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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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Cirque du Soleil: Amaluna
1/10

Cirque du Soleil: Amaluna

Cirque du Soleil's spectacular riff on 'The Tempest' returns for a second year on the trot.

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Royal Albert Hall , Knightsbridge Tuesday January 24 2017 - Sunday February 26 2017
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The Kite Runner
2/10

The Kite Runner

This touring stage adaptation of Khaled Hosseini’s mega-selling epic novel about a young Afghan boy's life during the unheaval of the Soviet invasion and the tumultuous years that followed finally arrives in London for a limited season. 

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Wyndham's Theatre , Covent Garden Until Saturday March 11 2017
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BU21
© David Monteith-Hodge
3/10

BU21

Recommended

In the heart of London, terror strikes: inspired by attacks in both London and Paris, playwright Stuart Slade explores how young people are affected by man-made disasters. Tranfers to Trafalgar after success at Theatre 503.

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Trafalgar Studios , Whitehall Until Saturday February 18 2017
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The Convert
© Kwaku Kyei
4/10

The Convert

Danai Gurira’s devastating 'Eclipsed' was a big hit for the Gate a couple of years back; her latest is set in Rhodesia, 1896, and follows a young local woman as she renounces her heritage and attempts to walk the lonely road to assimilation with her European conquerors.

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Gate Theatre , Notting Hill Until Saturday February 11 2017
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Winter Solstice
Winter Solstice
5/10

Winter Solstice

Shrug off the last of the Christmassy social awkwardness with this UK premiere of Roland Schimmelpfennig's family comedy. It's a bittersweet story of a couple who are reluctantly hosting a parent for the holidays - and the man she's picked up on the train comes along for the ride, too. 

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Orange Tree Theatre , Richmond Until Saturday February 11 2017
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Wish List
6/10

Wish List

Recommended

Katherine Soper's political drama 'Wish List' follows Tamsin, a woman on a zero hours contract and her housebound OCD brother, Dean. When he is declared fit to work and his benefits are cut, Tamsin resolves to do something about it. 

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Royal Court Theatre , Belgravia Until Saturday February 11 2017
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Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr Fox
Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr Fox
7/10

Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr Fox

The Lyric is brightening up January with Sam Holcroft's new adaptation of Roald Dahl's fox story-cum-anti-capitalist fable. It's part of the flurry of celebrations of Dahl's centenary, and the Lyric is promising a feast of live music and merriment.

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Lyric Hammersmith , Hammersmith Wednesday January 25 2017 - Sunday February 19 2017
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Escaped Alone
8/10

Escaped Alone

Recommended

Our show of 2016, don't miss this chance to catch Caryl Churchill's surreal apocalptic drama as it makes a brief return to the Court.

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Royal Court Theatre , Belgravia Wednesday January 25 2017 - Saturday February 11 2017
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Us/Them
© Murdo Macleod
9/10

Us/Them

This heartbreaking family show is inspired by the 2004 Beslan school siege in Russia - but don't let that stop you going. Brussels-based company Bronks made a hit at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe with their imaginative, witty show, which highlights all the different ways children react to extreme situations.

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National Theatre , South Bank Friday February 3 2017 - Saturday February 18 2017
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London International Mime Festival
10/10

London International Mime Festival

It's London! It's January! It's mime time! The brilliant LIMF is back for 2017 with another dazzlingly eclectic bill of international physical theatre.

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By: Alice Saville

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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 . . .

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