The top 10 theatre openings this month

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

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 June that you won't regret booking for.

Hugo Glendinning

The Importance of Being Earnest

A new production of Oscar Wilde’s warhorse ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ is rarely something to get the pulse racing.: it’s all been done before. But this is something new – the formidable  Lady Bracknell will be played by none other than David Suchet, throwing off the bleakness of his last few West End roles for something enticingly daft.

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Vaudeville Theatre Until Saturday November 7 2015
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Sinatra: The Man and his Music

As nobody living seems capable of filling the Palladium these days, they’re turned to a dead guy. ‘Sinatra: The Man and His Music’ is a lavish spectacle based around archive footage of Ol’ Blue Eyes, propped up by dancers, an orchestra and ‘cutting edge technology’.  There’s a very decent chance it’ll be terrible, but the whole thing is so dementedly ambitious that we can’t help but feel madly curious.

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London Palladium Friday July 10 2015 - Saturday October 10 2015

The Invisible

The powerful-looking new play from Rebecca Lenkiewiez is woven together from the true-life stories of those affected by oridinary people affected by the recent, drastic cuts to legal aid.

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Bush Theatre Friday July 3 2015 - Saturday August 15 2015
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A big West End transfer hit for the Royal Court three years ago, Nick Payne’s dizzying drama about a relationship played out across as infinite number of possibilities has enjoyed a successful revival as a touring production, and returns to the West End  for a limited run. Joe Armstrong and Louise Brearly step into the shoes of Rafe Spall and Sally Hawkins.

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Trafalgar Studios Thursday July 9 2015 - Saturday August 1 2015
Richard Davenport

Men in the Cities

Chris Goode’s deeply disquieting monologue was a highlight of last year’s Edinburgh Fringe, but only enjoyed the briefest of London runs before that. Now it returns for a couple of weeks at the Court. It’s a thicket of stories about men drowning in humdrum English life, who decide to transgress in reckless, disturbing ways.

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Royal Court Theatre Tuesday July 21 2015 - Saturday August 1 2015
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A Number

Carly Churchill’s short, remorseless drama about cloning has proved the most popular and most revived of her more recent works, with this version transferring to the Young Vic on a tide of acclaim from Nuffield Theatre. John and Lex Shrapnel star as a father and his sons, two of whom are clones of the first.

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Young Vic Friday July 3 2015 - Saturday August 15 2015
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The Mentalists

Richard Bean is such a West End force these days that even his old plays are now being brought back to Theatreland. The blackly comic story of two men trapped in a hotel room together, ‘The Mentalists’ had a low-key run at the National Theatre 13 years ago, and is now brought back in a production starring Stephen Merchant in his theatre debut.

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Wyndham's Theatre Friday July 3 2015 - Saturday September 26 2015
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Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

The Open Air Theatre’s summer musical is always a major highlight of the season. This year it’s a romp through ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’, the delightfully unreconstructed MGM classic about a bunch of semi-feral lumberjacks attempting to find partners.

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Regent's Park Open Air Theatre Thursday July 16 2015 - Saturday August 29 2015
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The Almeida followa up last month’s incendiary ‘Oresteia’ with the second play in its Greeks season: a stripped-down, traditional-style production of Euripdes’s eye-wateringly brutal tragedy ‘The Bacchae’, starring Ben Whishaw as capricious pleasure god Dionysus and Bertie Carvel as Creon, the hapless mortal who offends him.

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Almeida Theatre Thursday July 23 2015 - Saturday September 19 2015

Three Days in the Country

Patrick Marber’s theatrical renaissance is capped by his third play for the National Theatre in two months. Following ‘The Beaux’ Stratagem’ and ‘The Red Lion’, here’s his ‘very free’ adaptation of Ivan Turgenev’s passionate comedy ‘A Month in the Country’. Expect big things: the cast is headed by John Simm and Mark Gatiss, and thefact it’s being co-produced by Sonia Friedman suggests a West End transfer is expected.

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National Theatre Tuesday July 21 2015 - Wednesday October 21 2015
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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 . . .