The best new theatre shows opening in London this month

Our theatre critics pick the new theatre shows and musicals that will wow London this month
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The best new theatre shows, plays and musicals coming to London this month, as recommended by our critics, plus a round-up of the best previously reviewed transfers moving to the West End or elsewhere.

For more festive shows this month, check out our round-up of best Christmas shows.

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London's top ten new theatre shows

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9 to 5 the Musical
Theatre, Musicals

9 to 5 the Musical

icon-location-pin Savoy Theatre, Charing Cross
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This Dolly Parton-penned musical adaptation of her hit 1980 film finally makes its West End debut a good decade after it was seen on Broadway. Amber Davie, Natalie McQueen, Brian Conley and Louise Redknapp will star in the story of a trio of female office employees who get their own back on their letchy male boss.

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Only Fools and Horses the Musical
© Trevor Leighton
Theatre, Musicals

Only Fools and Horses the Musical

icon-location-pin Haymarket Theatre Royal, Soho
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February 2019 sees the West End positively awash with new musicals. Most of them are Broadway imports. But then there’s this: Paul Whitehouse of ‘The Fast Show’ heads up a loving musical tribute to the enduringly popular British sitcom ‘Only Fools and Horses’. It's set in 1989, and is surely not going to attempt a drastic reimagining. 

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Tartuffe, National Theatre
Theatre, Comedy

Tartuffe

icon-location-pin National Theatre, South Bank
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Playwright John Donnelly and director Blanche McIntyre reunite up for a new version of Molière’s comic masterpiece about the eponymous charismatic charlatan, who insinuates himself into the home of the wealthy, jaded Orgon. US actor Denis O'Hare stars as the iconic conman. 

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Equus, English Touring Theatre
Theatre, Drama

Equus

icon-location-pin Theatre Royal Stratford East, Stratford
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Known for directing hit productions of 'Pomona' and 'An Octoroon', Ned Bennett is turning his hand to Peter Shaffer's brutal horsey psychodrama 'Equus'.

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Martin Freeman and Danny Dyer, Pinter Seven
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Theatre, Drama

Pinter Seven

icon-location-pin Harold Pinter Theatre, Soho
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Jamie Lloyd directs the final instalment in the 'Pinter at the Pinter' season, which is a double bill of vintage Harold Pinter comedies. 'A Slight Ache' and 'The Dumb Waiter' are two late '50s comedies: one set in an elegant country house, one following two hitmen. Cast includes Danny Dyer and Martin Freeman.

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The American Clock, Rachel Chavkin
Theatre, Drama

The American Clock

icon-location-pin Old Vic, Southwark
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New York director Rachel Chavkin has been at the helm of some of the boldest, weirdest theatre hits of the past few years. Now she's taking on Arthur Miller's 'The American Clock', which is set in 1929 just as the Wall Street stock market crashes. Clarke Peters star in a highly experimental production

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Berberian Sound Studio, Donmar Warehouse
© Damien Frost
Theatre, Experimental

Berberian Sound Studio

icon-location-pin Donmar Warehouse, Covent Garden
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This is a fascinating proposition: designer Tom Scutt makes his directorial debut helming a stage adaptation of a cult 2012 horror film about a British sound engineer who starts to lose his mind when he signs up for an increasingly disturbing Italian giallo thriller. The excellent Tom Brooke stars.

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Come from Away
© Michael Murphy
Theatre, Musicals

Come from Away

icon-location-pin Phoenix Theatre, Covent Garden
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The big sleeper hit Broadway musical of the last few years, ‘Come from Away’ tells the unlikely true story of a sleepy Newfoundland town that took in strangers from around the world when their planes were grounded at the local airport in the wake of 9/11. A hit in Canada and the States, you can expect to be very charmed.

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Shipwreck, Anne Washburn, Fisayo Akinade
Theatre, Drama

Shipwreck

icon-location-pin Almeida Theatre, Barnsbury
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New York experimental playwright Anne Washburn has forged a potent relationship with the Almeida via deliciously creepy, fiercely original plays ‘Mr Burns’ and ‘The Twilight Zone’. Now, she’s back with ‘Shipwreck’, a doubtless out-there satire about the fourty-fifth President of the United States, aka Donald Trump.

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<meta charset="utf-8" /><p><span>Gillian Anderson&nbsp;and Sheila Reid</span></p>
Theatre, Drama

All About Eve

icon-location-pin Noël Coward Theatre, Covent Garden
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Super-director Ivo van Hove’s stage version of Joseph L Mankiewicz’s seminal 1950 film ‘All About Eve’ has been rumoured for aeons, and now it’s here: Gillian Anderson and Lily James step into the Bette Davis and Anne Baxter roles as bitterly feuding actresses in this version of the classic Hollywood satire.

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Theatre, Drama

Cyprus Avenue

icon-location-pin Royal Court Theatre, Belgravia
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The last show I saw by Irish playwright David Ireland was ‘I Promise You Sex and Violence’, a wildly offensive bad taste comedy that opened to venomous reviews at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe and definitely stands in the top five worst things I’ve ever seen in any medium…

Time Out says
Home, I'm Darling, Katherine Parkinson
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Theatre, Comedy

Home, I'm Darling

icon-location-pin Duke of York’s Theatre, Covent Garden
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Laura Wade’s very enjoyable satire ‘Home, I'm Darling’ is now settling in at its third home, after opening at Theatr Clwyd in Mold (it’s directed by the theatre’s boss Tamara Harvey), and then coming to the National last year…

Time Out says
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Theatre, Musicals

Follies

icon-location-pin National Theatre, South Bank
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This review is from 2017. 'Follies' returns to the National Theatre in February 2019. There’s nothing like a Stephen Sondheim musical to make you wonder what the hell everybody else is playing at…

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