Autumn in London means a new collection of can’t-miss shows, ballets, operas, and more, all of which promise spellbinding productions. We’ve put together a London theatre guide of five of the most highly anticipated events of the autumn 2013 season, from a stunning performance of Mozart’s Requiem to a new ballet starring the inimitable Carlos Acosta. From your base at any one of Red Carnation’s central London hotels, you’ll be perfectly poised to catch these shows before they disappear.
The Magic Flute
7th November – 7th December
The English National Opera will debut a new production of Mozart’s classic, family-friendly opera, The Magic Flute. Directed by Simon McBurney, the two-act production (which will be sung in English) follows the fairy tale adventures of Prince Tamino and Papageno as they embark on a quest to save Princess Pamina. This light-hearted but compelling work also contains the Queen of the Night aria, one of the most famous arias in all of opera.
30th September – 6th November
The Royal Opera House will be presenting a new, fiercely anticipated production of Don Quixote, a ballet written by Austrian composter Ludwig Minkus. This new version of the classic ballet will be choreographed and produced by the celebrated ballet dancer Carlos Acosta, who will also star as Basilio, a virtuoso role he’s taken on several times over the course of his accomplished career. Based on the satirical and comedic novel by Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote tells the story of a bumbling would-be knight and his loyal sidekick Sancho Panza; the balletic version of the tale is vibrant and energetic, and is sure to keep audiences entertained.
One of the most beloved works in all of classical music, Mozart’s Requiem, an iconic composition that was left partially completed upon the composer’s death, is a highlight of the Royal Festival Hall’s autumn calendar. Performed by the English Chamber Orchestra and Bach Choir and featuring a number of soloists, the evening’s itinerary will include the whole of the Requiem as well as the Overture from the opera Don Giovanni and Piano Concerto No.21 in C, K.467 Interval.
23rd November 2013 – 15th February 2014
This season, The Noël Coward Theatre will play host to a new production of Shakespeare’s timeless Henry V. Film star Jude Law will take on the eponymous role, a continuation of his collaboration with lauded director Michael Grandage (the two produced a critically acclaimed version of Hamlet in 2009). Exploring questions of leadership, nationhood, and war, the patriotic play is set around the Battle of Agincourt.
Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen
26th September – 23rd November
The Almeida Theatre will host a resonant production of Ghosts, one of Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen’s most renowned plays. A follow-up to A Doll’s House, Ghosts takes on similar themes of morality and gender relations, and focuses on Helen Alving, who attempts to recover from the past after the death of her philandering husband, Captain Alving. This production, directed by Richard Eyre and starring Lesley Manville, promises to be a highly accomplished staging.