If 2018 is
year of the woman (and it is!), then it all seems to be coming together now. This September, there are a host of fantastic musicals with women right in the centre of the action. Even more exciting, they all bring something totally new to the theatre scene, telling stories we rarely get to hear in commercial productions. Here are our Top 5 Feminist Picks opening over the next month...
This year marks 100 years the first women (read: white, middle class) got the vote so it only seems right to open our list with
Earlier in the year, cast members from the show took to the stage at Trafalgar Square to welcome the 5,000 strong
Divorced, Beheaded...Live! It seems like this sassy new all-female musical about the six wives of King Henry VIII can do no wrong! After 6 sold-out shows at the Arts Theatre in London and a stratospherically successful month at the Edinburgh Fringe, SIX returns to the Arts for a full month's run! Well, actually...even longer. It's not even opened yet and it has ALREADY BEEN EXTENDED!!
If all the hype wasn't enough to convince you this is a must-see, check out this trailer. We reckon Lady Gaga would be in awe of the costumes alone!
3. UNEXPECTED JOY
The Southwark Playhouse has long brought awesome new musicals to London and this is no exception. Another all-female show, UNEXPECTED JOY is the story of three generations of female singers, long-held family tensions and a week together where change is in the air. Add to that, it's a coming out story that explores embracing family whilst staying true to yourself.
We don't think there are enough stories showcasing strong, queer female characters so this is an absolute must-see for anyone who wants to see a refreshing slice of LGBT+ representation in the capital.
Check out this little behind the scenes snippet...
Another show examining prominent women in history, WASTED showcases the Brontë sisters as you've never seen them before! Through the lens of a rock documentary, this new musical gives an access-all-areas account of the struggles, heartbreaks and triumphs of the three Brontë sisters Charlotte, Emily, Anne, and their brother Branwell.
If you enjoyed last year's
A new take on a classic Sondheim, this multi-award winning musical comedy about life, love and marriage follows the character Bobbi during their 35th birthday party. The thing that makes this production particularly cool though (apart from the fact that PATTI LUPONE IS IN IT!!!!!) is the fact that the lead character who is usually played by a man, will be played by Rosalie Craig.
This gender swap production turns the tables on the male-female dynamic and allows classic songs like "Being Alive" to be heard from a female perspective. In fact, to get you