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The best new theatre shows opening in London November 2019

Our theatre critics pick the best new theatre shows and musicals that will wow London in November

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& Juliet, 2019
© MICHAEL WHARLEY Jordan Luke Gage (Romeo) and Miriam-Teak Lee (Juliet)

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.

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London's top ten new theatre shows

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TOUCHING THE VOID
© Geraint Lewis
Theatre, Drama

Touching the Void

icon-location-pin Duke of York’s Theatre, Covent Garden
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Directed by ‘War Horse’ man Tom Morris, David Greig’s adaptation of Joe Simpson’s bestselling memoir about his desperate struggle for survival in the Peruvian Andes has already enjoyed a hit international tour. Now it moves into the West End for a winter season.

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#WeAreArrested, RSC, Arcola, 2019
Theatre, Fringe

#WeAreArrested

icon-location-pin Arcola Theatre, Dalston
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The Arcola teams up with the Royal Shakespeare Company for this co-production based on the book by newspaper editor Can Dündar, who was arrested for publishing footage of Turkish State Intelligence sending weapons into Syria.

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Land without Dreams, Gate Theatre, 2019
Photograph: Søren Meisner
Theatre, Drama

Land Without Dreams

icon-location-pin Gate Theatre, Notting Hill
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Performance duo Fix & Foxy has made work across Northern Europe, offering disconcerting riffs on classics like 'Twin Peaks' and 'Pretty Woman'. Now, they're in the Gate Theatre's new season with 'Land Without Dreams' first premiered in Denmark, an experimental work narrated by a visitor from the future. 

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'Mary Poppins' returns to the West End in 2019
© Seamus Ryan
Theatre, Musicals

Mary Poppins

icon-location-pin Prince Edward Theatre, Soho
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Brolly-clutching supernanny Mary Poppins is floating back into the West End in late 2019, with the return of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's musical after an international tour, and capitalising on the recent success of the film sequel. Zizi Strallen ('Strictly Ballroom') and Charlie Stemp ('Half a Sixpence') star, plus the legendary Petula Clark (Bird Lady) and actor Joseph Millson (George Banks).

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Henry VI, Shakespeare's Globe 2019
Theatre, Shakespeare

Henry VI/Richard IIII

icon-location-pin Shakespeare's Globe, South Bank
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Big new Globe hire Sean Holmes teams up with young director Ilinca Radulian to helm the Globe Ensemble’s first indoor shows. A heavily edited take on Shakespeare’s rarely-performed, originally-in-three-parts ‘Henry VI’ is paired with the ever-popular study in villainy ‘Richard III’.

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Cinderella, Lyric Hammersmith, 2019
Photograph: Helen Maybanks
Theatre, Panto

Cinderella

icon-location-pin Lyric Hammersmith, Hammersmith
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Arguably London's edgiest panto, Lyric Hammersmith has landed on the winning formula of getting rising writing and directing talents to put a subversive spin on their Christmas show. This year it's the turn of director Tinuke Craig and writer Jude Christian (returning after a stint on last year's show). Going on previous form, there's bound to be loads of pop songs, puns galore, a chorus of local young people, and a very 2019 approach to panto tradition.

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My Brilliant Friend, Rose Theatre Kingston
© Marc Brenner
Theatre, Drama

My Brilliant Friend

icon-location-pin National Theatre, South Bank
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The Rose Theatre Kingston’s acclaimed two-part adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s cult Neopolitan novels gets a fresh lease of life as it transfers to the NT’s Olivier stage in reworked form.

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The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Bridge Theatre
Theatre, Children's

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

icon-location-pin Bridge Theatre, Tower Bridge
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For its first ever family Christmas show, the Bridge Theatre bags the London transfer of director Sally Cookson’s devised adaptation of CS Lewis’s beloved kids’ fantasy novel, which ran to great acclaim at Leeds Playhouse in 2017.

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& Juliet, 2019
© MICHAEL WHARLEY
Theatre, Musicals

& Juliet

icon-location-pin Shaftesbury Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue
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The completely preposterous new musical looks absolutely wonderful. Enormo-selling pop songwriter Max Martin (Britney Spears, Backsteet Boys, NSYNC, more) rewrites ‘Romeo & Juliet’ into a giddy romp in which Juliet survives Shakespeare’s play and heads off on a girls’ trip to Paris.

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Dear Evan Hansen, Broadway cast 2018
© Matthew Murphy
Theatre, Musicals

Dear Evan Hansen

icon-location-pin Noël Coward Theatre, Covent Garden
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Announced aeons ago and finally upon us, ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ is the biggest Broadway hit musical since ‘Hamilton’, and tells the story of a lonely teen who fabricates an epistolary relationship with a deceased classmate. A fresh-faced British cast powers its hugely anticipated UK debut.

Recommended transfers

Theatre, Drama

Death of a Salesman

icon-location-pin Piccadilly Theatre, Soho
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Marianne Elliott’s wildly acclaimed, black-led production of the Arthus Miller classic transfers to the West End, with Wendell Pierce and Sharon D Clarke reprising their lead roles.

Time Out says
The Great Gatsby, Vault Festival
© SR Taylor Photography
Theatre, Off-West End

The Great Gatsby

icon-location-pin Gatsby's Mansion, Mayfair
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Now London’s longest-running immersive theatre show ever, this take on F Scott Fitzgerald’s immortal novella transfers to its own special new venue in the West End.

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