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
Dank, dark and dripping with condensation – The Vaults has a claim to be London's most chilling theatre venue. So it's a perfect home for 'CUT', an experimental thriller by Duncan Graham. A woman's narrative leads the audience through a surreal journey that plunges in and out of pitch darkness –literally and metaphorically.Read more
This harrowing new drama from playwright Phoebe Eclair-Powell (daughter of comedian Jenny Eclair) is an update on the myth of Medea, set in present-day Peckham. Sam is a single mum whose every move comes in for scrutiny - so when a neighbour forces her to come to 'an arrangement' in exchange for his protection from social services, she's in no place to refuse.Read more
In the under-explored corridors of Southbank Centre, art-rockers The Neutrinos and artist Sal Pittman are hosting a raucous rock experience. And if the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe performance of 'Klanghaus' is anything to go by, it's sure to blow away the cobwebs. With influences from spectral Portishead to rousing '60s rock 'n' roll, this musical journey will bring the ghosts of Southbank back to screaming life.Read more
The Menier has a knack for bringing stonkingly good musicals to London – so this Off-Broadway production of Sondheim's classic should be a treat. It's one of the renowned musical theatre composer's more accessible offerings, inspired by the dark magic of fairytale mongers the Brothers Grimm.Read more
Lloyd Webber fans will be singing 'Hallelujah!' at the prospect of a revival of his first musical hit – but 'Jesus Christ Superstar' is stuffed full of enough catchy lyrics to get unbelievers on board, too. The semi-blasphemous rock opera will get a high-quality revival in the leafy surrounds of Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. And the big man himself will be played by Declan Bennett, best known for playing the
original lead in the UK production of 'Once'.
The latest instalment in Caryl Churchill's reign as one of Britain's greatest dramatists is a potentially dicey one: she's taking on Uganda's 2014 Anti-Homosexuality Act in a drama that lasts just ten minutes. But her recent play 'Escaped Alone' more than proves that brief is beautiful – this should be a fascinating, experimental look at a pretty bleak situation.Read more
We can't tell you much about brilliant surrealist theatre-maker Anthony Neilson's latest play. It's devised in the rehearsal room, around the story of a director who is obsessed with finding the perfect light. But with a formidable cast on board (led by erstwhile 'Doctor Who' star Matt Smith) it should be a blindingly intense experience.Read more
Okay, getting a ticket to this one will be harder than catching a golden snitch in a raging thunderstorm. But keep an eye out for periodic ticket releases and lotteries, because by all accounts it's going to be totally magical. Its legit theatre credentials are established, thanks to a script penned by edgy young playwright Jack Thorne. And rave reactions online suggest they've assembled enough tech wizards to bring the book's spells to enchanting life, too.Read more