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Emilia Clarke, The Seagull, 2019
Photograph: Charlie Gray

The best new theatre shows opening in London March 2020

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

By Andrzej Lukowski
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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.

To play further ahead, check out our top shows to see this year.

Also check out our latest theatre reviews

And if you need somewhere to stay, see the best hotels near the West End

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London's top ten new theatre shows

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CITY OF ANGELS

City of Angels

Theatre Off-West End Garrick Theatre, Charing Cross Road

You might technically call this a West End transfer for Josie Rourke’s Donmar Warehouse production of Cy Coleman’s pastiche film noir musical, although it has taken almost six years. Most of the original cast are reunited – including Rosalie Craig, Hadley Fraser and Rebecca Trehearn – alongside a few high profile newcomers, notably Vanessa Williams and Nicola Roberts.

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Emilia Clarke, The Seagull, 2019
Photograph: Charlie Gray

The Seagull

Theatre Drama Playhouse Theatre, Charing Cross

A busy 2020 for the Jamie Lloyd Company kicks off with the West End debut of Emilia Clarke, who’ll be trading in dragon riding and romantic encounters with ghosts for the role of vain young actress Nina in Chekhov’s first great play ‘The Seagull’, starring opposite Daniel monks as Konstantin.  

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Photograph: FotografiaBasica

The Effect

Theatre Drama Boulevard Theatre, Soho

The first-ever London revival of Lucy Prebble’s genius third play ‘The Effect’ – which questions whether love is just a chemical reaction and if that actually matters – couldn’t look more tempting, with arch surrealist Anthony Neilson directing, and the brilliant Kate O’Flynn taking on the role of Connie, the subject on a medical trial who finds unexpected romance there (or does she?).

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