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The top 10 theatre openings this month

Our theatre critics pick the 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. But here the Time Out theatre team have picked ten shows opening in London this month that you won't regret booking for.

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After a bumpy summer marked by the cancellation of radicalisation drama 'Homegrown' for murky reasons, the National Young Theatre bounces back. The rep season includes ‘Wuthering Heights’ and ‘The Merchant of Venice’, but the main event is Evan Placey’s intriguing new drama ‘Consensual’, in which a teacher and her 21-year-old former student awkwardly unpick a fling they had six years ago.

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Ambassadors Theatre , Covent Garden Tuesday October 13 2015 - Wednesday December 2 2015
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Ubu and the Truth Commission

Quite the coup for The Print Room, as South African puppetry legends Handspring – they of ‘War Horse’ fame – call in to the rarely-used main stage with this revival of their breakthrough 1997 show, a sardonic satire on the aftermath of apartheid that makes use of the notorious buffoon character Pa Ubu.

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Print Room , Kensington Thursday October 15 2015 - Saturday November 7 2015
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French Without Tears

Terence Rattigan has been enjoying a sustained critical reappraisal of late, but his frothy 1936 breakthrough ‘French without Tears’ has been overlooked in favour of more melancholic later works… until now. The resurgent Orange Tree tackles Rattigan’s blockbuster comedy, set at a cram school for adults trying to learn French.

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Orange Tree Theatre , Richmond Until Saturday November 21 2015

The Moderate Soprano

Playwright David Hare swings back into action for the first time in a couple of years with this drama about John Christie, a science teacher with a will of iron who resolves to build an opera house upon his estate, but finds the Second World War intruding upon his plays. Roger Allam stars.

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Hampstead Theatre , Swiss Cottage Friday October 23 2015 - Saturday November 28 2015

Teddy Ferrara

After a gap of several years, former Royal Court boss Dominic Cooke makes his belated, welcome return to the stage with the UK premiere of Christopher Shinn’s play, which was inspired by the 2010 suicide of US student Tyler Clementi.

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Donmar Warehouse , Covent Garden Until Saturday December 5 2015

The Hairy Ape

A second show in two months sets the brisk pace for Matthew Warchus’s new Old Vic regime. Part of the logic is that Eugene O’Neill’s drama about a ship engineer who has a crisis of identity is a harder sell to audiences, but the presence of Bertie Carvel – ubiquitous on stage and screen this year – should help shift more than a few tickets.

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Old Vic , Southwark Saturday October 17 2015 - Saturday November 21 2015

Husbands and Sons

The strength of Ben Power’s length stage adaptation of three DH Lawrence stories – ‘The Daughter-in-Law’, ‘A Collier's Friday Night’ and ‘The Widowing of Mrs Holroyd’ – remains to be seen. But with Anne-Marie Duff leading the cast, ‘Husbands & Sons’ is a pretty darn tempting prospect.

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National Theatre , South Bank Monday October 19 2015 - Tuesday January 19 2016


Royal Court boss Vicky Featherstone gifts brilliant New York experimentalists The TEAM their biggest ever UK gig with this transfer of this typically unusual interrogation of gender and the American dream, in which the spirits of Roosevelt and Elvis battle over what sort of person Ann - a meat-processing plant worker -  should become.

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Royal Court Theatre , Belgravia Wednesday October 21 2015 - Saturday November 14 2015


Critics' choice

The Almeida’s excellent Greeks season wraps up with a gloriously self-referential flourish as theatre head honcho Rupert Goold directs his wife – and mother of his children – Kate Fleetwood in Euripides’s devastating drama about  a woman who murders her children to take revenge upon her husband. Intriguingly, it’s adapted by the wildly controversial Rachel Cusk, whose tale on Medea’s actions is bound to be non traditional, at the very least.

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Almeida Theatre , Barnsbury Until Saturday November 14 2015

Measure for Measure

This is something like the third major revival of Shakespeare’s morality comedy that we’ve had this year. But hopefully the best has been saved until last: Joe Hill Gibbins – one of our most exciting and mischievous directors – takes of ‘Measure for Measure’ with a cast headed up by the marvellous Romola Garai, her first London stage appearance in years.

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Young Vic , Southwark Until Saturday November 14 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 . . .