The nights are drawing in so you are probably wondering what you can do to move away from the comfort of the sofa for a couple of hours? Lucky enough for you I am bringing you back a small guide of the 10 Must See Shows This Autumn for theatres across the East Midlands. So whether you are based near Leicester, Derby, Nottingham and other East Midlands venues I'm sure there's something on this list that will suit your interests.

There is some incredible theatre heading to theatre's during Autumn, I've just chosen 10 that I recommend you go and watch!
Sunset Boulevard
Curve Theatre, Leicester
16 September - 30 September

Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tony Award-winning masterpiece Sunset Boulevard is coming to Curve during September. Directed by Curve's Artistic Director Nikolai Foster and starring Ria Jones, the compelling story of romance and obsession that has made it one of the all-time greatest musicals. In her mansion on Sunset Boulevard, faded silent-screen goddess, Norma Desmond lives in a fantasy world. Screen write, Joe Gillis is on the run from debt collectors and stumbles into Norma's reclusive world. He is persuaded to work on Norma's 'masterpiece', a film script that she believes will put her back in front of the cameras, he is seduced by her and her luxurious life-style. Joe will become entrapped in a claustrophobic world until his love for another woman leads him to try and break free with dramatic results.   

Nottingham Playhouse
20 September - 30 September

Wreck is an edge-of -your-seat, fast-paced drama about a young man suddenly thrust into the most desperate of circumstances. A Nottingham lad boards a train, fresh from visiting his girlfriend. He world will be flipped upside down when the train never completes its journey. This play is written by Leicester poet Toby Campion, winner of the 2015 Fifth Word Most Promising Playwright Award. This emotionally raw thriller will challenge your perceptions of our world and the stories behind the headlines. 

Pink Sari Revolution
Curve Theatre, Leicester
27 September - 7 October

A explosive new drama is coming to Leicester's Curve Theatre from the end of September. With well known playwright Purva Naresh and internationally reowned Amana Fontanella-Khan, this new production explores the real life struggle of the 400,000-member strong Gulabi Gang and it's formidable leader, Sampat Pal. They're instantly recognisable in their blazing pink saris and for campaigning for women's rights both in India and on an international stage, this true story follows the gang's investigation into why a young girl has been thrown into prison in the dead of night. This production would definitely be worth a watch for it's historical and political context.  

Great Expectations
Derby Theatre
29 September - 21 October

This Autumn Derby Theatre will be bringing the classic story from Charles Dickens to life in a brilliant adaptation from Neil Bartlett. The story begins on Christmas Eve 1812, and a young orphan boy, Pip, stumbles upon a convict hiding out amongst the graves of the local village churchyard. Terrified for it's life, the boy agrees to help him. Two years on from that evening Pip is invited to Satis House, the home of the wealthy, reclusive spinster MIss Havisham and her beautiful yet manipulative adopted daughter Estella. Pip falls deeply in love with Estella's beauty and vows to better himself and become a gentleman. There is many twists and turns that affects the fortunes and destiny of young Pip. 

Shirely Valentine
Royal & Derngate, Northampton
02 October - 07 October 

This heartwarming comedy from Willy Russell's was premiered in 1986 and took the world by storm, it was also adapted into an Oscar nominated film. It's now in its 30th anniversary and this production is the first major revival of this national treasure. It follows a Liverpool housewife called Shirley, her kids have left home and she makes chips and egg for her husband whilst talking to the wall. She wonders where her life has disappeared to so out of the blue her best friend offers her a trip to Greece for 2 weeks. Secretly packing her bags she heads for the sun and begins to see the world as well as herself very differently. 

The Railway Children
Curve Theatre, Leicester
03 October - 08 October

Perfect for families and fans of the classical novel to enjoy, E.Nesbit's The Railway Children is brought to life in a stunning new stage production. The novel was made famous by the iconic 1970 film and gives a fascinating insight into Edwardian rural life. The story follows the lives of three children; Roberta, Peter and Phyllis whose lives are turned upside down when their father mysteriously disappears. This production promises to be packed with intrigue, adventure, joy and jubilation. 

All My Sons
Nottingham Playhouse
06 October - 21 October 

All My Sons is a family drama at it's best; both gripping and powerful, as well as being written by one of the greatest playwrights of the 20th Century, Pulitzer Prize-winner Arthur Miller. The drama follows Joe Keller, a successful businessman who lives with his wife Kate and son Chris in 1950s suburban America. Already a fragile family after the loss of their other son Larry who went missing in World War II an unexpected visitor is about to be ripped apart. Exploring the dark side of the American Dream, it's a story that has never been more relevant to our modern world. 

Hairpsray UK Tour Musical
Curve Theatre, Leicester
16 October - 21 October

Take yourself to Baltimore, 1962 with the international smash hit musical comedy Hairspray the Musical when it hits Leicester's Curve Theatre as part of their new UK Tour. Meet Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger dream: to dance her way onto a national TV show, and into the heart of her idol Link Larkin. With references to integration throughout the musical also packs with it political punch with some of the most incredible choreography. The show is feel good and will have you dancing out of the door.

Legally Blonde UK Tour Musical
Royal & Derngate, Northampton
16 October - 21 October

OMG you guys, Legally Blonde is touring the UK again! A much loved Broadway, West End musical and film follows beautiful and popular sorority sister Elle Woods. She's as passionate about pink as she is about trying to win back the heart of her boyfriend after he dumps her in pursuit for a more serious girlfriend. What begins as the challenge to prove she's serious and everything he wants, she packs herself and her trusty pooch Bruiser and heads to the prestigious Harvard Law School. Elle will teach you the importance of always having faith in yourself. With Lucie Jones undertaking the role of Elle once again and supported by Eastenders' Rita Simons and Bill Ward this musical is the perfect night out for you and all of your girl mates this Autumn! 

Beautiful - The Carole King Musical
Theatre Royal, Nottingham 
17 Oct - 21 October

Fresh from being an award-winning West End show, Beautiful -The Carole King Musical is heading to Nottingham this Autumn. The musical tells the inspiring true story of King's rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Within the musical will be some of her countless classics for you to sing along to too! 

What are you looking forward to in theatre's across the East Midlands this Autumn?