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. But here the Time Out theatre team have picked ten shows opening in London this month that you won't regret booking for.
August means free theatre month at the Scoop, with a return to the classical work that’s dominated the last few summers. The main event in the always-solid run is ‘Women of Troy’, a new adaptation of Euripides’s 'Hecuba' and 'The Women of Troy'. Earlier each night is ‘Captain Showoff!’, a family adaptation of the comedies of Plautus.Read more
One of the few bits of David Byrne’s Meltdown festival where you can actually officially see the ex-Talking Head do stuff, ‘We’re Gonna Die’ is a theatrical collaboration with performance artist Young Jean Lee, an autobiographical series of songs and monologues prompted by the death of her father.Read more
Southwark Playhouse’s ‘big’ summer musicals are always worth a look, with producer Danielle Tarento and her usual team headed by director Thom Southerland excavating old shows and making them gleam anew. Luther Davis’s ‘Grand Hotel’ is a 1928 comedy set in Berlin at the climax of the roaring twenties, following various eccentric types staying in a hotel in the German capital.Read more
A rare revival for a contemporary play at the Globe – albeit one set in the seventeenth century. First premiered by the RSC three years ago, Helen Edmundson’s 2012 drama is about a gifted young woman caught up in the intrigues of two scheming church princes in late 1600s Mexico.Read more
It’s only a couple of years since a spirited Out of Joint production of Timberlake Wertenbaker’s great play about the founding of Australia called in at the St James Theatre. But now here’s an Olivier-sized version from the NT that’ll hopefully be something very special.Read more
A really gutsy piece of immersive theatre from the National Youth Theatre, ‘Homegrown’ has a cast of 112 and invites you to wander around a ‘school’ and try and explore the roots of the radicalisation of the three Bethnal Green schoolgirls who went out to join Isis earlier this year.Read more
The second most exciting Shakespeare-related show of the month is this absolutely insane-sounding endeavour: an anarchic version of ‘King Lear’ performed by one human actor and 12 sheep. Yup. It sounds almost beyond the pale, but it actually received pretty decent reviews when it premiered at a farm in Sussex last year. We’re excited, anyway.Read more
This is it people: well over a year after it sold out, ‘Hamlet’ starring Benedict Cumberbatch finally hits the London stage. There’s barely anything else that needs saying – it is the greatest work in the entire English language, starring the most famous English actor of our time – but it’s worth noting that with an exemplary rest of cast and a genius director (Lyndsey Turner), it’d be worth watching even without its star.Read more
Venue says: Join us for tradition Italian cuisine and the best pizza in central London!
This Italian restaurant in Mayfair comes from Russian restaurateur Mikhail Gokhner. It specialises in authentic wood-fired pizzas, with options ranging from a margherita and a Napoletana to a quattro formaggi, a diavola, a calzone con prosciutto and a pizza bocconcino - topped with the mozzarella balls from which the venue takes its name. It's not all about the pizzas, though. Antipasti such as raw Sicilian red prawns and boards of cured Tuscan meats lead into wild boar ragu tagliatelle, black ink fish ravioli and orecchiette with aubergine, tomatoes and salted ricotta. Much of the seafood and meat is cooked over an open fire. Wines play an important part on the drinks list, with bottles from well-known winemakers in Italy's big-hitting regions alongside those from small, artisan producers. Cocktails include bellinis, negronis and Aperol spritzes.