Ahead of its upcoming tour, Bag of Beard Theatre debut new production Renaissance Men at the Old Red Lion Theatre this November. Written by emerging playwright James Patrick, this dark comedy is highly topical and engaging.

Imagine a future where your ego is suppressed at birth and a chip in your brain is connected to a super computer called Darren who knows all the answers to everything. Introduce a simple stapler girl, Lynn (Hayley Osborne), who has spent 10 years saving up enough money to have the procedure reversed to restore her ego and then immediately regrets it, and you have the concept of Rats.

In 1987, the world watched as a new and revolutionary way of dancing and an innovative love story unfolded on our screens. Now, just over 30 years later, I had the pleasure of watching this amazing company bring Grey and Swayze’s love story to life on stage. This astounding show for me had a lot to live up to due to the shoes it had to fill and those of which the actors taking on such huge roles had to walk in.

Pop-Up Opera are a touring opera company founded by Clementine Lovell in 2011, who aim to change the way people view opera by bringing it to unusual, intimate and unconventional spaces. Opera can be perceived as outdated and extravagant, but by stripping back the smoke and mirrors and producing bare, raw yet engaging performances; Pop-Up Opera hope to revive opera and change its appeal to a modern day audience.

When was the last time you saw something, a piece of theatre, a film, a TV programme, that really made you think? Something that made you feel a certain way? Something that made you want to change your attitudes? Tom Hughes’ new play makes us think just that, leaving each audience member with an individual impact.

Fast food is a given in London. You swipe and ping and pong and hey presto food arrives in a jiffy. Almost as if by magic a faceless force delivers meals to your door. And in a revelation akin to the child sweatshop labour used by many high street brands, Pizza Shop Heroes reveals the truth behind the menus; the stories of the taken-for-granted invisible workforce. You will never look at a foreign face the same way again.

Park Theatre premiers Jesse Briton’s latest play ‘A Pupil’ this November. Developed as a collaboration between Bear Trap and Kosky Productions, this four-woman show is a thrilling drama with a fascinating narrative.

As they say in the play, “Perhaps it’s a generational thing,” but Honour did nothing for me. The play opens with an older man, a respected journalist, George (Henry Goodman), being interviewed by Claudia (Katie Brayben), a young woman wanting to make her mark in the world of publishing.

Wow. Just Wow. Those three little letters sum up in one short word how I felt for most of the performance. Everybody knows the story of beauty and the beast – it’s a wonderful moral tale of beauty being within and all that jazz.

After a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe this Summer, one woman play Pickle Jar shows at The Soho Theatre this autumn. Written and performed by talented actress Maddie Rice, this novel production is both heart-warming and hilarious.

At the Trafalgar Studios this autumn, plays the UK premier of Ken Urban’s ‘A Guide for The Homesick’. Staged in Studio 2, Urban’s beautifully written two- hander is well placed in the intimate 100-seater. Set in 2011, during the Obama administration, this profound piece touches on issues of LGBTQ rights, mental health and loneliness.