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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.

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London's top ten new theatre shows


An American in Paris

Packed full of jazz standards from George and Ira Gershwin, 'An American in Paris' is a musical to treasure. And this lavish, award-winning Broadway production is a chance to see it at its glitzy finest.

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Dominion Theatre , Fitzrovia Saturday March 4 2017 - Saturday September 30 2017

My Country; a work in progress

It feels like Britain's done little else but talk about the aftermath of the EU referendum – and the National Theatre's been listening. Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and NT boss Rufus Norris will try to distil all the hot air into a new piece of verbatim political theatre, working with interviews collected from people from up and down the country. 

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National Theatre , South Bank Tuesday February 28 2017 - Saturday July 1 2017

Black Lives, Black Words

The Bush Theatre reopens after a massive, year-long, £4m refit and upgrade with this programme of short plays that muse on the question 'do black lives matter?' Unsurprisingly affiliated with the US movent Black Lives Matter, it's a selection of American works that have been performed in other cities already, plus new pieces from British writers Rachel De-Lahay and Winsome Pinnock.

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Bush Theatre , Shepherd's Bush Thursday March 23 2017 - Saturday March 25 2017

Don Juan in Soho

Tennant fans, rejoice! He'll be playing the titular rogue in this top-notch drama by hugely successful playwright Patrick Marber, who'll direct this revival. It's a savage drama that updates Molière's tragicomedy 'Don Juan' for modern Soho. It trails a debauched seducer who lives for sexual adventure.

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Wyndham's Theatre , Covent Garden Friday March 17 2017 - Saturday June 10 2017

Lucy McCormick: Triple Threat

This mosntrously fun, massively inappropriate show stars performer McMormick as an ego-crazed version of herself, attempting to stage an eye-wateringly rude one woman and two dancers version of the story of Jesus.

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Soho Theatre , Soho Tuesday March 28 2017 - Saturday April 22 2017


The Labour Party's tumultuous '70s has provided us with one of the best plays of recent times, James Graham's brilliant 'This House'. Could Steve Waters's latest be its '80s-set eqivalent? 'Limehouse' is a fictionalised portrayal of the meeting between Bill Rodgers, Shirley Williams, Roy Jenkins and David Owen that led to the creation of the shortlived but briefly popular Social Democratic Party.

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Donmar Warehouse , Covent Garden Thursday March 2 2017 - Saturday April 15 2017

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

Daniel Radcliffe is back on stage as he and Joshua McGuire tackle the title characters of the existential riff on 'Hamlet' that turned Tom Stoppard into an overnight celebrity half a century ago. 

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Old Vic , Southwark Monday February 27 2017 - Saturday April 29 2017

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

With timing both serendipitous and sad, this revival of Edward Albee's most famous play was announced the week the 88-year-old titan of American theatre died. Imelda Staunton and Conleth Hill will star as Martha and George, a warring WASP couple who suck new college professor Nick and his wife Honey into their horrible personal war. James McDonald – who directed Staunton in the excellent 'Circle, Mirror, Transformation' – is a pleasingly leftfield choice to helm the project. Imogen Poots and Luke Treadaway complete the cast.

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Harold Pinter Theatre , Soho Monday February 27 2017 - Saturday May 27 2017

The Kid Stays in the Picture

The Royal Court's tack to the left under Vicky Featherstone had borne some serious fruit in the shape of this collaboration with the towering genius Simon McBurney, fresh from blowing our minds with his theatre company Complicite's reality-shredding 'The Encounter'. Produced by Barbara Broccoli, 'The Kid Stays in the Pictures' charts the rise and fall of legendary Hollywood man Robert Evans.

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Royal Court Theatre , Belgravia Tuesday March 7 2017 - Saturday April 8 2017

Roman Tragedies

Yes, Ivo van Hove's legendary mash up of Shakespeare's Roman tragedies – 'Coriolanus', 'Julius Caesar' and 'Antony and Cleopatra' – is six hours long, and doesn't have an interval in the conventional sense. But it is simply one the greatest theatre productions ever staged.

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Barbican Centre , Barbican Friday March 17 2017 - Sunday March 19 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


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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 . . .