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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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Cinderella
1/10

Cinderella

This star-studded, central London, very white looking blowout is kind of the antithesis of the traditional London panto – but what stars! Count Arthur Strong, Paul O'Grady and Julian Clary can surely raise a laugh or two. 

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London Palladium , Soho Friday December 9 2016 - Sunday January 15 2017
9
Benighted
2/10

Benighted

The Old Red Lion's spine-chilling Christmas show is an adaptation of JB Priestley's 'Benighted', the haunted house novel that inspired a host of imitators - 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show' included. 

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Old Red Lion , Angel Until Saturday January 7 2017
8
Art
© Manuel Harlan
3/10

Art

First time out, Yasmina Reza's 'Art' ran for eight years and became a West End fixture. This revival comes from the original creative team and stars Tim Key, Paul Ritter and Rufus Sewell.

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Old Vic , Southwark Saturday December 10 2016 - Saturday February 18 2017
7
Wild Honey
4/10

Wild Honey

Semi-retired 82-year-old polymath Micvhael Frayn has a crack at Chekhov's unfinished debut play, co-directed by the late, great Howard Davies.

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Hampstead Theatre , Swiss Cottage Until Saturday January 14 2017
6
Once in a Lifetime
5/10

Once in a Lifetime

Award winning director Richard Jones returns to the Young Vic with Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman’s 1930s Hollywood satire. Harry Enfield leads the cast as studio boss Glogauer. 

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Young Vic , Southwark Until Saturday January 14 2017
5
Saint Joan
6/10

Saint Joan

Something of a stage regular these days, Gemma Arterton makes her Donmar debut in the title role of Bernard Shaw's great play 'Saint Joan', aka Joan of Arc. It's an epic drama about the plucky peasant woman's rise and downfall, directed by Donmar boss Josie Rourke.

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Donmar Warehouse , Covent Garden Friday December 9 2016 - Saturday February 18 2017
4
Dreamgirls
7/10

Dreamgirls

Loosely inspired by the rise of Diana Ross and the Supremes, this Broadway smash-hit musical was made into a 2006 film starring Beyonce Knowles and Jennifer Hudson. Its latest costume change is into a glittering new West End production, featuring 'Glee' star Amber Riley in her West End debut as singer Effie White.  

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Savoy Theatre , Charing Cross Until Saturday May 6 2017
3
Sleeping Beauty
8/10

Sleeping Beauty

With heaps of zany energy, lurid costumes, a chortle-worthy dame and budget East End prices, Hackney's panto is the best out there and should hopefully be able to take a laugh at our gloomy year.

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Hackney Empire , Hackney Until Sunday January 8 2017
2
Mary Stuart
© Miles Aldridge
9/10

Mary Stuart

Wunderkind director Robert Icke adapts Schiller's political tragedy about Mary, Queen of Scots and her cousin Elizabeth I. Juliet Stephenson and Lia Williams will play Mary and Elizabeth, tossing a coin nightly to determine who plays who.

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Almeida Theatre , Barnsbury Until Saturday January 21 2017
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Hedda Gabler
10/10

Hedda Gabler

Ivo van Hove blew away London audiences with his storming 'A View From a Bridge' in 2014, which transferred from the Young Vic from the West End. So a new production from the Hove is something to get pretty excited about: his first go at a National Theatre show is a modern update of Ibsen’s 'Hedda Gabler'. Patrick Marber adapts this new version of Ibsen's story of a bored young wife who longs to be free, starring Ruth Wilson and Rafe Spall.

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National Theatre, Lyttelton , South Bank Until Tuesday March 21 2017

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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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