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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

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Party Trap
1/9

Party Trap

Recommended

Follow-up to his brilliant VHS odyssey 'Stand By for Tape Back-Up', experimental performer Ross Sutherland's debut play 'Party Trap' is an entirely palindromic drama about a televised clash between a journalist and a politician. 

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Shoreditch Town Hall , Shoreditch Tuesday September 27 2016 - Saturday October 1 2016
8
Things I Know To Be True
2/9

Things I Know To Be True

Acclaimed physical theatre company Frantic Assembly return with 'Things I Know to Be True', the story of a marriage told through the eyes of four children about to fly the nest. 

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Lyric Hammersmith , Hammersmith Until Saturday October 1 2016
7
The Libertine
3/9

The Libertine

Dominic Cooper ('The History Boys', 'The Duchess') returns to the stage to play debauched 17th century rake the Earl of Rochester in a revival of the raunchy drama from Stephen Jeffreys. 

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Haymarket Theatre Royal , Soho Until Saturday December 3 2016
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Doctor Faustus/The Alchemist
© Helen Maybanks
4/9

Doctor Faustus/The Alchemist

Recommended

Two acclaimed RSC revivals transfer from Stratford to teh Barbican this month: Polly Findlay's take on classic comedy 'The Alchemist', and Maria Aberg's rave take on 'Doctor Faustus', wherein the actors playing Faustus and Mephistopheles randomly decide who plays which ever night.

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Barbican Theatre , Barbican Tuesday September 27 2016 - Saturday October 1 2016
5
Two Man Show
© The Other Richard
5/9

Two Man Show

Recommended

This eccentric, exasperating and finally exhilarating show from female duo RashDash is a headlong leap into the exasperations of gender.

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Soho Theatre , Soho Tuesday September 27 2016 - Saturday October 1 2016
4
Dinner at the Twits
Addie Chinn
6/9

Dinner at the Twits

We're always a bit wary of 'theatrical dinners', but this looks worth it from a food perspective, at least: avant-garde culinary types Bompas and Parr try and recreate the many gross dishes in Roald Dahl's beloved 'The Twits'. Probably they will in fact be delicious, though you never know.

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The Vaults , Waterloo Tuesday September 27 2016 - Sunday October 30 2016
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Imogen
© Owen Harvey
7/9

Imogen

Ex-'EastEnders' star Maddy Hill takes on the title role of this radical reworking of Shakespeare's 'Cymbeline', which rightly moves the spotlight to the English king's daughter – and biggest role in the play.

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Shakespeare's Globe , South Bank Tuesday September 27 2016 - Sunday October 16 2016
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Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3)
© Johan Persson
8/9

Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3)

A critically acclaimed smash off-Broadway, Suzan-Lori Parks's play is set in 1862 and loosely follows the structure of Homer's 'Odyssey', here following Hero, a black American slave, who is promised his freedom if he fights for the Confederacy against the Union.

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Royal Court Theatre , Belgravia Until Saturday October 22 2016
1
No Man's Land
9/9

No Man's Land

On-screen nemeses and real-life BFFs Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen bring their hailed production of Harold Pinter's 'No Man's Land' to Wyndham's following a short UK tour. Almost certainlythe last time you'll see them on stage together, and perhaps even seperately. Do not miss.

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Wyndham's Theatre , Covent Garden Until Saturday December 17 2016

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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

quizans62
quizans62

Brad Zimmerman will be your server in "My Son the Waiter — A Jewish Tragedy" at the Scherr Forum Theatre, "Psyche: A Modern Rock Opera" http://quizans.com

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 . . .