What To Watch On Stage September 2023

Theatre highlights this September include God Of Carnage at Lyric Theatre.

You can also catch Death of England: Closing Time a new play by Clint Dyer and Roy Williams the final, standalone chapter of the award-winning Death of England series and Mlima’s Tale written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage makes its UK premiere at Kiln Theatre.

God Of Carnage directed by Nicholas La Barrie

They say kids will be kids, but the adults are worse – much worse.
The other day in the park, 11-year-old Ferdinand knocked 11-year-old Bruno’s two front teeth out. Their parents meet up to have a civil conversation about the misdemeanours of their children in a suitably calm and rational way… what can go wrong? As night falls chaos ensues with explosive tantrums, name-calling and tears.

God Of Carnage runs at Lyric Hammersmith Theatre until Saturday 30th September 2023

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Never Have I Ever starring Susan Wokoma

Jacq and Kas’s boutique restaurant has gone bust, and telling their oldest friends Adaego and her rich husband Tobin that his investment is toast is only the start of the evening. Cash, class, identity and infidelity are all on the menu. As the last of the expensive wine flows, a dangerous drinking game reveals long-hidden truths and provokes an unspeakable dare.

Never Have I Ever

Never Have I Ever runs at Chichester’s Festival Theatre until Saturday 30th September 2023

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Beautiful Thing directed by Anthony Simpson-Pike

Teenage boys Ste and Jamie are neighbours on a South London estate. Jamie is more knowledgeable about The Sound of Music than football, while classmate Ste never misses a sports day. Both are being bullied, Jamie at school and Ste at home by his violent father and brother. One night, when things get too much, Ste seeks refuge in Jamie’s flat and, sharing a bed, the boys strike up a new relationship. Together they come to terms with their sexuality and explore their feelings alongside their Mama Cass, loving, rebellious friend Leah and with the much-needed emotional support of Jamie’s lioness mother, Sandra.

Beautiful Thing

Beautiful Thing runs at Theatre Royal Stratford East from Friday 8th September – Saturday 7th October | Leeds Playhouse from Wednesday 18th – Saturday 28th October | HOME Manchester from Tuesday 31st October – Saturday 11th November.

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As You Like It with additional text by Travis Alabanza

In the court of Duke Frederick, division and distrust are rife. When Rosalind is banished, she runs away with her cousin Celia to the Forest of Arden. No longer governed by the court’s strict rules, they take the opportunity to explore new identities and find that the forest is a place where the possibilities for love and connection are infinite.

As You Like It runs at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre from Friday 8th September – 29th October 2023

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Death of England: Closing Time a new play by Clint Dyer and Roy Williams

There are two sides to every story

Grieving the loss of the family shop and their dreams destroyed, Denise and daughter-in-law Carly are left to pick up the pieces of their relatives’ mistakes.

Will all be forgiven?

This thought-provoking drama explores family dynamics, race, colonialism and cancel culture.

Death of England: Closing Time runs at the National Theatre from Wednesday 13th September — Saturday 11th November 2023.

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#Black Is by Company Three

Black is… is a devised theatre piece that elevates the voices of 10 young black teenagers growing up in North London as they explore what the term ‘Black is’ and ‘who we are’ collectively and individually.

Co-created with the young company members and based on their own life experiences, #BlackIs… follows an episodic structure, using hashtags like #blackboyjoy, #blackisedges and #blackisunfilteredunity to present elements of the Black experience.

#Black Is runs at New Diorama Theatre from Wednesday 13th – Saturday 16th September 2023.

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Mlima’s Tale by Lynn Nottage directed by Miranda Cromwell

If you not give elephant proper burial he’ll haunt you forever.

They call him Mlima, the mountain. Killed for his magnificent tusks, killed for greed, killed for ivory, his spirit journeys through the ivory trade market, marking those complicit in his barbaric death.

This powerful and unforgettable story of the ivory trade and its corruption leaves its mark long after the lights go down.

Mlima’s Tale runs at Kiln Theatre from Thursday 14th September – Saturday 21st October 2023.

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The Legends of Them by Sutara Gayle AKA Lorna Gee

For the first time in my life, everything is silent”

Darkness descends at the Pink House in Tiruvannamalai, India. As the storm cracks through the windows, Lorna’s memories pierce their way through the silence. The legends of her life come to guide her – her mother Euphemia, her sister Cherry and her ancestor, Nanny of the Maroons. But will Lorna find the strength to face her demons? Come, let our observer take your hand, as she leads us on an epic voyage of discovery.

The Legends of Them runs at Brixton House from Thursday 14th September – Monday 30th September 2023.

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Cuffed written and directed by Ashley Byam

How do you show and receive love as a Black man, let alone a Black, openly gay roadman, when you have no guide? 

Aidyn and Kairo are perfect together; they figured it out and have something strong that works for them. But one night after a party, the strength of their love is put to the ultimate test, blurring the lines between reality and fantasy and changing their relationship forever. 

Cuffed

Cuffed runs at Theatre503 from 15th-16th September 2023.

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Hamnet Adapted by Lolita Chakrabarti

‘She’s like no one I’ve ever met… She’s like fire and water all at once.’

Warwickshire, 1582. Agnes Hathaway, a natural healer, meets the Latin tutor, William Shakespeare. Drawn together by powerful but hidden impulses, they create a life together and make a family.

When the plague steals 11-year-old Hamnet from his loving parents, they must each confront their loss alone. And yet, out of the greatest suffering, something of extraordinary wonder is born.

Hamnet – Garrick Theatre

Hamnet runs at London’s Garrick Theatre from 30th September 2023 – 17th February 2024.

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