The Best UK theatre to see in October 2022

From the all-male Choir of Man to the all-queer Witches of Oz, we round up this month’s must-sees.


Words: Simon Button

The Choir of Man

The heartwarming show about a bunch of blokes gathering in a local pub for a lively singing session returns to cheer everyone’s winter spirits.

Songs included range from Queen’s “Somebody to Love” to Adele’s “Hello” (sung by a yearning gay guy as his mates watch sport on telly) and as an added bonus the multi-talented cast of actors, singers, and musicians hand out free beer during the show.

Arts Theatre from 1 October. Get tickets here.

John Gabriel Borkman

Ibsen’s 1896 classic gets a makeover, written by Lucinda Coxon and directed by Nicholas Hytner. The eminently watchable Simon Russell Beale stars as the title character, a former entrepreneur jailed for fraud and now bankrupt who hopes to make a comeback as his estranged wife (multiple Olivier-winning Clare Higgins) is formulating a plot of her own.

Bridge Theatre until 26 November. Get tickets here.

The Doctor

After opening at The Almeida in 2019, Robert Icke’s drama (“very freely adapted” from Arthur Schnitzler’s Professor Bernhardi) transfers to the West End with Juliet Stevenson returning to the title role.

It’s hard-hitting stuff as her medical professional causes a furore when she refuses to let a Catholic priest into the operating theatre where a girl is dying from a self-administered abortion.

Duke of York’s Theatre until 11 December. Get tickets here.

Noises Off

Michael Frayn’s side-splitting comedy about the on-stage and off-stage antics of a theatre company stumbling their way through a fictional farce makes a welcome return to the touring circuit.

The dream-team cast features Felicity Kendall, Tracy-Ann Oberman, and Matthew Kelly in a production that plays at the Theatre Royal Bath before taking in Richmond, Brighton, and Cambridge

Touring until 29 October. Book tickets here.

Peaky Blinders: The Redemption Of Thomas Shelby

Cloth caps at the ready. The phenom that is Peaky Blinders spurns a “dance theatre event” that begins with Tommy and the Peakys in the trenches at Flanders and develops into a story about the Shelby family’s fate.

It is written by TV show creator Steven Knight and is directed and choreographed by Benoit Swan Pouffer, artistic director of the esteemed Rambert dance company.

Troubadour Wembley Park from 12 October to 6 November. Get tickets here.

The Mousetrap

It’s an EastEnders reunion for John Altman and Todd Carty as they headline a new tour of Agatha Christie’s whodunnit to mark the play’s milestone 70th anniversary.

It’s about a group of seven strangers snowed in at a countryside guesthouse where… Well, that’s all I’m saying because I don’t want to spoil the best-kept secret in theatrical history.

Currently on tour. Get tickets here.

The Witches of Oz

Wine and dine in the Emerald City with an immersive experience that combines quaffing with comedy and cabaret. Drag star ShayShay directs an all-queer reimagining of Frank L. Baum’s evergreen saga, with the audience getting to choose the next Witch of Oz in what its creator describes as part panto, part jukebox musical, and pure camp. 

The Vaults Theatre until 15 January. Get tickets here.

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