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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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Much Ado About Nothing
© Matt Writtle
1/9

Much Ado About Nothing

Well-regarded fringe stalwarts the Faction Theatre Company take a step towards the big time with this intriguing project: a production of Shakespeare's battle of the sexes comedy 'Much Ado About Nothing' set in the world of fashion and performed in actual Selfridges in its new performance venue, the reFASHIONed Theatre. 

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Selfridges , Oxford Street Tuesday August 30 2016 - Saturday September 24 2016
8
Allegro
2/9

Allegro

Directed by Thom Southerland and produced by Danielle Tarento, Southwark Playhouse's 'big' summer musicals are reknowned for rehabilitating flop shows of the past, so this should be interesting: 'Allegro' is Rodgers and Hammerstein's first dud - it's the decidedly measured tale of an ordinary, principled Midwesterner who goes into medicine and learns the value of family. 

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Southwark Playhouse , Elephant and Castle Monday August 29 2016 - Saturday September 10 2016
7
Unfaithful
3/9

Unfaithful

Pop-up venue Found111 continues to cement itself into the London theatre scene with new black comedy 'Unfaithful'. Owen McCafferty's drama has a cast of well-known celebrity faces including Sean Campion, Niamh Cusack, Ruta Gedmintas and Matthew Lewis. They'll star in a taut story of two relationships on the brink, directed by Adam Penford.

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FOUND111 , Soho Monday August 29 2016 - Saturday October 8 2016
6
946 The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips
4/9

946 The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips

Emma Rice brings her former company Kneehigh to the Globe for the second time this summer with this big, boisterous, music-filled show adapted from a 2006 novella by 'War Horse' man Michael Morpurgo.

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Shakespeare's Globe , South Bank Until Sunday September 11 2016
5
Young Chekhov
© Johan Persson
5/9

Young Chekhov

Recommended

Anton Chekhov's reputation as one of the greatest playwrights who ever lived is almost entirely predicated on four works: 'Uncle Vanya', 'Three Sisters', 'The Cherry Orchard' and 'The Seagull'. But this trilogy of adaptations from David Hare – which caused a huge splash at Chichester Festival Theatre last year – did much to dispel the idea that his early stuff was mere juvenilia.

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National Theatre , South Bank Thursday September 1 2016 - Saturday September 3 2016
4
They Drink It In the Congo
© Miles Aldridge
6/9

They Drink It In the Congo

Adam Brace made a name for himself with his explosive debut play 'Stovepipe', a promenade production about the Iraq War. That was seven years ago, but this is a very promising looking second play: top director Michael Longhurst directs a provocative new dra,a about a Brit trying to stage a festival to raise awareness of conflict in the Congo.

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Almeida Theatre , Barnsbury Monday August 29 2016 - Saturday October 1 2016
3
The Entertainer
© Johan Persson
7/9

The Entertainer

Kenneth Branagh brings his-year-long West End-season to an end as he stars in John Osborne's great play about a jaded, tormented music hall performer.

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Garrick Theatre , Covent Garden Monday August 29 2016 - Saturday November 12 2016
2
Yerma
8/9

Yerma

Recommended

Billie Piper stars as a woman whose life is torn apart by her inability to have a child as hotly-tipped Aussie Simon Stone directs his own adaptation of Lorca's masterpiece. 

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Young Vic , Southwark Tuesday August 30 2016 - Saturday September 10 2016
1
Groundhog Day
© Manuel Harlan
9/9

Groundhog Day

The 'Matilda' dream-team of director Matthew Warchus and songwriter Tim Minchin reunite for this much anticipated musical version of the classic Bill Murray comedy.

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Old Vic , Southwark Monday August 29 2016 - Saturday September 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 . . .