The top 10 theatre openings this month

Our theatre critics pick the shows they think will wow London this month

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London's theatre calendars are flooded with acclaimed shows, big names and hotshot directors, and there's no way anyone can see them all. As a starting point, the Time Out theatre team have picked ten shows opening in London this month that you won't regret booking for.

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The best theatre in London this August

  • Revolution Farm

    Revolution Farm

    An adaptation of George Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’ staged on an actual farm? Yeah, screw it, why not? We’re a little alarmed by the fact the show has undergone a late name change – which suggest the Orwell estate may not approve, though that’s not confirmed - and in the quality stakes it’s probably not going to be a new ‘1984’. But if it’s rubbish you could just go off and look at an actual pig, so that’s nice.

    Newham City Farm, Aug 19-Aug 24

  • Jezebel

    Jezebel

    This amusing-looking farce about a couple who decide to spice up their sex life via a threesome transfers to the Soho Theatre after racking up good notices in Ireland a couple of years ago.

    Soho Theatre, until Aug 31

  • Dogfight

    Dogfight

    Danielle Tarento’s musical productions at Southwark Playhouse are always a treat, with last year’s ‘Titantic’ a huge hit for the fringe powerhouse. This summer she rolls out the European premiere of ‘Dogfight’, a musical adaptation of the 1991 River Phoenix indie flick about a group of marines en route to Vietnam in 1963.

    Southwark Playhouse, Aug 8-Sep 13

  • The Kilburn Passion

    The Kilburn Passion

    Playwright Suhayla El-Bushra’s Kilburn-centric riff on the passion play format – ie working class, localised medieval interpretations of Biblical stories – scored fine notices when the Tricycle Young Company performed it over Easter. Now it’s back by popular demand for a slightly longer run.

    Tricycle Theatre, Aug 5-Aug 9

  • Spoiling

    Spoiling

    The foreign minister of a newly independent Scotland decides to make some radical changes to her maiden speech in this promising-looking – and extremely topical - satirical comedy which transfers to TRSE from Edinburgh’s revered Traverse Theatre.

    Theatre Royal Stratford East, Aug 29-Sep 13

  • To Kill a Mockingbird

    To Kill a Mockingbird

    Timothy Sheader’s brilliantly imaginative production of the stage version of Harper Lee’s civil rights classic was one of the highlights of London theatre last summer. It returns for 2014 prior to a UK tour, and while its original leading man Robert Sean Leonard will be sorely missed, the production really is the star here.

    Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Aug 28-Sep 13

  • Toast

    Toast

    Playwright Richard Bean is the man of the moment: his phone hacking satire ‘Great Britain’ is about to hit the West End, as is his musical adaptation of ‘Made in Dagenham’, the Globe’s soon to receive his satire ‘Pitcairn’, and ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ is still slaying ‘em on tour. So what better time for a classy-looking revival of his debut play ‘Toast’, a comedy about a bread factory, starring Matthew Kelly?

    Park Theatre, Aug 27-Sep 21

  • The Ring Cycle Plays

    The Ring Cycle Plays

    The free outdoor theatre shows at The Scoop just get more ambitious every year – following last year’s Oedipus trilogy, here’s a new four-part, four-hour adaptation of Wagner’s Ring Cycle. Unsurprisingly, it’s not actually an opera, which would lead some to question the actual point, but never fear - director Phil Wilmott and his team are adept at spinning fun, accessible theatre out of gods and monsters. Don’t expect it to be faultless, but the value is always exceptional.

    The Scoop, Aug 6-Aug 31

  • My Night With Reg

    My Night With Reg

    Playwright Kevin Elyot never got to see the revival of his minor classic about a group of gay friends enjoying the summer of ’85 – he passed away just a couple of months ago. Hopefully this should be a fitting tribute, with the Donmar taking a punt on rising star director Robert Hastie.

    Donmar Warehouse, until Sep 27

  • Shunt: The Boy Who Climbed Out of His Face

    Shunt: The Boy Who Climbed Out of His Face

    The experimental Shunt collective are often maddening, always original and inevitably worth checking out when they make one of their increasingly infrequent pieces. We basically know almost nothing about their new show, but it has an amazing name an intriguing setting – a series of shipping crates on an abandoned coaling jetty on the Thames – and it’s by Shunt so, you know, give it a punt.

    The Jetty, Aug 14-Sep 28

Revolution Farm

Revolution Farm

An adaptation of George Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’ staged on an actual farm? Yeah, screw it, why not? We’re a little alarmed by the fact the show has undergone a late name change – which suggest the Orwell estate may not approve, though that’s not confirmed - and in the quality stakes it’s probably not going to be a new ‘1984’. But if it’s rubbish you could just go off and look at an actual pig, so that’s nice.

Newham City Farm, Aug 19-Aug 24

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dodie Thomas
dodie Thomas

went to see ' Jeeves & Wooster ' at the Duke of Yorks , but felt it went on too long although it did keep us out of the rain for a few hours ! the best thing was Steven Mangan's interpretation of silly muddle headed Wooster, and he does have a great face for comedy ! oh well . . .