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.
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
NOTE: Early in 2015 it was announced that Soho Estates and Soho House plan to redevelop Kettner's with a public restaurant, champagne bar and 28 new bedrooms. This review was written before those plans were announced. A Georgian-chic champagne bar with a restaurant next door that’s buzzing every night of the week, Kettner’s is a safe bet in Soho. The cocktail bar has lavish velvet curtains, plush seating and low-lit alcoves filled with the tinkle of laughter and champagne flutes, while the restaurant suits groups who want a bit of glamour and history (Oscar Wilde dined here), but don’t necessarily crave too many surprises on the menu. Large windows and distressed white woodwork create a relaxed and upmarket feel, but the tables are close together and soft electro music keeps a modern edge. You get what you expect from a quality brasserie: steak cooked perfectly, chips triple fried, service a little flirty, and there’s always crème brûlée on the menu. A buffalo mozzarella starter came with a dense confit of tomatoes and deliciously sharp basil dressing, and this lightness was carried through to the salmon and prawn fish cakes served with buttery poached egg for mains. Potato gratin was a little dry, but you could forgive the kitchen once you tasted the rich and cheddary cauliflower cheese. Mango and passion-fruit pavlova was, much like the rest of the meal, very well executed if a little predictable.