW

Caroline, Or Change (Playhouse Theatre) – 20 November to 9 February

Caroline, Or Change at Playhouse Theatre (Image: Alastair Muir, courtesy of The Corner Shop PR)
Caroline, Or Change at Playhouse Theatre (Image: Alastair Muir, courtesy of The Corner Shop PR)

See award-winning actor Sharon D Clarke in this musical that was a hit at the Chichester Festival Theatre and Hampstead Theatre before coming to the West End. In 1963 Louisiana, Caroline is a maid working for the Gellman family. But a simple act of kindness has serious repercussions in this show that mixes the mundane with the magical. BOOK NOW

True West (Vaudeville Theatre) – 23 November to 16 February

True West at the Vaudeville Theatre
True West at the Vaudeville Theatre – London autumn shows

Catch Kit Harington and Johnny Flynn playing brothers in Sam Shepard’s classic American drama. Austin and Lee are at war. Austin is working on a movie script that he has already sold to a producer… until Lee comes back into his life and pitches a different idea to the same producer. It is an act that could tear the family apart. BOOK NOW