As we slowly but surely come to the end of August it is time to start thinking about what is coming up in London in September. Things are gradually beginning to pick up again so here are a few suggestions of what to look out for:
1. Designers in Residence 2015, Design Museum: this annual programme at the museum provides designers with an opportunity to explore their different practises away from their usual environment. This year, the four designers have to respond to the theme of ‘migration’. The exhibition opens at the museum on the 9th September and will be on display until the 31st March 2016.
2. Night Shift – London After Dark, London Transport Museum: ever wondered about what happens in London after darkness falls? This new exhibition at the London transport Museum explores the world of the night shift in the city over the last century. From the rise of the West End to the development of the night buses, every part of London’s night time history will be explored.
3. Tipping the Velvet, Lyric Hammersmith: the full cast for this production has been just announced. It is set to include: Kirsty Besterman, David Cardy, Amanda Hadingue, Adelle Leonce and Andy Rush who will join Sally Messham and Laura Rogers in the production of Sarah Water’s best selling novel. The production will be directed by Lyndsey Turner and opens for previews on the 18th September, running until the 24th October.
4. Future Conditional, Old Vic Theatre: this is is the first in a brand new season of the theatre and the first production to be directed by new artistic director of the Old Vic – Matthew Warchus. Starring Rob Brydon and Nikki Patel, the play tackles the conundrum of British schooling through a wide range of characters such as parents, teachers and Alia, a refugee and newest member of the Education Commission. It will open for previews on the 1st September and will continue to perform until the 3rd October.
5. The Rocky Horror Show, Playhouse Theatre: tickets for this show have proved so popular that an extra week at the venue has already been announced as well as some of the dates for the 2016 tour. The cast for the London shows includes Hayley Flaherty as Janet , Ben Forster as Brad and David Bedella as Frank N Furter. The production will be at the Playhouse Theatre from the 11th September until 19th September.
6. Photograph 51, Noel Coward Theatre: this production of the new play by Anna Ziegler marks a return to the West End stage for Nicole Kidman. Directed by Michael Grandage, it is one of the most highly anticipated theatrical events of the year. It will run at the Noel Coward Theatre from the 5th September until the 21st November. If you do decide to book tickets be warned: it runs without an interval so latecomers will probably not be allowed in once the performance has started.