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The top ten theatre openings this month

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

London's theatre calendar is flooded with exciting new shows, big names and hotshot directors, and there's no way anyone can see them all. Check out our latest theatre reviews for the full rundown, or shortcut to the list below for ten critics' choice theatre shows opening in London this month that you won't regret booking for. 

London's top ten new theatre shows



Dank, dark and dripping with condensation – The Vaults has a claim to be London's most chilling theatre venue. So it's a perfect home for 'CUT', an experimental thriller by Duncan Graham. A woman's narrative leads the audience through a surreal journey that plunges in and out of pitch darkness literally and metaphorically.

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The Vaults , Waterloo Until Sunday July 31 2016


This harrowing new drama from playwright Phoebe Eclair-Powell (daughter of comedian Jenny Eclair) is an update on the myth of Medea, set in present-day Peckham. Sam is a single mum whose every move comes in for scrutiny - so when a neighbour forces her to come to 'an arrangement' in exchange for his protection from social services, she's in no place to refuse.

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Soho Theatre , Soho Until Saturday July 30 2016

Klanghaus: On Air

In the under-explored corridors of Southbank Centre, art-rockers The Neutrinos and artist Sal Pittman are hosting a raucous rock experience. And if the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe performance of 'Klanghaus' is anything to go by, it's sure to blow away the cobwebs. With influences from spectral Portishead to rousing '60s rock 'n' roll, this musical journey will bring the ghosts of Southbank back to screaming life.

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Southbank Centre , South Bank Until Friday July 29 2016
Into The Woods

Into The Woods

Critics' choice

The Menier has a knack for bringing stonkingly good musicals to London – so this Off-Broadway production of Sondheim's classic should be a treat. It's one of the renowned musical theatre composer's more accessible offerings, inspired by the dark magic of fairytale mongers the Brothers Grimm. 

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Menier Chocolate Factory , Southwark Until Saturday September 17 2016

Jesus Christ Superstar

Lloyd Webber fans will be singing 'Hallelujah!' at the prospect of a revival of his first musical hit – but 'Jesus Christ Superstar' is stuffed full of enough catchy lyrics to get unbelievers on board, too. The semi-blasphemous rock opera will get a high-quality revival in the leafy surrounds of Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. And the big man himself will be played by Declan Bennett, best known for playing the
original lead in the UK production of 'Once'.

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Regent's Park Open Air Theatre , Regent's Park Until Saturday August 27 2016

Pigs and Dogs

The latest instalment in Caryl Churchill's reign as one of Britain's greatest dramatists is a potentially dicey one: she's taking on Uganda's 2014 Anti-Homosexuality Act in a drama that lasts just ten minutes. But her recent play 'Escaped Alone' more than proves that brief is beautiful – this should be a fascinating, experimental look at a pretty bleak situation. 

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Royal Court Theatre , Belgravia Until Saturday July 30 2016


Critics' choice

We can't tell you much about brilliant surrealist theatre-maker Anthony Neilson's latest play. It's devised in the rehearsal room, around the story of a director who is obsessed with finding the perfect light. But with a formidable cast on board (led by erstwhile 'Doctor Who' star Matt Smith) it should be a blindingly intense experience.

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Royal Court Theatre , Belgravia Until Saturday August 6 2016
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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Okay, getting a ticket to this one will be harder than catching a golden snitch in a raging thunderstorm. But keep an eye out for periodic ticket releases and lotteries, because by all accounts it's going to be totally magical. Its legit theatre credentials are established, thanks to a script penned by edgy young playwright Jack Thorne. And rave reactions online suggest they've assembled enough tech wizards to bring the book's spells to enchanting life, too.

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By: Time Out London Theatre

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Michael M
Michael M

Rules For Living at National

I saw this play at a preview and wished I had not bothered.  Very lazy writing: Alan Ayckbourn light; I did not think you could get lighter, and precious few laughs.  Acting good


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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 . . .