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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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Holly Wren
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Women of Troy

August means free theatre month at the Scoop, with a return to the classical work that’s dominated the last few summers. The main event in the always-solid run is ‘Women of Troy’, a new adaptation of Euripides’s 'Hecuba' and 'The Women of Troy'. Earlier each night is ‘Captain Showoff!’, a family adaptation of the comedies of Plautus.

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The Scoop Wednesday August 5 2015 - Sunday August 30 2015 Free
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Bears in Space

Erstwhile ‘Game of Thrones’ Jack Gleeson – aka Joffrey – embarks upon a somewhat unexpected next chapter in his career. ‘Bears in Space’ is a comedy about some bears, in space. We can’t say we’re not intrigued.

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Soho Theatre Monday August 3 2015 - Saturday August 22 2015
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We’re Gonna Die

One of the few bits of David Byrne’s Meltdown festival where you can actually officially see the ex-Talking Head do stuff, ‘We’re Gonna Die’ is a theatrical collaboration with performance artist Young Jean Lee, an autobiographical series of songs and monologues prompted by the death of her father.

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Queen Elizabeth Hall Thursday August 27 2015 - Sunday August 30 2015
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Grand Hotel

Southwark Playhouse’s ‘big’ summer musicals are always worth a look, with producer Danielle Tarento and her usual team headed by director Thom Southerland excavating old shows and making them gleam anew. Luther Davis’s ‘Grand Hotel’ is a 1928 comedy set in Berlin at the climax of the roaring twenties, following various eccentric types staying in a hotel in the German capital.

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Southwark Playhouse Friday July 31 2015 - Saturday September 5 2015
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© Helen Maybanks
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The Heresy of Love

A rare revival for a contemporary play at the Globe – albeit one set in the seventeenth century. First premiered by the RSC three years ago, Helen Edmundson’s 2012 drama is about a gifted young woman caught up in the intrigues of two scheming church princes in late 1600s Mexico.

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Shakespeare's Globe Friday July 31 2015 - Saturday September 5 2015
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Our Country's Good

It’s only a couple of years since a spirited Out of Joint production of Timberlake Wertenbaker’s great play about the founding of Australia called in at the St James Theatre. But now here’s an Olivier-sized version from the NT that’ll hopefully be something very special.

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National Theatre Wednesday August 19 2015 - Saturday October 17 2015
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© Helen Maybanks
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Homegrown

A really gutsy piece of immersive theatre from the National Youth Theatre,  ‘Homegrown’ has a cast of 112 and invites you to wander around a ‘school’ and try and explore the roots of the radicalisation of the three Bethnal Green schoolgirls who went out to join Isis earlier this year.

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UCL Academy Wednesday August 12 2015 - Saturday August 29 2015
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Splendour

A cracking cast headed by Zawe Ashton tackles this revival of Abi Morgan’s experimental play about four women awaiting the arrival of a dictator.

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Donmar Warehouse Until Saturday September 26 2015
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King Lear with Sheep

The second most exciting Shakespeare-related show of the month is this absolutely insane-sounding endeavour: an anarchic version of ‘King Lear’ performed by one human actor and 12 sheep. Yup. It sounds almost beyond the pale, but it actually received pretty decent reviews when it premiered at a farm in Sussex last year. We’re excited, anyway.

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Courtyard Theatre Wednesday August 12 2015 - Sunday August 16 2015
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Hamlet

This is it people: well over a year after it sold out, ‘Hamlet’ starring Benedict Cumberbatch finally hits the London stage. There’s barely anything else that needs saying – it is the greatest work in the entire English language, starring the most famous English actor of our time – but it’s worth noting that with an exemplary rest of cast and a genius director (Lyndsey Turner), it’d be worth watching even without its star.

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Barbican Centre Wednesday August 5 2015 - Saturday October 31 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

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 . . .